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5 Horrifying Meeting Mistakes That Will Keep You up at Night

From haunted houses and scary corn mazes to slasher flicks and your coworkers’ “Halloween costumes”, this time of year can bring around some pretty creepy and horrifying things. But sometimes even the most mundane things can be scary. Case and point: meetings. Even the most ordinary of meetings can be scary, especially if you dare to make any of these five …

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The 7 Types of People who Waste Time in Meetings

different personalities for meetings

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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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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The Key to Productive Meetings is the Way You End It

Meetings happen all the time in the business world. In fact, 11 million formal meetings take place daily in the United States—that’s three billion meetings per year. It’s hard to imagine how anyone can get their work done when they’re involved in so many meetings. Most people don’t like meetings because often times they’re long, boring, unproductive and ultimately a …

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Digital Nomad Tip #10: Invest in Better Mobile Meetings

You might be 5,000 miles away, but no one has to know about it. As Sci-Fi technology comes to life, business professionals and Domestic CEOs alike can take location out of the conversation and conduct business wherever and whenever. As someone who is constantly looking for better ways to connect with work and family while on the go, having a …

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SXSW 2011 – Keeping People Connected

Jumping from panel to panel and party to party, it was so exciting to be a part of SXSW® 2011. Loads of creativity, brainpower and technology thrived while thousands of festival goers took to the streets, the Convention Center, meeting rooms and nearly every nook and cranny of downtown Austin. When reflecting on SXSW and everything that happened over the …

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Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down: Meetings in Coffee Shops

Anyone who’s been to a coffee shop in the last few years (which is about 99.7% of the population) knows that many people use them as virtual offices. They arrive in the morning, laptop in tow, and spend the day drinking coffee, eating muffins, and getting work done. But is a coffee shop really the right place for a meeting? …

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Why I need to work from anywhere: Because I am visiting the In-laws

EDITORIAL NOTE: Coming to an office is important, but sometimes telecommuting gives you that extra “quietness” to be productive or the flexibility to meet deadlines without wasting time sitting in traffic. Here are some reasons why the PGi Blog Team thinks the ability to work from anywhere is crucial in today’s world! Ok for the record, I love my in-laws. …

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Hi Boss- A Gigantic Plume of Volcanic Ash Is Preventing Me From Attending Your Important Meeting

We all plan as much as much as we can. But sometimes, things simply happen that are out of our control. For example, the volcanic eruption in Iceland continues to ground hundreds of flights and strand thousands of passengers. According to CNN, Why Planes Should Stay Grounded, the disruption in air travel may continue for several days or even weeks …

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Anatomy of a Successful Meeting – Part One: Planning

Every year, PGi hosts 40 million meetings. Multiply that by the average time it takes to convene, and that’s a lot of time spent in meetings! So, how do we make the best use of that time to make sure our meetings are as productive as possible? According to an article from Ad Age, the majority of meetings could be …

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Meeting Resolutions: Resolving to See the World Around Me

As PGi develops products that promote global communications, nurturing “one world” philosophy as geographic boundaries blur, I find myself continually inspired by the cross-cultural networks we support. Here in the microcosm of the Austin PGi office, the cube walls are low and the camaraderie is high – truly, we connect. We share a collaborative, light-hearted atmosphere where conversations run the …

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My 2010 Meeting Resolutions: Taking a Tip from Google

If you think you have a lot of meetings, talk to Google VP of Search Products, Marissa Mayer. She’s in over 70 meeting every week. Yet, she credits her meeting structure for leading to some of Google’s most innovative ideas. In a recent BusinessWeek article (“How to run a meeting like Google”), Mayer lists her six steps to running successful …

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