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7 Hidden Ways You’re Sabotaging your Audio Calls

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When you’re on an audio conference call, all you have to communicate about yourself is your voice. While reading Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, I became acutely aware of how people—particularly women—tend to consistently undermine themselves in everyday communications with small, yet significant, choices. The impact of these choices are cumulative and can erode professional reputation, self-confidence and long-term career …

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Happy Halloween: 7 Online Meeting Horror Stories

Online meetings are one of the best ways to get your team together, but just like in-person meetings they can result in terrifying tales. The “buffer zone” created by technology allows people to meet under less-than-ideal circumstances, often with scary results. In honor of Halloween, here are 7 online meeting horror stories guaranteed to keep you up at night: The …

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The 7 Types of People who Waste Time in Meetings

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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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Seven Ways to Get Great Ideas out of a Virtual Brainstorming Session

As the business world becomes more global, you may find yourself collaborating with colleagues and clients from all over the world. Because of this, online meeting software has become a vital tool for businesses. With the right meeting technology, individuals can still stay connected no matter their geographic locations. Try these seven techniques to help you effectively brainstorm during your …

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Balance Isn’t Always 50/50: Making Constant Adjustment in Work-Life Balance

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Work-life balance is constantly shifting and evolving. In his recent TED Talk, Dan Thurmon explores how our life patterns can be transcended by living off balance on purpose. Striving for a life well-lived means we are constantly adjusting, performing what Thurmon describes as the “quick switch” rather than multi-tasking. As technology constantly evolves to our needs, both real and anticipated, …

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Work is Not a Place: 7 Tips for Seeking Freedom From Your Cubicle

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Most U.S. employees have the day off for Independence Day, and with this holiday comes fireworks, summer heat and picnics. However, seeking freedom in our lives is a much greater charge and challenge, and one that has grown increasingly complex. The freedom to work anywhere—regardless of device or location—and share ideas globally, productively and creatively, is a core vision that …

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Your Cheat Sheet for Earth Week: The Top 7 PGi Blog Green Posts

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We get it. Life is full of conflicting priorities. You multi-task during your web conference call. You carry around at least three mobile devices and might be looking at more than one at the same time. We understand that you are probably going to miss a few of our blog posts. So in honor of Earth Week, we’re going to …

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Stop these 7 non-verbal behaviors that are killing your career

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Non-verbal behaviors—the involuntary physical and vocal nuances that accompany verbal communication—transmit subtle messages that influence how others interpret our words. Researchers estimate that nonverbal communication represents two-thirds of the total communication we engage in with others. In today’s open work spaces, half-walled cube farms and cramped meeting rooms, office employees are constantly engaged in non-verbal communications. How can we ensure …

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Seven Virtual Tools That Will Keep You Happy at Work

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A recent article on Fast Company detailed the Secrets of America’s Happiest Companies. Did you know that, according to Gallup, the U.S. economy loses $350 billion a year simply from disengaged (read: unhappy) workers? Who knew frowns could be so costly! Fear not, however; there are several virtual tools you can use to increase your happiness at work. Whether it’s …

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7 Ways Crowdsourcing is Influencing the World

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With online social interactions becoming a huge part of our day-to-day lives, both for personal use through Facebook or Twitter and for work with the growing phenomenon of social business through platforms like Jive, the influence of the crowd has become a major factor in our world. Whether it’s IT decision makers allowing employees to have a say in software …

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Seven Deskercises to Keep Your Weight Loss New Year’s Resolution Alive

It’s January 3rd and health is in the air. As many of us are wrapping up the first week of our New Year’s resolution diets, you may be wondering how much longer your celery and kale weight loss plan will last. However, diet cannot be the only component to a healthy lifestyle. Incorporating exercise is an important key to staying …

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Seven Signs that Your Meeting is Unnecessary

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As the Meetings Experts, we’re a little partial to our meetings around here at PGi, but we’re also realistic: we know that you find yourselves in meetings sometimes that are completely unnecessary. And no, not “unnecessary” meaning “you didn’t want to go.” Rather, there are times when meetings aren’t properly organized to be successful, and are unnecessary because they’re wasting …

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Status meetings don’t have to be boring: Seven ways to bring your weekly meetings back to life

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Meetings, while a necessary part of the office environment, often cut into the available time workers have to keep up with daily workflow and stay on top of deadlines. When we invite team members to meetings that lack direction and vitality, their understandable boredom can easily cause resentments and frustration—and tarnish your credibility. To avoid being seen as the bad …

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Successful Job Interviews: 7 Essentials for the Most Important Meeting of Your Life

Job interviews are one of the most important professional meetings you’ll have in your career. They’re your chance to lay the foundation, to make first impressions and to win the job and enjoy future success within the organization. Here are some ways to prepare yourself for your time in the spotlight: Visualize your success. The key to any positive performance …

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7 Ways to Bring a Boring Meeting Back to Life

The occasional one-off meeting is not usually the problem. It’s often focused, and has a clear-cut objective. Where meetings become real yawners is when they become routine. Your weekly team meeting has gotten stale, and if you sense it, you can bet your participants are feeling the same way. Here are some tips to reinvigorate your weekly get-togethers.  1. Get people …

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7 Warning Signs of a Bad Meeting

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While sometimes a dreaded “bad meeting” can sneak up on you without warning, often times there are telltale signs to look out for that signal that an “ugh meeting” moment is on the way. If any of these 7 pop up at the beginning of your next meeting, brace yourself – or run for the hills. 1) No One Knows …

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7 Dangerous Meeting Personalities and How to Keep Them on Track

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Whenever you’re meeting with a group, diverse meeting personalities emerge. Sometimes they work in harmony, fostering collaboration, creativity, and ultimately, productivity. However, occasionally more dangerous personalities bubble to the surface, personalities that have the capability to empower your meetings if properly handled, or ruin them if left unchecked. Here are 7 of the worst offenders and suggestions on how to manage …

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7 Ways to Win with Face-to-Face Results, Without the Cost

It’s possible to get your inside sales team to the level of an outside sales team. But not with your technology. And not with your existing sales processes. Many organizations have responded to pressure from the C-Suite by re-organizing with an inside sales model. However, these organizations struggle to build trust and close sales because their reps aren’t face-to-face with …

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Top 7 Must-Haves for the Mobile Worker

The number of mobile and remote workers is increasing every day, though quantifying exactly how many people work from home is impossible. Are you officially a teleworker if you work from home occasionally—say, once a week—or must you commit to a daily practice? According to the Telework Research Network, 40% of U.S. employees (approximately 50 million) hold jobs that that …

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7 Ways to Rescue a Bad Meeting

Presentation Ideas, Meeting Management Tips from PGi, the Meetings Expert

We all have a love-hate relationship with meetings. Most of our meetings are so bad that “Ugh Meetings” is one of the most popular meeting trends on Twitter. Whether it’s that guy that never stops talking or just an inundation of invites on your Outlook calendar, meetings take up a huge portion of the 40-hour work week — an inconvenient, …

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