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The World is Getting Smaller: How Tech is Enabling Business Collaboration on a Global Scale

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Next time you’re on a busy train or stuck in a line of traffic, remember this sobering thought: by 2015, there’ll be 7 billion people on the planet – that’s one heck of a busy train! 1.5 billion of those people will be mobile workers, some of whom are already using technology that brings us closer together and allows us …

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Continuing Education from Your Home Office

online learning

You’ve got your business plan for 2013, have set some goals to grow, are hitting the ground running, but chances are you’ve neglected a very important area for growth. You. With all the demands of work and life, we tend to neglect the life side of the equation and even more often, ourselves. One way to stretch your mind and …

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

working from home

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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Mobile collaboration: the future at your fingertips

mobile collaboration

The new business market is pushing workers toward increasing mobility and availability, regardless of work location. IDC estimated that by the beginning of this year, “mobile workers” would comprise one-third of the world’s working population. According to the Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCIF), a non-profit alliance of technology vendors: “one important driver for the growth of unified communication is mobility …

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Seven Deskercises to Keep Your Weight Loss New Year’s Resolution Alive

It’s January 3rd and health is in the air. As many of us are wrapping up the first week of our New Year’s resolution diets, you may be wondering how much longer your celery and kale weight loss plan will last. However, diet cannot be the only component to a healthy lifestyle. Incorporating exercise is an important key to staying …

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2013 is the Year of Revenue Heroes: 4 Tips for Deeper Customer Connection

I recently read a survey on change that asked people if they wrote New Year’s resolutions. It might seem like a given, but it’s clear: the people that wrote either resolutions or goals—or even a series of questions—ended up achieving more than those who didn’t. My favorite part was the fact that it didn’t matter when they wrote them—January, February, …

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3 Ways to Be a Human for the Holidays – ‘Tis the Season, Not the Selling

The herald angels have been harking (and hawking their wares) before Fall even adjusted its woolen scarf. We’ve been swathed in red-and-green packaging and dunked in faux-snow ad décor since before the fine Halloween episode of Modern Family. But no matter the name of the holiday we celebrate, now it’s mid-December—we’re all in. Holidays are in our heads: it’s, as …

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You Are How You Meet

When it comes to making a good first impression, there’s a reason why you avoid making them over the phone. Maybe it’s because, over time, you’ve learned the building blocks of establishing critical relationships—how you dress, body language, and your ability to focus on the other person—are all predominantly visual. These go out the window if the person on the …

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3 Ways Your Kid is a Better Sales Rep Than You—Proven, Virtual Communication Strategies

Why? My 6 year old son asks me this question at least 10 times a day—and his endless curiosity has led me to believe that sales people win when they use the same elementary approach to closing deals. So take out your pencils and jot down some notes—here are 3 communication strategies for becoming a better sales rep: 1. The …

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Scary Stories of Online Meetings Gone Wrong

It’s that time of year: Halloween. The day when the spirits of restless sales reps come back to roam our halls and cubicles once again. Their ghostly cries foretell dangers more ominous than we could ever imagine: Tech back your sales results – or else! The meeting is coming… from inside the house! This year, I thought we could take …

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iMeet improves video meetings and makes it even easier for guests to join

When you see a good thing, you know it. And here at PGi, we have seen how much people have enjoyed our iMeet® video meetings, especially on our iPhone® and iPad® mobile apps. Meeting on the go is very much a part of how people work. And the ever increasing popularity of our mobility solutions got us thinking. There’s no …

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An Open Letter to IT: We Need To Own Our Tech Decisions

At my breakout session at AAISP a few weeks ago, I asked the audience to raise their hands if they used some sort of conferencing tool. A ton of hands went up. Then, I asked those people if they themselves had picked that tool. Most of the hands went down. This illustrates a critical problem in sales organizations today. As …

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Put the Human Back in Human Resources with Video

Join me TODAY in Chicago at AA-ISP’s Frontline Conference Series!   The War on Talent is nothing new. I’m serious. The technology may have changed, but the basic principles you need to attain top talent haven’t changed at all in the last 15 years. Don’t believe me? Check this out: “Today, we are faced with a greater challenge than ever …

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Welcome to Cloud Collaboration Technology – We’ve Been Expecting You.

Last week I described the typical, nightmarish scenario that characterizes many sales calls. In the introduction, I mentioned a real-life conference call I had with a prospect when I heard the following comment: “I had no idea someone had brought this type of technology to the cloud – it’s about time.” And you know what? It is about time. Have you …

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Eight pop culture references to video conferencing

Once strictly reserved for Max Headroom, Marty McFly and the crew of the USS Enterprise, audio-video communications technology — videophones, webcams, videoconferencing, telepresence and the like — is now as ubiquitous as once-far-out contraptions such as microwave ovens and laptop computers. Although now a standard method of communicating with friends and loved ones in distant locales and conducting business in …

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7 Dangerous Meeting Personalities and How to Keep Them on Track

Dangerous Meetings

Whenever you’re meeting with a group, diverse meeting personalities emerge. Sometimes they work in harmony, fostering collaboration, creativity, and ultimately, productivity. However, occasionally more dangerous personalities bubble to the surface, personalities that have the capability to empower your meetings if properly handled, or ruin them if left unchecked. Here are 7 of the worst offenders and suggestions on how to manage …

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7 Ways to Win with Face-to-Face Results, Without the Cost

It’s possible to get your inside sales team to the level of an outside sales team. But not with your technology. And not with your existing sales processes. Many organizations have responded to pressure from the C-Suite by re-organizing with an inside sales model. However, these organizations struggle to build trust and close sales because their reps aren’t face-to-face with …

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Manage Your Company’s Video Conferencing Accounts with iMeet 2.0 “Cloud Controls”

Data retention policies have been around for 20+ years when all you needed was a few shredders and file cabinets to keep tabs on your company records. Since then, the way knowledge workers communicate and share information has changed drastically, making compliance a challenge and requiring companies to bring on teams of legal and security officers. Instead of opting out of …

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65% of federal agencies are ready for teleworking

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As mobile and Internet technology expands, the ability for more people to easily telework also expands. This is the case with private businesses as well as with government agencies. A new report from the Telework Exchange reveals that 65 percent of federal agencies have above-average information technology (IT) infrastructures that are capable of supporting teleworkers. Other key findings in the …

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iMeeters Find a New Home in the iMeet Community and PGi Blog

We want you to know about a couple of things we’re doing to improve your iMeet experience. Last week marked the official launch of the new iMeet Community. In our effort to help you have simple, refreshingly human online meetings, we’ve launched this powerful new forum where everything iMeet-related is in a single place: Q&As, ideas, user guides, video tutorials …

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