#CiscoChat: Lead Your Team into the Future of Collaboration

Business magic happens when teams have the freedom and space to bring their best work to life.  When you have great meetings, brilliant ideas are shared, plans are made, and work moves forward. That’s what we like to call #MeetBrilliant.

But to make all this happen, you need a strategy. Join us for a #CiscoChat on Twitter next Monday, July 17, at 10 a.m. PT with Cisco’s own Jens Meggers, where we’ll talk about the future of business collaboration, share tips on getting mobile meetings right, and discuss the importance of creating a great user experience for employees. Follow @WebEx on Twitter to join and use the #CiscoChat hashtag to follow along and share your questions about how to Meet Brilliant.

As Cisco’s Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Cloud Collaboration Technology Group (CCTG), Jens is responsible for managing Cisco’s cloud-focused portfolio of voice, video, and web conferencing that delivers a robust and scalable infrastructure to millions of customers.

Jens believes that great leaders understand that their job is enable their teams to be successful and produce great results, not the other way around. By adopting this new mode of thinking, leaders can bring their business into the future of collaboration. One where technology is seamless, automated and intelligent technology connects helps employees get their job done without getting in the way.

Check Jens’ unique perspective in the video below for a preview and be sure to join the #CiscoChat next Monday for more!

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A DON’T-MISS WEBINAR: Using Data Visualization to Tell Your Story

We had a wonderful game plan this month to offer a free webinar, crammed with useful data visualization techniques. Unfortunately, it’s not to be…just yet.

Life had other plans for presentation expert Janine Kurnoff. Her future data wizard (Liam) decided to make an early appearance in the world. At the moment, the only data she is visualizing is pink skin and the sweet smell of her newborn.

In September, when Janine is tired of changing diapers, she will teach some of the incredible techniques for storytelling and data visualization that she uses to train the world’s top brands such as Facebook, HP, Instagram, Nike, and Oracle. These include:

  • How to tell a story with data that can be understood in a glance
  • Clever visual tricks to think “outside the chart” using photography, icons, eye-catching text, and more
  • How to dodge the most common pitfalls with charts and graphs

So until then, we want to leave you with four particularly good nuggets about telling a story with data…

Step 1: Determine Your Story First

There is no understating how important it is to craft your story first. When we are sitting on mounds of data, our inclination is to immediately get charting. After all, doesn’t our data contain all the evidence we need? Doesn’t our data speak for itself? No, it doesn’t. And if you do present your data upfront, without critical analysis and an idea of the story you want to tell, it’s value will evaporate.

Step 2: Write Headlines that Report the News

Insights that you glean from data amount to more than just facts. It helps to see the charts, tables, or graphics you put on each slide as a news story. And doesn’t every news story need a headline? Writing headlines forces you to clearly display your most important data insights. You’ve already determined your story (step 1), so this is kind of like coming up with the chapter headings. And each of these headings must move along the story.

Step 2: Write Headlines that Report the News

Insights that you glean from data amount to more than just facts. It helps to see the charts, tables, or graphics you put on each slide as a news story. And doesn’t every news story need a headline? Writing headlines forces you to clearly display your most important data insights. You’ve already determined your story (step 1), so this is kind of like coming up with the chapter headings. And each of these headings must move along the story.

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Heading that reports the news

Step 3: Use callouts to highlight important data insights

Now that you’ve determined your story and created bold news headlines, it’s time to get down to the details of data visualization. We love callouts because they are one of the easiest ways to draw attention to your most important data. During the webinar, we’ll dive into the details about how using color, shapes, and sizes will give your data impact.

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Callouts identify critical information

Step 4: Get rid of the noise!

Visually, you are doing your audience a huge favor if you minimize or delete any clutter on your slide. Start with any chart labels. Only include labels that are concise, necessary, and informative. Do they make your data easy to read? Are axis labels easy to understand? Do they make sense with the story you are trying to tell?       

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Axis labels are abbreviated; amount of gridlines has been reduced

Missed any of the previous webinars hosted by Cisco WebEx and The Presentation Company?

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WEBINAR: Connect with Executives through Story

When you have the opportunity to present your next big idea to an influential executive, the thought of the meeting itself can be nerve-wracking enough. But when you factor in the limited time these decision-makers have, sharing your ideas in a quick, informative and engaging manner becomes even more critical.

Are you ready?

Take your presentation skills to the next level by joining Janine Kurnoff for an enlightening webinar, “Connect with Executives through Story”. Founder of The Presentation Company, Janine is the go-to expert when it comes to training professionals to communicate their ideas, visually and virtually.

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WEBINAR: Enabling the Changing Workforce: New Ways to Work Smarter

We’ve long known that effective collaboration is key to success for every business – and SMBs are no exception. But a perfect storm of influences is quickly changing the workplace and how we collaborate. From shifting demographics, expectations and attitudes around how to get work done to a dizzying array of new tools and technologies, some business owners are stumped over how to make collaboration work for their business.

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Whitepaper: Online Meeting and Video Conferencing Tools Offer a World of Opportunity for Sellers

Sales professionals know that nothing is more effective than meeting in-person to explain the benefits of a product or service. But traveling to meet a prospect isn’t always an option.

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The Modern Marketer’s Online Meeting Primer

If you work in marketing, you probably ask yourself the same question over and over again. What can I do to break through the digital noise to get my brand noticed? In a world that’s overloaded with content, many marketers are turning to online meetings as a new way to grab attention, turn leads into sales and create revenue.

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Gain a Competitive Edge with Online Meetings and Video Conferencing

Working for an established company often comes with a sense of security. But if you’re paying attention to the business environment, you know that nimble up-and-comers are disrupting industries at every turn. Stability can quickly erode if your team can’t innovative fast enough. So, how can established businesses step up their agility and maintain a competitive edge?

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The Content Fatigue Early Warning Test

Marketers beware. Content fatigue is a phenomenon causing customers to tune out from the deluge of content in their inboxes, Twitter feeds, and everywhere else online.

The bad news is that your customers and prospects are at risk of ignoring messages about your brand and products as more marketing content floods the web. The good news? It’s not too late to take action and avoid the negative impact of content fatigue.

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5 Ways to Boost Marketing ROI with Online Meetings

You may be wondering, how can online meetings help my business even further? We can answer that for you. Top marketers are using online meetings to boost ROI for their business-focused activities. They’re generating better leads through webinars and online events, and improving their relationships with their customers and partners. Online meetings hold the potential to help marketers reach their revenue goals and drive real business outcomes.

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12 Steps To a Wildly Successful Webinar

Online events – like webinars – are extremely popular and effective tools for B2B marketers. The Content Marketing Institute and Marketing Profs found that nearly two-thirds of B2B marketers say online events are by far one of the most effective content marketing tactics around.

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Making the Connection: How Top Sellers Leverage Web Conferencing to Win

Better, faster and more effective connections are something that every B2B sales professional wants to speed up the sales cycle. Especially as they face doing more in less time while still needing to hit their quotas. To do this, more sales professionals have made video-enabled conferencing solutions a core part of their sales toolkit.

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WEBINAR: How to Tell Visual Stories Virtually

Here’s an interesting stat: people remember only 10% of what they hear, but 65% of what they see. It might seem like a good tidbit for your next trivia night, but it’s a fact business communicators would be wise to remember. Why? Because using visuals in the right way is essential to telling a compelling story and drawing an audience in.

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Three Successful Webinar Formats

Webinars are a great way to reach a large group of people all at the same time. And webinars are known for converting leads to sales—at a rate of 17.8% in a study conducted by Implisit.

A successful webinar keeps the audience engaged, and that depends not just on the information presented, but on the way in which it’s presented. Try one of these formats for a successful webinar.

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