Last month, PGi was a Bronze Sponsor at the Lync Conference 2014 in Las Vegas. Approximately 1,600 Lync administrators and users from all over the world gathered at this conference to share, connect and learn more about Lync.
To help conference goers better understand the multiple offerings Lync can provide for their businesses, time was set aside for several breakout sessions, interactive labs and networking events. With over 170, 75 minute breakout sessions available to choose from, participants were able to take a deep-dive into just about any topic they were interested in.
GlobalMeet Hybrid Audio for Lync Online provides users with an integrated solution that marries PGi’s world class audio conferencing consisting of approximately 140 toll free and local access numbers in 70 countries with Lync Online allowing PSTN meeting participants to join Lync meetings from anywhere in the world.
As teams become more geographically dispersed, GlobalMeet Hybrid Audio for Lync Online combined with Lync Online’s VoIP capability delivers the anytime, anywhere meeting access necessary for remote teams to increase productivity and stay connected no matter their geographic locations.
New York Times bestselling author Dan Solin, creator of the new “The Smartest Sales Book You’ll Ever Read,” is the third featured speaker in the 5-Minute Webinar Series, sponsored by iMeet®. The series helps business professionals learn more about key topics, including sales techniques, social media tips, productivity best practices, presentation ideas and more. For more webinars, visit PGi on YouTube.
Welcome back to the 5-Minute Webinar series! This week, we highlight some great sales advice from Dan Solin, who launches his newest book, “The Smartest Sales Book You’ll Ever Read,” this week!
In this webinar, Dan shares his insights into the new world of social selling and relationship building. Play his five-minute webinar below for some valuable (and quick!) advice on how to transform your pitches into long-lasting customer relationships and lucrative deals.
Dan Solin is the bestselling author of the Smartest series of investing books, which have been enthusiastically endorsed by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Vanguard founder John Bogle, among others. Kiplinger’s listed The Smartest Investment Book You’ll Ever Read on its top ten list of the best financial books ever written; two of the Smartest series have achieved best-seller status on The New York Times Review of Books. He also writes financial blogs for The Huffington Post and USNews.com.
It’s the second day of Telework Week 2014, and we couldn’t be more excited about all the goodness coming from businesses and employees everywhere. If you’re a telecommuter wanting to be more productive, a manager of a remote team or just dipping your toe into the telework waters, here are 5 Slideshare presentations that will help you learn more about telecommuting.
1. The Yin + Yang of Telecommuting
“Your definitive guide to the benefits and pitfalls that come with the new era of work.” Did you know that an estimated 40% of U.S. employees have jobs that could be done 100% at home? This great eBook-turned-Slideshare helps you see the good, the bad and the workable.
2. Telework as a Sustainability Solution
The Telework Research Network is the expert on the value of telecommuting for businesses, and this Slideshare is a great example. The stats alone will help you make the case for telecommuting to your leadership team.
US Telecommuting Growth, from PGi’s Yin + Yang of Telecommuting eBook.
Telecommuting is an important force within today’s shift in business and personal life. As businesses and workers celebrate Telework Week 2014, employers and employees will make commitments to increase telecommuting and productivity, while decreasing commute times and stress. And the results are exciting indicators of how work is evolving from four walls to anywhere freedom, despite several highly publicized bans in 2013.
A survey of our customers here at PGi found that employees see improvements in stress level (82 percent), morale (80 percent), productivity (70 percent) and absenteeism (69 percent), all thanks to telecommuting.
It seems that every day on the Internet there’s a new article about how to get your creative juices flowing. Usually geared at writers or other purely creative professionals, these lists run the gamut, from tips about sleep schedules to different work style methodologies and everything in between. However, they’re almost always aimed at a freelancer mentality; professionals who already have the freedom to design their days however they’d like. Office workers, stuck in their cubicles, don’t have this kind of freedom.
The rise of the telecommuter has changed all of that. Telework allows all of us to pursue that freelancer spirit, carving out our days more as we see fit than being chained to a desk for eight hours straight.
Here are just a few ways that telework can facilitate creativity in your work-life:
Own Your Schedule
Some people do their best work bright and early in the quiet of the morning, free of distractions. Others are more slow starters; their brains don’t rev into high gear until later in the day, after a cup of coffee or twelve. Telework gives you more freedom to capitalize on when you do your best work, rather than forcing you to stare at a screen from 9-5 and hoping for the best.
Did you know that 75% of buying decisions are influenced by social media? This new reality for sales, marketing, advertising, business development, executives and even HR recruiters has many of us scrambling to figure out how to build our reputations and networks on the top social media sites. But how do we know what messages to post that will lead to success? How do we write a tweet that will grow our influence and networks?
Michelle Heathers, BrandGlue social media expert, shares her expert tips on how to write a tweet perfectly – in only 5 minutes!
Don’t forget to download the New York Times graphic on how to write a tweet—just scroll down the webinar page and click the link to download.
Michelle’s expertise is perfect for inspiring social experts, who want to share their insights AND boost their network success on our most popular social sites.
For sales professionals and executives, the new eBook from LinkedIn, Hubspot and Top Sales World unlocks the keys to social selling success. Download the free “Evolution of Sales” eBook here: http://bit.ly/SocialSalesBook
And don’t forget to connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook for more 5-minute webinars, social media insights and relationship building techniques.
One of the biggest challenges of living in our connected society is wading through the sea of content we’re faced with every day. We are bombarded by content from every direction online. Our friends share funny videos on Facebook, a colleague posts a market analysis on LinkedIn, the non-stop fire hose known as Twitter rolls on—it’s intimidating, but it’s also one of the primary benefits of online living. Things are rarely boring.
For knowledge workers, it can be tempting (and in fact, often beneficial) to take a mental break here and there and dive into one or more of our various content streams. However, it’s easy to start drowning; you can’t waste your entire day reading Buzzfeed articles, but the Fear of Missing Out (a.k.a. FOMO) will often rear its ugly head.
Take heart, Nerd Alert fans; there are several intuitive, dead-simple ways to curate your own content streams for later viewing. Here are my picks for techniques and apps to help wrangle your streams and stay productive at work, avoiding the dreaded FOMO:
Flipboard has always been a great destination to discover and curate content to match your interests, aggregating your social media accounts with content sites from across the web to create an experience that is uniquely yours.
Purchasing a business technology solution can be a daunting task. A bad decision on a critical piece of technology, can cost the company huge profit losses. Typically, the IT leaders of an organization are usually the ones who are responsible for researching and providing recommendations for new technology.
Wouldn’t it be a relief if these professionals had a sort of “buying decision checklist” that could help guide them in their choices? These four steps, developed by Ralph Keeney, can help with the decision making process.
Step 1: Identify your real decision problem.
Thoroughly define the need that exists within your company. An easy way to accomplish this is to consult a sample size of employees who will be using the solution. This will help determine actual needs and may bring up issues you otherwise would not have thought of. It’s also helpful to ask them to project any potential future needs so a scalable solution can be put into place. Read the rest of this entry »
Defining leadership is difficult, and defining yourself as a leader is more so. I’ve strived throughout my professional career to inspire and motivate those around me, whether they’re employees, friends or peers. I’ve challenged myself and others to move past long-held business and workstyle beliefs through innovation and technological application.
But one of the hard truths of leadership is that it’s a moving target. It’s a continuous, dynamic learning experience that spans your entire career.
Here are a few facts about leadership I’ve learned over the years that seemed counterintuitive to me at first:
Leadership has nothing to do with management
In the business world, we often equate “leadership” and “management.” We tend to recognize upper-management as the leaders of our organization. But the fact of the matter is that the two concepts have almost nothing to do with each other. Good managers can be terrible leaders, and not every leader possesses the practical skills to make a solid manager.