What Science Says About Productivity: 6 Strategies to Gain a Competitive Edge

May 14, 2019

In today’s competitive business environment, even small increases in productivity can be enough to create and sustain a competitive advantage. So, if you’ve tried all the routine tricks out there, these six pieces of diverse productivity research may offer new insight that can make you and your team even more productive.

Illness Causes Billions in Lost Productivity

“The cost of poor health to employers is greater than the combined revenues of Apple, Amazon,

Read Between The Lines: Client Body Language and Vocal Cues

May 8, 2019

You’ve done your homework. You’ve prepared for the big meeting. You’re standing in your Wonder Woman power pose. But, you’re unsure if the presentation is going over well. The room is silent and you can’t read your audience.

In professional just as in personal relationships, non-verbal communication often speaks louder than words. Are your clients interested? Confused? Bored?

Can you really get inside your client’s head?

Recognizing and interpreting body language cues can help you better understand your client’s needs.

Improve Your Online Meeting Etiquette

April 30, 2019

Did You Know that Proper Manners Help Make Your Online Meeting More Productive?

Online meetings are an invaluable tool for connecting with everyone. From prospects and clients to coworkers and remote team members around the world. With a simple conference call or the click of a link to a web meeting, you can carry out everything from sales calls to status updates with worldwide participants – and with the addition of video conferencing, it can feel as if you’re in the same room.

Vast Conference’s Favorite Podcasts: 2019

April 17, 2019

It seems you can’t go anywhere these days without someone wanting to tell you about their favorite podcast – business podcast included! There’s a lot of great content out there. As of 2019, there are over half a million podcasts available with which to fill your time. Who would have guessed that an informative entertainment format that harkens back to the early days of radio days could be repackaged to make such a significant impact on 21st-century culture?

Avoiding Buyer’s Remorse: A Conferencing Service Evaluation Checklist

April 10, 2019

You have a variety of options when it comes to choosing your conferencing technology. It can be overwhelming to figure out which option is the best solution for your needs – a simple free service or a robust, all-inclusive platform? The last thing you want is to end up stuck in an iron-clad contract after making the wrong choice. To ensure you make the right decision for your business, we’ve outlined what to look for when researching and choosing a conferencing service.  

What are your conferencing needs?

Managing Multi-Generational Team: Why Cross-Generational Mentorship Benefits Business

April 4, 2019

I’m sure you’ve heard the cliches: Gen Z’ers have no interest in any history prior to their existence. Millennials don’t have a strong work ethic. Gen X’ers are bitter because they left school with immense debt only to enter a saturated job market. (Who me, bitter?) Boomers aren’t tech savvy or open to innovation. Tweets and pages and posts are filled with the misperceptions people have about the Generations. 

Invaluable Age-Related Qualities 

Despite some negative press,

Best Practices for Presenting Like a Pro

April 1, 2019

Are you primed and ready to give your best presentation possible? At first, public speaking and presenting your work online may seem daunting. How do the pros make it look so easy? Giving a great live presentation doesn’t come naturally to many of us, but it does get easier with some preparation and practice. Whether you’re presenting in person, on a conference call or using a screen share tool, keep these top ten presenting tips in mind and soon you’ll be the one handing out the expert advice.

The Workplace Diversity Advantage

March 28, 2019

Diversity. The word has been tossed around a lot lately. In Hollywood. In government. And in business. But, it’s more than a buzzword, a quota to achieve or a box to tick off. Diversity is also more than just race or gender. A diverse group is multi-dimensional and includes a variety of unique factors and characteristics, some innate and some learned or acquired. Beyond the explicit, a diverse group includes people of different ages,