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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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What are the cost savings of telecommuting?

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Businesses are achieving significant cost savings by implementing a productive telecommuting workforce. In fact, according to the Telework Research Network, nearly 6 out of 10 employers identify cost savings as a notable benefit from telecommuting. Savings come from the obvious elements, including reduced office space costs and technology costs, but also from unlikely cost centers for both the employer and …

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When to break the rules while telecommuting

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Telecommuting isn’t just about working at home, it’s also about making different choices in the way you spend your time. A rapidly growing approach to the 9-to-5 office grind, telecommuting offers a spectrum of flexible work alternatives that allow employees to realize increased productivity while enjoying a better quality of life. The drawbacks of driving your car back and forth …

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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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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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Seven Signs that Your Meeting is Unnecessary

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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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The Role of Telecommuting During Super Storm Sandy

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Super Storm Sandy impacted thousands of knowledge workers along the Eastern coast. The widespread damage to and destruction of personal vehicles coupled with storm-paralyzed public transportation systems throughout seaboard cities left countless professionals stranded at home, isolated from their traditional professional environments. The storm also knocked out power to more than 8.1 million homes and businesses along the Eastern Seaboard, …

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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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Welcome to Cloud Collaboration Technology – We’ve Been Expecting You.

Last week I described the typical, nightmarish scenario that characterizes many sales calls. In the introduction, I mentioned a real-life conference call I had with a prospect when I heard the following comment: “I had no idea someone had brought this type of technology to the cloud – it’s about time.” And you know what? It is about time. Have you …

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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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iMeeters Find a New Home in the iMeet Community and PGi Blog

We want you to know about a couple of things we’re doing to improve your iMeet experience. Last week marked the official launch of the new iMeet Community. In our effort to help you have simple, refreshingly human online meetings, we’ve launched this powerful new forum where everything iMeet-related is in a single place: Q&As, ideas, user guides, video tutorials …

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The Future of Your SMB

Want your SMB to be the next Amazon or Facebook? Time to jump on the cloud computing wagon. You may not be a technology provider, but that doesn’t mean you can’t set your sales on gallop by harnessing the full competitive advantage of these new, innovative tools for your business. Cloud computing not only changes what we expect from our …

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Digital Nomad Tip #33: Welcome Enterprise Technology to Your Home

Konnichiwa and greetings from Tokyo! Nowhere else have I found a culture so strongly dedicated to efficiency, commerce and technology. From futuristic robots to loos smarter than most humans and the world’s largest broadcasting tower, Tokyo got it covered. Over the past 10 months on the road, visiting PGi’s 30+ global offices, I have used PGi’s virtual meeting solutions, iMeet and GlobalMeet, to join meetings, …

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Digital Nomad Tip #28: Don’t Let a Few Miles Keep Your Team From a Big Opportunity

G’day mate and greetings from down under in beautiful Sydney, Australia! After taking a week off in the Hobbit capital of the world, South Island, New Zealand, we made our way to Sydney and have been enjoying some of the best weather the city has to offer. In the short time we’ve been here, my colleagues have taken me to …

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Event in Review: #ShiftNYC Dialogue on Social Enterprise

In the #shift event series, we focus conversation and thinking about the progression in professional cultures. One of our favorite topics revolves around social enterprise: the power of integrating social responsibility in the fabric of our business models, and creating new types of organizations that not only drive profit, but drive impact as well. We were thrilled to have such …

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iMeet brings mobility to video conferencing

The future is today. Teleworkers, virtual workers, road warriors, mobile freelancers, and entrepreneurs are all uniting in their singular need for flexible anytime/anywhere access to communication and connectivity. iMeet provides what the future requires — whenever and wherever you need it. PGi recently launched the iMeet Mobility Suite, a full range of tools that allow simple, social video meetings you …

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Web Therapy: It’s for Real… on Showtime

More proof that video conferencing is everywhere: Web Therapy on Showtime. Lisa Kudrow, of Friends‘ fame, stars as a passive aggressive therapist who can’t bear to meet with her clients in person. Instead she performs her shrink duties via video chat. The show is hilarious. The characters are slightly bent. And the use of video for therapy isn’t that far …

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Introducing the Award-Winning iMeet

The people have spoken. And we can hear soul-sucking meeting haters rejoicing around the world. Thanks to an overwhelming groundswell of support from the iMeet user community, earlier this week, PGi was awarded a People’s Choice Stevie Award for its latest innovation, iMeet, at the 2011 American Business Awards (ABA) reception. iMeet took home the trophy in the Favorite New …

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Like Father’s Day, Like Son … How I’ll Be Using Video Conferencing In A New Way This Weekend

Sometimes I’m so passionate about the value iMeet brings to companies that I don’t get a chance to reflect on how valuable it has become in my personal life. On May 24th of this year, my son was born, and it was the best day of my life. Chase James McCormick. I have always been told that having a child …

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Exploring the World with iMeet

After our “One World, One Room” meeting, the PGi team felt exhilarated. The very fact that we had shared in the experience of connecting colleagues, coworkers and friends all around the world, representing every continent, left us thrilled. We felt like explorers spreading the power of iMeet. And news travels fast. The iMeet experience has now reached reviewer Aliza Sherman …

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