20 Ways Online Meetings Are Changing the Face of Business

What thoughts come to mind when you think of meetings? Commuting to the office in heavy traffic or driving to the airport to catch a flight to meet with your team in-person?

IDG recently asked industry leaders, and it turns out that online meetings are overwhelmingly popular because it saves them time. They found that voice-only calls can rob leaders of the ability to read body language or put a face to the voices on the phone. And in-person meetings can create undesirable travel costs and logistical nightmares.

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3 Ways to Meet Remotely

You have choices when you meet remotely today. But is the way you’re choosing to meet serving you best? Let’s take a look at some options: video calling, online meetings, and video conferencing.

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Infographic: Online Meetings Give Smaller Businesses a Big Boost

No matter the size of your business, good meetings are essential for daily collaboration, developing relationships and getting things done. But for smaller businesses, a single meeting with the right investor, partner or customer can be a complete game-changer — or deal breaker.

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What Are Your Cisco WebEx Habits?

In our latest #WebExPoll Series, we asked our Twitter community about their online meeting habits. The results are in and we learned some fun facts!

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Make Working Across Time Zones Work for You

Let’s be honest. The thought of taking meetings at 5:00 in the morning or 11:00 in the evening is not a concept many are accustomed to. But the traditional “9-to-5” work schedule is on its way out the window, thanks to smart online meeting tools and an increased focus on hiring the best of the best, no matter where they are in the world.

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Screen Sharing and the Creative Process

The creative process usually begins with a brainstorming session: lots of people pulled into a meeting, blue sky thinking, ideas flying back and forth and building on each other and all of it being captured on a whiteboard. Then the group disperses and we’re left to develop our individual contributions—in my case, copy. I go back to my cave and begin to create. After I generate a series of options and narrow those down to a handful of the strongest ones, I present those to my team leader. We set up a meeting and I screen share — and this is where the rubber really meets the road.

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Infographic: Can Remote Work Help the Environment?

Here at Cisco WebEx, we are big fans of remote work. It allows businesses to bring the best teams together, no matter where they are located. And people working remotely often report more job satisfaction and better productivity.

But the benefits don’t stop there. According to Global Workforce Analytics, remote work can also have a positive impact on the global environment. When we work from our home offices, take a call from the local coffee shop or choose to host a video conference instead of flying out for a meeting, we can save the environment from harmful emissions – and the headache of traveling.

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Video Conferencing Changes the Way We Meet

Not all business meetings happen at conference tables. They also happen at kitchen tables, café tables, in home offices, and while waiting at airport gates. Because where we work is changing, how we meet is changing, too. And video conferencing is playing a huge role.

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Show Your Best Self on Your Next Video Conference

Today on our social media channels, we announced WebEfx, filters to “enhance your presence” during a video conference. Sorry to disappoint you, but WebEfx is just our way of having some fun on April Fool’s Day this year. Got ya!

Truth be told, you don’t need to go to extremes to present your best on a video conference. But I think it’s safe to say we’ve all been a bit intimidated by that little camera icon that invites you to show your face and “go live” on video during your meeting.

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Common Video Conferencing Pitfalls – And How to Avoid Them

Thanks in part to an increasingly remote workforce that relies on mobile devices to keep them connected and in the business loop, video conferencing has become an almost daily part of work life. In a recent Gallup poll, thirty-seven percent of U.S. workers say they have telecommuted and more companies are offering “work from home” options as an employee selling point.

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Don’t Overlook the Key Components of a Reliable Video Conference

It’s no secret that we are staunch believers in the power of online meetings to simplify collaboration with partners, team members, customers and others. And like any other business decisions, we also believe that choosing the right online meeting service is the best way to ensure this collaboration is seamless, secure and keeps your meetings on-time and on point.

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Mastering the Mobile Workplace

Mobility has empowered millions of employees, freeing them from desktops and landlines to conduct business as usual while on the go. As a matter of fact, through 2019, it’s estimated that there will be 11.5 billion mobile-connected devices connected to the Internet of Everything.

As the “mobile office” concept continues to evolve, conducting meetings on the move has become necessary – but not without challenges. However, with the right collaboration tools and a bit of planning, anyone can master the mobile meeting.

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Three Tips for “Office-On-The-Go” Apps

Just last year, almost half a billion mobile devices and connections were added to networks, increasing to 7.4 billion from 6.9 billion in 2013. Clearly, mobility is on the rise, and its skyrocketing trajectory shows no signs of slowing.

For businesses and brands, this presents a wealth of new opportunities as more embrace and promote BYOD practices with their employees, enabling them to conduct business during an Uber ride in Chicago, on a plane flying over San Francisco, or from a hotel lobby in India, without electronic leashes of desktop computers and cable-equipped handsets holding them back.

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