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How To Make Meetings People Won’t Hate Attending

How to Make Meetings That People Won't Hate Attending
Reading Time: 11 minutes

It’s no secret – most of us love to hate meetings.

In article after article, study after study, research and anecdotal evidence suggests that meetings are easily one of the least popular workplace activities. And for good reason, as most are boring and in many cases amount to a complete waste of time and money.

In fact, a study conducted by Verizon Business revealed that a full 1/3 of meetings are unproductive – completely ineffective. Most meetings suffer from having no clear purpose or objective, they are neither inspiring nor motivating and are too often organized by weak presenters who are unprepared and overly redundant.

Regardless, meetings will remain commonplace in today’s team-based work environment, so you’ll simply have to make the effort to improve them.  There are many tried and true ways to do this – sending out invitations early, setting an agenda, encouraging participation, etc. – but even with these measures, most meetings still turn out dreary and dull.

So, let’s take it a step further. Let’s go beyond the run of the mill advice, with some lesser used, more creative tips that will help you spark engagement and foster productive, effective meetings that people won’t mind attending.

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Blogging for Business General

4 Benefits of Using Surveys on Your Blog

4 Benefits of Using Surveys on Your Blog
Reading Time: 2 minutes

How do you keep visitors coming back to your blog day after day, week after week, consuming every morsel of content you can create?

Give them what they want!

There are tons of ways to drive traffic to your blog but getting readers to come back time and time again is the real trick.

This post delves into the benefits of using surveys on your blog, how to create a survey and how to get feedback.

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General Web Conferencing Webinar Success Tips

6 Smart Ways to Repurpose Your Webinar for Maximum Conversion

repurpose webinars
Reading Time: 5 minutes

Why Repurpose Your Webinar?

Delivering quality webinars that your attendees will enjoy and that actually convert is hard work. From organizing useful content to crafting attention-grabbing visuals, a lot of sweat goes into producing an event that offers both a truly effective presentation that informs and an engaging experience that inspires.

Yet, in most cases, webinars are one-time events. The end of the webinar means the end of the experience, which in turn means the end of your opportunity to convert.

While the benefits from a single webinar can be substantial, why not amplify your results by repurposing the recording?

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Email List Email Marketing Resource Guides

Epic Resource Guide: 295 Ways To Build Your Email List

Epic Resource Guide - 295 Ways to Build your email list
Reading Time: 16 minutes

You have a new blog, business or website you’re trying to get off the ground. Congratulations on taking this huge step in getting your ideas and information to the world!

So, now it’s just a matter of getting this content into the right hands (i.e. subscribers, prospects, customers), and building your email list is a top priority to get this traction.

But, how do you get people to give you their emails? We are living in an era of content overload, so how do you stand out from the crowd?

Depending on the route you want to take, there are so many strategies to reel in and retain subscribers. Whether you want to leverage your social media presence, give some fun and creative incentives or just send out pure content, there is a strategy for everyone.

We’ve rounded up 295 of the best and put them all here, so go on and read all about them! 

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Event Marketing Strategies Event Planning

How to Become an Event Planner in 2017

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Reading Time: 8 minutes

A well-executed event leaves both attendees and hosts with a sense of accomplishment. From networking meet-ups where attendees connect with their peers, to conferences where everyone walks away having learned something, a successful event is a huge sigh of relief.

Have you ever given thought to the back-end work that goes into organizing an event? Event planning requires some heavy lifting, from deciding on a big-picture vision to delivering on the minor details and keeping a cool head throughout the process. A career in this field is rewarding, but it’s no easy feat to make an event valuable for all who are involved.

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General Productivity

Top 5 Tips For Streamlining and Decluttering Your Virtual Workspace

Decluttering your virtual workspace
Reading Time: 5 minutes

Remember when you kept paper documents stored in real folders filed away in a cabinet in your office? You did your best to keep your workspace tidy, with everything in its place, right? Now that your workspace is “virtual,” with files and folders stored on a hard drive, it’s more important than ever to keep your workspace tidy.

The old saying “a place for everything, and everything in its place” has never been truer than in today’s digital workplace. I’ll show you how to keep your desktop and your Taskbar or Dock clean, create and organize your folders, use cloud storage and maintain backups, manage your browser bookmarks and clean out your email inbox.

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General Web Conferencing Webinar Success Tips

7 Creative Ways To Make Your Next Webinar Engaging & Memorable

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Reading Time: 7 minutes

I’ve attended too many webinars to ever give a precise count. Like anything else, there were those that were engaging and interesting and there were, of course, others that were rather boring, predictable and even suspicious.

First, let’s go over the typical flow of most webinars. To make things interesting, we’ll start at the very top:

  1. Sensational ads are plastered over social media and other platforms promoting the event.
  2. As the day of the event inches closer, visions of grandeur are promised. Ads are shown more frequently with increasingly aggressive reminders.
  3. As the event starts, unbelievable promises are made.
  4. During the event, the host imparts information that seems to be leading up to something.
  5. Closer to the end you see how the tips/techniques were actually part of a larger, more important, limited product that you can get at a “ridiculous bargain.”

Bottom line: most webinars are done for the obvious and single purpose of selling a product. In general, this approach tends to lead to suspicion and low engagement with participants.

Delivering an engaging, dynamic webinar that captivates your audience is not easy. However, if you think creatively, you can distinguish yourself as an authority and present webinars that captivate and enthrall.  

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General Video Conferencing

Beginner’s Guide to Video Conferencing

Beginners Guide to Video Conferencing
Reading Time: 4 minutes

Video conferencing is an addition to the numerous ways you can use video in your business. It allows people to connect authentically because of the power of audio and video technology.

The Beginner’s Guide to Video Conferencing will explain the what, why and how and provide details to help you get started.

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Company Updates New Features

Your Audio + Your Events = Your Message Being Heard

Announcing Premium Custom Audio
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Host events that get your message heard.

Introducing Premium Custom Audio.

 

Add YOUR audio to your events with the new Custom Hold Music & Audio Cues.

Premium Custom Audio lets you brand your conference by playing any custom audio file you want during your event. Choose from our audio library or record and upload your own audio files to customize your Hold Music and Audio Cues to fit your brand.

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