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Building the Best Presentation Game Plan

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When executed correctly, presentations can be a powerful tool that can bring a crowd to their feet and leave them wanting more. The problem is—this rarely happens. We’ve all attended a bad presentation. Over three million bad PowerPoint presentations happen every day. According to a recent PGi survey, 80 percent of attendees have checked email during a presentation, 60 percent …

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7 Random Facts About Global Information Workers

As an analyst relations professional I have taken numerous business trips and attended a wide variety of networking events. As many of you have experienced, networking events are not always as warm and fuzzy as the ridiculously photogenic crowd depicted in the invite, and unexpected conversation starters can be a great way to push past the initial awkwardness of meeting strangers. There …

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Security and Sensitive Information: How to Collaborate Securely

With so much information being shared between individuals and companies online, the security of exchanged data is paramount. Audio and web conferencing in particular can be dangerous if not properly secured. Proprietary industry information, corporate financial data, product and marketing strategies—these all are shared virtually in our new mobile, interconnected work environments. The protection of that data is two-fold: the …

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Doing Business in a Mobile-First World

Mobility is the fastest growing technology trend, ever. Adoption of mobile technology in the last decade has been twice as fast as Internet adoption in the 90s and three times faster than social networking adoption in the 2000s. Technology giants like Google, Apple and Microsoft are pushing full-steam ahead into the mobile space, pouring development and advertising dollars into tablets, …

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Nerd Alert: Food Apps for the Culinarily Challenged

As a true tech nerd, whenever I’m faced with a challenge, my first instinct is to seek out an app to help solve the problem. When I wanted to lose weight, I started with a Couch to 5K app and then transitioned to Nike+ to track my workouts. When I wanted to find a way to better manage my bills, …

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5 Fun Ways to Stay in Touch with Family

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I live in Atlanta while my immediate family lives in Jacksonville, FL. I also have family who lives on the West Coast, others who live in the Bahamas and a best friend who lives in Spain. It’s common for people to have friends and family who are spread all over the world—relatives often relocate for work or retirement. With the …

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Weird, Interesting & Cool Ways People are Using Technology

Every day, we’re surrounded by innovative technology that improves and streamlines our personal and professional lives. Tech like smartphones, tablets, GPS systems and positioning sensors have given rise to new, context-sensitive applications for our hardware and software that give us the information we need when we need it. However, beyond the practical business and personal implications of such technology lie …

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How to Manage Long-Distance Client Relationships

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Today, a client may be right around the corner or located on the other side of the world. Thanks to new innovations in technology, many companies are interacting with their clients through several different communication channels. The following tips will help you create strong connections with prospects and maintain a personal connection with your current clients—no matter their locations. Emails …

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Nerd Alert: Science Fiction Stories That Are Now Reality

Pocket-sized computers of immense power. Augmented reality heads-up displays. Graphical interfaces manipulated purely by touch. Just a few short years ago, these ideas were the purview of science fiction stories, impossible visions of a hyper-technological future. Today? These ideas are visions of Thursday. It can be easy to forget, when we’re completely immersed in technology on a daily basis, just …

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The Benefits and Challenges of Producing Cloud Software

One of the reasons that PGi has been in business for over twenty years is our adaptability. We pioneer technological innovation and bring those technologies to bear to provide industry-leading collaboration solutions to our customers all over the globe. Today, PGi has shifted its collaboration infrastructure into the cloud, providing GlobalMeet®, iMeet® and GlobalMeet Audio through web-based cloud software applications. …

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6 Reasons Why Your Small Business Might Benefit from Freelance Workers

If your small business is growing much more quickly than you expected—or you temporarily need help from professionals with specialized skills—freelance workers might be a smart option for you. Here’s why: Flexible labor and benefits costs. Hiring a full-time employee with benefits can be a big commitment for any small business — but hiring freelancers may be a more flexible choice. “When …

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PGi Helps You and Your Base Cross the Communications Chasm

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. Many businesses today are faced with the arduous task of crossing a communications chasm. On one side, you have the technologies of yesterday: email, faxes and deskphones, …

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Reinventing your Relationship with Technology

Whether you consider it true love or strictly platonic, you have a deep relationship with technology. We all do. We’re literally surrounded by it; it’s in our pockets, our cars, at our desks and at virtually every shop, restaurant or other establishment we visit. Our day-to-day professional and personal lives are conducted in and out of various apps, devices, software …

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Trade Casual Fridays for Virtual Fridays

If you work in a traditional office, then you probably appreciate Casual Fridays as much as I do, the day when we can shed our slacks and suits for jeans and short sleeves. It’s a welcome reprieve to kick off the weekend and often leads to a more relaxed and fun atmosphere at the office. However, with the rise of …

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Ready Player One and the Immersive Tech of the Future

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Over the summer, I read the fantastic novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, a story of a recession-ridden future where the Internet and gaming culture have completely taken over the world’s consciousness. Nearly every aspect of society in Cline’s novel—school, shopping, work, gaming, socializing—takes place in a massive, virtual simulation dubbed the “OASIS.” The novel touched on two of …

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New iOS 7 Features for Easier Collaboration

With the usual amount of fanfare, Apple released its latest mobile operating system, iOS 7, on September 18th. iOS 7 represents the most drastic overhaul for the iPhone® and iPad® to date; the entire OS has been completely redesigned from top to bottom. iOS 7 features hundreds of new features and a completely redesigned aesthetic. While I may be an …

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The Changing Face of Entrepreneurship: Trends to Watch

Entrepreneurship is very near and dear to my heart. While my title and responsibilities may have changed over the years, I still picture myself as the young kid paving driveways at sixteen, passionate about having a business of my own. I’ve said many times over the years that the entrepreneurial spirit can be summed up in two words: risk and …

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Nine Ways to Work More Securely

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The security of your computer and data are crucial for you and the success of your company. Lost or stolen information can reveal company secrets or expose your confidential or personal information. The more you do to keep your computer secure, the safer your information will be. Use these nine tips to learn ways you can work more securely, help …

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The Crossroads of Gen Y and Business Tech

The Millennial generation, of which I am a member, is the largest percentage of any one generation in the workplace today. Gen Y has a very different set of interests, personality traits and ambitions than previous generations: we’re mobile, social and technologically savvy, and we expect our business environments to facilitate these traits. It’s not merely an issue of making …

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How Social Media is Transforming the Role of HR Recruiters

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Social media has changed the way people work and think. You can gain access to multiple social media sites via a computer, mobile phone and even a tablet. One tweet or status update can potentially notify thousands of individuals in a matter of seconds. When change occurs, you will usually find those who accept it with open arms, while others …

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