Sometimes you just have to travel.
And as much as I love being able to catch up with my wonderful colleagues in Germany and Australia through an online meeting tool (GoToMeeting of course), sometimes you have to jump on a plane and get in the same room as someone.
13%…a statistic I’d advise you to get to know sooner rather than later, if you are one of the increasing numbers of remote workers. In a 2014 report produced by Stanford University, it was found that mobile and remote workers are 13% more productive than their office-based counterparts.
Over the years I have been fortunate enough (depending on your point of view) to present on anything from marketing strategies and business plans to awards and mobile phone ring tones, engaging audiences of senior executives, professional sport stars, rooms full of old ladies playing bingo and conference halls full of over-imbibed salespeople at 11pm on an end of year high.
How many times has this happened to you?
You start your GoToMeeting session a few minutes early (probably to check that you look reasonably presentable on webcam, oh and of course to check that you’re ready to start sharing the latest version of document XYZ). Then suddenly you hear…
The ‘office’ as we know it has undergone a significant transformation in the past few years, with many businesses and employees warming up to the benefits of remote or virtual working. It’s a trend that has infiltrated businesses of all sizes, from global organisations through to SMEs, sole traders and freelancers.
With online meetings, webinars and training sessions, one of the most important factors in the success of your presentation is the design of your slide deck. You must design engaging visuals that grab attention, keep them interested, and enhance your message.
In guiding your team through change it’s helpful to recognise the different forms of resistance that emerge, so that you can deal with them and mitigate their negative effect on individuals in the team and on the business.
Employee happiness can be a fuzzy concept to strive for, and is not necessarily seen as a priority by all businesses. It can often be an afterthought, with many believing that if workers are paid enough, or promoted regularly, they’ll be happy.
Five years ago, face-to-face meetings were the norm for me, and what most clients expected. But over the past couple of years particularly it’s become more common for me to attend online meetings. The benefits speak for themselves, and that’s why so many businesses are opting to meet virtually. Gone are the days of two-hour commutes, hefty train fares, three hour meetings and the worry over what to wear! But for online meetings to be effective there are a few golden rules to follow.
You may have mastered some of the cool features that are available in GoToMeeting already – but what about audio and webcam usage? Have you nailed those yet?
Our customers have been asking for a GoToMeeting how-to for audio and webcam best practices, so we hosted a webinar with useful tips in non-techie language to ensure you’re seen and heard clearly in every meeting you’re on.
I love TED Talks…
I love the platform for passion they’ve given gifted speakers from around the world, that I can watch from the comfort of my laptop, phone or tablet…
The typical working week has its ups and downs. And if you regularly find yourself suffering from “Sunday night blues”, it’s time to ask why and what can be done about it. Because having a positive attitude can help you succeed in day-to-day projects, get a promotion or just generally enjoy your current job more.