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We all experience stress in our work lives. Overtime evening and weekend work are practically inevitable for some employees, as resources are stretched thin and more work needs to get done. The demands that are placed on employees often exceed what they can handle in the long-term: not because they aren’t trained well for their jobs, but because it is simply too much. When chronic stress builds up over time, life gets out of balance and burnout can result.

What exactly is burnout? It’s described in the medical literature as a period of time in which a person becomes exhausted and loses interest in things that would normally drive them, leading to a decline in work performance. If you don’t catch burnout early, it can start to eat away at your career, as well as your health and personal life. Look for these signs to see if you might be suffering from burnout.

 

Exhaustion

Long hours and compounded stress can leave you feeling tired at the end of every workday and when you wake up every morning. When that happens long enough, you become exhausted, feeling like you have little energy to push through each day. You might feel like you need more sleep, and need to keep refueling on coffee to keep going. When we’re overworked, we can feel constantly run down because we’re so exhausted.

 

Lack of Motivation

Your work and career goals were once enough to stay motivated, but now there’s little driving you other than adrenaline. We all have our off days, but if every day you wake up dreading going to work, it may be time to regroup.

 

Negative Emotions

At work, we’re told to not take things personally – and most of the time, we don’t, because we know it’s just a job. Did you snap at your coworker for forgetting a minor detail in a meeting? Cry because your boss asked you to edit your proposal? Have you felt like everyone is just irritating, no matter what they’re doing? Being overworked can lead to oversensitivity and expressing negative emotions, which is not good for your relationships at work or at home.

 

Forgetfulness and Trouble Concentrating

A little mistake here or there happens to all of us. However, making regular snafus is a sign that your mind is elsewhere. If you’re burning out, you might be constantly worrying about all the things you have to get done, or you may be checked out all together. Finding it hard to concentrate on your work and being prone to errors are symptoms of burnout.

 

Not Taking Care of Yourself

Junk food, excess drinking, retail therapy, and other vices are often a means of escape when you’re burnt out. Have you noticed you’re indulging more often in your cookie stash? Are you going out every night after work to the bar down the street? Did you look at your last credit card statement and wonder what happened? A classic burnout trend is doing a little more of what’s bad for us because it makes us feel good – at least in the short term. Let it go too long and the seven deadly sins will have you – and your health – firmly in their grasp.

 

Health Issues

In addition to general malaise, unchecked stress can lead to acute sickness like the flu or a sinus infection. But it can also result in chronic health problems like migraines, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. If your doctor is giving you new warnings to watch your weight or you find yourself in the pharmacy aisle too often, it’s time to chill out before you burn out.

 

How to Bounce Back

If you see yourself falling into these patterns, you need to come to your own rescue. You can change your behaviors in the following ways to get back on track and recover from burnout:

 

Take Time to Relax

Separate your work life from your home life. When you’re home, try not to do work. Instead, do things that are relaxing, like taking a bath, yoga, and listening to music. When you’re at work, take short breaks every once in awhile to Zen out.

 

Prioritize Sleep

Get the rest you need to recover from burnout, perform well at your job, and keep up with home responsibilities.

 

Focus on Your Non-Work Life

When you’re not on the job, spend time cultivating your interests, nurturing friendships and relationships with family, and everything else in your non-work life that makes you feel good.

 

Unplug

Spend less time in front of the computer and smartphone checking e-mail and refrain from using the Internet too much. Too much computer time can remind you of work.

 

Set Limits

Learn to say no when you’re already stretched thin, or ask to reprioritize projects and responsibilities. You can only do so much – and when it’s too much, you could burn out.

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How to Put Life Back into Your Meetings http://blog.clickmeeting.com/put-life-back-meetings http://blog.clickmeeting.com/put-life-back-meetings#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:45:10 +0000 http://blog.clickmeeting.com/?p=3646 Read more

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If we had our first choice of places to be, it would never be in a meeting. Even the best of meetings aren’t the most lively or interesting of affairs. But that doesn’t mean that you have to come away from them feeling drained or like your time was wasted. Good meetings (or at least meetings that don’t stink) are possible. It’s all in how the meeting leader engages their audience.

As the meeting leader, you’re responsible for setting and keeping the tone of the meeting, laying down the meeting objectives, and getting from point A to point B as painlessly as possible. Following these steps will help keep your meeting from falling flat and your audience from falling asleep. While they may not have as much fun as if they were in Vegas, they will get the work done and feel energized from what was accomplished.

 

Set your energy level to 11

From the moment you walk into the room, the people attending your meeting will be observing your every move. One thing they will really pick up on is your energy level. If you stride in with high energy, they’ll follow your lead. If you’re low-key and sluggish, they won’t be at the top of their game, either. The success of the meeting relies on the energy you bring into it from the start. So always bring your A game when you’re leading a meeting.

 

Lead like a comedian

Comedians perform by opening strong and closing strong – they know they get the best reactions from their audience this way. So when you’re standing in front of your peers leading a meeting, give your best performance at the beginning and end of the presentation. Framing the meeting with opening statements that get them focused and inspired, as well as closing statements that wrap up the meeting’s purpose and accomplishments, will make them feel good about the overall experience. Telling a clean joke or two couldn’t hurt, either.

 

Connect with each and every person

Before you even get into what’s on the meeting agenda, take a moment to engage with the people in the room. Because without them, the stuff on the agenda doesn’t mean squat. Build rapport with your audience by starting a conversation, not just reading from the to-do list. A brief statement about why you’re meeting and what you hope to get done is sufficient to capture their attention.

 

Paint the big picture in broad strokes

The overall goals and ideas of a meeting can often be exciting to your peers or employees – it’s the little details that bore them. Don’t get bogged down in the minutia of the project: while it’s necessary to cover all your bases, it’s important not to let that cloud the picture of the bigger mission. Throughout the meeting, reiterate the big picture and remind them why they’re really there. Hearing about how what they’re working on will benefit the company, team, and themselves will serve as motivation when working on the nitty gritty.

 

Gives kudos where it’s due

The work is never done – once one project or goal is completed, another quickly takes its place. Some projects can be time-consuming and it can seem a long way to the finish line. Along the way, encourage your team by congratulating them on their successes. These little confidence boosts are what can power them to reach the end. Thus, every meeting should include giving kudos and praise when someone (or the whole team) performed well. It doesn’t have to be a big awards ceremony – just take a few minutes to say something nice. It will be appreciated and create a culture of positivity.

 

Come full circle

The end of your meeting should sound a lot like the beginning. Touch on the big picture again, and summarize the important points of what you accomplished based on the goals you originally set. Also take this time to make plans for a follow-up meeting, focusing on the next logical steps in the process. Spending some time planning your concluding statements will help you “close strong” and tie everything up nicely.

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Is Your Videoconference Outdated? http://blog.clickmeeting.com/videoconference-outdated http://blog.clickmeeting.com/videoconference-outdated#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:00:43 +0000 http://blog.clickmeeting.com/?p=3640 Read more

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Have you come to think how technology is rapidly changing that what used to be your business organization’s most innovative communication tool like videoconferencing is slowly losing its brilliance and now a thing of the past?

Sending letters by post did not see its demise until the advent of email communication practically blew it to oblivion. There was a time when landlines and beepers occupied the top of the ladder in instant communication until mobile phones toppled its pedestal. Mile high clubs were like kin to business representatives flying through meetings after meetings until video conferencing shifted the approach of most business organizations in doing their usual discussions and collaborations.

 

Are you keeping up with technology?

Change comes fast and outdated communication attitudes and modalities will put a snag on an ideally deft and adaptable system of doing business. Nowhere in the history of humankind have we stared at fast changing technology right smack in the face as perhaps these days.

At the core of how the modern company does business nowadays lies a seamlessly efficient communication technology that is able to utilize technological progress to facilitate the achievement of business goals.

And here is where videoconferencing has been touted by more than a few tech evangelists who acknowledge the industryís need for cost efficiency without sacrificing meaningful exchanges facilitated by more traditional modes of communication.

Let us put videoconferencing squarely where it is, a technology that has been around yet unpopular since the 1930s but faced resuscitation over the past couple of decades with the introduction of yet another technological breakthrough, the high-speed internet.

Coupled with powerful computing hardware and video compression software, videoconferencing has made inroads in the business industry owing to its ability to bring together people from different locations without the need to travel and expend vital financial and human resources.

 

Are you on top of recent innovations in videoconferencing?

Fast-forward to the current decade with an even wider entry point for the marriage of technological progress and business communications systems such as videoconferencing. Whereas in the past having a top of the line dedicated videoconferencing console or a desktop system that streams digitally compressed audio and video in real time was all it took to stay on top of the videoconferencing game, the introduction of more sophisticated hardware and software tools featured in some platforms raises a question on your company’s place in the tech game.

Tech evangelists are keen on proclaiming that desktop videoconferencing is here to stay, never mind that the Skype experience has otherwise changed preferences for those who use such free platforms.
Why is this so?

Platforms that are built on desktop systems are better suited for high definition video and audio streams, which offer astounding voice clarity and real time video transmission that all the more blur time and space distances between and among videoconference stations.

And then thereís the next generation cloud-based videoconferencing, which is by far the best innovation that technology has helped realized. Cloud videoconferencing allows for the use of new tool sets that enable sharing of huge multimedia files, shared document editing and even videoconference recording to archive meetings and discussions.

Cloud-based systems allows for either 2D or 3D simultaneous video broadcasting or web streaming to as many as 1,000 remote users.

Cloud-based videoconferencing can also enable users to perform mobile calls, VOIP and other forms of videoconferencing which further enhance capabilities and use values of videoconferencing platforms to include other facets of business communication.

With the recent advancements in web-based communications technology, your companyís ways of doing business, encouraging collaboration and engaging meaningful discussions can benefit far and wide with the right upgrade in your videoconferencing system.

 

Choosing The Right System

There are many products to choose form when it comes to videoconference platforms, but, they are not all the same Choosing an industry leader, such as, ClickMeeting can prove to be a smart choice as there is nothing worse than experiencing technical problems or not having the features you need, especially during a meeting with an important client.

Some of the most important things to look for in a top of the line videoconference platform are:

  • Audio and video conferencing
  • Meeting room rebranding
  • Full control of the desktop and sharing features
  • Statistics
  • Translation to various languages in the chat rooms
  • Private and moderated chat rooms
  • Full service Q & A
  • Compatibility with various devices, ie: tablets and desktops
  • Apps for both Android and iOS
  • Social media features

It is also imperative to choose a provider that will offer excellent support. No matter how savvy you are, there invariably will be a time when you need help, and having the piece of mind that your videoconferencing offers effective support is priceless.

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Webinars Versus Content And Article Marketing http://blog.clickmeeting.com/webinars-versus-content-article-marketing http://blog.clickmeeting.com/webinars-versus-content-article-marketing#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:19:16 +0000 http://blog.clickmeeting.com/?p=3636 Read more

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The Internet has revolutionized the human experience in so many ways that were formerly unthinkable. Take marketing for example, before the dawn of the Digital Age we were consigned to receive information and sales pitch in literal piles of leaflets, magazines and product brochures. Print technology, of course, also had its revolutionary moment, but, as with all technologies changing through time, traditional marketing strategies was gradually swept under the rug beneath internet technology and marketing tools that leverage on its power and potential.

Intelligent marketers who are adept with the changing preferences of their target audience also recognize that traditional marketing tools are becoming less and less effective. In pursuit of better ways to market their products and services, marketers have turned to new marketing tools to adapt to the demands of a prospects and clients that are becoming more and more dynamic, diverse and equally intelligent.

Webinars and content and article marketing are two such popular marketing tools that leverage on the power of the Internet and online communication. Many business organizations teeming with the objective of incorporating new and effective modalities of engaging audiences and turning leads into conversions are now incorporating webinars and content marketing in their marketing strategies.

Which one is of greater use value to marketers and business organizations?

Letís bring their advantages and disadvantages into perspective.

 

Team webinar

Technically speaking, webinars are also a form of content marketing in the sense that attending a webinar provides the audience with informative and useful content. Webinars have, however, taken on quite a distinct category by virtue of its unique qualityóand that is exactly by its promise of instantaneous interactivity.

Where content and article marketing stops at sharing information, webinars goes a step further by discussing it. Literally a seminar streamed through the worldwide web, webinars allow for the building of a direct connection between presenters and their audiences.

The presenter, who during the webinar event becomes the face of the company or brand, shares information, delivers audio and visual content, listens to audience follow-ups, clarify points, answers questions and solicits reactions from the audience.

With webinars, there is no suspended realityóonly instantaneous communication, showcase of subject matter expertise and face to face nurturing of relationships with prospects and leads. And this interactivity characteristic of the webinar has time and again proven its greater potential of client conversion.

And then thereís the matter of keeping costs low. The use of webinars as a marketing strategy seamlessly aligns with the goal of just about any business organization to keep things cost-effective. Webinars capitalize on the veritable strength and appeal of the Internet, its openness and ability to accommodate simultaneously as many users as possible, delimited only by the currency of bandwidth.

Anyone can attend a webinar from anywhere, and anyone can as well do a presentation from anywhere. There is also added value to webinars that it can be recorded and accessed later by those who missed the event.

With webinars, information sharing and marketing pitches can be done live and in real time and with the ability to elicit instantaneous audience engagement, plus a whole stretch of post-event added values that are just not readily possible with other forms of marketing methods, including content and article marketing.

 

Team content and article marketing

There is a reason why content marketing, especially the kind blasted through websites, blogs, emails and social media platforms such as article and visual content marketing, still dominate the charts of marketer self-assessment studies delving into the effectiveness of their chosen tacticsónothing else so far comes close to reaping the rewards of search engine optimization.

Content marketing met SEO Revolution, the Internet Revolutionís twin sister, with much aplomb. A more discerning clientele also became smarter in their ways of seeking products and services: they turn to search engines.

Stoking that fire has made giants like Google, Bing and Yahoo and it is that same fire that keeps content and article marketing still a giant in the marketing world, despite webinars putting up a great fight.

Sharing is caring, says the dictum of social media, and it is that same ‘shareability’ of online content that works to its advantage. People have grown accustomed to sharing content they just read or viewed and the added value of content and article marketing as a marketing tool is its potential to reach more audiences and generate more leads and prospects via the share button. Viral is the new buzzword and web objective, and online content still has the best fighting chance of going viral.

Come to think of it, content and article marketing, while not as instantaneously interactive as webinars, can actually be more accommodating to audiences. There is no pressure to read or view content based on the time chosen by the presenter. Content consumption fully rests on the audience, who can either partake of the content now or bookmark it for later-it can even be devoured in installments. In the end, content marketing is clear on one thing: the audience has the ultimate power.

 

The bottom line

When it comes to choosing the right strategy for marketing, it really boils down to the objectives set forth by the business organization. Webinars and content and article marketing are but tools of the trade, and what really matters is how well marketers are adept at the ways to engage their audience.

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The Four Agreements and How to Use Them in Business http://blog.clickmeeting.com/four-agreements-use-business http://blog.clickmeeting.com/four-agreements-use-business#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:54:27 +0000 http://blog.clickmeeting.com/?p=3631 Read more

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Believe it or not, ancient shamanic wisdom can have a place in the business world. We think of business as being governed by logic and reason, and that is true most of the time. But business also has a spiritual side. The best business people are trustworthy, courageous and open-minded people who work well with others. They keep their promises and don’t make promises they can’t keep.

The spiritually based tenets of Don Miguel Ruiz’s book The Four Agreements – one of the most popular self-improvement books of all time – are about exactly how to be one of those people. Ruiz wrote the book after turning to the wisdom of his Mexican family’s ancient Toltec roots when he had a life-changing car accident, which he survived unscathed. Seeking spiritual answers, he studied the ancient shamanic practices of his ancestors, becoming a nagual (shaman) himself. In the Four Agreements, Ruiz shares the Toltec wisdom that we all make agreements with ourselves – to achieve this, to get that done, to be a better friend, parent, or spouse. These agreements are based more on others’ expectations and rules than our own. But by following four agreements that simplify what we expect from ourselves, we can consciously try to live better lives while freeing ourselves from negative thinking.

The ancient Mexican shamanic wisdom that Ruiz studied has the potential to enhance our professional lives through conscious self-empowerment. Here’s how to apply the four agreements to being successful at work.

 

Be Impeccable With Your Word

This one is simple: tell the truth. Speaking with integrity in business is a sure way to win friends and influence people. Say only what you mean, and you’ll prove to your coworkers, associates, clients, and boss that you can be trusted. People naturally want to work with those they believe they can trust. If you’re impeccable with your word, you’ll be more likely to be included on team projects, earn leadership roles, get promoted, and take on more clients.

 

Don’t Take Anything Personally

The first rule of business is that it’s not personal. This is true of life as well. Whatever anyone else says or does is a reflection of their own perception of the world, and has nothing to do with you personally. In the book, Ruiz points out that thinking that what others do is because of you reveals our tendency to think the world revolves around us. While we want to succeed in our careers, a “me” mentality will get you nowhere. Responsibilities to stakeholders, expectations from coworkers and bosses, and attentiveness to client needs all come into play. And of course, we must show gratitude to others who have helped us get where we are.

 

Don’t Make Assumptions

Good business is based on good information. To make an assumption in the workplace can be a grave mistake. When we make assumptions, we’re unable to see things as they really are. We might be subconsciously wishing they were a certain way, or think we don’t have time to find out the real facts. But in business and in life, it’s better to know the real deal than to play a guessing game. Instead of assuming things, Ruiz suggests asking questions to learn about a situation. Questioning brings clarity, which in turn brings better relationships with people and better decision-making.

 

Always Do Your Best

It seems obvious, but this agreement is key to living a happy life and having a successful career. It’s also essential for holding to the other three agreements. It’s easy to get down on your failures and to judge yourself for not meeting certain standards. But if you’re always doing your best, you can always feel good about what you’re doing, whether or not you achieve a certain goal. Doing your best means being fully engaged in what you’re doing at any moment – being fully alive and present. This is something that Ruiz says we can always achieve.

 

How to Be In Agreement

When you first start practicing the four agreements, you are likely to break them. That’s normal and to be expected, says Ruiz. The more you practice them, and the more you shun the false agreements you may have set for yourself in the past, the better you’ll be at keeping the four agreements that lead to success. Be persistent in aligning with the four agreements, and they will soon become good habits that govern your life.

For more information about the Four Agreements, see Don Migual Ruiz’s personal website. Also be sure to check out the book.

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How To Encourage More Subscriptions For Webinars From Your Target Audience http://blog.clickmeeting.com/encourage-subscriptions-webinars-target-audience http://blog.clickmeeting.com/encourage-subscriptions-webinars-target-audience#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 12:01:54 +0000 http://blog.clickmeeting.com/?p=3628 Read more

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Let us for a moment imagine a scenario that is not quite unlikely: You have planned out and prepared for a webinar that will provide your prospects with a lot of useful content where market conversion is highly probable. The thing is, on the day of your webinar event, you sign in, gear up knowing that the best is yet to come, but no one else shows up to attend your event.

Perhaps you are only beginning to contemplate adding webinars to your marketing strategies, or it may be that you are already among the 92% of marketers who have declared webinars as one of the most useful tools in generating leads.

Either way, as more and more competing business organizations are finding webinars to be an effective tool in connecting with their target audience and marketing prospects, a question more pronounced than ever arises: how do you get your target audience to subscribe to your webinars?

While there may be no hard and fast rule as to what will really make your webinar click with your target audience, it might be helpful to consider the following ideas to attract more people to subscribe to your webinars:

 

Send out email invites that are short and sweet

Various online marketing research shows that email remains to be the top tool for promoting webinars so sending an email blast is still your best bet at reaching your target audience and encouraging them to subscribe to your event. On the other hand, research also shows that the human attention span is now down to only eight seconds.

So, that email subscription invitation you just sent? You only have eight seconds to engage your reader, so make sure your email grabs them and entices them quickly. Be creative, be precise, be interesting, and your email invitation will have a fighting chance against the 83 other emails that your audience receives on a daily averageóthat by the way, is also backed up by reliable research.

 

Promote your webinar through the same social networking sites used by your audience

Complement your email campaign by going social, because it is a fact of our contemporary existence that the average person is accessing her or his Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest accounts more often – and sometimes religiously – on a regular basis.

As far as, audience usage and preference is concerned, however, not all social networking sites are created equal, so channel your organizationís resources to populating your webinar promotions in platforms that are popular among your target audience.

 

Have well-designed subscription pages

You have heard it all too often: The age of visual marketing is upon us. Your content is good only in so far as it is visually engaging. After devoting much time and effort to getting the attention of your target audience through your email and social media blasts, do not fail them by presenting them with a blah landing page just when they have already clicked the subscribe button.

Create a well-designed subscription page - something that is visually appealing, informative, feels intuitive to manage, and laid out simply – that will encourage your audience to finish the subscription process for your webinar event.

 

Provide your subscribers with opt-in bonuses

Opt-in bonuses are lead magnets precisely because they appeal to an important facet of human nature – people will go for it if it gives them something useful in return. Your webinar may give them something useful in the future, or more precisely when your webinar do gets live, but giving them a reason to subscribe to your webinar will make them sign up now.

You may also design your opt-in bonus as a series – subscribers will receive, say, a chapter of an e-book or a limited trial of a product as soon as they subscribe and they will receive more upon showing up on your webinar.

You can also expand your reach to prospects by engaging your subscribers – tell them that if they want to share the freebie with anyone, all they have to do is to send a link to your subscription or landing page.

 

Reminders and follow ups

Always send multiple email reminders, especially, 2 days before, one day before and day of the event. Many people wait until the last minute to sign up, or may even forget they signed up to begin with.

 

Send a thank-you email with several options to share your content

Further increase reach to your target audience by sending a thank-you email to those who subscribed to your event and especially those who ultimately attended your webinar.

Repurpose your content by hosting a downloadable copy of your webinar to your website landing page, including the link to your recorded webinar in your thank-you email and providing your attendees with an option to share your content with others in their network, alongside an invitation to subscribe to your next webinar event.

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Public Speaking Is Not the Same as Death http://blog.clickmeeting.com/public-speaking-death http://blog.clickmeeting.com/public-speaking-death#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 11:54:20 +0000 http://blog.clickmeeting.com/?p=3621 Read more

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Public speaking is the most common fear – for many people, it’s even more terrifying than death. Even if it’s in front of a small, select audience, talking in front of others can be nerve-wracking. Elevated heart rate, shortness of breath, nervous sweat, hand wringing, and teeth clenching are some of the physical signs of pre-presentation anxiety. During a presentation, nervousness can cause you to stumble on your words, forget what you were saying, break off eye contact with the audience, and in general give a much poorer presentation that you otherwise would if you could just relax. It’s impossible to perform your best when your mind thinks you’re going to die.

But you’re not going to die. As there’s no real threat – only a perceived one – using mind over matter techniques to ease your anxiety and build up your confidence can improve your presentation performance tenfold.

 

Face the Facts

The first step to overcoming any fear is to acknowledge that it exists. Be nonjudgmental, honest, and sincere with yourself when you come up with a statement that best describes what you’re feeling. For example, you might say to yourself, “I’m really terrified right now that my audience won’t take me seriously. I can feel my heart racing and it’s hard to calm down.” After you’re identified it in so many words, it will be easier to meet the challenge. It’s no longer a mysterious unknown, but something you’ve been able to clearly articulate. You are now one step closer to coming up with strategies to manage your fear of public speaking, just as you would any other crisis.

 

Use Your Nervous Energy

The feelings of nervousness that accompany fear before giving a presentation are generated by adrenaline. Much of the time, your body’s natural adrenaline shot comes along to boost your energy and get you prepared for performance. Remind yourself that your body is doing this for a reason, and use that energy to propel yourself into the presentation you’re about to give. Your fear is malleable and can be reigned in for whatever purpose you choose. It doesn’t have to rule you; instead, you can be the master of it, transforming it into positive energy.

 

Focus on Your Purpose

Often we get overly nervous before a presentation we’re focusing on the wrong things: namely, ourselves. Do I look OK? Am I saying something wrong? What do they think of me? Instead, you should be focusing on your audience and how your talk can best serve them. Ask yourself questions like: Is the audience getting what they need from my presentation? What information can I give them that will be most useful? How can I phrase the information in a way they can easily understand? Make it all about your audience rather than all about you. This strategy will displace your self-obsessed fears while at the same time improving your presentation quality.

 

Start Off Strong

Research shows that starting a presentation off with a bang can build confidence and boost energy for the remainder of the time slot. So when you’re practicing and preparing for your presentation, spend extra time on the opening. Focus a significant portion of your time on the first third of your presentation. Having confidence and a good connection with the audience from the start will make you and your audience more forgiving of any mistakes you make later on. It’s also well-known that what people will remember most is the first and last things they hear. So having a solid conclusion that ties everything up nicely can also make your presentation more memorable and give it that extra oomph you need to feel good about it.

 

See Your Audience as an Ally

Your audience is there for a reason: they think you have something worthwhile to say. And you wouldn’t be there either if you didn’t. Remind yourself that your audience is on your side and they are going to learn something new from your presentation. They certainly aren’t there because they want to see you fail. Picture your audience as engaged supporters on a quest for knowledge that only you can provide. Attendees are focused on the content and what you have to offer, not on picking apart how your deliver it (only you have that problem!) So relax and join them on Team You. When you do that, everyone wins.

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7 Ways Videoconferencing Makes Your Life Easier http://blog.clickmeeting.com/7-ways-videoconferencing-makes-life-easier http://blog.clickmeeting.com/7-ways-videoconferencing-makes-life-easier#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 13:03:55 +0000 http://blog.clickmeeting.com/?p=3617 Read more

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There are dozens of unique reasons an individual company might have for acquiring and using videoconferencing platforms. Universally in the business world, there is a need to reach employees and clients remotely and collaborate in a virtual space that is easy, convenient and reliable. Perhaps you’ve been thinking about taking the plunge and starting to use videoconferencing. If you still need some convincing, here are seven reasons for any company or organization to start right now.

 

Save Time

Take the pain away from meeting planning. With videoconferencing platforms, you can start a meeting with a few mouse clicks. There’s no need to drive across town to meet a client, book a conference room, or rearrange your schedule to have a meeting. It’s easier to “get” to a virtual meeting, and when the meeting is over everyone can quickly get back to their usual work schedule.

 

Save Money

Virtual meetings are one of the most cost-effective methods of communication for business purposes. Videoconferencing platforms are affordable, as a large number of businesses are using them to some degree, keeping costs down. Every meeting also has a lower overhead cost. Virtual meetings don’t require buying refreshments for attendees or buying plane tickets to work with a client in another city. Money is also saved by saving time: Employees can use time not spent traveling to work on projects.

 

Save the Planet

Go green by using videoconferencing to reduce your carbon footprint. The waste left behind by every in-person meeting adds up, from plates, utensils and food used for refreshments and the gas used to travel. A meeting that takes place via a webconference uses 1/100th of the energy as a face-to-face meeting where people need to take a plane flight to meet together. By using videoconferencing, you’ll be a leader in social responsibility.

 

Collaborate Better

While face-to-face meetings are still more effective and preferred, virtual meetings are almost as good. Videoconferencing allows people to see one another as if in the same room, share documents, and have more effective discussions than a mere phone call. Employees and clients appreciate the option to meet from their current location, putting them in a good mood conducive to collaborative work.

 

Connect Remotely

No matter where an employee or client may physically be at any given time, they can attend a meeting via a virtual conference. They might be at home on their desktop PC, on the road on their 4G-enabled iPad, or at a café on their laptop. The reality of today’s working world is that people may need to be outside the office to do business. With videoconferencing, attending important meetings doesn’t get in the way of daily responsibilities.

 

Connect Easily

There’s no rocket science to holding a virtual meeting. Anyone can do it and virtually every type of business has used videoconferencing to meet. Videoconferencing platforms are as easy as setting up a phone conference, and can be set up to work for your specific needs.

 

Make Quick Decisions

While no one likes to be called into a last-minute meeting, it’s sometimes essential to get the job done. Where videconferencing plays a role here is convenience. People still have to drop what they’re doing to attend the meeting, but videoconferencing tends to speed up meetings by being easy stopped and started on an online platform. Web conferencing is conducive to quick, no-nonsense decision-making types of meetings that can be wrapped up within minutes.

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Camera Shy? How to Get Comfortable in Front of the Screen http://blog.clickmeeting.com/camera-shy-get-comfortable-front-screen http://blog.clickmeeting.com/camera-shy-get-comfortable-front-screen#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 13:02:19 +0000 http://blog.clickmeeting.com/?p=3612 Read more

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For some, being in front of a webcam is as natural as breathing. It can be enjoyable for those who like attention, while others don’t even give it a second thought. But for those that are camera-shy, it can be nerve-wracking to be on a webcam in a meeting knowing that anyone in the meeting can see you up-close and personal on their computer screen. It’s a bit like living in a fish bowl. Even if you’re not the presenter at the meeting, it’s still more exposure than you get when sitting in a regular face-to-face meeting. And let’s not even think about if someone decides to record it and show it to other people!

More people are a little bit camera shy than probably would like to admit it. So if you are, don’t worry – it’s completely normal! If you’re going to be participating in a lot of videoconferences, you may want to build up your on-screen confidence. Being on camera doesn’t have to painful – in fact, it should be enjoyable. Keep some of these ideas in mind so your next camera session is less stress and more finesse.

 

Say Cheese and Smile

Well, you don’t have to do exactly that, but you can say whatever you need to in your head to get yourself to smile. Smiling naturally relaxes you and will get you feeling more comfortable right away if you act happy (even if you’re shaking inside!) You’ll also look more natural on camera if you smile, which when you see the results later will give you a confidence boost. Hey, you don’t look so bad on camera!

 

Try Some Pre-Camera Therapy

You may have a ritual when you go home to relax and unwind from the busy workday. Consider following this same ritual, or another method of relaxing, prior to the start of a videoconference. Take deep breaths, spray some aromatherapy in your office, or take a brisk walk around the building. Whatever it is that normally puts you at ease, do that thing 15-20 minutes before your debut. When your head is clear and your body is less tense, you won’t worry so much about being perfect when you’re seen on the webcam.

 

Always Be Yourself

As the saying goes, “Be yourself – everyone else is taken.” Often what makes us nervous about being on camera is our expectation of how we look to others. We might think that we look one way and when we see how we look on camera, it can be alarming (even though you really look just fine.) It can be hard getting used to our on-camera personas, but it’s still you. Just because the most attractive people ever to go in front of a camera are actors, that doesn’t mean you have to act when you’re in the spotlight. Just act natural and let you own personality shine through.

 

You’re Not the Only One

If it’s hard for you to be the center of attention, remember that millions of people get in front of some kind of camera everyday. Taking the focus off of yourself – even if it’s on you in the moment – can make being on a webcam seem like less of a big deal. Just think how big-name actors like Jennifer Lawrence must feel being on camera all day. You’ll likely only have to be in your webconference for an hour or less. Your time on camera is limited, so just enjoy it.

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Important Considerations for Sales Presentations over Videoconference http://blog.clickmeeting.com/important-considerations-sales-presentations-videoconference http://blog.clickmeeting.com/important-considerations-sales-presentations-videoconference#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:21:10 +0000 http://blog.clickmeeting.com/?p=3608 Read more

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Sales people could very well agree that given a host of opportunities and avenues to reach out to target markets, there are many ways to sell and foster a buying decision. There are of course various modes of interacting to target markets but developments in technology and communication strategies has led to an overall enhancement of selling abilities and competencies of sales teams.

Most sales people have for the most part leveraged on these technological advancements and new communication strategies to foster a more dynamic and interactive sales environment. A lot of marketing organizations, for example, have adopted a selection of customer relationship management tools and lead qualification strategies to enable sales people to make the most of their time interacting with higher quality prospects.

 

Enhancing Interaction

Despite such developments, however, industry surveys and organizational studies have always pointed to the fact that face to face interaction with prospects and clients is still the most powerful tool to enable sales people to make a kill, so to speak.

This is why the most precious skill of sales people is still their ability to maximize their time to meet with as many clients as possible by managing company resources efficiently - to make face to face sales interaction.

For this reason, video conferencing has emerged as a valuable sales tool in recent years. Internet based video conferencing using desktops and mobile devices allow sales people to interact with clients anytime and anywhere without the need for so much time and company resources expended for travel.

The advent of high speed internet and efficient video conferencing tools has allowed sales organizations to maximize resources and opportunities to make effective sales strategies.

Video conferencing for sales is a powerful tool if sales people are well adept with how to use video conferencing technology to their advantage.

While sales people find that there are limitations and challenges that arise from using this tool, sufficient preparation is necessary to pull off a fantastic sales presentation over video conference.

 

Sell Remotely As You Would In Person

There is nothing that should make sales people think that remote selling through video conferencing is any different from meeting with clients in person. Video conferencing is just a tool – although a powerful one at that – to communicate with clients, only better and more potent when it comes to maximizing time and opportunities.

The usual process of sales presentation – from planning the outline of the presentation, identifying visual presentations to encouraging an interactive process during the presentation – should always be considered when doing a remote presentation.

When this is properly kept in mind by sales people, video conferencing would only be a matter of doing a sales presentation in front of a desktop, and the only challenge that needs to be dealt with is how to blur the desktop screen as an audio visual boundary between sales presenters to their audience.

 

Make Technology An Ally

Often the problem arise when sales people are not adept with the technology they are using, especially when they are new to it. The good news is while lack of familiarity with technology is a real challenge, it is not something difficult to surmount with enough preparation.

The show, so to speak, starts as soon as the video conferencing session starts, and sales people have to deliver the finest presentation possible. The key to this is to limit technological barriers the best way possible by familiarizing with the video conferencing software, testing internet speeds and physically setting up the presentation area before the video conference. Especially for first-time sales video conferencing presenters, it could also help if a rehearsal of sorts could be set up.

 

Wow The Audience

Today’s clients are no longer easy to impress, and that is because technological advancements and new communication strategies have created for us an informed clientele. Sales people need to set their sights not only on delivering their messages but to deliver them with a bang. It is not enough to just demo products and services as sales people typically would over a simple phone call.

Through video conferencing, sales people should be able to provide a more personalized hands-on buying experience for prospective clients by using engaging and strong sales presentations.

While making their prospects informed, sales people should also focus on keeping them comfortable and valued. Video conferencing is a powerful tool in making the connection between clients and sales people responsive and highly interactive throughout all stages of marketing and even post-sale customer service.

These are just some considerations to be made when expanding the reach of marketing and selling strategies through video conferencing.

Further strategies could be made based on specific needs and challenges met by marketing organizations, as well as specific requirements of target audiences.

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