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Ashley Speagle

Ashley Speagle is a Florida-born, Georgia-raised communications specialist, couch movie critic, dream interpreter, acrophobic adventure seeker, outdoors enthusiast, and easy-going introvert.

An Introvert’s Guide to Collaboration: Surviving Meetings

being an introvert at work

My job requires lots of meetings, and my calendar is never empty. I have standing weekly and monthly meetings with my supervisor, team and other departments, not to mention other meetings on the fly, team lunches, outings and company events. And it just so happens that I’m an introvert working at a company with a passion for collaboration. In fact, PGi …

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Infographic: How Technology Empowers Productivity

infographic productivity tools

Operating a leaner, smarter, more agile business requires not only better productivity but also a more collaborative environment. However, the average workday is full of missed meetings, emails, project deadlines and to-do items, and it’s hard to get ahead when you’re still falling behind. Fortunately, for every roadblock in your way, there’s a solution to get you back on track …

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Top 4 SlideShares for Work Productivity Tips

Productivity Tips

At the start of the New Year, we pile on goals to do more and more with our time at work, but when we try to do everything, sometimes we end up getting less done. Some of the most productive moves you can make are simply making smart decisions about what to let go of. Here are the top five …

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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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3 Unique Apps for Work Productivity Outside the Box

productivity apps

Everyone’s always searching for a fresh new way to be smarter, faster and more efficient during the workday. Drink your coffee at just the right time to get the most from your java buzz, create daily goals to stay on track, meet online to save time and schedule work activities according to your energy levels for maximum productivity at work. …

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Is the Conference Call Still Relevant in 2015?

conference calls

When an employee needs to collaborate across a distance, today they can communicate with video or even make a polished presentation using webcasting and webinars. With more engaging, interactive options available than ever, is the conference call still relevant in 2015? Are Conference Calls Still Relevant? Conference calls have a spotty reputation among workers. They are notorious for being unproductive, …

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How the Heck Do You Measure Productivity?

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You analyze your sleep, track your steps, monitor your mood and log your exercise, but why aren’t you measuring your productivity at work? As everything gets smart, everyone’s getting smarter about collecting and using data, but measuring productivity still seems to be an elusive, hard-to-quantify task. The Complexity of Measuring Productivity Traditionally to measure productivity, you simply need to track …

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5 Ways to Start 2015 With a Productivity Bang

productivity at work

Do you have big goals this year to earn a promotion, negotiate a higher salary or step up your leadership skills? Then you need to prove you can go above and beyond your job title. What you really need is better productivity at work. Before you search for time management hacks, first revisit what’s not working and start breaking bad …

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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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Telecommuting Tips for Last-Minute Holiday Shoppers

last-minute holiday shopping

About 79 percent of Americans plan to finish up holiday shopping at the last minute, according to the American Express Spending & Saving Tracker. And, to keep up with the holiday flurry, many workers will turn to the flexibility of telecommuting to stay connected while shopping, traveling and minding the kids on winter break. Working from home during the holidays …

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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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Are You Not Entertained? Creating Compelling Webinar Content

compelling webinar content

Offering valuable, expert content is one of the biggest challenges for marketers because of oversaturation. Increasingly, more brands are casting a bigger net for leads using webinars, creating competition with your own web events using the same tactics and topics. Plus, what can you tell your audience that they already don’t know? Today’s buyers are smart, consuming content across devices for …

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What All Engaging Webinars Have in Common

webinar engagement

No one is paying attention to your webinar—and that’s OK. Attached to your grand presentation idea and all the planning you’ve put into it, you have big dreams for your web event, but it’s only sensible to accept that webinar attendees will hardly ever give you their full attention. If they’re not chatting or eating, they’re checking Twitter, emailing or …

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Why You Should Be Shopping Online Right Now Instead of Working

online shopping at work

Today on Cyber Monday, we kick off a month of credit card swiping and sale scouting, as well as the start of a frenzy of gift swaps, holiday parties, cubicle decorating contests, potlucks and other ongoing disruptions to the workday. With revenue and productivity at work still top-of-mind for management, all of the blinking bulbs, tacky sweaters and sprinkled cookies …

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Tips for Being a More Gracious Worker

gratitude in the workplace

Finding gratitude in the workplace is somewhat like seeing a unicorn in the woods. Although the office is one of the places most in need of increased positivity and better relationships, are we doing enough to show appreciation at work? Gratitude’s good for teamwork and collaboration, building your social intelligence, motivating your teammates, helping you build rapport and cultivating trust. …

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All in a Day’s Work: Moving from Sync to Async and Back Again

types of collaboration

Within 15 minutes of waking up, you swim through fresh emails waiting to be clicked on your smartphone. Then, nestled into your 9:00 meeting at the office, you probably peek at your inbox again in between conversations and presentations. While locked into your cubicle, you sync a file to your team workspace, send a funny link to your colleague …

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Telecommuting Tips: Building Rapport on Virtual Teams

telecommuting tips

Workplace trends show that telecommuting is the future of work, but separated by miles, virtual teams struggle to develop working relationships. Without conversational moments by the break room microwave, or a cubicle neighbor to borrow a highlighter, how do virtual teams build rapport` Telecommuting Tips: Becoming More Successful & Trustworthy Virtual teams are beneficial and even critical to some businesses. To be …

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Webcasting vs. Web Conferencing: Do You Know the Difference?

webcast vs web conference

Webcasting and web conferencing: tomayto, tomahto, right? Both technologies transmit audio and video online for download-free presentations and interactive meetings, so you can communicate with anyone from miles away. Actually, webcasting and web conferencing are not synonymous terms. But between their overlapping features and their widespread, interchangeable use, we know it gets confusing. So, let’s clear the air. Before you purchase …

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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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