As you would imagine, working for an online meeting provider means that we attend a fair few meetings. We’ve had a lot of practice over the years and I’d say we’ve got a pretty good idea of what makes a brilliant (and painful) meeting.
Following a ton of research and a survey to meeting users, we’ve put together the ultimate everything-you-need-to-know-about-meetings eBook. In that eBook, we look at the essential steps a meeting organiser should take before, during and after a meeting to make it simply awesome. Here’s an overview of those tips:
How do you announce redundancies, discuss negative customer feedback, manage poor performance or resolve conflict with teams and individuals who work remotely?
Watch this webinar recording with Lynne Copp, Founder of the Worklife Company, as she explores this tender strand of communication and shares four tips for communicating effectively during difficult conversations with remote workers.
We’ve been hunting. At GoToMeeting we’re always on the lookout for the latest tools for small businesses – companies designed to grow and support other companies. We wanted to discover the rising stars in the start-up world and shine our own spotlight on them.
The theme for this week’s round-up is The May 2015 General Election.
As the political parties begin campaigning in earnest, more and more is being written about the role of small businesses in this election and what party leaders can do to appeal to them. Below are some recent posts on the topic.
If you have a weakness for gadgets, you might want to look away now!
We’ve compiled our roundup of some of the most fun and quirky office gadgets to brighten up your workspace in 2015. While some may not be essential business tools, we think they may help to make the time you spend in the office each day more enjoyable and even help reduce your stress.
I once had a wonderful relationship with numbers. They went from zero to as high as you could count. They knew their place: Two followed one; six-hundred-and-eleven was before six-hundred-and-twelve. It was a perfectly ordered world. Numbers were just numbers.
Then I met ‘X’.
In 1995, I started my first job with the BBC.
I was the traffic reporter, and after hanging around the studios long enough, became programme assistant on The Mid-Morning Show, but only when the real PA Richard Bacon couldn’t make it.
The theme for this week is freelancing. While many of us enjoy the variety working from home, working from unfamiliar offices or even occasionally from our favourite local café, for some of us that comes as standard. The UK’s freelancers have been making a few headlines this week; here are some of the stories.
Can you imagine what it was like for Ferdinand Magellan? Columbus had failed in his 1492 quest to reach the Indies – Southeast Asia – and had bumped into the Americas instead. The Portuguese had moved quickly to claim the eastern routes to Asia, so by 1519, the Spanish were desperate for a westward route that would secure trade with the Asian kingdoms.
Let’s be honest…web conferencing can be a wonderful business tool for teams who are geographically dispersed or working remotely. But even the most experienced web conference user will have surely experienced some of the common awkward situations that are part and parcel to getting a group of co-workers to communicate virtually. It’s not always the most natural of situations, and unless web conferencing is a regular occurrence in your business schedule, it can be easy to fall down some of the technology crevices.
In the beginning of anything that’s new, we tend to apply old paradigms to the new medium. Usually, though, we grow into the new medium, figuring out which ideas work and which need to evolve to meet the unique qualities that the new medium brings.
Most of the country has been issued with a snow warning in anticipation of the arrival of the “Beast from the East” – a stretch of cold air heading our way from Siberia. How lovely.
Back in 2013, 77% of organisations were affected by severe weather. Yet despite it being acknowledged as one of the biggest threats to UK businesses, few are often prepared for the disruption it causes.
The theme for this week’s round-up is creativity. In the colder winter months it’s more important than ever to get your team galvanised and the opportunity to think creatively might be just the thing. We’ve compiled some great tips and suggestions from across the web to get your business thinking more creatively.
With last week marking 100 days until the 2015 General Election on 7 May, the leaders of the major political parties are likely to make a renewed commitment to showing they are in touch with the issues facing Britain’s army of small-and-medium-business employees (who numbered over 15 million last year according to the FSB). So what are the big focus areas that our potential future leaders need to concentrate on to win these votes?
I hate boredom. And even more so when it comes in the form of a boring presentation with visually poor slides. That’s just torture.
Pinned to my seat in a packed auditorium, I evaluate my potential escape route. The only thing that holds me back is the embarrassment and awkwardness of trying to slide past eight other people sitting in my row.