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Four happy people, standing, laughing and having a party while video chatting with others using a tabletA virtual social gathering, if you haven’t been to one already, is as close to the real thing but instead, is hosted online using a video conferencing platform. Use the following tips and advice to help you get set up for fun events within your company, circle of friends or family gatherings. All it takes is a couple of invitations, a few mouse clicks and the use of optimized features for you to jump onto a call and start socializing with anyone from anywhere at any time!

Here are a few questions to help you get planning:

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View of 1-1 conversation between woman talking with open laptop and gesticulating, and man listening intently in communal work spaceManaging a project online requires a variety of digital tools to help lift your project off the ground. Whether you’re using online project management software, a video conferencing platform or both, you can keep better track of everything from conception to delivery using digital tools that streamline communication.

Let’s take a look at how a video conferencing platform enhances the quality of online project management.

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Side view of employee smiling and in mid-conversation, seated at desktop computer in office space with headphones, looking to the rightAs part of a sales team, you know just how critical a sales call is. Especially now that we’ve moved everything online, a video conferencing sales call has to work extra hard at making a good first impression. Here’s the good news: With a few tips and tricks by your side, you can easily navigate a virtual environment to make a connection, flawlessly sell your product and gain the trust of clients.

Read on for a few ways to shine online using video conferencing:

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group meetingEffective collaboration can take many forms but the one key indicator that leads to results is a shared goal. When everyone knows what they are working for, with a clear vision in mind of what the final product should achieve, everything else can fall into place. The end of the team effort, the destination, will set the groundwork for the journey and how to get there.

Sure, that sounds simple enough, however, it’s the “getting there” that requires a few moving parts, like mutual respect, building trust, and great collaboration tools. Thankfully, there are some tried and true methods and boxes to tick that will shape how you and your team get from point a to point b.

Let’s get a closer look at some of the markers of successful collaboration and what it takes to build and maintain a collaborative culture within your team.

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lady-laptopScreen sharing is the go-to web conferencing feature that immediately boosts the productivity of online meetings. If you want a successful meeting, consider how screen sharing promotes better interactions, higher engagement, and improved participation.

Imagine being able to instantly see and interact with other users’ personal desktops. Rather than having to go through the motions of explaining something in a meeting to participants, you can show them with a few clicks of a button.

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girl-laptopAn in-person meeting has traditionally been the most effective, and reliable way to convene but with workforces growing and stretching across the globe, conference calls are more important than ever. If you’re a large group or small to midsize business, your unique needs require clear and concise communication.

Think of a conference call as a virtual conference table where everyone is available to participate in the conversation no matter where they are. Conference calls facilitate group collaboration and are a perfect alternative to meeting in person, saving you commuting time, travel costs and accommodation. (more…)

monitorThe benefits of using a green screen for video conferencing, online meetings and creating video content are plenty. As outlined in Part 1, you have complete creative control over the look and feel of your message, brand and output. Imagine having access to endless scenic backgrounds without having to shell out lots of money or step foot out of your office or home? Consider how a clean and polished looking background positions your brand front row and center and gives life to your message, making you extra memorable. And how about a green screen as the secret weapon to making your video content stand out amongst the competition? These are only a few reasons how a green screen can positively affect your business, and we’re only just scratching the surface!

Now that you’ve established your online meetings can be taken up a notch or two, here’s how to incorporate a green screen so you can use it to enhance your meetings or add a sprinkle of “je ne sais quois” to your webinar, tutorial, demonstration and so much more. (more…)

photo lightWhen we hear the words “green screen,” it’s not typically followed by the notion of video conferencing. It immediately takes you back to a B-list horror movie that got lost in the 80s rather than a professional online meeting solution. Spoiler alert… It has now become the latter, not the former! (more…)

Lecture EducationIn the field of education, running an online school or facilitating a study group can sometimes feel like herding sheep! There is a lot to take into account. For students, it’s providing a virtual space for them to connect and collaborate. For teachers, it’s recording lectures and for administration, it’s connecting face-to-face with colleagues and recruits from home without breaking the bank on expensive software.

Between students, professors and administrators, there are a lot of costs, schedules and course content to consider. A free conference call and video conferencing might just be the exact approach you need to get everyone present and engaged. This is how your next meeting can be made more hard-hitting, effective and most importantly, fully attended by hosting a free conference call (or free video call): (more…)

When you’re running your own business you know how much heavy lifting goes on behind the scenes. A one-person operation might be scary, but there are so many ways it can go right, granted you put in the time, effort, and resources needed to see your baby take flight!

Solopreneur MeetingOne way to get the job done is to recognize the power of clear and effective communication by hosting online meetings. As the solopreneur jack (or jill) of all trades that you are and have to be, one aspect of your business that needs care and attention is communications. (more…)

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