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Why and How to Mute Phones on a Conference Call

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Conference calls can be a hassle, especially when there are several participants. On top of tackling technology, you have to manage the call properly so you can conduct the meeting efficiently. However, this doesn’t always go so smoothly. With participants in multiple locations on different devices, it can be a challenge for everyone to follow proper conference call protocols. As a …

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Why You Need to Turn On Your Webcam

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In this new era of remote work and teleconferencing, we’ve all become accustomed to group phone calls and video meetings becoming the “new normal.” Some people may wonder, is it really necessary to turn on the webcam? If you’re in the meeting anyway, does it matter if your employer or colleagues can see your face? Let’s take a look at the reasons …

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7 Tips for Running Effective Whiteboarding Sessions

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Whiteboarding sessions — both in-office and virtual — provide teams with a collaborative, creative environment for brainstorming new ideas and solving problems. Without a defined structure in place, however, these sessions can quickly unravel and get off track. For an effective whiteboarding session with your team, keep these seven tips in mind. 1. Choose the Right Whiteboarding Tool Virtual whiteboards bring the …

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More Video Screens for Larger Meetings – And Other Top-Requested Features

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PGi rolled out new GlobalMeet Collaboration enhancements designed to improve how people, teams, and enterprises productively connect and collaborate, no matter where they are. Businesses continue to demand more convenient ways to maintain virtual face-to-face interactions with remote colleagues, customers, partners, friends, and family. In response, we have ramped up development and support for GlobalMeet Collaboration to accelerate our feature …

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Virtual Whiteboard for Better Teamwork and Brainstorming

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When your team is scattered across the world, brainstorming together can be difficult. Phone calls can have spotty connections and using company funds for regular meet-ups can be costly. Office environments easily foster creative in person interactions, ad hoc brainstorms and meetings. These interactions, many unplanned, feed into the creative spirit for many companies. But, if an in-office meeting is out …

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Stand Up Meetings: What Are They and How to Make Them Effective

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In their 2019 State of Meetings Report, Doodle reported that the United States wasted approximately $399 billion on poorly organized meetings. On top of the financial impact, 44% of study respondents stated that unorganized meetings left them with fewer hours in the day to accomplish their work tasks. These long, drawn-out meetings—that likely could have been resolved through email—waste company funds and …

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Working From Home With Kids: Navigating the New Normal

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With shelter-in-place orders mandated around the country in response to COVID-19, families are finding themselves tackling new territory. Working from home with kids. On top of bringing home the responsibilities of the office, work from home moms and dads are now tasked with guiding their kids’ schoolwork each day. The compounding stress between work, financial worries, day-to-day life, and keeping the …

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GlobalMeet Customers Share the Love

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day. We love our customers. They are the backbone of our business and it is the customers who help GlobalMeet thrive. After all without you, PGi would not exist in the first place. GlobalMeet was created based on a real need in the industry for quality audio, web and video conferencing. From the …

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A Painless Approach to Scheduling Meetings Across Time Zones

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Colleagues who live far apart still work together—quite a lot, in fact. One in-depth survey found that about 48% of global teams collaborate every business day. Yet, 56% of the respondents to that same survey said collaborating across time zones is challenging. While there’s no silver bullet for this logistical headache, we’ve got a couple of tricks up our sleeve that seems to help. …

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Why a Scalable Communications Platform is Key to the Modern Enterprise

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For the time being, you can still envision a thriving enterprise without a scalable communications platform. However, the sun is setting on that vision. Soon, it’ll be exponentially more difficult for an enterprise to operate without unified communications as a service (UCaaS). Here are the signs we see pointing to this: The Decline of the Landline The future is in the …

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Want Better Teamwork? Here’s How to Make it Happen.

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Deep down, we all know the importance of harmonious collaboration. It makes us more loyal. It can make us look forward to the workday. And of course, when people truly put their heads together, productivity soars. Now is a great time to unite your team around better collaboration. Here’s how: Embed Communication Into Company Culture This one comes from a UC Today interview …

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Viamedia Bridges Office Communication Using GlobalMeet

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In 2001, seven entrepreneurs met at a library and envisioned Viamedia: a cross-media advertising platform to connect cable TV audiences with local advertisers. Today, Viamedia’s employees work in 70 different cities. Collaboration remains the “secret sauce” that catalyzes growth and prosperity at the company. Every day, hundreds of hours of creative collaboration happen across the globe among Viamedia’s staff, customers, and …

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Screen Sharing is Worth 1,000 Words

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Imagine this: you’re getting your sea legs with a new digital tool. You’ve downloaded the application, tinkered with your settings, and done the default on-boarding tutorial. Still, you end up running into something that’s not intuitive for you. You’re looking for a feature that was promised to you, but you can’t find it. What Would You Prefer to do Next? Comb …

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5 Team Building Ideas for Remote Co-Workers

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Even when everyone’s in one office, bringing team members together isn’t easy. It takes time, creativity, and initiative. With virtual teams, though, it can be tougher to form real bonds. Here are our favorite ways to make that magic happen. 1. Fun Chat Channels People will use the company’s chat app to discuss things that aren’t work-related. You can make this …

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5 Genius Ways You Never Thought to Use Screen Sharing

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If you’re like most people, you use screen sharing sparingly. You might use it for training, or to show a specific page or document. But with a little ingenuity, screen sharing can be an even more powerful tool. That’s because visual stimulation makes experiences more memorable and more persuasive. This means that by designing your presentations and meetings visually, you can be more memorable …

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Use This Template for Quick Useful Meeting Agendas

As billionaire Peter Thiel famously wrote, “A bad plan is better than no plan.” That’s definitely true about meetings. Having a plan is the best way to keep meetings shorter, stay on topic, and stop wasting the team’s time. The secret to planning smarter meetings is an efficient, clear meeting agenda that sets expectations. We’ve created a template that can take most meetings from mediocre …

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How to Forge Trust with Video Conferencing

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For many years, studies have shown that video conferencing tools make a difference. Compared to phone calls, video calls have been shown to take less time, catalyze more streamlined teamwork, and foster more trust. You can probably feel this, intuitively. But at the same time, it still takes longer to build trust via video than face to face. So, while using video conferencing tools is …

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4 Conference Call Fails (and How to Prevent Them)

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Have you noticed how much audio disruption people tolerate during conference calls or online meetings? Examples include background noise, fragmented audio, and that awful echo where you hear your own voice through the other line. Somehow, most professionals still haven’t made a point of avoiding these easily preventable fails. Here’s how to banish them for good. Audio That Cuts In and …

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5 Reasons to Start Recording Online Meetings in 2020

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There’s an old debate about whether bosses should allow employees to record online meetings. We know which side of that debate we’re on. Not only should it be allowed, it should be encouraged! At PGi, we’ve made it standard practice to record online meetings. The verdict is clear: it’s one of the best decisions we’ve made. Here’s why: Undivided Attention Total focus …

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How Telecommuting Saves Money—and the Planet, Too

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Amid the continued debate about the benefits of telework, many companies are weighing their options. Business leaders are asking, is telecommuting realistic for my company’s business model? Does it fit our culture? Do the potential cost savings outweigh the risks? There’s no one-size-fits-all right answer. However, there’s a lot of middle ground between full-time onsite work and full-time remote work. Research shows that even …

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