Web Conferencing

Santa Delivers iMeet to Deployed U.S. Troops

As a special thank you to the U.S. Military this holiday season, PGi is giving away free iMeet rooms to soldiers deployed overseas. We understand the sacrifices our troops make for our country and we want to bring their home and the ones they love closer to them. Through the stocking stuffer program, started by Lexi Kluge of Horizon Middle …

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9 Surefire Ways to Jumpstart Participation in Virtual Meetings

Last week, I listed 10 things your team really does on a web conference call. Keeping your team from being distracted is one thing, but getting them to fully engage in a virtual meeting is quite another. Here are 9 ways to get your team invested in your online meeting: Do your prep work + ask your team for some, …

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Web Therapy: It’s for Real… on Showtime

More proof that video conferencing is everywhere: Web Therapy on Showtime. Lisa Kudrow, of Friends‘ fame, stars as a passive aggressive therapist who can’t bear to meet with her clients in person. Instead she performs her shrink duties via video chat. The show is hilarious. The characters are slightly bent. And the use of video for therapy isn’t that far …

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GlobalMeet and iMeet: Different Tools for Different Meetings

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Both GlobalMeet and iMeet provide effective meeting tools, but as you consider the needs of your company, ask yourself how you frequently do business. Do you generally collaborate or do you tend to use a formal agenda? The following table can help you determine whether iMeet or GlobalMeet best suits your company’s meeting types: Meeting Type iMeet GlobalMeet Large all …

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eLearning Expert Uses Web Conferencing for Dynamic Online Training

Pete Lubeski, Sr. Manager of Learning Development for PGi, experienced the evolution from in-person training to eLearning throughout the 1990’s and into the new millennium. Pete shares his experiences, industry trends and expert advice to help corporate trainers deliver dynamic eLearning using the newest technologies, like web conferencing solution GlobalMeet. PGi: How did you get into corporate sales training? Pete: …

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I Hope Your Knowledge Workers are Outfitted to be Mobile and Flexible, Collaborating and Meeting Anywhere

In a recent Forbes article, Forrester Analyst TJ Keitt challenged businesses and their IT organization to assess if they are ready to support a flexible and mobile workforce outside of the firewall. “The bottom line is that if businesses are to smartly plan for and provision a mobile workforce, they need to have a firm grasp of what the issues …

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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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Telecommuting During the Snowpocalypse

In recent weeks, icy storms have swept the country. Dallas, Texas, felt colder than Anchorage, Alaska, last week, allowing many southerners to discover the art of building a snowman. Both private and public transportation can easily be impaired during winter storms; worse, drivers often learn the hard way how dangerous it is to drive on icy roads. However, weather difficulties …

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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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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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Why I need to work from anywhere: Because I am visiting the In-laws

EDITORIAL NOTE: Coming to an office is important, but sometimes telecommuting gives you that extra “quietness” to be productive or the flexibility to meet deadlines without wasting time sitting in traffic. Here are some reasons why the PGi Blog Team thinks the ability to work from anywhere is crucial in today’s world! Ok for the record, I love my in-laws. …

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Reasons to Work from Anywhere: Got to Get the Kids to Summer Camp!

EDITORIAL NOTE: Coming to an office is important, but sometimes telecommuting gives you that extra “quietness” to be productive or the flexibility to meet deadlines without wasting time sitting in traffic. Here are some reasons why the PGi Blog Team thinks the ability to work from anywhere is crucial in today’s world! Summer‚ it’s a time to relax, enjoy the pleasant …

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Tips For The Overbooked Soul

Sound familiar? “The Overbooked: Doesn’t know how to say no to a meeting invite so they attend them all. And are late to them all! The Overbooked generally greets team gatherings with “Sorry, I had a meeting that ran late…”” Are you an Overbooked Soul? Keep your priorities list right in front of you, every day. Before you accept a …

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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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Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down: Telemedicine

The healthcare system in the US continues to stay in the spotlight. One offering, called telemedicine, is seen by many as a way to extend choice to patients who live in rural communities or professionals who are too busy to schedule doctor appointments.In the video “A New Kind of House Call”on CNN.com, you can see a reporter meet with a …

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Give a Better Presentation – Try This Activity

This is my presentation tip for the day: From many presentations I’ve sat in on over the last decade, I know many of you struggle with this: LESS IS MORE I definitely struggle with this – there’s often so much good material to share that I want to 1) make sure it gets out and 2) make sure my meeting participants have …

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Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down – Wedding Webcasts

Next up in our “Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down” series- wedding webcasts. How many brides and grooms have heard the disappointing words “I won’t be able to make your wedding” from a favorite friend or relative? The reality in today’s world of far-flung friends and family, along with high travel costs, is that many couples simply can’t have everyone that …

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My 2010 Meeting Resolutions: Taking a Tip from Google

If you think you have a lot of meetings, talk to Google VP of Search Products, Marissa Mayer. She’s in over 70 meeting every week. Yet, she credits her meeting structure for leading to some of Google’s most innovative ideas. In a recent BusinessWeek article (“How to run a meeting like Google”), Mayer lists her six steps to running successful …

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I Love a Good Meeting, and This is Why (or, 6 Musts for a Productive Meeting)

First thing’s first… Our CMO, Jackie Yeaney, posted this fantastic blog post on Fast Company, and I couldn’t agree more. All signs for me point to Meeting Maestro. Have you figured out what kind of meeting personality you are? — Do you love meetings? I love meetings. Let me tell you why. I live in San Francisco. My teams are …

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