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Just about 2 years ago I was offered an opportunity to challenge myself both personally and professionally by joining Blue Jeans in its very early stages. Up until that point I had been gainfully employed with one of the largest market shareholders in the video conferencing space, Polycom.

 

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I love my job. I think I love it even more because I get to use video conferencing every day. People are fearful about using video conferencing because I think they see it as too big of a leap from what they’ve been used to. But I know once I crossed that divide, I was never the same and my professional life is better for it. Here I share the Top 10 Perks of Using Video Conferencing for My Career.

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Here at the office, we love using Blue Jeans for our meetings. But we tend to forget that there is a segment of the larger population that is simply afraid of being on video. I got some fantastic insight about why that is and wanted to explore it further.

The benefits of video over audio-only calls are clear: better engagement, improved collaboration, and increased productivity. Not to mention, it's fun to see your colleagues and build rapport faster than you normally would over the phone. So if the advantages are apparent, why don't people just do it?

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I love video. Today, I am lucky enough to be able to use the product I'm selling, in order to sell it. Before I came to Blue Jeans, I was stuck making boring audio calls to my customers wondering to myself, “Is he even listening? Did she get my joke? Do they have a need?”

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Despite an executive order made in 2011 by President Obama to encourage more efficient spending and alternative ways to government travel, federal employees still primarily use telephone and email to communicate with colleagues outside the office.

In fact, a study by Telework Exchange and Blue Jeans Network found that 89% of employees use their phones and 95% use email at least monthly to connect with offsite co-workers. It also states that a staggering 43% of feds travel for in-person meetings at least once a month, while only 36% use video conferencing on a monthly basis to communicate with those outside the office.

According to the study, the numbers are weighty because most agencies haven’t made video conferencing tools more available.

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We’ve had such a blast here at Dreamforce and we wanted to share just some of the highlights of our time here so far.

On Tuesday, expo hours officially opened and our booth was brimming with folks! According to Benioff, some 92,000 people officially registered for the event. Can you imagine how many more people were watching the live stream? I had someone back at headquarters check out the U-Stream, and at one point she saw it at almost 3,000 viewers!

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In their current audio-only state, probably.

Did you know that more than 60 million Americans suffer from insomnia? Fortunately, many who suffer have found that the white noise of colleagues droning on during audio conference calls is the perfect remedy for sleeplessness. When you think about it, there’s little difference between a boring audio call and a hypnotic state.

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When the red light is on like the radio days of yore, everything but the person on the microphone falls silent.

This mode of thinking should also be employed during a video conference call. But even if the indicator light is on, there are times when a microphone can’t pick up what is being said. Sometimes the opposite happens when a microphone is too sensitive and you hear echo and all sorts of background noises. To avoid this, here are a few tips on how to set your microphone straight for your next video conference. 

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Today, we’re excited to introduce Blue Jeans’ integration within Salesforce. Thanks to the power of Blue Jeans video conferencing, you can now conduct face-to-face meetings with prospects and clients right from the Saleforce application without ever having to leave the office—or even the app!

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Your camera is on, your microphone and speakers are set, your connection is solid - but can they see your face? Proper lighting is the one thing that gets neglected in the preparation for a video conference call.

In the hustle of trying to get on a video call, most folks are happy just connect and have everything work! But to get the most out of the video conferencing experience, we have to properly showcase the one thing that only video can deliver – your lovely face.

 

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