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Virtual Town Hall Meetings: 10 Tips to Run a Better Meeting

by Dustin Smith in Best Practices, Streaming and Recording
A number of people on a conference call during a virtual townhall Town hall meetings, and other company-wide all-hands discussions, are great for getting everyone in your organization together at the same time to share important business updates, strategy decisions, big customer wins and progress toward company-wide goals. But with more employees working remotely than ever before, it may be impossible to get all your staff together in the same physical place.…

Getting Ready for the Next Normal

by Josh Kivenko in Trends, Unified Communications, Best Practices
Three people on a conference call using their smart devices “In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” –General Dwight D. Eisenhower “Your plan has to suit who you and your team are right now.” – Mike Krzyzewski  We’ve all felt embattled by the global health crisis, social upheaval, financial volatility and complete disruption to our daily lives and routines. Whether we planned for it or not,…

Personal Connections: How to Create Business Relationships That Last

by Dustin Smith in Best Practices, People
Lady with her young daughter on a video call Businesses thrive when employees and clients feel like they’re cared for and connect on a personal level. A Harvard University study shows that only 15% of the reason a person gets a job, keeps a job or advances in a job is related to technical skills and job knowledge, while 85% has to do with people skills and building personal connections. So what is the best way to build truly authentic…

How to Live Stream: Step-by-Step Guide to Hosting and Recording Live Streams

by Jason Pruett in Streaming and Recording, Technology
Man looking at camera during a Live Stream on a computer screen Depending on the nature of your business or organization, your video communication initiatives can take on a variety of forms. From live video calls and meetings for connection and collaboration to preproduced videos for training and education and social media videos to engage with and market to audiences across different platforms, there is no shortage of ways you can use video to inform,…

What Is a Business Continuity Plan? Definition, Examples and How to Write One

by Dustin Smith in Best Practices, Industry
yellow blocks are falling over but a finger is holder up one purple block The COVID-19 crisis caught organizations around the world by surprise and left companies scrambling to figure out how to keep their operations running while simultaneously supporting an entirely remote workforce. A recent Business Continuity Survey by industry research firm Gartner showed that only 12% of organizations felt highly prepared for the impact of coronavirus. “This lack of confiden…

Our 15 Favorite Virtual Team-Building Activities to Boost Remote Team Cohesiveness

by Kevin Payne - Guest Contributor in Best Practices, Mobility
Two guys playing chess against each other on their computers Do you want to find real ways to connect your remote team members beyond shared projects, company goals and weekly team sync meetings? We recommend virtual team-building activities. While many in-person and in-house teams have the benefit of being able to bond in ways that make the most of being in the same physical space, the same can’t be said for remote teams. Building team cohesiveness in…

5 Inexpensive Video Conferencing Lighting Solutions

by Dustin Smith in Products, Best Practices
Man on a conference call using a Lume Cube light attached to his laptop Video conferencing has surged in usage since the outbreak of COVID-19. As organizations around the world quickly implemented work-from-home policies to slow the spread of the virus, video conference calls became the ultimate solution to connect the remote workforce. Conference calls have now become so commonplace that many employees who historically never participated in video meetings are…

Beyond the Tipping Point: The Future is Not Just Work From Home, It’s ‘Work From Everywhere’

by Craig Malloy in Industry, Technology, Trends
Bell Curve graph with people on conference calls in the background To borrow from a previous post , the future of work arrived yesterday, long before many organizations were prepared to evolve into it. Somehow, only three months after the global COVID-19 pandemic took hold, that unexpected, early arrival of nearly universal remote work now feels far in the rearview mirror. The tipping point for both remote work and certainly video conferencing adoption was…

Open Letter in Response to Zoom Censorship

by Craig Malloy in Industry, Technology
Lights coming from all over the world and connecting to different points On Thursday, June 11, our video conferencing competitor, Zoom, openly acknowledged it acted at the behest of the Chinese government in not only censoring the speech, but also terminating the accounts, of multiple people living and acting within the laws of the United States. According to multiple media reports, this exercise of free speech was offensive to Chinese government officials and Zoom…

Returning to Work in 2020: A New Hybrid Work Model after COVID-19

by Dustin Smith in Best Practices, Technology
A man tying his dress shoes, preparing to go to work Following weeks of employees’ working remotely in response to COVID-19 , businesses are now facing a new challenge: how and when to return to the office safely. Despite uncertainties and significant logistical concerns, a post-COVID-19 workplace is inevitable, even as organizations work to adapt facilities based on evolving guidelines from public health institutions. To successfully transition…
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