Zoom is getting ready for conference rooms to matter again

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Work may never be the same. But as the prospect of some people going back to the office gets real, Zoom is adding features designed for the new normalcy. Quick, what’s the single technology product most closely associated with working from home during the pandemic? No contest: It’s Zoom. The videoconferencing service has become so synonymous with WFH productivity that it’s easy to forget that people used Zoom an awful lot even back when many participants were all sitting in a conference room together. Read Full Story

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How to professionally decline an unnecessary Zoom meeting

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Video calls are sometimes the most productive way to get work done. But not every Zoom call is essential. December means a lot of things—the holidays, end-of-year wrap-ups, and, this year: intense Zoom fatigue. After almost nine months of meetings, happy hours, and even conferences, you’re not alone if you’re dreading another packed day of back-to-back video calls. Read Full Story

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Zoom calls can be too formal. These alternatives encourage casual chatting

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The next generation of video-calling tools aim to encourage the spontaneous conversations that are such a quintessential part of work, school, and events. Since the coronavirus pandemic shut down traditional offices around the world, workers have learned to adapt to videoconferencing platforms such as Zoom, GoToMeeting, and Microsoft Teams, picking outfits and spots in their houses that look good on camera. The living room is the new conference room, and people have learned how to professionally field sales calls and communicate with managers from their sofas or kitchen tables. Read Full Story

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Best Video Conferencing Software

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Disclosure: This content is reader-supported, which means if you click on some of our links that we may earn a commission. Video conferencing software has exploded in popularity over the last year. With people working from home and remote work becoming the new normal, businesses rely on video conferencing services to communicate. But not all video conferencing software is the same. The tools you use to video chat with your friends and family across the across aren’t necessarily the best business communication options. Which video conferencing software is the best for you? I’ll break down my top picks in greater detail below. The Top 6 Options For Video Conferencing Software BlueJeans Cisco Webex Lifesize Whereby RingCentral GlobalMeet by PGI How to Choose the Best Video Conferencing For You As you’re shopping around and evaluating different options, there are certain criteria that must be taken into consideration. Keep these factors in …

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The Best Conference Call Services (In-Depth Review)

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Disclosure: This content is reader-supported, which means if you click on some of our links that we may earn a commission. Just a decade ago, conference calls were challenging to set up and manage. But today, I can click a few buttons and hop on a call with my entire team in a matter of seconds from the comfort of my home while my teammates stay safely in theirs. However, the best conference call services go beyond basic phone calls. They also offer a suite of collaboration and connectivity tools that make our current situation easier to navigate… together. As the demand for remote connectivity rises, new services are popping up left and right. Plus, there are already hundreds of options to choose from, making it feel impossible to choose the right conference call services for your team. So to help make your life a bit easier, I looked at …

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How to own the room in your next Zoom meeting

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Presenting via video means that many of the normal cues are gone. Here’s how you can still connect with people. When you’re making a presentation or conducting a meeting in a conference room, it’s easy to tell when people are engaged and when they check out. If you’re open to them, body language clues can help you know when to change your delivery or ask for questions. When you’re in a Zoom room, however, much of the context is missing. Read Full Story

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How to Network Online Like a Champ

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Posted by cheryldraper This conference season feels a bit different, doesn't it? Where we're usually globetrotting from event to event, this year most conferences have either postponed their dates or switched to online, remote-friendly formats , offering video sessions by top-notch speakers or live streams with open chats. But what about everyone's favorite bonus during conference season — networking? Thankfully, all is not lost! With a little ingenuity and virtual elbow grease, you can still forge new professional relationships over an internet connection rather than a cocktail. (And hey, nothing's stopping you from enjoying a nice, frosty Mozcow Mule or tasty mocktail in your home office space, right?) In our current reality of social distancing, marketing conference networking will look different, but it's not going anywhere. Read on for tips on how to effectively network while remote! Step 1: Look for networking opportunities Depending on which virtual event you attend, …

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5 ways remote work can make you more creative

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Go ahead and find ways to be more productive when working remotely, but don’t leave creativity out of the conversation. Many of the online HR conference sessions I’ve joined recently have been dominated by discussions around finding ways to make our remote workforce more productive and efficient. Yet while productivity matters, creativity often gets left out of that conversation. If creativity is discussed at all, it’s often seen as something that we’ve lost with the move to remote work because of the assumption that creativity is the output of in-person brainstorming sessions, with creativity being measured by the number of Post-its on meeting room walls. Read Full Story

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How to Network Online Like a Champ

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Posted by cheryldraper This conference season feels a bit different, doesn't it? Where we're usually globetrotting from event to event, this year most conferences have either postponed their dates or switched to online, remote-friendly formats , offering video sessions by top-notch speakers or live streams with open chats. But what about everyone's favorite bonus during conference season — networking? Thankfully, all is not lost! With a little ingenuity and virtual elbow grease, you can still forge new professional relationships over an internet connection rather than a cocktail. (And hey, nothing's stopping you from enjoying a nice, frosty Mozcow Mule or tasty mocktail in your home office space, right?) In our current reality of social distancing, marketing conference networking will look different, but it's not going anywhere. Read on for tips on how to effectively network while remote! Step 1: Look for networking opportunities Depending on which virtual event you attend, …

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