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Heap of chairsThere’s no doubt that you’ve set business goals for 2015 as the first step towards making this a successful year. All businesses want to be more efficient and productive. When it comes to ensuring the productivity of your business meetings, it’s important to realize that over time, the way that you hosted meetings has changed and will continue to change. Meetings are a business process and like almost any business process, we are looking to optimize and improve our meetings and achieve the best experience possible. For example, during the last few years, businesses have utilized online meetings. You should make sure that you are aware of the current trends and developments to ensure that you get the most out of your meetings in 2015. The following article applies to both in-person as well as online meetings.
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Businessman adjusting tieAs a regular user of online meeting software, you already know its many benefits. Probably one of the most well noted benefits is the decrease of travel costs. However some users may be concerned that they lose their professionalism when they participate in online meetings. After all, how can one keep their audience engaged when they are sitting in different offices or even countries? Do you really have to get dressed if you’re working from or attending the meeting from home? The goal of an online meeting is to foster a better sense of inclusion and to answer questions. The meeting may be used to present information about a new product or it may be used during a time sensitive project. Unfortunately, hosts and participants can often take actions that make the experience less than enjoyable.

Fortunately, successful web meetings only require you to make a few minor adjustments to your technique. Here are our 5 tips on how you can be more professional during your next online meeting.
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Color ClocksAs working professionals, many of you encounter webinars and online training sessions on a regular basis. And some of you are the ones hosting the webinars and creating the online training content. It can be difficult to keep track of your time and decide where you should spend it the most. In this article, we’ve narrowed it down to 5 main time-saving tips to help make your work life easier, including when it comes to executing online meetings or trainings.
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Prezi PowerPointFlip charts. White boards. Overhead projectors. We’ve come a long way when it comes to the visual aspects of our presentations, but it seems most of us have settled on PowerPoint when it comes to presentation software. We try to avoid the “death by PowerPoint,” yet we have all sat through meetings – or even conducted meetings – with cumbersome, text-heavy presentations that only bore the audience. Visual techniques such as Presentation Zen help, but there must be something more.

Fortunately, there is: Prezi. Long known for its use in education, Prezi is ideal for use in the business sector. We’re visual creatures; we pay attention to things that attract our attention. Prezi makes material more visually appealing, but it’s more than just a shiny new toy. Let me show you what Prezi is, why it’s better than PowerPoint, how you can combine your online presentations with Prezi, and engage with your audience on a new level.
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Remote Worker ProductivityAs we’ve discussed previously, remote workers and work-from-home arrangements are becoming the norm for many businesses these days, and although some employers are still skeptical about the efficiency of having people work outside of the traditional office, remote workers are here to stay. Due to the fact that you can easily hire a specialist remote worker at a fraction of the cost of hiring a full-time in-house employee, as well as hiring remote freelancers on a need-to-need basis, more employers are taking the plunge. If you’re new to hiring remote workers, Mikogo has you covered. Follow our tips below to find out how businesses are managing and keeping remote workers productive and focused.
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