7 Rules for Being “In the Meeting”
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 Most workplaces have problems with people being “in” meetings. I am not referring tobeing late. That is an entirely different issue. I am talking about once the meeting begins. In today’s high-paced technology distracted workplace, too often people are busy tapping away on their laptops or checking email on their iPhone. Does this happen at your company?

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mCloud’s Interface Upgrade: First Screens
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Inspired by the feedback we received within mCloud’s Closed Beta Round 1, we are happy to announce that we are currently working on streamlining mCloud’s interface to make it easier for you to manage your meeting information and access the tools you use most. While old interface is still available for your review, we’re going to share with our new designs screen by screen.

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How much does a meeting cost?
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According to a study by the University of Southern California in Los Angeles (Forbes, 10/25/93):
  • The average meeting takes place in the company conference room at 11 in the morning and lasts an hour and 30 minutes
  • It is attended by nine people -- two managers, four co-workers, two subordinates and one outsider -- who have received two hour prior notification
  • It has no written agenda, and its purported purpose is complete only 50% of the time
  • A quarter of meeting participants complain they waste between 11 and 25 percent of the time discussing irrelevant issues

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mCloud’s Closed Beta 1 is Over
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Since mid-July, 2010, 30 volunteers have been participating in our invitation-based beta, “torturing” mCloud, our on demand application for meeting information management, and today we are happy to announce that our 1st closed beta round is over.

We could have said something like “beta test results for the mCloud demonstrate satisfactory reliability, appropriate usability properties, and substantial initial validity”, which is truly boring. We would simply like to thank everyone who has participated in our closed beta instead.

Being inspired by your feedback, we’re currently working on mCloud’s interface update to make mCloud even more useful and usable – you will see the first screens soon, and will be able to compare them with the initial variant.

For those of you who missed our closed beta test, don't worry, there will definitely be more opportunities for you.

Moreover, you can Sign Up for mCloud Private Beta 2 now, to ensure you'll get the invite as soon as Round 2 is opened.

Top 10 Ways Web Conferencing Will Benefit Your Company
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Web conferencing services are online programs that link computers from all over the world. Participants to these conferences can view the exact screen of the host, or simply view slide shows. It is an ever-growing technology that gets better and better as the world turns. There are many benefits in using this new meeting tool. We have listed just a few benefits, when in all reality there are an innumerable amount of reasons why you should start web conferencing. It might even save the planet, if you calculate all the empty airplane seats that might be spared.

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Wainhouse Research Report: eLearning, web conferencing and video
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Wainhouse Research has released results of a report conducted by profiling a group of big vendors in the eLearning, web conferencing and video space. Some pretty huge growth is estimated in these areas for the next few years, some of which is mentioned further.

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Six Great Ways to Ruin a Brainstorm
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The brainstorm is the most popular group creativity exercise. It is quick, easy and it works. But many organizations have become frustrated with brainstorms and have stopped using them. They say brainstorms are old-fashioned and no longer effective. But the real reason for the frustrations is that the brainstorms are not facilitated properly. A well-run brainstorm is fun and energetic. It will generate plenty of good ideas. But a poor brainstorm can be frustrating and demotivational. Let’s look at some simple ways to ruin your next brainstorm meeting.

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Disrupting the Cycle of Inefficient Meetings
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Certainly at least once a week, you can find yourself trapped in a poorly run meeting, wasting both time and resources. Such meetings seem to be accepted as a fact of business life. However, an unfocused meeting can be sharpened right when it is in progress. More importantly, within a business group, the cycle of inefficient meetings can be broken. It takes a planning model and some preparation.

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How to Run a Brainstorming Meeting
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The most important thing about a brainstorming session is what happens after it ends. No matter how poorly you run a brainstorming meeting, some decent ideas will surface. But depending on what happens after the session, those ideas may or may not impact anything. So while you can read books and take courses on better brainstorming techniques, the most important thing is figuring out how the brainstorming session fits into the larger decision making process you or your team has. Even if you fix how you run the meeting itself, and get better ideas, if you can’t migrate them into the decision making process for the project, what’s the point? With this central point in mind, the following essay covers how to run brainstorming sessions in a way that is most likely to be effective afterwards.

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Are Meetings Producing a Loss or a Gain?
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Almost everyday people in organizations have to attend meetings. Has anyone at the organizations looked at those meetings to determine if they are productive? Does anyone in the organization know if the meetings were beneficial enough to be worth the investment? If the answer is NO, then please read on to determine how to verify the worth a meeting has to the organization.

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