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Why am I here? This is the universal question humans have pondered since the dawn of time. But have you ever found yourself asking the same question while sitting in a pointless meeting? I think meeting facilitators mean well, but meetings that aren't well-planned turn into real time-wasters. But there are things you can do before, during and after a meeting to ensure this doesn't happen. Here are the top 10 tips to run an effective meeting.

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Nothing can replace the value of face-to-face communication. However in a growing business, traveling to meet with customers and team members is not always feasible or economical. We communicate over email and phone, but even then, messages get misinterpreted and a sense of personal connection is never truly established or maintained. In fact, it’s said that over 90% of how we communicate is through nonverbal cues like gestures and facial expressions. With that said, one cannot underestimate the power of video conferencing to enable businesses to maximize the effectiveness of their communications. Here are just some of the many advantages of face-to-face communication.

 

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I can only think of one instance where an echo is actually a welcome noise; that was back in the third grade during a game of Marco Polo. The truth is, echo is one of the most prevalent issues that users are confronted with while on a video call. It's distracting, annoying, and half of the meeting is spent troubleshooting the problem. If someone can't figure out how to eliminate their echo, you breed a silent resentment for the person who can't seem to understand the gravity of the annoyance they are creating. Next thing you know, all focus is lost and the meeting has taken a turn for the worse. 

At Blue Jeans, we strive to deliver the best audio and video quality on all of our calls. We believe by following a few helpful tips, you can successfully avoid echo in your meetings. However, in the event you experience echo during a meeting, there are steps you can take to locate the source of the problem and resolve it quickly. 

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When you think of the type of company who uses video conferencing to interact with its customers– what does that company look like? Do they wear ties and button-down shirts? How about jeans and flip flops? What if I told you one such company wears aprons and oven mitts?

The use of video conferencing is traditionally thought of as a tool for the enterprise space.  More established brands and the corporate elite have conventionally been the ones to take advantage of video conferencing because they’re the ones who could afford it.  However, in rebellious Blue Jeans fashion, we’re turning that model on its head.  Well, more like on its stomach. 

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I’m terrified of being on video.  But what if your very job depends on it? In my case, it was the promise of a job that hung in the balance.  My name is Virginette and I am a self-proclaimed video phobe.  This is the true story of how I conquered the video conference interview, and how you too can do the same.

I was thrilled to be offered an interview with my future boss, but scared to think I’d be on video with him.  I did some research and found a plethora of information online.  Here is the very best of it, coupled with my own experience.

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A friend sent you the On Mute Video and you laughed your head off. You heard the voicemail ad and winced, because it hit a little too close to home. You admired the billboard for a good 5 minutes while sitting in 15 mph morning rush hour traffic. We’re stoked that you love the #OnMute campaign and we bet you’re wondering how we hatched this idea.

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At Blue Jeans, we realize there’s a mountain of research, data and, yes, marketing hype about video conferencing. But what you need to know with certainty are the ins and outs of this space. With this insight, you can lean on your current technologies to easily and painlessly expand your company’s video conferencing capabilities, right now.

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What do FacebookFoursquare and Groupon have in common? Apart from utilizing Blue Jeans Network, it's skyrocket internet success. Each has spawned virtual communities, transformed the way we live, and have forced themselves as verbs into our vernacular. (You have 'Facebooked' someone within the hour, I'm sure.)  These three start-ups are re-writing the rules of what it means to run a successful business. Nowadays it's not enough to have an earth-shattering idea.  By touting the ideals of collaborationproductivity and culture at its hub, each of these companies has set themselves apart.  Through sharing and connecting through the power of Blue Jeans video conferencing, they continually foster these ideals to take their companies to the next level. 

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“Here we go again,” thought the Technology Leader as he read the email from yet another frustrated employee. It read: “Why can’t I just use my own smartphone to video conference with my client?” The email presented a compelling, yet futile, request and generated the standard response: “Our organization’s current video conferencing capability cannot support system interoperability.”  

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As promised, I am reporting back from the panel I participated in titled “Video in the Cloud, Video Everywhere” at Interop Las Vegas, moderated by Andy Howard, of Howard and Associates. Andy led an interesting discussion on the benefits and challenges of cloud based video services. 

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