Run Smarter and More Efficient Remote Meetings With Meetquo

This tool makes meetings take considerably less time and increases focus. May 4, 2020 2 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. As much of the country is working from home for the foreseeable future, companies have gotten used to holding video meetings and collaborating remotely. How’s that going? For many, the answer is not so great. Between security issues on some of the most popular videoconferencing platforms, difficulties with scheduling and the typical limitations of video meetings, it’s very likely your team meetings aren’t quite as productive as they used to be. Meetquo wants to change that. With Meetquo, you can conduct remote meetings and brainstorming sessions more efficiently, with greater respect for each member’s time. Unlike other […]

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Six Ways to Get That Big Meeting

Founders share ways to get your foot in the door. April 22, 2020 4 min read This story appears in the April 2020 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 1. Deliver the goods. “I sent a fruit basket full of bee-pollinated items and a bunch of our Beekeeper’s Naturals Propolis Spray to the Whole Foods Canada office, along with a long note about why I started a company that practices sustainable beekeeping to create clean, natural remedies. It got me an email in response, and though I still had to send a lot of follow-ups after that, I finally got someone on the phone. After that call, Whole Foods took us on.” — Carly Stein, founder and CEO, Beekeeper’s Naturals 2. Save your pennies. “Our dream was to sell our CBD products in mass retailers like CVS, but we didn’t have the right contacts there. We found a conference that would give us access to a […]

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How to Make Work-From-Home Meetings Productive? Start With This Tool.

Stay connected while out of the office. March 23, 2020 2 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. Just because most of the world is working from home doesn’t mean business is grinding to a halt. You still need to meet with team members and discuss ongoing initiatives. In fact, action-oriented, efficient meetings are more essential than ever with less opportunity to meet in person. As such, you need a meeting tool that will keep you on task and action-oriented. Enter Pinstriped. Pinstriped was designed to eliminate the pointless meeting. Schedule a meeting, prepare an agenda, and Pinstriped will streamline the entire process, raising agenda items, recording actions and decisions, and letting you share content and action items […]

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Here’s How U.S. Workers Really Feel About Meetings

“Arriving late” is the biggest meeting taboo, according to the survey and infographic. February 25, 2020 2 min read Would you rather attend a bad meeting or… Go to the dentist? Talk politics at family dinner? Watch C-SPAN in a waiting room? Call Comcast?  If teeth cleaning, table fights, nonprofit television or on-hold music sound better to you, you’re not alone: When employees were posed the “would you rather” scenario, these were the top four responses, according to a survey of 757 U.S. workers in 2019 (conducted by SurveyMonkey and commissioned by Google Calendar extension Clockwise).  Other survey highlights: Respondents said off-topic conversations are the biggest meeting challenges, while “arriving late” was considered the biggest taboo. And 78 percent of workers said their meeting schedule is always or sometimes out of control.  If you’re wondering when to schedule your next team meeting, Tuesday’s probably your best bet, as it won for favorite meeting day […]

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Run More Efficient, Productive Meetings With Pinstriped

This specialized tool can cut down on wasted time. December 18, 2019 2 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. Meetings are a necessary part of any business. You have to get teams aligned on projects somehow, after all. However, they can also be an enemy to productivity. When Microsoft Japan tests four-day workweeks with fewer meetings and reports boosted productivity, it’s hard not to look at frequent meetings as a possible waste of time. Still, meetings aren’t going anywhere, so you should consider investing in a tool to make them better. Pinstriped is a tool to keep your meetings from falling off the rails. With Pinstriped, you can keep meetings structured, on-task, and action-oriented, thereby making them […]

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Make Screencasting for Demos and Meetings a Dream with HyperCam 5

This low-cost, easy-to-use software lets you record screen actions, video, and sound being played back on PC or webcam. December 9, 2019 2 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. Whether you work remotely or you operate a web-based side hustle, it’s smart to have a screencasting tool on hand. You never know when you may need to share detailed instructions with others by using your screen in a conference. When you need to show your screen, HyperCam 5 is a great bet. This low-cost, easy-to-use screencasting and editing software lets you record screen actions, video, and sound being played back on PC or webcam and save it all on your machine. That way, you can delineate exactly […]

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How to Run Meetings That Won’t Put Everyone to Sleep

Meetings are indispensable, except when they are a complete waste of everyone’s time. July 12, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Last September, more than 70 employees from Honey Stinger – a sports nutrition brand that makes honey-based products – and its sister companies finished a 740-mile trek. Dubbed “the world’s longest staff meeting,” this adventurous group spent nearly three months traversing the Continental Divide Trail from Colorado’s southern border to its northern edge. Logging 90 days together in the wilderness is a dramatic reminder that not all meetings are created equal. “Our team worked together and overcame huge obstacles from forest fires to pushing bikes over 13,000-foot peaks,” marketing director Garrett Mariano wrote in a company blog post. “We’re a stronger team that has a new understanding and respect for each other.” Meetings have become a hot topic in entrepreneurial circles. In a leaked […]

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How to Stop Meetings From Killing Your Startup

Meetings in startups can be fun and exciting. But then low-energy, meandering discussions set in, wrecking decision-making and killing, not inspiring, creativity. June 25, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Meetings, for anyone who works in a corporate environment, can often feel like the bane of your workday — a black hole that sucks up your productivity and focus, nixing any chance that you’ll finish your to-do list or that stack of emails piling up in your inbox. For a startup, on the other hand, meetings are more often fun, exciting, creative, and inspiring than they are dull and draining. There is a point in every startup’s life, however, where those low-energy, meandering discussions start to take hold to kill decision-making and creativity, instead of inspiring it. Related: Starting With an Agenda Is How You Have Effective Meetings in a Crazy Busy World So, how do you […]

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5 Ways That Major Companies Invigorate Their Meetings

Company meetings are at the core of a well-run business. Make yours as effective as possible. June 17, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Meetings are an essential component of company life. They offer your most valuable assets — your employees — time to update one another and to strategize in a collaborative context. Related: Starting With an Agenda Is How You Have Effective Meetings in a Crazy Busy World If your meetings are failing to produce strong results, however, or often meander and waste time, they could have a catastrophic effect on your business and employee morale. Meetings need to be kept in check! Here are five ways to reinvigorate them: 1. Tesla & Space X: thorough preparation Elon Musk is perhaps the most well-known entrepreneur on the planet, and his often easy-going interview style can mask his hard-headed attitude to business. According to a former Tesla […]

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Starting With an Agenda Is How You Have Effective Meetings in a Crazy Busy World

No organization can function without meetings but most would function better if the meetings were more organized. January 4, 2019 15+ min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Hosting a successful meeting involves several steps. Start with an effective meeting agenda. An agenda uses such steps as defining the objective, eliminating distractions, encouraging participation — and especially ending with an action plan. None of this is possible without an effective meeting agenda. Your meeting agenda is arguably the most important part of a meeting. This piece has everything you will ever likely require for agenda information. Here’s how can you successfully create and set your own effective meeting agenda — no matter what agenda form you use. What is a meeting agenda? An effective meeting agenda is simply a document that lists the order each item that will be discussed during the meeting. The agenda is given out […]

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Why the Remote Meetings of the Future Will Be Face-to-Face

The future of business networking may vary dramatically from the in-person interactions we’re used to. December 12, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When I started BNI in 1985, the most often-asked question from the media was: “Is this networking thing just a fad?” Well, almost 34 years and more than 8,700 groups later — it’s clearly not a fad. There have been changes over time though. The biggest change has been the introduction of the internet. Ironically, online networking has contributed to the success of face-to-face networks by greatly reducing the communication hierarchy and allowing people to communicate through online platforms (including walled gardens just for members). I saw a trend relating to the integration of face-to-face and online networking eight years ago and I wrote about it here on Entrepreneur. According to the Small Business Administration, today around “50% of all small businesses are home-based,” and according to […]

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How 10 Famous Business Leaders, Including Musk, Bezos and Jobs, Handle Meetings

Yes, even Oprah gets bored in meetings. June 26, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. We’ve all zoned out in meetings that pointlessly drag on for no reason. They are tiring, time-consuming and unnecessary. The most successful people in business know that just because you’ve met, doesn’t mean you’ve been productive. Here’s how 10 famous business leaders efficiently run their meetings. Jeff Bezos: Keep the headcount low. Jeff Bezos’s strategy for keeping meetings under control? Buy two pizzas. If that doesn’t comfortably feed the crowd, there are too many people in the room, which could make the meeting pointlessly drag on and stifle creativity. To prevent groupthink and feed independent ideas (quite literally), Bezos keeps Amazon’s meetings to only a handful of people. Jack Ma: Don’t be the smartest person in the room. Chinese billionaire and founder of Alibaba Group makes sure he is […]

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This One Aspect of Your Office Design Is Wasting a Lot of Time and Money

Creating smart meeting rooms is a very wise investment. February 28, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The modern office was conceived at the turn of the 20th century by Frederick Winslow Taylor, imitating factory assembly lines, where clerks and executives could perform repetitive tasks with maximum efficiency. In recent years, our offices have changed to reflect the more collaborative nature of work, but meeting rooms have lagged behind. Related: Science Has Some Suggestions for Making Meetings Productive Back in the Mad Men era, employees worked for a boss and gathered in his office for meetings. On the few occasions when a large room was needed, a secretary would book a suitable room. If a presentation was to be made, there would be flip charts and perhaps an overhead projector showing some slides to people in the room, watching through a haze of cigarette smoke. […]

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