Category Archives: Online Meetings

Banish meeting boredom: 13 tips for better meetings

No more bad meetings

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:

The funny side of web conferencing…and how to avoid some common pitfalls!

Funny web conferencing moments

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.

Let it snow – perhaps now is the time to test flexible working

Let it snow business as usual

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.

3 ways to breathe life into weekly meetings

Online Meeting or Face to face meeting

What’s more fun than a weekly meeting? Pretty much anything. Each week, you and your co-workers go down the same list of initiatives, in that same dry tone. Perhaps it’s just inevitable that weekly meetings become predictable, repetitive and sleep-inducing. Seriously, if you suffer from insomnia, just attend one bad weekly meeting and you’ll be cured.

Pointless meetings – and how to avoid them

Avoid pointless meetings

“Meetings are a great way to fill my working day,” said nobody, ever.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a quick catch-up with a colleague or a regular team get-together – a meeting should serve a purpose and have at least a bare minimum agenda (and no, three bullets two minutes before the meeting do not qualify as an agenda). Otherwise the meeting is really just a waste of time that could be better spent getting on with “real” work, or even doing non work-related stuff.

15 image sources for your next presentation

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If you want to make your presentation more visually appealing — and go beyond the standard Microsoft clip art — there are many online libraries of free and paid images available.

Knowing what you can and can’t use however can sometimes cause confusion, so here are some pointers as well as 15 sources for both paid and free images to help make your next presentation stunning (and legal).

The three principles of successful meetings

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I bet you can’t wait for your next meeting, can you?

No, I didn’t think so.

Almost everyone will be familiar with the energy-sapping reality of most meetings: waiting for the last, late person to arrive before you start, listening to the domineering attendee who loves the sound of their own voice and that sinking feeling as the minutes tick by and you think of all the real work accumulating on your desk, awaiting your late return.

5 steps to better online meetings for project teams

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It’s an all-too-common scenario: You’ve been asked to join a project that involves co-workers in one country and stakeholders in another. Meanwhile, you’re stuck in the middle, time zones apart.

Although in-person, telephone and email interactions have their place for projects like these, the ability to meet together online, see each other via webcam and collaborate on documents can speed up the process substantially.

Your questions answered: Presenting with style and confidence

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For many, public speaking is one of the most feared aspects of business. And for some people who don’t like to stand up and deliver presentations, that fear extends to speaking in front of virtual audiences.

In a recent webinar, ‘Presenting with Style and Confidence’, Lynne Copp, director of The Worklife Company shared her top tips and techniques for effective presentations, both face-to-face and virtual.

Here are Lynne’s responses to three of the questions asked during the webinar.

Make scheduling meetings easier with time zone converters

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Since I work with team members all over the globe, scheduling meetings can be a pain. It sometimes takes me longer to find a single time that works for five people in four different time zones than the actual meeting itself.

But I recently discovered a tool that makes scheduling meetings with international colleagues lightning fast: a time zone converter. If you plan any sort of events, webinars, conference calls or web conferences with overseas participants, you absolutely need to check this out!

How to make your presentations memorable

Making your presentations memorable

When was the last time you cried?

Properly cried, all snot and spit, like Juliet Stevenson in the film “Truly, Madly, Deeply”?

When was the last time you laughed so hard that people could see your fillings and you made that funny snorting sound?

You can probably remember those moments in some detail. You know who you were with and you know what you were doing.

But can you remember the last time you felt a bit “meh”? Sort of OK, but nothing special?

Me neither.

Emotion helps memory move from short-term to long-term storage, and there’s research that suggests emotional memories are even prioritised in the consolidation process.

Welcome to the Citrix Interactions Blog!

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You know what it’s like — work can be pretty intense at times. With so many changes in our fast-paced world, keeping up isn’t easy.

Here at Citrix, we have been providing valuable research, reports and best practice guides for many years about the changing workplace, but we haven’t always had the opportunity to truly interact with you in the past. That’s why we wanted a new way to make you part of the conversation — a new way to share our insights on a different way of working.

This blog is our space to discuss how we can work better together. We’ll look at everything from how to prepare an outstanding presentation to how to be even more productive in the little time you have.