This article is based on the webinar delivered by David Smith, a global director at Virtual Learning Solutions and Virtual Gurus. It can be viewed here.
Category Archives: Online Meetings
At the end of a big presentation or conference, it would be unusual to see the speaker or host pick up their belongings, put on their coat and leave, without any sort of closing speech. Generally, they would take a few minutes to deliver a summary, thanking the audience for their attendance and participation, and leaving them with a final thought.
By now, we all know about the business case for webinars — they bring in warm, pre-qualified leads for sales opportunities. In order to capture those leads, you first need them to be aware of the fact that you’re having a webinar. Much like a tree falling in the forest with no one around (which doesn’t make a sound), a webinar being hosted on a given Wednesday with no viewers doesn’t make much of a sound either — and definitely not in terms of leads.
For reasons that I’ve never been able to fathom, some companies just love to call meetings, for the most trivial to the obscure of reasons. I’ve even been known to receive an invite to a pre-meeting, to discuss what we will be talking about at the actual meeting! Very often these meetings, which lack any true purpose, generate very little in the way of action points and are promptly forgotten or sidetracked once everyone has left the room.
There are an infinite number of books and articles written about how to lead. There are few written about where to lead. Where does the work of leadership get done? Given that the average manager spends almost 50% of each week in meetings, how they show up in those meetings will either demonstrate their leadership skills or showcase their leadership deficiencies. If this is true, meetings matter. Meetings matter a lot.
How often do you leave a meeting, feeling that it was, well….boring? You made it through a big agenda, yet somehow little happened. There were no substantive debates. No ah-ha moments. It ‘looked’ like a good meeting, yet nobody would think or do anything meaningfully different because of it. This happens more often than it should and the culprit is the very thing that’s supposed to prevent it: the agenda.
Why do Eyeful Presentations, based in Leicester, UK, rely on GoToMeeting to help them deliver a superior service to customers? Find out right here.
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.
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.
Imagine coming into the office one morning, settling at your desk to prepare for the working day. A colleague you sort-of recognise from down the corridor wanders into your office and, without a word, steals your chair and rolls away with it. No explanation as to why he took your chair in particular, or any acknowledgement that you might need it to get any work done. You’d surely kick up a fuss, right?
Well, Citrix has done it again!
Gartner has released their Magic Quadrant for Web Conferencing – and we’re thrilled to announce that Citrix and our web conferencing tools – GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, GoToTraining and remote support tool GoToAssist have yet again been recognised as a leader in the market.
The trouble with meetings is that the more time you spend talking about something, the less actually gets done about it. Regular status meetings tend to be the worst culprits for draining productivity – and draining the life out of a team. Even the mere anticipation of them can put a downer on the working day.
CrunchBoards is an all-in-one forecasting and reporting tool that helps business make better-informed decisions based on their finance data.
The average British employee will endure a staggering 6,240 meetings over the course of a working lifetime. So it’s worrying that recent research reveals three out of five workers think meetings are pointless and held ‘for the sake of it’. On that basis, it’s hardly surprising that 70% admit to regularly zoning out in meetings and one in five claim to have fallen asleep. And this lack of attentiveness can have serious consequences: one in five confess to having made a mistake (a quarter of them ‘monumental clangers’) due to lack of mental presence in meetings.
Now that the countdown to Christmas is in full swing, it’s always nice to reflect on the highs of 2015, and in our case, the blog posts that really got our readers thinking and sharing. So just before we kick back with a glass of mulled wine and call it a wrap for 2015, we thought you might like our Christmas Top 10 of the posts that grabbed the most eyeballs this year…
Most of us know what a good meeting looks, feels and sounds like. We do the prep work, we keep in mind the three principles of successful meetings, and we try not to waste anyone’s time. Unfortunately, most of us also know what a bad meeting looks, feels and sounds like: wayward conversations with no outcome or conclusion, no one keeping track of the time, the same people speaking over and over with the rest checking emails or covertly faffing around on Facebook to kill time.