Kelly Strain

How to Pull Off a Professional Video Call From Home

Video call

Now that everyone relies on video calls for communication, video conferencing “fails” are becoming a trending topic online. In order to avoid “fails” and successfully pull off a professional video call from home, keep our quick tips in mind: 1. Invest in a Hi-Res Camera and Quality Audio Before your video meeting or interview, test out your computer’s camera and …

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Virtual Whiteboard for Better Teamwork and Brainstorming

virtual whiteboard

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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How to Engage an Audience of 50,000 

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced meeting and event planners to reconfigure conventions, conferences, training seminars and other large corporate gatherings away from physical settings. Taking cues from government agencies and world health organizations, event planners are turning to online solutions to host events virtually during the pandemic. In some cases, these events have transitioned to virtual ones permanently.  For these …

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

stand up meetings

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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6 Tips for Managing Your Mental Health While WFH

mental health

Shifting to remote work can be a challenge. This change of environment can have a large impact on a worker’s mental health. The 2019 State of Remote Work report by Buffer indicated that while remote workers enjoy the flexible nature of working from home, 22% of workers have difficulty unplugging after work, 19% feel lonely, and 8% lose motivation. Take care of …

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How to Keep a Large Video Meeting Productive

video meeting

Have you ever been to a company-wide video meeting where productivity went flying out the window? From side conversations to unnecessary topics, video meetings with 20+ people can be quite unproductive, if not handled properly. To keep your team on track during your next video meeting, use these tips: 1. Invite the Right Team Members Rather than inviting every person in …

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3 Ways Unified Communications Supports Remote Workers

unified communications and collaboration

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, 5 million Americans, or approximately 3.6% of the nation’s workforce, worked remotely from home. Now, as remote work sweeps the U.S., 55% say it can succeed in their industry, with more than 75% of people endorsing remote work in digital fields such as software, finance and media.  There is no indication that companies are rushing to return …

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Webcasting Use Cases in a Social Distancing World

Webcast

PGi has been in the webcast business for decades. We’ve seen just about every reason to host a webcast. With the heightened need for communication during the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to share eight ways we’ve recently seen GlobalMeet Webcast be used. 1. Town Hall Events Now more than ever, it’s important to keep employees informed about what’s going on …

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Key Findings from PGi’s 2020 Digital Communications: Early Adopter Study

digital communications

In February 2020 the PGi team conducted a study to better understand the state of digital communications. While the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed remote work entirely, and perhaps permanently, the study uncovered several interesting findings. These include commonalities between generations of workers and a clear trend: People desired the flexibility to work remotely before it became the government mandate. Study …

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3 Ways to Inspire and Motivate Remote Teams

remote teams

Remote work was once a desirable office perk. Since 2010, however, the amount of people who work remotely at least once a week has grown by 400%. In the past few weeks, that number has skyrocketed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. While still tasked with the same responsibilities, workloads, and deliverables as before, remote teams also face their own unique …

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9 Types of Business Meetings (and How to Lead Them)

types of business meetings

When you spend the bulk of your time in meetings, each meeting can start to blend into the next. Soon, at the pace you’re going, you feel like you don’t have time to set proper, focused goals for each meeting. Right? However, it doesn’t have to be that way! By knowing the nine most common types of business meetings, you can …

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Working From Home With Kids: Navigating the New Normal

working from home with kids

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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Cost-Benefit of Virtual vs. In-Person Meetings

webcasting

People around the world are discovering the power of video conferencing and webcasting as an alternative to meeting in person. There are so many advantages: zero travel time, easy meeting recordings, the ability to jump into a meeting with anyone, anywhere, at literally a moment’s notice, and—of course—it’s a safe way to connect during the COVID-19 outbreak. At the same …

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Work From Home Memes That Hit Close to Home

Work From Home Memes That Hit Close to Home

Millions of people are working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic and adjusting to the new normal is not easy. Between kids running around, working in close quarters and unpredictable pets, it is only a matter of time until people experience a #WorkFromHomeFail. Luckily people are sharing the hilarious reality of their new remote work life with lighthearted content, entertaining tweets …

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New to Remote Work? Helpful Resources and Online Courses

remote work

If you don’t have much experience working remotely, making that change suddenly is jarring. Your routines, habits, and workflows are disrupted significantly. However, there’s good news. People with lots of remote work experience have shared their knowledge to help others learn the necessary skills. Here are some great resources to check out instead of trying to re-invent the remote work …

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Your Guide on How to Work from Home

how to work from home

COVID-19 (coronavirus) has changed the course of work, and possibly changed it forever. As coronavirus cases continue to increase day after day, companies have mandated employees to work from home online in order to flatten the curve.  For many, this is the first time working from home online. When you first start working from home, it can seem like a …

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How Much of Communication is Really Nonverbal?

How Much of Communication is Nonverbal

If you quickly research what percentage of communication is nonverbal, you’ll run into the same number again and again: 93%. According to many sources, including the New York Times, only 7% of a speaker’s communication is verbal. There’s only one problem with this number: it’s a total misunderstanding of the actual science! If you’re wondering how much of communication is nonverbal, in reality, the answer isn’t …

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Webcasting for Higher Education

webcasting for education

Technology has long played an important role in higher education. As technology has advanced over the years, many universities have been quick to adopt the latest, cutting edge software and apps. By taking this approach, universities are able to create a better learning environment for students. Webcasting for education is just one example of this. While online learning and educational …

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Key Findings from The 2020 State of Remote Work

Remote work

The fully remote company, Buffer, makes a laudable workplace research contribution each year. They conduct an in-depth survey of thousands of remote workers. This year, the survey included 3,521 remote work employees across many nations, industries, organizations, and levels of experience. Of those: 57% are fully remote 25% work remotely at least 51% of the time 8% work remotely 26-50% …

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21 Tips for Working from Home

Tips for Working from Home

In a matter of  weeks, the world has changed with the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak throwing every aspect of life into a state of chaos. Businesses and schools have closed, while conferences and travel have been canceled. Workers are quarantined to work from home, and there is no immediate end in sight. For those who haven’t worked from home previously, the …

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