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Why I need to work from anywhere: Banks, Physical Therapy, Doctor’s Appointments and Everyone Else You Have to Work Around

Have you ever noticed that you always have to go out of your way to make it to the bank on time? You’re always the one who has to leave in the middle of your day to visit the doctor? It’s like everyone in financial and health services has decided their hours are going to be 9-5 only (with a …

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Yes, I Talk To Myself: Making Good Use of the Habit for Meetings

Okay, I’ll admit it: I talk to myself. It helps me flesh out ideas, focus on the task at hand, and, well- I find myself quite interesting, thank you. My mother does it too, so I’ll blame it on genetics. In an article in the NY Times called Thinking Out Loud, GA Tech psychology professor Randy Engle says the behavior …

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Tips For The Overbooked Soul

Sound familiar? “The Overbooked: Doesn’t know how to say no to a meeting invite so they attend them all. And are late to them all! The Overbooked generally greets team gatherings with “Sorry, I had a meeting that ran late…”” Are you an Overbooked Soul? Keep your priorities list right in front of you, every day. Before you accept a …

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Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down: Face to Face Meetings (Say What?)

Yes, I work for a company that sells technology that allows people to skip face to face meetings. Products like web conferencing and the mundane conference call are amazing tools to help get things done. But I’ll always give a big thumbs up to face to face meetings. In the era of Twitter, Facebook updates, and email dependence, even picking …

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PGi Support – What Customers Are Saying

In the era of information immediacy, social networking, and millions of texts daily, we are all bombarded with information. When it comes to word of mouth, it can be difficult to figure out what’s really accurate. If you have questions about the PGi products that you use, you can count on the PGi Support site to be current, accurate, and …

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Give a Better Presentation – Try This Activity

This is my presentation tip for the day: From many presentations I’ve sat in on over the last decade, I know many of you struggle with this: LESS IS MORE I definitely struggle with this – there’s often so much good material to share that I want to 1) make sure it gets out and 2) make sure my meeting participants have …

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Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down – Downsizing Via Video Chat

Last weekend I saw the movie “Up In The Air,” nominated for a slew of Oscars, with a sobering view of the life of road warriors. Ryan Bingham, played by George Clooney, is more than just a road warrior- he spends his days firing people on behalf of their companies. When a newly minted Ivy League grad joins his firm …

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My 2010 Meeting Resolutions

I was thinking the other day that every year my resolutions always revolve around the same theme: be more active, spend more time with family and friends, hone a particular skill (last year was painting walls without blue tape – much harder than you think!).This year, I have a professional resolution: I will hone my meetings skills. Here are three …

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Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down – Wedding Webcasts

Next up in our “Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down” series- wedding webcasts. How many brides and grooms have heard the disappointing words “I won’t be able to make your wedding” from a favorite friend or relative? The reality in today’s world of far-flung friends and family, along with high travel costs, is that many couples simply can’t have everyone that …

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I Love a Good Meeting, and This is Why (or, 6 Musts for a Productive Meeting)

First thing’s first… Our CMO, Jackie Yeaney, posted this fantastic blog post on Fast Company, and I couldn’t agree more. All signs for me point to Meeting Maestro. Have you figured out what kind of meeting personality you are? — Do you love meetings? I love meetings. Let me tell you why. I live in San Francisco. My teams are …

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Share Your Meeting Moments

We have all had some great meeting experiences. Whether it is by mastering conferencing technology or by knocking the socks off participants with your killer presentation we want to hear about your experiences! On the flip side, we’ve all participated in those meetings in the background someone is boarding a plane, scolding their kids or ordering a latte. At PGi …

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New Blog Series – Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down to New Uses of Online Meetings

For my next series of blog entries, I’m going to cover some new and sometimes controversial uses of online meetings technology. I’d love to hear your feedback on how you feel about these new applications of technology. A recent article in Time magazine covers a new trend in hiring – webcam interviews. Hiring managers claim it saves time and money …

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Comical Conferencing Calamities Part Deux

And now for our second installment of “Conferencing Calamities.” Remember, these were actual conference calls that our customers participated in and later told us about. We can’t make this stuff up! Conferencing Calamity #2: “We recently had a great laugh when a participant flushed a toilet, scolded his dog and answered his door to accept a delivery. No harm done, …

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Even SNL Loves Meetings!!

This video clip speaks for itself: SNL loves meetings. I couldn’t help but think how the disastrous ending could have been avoided if this were an audio conference… Maybe audio conferencing can save lives? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32WjO7IiHpI

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On the Road Again: Tips and Tricks while Conferencing on the Road

All of us have at one point in our careers had to join a meeting while on the road. Whether it is en route to the airport or on the way to a doctor’s office, juggling phones and call-in numbers while conferencing can certainly be a challenge. We decided to ask some of PGi’s key customer “road warriors” what tricks …

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It’s 5PM Somewhere In the World: PGi Global Meeting Planner

Whether you’re organizing a happy hour or work meeting, scheduling across multiple time zones can be tough. Calendar programs like Outlook can show you when folks are available, but not whether it’s the middle of the night in their respective countries. The PGi Global Meeting Planner makes it easy. Simply select a country or region for all of your participants …

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Online Meeting Etiquette at 30,000 Feet

The other day, I flew on my first Delta flight where Wi-Fi was offered. After just a few clicks I was online, right in seat 35C. Within moments I was checking Facebook and sending IMs to my friends. As more airlines enter the era of sky-high Wi-Fi, I began wondering what this might mean for our customers. Beyond checking e-mail …

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