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3 Best Practices for Productive Meetings from Anywhere

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With the proliferation of smartphones and tablets and easy, global access to cloud-based web conferencing tools like iMeet and GlobalMeet, our meetings have officially shed the shackles of the conference room. Just this week, I’ve been on meetings with team members at their home offices, in airport terminals and at their local coffee shops, and these meetings are just as high …

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Prioritize User Experience and Become Your Company’s IT Hero

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When considering the purchase of a new software solution for their company, IT departments and IT leaders have a lot of masters to serve. How secure is it? Does it integrate with existing systems and infrastructure? And of course, how much does it cost? During this balancing act, it can be easy to forget who’s going to be sitting in …

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Losing to Gain: Change Your Business Habits or Become Obsolete

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Recently, I embarked on the most physically challenging three weeks of my life. I had decided to make a drastic personal change and engage in a vegan, gluten-free diet for three weeks to cleanse my system. I knew I wanted to become healthier, to lose weight and to live longer, but I was stuck in a cycle of bad habits. …

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Remote Managers: 5 Ways to Inspire Greatness When You Aren’t There

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One of the foundational roles of a great leader is to build trust—between himself and his team and among his coworkers. Remote managers are faced with unique challenges: they must create an atmosphere of trust, inspire employee integrity and actively lead teams in spite of working out of the office most—if not all—of the time. Effective communication is essential to …

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The Changing Face of the Conference Call: How Toll Free is Costing You

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When we talk about the evolution of audio, web and video conferencing today, there are a lot of innovations we tend to focus on: sleek mobile apps, HD video streaming, cloud storage, etc. However, there is a very basic, fundamental change taking place in conferencing today as a result of several of these innovations that is often overlooked. With automatic …

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10 Simple Tips to Start Your Web Conference Calls on Time

Fifty percent of web conference calls start late because of technology issues, according to a study by Wainhouse Research. So, to help you save the time and money that goes out the window every time your meetings start late, here are 10 ways to eliminate the log-in frustrations and start your online meetings on time. 1. Don’t make people download …

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Android Users, Rejoice: iMeet for Android Smartphones Arrives

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably noticed the explosion of Android™ smartphones. In 2012, Android accounted for almost 70% of the global smartphone market. Recently, Samsung’s marketing blitz for its Galaxy S3 and Note II devices have paid huge dividends in promoting awareness of the Android OS, moving devices and generating levels of hype once exclusively reserved …

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6 Interview Questions for Your Next Video Interview

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If you think about it, a good job interview is an exercise in psychology. Both parties have goals in mind: one is looking to put their best professional and personal foot forward while the other is looking to ensure an excellent working and cultural fit within an established team or organization. In an ideal interview, both parties are well-researched and …

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Ten Nonverbal Cues for Virtual Recruiters (or, The Virtual Firm Handshake)

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For job seekers, extensive preparation is spent on their verbal responses. They research the company, its industry and even its hiring managers while also prepping for some of the traditional, trickier interview questions. However, recruiters rely heavily on nonverbal cues as well, which studies have shown make up as much as 93% of our conveyed message. In a virtual interview …

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In honor of Presidents’ Day: What I’ve learned about meetings from politics

Presidents’ Day is about more than mattress sales and a holiday from work; it’s a time to reflect on our country’s history. Today—the day traditionally observed as the birthday of George Washington, Father of our Country—we honor the lives and legacies of all our country’s presidents. Because we at PGi like to sometimes connect noble inspirations and daily achievements, we …

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4 Ways to Make Your Channel Sales Cloud Rain in 2013

Technology is always surging forward—particularly in the area of cloud computing and the mobile space. This year, market share will vault into the hands of enterprise leaders who adapt their processes and take advantage of these changes before their competitors. Here’s a wide-angle view of four solid trends and tips to fuel your indirect and channel sales with the high-octane …

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PGi Supports Social Good Summit Austin’s Pilot Work From Home Day

Today, I am uniting with many other Austinites to increase awareness of telecommuting’s benefits. Social Good Summit Austin’s pilot Work From Home (WFH) Day is underway, and our city couldn’t be a more perfect place to support this initiative. The purpose of the event is to demonstrate how ozone levels and carbon emissions due to traffic congestion decrease when a …

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3 Ways Video Makes You a Better Sales Rep

According to YouTube’s latest press statistics, 500 years of YouTube video is watched every day on Facebook and over a third of the platform’s total monetized views come from Content ID, its advanced content management solution. Suffice it to say, YouTube is a testament to what I’ve always believed about the power of video and to the truth about never …

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Increase Your SMB’s Agility Through Technology — The Great Equalizer

A few years ago, one of my reps and I were on a video conference with a prospect based in Portland. Without our prompting, he began to talk about all of the issues he was having with one of our competitors. We let him vent, because it was clear he needed someone to listen to his complaints. Then, much to …

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What Not to Wear in a Video Conference Call

I am the queen of video conference calls. That’s right. I hid three pregnancies, the chicken pox, and a hideous rash — all while videoconferencing my way into the ranks of the Mother Nature Network. Here’s the lowdown on how to do it, and do it well. Never wear anything that gives the illusion that you’re naked This may seem …

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Three Ways Video Conferencing Reduces Costs for Recruiters

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In today’s world, searching for a job or a qualified applicant to fill that job is an almost entirely digital affair. Powerful networking sites like LinkedIn allow recruiters to quickly identify, filter and contact top talent. Social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook give job seekers unprecedented access to companies and their employees. And easy-to-use video conferencing solutions have shrunk …

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The World is Getting Smaller: How Tech is Enabling Business Collaboration on a Global Scale

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Next time you’re on a busy train or stuck in a line of traffic, remember this sobering thought: by 2015, there’ll be 7 billion people on the planet – that’s one heck of a busy train! 1.5 billion of those people will be mobile workers, some of whom are already using technology that brings us closer together and allows us …

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Continuing Education from Your Home Office

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You’ve got your business plan for 2013, have set some goals to grow, are hitting the ground running, but chances are you’ve neglected a very important area for growth. You. With all the demands of work and life, we tend to neglect the life side of the equation and even more often, ourselves. One way to stretch your mind and …

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How to collaborate remotely and make it work: perspectives for managers

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Telecommuting has recently been touted as one of the top four trends for 2013; oDesk CEO Gary Swart expands on this evolving work experience: It’s no secret that telecommuting, flexible work arrangements, distributed teams and even entirely virtual companies have exploded over the past few years. We’re bringing the work to the workers, reversing the almost antiquated model of bringing …

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Mobile collaboration: the future at your fingertips

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The new business market is pushing workers toward increasing mobility and availability, regardless of work location. IDC estimated that by the beginning of this year, “mobile workers” would comprise one-third of the world’s working population. According to the Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCIF), a non-profit alliance of technology vendors: “one important driver for the growth of unified communication is mobility …

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