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Making Your Tech Work For (Not Against) Your Company

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Most professionals check their email or chat apps every six minutes, and 41% feel that they’re constantly bombarded by digital alerts. That’s the paradox of technology in the workplace—the more powerful your digital tools, the likelier they are to turn into a distraction or a source of mental overload. These days, it’s common for chat apps, video conferencing tools, email, analytics platforms, and similar …

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How to Knock a Sales Pitch Out of the Park with Video Conferencing Tools

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After a bit of experience in sales, you’ll notice that most buyers don’t decide based on logic. Most people decide to buy based on how they feel during their encounter with your product. They’ll later justify their feelings with logic. That’s why using face-to-face video conferencing tools is the best option when in-person selling isn’t possible. Want to know how to sell effectively on …

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4 Conference Call Fails (and How to Prevent Them)

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Have you noticed how much audio disruption people tolerate during conference calls or online meetings? Examples include background noise, fragmented audio, and that awful echo where you hear your own voice through the other line. Somehow, most professionals still haven’t made a point of avoiding these easily preventable fails. Here’s how to banish them for good. Audio That Cuts In and …

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5 Reasons to Start Recording Online Meetings in 2020

record online meetings

There’s an old debate about whether bosses should allow employees to record online meetings. We know which side of that debate we’re on. Not only should it be allowed, it should be encouraged! At PGi, we’ve made it standard practice to record online meetings. The verdict is clear: it’s one of the best decisions we’ve made. Here’s why: Undivided Attention Total focus …

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How Telecommuting Saves Money—and the Planet, Too

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Amid the continued debate about the benefits of telework, many companies are weighing their options. Business leaders are asking, is telecommuting realistic for my company’s business model? Does it fit our culture? Do the potential cost savings outweigh the risks? There’s no one-size-fits-all right answer. However, there’s a lot of middle ground between full-time onsite work and full-time remote work. Research shows that even …

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Introducing the Redesigned GlobalMeet Mobile Experience

GlobalMeet iOS

We are excited to announce the release of our new, fully redesigned GlobalMeet iOS app. Our mission was to create a consistent and user-friendly experience across all devices. Now, you’ll get an updated look more consistent with the Desktop app along with a user experience tailored to your iOS device – iPhone or iPad. Productivity Meets Mobility “Work” is no longer …

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The True Cost of Inefficient Communication

Inefficient Communication

Even highly productive people end up wasting some time while they’re at work. We’re talking about inefficient communication. This includes excessive email back-and-forth, using too many communication apps, and the lack of full collaboration due to inadequate communication tools. Several major research studies have profiled the largely preventable cost of inefficient communication, most notably the business intelligence firm SIS International Research. As a summary of …

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How to Be Less “Busy”—and More Productive

How to Be Less “Busy”—and More Productive

Week after week speeds by in a blur. Your life revolves around meetings. You can’t remember the last time you had half a day of 100% uninterrupted work time. Every day, workers put up with constant interruptions. Yet, most of us know we need sustained focus to create value. You might not know the exact numbers, but it takes 23 minutes to …

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Have You Ever Had a “Smart Meeting”?

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A smart meeting uses data and insights through AI and behavioral science to make itself more efficient—and, crucially, to save you time. Smart meetings are a cornerstone of AI-powered smart collaboration, and they’re quickly giving tech-savvy businesses a competitive edge. Here are three key distinguishing features of a smart meeting. 1. A Streamlined Virtual Experience “Uh… can you give me permission to …

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How to Make the Most of a Global All-Hands

All-hands

Believe it or not, it is possible to get employees to look forward to your company’s next all-hands meeting. It’s worth the effort, too: an upbeat, memorable companywide gathering can add tremendous value by infusing your company culture with positivity and transparency. Here’s how you can make that happen. Distributed All-Hands These days, it can be difficult to get all …

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Bad Meeting Or Bad First Date?

Bad Meeting

“I shouldn’t be here,” you’re thinking during yet another awkward silence. You’re trying not to look at the person across the table, and they’re doing the same. Are you at a bad meeting, or are you on a bad first date? Sometimes, it’s hard to tell the difference. In fact, we’ve noticed a number of things they have in common. Someone’s Late Every …

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Here’s How 3 Real Companies are Saving Thousands with UCaaS

UCaaS

This year we’ve enjoyed a front-row seat as organizations have adopted unified communications as a service (UCaaS) to promote growth. Naturally, one of the best parts of our work is hearing our customers’ success stories. Three customers in three different industries recently shared such stories with us, affirming the usefulness and value of GlobalMeet. Here are the highlights. Scorpion Racing …

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How to Get the Maximum Mileage (a.k.a. ROI) From Your Webinar

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A great webinar takes weeks, if not months, to plan and execute. How do you make sure it’s worth the resources you invest in? The key is to design multi-purpose webinars. A multi-purpose webinar can be repurposed, reused, and applied in a variety of contexts. Here’s how to make one! Make Sure the Webinar Will Have a Long Shelf Life …

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Yes, You Can Hear Me Now

dolby voice

Online meeting tools rely on audio conferencing capabilities to enhance collaboration, and the HD audio quality offered by GlobalMeet Collaboration with Dolby Voice will do just that. This dynamic duo enables teams to fully immerse themselves in their conferencing experience. Read on to learn how this fusion can be music to your ears. The 411 You may have heard of it before but …

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2,500 Remote Workers Share Their Challenges and Habits

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In partnership with seven remote work-oriented organizations, the fully remote software company Buffer recently released its 2019 State of Remote Work report. Incorporating the perspectives of 2,500 remote workers, the report is packed with great takeaways and productivity tips for remote employees (and their managers, too). Here are our top three highlights. Define Your Work Environment 31% of remote workers say they …

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What Makes a Great Collaborator?

Collaboration

What are the habits of great collaborators? As makers of collaboration tools, we’ve thought a lot about this question and about what it takes to collaborate excellently. Here are a few of the observations we’ve made and would like to share. Ask for Honest Feedback “A good collaborator pushes the boundaries of both partners,” said Neil Blumenthal, the CEO of Warby …

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To Cloud or Not to Cloud Your Communications Platform​​

Now that you’re ready to enable Unified Communications (UC) such as GlobalMeet into your small to medium-size organization, you need to choose the deployment option that makes sense. In this video, Ira Weinstein, founder of Recon Research, provides first-hand insight into the pros and cons of cloud-based Unified Communications (a.k.a. UC as a Service or UCaaS).

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Boosting Your Business Communications Agility​

To be successful, organizations of every size need to empower their people with tools that make them accessible, agile, responsive, and productive. In this video, Ira Weinstein, founder of Recon Research, provides insight into real world benefits that small to medium-size organizations will enjoy when they use a modern unified communications (UC) solution.

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The Real Cost of Poor User Experience in Business Tech

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Technology is such a normal part of our daily lives that we often don’t realize just how much time we spend using it. Back in 2014, 60% of employees reported using mobile apps for work-related tasks. By 2018, that number had risen to at least 80%, as reported by McKinsey. Communication technology, in particular, is pervasive throughout the professional world—and when it …

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VoIP vs. Landline: What’s Best for Your Business?

VoIP

When you’re setting up a business phone, you need to decide whether to use a landline—a classic phone connected to underground copper wires—or a more modern technology called VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol). Here’s a crash course in the cost, reliability, and features of each. Cost If bottom-line costs are your top priority, VoIP is your friend. Both setup costs …

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