Some days it seems almost impossible to be productive.
There are beeps and buzzes coming from your phone and calendar notifications on your laptop for upcoming meetings. These are just a few of the distractions that small business owners and employees experience on a daily basis. To fight the distractions and stay on top of things we try different productivity hacks. Most of the time they’re ineffective.
“Congratulations James / Jane / Nicola (delete as applicable), the board has just signed off next year’s business plan. You have a 50% increase in your departmental budget and also have an additional three headcount to recruit to your team.”
Sound familiar? No? I thought not!
To win one award in a week is really something.
But to win three is simply outstanding.
I have been a member of Facebook for well over a decade. To begin with it was a mild distraction which I would log into every few days, to contact a friend or look at some photos. But over the years I have become acutely aware of my growing addiction, and at times I would find myself scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed when I should have been focusing on a piece of work, or giving something else my full attention. It was wasting time and my concentration was suffering, and it was obvious I needed to do something about it. The perfect opportunity presented itself when my six-year-old daughter suggested I give up something for Lent…
We love a good event.
And we LOVE a good online event.
Which is why we’re thrilled to be part of UK Marketing Day 2016 – an all-day virtual event for UK marketers on Thursday 2 June.
A creative presentation is one that ignites the passion of your audience. They walk out enthused, amazed and marvelling at the ideas they have just heard.
To celebrate the launch of the 3rd edition of Speaking Up Without Freaking Out by Matt Abrahams, Stanford University has created the infographic below which provides us with 9 ways to manage anxiety ahead of a presentation.
“Today if you want to succeed as an entrepreneur, you also have to be a storyteller,” according to Virgin founder Richard Branson. But storytelling is also critical for all managers and leaders.
Considering most of us love talking about ourselves, very few people actively enjoy interviews – the pressure can get to even the most eligible and eloquent of candidates. But it pays to remember that it’s a mutual fact-finding opportunity, not a cross-examination in the dock.
Why do Eyeful Presentations, based in Leicester, UK, rely on GoToMeeting to help them deliver a superior service to customers? Find out right here.
Echo and feedback are a lot easier to fix than most people tend to think.
Since the 1960s, one name in particular has become synonymous with power, charisma and success: Sir Richard Branson. He’s become famous not only for his entrepreneurial ventures, overwhelming successes and bizarre public stunts, but for his ability to inspire others as well. Many of us look to him for leadership guidance, but how exactly can we learn from him?
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.
You may fall into one of two types of reader when it comes to this article – the one who reads this out of interest or the one who really does need to do something about their time management skills.
There are some occupations where keeping hydrated is a ‘must’ and part of working culture. The mining industry in Western Australia, for example, involves working in extreme desert climates where temperatures can soar as high as 40°C and beyond. Miners are therefore required to keep their fluid intake up, and alcohol is usually banned from mining sites to help lower the risk of dehydration.
You will no doubt have heard the phrase “you never get a second chance to make a first impression” and in fact, whether we like it or not, people will make judgements about us before we even open our mouths to speak.
“A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.” John C. Maxwell
“I’ve learned that mistakes can often be as good a teacher as success.” Jack Welch
UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) is a government department that provides advice and information to UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets through exports.