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    6 Tips for Motivating Employees in a Remote Environment

    One of the many responsibilities of managers is ensuring their departments are adequately staffed. You must manage and motivate employees in ways that help employees meet deadlines and productivity levels. Technology and globalization may have expanded your role to include a partial or complete department that works remotely. Some employees work from home or in [...]

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    Outsource Your Life and Get More Done

    Paula Rizzo will be hosting a virtual live chat and Q&A on how to Outsource Your Life and Get More Done on Speek. Join us! When: Wednesday, September 10 at 8:00 PM Eastern Where: www.speek.com/SpeekOut If you have an endless to-do list sitting in front of you — listen up. You do not have to do all [...]

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    How to Start a Meeting Like a Pro

    As a business owner, manager or board officer, you may be asked or required to facilitate a business meeting. Knowing how to start a meeting is important yet it isn’t something that is usually taught in school or provided as part of employee training programs. Guessing, coming up with your own format or mimicking the [...]

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    4 Ways to Onboard Remote Employees Successfully

    Employees need to feel a connection to their work environment, but this can be a challenge for employees who work remotely. It’s notably difficult for a new, remote employee to know that they are a part of the team if a conscious effort is not made in this regard. As managers, we are the ones [...]

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    Top 3 Tips to Drastically Improve Client Communication

    Client communication isn’t always cut-and-dry, nor is it always a pleasant experience. Poor communication can lead to misunderstandings, frustration, missed deadlines and even lost clients. It is important to learn best practices for communicating with clients regardless of the situations that arise. Not only does good communication keep things running smoothly, but it also adds [...]

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    What Executives Want to Hear in a Presentation

    From sales proposals to project presentations, showcasing your information to executives can be a daunting task. However, with a few key rules of thumb, you’ll be well on your way to mastering the art of presenting to executives. The Proof is in the Pudding When presenting to executives, are you backing up everything you say [...]

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    Jumpstart Your Meeting with These Icebreakers

    Team meetings can be stressful for some employees who are unsure of expectations and the participation level of fellow team members. In some cases, employees join a team with preexisting work conflicts that could hurt the possibility of building a stronger working relationship. One way to release stress from the unknown is to use icebreakers [...]

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    5 Questions to Ask When Hiring Remote Employees

    Remote teams can operate like well-oiled machines with each contributor going above and beyond to help your company attain and smash its goals. Unfortunately, they can also fall flat. There are two keys to making them work – strong leadership and exceptional hiring. Therein lies our topic for the day: How can you go about [...]

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    The 3 Pillars of a Successful Presentation

      You have a meeting set with the executives of a potential business client. You have one shot to win them over and close one of the biggest contracts for your company. What’s your plan to blow their minds? Most presentations that we hear today focus more on the explaining the data, and not on [...]