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The 5 Phases of a Bad Meeting Pandemic

bad meeting outbreak

Typically, a meeting will go something like this: the host sets intentions and expectations, resources and people are gathered, an invitation is sent with detailed instructions, the meeting kicks off on time with introductions, questions and note-taking spark engagement, the host wraps up with next steps and a follow-up email recaps and reminds every worker of their responsibilities and deadlines. …

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5 Most Annoying Online Meeting Personalities

annoying people in meetings

Whether you’re clicking to join or filing into a conference room, every meeting’s got collabohaters. They chomp up precious meeting time, disrupt your agenda and make it extremely hard for you to accomplish anything. Here’s a quick guide to identify some of the most annoying personalities taking over your online meetings: 1. The Vader Breather: The noisiest people during online …

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Tech-Free vs. Tech-Aided: Do Gadgets Belong in Your Meetings?

devices in meetings

In your next business meeting, look around. Is someone glancing at their smartwatch every minute, tapping on a smartphone, opening up email on a laptop or scrolling through Twitter on a tablet? The average worker now carries multiple devices with them at work, and those gadgets follow them everywhere, from the desk to meetings. However, not all companies agree on whether …

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Who Controls Your Workday? Choose When You Meet With Free/Busy

meetings and workday interruptions

You have the incredible ability, more than ever, to autonomously manage your time and choose the order of tasks in your workday—when you respond to emails, whether you tackle big or small projects first, when you stop to think and when you hunker down to work. And then, ping! It’s time to meet in 15 minutes. Workers independently shape their …

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Are Your Online Meetings Missing This Key Person?

meeting yoda

Hosting online meetings requires you to wear a lot of hats and juggle lots of moving parts, but if you constantly find yourself running out of time, losing engagement or getting off track, your online meetings may be missing this key person. Why You Need a Meeting Yoda How do you ensure your meetings stay on track? Assign a Yoda, …

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The Meetings Equation [SlideShare]

business meetings tips flow chart

Meetings. We workers of the world LOVE to HATE the most common way business pros get together to get work done. If only there were some sort of formula, some equation, that helped us figure out an answer to the age-old business question: to meet or not to meet? Take heart, modern workers of the world! We’ve created a meeting …

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Should You Schedule a Meeting? A Flowchart Helps You Decide

Should You Schedule a Meeting

Wait a second, should you really hold that meeting? A simple meeting tool could help you determine, once and for all, whether your meetings are truly productive or a big waste of everyone’s time. Recently, Harvard Business Review shared a five-step flowchart, created by time management coach Elizabeth Grace Saunders, to help you decide if you should hold your next …

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Recap: Forrester’s Forum for Sales Enablement Leaders

PGi at Forrester Forum

The theme of the Forrester’s Forum For Sales Enablement Professionals this week in Scottsdale, Ariz. was “Win in B2B By Optimizing All Your Sales Channels,” and the session topics ranged from sales in a digital environment to sales enablement and transformation to customer alignment. But really, this conference was all about customer engagement, according to Seismic, through the entire buyer’s …

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The Increasing Importance of Virtual Meetings for Team Building

team building

Team building is a challenge. Getting different personalities to work and succeed together is a task in itself, but with the addition of distance and physical barriers, team building becomes increasingly more difficult, as well as increasingly more important. Without ongoing communication and tools like virtual meetings, virtual teams cannot develop cohesive work relationships, and in turn, group goals suffer. …

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Can Virtual Meetings Weatherize the Workforce?

snow storm impact

The cost of lost productivity during severe weather isn’t only a nationwide, economic concern but also a source of financial distress for individual businesses. However, can companies avert the loss of output during snow days with tools like telecommuting and virtual meetings? The Cost of City Shutdowns The economic impact of the latest U.S. blizzard, Juno, is still only a …

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The Best and Worst Times for Meetings

best time for online meetings

Choosing the perfect time to meet is almost as complex and challenging as executing the meeting itself. To start, you have to find a time when everyone is available across time zones and account for those who may be on flex schedules. You also have to meet at a time that attention spans and cognitive aptitudes are at their peaks …

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Why Online Meetings Seem More Popular Now Than Ever

online meetings

Companies once viewed video communication as more of a novelty than a necessity, but now, online meetings are a regular part of the modern workday. Now that businesses have exhausted audio-only and email collaboration, what were once tools for the forward-thinking organization are now quickly becoming essentials at most companies. Suddenly, companies are making a concerted push to add video …

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What’s the Worst Late for Meeting Excuse You’ve Heard?

worst late excuses

Do your co-workers offer crazy excuses for being late to your virtual meetings? They may be amusing, and in our increasingly flexible work world, even permissible, but if you really want better meetings, you need a solution for those latecomers and their outrageous excuses. Excuses for Tardiness at Work Reach Bizarre New Levels Employees drum up some pretty ridiculous excuses for …

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How to Show Gratitude to Your Remote Team

remote teams

I’ve never ascribed to the notion that my team should be thankful for being employed, or that they somehow owe me or the company a debt for giving them a job. Rather, I endeavor to surround myself with people that humble me with their contributions and skills, people that I am thankful to have the pleasure to know and work …

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3 Virtual Team Building Activities for Happier Holidays

virtual team building activities

As we try to bring a little extra gratitude into the workplace this month, our thoughts turn to all of the great events that mark the holiday season in the workplace: holiday parties, team get-togethers, But what about virtual teams? With the increasing prevalence of flexible and remote work opportunities, teams can be more dispersed than ever before, across town …

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5 Scary Good Presentation Ideas From Top Halloween Movies

scary presentations

Do presentation nightmares cripple you with fear more than slasher flicks and creature features? Then it’s time to change up your game so you’re the final survivor standing in your horror movie. Follow these five presentation ideas and lessons from some of your favorite Halloween films to escape your presentation nightmares: 1. Seize attention in your opening slide. Be aggressive …

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How to Keep Presentation Fears From Holding You Back at Work

presentation nightmares

“Why does the Wi-Fi have to stall now?”…”Yikes, what was I going to say?”…”Gurgle—of all the days I skip breakfast!” Presentations at work are nightmares for many employees. Even presenting to a small room can provoke anxieties about your lack of storytelling or technical skills, your rumbling stomach, wardrobe malfunctions or your ability to answer tough questions. You’re not alone. …

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Quick Poll: What Are Your Presentation Nightmares?

Ripped slacks. Heckling from the audience. Total brain freeze. Wrong answers in a Q&A. Crickets in the audience. For business professionals everywhere, giving presentations can be the thing of nightmares. In honor of Halloween, the scariest time of year, we want to know your most horrifying presentation nightmares. Take this quick poll … And you could be the lucky winner …

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5 Reasons Why Your Meetings Are Bad (and How to Fix Them)

Wasting Time

Collaboration is the key to getting work done, and one huge, inescapable component of collaboration is meetings. We all need to get together sometimes to discuss the next phase of the project, review a document, brainstorm new ideas or simply get all of the necessary minds around a table to hash out a problem together. Why, then, are meetings almost …

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The Technology Powering Modern Workstyles

workstyles

If there’s one thing I’ve learned working in collaboration, it’s that people work differently. Whether it’s a team in another department or even the person sitting next to you, your workstyle is uniquely your own—the things that motivate you and drive your productivity may do nothing for your colleagues. And that’s okay. The technology that drives our workday forward has …

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