Video Conferencing

How to Keep Uninvited Guests Out of Your Online Meeting

security features

The number of businesses using virtual meetings skyrocketed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Naturally, as more and more people began to leverage video conferencing and webcasting software for personal, professional, and educational uses, companies and users alike became increasingly concerned about security features. Securing web-based content is a challenge. Particularly when incorporating streaming audio and video with various interactive elements. In April …

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5 Video Conferencing Benefits for Small Businesses

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Tools for a small business video conference are no longer optional for companies. With most employees working from home for the foreseeable future, small businesses must have a preferred video conferencing tool to communicate with their teams, clients, and vendors. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, 58% of businesses used video conferencing for their everyday operations. This number is expected to increase dramatically over the …

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What is VoIP and How Do I Start Using It?

what is VoIP

Anyone who has ever participated in a video conference for work or a casual video chat with friends understands the constant struggle for quality audio. For example, audio can become such a problem that users join video from their computer, yet call in using their cellphone or landline for audio. In short, people often fear choppy, out of sync computer audio …

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5 Tips for Running an Effective Online Classroom

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COVID-19 has disrupted in-school learning for the foreseeable future. Until it is safe to do so, education will likely continue online with students participating in webcasts for education, online classrooms, lectures, and assignments. While online learning was once a choice, it is now the norm. For teachers, this means becoming proficient at hosting effective webcasts for education regularly. Studies have …

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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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4 Ways to Connect With Family and Friends Over Video Chat

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Since many states are still under a stay-at-home order and travel plans have been halted, people are struggling with being unable to see family and friends as often as they once did. As a result of this distance, friends and families are relying on technology more than ever to connect and communicate. The next time you video chat with your friends …

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How to Pull Off a Professional Video Call From Home

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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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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

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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

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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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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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Cost-Benefit of Virtual vs. In-Person Meetings

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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

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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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Key Findings from The 2020 State of Remote Work

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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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What is Telework?

what is telework

Telework, also called remote work, has been gaining popularity over the last few decades. Telework or telecommuting is when an employee does not commute to a primary office location for work, but instead works from home. Working remotely for an all-remote company, such as Zapier, Museum Hack, and Hotjar, is also considered telework. As is working from an off-site location, like …

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