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10 Tips for More Engaging Online Meetings

Keeping your participants attentive and engaged is a challenging part of any meeting, but with online meetings it can be even tougher. You don’t know if your guests are paying attention or multitasking on their smartphone. With that in mind, here are 10 tips to try to make your next online meeting more engaging for you and your attendees: [slideshare …

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Overcoming the Fear of Virtual Meetings

virtual meetings

Have you ever been nervous or just plain frightened to be a part of a virtual meeting? Don’t fret! You are not alone. So many different people, locally and globally, suffer from apprehension towards this newly adopted technology. All of those butterflies flying around in your stomach can be eliminated with the right mindset and training: Be Prepared No one …

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The Convergence of Innovation in Tech and Business

innovation

The word “innovation” means different things to different people. For some, it’s all about the latest and greatest gadgets and technology, from smartphones and wearable tech to cloud computing and big data. For others, innovation is the pursuit of more efficient processes and methodologies, thinking “outside the box” (to use a tired cliché) and disrupting organizational conventions in the pursuit …

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10 Things NOT to Do in an Online Job Interview

online job interviews

In our busy world today, the online job interview has become the norm.  Hectic schedules for interviewers and potential employees make it easier to meet face-to-face virtually.  However, don’t be mistaken—just because you are not physically in the same place as the interviewer does not mean you get a free pass to act and present yourself in a more casual …

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Leverage Webinars Internally for Virtual Town Halls

webinar

When we hear the term “webinar,” we tend to think of an online educational session, speaker or Q&A session designed to simulate an in-person event online. A company we like hosts the event, the topic piques our interest, we sign up and attend to gain some (hopefully) valuable new insights on our role, department or industry. But what about leveraging …

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My Telecommuting Personality: The Multitasker

technology for the mobile worker

A recent PGi survey revealed that 80 percent of us work for companies that allow flexible work arrangements. Is your personality a perfect fit for a telecommuting career? We recently released a free eBook titled, “7 Telecommuting Personalities”, which describes seven personalities of individuals who telecommute. As a telecommuter, it’s important to realize your strengths and weaknesses so you can …

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Four Companies Pushing the Presentation Boundaries

presentations

Throughout my years on Wall Street and working in investor relations, I have seen (and given) literally thousands of presentations. Despite all of our technological advances, the humble presentation is still often the best way to pitch your company, sell your product, justify your project or simply tell your story. As creative collaborators, we’re always on the lookout for new …

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Is BYOD Killing Collaboration?

byod

BYOD is great for the user. It’s a story of user empowerment. It’s a story of increased user technical acumen, preference and choice. But BYOD can be a catastrophe for businesses, particularly the IT department which is already under siege from all sides. Their budgets are shifting, moving outside their department. CMOs are out-spending CTOs and CIOs on technology at …

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4 Tips to Engage Your Webinar Audience

online meeting tools

Keeping your audience engaged during an in-person meeting can be challenging enough. Now, try keeping their attention during a webinar. Computers, tablets and smartphones are full of potential distractions like fun apps, emails, phone calls and text messages. Things can go bad very quickly when you’re hosting a meeting via one of these devices. As businesses continue to grow and …

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What Conference Calls Looked Like in the Past

Effective communication is imperative to the success of any business. The tools and methods used to communicate have significantly evolved over the years. From the pony express of the 1800s to today’s innovative voice and video communications, businesses have used their available resources to effectively communicate with others. Conference calls have been a very popular communications option. Party lines, one …

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Evolve or Die Part 5: Swap Older Tools for Online Meeting Tools

Companies are spending big money to find quality prospects. The costs of advertising, content marketing, trade shows, list buying and email programs can add up quickly. It’s also up to the sales reps to schedule a meeting with prospects and create a strong enough connection so they can close the deal. In the perfect world, you’d always be face-to-face when …

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5 Things to do After an Online Meeting

virtual meetings

Congratulations. You successfully prepared for your online meeting and it was a hit. Now that the meeting is over, you’re done right? Not exactly. The steps you take after the meeting are just as crucial as any other steps you took while preparing for the meeting. 1.       Record the meeting Meeting minutes are a record of the entire meeting. Normally, …

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5 Videos that will Make you an iMeet Rockstar

Online meetings are growing in popularity. As businesses become more global, these tools are vital so they can continue to communicate and collaborate with clients and employees no matter their geographical location. As a result, companies all over the world are quickly discovering how iMeet can help drive their businesses forward. iMeet has several features that help make it the …

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A Collaborative Look at the Internet of Things

internet of things

Technology continues to evolve toward an ever-connected Internet of Things, with new wearables and smart devices being developed and announced at an increasing rate. The impact of this phenomenon over the next few years will be practically limitless, revolutionizing industries from health and wellness to shipping and logistics and everything in between. According to an ongoing Pew Research project in …

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Is Telecommuting Policy a Sign of Corporate Success?

telecommuting policy

Telecommuting is a hot-button issue for modern businesses. Some believe it to be a killer of productivity and company culture and have outright banned it. Others embrace fully flexible work styles, designing entire workspaces around employees that come and go at will. Many businesses, however, find themselves in the middle. They’ve begun embracing some of the benefits telecommuting can provide, …

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10 Stats on Workation Nation & The Virtual Workforce

As the school year draws to a close and warmer temperatures approach, everyone’s thoughts turn to ditching the office for sun, sand and shore. However, it can be practically impossible to fully unplug these days; it’s so easy and tempting to stay connected to the office with our smartphones always nearby. Some people are even turning to workations to fit …

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5 Telecommuting Tips that Will Keep You Connected with Your Team

online meeting tool

Telecommuting has gained in popularity and shows no signs of slowing down. Thanks to tools like virtual meetings software, colleagues are able to collaborate face-to-face even if they are part of a geographically dispersed group. Unfortunately, after a while, some remote workers begin to feel disconnected from the rest of their team. Try these five tips to keep your remote …

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3 Tips to Organize Your Virtual Office Space

virtual meetings

In a work world increasingly dominated by mobile devices, virtual meetings and telecommuting, our “offices” are becoming more and more virtual. It doesn’t matter if you’re at home, at your favorite coffee shop, in the car or at your desk, you’re in your “office” and ready to work. However, like any office, even a virtual office can quickly become overrun …

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5 Other Ways to Use Your Online Meeting Tool

online meeting tool

As passionate collaborators, we spend a lot of time talking about having better meetings here at PGi. Online meeting tools like iMeet® and GlobalMeet® are designed to make your meetings simpler, more effective and more productive. But they don’t just have to be for meetings! The technology powering online collaboration can be used for a variety of fun uses that …

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The Power of Context: Unlocking the Intelligence of Apps

Agenday Smart Calendar App

In a recent piece for VentureBeat, PGi’s CEO Boland Jones wrote that “…business apps still aren’t smart enough—or, more appropriately, they are ’smart‘ in all the wrong ways.” The heart of making smarter apps comes with context; bringing relevant information to users at relevant times, rather than just bombarding them with features and data or forcing them to do the …

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