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Do you have the personality for telecommuting?

If there’s one thing I’ve learned during my time here at PGi, it’s that telecommuting effectively takes a unique set of skills and personality traits. I am fortunate to have the flexibility to telecommute on a regular basis, and it’s not always easy; it takes an immense amount of self-discipline and responsibility to stay on task and remain productive when …

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The App Revolution: The Impact of Mobility on Product Development

Whether it’s in PGi’s product designs or our internal technology and productivity, mobility is top of mind for me as I know it is for other CTOs and CIOs around the globe. My teams are constantly on-the-go, and smartphones and tablets are a ubiquitous part of our everyday personal and professional lives. By 2015, there will be an estimated 1.3 …

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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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Are You Listening? Using Meeting Tools to Get Guest Feedback During a Meeting

If not executed successfully, meetings can be one of the biggest wastes of time in the corporate world. Because of this, people are constantly looking for ways to improve their meetings by trying various techniques that allow them to efficiently share information with colleagues and clients. It’s vital to the success of your meetings to realize that a meeting should …

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The 5 Best Apps for Virtual Collaboration

Virtual collaboration is an everyday part of the modern workday. Employees are more frequently working from home, working with geographically distributed teams and using their mobile devices for business, meaning that effective teams have to be able to collaborate in-person and online. Check out five of the best apps to empower your team’s virtual collaboration: GlobalMeet® For virtual and remote …

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iMeet Productivity Hacks to Add a Little Awesome to Your Meetings

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I’m just going to come out and say it: I love iMeet®. Now I know what you’re thinking—“Josh, you have to say that.” But it’s true! I literally use it every single day and it makes my work life better. The ease of entry, the fun personalization options and the killer iPad® and smartphone apps improve my meetings immeasurably. And …

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Add Collaboration to Your Sales Vocabulary (and Make Money Doing It)

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On the first of every month, join me as I put Partners 1st with perspectives, advice and insights into how today’s technology trends are changing the way we live, collaborate and do business. It’s no secret that we’re big advocates of collaboration here at PGi. We’ve designed and built web, audio and video conferencing tools and a world-class network infrastructure all with …

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My Smartphone Wish List for the Future

Not too long ago, cellphones were only used to make phone calls—they weren’t really good at anything else. Things have drastically changed over the years. With the smartphone of today, you can text, shop online, lock your car doors and even have face-to-face conversations with people around the world. Even though smartphones have remained innovative, users still want more. Every smartphone …

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Working with Millennials: Appealing to the Next Generation of Leaders

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In the 20+ years I’ve spent creating, growing and nurturing PGi, I’ve seen workers come and go, technology ebb and change and the workplace itself evolve into something that would be wholly unrecognizable to my parents. Progressive offices are bright and open, creating collaborative environments with fewer walls and fewer hierarchies. Workers set their own schedules. Meetings happen anytime, anywhere …

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It’s All Economics: How Consumers Fall in Love with Products

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We live in a world today dictated by the brand, where consumers have unprecedented access to the products and companies they use and previously unheard-of freedom to vocalize their opinions. The explosion of social media has given rise to true brand engagement; what was once a one-way conversation of brands using their bullhorns to sell products has become a dialogue …

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Busting the Top 4 Myths About Web Conferencing

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As 20 year veterans of the meetings and collaboration industry, PGi has access to a wealth of surveys and research data on user usage habits and overall perceptions of mission-critical business technologies like audio conferencing and web conferencing. We’ve found that, as with any technology, the ever-advancing nature of web conferencing tools has given rise to lot of myths and …

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Nerd Alert: 10 Places I Go for Tech News

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I am quite happily the resident nerd on my team here at PGi. I’m a gamer, I obsessively keep up with the latest apps and gadgets, and yes, I’m even the go-to guy for light tech support (have you tried turning it off and back on again?). Recently, I’ve been asked by my team members and other coworkers about what …

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What Kind of People Work in Coworking Spaces?

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As I sit in my local coworking space in London, I watch as the modern, card-operated door slides open to welcome members new and old into the beautiful Victorian building known now as The Hub Kings Cross. But what of the 6,000 or so independent workers in The Hub network with access to over 20 coworking spaces around the world …

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Balancing Reliability and Innovation in Enterprise Applications

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Innovation is the driving force behind PGi’s online collaboration tools, but how do you balance the drive to innovate with the demand for reliability? The constant advance of technology has impacted the needs of consumers and corporations in dramatic ways. For any company to stay successful and competitive, they have to intelligently apply these new technologies and innovations to provide …

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Are You Ready for the Workplace of the Future?

How do you define the future of work, and what does the workplace of the future look like? In a word: freedom. The workplace of the future sheds the idea of private, assigned spaces in favor of openness, collaboration and flexibility. Knowledge workers thrive on teamwork and spontaneous ideation, and if companies hope to attract and retain top talent, they …

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The Key to Productive Meetings is the Way You End It

Meetings happen all the time in the business world. In fact, 11 million formal meetings take place daily in the United States—that’s three billion meetings per year. It’s hard to imagine how anyone can get their work done when they’re involved in so many meetings. Most people don’t like meetings because often times they’re long, boring, unproductive and ultimately a …

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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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How Mobile Devices are Impacting Business Environments

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With the ubiquity of mobile devices—smartphones, tablets and even phablets—in the workplace today, it’s hard to imagine getting work done without them. Our smartphones still provide our phone calls and text messages but also bring us our email, manage our calendars, keep track of our notes and even connect us to our meetings. Our tablets bring all the power of …

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What’s your favorite way to connect?

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Telecommuting is on the rise. Approximately 20-30 million people work from home at least one day a week, according to the United States Census Bureau. Advances in communication and information technologies have made collaboration easier for employees who may not be physically located in the same office—or even the same time zone. Telecommuters are taking advantage of the explosion of …

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Add Collaboration to Your Sales Vocabulary (and Make Money Doing It)

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On the first of every month, join me as I put Partners 1st with perspectives, advice and insights into how today’s technology trends are changing the way we live, collaborate and do business. It’s no secret that we’re big advocates of collaboration here at PGi. We’ve designed and built web, audio and video conferencing tools and a world-class network infrastructure all with …

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