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20 ways to have more effective virtual meetings

One of the biggest drivers of efficiency (and cost-savings) over the last decade has been the growth of virtual team meetings. Who hasn't received a request to join one, using a technology from Webex, Gotomeeting, Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, or one of the dozens of other systems that allow remote connection, screen sharing, and video.

Yet, despite their promise, virtual meetings do have their problems:

Disengagement:  Attendees are often distracted, splitting their attention with other activities while pretending to be present at the meeting. (Hav [...]
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11 travel hacks

Are you one of those people who despise air travel? Or wish that you could somehow tolerate it, just a little bit more? It is true, in the 1950s travel was a grand affair: it was special. By the 1980s not as much, but there was still an aura of dignity. Today, air travel is filled with delays, crowds, and groping in the name of security. The in-flight experience is not much better than that of canned sardines. And cost cutting means that airlines are in the nickel-and-dime business, charging for everything from checked bags to seat selections. Air travel may be necessary for meetings a [...]
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Pricing strategy

If you are a service provider, how do you set your price? And if you are a buyer, how do you know whether the price that you are given is reasonable? Beyond the obvious, price itself is an indicator of a number of factors: value, credibility of the service provider, work effort on the project, and risk. While some may say that pricing is an "art", it isn't: it is bound by three specific factors: 1) Cost of delivery: Beyond the cost of labor, there must be sufficient margin to pay for staff training, technology, rent, and all of the other overheads involved in running a business. If these [...]
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About 

Randall has been advising on Web and Social Strategy since 1994 when he put the Toronto Star online, the Globe and Mail's GlobeInvestor/Globefund, several financial institutions, and about 100+ other major organizations. He is the author of seven books, including the recently released "Everything Guide to Starting an Online Business", and speaks across North America on Social Media and Web Strategy. More at randallcraig.com and 108ideaspace.com.