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Top 5 SlideShare Fun Presentation Ideas Slide Decks

We all love to hate a horrendous presentation, but SlideShare’s amazingly talented crowd has some amazingly fun presentation ideas that will help you be the best in your company. Here are the top five SlideShare presentations with fun presentation ideas you can use today. 1. Death by PowerPoint (and how to fight it) — Alexei Kapterev [slideshare id=85551&doc=death-by-powerpoint4344] The stats in …

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The 7 Types of People who Waste Time in Meetings

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No matter the size of your company or what industry you’re in, you’re probably familiar with bad meetings. Whether it’s virtual or in-person, a bad meeting can waste your time and ruin your productivity for the day. Several reasons can contribute to a failed meeting. Not being prepared and dealing with various technology issues are some of the more common …

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Seven Ways to Get Great Ideas out of a Virtual Brainstorming Session

As the business world becomes more global, you may find yourself collaborating with colleagues and clients from all over the world. Because of this, online meeting software has become a vital tool for businesses. With the right meeting technology, individuals can still stay connected no matter their geographic locations. Try these seven techniques to help you effectively brainstorm during your …

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Are You Listening? Using Meeting Tools to Get Guest Feedback During a Meeting

If not executed successfully, meetings can be one of the biggest wastes of time in the corporate world. Because of this, people are constantly looking for ways to improve their meetings by trying various techniques that allow them to efficiently share information with colleagues and clients. It’s vital to the success of your meetings to realize that a meeting should …

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Does Adding Humor to a Meeting Increase Attentiveness?

Meetings happen all the time in the business world. Some are more productive and enjoyable, while others keep you on the edge of your seat—so you can be the first one out the door when it’s over. With attention spans decreasing to only last a few minutes, it’s important that you take the necessary steps to keep your audience engaged …

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Add Collaboration to Your Sales Vocabulary (and Make Money Doing It)

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On the first of every month, join me as I put Partners 1st with perspectives, advice and insights into how today’s technology trends are changing the way we live, collaborate and do business. It’s no secret that we’re big advocates of collaboration here at PGi. We’ve designed and built web, audio and video conferencing tools and a world-class network infrastructure all with …

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Balance Isn’t Always 50/50: Making Constant Adjustment in Work-Life Balance

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Work-life balance is constantly shifting and evolving. In his recent TED Talk, Dan Thurmon explores how our life patterns can be transcended by living off balance on purpose. Striving for a life well-lived means we are constantly adjusting, performing what Thurmon describes as the “quick switch” rather than multi-tasking. As technology constantly evolves to our needs, both real and anticipated, …

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Collaboration Across Cultures: Two Perspectives, One Meeting

This article was written in collaboration with Indra Freeman. This world is more connected than ever before. Technology has allowed us to collaborate across cultures, eliminate our geographical limitations and create relationships without consideration to distance. Working for a company with global offices has expanded my international relations and knowledge immensely. I often meet with associates in Australia, Ireland and …

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What’s your favorite way to connect?

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Telecommuting is on the rise. Approximately 20-30 million people work from home at least one day a week, according to the United States Census Bureau. Advances in communication and information technologies have made collaboration easier for employees who may not be physically located in the same office—or even the same time zone. Telecommuters are taking advantage of the explosion of …

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Add Collaboration to Your Sales Vocabulary (and Make Money Doing It)

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On the first of every month, join me as I put Partners 1st with perspectives, advice and insights into how today’s technology trends are changing the way we live, collaborate and do business. It’s no secret that we’re big advocates of collaboration here at PGi. We’ve designed and built web, audio and video conferencing tools and a world-class network infrastructure all with …

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The Truth About Millennials in the Workforce: 5 Things to Do to Keep Them On Track

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Millennials are sometimes referred to as Generation Y or, like generations before them – from Baby Boomers to Generation X – the ‘me generation’ (or by Time Magazine last month, the “Me Me Me Generation”). Magazine editors, at least, view each new generation as more narcissistic than the last, so we won’t dwell too much on Millennial traits and values …

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How Plantronics Promotes Collaboration and Telecommuting Through Design

I recently came across a video featuring our good friends at Plantronics. In it, SmartPlanet takes a look at how Plantronics has radically redesigned its aging office spaces to promote collaboration and provide flexible working environments for its employees through the use of vibrant colors, multiple desk options and open design principles. Collaborative spaces are lit with natural light through …

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3 Simple Ways to Cut Business Travel Costs

With rising prices all across the travel industry ($4/gallon, anyone?), businesses everywhere are searching for ways to reduce their travel budgets without risking their bottom line. Here are three simple (and relatively painless) ways to cut business travel costs without damaging your business or employee morale. 1. Cross-train your employees. The average two-person field sales team (sales rep + specialist) …

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The New Competition: Collaboration at Work

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Competitive environments have long been valorized as the best way to bring out individual strengths, thus contributing to a stronger future organism and body as a whole. As the basis for natural selection, competition surrounds us and is inherent to our fundamental biology. This concept is also true for capital markets and business environments. Collaborative behaviors, while perhaps less assertive …

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Five Tips for Managing Employees Remotely

Everyone who manages employees knows there is value in being on site. Hands-on direct participation by managers helps ensure the team is running at its best. When I first became a manager, I was concerned that I could do the job effectively since I am a remote worker. I was afraid my physical absence would impede the team’s progress, but …

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In honor of Presidents’ Day: What I’ve learned about meetings from politics

Presidents’ Day is about more than mattress sales and a holiday from work; it’s a time to reflect on our country’s history. Today—the day traditionally observed as the birthday of George Washington, Father of our Country—we honor the lives and legacies of all our country’s presidents. Because we at PGi like to sometimes connect noble inspirations and daily achievements, we …

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How to collaborate remotely and make it work: perspectives for managers

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Telecommuting has recently been touted as one of the top four trends for 2013; oDesk CEO Gary Swart expands on this evolving work experience: It’s no secret that telecommuting, flexible work arrangements, distributed teams and even entirely virtual companies have exploded over the past few years. We’re bringing the work to the workers, reversing the almost antiquated model of bringing …

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Tech Tools That Make Collaboration Easier

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At first glance, collaborating in today’s tech-centric business world can seem a bit daunting. How are you going to meet? How are you going to schedule it? How are you going to remember that you scheduled it? And how are you going to meet effectively to maximize the benefit of your collaboration, whether meeting with your team in the office …

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Get the free eBook now! The Future of Business Collaboration

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Experts from PGi, Jive Software, Plantronics Developer Connection, BrandGlue, Jonathan Farrington & Associates and Frost & Sullivan bring you an exciting new eBook, The Future of Business Collaboration. The free eBook reviews the hottest trends in business collaboration today: Crowdsourcing and Social Business Technology The Consumerization of IT (BYOD, BYOA and more) Mobility and the Mobile Worker Social Media and …

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New Year’s Resolutions for Women in Business

Something about the changing of the calendar feels like an opportunity to begin anew, revive forgotten goals and live abandoned dreams. I find myself looking with fresh eyes upon the past and experiencing renewed energy into a future bright with possibilities. Like the other 72 million women working in America today, all with families, mortgages, kids’ soccer practice, the dinner …

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