Meeting Agenda Templates For Any Type of Conference Call

Kurt Birkenhagen January 22, 2020

Who Needs a Meeting Agenda?

Every successful conference call starts with a meeting agenda.

  • Before the call, the agenda informs participants what they need to prepare
  • During the call, the agenda keeps discussions on-topic and on-time
  • After the call, the agenda is a reference, documenting outcomes and assignments

A functional agenda does more than just list items—it drives effective action. But one size doesn’t fit all.

How To Set Up A Conference Call

Jamie Davidson June 4, 2019

Setting up a conference call is simple. Learn how by following these easy steps and start your conference call today.

Setting Up a Conference Call
  1. Create a conference call account if you don’t have one.
  2. Select appropriate dial-in numbers for your callers.
  3. Pick a date and time for your conference.
  4. Send a conference call invite.
  5. Dial into your conference at the appointed time.

Stick To Your Professional New Year Resolutions

Jamie Davidson January 10, 2019

2019 is finally here and back to work water cooler cavorting is rife with New Year’s resolution banter. Who’s getting healthy? Who’s saving more money? Who’s vying for a promotion? Did you know that resolutions don’t just have to be personal in nature? Creating professional resolutions and sticking to them can result in accelerated growth for your career and your company.

As you likely know (some of us from experience), most people don’t follow through with their resolutions.

How to Write a Job Description

Kurt Birkenhagen July 20, 2018

Too often, employers view job descriptions as pragmatic, informative tools for job placement ads. Consequently, most turn out to be lengthy, dense, and uninspiring laundry lists of qualifications you’re looking for that leaves candidates confused about how working for you actually benefits them. Ineffective job descriptions result in high turnover rates and hours of wasted employee training, which today totals $1,252 per employee.

So, before investing in employee morale boosters,

The Best Onboarding Plan for New Employees

Kurt Birkenhagen February 7, 2018

The onboarding process can set the tone for a new hire’s whole tenure. These onboarding best practices will help you integrate your new colleague immediately. (Take a look at our checklist to help you get started)

What to do during orientation

Every new hire has to go through a formal, well-planned orientation session, where managers tell new hires about the company policies and team-wide expectations. Orientation is also the time to handle mundane matters like paperwork.

Making Meetings Accessible for Colleagues with Disabilities

Kurt Birkenhagen January 4, 2018

If you’re working in a new capacity with a colleague with a disability, you may have questions about how to address their needs. You and your organization can easily make appropriate accommodations whether you’re working with them remotely or in person. Here’s how to respectfully hold meetings with or onboard a disabled colleague.

Set Up Remote Communications

If your colleague can work remotely, they will be able to use the services (like care from family) and equipment (like rails or wheelchair-accessible countertops) they have set up at home.

The Best Software for Today’s Freelance Workforce

Kurt Birkenhagen September 13, 2017

As a freelancer, time is your most valuable resource. You probably got into freelancing because you wanted to set your own hours and enjoy a flexible schedule. Yet there’s a lot of time-consuming side work you have to finish in order to do your actual job. You are your own administrative assistant, salesperson, and CFO.

The services we recommend here will help you cut that administrative time dramatically.

Invoicing and Finance

We’re all familiar with the windfall week.

Communication Tips For Professors

Kurt Birkenhagen August 29, 2017

You can avoid a lot of higher education’s nuisances and headaches with the help of internet tools and software. Here’s how communications technology can make your department run smoother, your office hours more effective, and your students more engaged.

Some of the software we recommend will require a modest investment by your institution, but it’s nothing that will break a department’s bank. They’re the kind of thing that you should be able to convince your chair and colleagues to try out.