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Evolve or Die Part 5: Swap Older Tools for Online Meeting Tools

Companies are spending big money to find quality prospects. The costs of advertising, content marketing, trade shows, list buying and email programs can add up quickly. It’s also up to the sales reps to schedule a meeting with prospects and create a strong enough connection so they can close the deal. In the perfect world, you’d always be face-to-face when …

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The 10-Minute Meeting: Pros & Cons

Companies around the world conduct in-person and online meetings every day. Although meetings are great ways to share information, brain storm and have an open discussion about a variety of topics, most people dread them. Meetings tend to drag on and by the time the meeting is over, most people aren’t even sure what the purpose of the meeting was. …

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5 Telecommuting Tips that Will Keep You Connected with Your Team

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Telecommuting has gained in popularity and shows no signs of slowing down. Thanks to tools like virtual meetings software, colleagues are able to collaborate face-to-face even if they are part of a geographically dispersed group. Unfortunately, after a while, some remote workers begin to feel disconnected from the rest of their team. Try these five tips to keep your remote …

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Collaboration Tools Help Sales Professionals Increase Productivity

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Advanced conferencing and collaboration tools for sales professionals are important. It can help increase productivity,impress clients and significantly shorten the time it takes to close deals. Roughly, 26 percent of the employees supported by IT are remote or mobile workers, according to a recent Frost & Sullivan survey. For salespeople, this could potentially create some challenges. Current or prospective clients …

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How Telework Promotes Creativity

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It seems that every day on the Internet there’s a new article about how to get your creative juices flowing. Usually geared at writers or other purely creative professionals, these lists run the gamut, from tips about sleep schedules to different work style methodologies and everything in between. However, they’re almost always aimed at a freelancer mentality; professionals who already …

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The Value of Online Job Interviews

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There’s no denying that businesses are becoming more global. Innovative collaboration tools allow these businesses to keep productivity high while effectively working with clients and colleagues from around the world. Hiring employees can sometimes become a challenge with global businesses. But, it’s a challenge that must be faced. Along with the New Year comes a new wave of hiring. January …

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How to Choose a Conferencing Provider

An important part of any IT professional’s job is selecting effective service providers for his or her company. The selection process can sometimes be a stressful one. It may involve extensive research, assessing staff needs and comparing advantages and disadvantages of the different providers. When it comes to audio and web conferencing, IT professionals often must decide between a large …

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Nerd Alert: Technology Worth Being Thankful For

As the temperatures drop and the days get darker, it’s that time of year once again to reflect on everything that we’re thankful for. While “family,” “friends,” and “good health” are all givens, let’s be honest: what we really love is our tech! It’s amazing how far things have come even just in my short life to this point. And …

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7 Random Facts About Global Information Workers

As an analyst relations professional I have taken numerous business trips and attended a wide variety of networking events. As many of you have experienced, networking events are not always as warm and fuzzy as the ridiculously photogenic crowd depicted in the invite, and unexpected conversation starters can be a great way to push past the initial awkwardness of meeting strangers. There …

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Doing Business in a Mobile-First World

Mobility is the fastest growing technology trend, ever. Adoption of mobile technology in the last decade has been twice as fast as Internet adoption in the 90s and three times faster than social networking adoption in the 2000s. Technology giants like Google, Apple and Microsoft are pushing full-steam ahead into the mobile space, pouring development and advertising dollars into tablets, …

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5 Fun Ways to Stay in Touch with Family

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I live in Atlanta while my immediate family lives in Jacksonville, FL. I also have family who lives on the West Coast, others who live in the Bahamas and a best friend who lives in Spain. It’s common for people to have friends and family who are spread all over the world—relatives often relocate for work or retirement. With the …

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How to Manage Long-Distance Client Relationships

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Today, a client may be right around the corner or located on the other side of the world. Thanks to new innovations in technology, many companies are interacting with their clients through several different communication channels. The following tips will help you create strong connections with prospects and maintain a personal connection with your current clients—no matter their locations. Emails …

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The 7 Types of People who Waste Time in Meetings

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No matter the size of your company or what industry you’re in, you’re probably familiar with bad meetings. Whether it’s virtual or in-person, a bad meeting can waste your time and ruin your productivity for the day. Several reasons can contribute to a failed meeting. Not being prepared and dealing with various technology issues are some of the more common …

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6 Reasons Why Your Small Business Might Benefit from Freelance Workers

If your small business is growing much more quickly than you expected—or you temporarily need help from professionals with specialized skills—freelance workers might be a smart option for you. Here’s why: Flexible labor and benefits costs. Hiring a full-time employee with benefits can be a big commitment for any small business — but hiring freelancers may be a more flexible choice. “When …

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Ready Player One and the Immersive Tech of the Future

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Over the summer, I read the fantastic novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, a story of a recession-ridden future where the Internet and gaming culture have completely taken over the world’s consciousness. Nearly every aspect of society in Cline’s novel—school, shopping, work, gaming, socializing—takes place in a massive, virtual simulation dubbed the “OASIS.”The novel touched on two of …

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The Evolution of Video Collaboration Technology

We are surrounded by video technology every single day. Today’s Internet experience is completely inundated with video. We stream the latest news online, catch up on sports highlights, watch our favorite shows and movies and yes, even catch the occasional cat video on YouTube. Apps like Vine and Instagram have given anyone with a smartphone the ability to quickly capture, …

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Nerd Alert: Productivity Apps I Can’t Live Without

I rely on apps for pretty much everything these days. They tell me when my bills are due, they bring me breaking news, they keep me up to date on sports scores and they keep me productive and efficient in both my personal and professional lives. The wealth of information available to us through the internet is staggering, and apps …

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How an Online Meeting Tool Helped Me Survive During the Perfect Storm of Sickness

Earlier this year, I was hit with two highly contagious and pretty brutal illnesses after visiting family. While out sick, I used iMeet so I could still attend virtual meetings and stay connected to my team. When I went home, I spent a lot of quality time with my twin niece and nephew. A week after returning to Atlanta, I …

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Welcome to Workation Nation

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With Labor Day weekend fast approaching here in the US, workers across the country are trying to squeeze in that last trip to the beach or weekend with friends to recoup and recharge for the rest of the year. Time off is essential for work-life balance and, quite frankly, our sanity; I’m insistent on my team making the most of …

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Seven Ways to Get Great Ideas out of a Virtual Brainstorming Session

As the business world becomes more global, you may find yourself collaborating with colleagues and clients from all over the world. Because of this, online meeting software has become a vital tool for businesses. With the right meeting technology, individuals can still stay connected no matter their geographic locations. Try these seven techniques to help you effectively brainstorm during your …

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