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#KickTheHabit and Join the Fight Against Soul-Sucking Meetings

Meetings are a bit of a workplace conundrum. We know we need them to move projects forward, align strategies and stay productive, but they’re often so soul-crushingly boring and inefficient that we’d rather avoid them. Meetings become a necessary evil instead of the productive, useful and (dare I say it?) enjoyable core component of our work lives that they should …

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Reimagining SMB Collaboration with iMeet Web Conferencing

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I’m proud to announce the next trend in SMB collaboration and content creation, powered by the newest generation of iMeet®. The latest iMeet release brings a variety of improvements and new features to PGi’s disruptive web conferencing software, offering small and medium businesses an intuitive, cloud-based collaboration solution with multi-media content creation built-in—all available in a single app at price …

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Personalize Your Virtual Meeting Space

technology for the mobile worker

Work as we know it is beginning to change. Traditional office workers are beginning to trade in their cubes for home offices. Teleworking is on the rise and many people are enjoying their new flexible work schedules. They’re able to complete their work from more convenient places, save money and spend more time with their families—a perfect solution to a …

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Unveil 3 Secrets to a Great Online Job Interview

Many companies are beginning to conduct online job interviews. These types of interviews are growing in popularity because they offer multiple advantages for the employer and the job candidate. Online meeting tools make it possible for companies to no longer have to plan or pay for candidates to travel to the office for an interview. Job seekers also gets the …

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How to Achieve a Winning Presentation

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Presentations are a great way to quickly and effectively share information with a group of people. Presentations can go either way. A good presentation can leave the audience wanting more, while a really bad presentation can put an audience to sleep. Every once in a while, a situation arises where we need to create and present a presentation of our …

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The Value of Online Job Interviews

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There’s no denying that businesses are becoming more global. Innovative collaboration tools allow these businesses to keep productivity high while effectively working with clients and colleagues from around the world. Hiring employees can sometimes become a challenge with global businesses. But, it’s a challenge that must be faced. Along with the New Year comes a new wave of hiring. January …

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4 Essential Items for your Holiday Workation

Traffic is light, offices are quiet and email is slow. You only have a few more days of down time until things start to pick up again. This is the perfect time to use the rest of those vacation days that you never had time for earlier in the year. Sometimes it can be hard to completely separate yourself from …

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5 Reasons to be Grateful for a Workation This Week

jake ryan remote manager

With the end of the year quickly approaching, more and more people are taking time off from work to be home with their families during the holidays. Offices are quiet while morning and evening rush hour traffic is virtually nonexistent.  Unfortunately, sometimes you may need to work during your scheduled vacation. Thanks to innovative technology, we can now work from …

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On the Twelfth Day of Telework my Parents said to me, Nice to See you Virtually

All good things must come to an end. Today is our last day of PGi’s telework series. Throughout the series, we have brought to you all the ways telework has helped us increase productivity, achieve worklife balance and reduce some of our stress during this busy holiday season. I hope some of the stories made you laugh and maybe think …

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On the Fifth Day of Telework my Freedom Gave to Me a Worklife in Perfect Harmony

When we decided to tackle the 12 Days of Telework, one word immediately sprang to my mind: balance. For me, telework is balance. I’m still in the office regularly but I have the freedom to telework as the need arises, or if I’m simply looking for a change in scenery for a day. Having that level of freedom gives me …

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On the First Day of Telework, PGi Gave to me Tools that Make Remote Work Easy

Over the next 12 days, we will be bringing you the 12 Days of Telework. Each day we will highlight 12 different benefits of telework. Talented individuals are located all over the world and unfortunately sometimes they are not conveniently located next to a company’s office. Here at PGi, we’ve adopted flexible work schedules and encouraged remote work. This has …

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Building the Best Presentation Game Plan

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When executed correctly, presentations can be a powerful tool that can bring a crowd to their feet and leave them wanting more. The problem is—this rarely happens. We’ve all attended a bad presentation. Over three million bad PowerPoint presentations happen every day. According to a recent PGi survey, 80 percent of attendees have checked email during a presentation, 60 percent …

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Security and Sensitive Information: How to Collaborate Securely

With so much information being shared between individuals and companies online, the security of exchanged data is paramount. Audio and web conferencing in particular can be dangerous if not properly secured. Proprietary industry information, corporate financial data, product and marketing strategies—these all are shared virtually in our new mobile, interconnected work environments. The protection of that data is two-fold: the …

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5 Fun Ways to Stay in Touch with Family

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I live in Atlanta while my immediate family lives in Jacksonville, FL. I also have family who lives on the West Coast, others who live in the Bahamas and a best friend who lives in Spain. It’s common for people to have friends and family who are spread all over the world—relatives often relocate for work or retirement. With the …

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The Role of Technology in Collaborative Leadership

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I travel quite a bit in my role here at PGi. I’m regularly meeting with investors, our board of directors, current and potential customers and even PGi associates in any of our offices around the globe. I’m passionate about what I do but I miss my beautiful family, my daughters and my wife, dearly while I’m away. There’s also significant …

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5 Ways to Thank Your Remote Manager This Boss’s Day

Today is Boss’s Day, the day when we come together to acknowledge the knowledge, kindness and guidance of our mentors and leaders. Both I and my fellow PGi blogger Lorna Love have the increasingly common experience of having a remote manager—Lorna and I are located in Atlanta while our manager, Lea Green, works in Austin, TX. Thankfully, tools like iMeet® …

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The Benefits and Challenges of Producing Cloud Software

One of the reasons that PGi has been in business for over twenty years is our adaptability. We pioneer technological innovation and bring those technologies to bear to provide industry-leading collaboration solutions to our customers all over the globe. Today, PGi has shifted its collaboration infrastructure into the cloud, providing GlobalMeet®, iMeet® and GlobalMeet Audio through web-based cloud software applications. …

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The 7 Types of People who Waste Time in Meetings

different personalities for meetings

No matter the size of your company or what industry you’re in, you’re probably familiar with bad meetings. Whether it’s virtual or in-person, a bad meeting can waste your time and ruin your productivity for the day. Several reasons can contribute to a failed meeting. Not being prepared and dealing with various technology issues are some of the more common …

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Turn iMeet Into Your Virtual Office with These Smartphone Tips

For remote workers, teleworkers or geographically disparate teams, one of the most common criticisms is that you lose that serendipitous meeting experience. You can’t drop by someone’s desk or start a spontaneous brainstorm by the coffee machine if everyone is working from home or are spread across the country or the globe. Luckily, advances in collaboration technologies and our very …

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New iOS 7 Features for Easier Collaboration

With the usual amount of fanfare, Apple released its latest mobile operating system, iOS 7, on September 18th. iOS 7 represents the most drastic overhaul for the iPhone® and iPad® to date; the entire OS has been completely redesigned from top to bottom. iOS 7 features hundreds of new features and a completely redesigned aesthetic. While I may be an …

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