Virtual Meetings

Mobile collaboration: the future at your fingertips

mobile collaboration

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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Meet the winner of PGi and MNN’s Room with a View contest

Alyson Lucy

Alyson Lucey and her husband, Sean, of Massachusetts will be traveling to Costa Rica in May to spend seven days at the Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn, the country’s first certified sustainable hotel. A longtime fan of the Mother Nature Network, Alyson says MNN is her homepage and that she often spends hours reading articles on the website. …

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5 telecommuting challenges and how I solved them

Although I now work from home full-time, over the years I’ve telecommuted off and on. I like to reminisce about the good ol’ days, back in the 1990s, when I first started to work from home. Telecommuting was a lot different back then, but I thought of myself as a bit of a pioneer. Okay, I know calling myself a …

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3 Ways to Be a Human for the Holidays – ‘Tis the Season, Not the Selling

The herald angels have been harking (and hawking their wares) before Fall even adjusted its woolen scarf. We’ve been swathed in red-and-green packaging and dunked in faux-snow ad décor since before the fine Halloween episode of Modern Family. But no matter the name of the holiday we celebrate, now it’s mid-December—we’re all in. Holidays are in our heads: it’s, as …

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Seven Signs that Your Meeting is Unnecessary

unnecessary meetings

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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How to Maximize Sales Impact by Cutting Up to 65% of Wasted Selling Time

There are two pressure systems facing sales leaders today: Pressure from the C-Suite and pressure from customers to maximize their sales impact and drive revenue gains. When talking to CEOs every day, the top complaints I hear is that sales teams aren’t hitting their number and the cost per sale is too high. Inside our organization at PGi, we’ve reduced …

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Are Cloud Collar Workers the Future of Work?

Information workers are taking over business everywhere. With over 600 million people who specialize in knowledge, not production, the brain trust is spreading from traditional CIOs down to Millennials just entering the workplace. All thanks to cloud technology, from mobile apps to virtualized data centers. With the rise of the new Cloud Collar Worker, are we seeing a preview into …

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3 Ways Your Kid is a Better Sales Rep Than You—Proven, Virtual Communication Strategies

Why? My 6 year old son asks me this question at least 10 times a day—and his endless curiosity has led me to believe that sales people win when they use the same elementary approach to closing deals. So take out your pencils and jot down some notes—here are 3 communication strategies for becoming a better sales rep: 1. The …

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Scary Stories of Online Meetings Gone Wrong

It’s that time of year: Halloween. The day when the spirits of restless sales reps come back to roam our halls and cubicles once again. Their ghostly cries foretell dangers more ominous than we could ever imagine: Tech back your sales results – or else! The meeting is coming… from inside the house! This year, I thought we could take …

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iMeet improves video meetings and makes it even easier for guests to join

When you see a good thing, you know it. And here at PGi, we have seen how much people have enjoyed our iMeet® video meetings, especially on our iPhone® and iPad® mobile apps. Meeting on the go is very much a part of how people work. And the ever increasing popularity of our mobility solutions got us thinking. There’s no …

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An Open Letter to IT: We Need To Own Our Tech Decisions

At my breakout session at AAISP a few weeks ago, I asked the audience to raise their hands if they used some sort of conferencing tool. A ton of hands went up. Then, I asked those people if they themselves had picked that tool. Most of the hands went down. This illustrates a critical problem in sales organizations today. As …

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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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Put the Human Back in Human Resources with Video

Join me TODAY in Chicago at AA-ISP’s Frontline Conference Series!   The War on Talent is nothing new. I’m serious. The technology may have changed, but the basic principles you need to attain top talent haven’t changed at all in the last 15 years. Don’t believe me? Check this out: “Today, we are faced with a greater challenge than ever …

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Eight pop culture references to video conferencing

Once strictly reserved for Max Headroom, Marty McFly and the crew of the USS Enterprise, audio-video communications technology — videophones, webcams, videoconferencing, telepresence and the like — is now as ubiquitous as once-far-out contraptions such as microwave ovens and laptop computers. Although now a standard method of communicating with friends and loved ones in distant locales and conducting business in …

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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 Dangerous Meeting Personalities and How to Keep Them on Track

Dangerous Meetings

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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Manage Your Company’s Video Conferencing Accounts with iMeet 2.0 “Cloud Controls”

Data retention policies have been around for 20+ years when all you needed was a few shredders and file cabinets to keep tabs on your company records. Since then, the way knowledge workers communicate and share information has changed drastically, making compliance a challenge and requiring companies to bring on teams of legal and security officers. Instead of opting out of …

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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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65% of federal agencies are ready for teleworking

telework

As mobile and Internet technology expands, the ability for more people to easily telework also expands. This is the case with private businesses as well as with government agencies. A new report from the Telework Exchange reveals that 65 percent of federal agencies have above-average information technology (IT) infrastructures that are capable of supporting teleworkers. Other key findings in the …

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