Stupid visuals distance you. Connect with your audience! (Who really wants to visualize Bob from accounting in his underwear?) I’ve heard them all. Participants in my workshops tell me they’ve been instructed to not only picture the audience in their underwear but also in chicken suits, or with silly propeller hats, or as monkeys. Stop! Do everything you can to understand your audience. Do everything you can to make sure your audience is comfortable. They should be able ... Read more>
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One-fifth of Americans now telecommute, with the number expected to reach 60 percent in the next five years. As working from home goes mainstream, business leaders are tasked with a variety of new challenges, from ensuring workers remain productive to effectively communicating through phone conversations and email. Another issue gradually emerging is the exclusion that occurs when workers aren’t in the office. In the current work environment, the vast majority … Read more>
We’ve all heard the stereotypical and sometimes mistaken conceptions about remote workers: We all hang around in pajamas until noon. We wear bunny slippers with business suits for meetings. And we are all constantly struggling to balance time and attention among kids, work and that leftover lasagna in the refrigerator. As a remote worker and self-employed businessperson for much of my career, I have actually been known to wear slippers … Read more>
Have you ever found yourself saying lines like these? “I love GoToMeeting, but that user interface looks sooo 2005.” “Ugh, if only saving meetings didn’t suck up all the bandwidth of my next meeting.” “I just bought a smartwatch. I should be able to use GoToMeeting on it.” We understand — we were thinking the same thing. And good news! We just finished updating these items. Updated Interface It’s amazing … Read more>