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iMeet Hanging at the ‘Most Creative People in Business’ Event

Some of the PGi and iMeet team were fortunate enough to be present at Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business event which was – frankly – amazing and inspiring. And fodder for this blog. Here is my recap: You should be following @baratunde. Follow him now. He is funny. And serious. And seriously funny. And he used the …

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Introducing the Award-Winning iMeet

The people have spoken. And we can hear soul-sucking meeting haters rejoicing around the world. Thanks to an overwhelming groundswell of support from the iMeet user community, earlier this week, PGi was awarded a People’s Choice Stevie Award for its latest innovation, iMeet, at the 2011 American Business Awards (ABA) reception. iMeet took home the trophy in the Favorite New …

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Like Father’s Day, Like Son … How I’ll Be Using Video Conferencing In A New Way This Weekend

Sometimes I’m so passionate about the value iMeet brings to companies that I don’t get a chance to reflect on how valuable it has become in my personal life. On May 24th of this year, my son was born, and it was the best day of my life. Chase James McCormick. I have always been told that having a child …

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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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Dog Bless You: Leading with Compassion at SXSW 2011

When the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan last week, the country’s devastation instantly vaulted to the forefront of Austin’s SXSW interactive conference. Developers, bloggers, tech gurus and philanthropists all united to spread the word and their generosity to aid Japan during this time of need. Sean O’Brien, Senior Vice President of Strategy & Communications at PGi had the opportunity to …

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Exploring the World with iMeet

After our “One World, One Room” meeting, the PGi team felt exhilarated. The very fact that we had shared in the experience of connecting colleagues, coworkers and friends all around the world, representing every continent, left us thrilled. We felt like explorers spreading the power of iMeet. And news travels fast. The iMeet experience has now reached reviewer Aliza Sherman …

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Get Face-to-Face and be More Productive

The best virtual meetings deliver the personal nature of face-to-face meetings but encourage convenience and efficiency too. As well, businesses want online meetings to be simple; simplicity increases the likelihood that you’ll receive more employee buy-in.

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Not Your Average Conference Call

It goes without saying at PGi we host a lot of meetings. A. Lot. Of. Meetings. In fact, we’ve been the technology behind nearly half a billion meetings in the last five years. The fearless blog team, which includes some superstars in our Care organization, started talking about some of the wacky calls that have taken place over the years. …

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PGi in the HBR: Who Should be Your Chief Collaboration Officer?

At PGi, we take meetings seriously and understand the complexities of managing an organization’s collaboration needs. Check out this Harvard Business Review blog co-authored by PGi’s own Scott Tapp and Berkley professor Morten Hansen: link.

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To Go Green, the U.S. Government Will Expand Use of Web Conferencing

In a July 26th article about teleworking on FederalTimes.com, it was noted that the U.S. government was pledging to cut green house gas emission caused by their workers by 13% before the end of 2020. A couple methods they plan to use is encouraging workers to telework more and taking advantage of online meeting technologies. Tim Kauffman states that “to …

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Are You Hung Up About the Right Time to Host a Meeting?

In today‚Äôs information packed world, the timing of your message can mean everything. Want a Journalist‚Äôs attention? According to a¬†recent Business Wire poll, Tuesday mornings are¬†the optimal time to send a news release. If you‚Äôve just written a new blog post for your readers, try publishing on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. According to Daily Blog Tips, these tend to …

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In Plain English: Global Conference Calling Explained

Global conference calling sounds great, and it’s a term you hear often. But what exactly does it mean, anyway? In the USA and Canada, most of us are quite familiar with the regular old conference call- dial a toll or toll free number, enter a passcode, and you’re “good to go.” When it comes time for someone outside North America …

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Why I need to work from anywhere: Banks, Physical Therapy, Doctor’s Appointments and Everyone Else You Have to Work Around

Have you ever noticed that you always have to go out of your way to make it to the bank on time? You’re always the one who has to leave in the middle of your day to visit the doctor? It’s like everyone in financial and health services has decided their hours are going to be 9-5 only (with a …

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Reasons to work from anywhere: Because I am pregnant

The light ahead is fast approaching. I am in my last two months of my first pregnancy and let’s just say I have learned A LOT on the way. In the beginning, most of the other moms I talked to went on and on about how wonderful it feels to be pregnant. The reality is that it is not all …

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Upcoming PGi and BNet WebCast on June 23rd at 12pm EST

Join us for an upcoming web seminar, Making the Return on Collaboration Real: Hassle Free Online Conferencing, PGi is hosting in conjunction with BNet.com on June 23rd at 12pm EST. Attend this webcast, hosted by Peter Stewart, PGi’s VP of Product Innovation & Strategic Partnerships, to learn more about the “Return on Collaboration” and the benefits companies realize from efficiently …

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The Fake Meeting

People often complain about having too many meetings. And they have good reason to. Take one look at the typical Outlook calendar and it’s usually packed 9-5 Monday through Friday. Meetings are a necessary tool in business. There’s no way around the fact that collaboration is essential to success in most situations. But when all you do is meet – …

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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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More on Face To Face: Making Social Local

PGi recently sponsored several events during South by Southwest in Austin, TX, aka SXSW. PGi CMO Jackie Yeaney wrote about her experience on the Fast Company website, in the blog Making Social Local at SXSW. Notable quote from Jackie: “Truth is, even though the typical SXSW attendee loves meeting in the social space, they can’t escape the fact that humans …

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5 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Meeting Provider

The web meeting (aka web conferencing) market has continued to experience 25% plus growth over the past year despite the global recession. More and more people are turning to virtual meetings to cut costs, increase efficiency, and enhance productivity. With demand comes supply, and a flurry of new providers have appeared on the horizon. So when it’s time to choose …

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