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The Rule of Thirds: Incorporate the Past, Present & Future into Your Meeting Agenda

None of us enjoy pointless meetings that go nowhere. Meetings should really only last as long as they need to in order to accomplish the specified objective, and there is plenty of debate on exactly how long that should be. The length of your meeting can vary according to the meeting agenda, subject matter, and number of attendees. Fortunately, conducting …

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How To Ensure Your Non-Verbal Cues Are on Point During Virtual Meetings

“All credibility, all good conscience, all evidence of truth come only from the senses” – Friedrich Nietzsche Perception is reality. Our non-verbal cues can affect how others perceive our intentions, mood and character. When we present and communicate during virtual meetings, getting these right is critically important as they can influence your audience’s view of you. Consider these insights to …

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5 Tips for Better Webinar Presentations And Better Results

We’ve all had that nightmare: you’re supposed to present something to a large group, but it’s not going as planned.  Your technology isn’t working; you stumble over your words or forget your place in the presentation. People are talking amongst themselves, dozing off and even getting up and leaving. First, take a deep breath. Now, to help you avoid losing …

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[Infographic] Wake up Your Webinar: 10 Ways to Engage Your Virtual Audience

Did you know that on average only 30 percent of webinar attendees stay for 30-60 minutes, and only 11 percent will stay over an hour? It’s hard enough to get someone to attend your webinar, but how can you get them to commit 45 minutes or more to your event? The answer is engagement! Once you begin to engage your audience, …

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Checklist: 13 Ways to Promote Webinars

Beautiful presentation? Check. Expert guest speaker? Check. Webinar audience? Wait a minute, where is everyone? You put a lot of hard work into producing impressive webinars and webcasts, but when the audience doesn’t show up, all of your time and resources spent go right down the drain. Get the audience your webinar deserves with this 13-point checklist by PGi. Learn …

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5 Signs You Need to Chuck Your “Starter Software”

online meeting software

Once upon a time, you started a business. You acquired shiny, new tools to help you collaborate and communicate your business dream to the world. By now, though, you’ve probably grown customers, expanded operations and added employees to the point where your online meeting software now feels more like hand-me-down technology. That’s a problem, not only holding back productivity and collaboration …

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5 Creative Ways to Get Your Team on Time to Meetings

team incentives

You’ve eliminated downloads, dial-in numbers and passcodes. You’ve sent free/busy polls to find the best time to meet. You’ve given your team mobile meeting apps with calendar alerts and push notifications. Still, your team arrives late to online meetings, and you’ve heard all the worst late-for-meeting excuses. Once you have all the right technology in place, and workers are still …

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5 Reasons You’re Meeting at the Worst Time

Worst Times to Meet

Between workers on the go and virtual teams miles apart, finding time to meet is harder than ever. Here are five reasons your in-office and online meetings have the worst timing. 5 Reasons You’re Meeting at the Worst Time from PGi You’re meeting at the beginning or end of the day. 9:00 meetings are just asking for latecomers, and at 16:00 workers …

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The 5 Phases of a Bad Meeting Pandemic

bad meeting outbreak

Typically, a meeting will go something like this: the host sets intentions and expectations, resources and people are gathered, an invitation is sent with detailed instructions, the meeting kicks off on time with introductions, questions and note-taking spark engagement, the host wraps up with next steps and a follow-up email recaps and reminds every worker of their responsibilities and deadlines. …

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5 Most Annoying Online Meeting Personalities

annoying people in meetings

Whether you’re clicking to join or filing into a conference room, every meeting’s got collabohaters. They chomp up precious meeting time, disrupt your agenda and make it extremely hard for you to accomplish anything. Here’s a quick guide to identify some of the most annoying personalities taking over your online meetings: 1. The Vader Breather: The noisiest people during online …

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Tech-Free vs. Tech-Aided: Do Gadgets Belong in Your Meetings?

devices in meetings

In your next business meeting, look around. Is someone glancing at their smartwatch every minute, tapping on a smartphone, opening up email on a laptop or scrolling through Twitter on a tablet? The average worker now carries multiple devices with them at work, and those gadgets follow them everywhere, from the desk to meetings. However, not all companies agree on whether …

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Who Controls Your Workday? Choose When You Meet With Free/Busy

meetings and workday interruptions

You have the incredible ability, more than ever, to autonomously manage your time and choose the order of tasks in your workday—when you respond to emails, whether you tackle big or small projects first, when you stop to think and when you hunker down to work. And then, ping! It’s time to meet in 15 minutes. Workers independently shape their …

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Are Your Online Meetings Missing This Key Person?

meeting yoda

Hosting online meetings requires you to wear a lot of hats and juggle lots of moving parts, but if you constantly find yourself running out of time, losing engagement or getting off track, your online meetings may be missing this key person. Why You Need a Meeting Yoda How do you ensure your meetings stay on track? Assign a Yoda, …

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The Meetings Equation [SlideShare]

business meetings tips flow chart

Meetings. We workers of the world LOVE to HATE the most common way business pros get together to get work done. If only there were some sort of formula, some equation, that helped us figure out an answer to the age-old business question: to meet or not to meet? Take heart, modern workers of the world! We’ve created a meeting …

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Should You Schedule a Meeting? A Flowchart Helps You Decide

Should You Schedule a Meeting

Wait a second, should you really hold that meeting? A simple meeting tool could help you determine, once and for all, whether your meetings are truly productive or a big waste of everyone’s time. Recently, Harvard Business Review shared a five-step flowchart, created by time management coach Elizabeth Grace Saunders, to help you decide if you should hold your next …

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Recap: Forrester’s Forum for Sales Enablement Leaders

PGi at Forrester Forum

The theme of the Forrester’s Forum For Sales Enablement Professionals this week in Scottsdale, Ariz. was “Win in B2B By Optimizing All Your Sales Channels,” and the session topics ranged from sales in a digital environment to sales enablement and transformation to customer alignment. But really, this conference was all about customer engagement, according to Seismic, through the entire buyer’s …

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The Increasing Importance of Virtual Meetings for Team Building

team building

Team building is a challenge. Getting different personalities to work and succeed together is a task in itself, but with the addition of distance and physical barriers, team building becomes increasingly more difficult, as well as increasingly more important. Without ongoing communication and tools like virtual meetings, virtual teams cannot develop cohesive work relationships, and in turn, group goals suffer. …

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Can Virtual Meetings Weatherize the Workforce?

snow storm impact

The cost of lost productivity during severe weather isn’t only a nationwide, economic concern but also a source of financial distress for individual businesses. However, can companies avert the loss of output during snow days with tools like telecommuting and virtual meetings? The Cost of City Shutdowns The economic impact of the latest U.S. blizzard, Juno, is still only a …

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The Best and Worst Times for Meetings

best time for online meetings

Choosing the perfect time to meet is almost as complex and challenging as executing the meeting itself. To start, you have to find a time when everyone is available across time zones and account for those who may be on flex schedules. You also have to meet at a time that attention spans and cognitive aptitudes are at their peaks …

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Why Online Meetings Seem More Popular Now Than Ever

online meetings

Companies once viewed video communication as more of a novelty than a necessity, but now, online meetings are a regular part of the modern workday. Now that businesses have exhausted audio-only and email collaboration, what were once tools for the forward-thinking organization are now quickly becoming essentials at most companies. Suddenly, companies are making a concerted push to add video …

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