7 Super Cool Ways Lucid Makes Your Google Hangouts Better

July 24, 2015 at 4:31 PM by Elise Keith in meeting technology, release announcement

Most companies fall into one of two camps: those that use, understand, and embrace the Google way, and those that don’t. If your team uses Gmail and Google Calendar, it’s likely you also use Google Hangouts for your team meetings.

Hangouts has been one of our top-requested integrations, and now it’s here. Starting today, all Lucid Meetings account owners can select to add a Hangout to their Lucid meetings.

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Topics: meeting technology, release announcement

The Essential Project Kickoff Meeting Agenda

July 17, 2015 at 3:21 PM by Elise Keith in best practices, project management, client meetings

How we begin matters.

In the life of every project there is a time before, when the project exists as a possibility. From this possibility, we craft our intentions for the project. We envision what could be, and we fear what might happen. At some point, perhaps when a contract gets signed or a team comes together, the project transitions from a possibility to an inevitability.

We mark the project’s official beginning with a project kickoff meeting.

 

How we kick-off a project matters.

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Topics: best practices, project management, client meetings

5 Ways to Improve Employee Engagement in Meetings …and Why it Matters

July 14, 2015 at 7:35 PM by Paul Axtell in facilitation, successful meetings, teamwork

Early in my career, my supervisor did me a big favor, although it didn’t feel like it at the time.

Kurt put me on probation for not speaking during meetings. He stated it very simply—Paul, if you don’t speak, you don’t add value.

I had lots of ways to justify my lack of speaking: I was the newest member of the group, I didn’t have much experience, other people seemed to have more to say, I wasn’t sure I had anything of value to add, and, of course, the blockbuster of all: I was shy.

Fortunately, my supervisor wasn’t into explanations or excuses—just results. And suddenly not speaking wasn’t an option for me.

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Topics: facilitation, successful meetings, teamwork

Should you cancel your next meeting?

July 7, 2015 at 9:00 AM by Elise Keith in best practices, meeting scheduling

There’s a meeting on your calendar that’s fast approaching, but you’re just not sure about it. Maybe you’re too busy. Maybe you see it as an interruption that will keep you from more important work. Or maybe the meeting is really important, but you’re simply not ready. Whatever the reason, you now wonder, should you cancel your next meeting?

And if so, how can you do that without looking like a flake in front of the group?

John and I recently had a long conversation with David Coleman, Founder and Managing Director of Collaborative Strategies (CS). You can see excerpts from that talk in his post Stop Wasting Time: In Pursuit of the Perfect Meeting.

David conducted a lot of research on business meetings over the years – research that shows many of those meetings to be a big fat waste of time.

Related: The First Rule of Meet Club: Do we really need to meet?

So he asked us: "Are there situations where you don’t think we should meet at all?"

The answer is a resounding “Yes!

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Topics: best practices, meeting scheduling

5 Easy Tips to Make Your Online Sales Meetings Stand Out

July 2, 2015 at 5:29 PM by Holly Chessman in meeting technology

Who isn’t familiar with the deadly sales meeting where someone drones on, flipping through the 100-slide PowerPoint deck? This situation is even worse when you’re working online, presenting from a distance.

Your audience’s eyelids are drooping. They’re checking out cat memes. They no longer have any idea what’s being said. They just know that they long for escape.

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Topics: meeting technology

The Top 5 Best Alternatives to Join.me

June 30, 2015 at 6:09 PM by Tricia Harris in meeting technology

Web Meeting Services of Yesteryear

Ever since download-heavy web conferencing services like WebEx and GoToMeeting came on the scene, people have been searching for the best online meeting software to supersede them.

Join.me was created for simple screen sharing - the most used feature in WebEx and GoToMeeting - and it solved the problem of getting people into meetings easily with no downloads. 

However, easy by itself isn't always a solution. When people decided to switch, they lost a lot of useful functionality.

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Topics: meeting technology

Risk-Free Pricing & the Search for the Perfect Pricing Model

June 23, 2015 at 6:45 PM by John Keith in release announcement

Pricing is hard.

As a software-as-a-service company, you want pricing that is:   

  • Easy to understand
    So people can quickly figure out what they’d pay.
  • Competitive
    Not too cheap, not too expensive, and easy to match up when comparing alternatives. 
  • Sustainable
    If you aren’t relying on outside investors or advertising, then you need to establish prices that support your business.

We’ve struggled with this! We tried several different approaches to our pricing strategy, seeking one that works for our customers and for us as a business. Each time we made a shift, we felt like we were getting closer, but it still wasn’t right. We just didn’t feel like we’d nailed it.

Until now.

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Topics: release announcement

How to Assemble Great Virtual Teams for Remote Work

June 15, 2015 at 6:12 PM by Tricia Harris in remote work, teamwork

We are living in a digital  world, and it’s likely that every manager has thought seriously about hiring remote workers. 

Remote work is no longer a thing of the future – it’s now.

In fact, it’s been around since the dawn of time - how else do you think armies were able to navigate world wars, or multi-national corporations were able to set up remote offices in far-flung locations? Examples of distributed teams are everywhere if you look for them.

After all, even if your team works in the same office, they are basically working “remotely” already - they are just across the room in front of their computers. With everyone being digitally connected, what’s the difference if we are on a different floor, across town, across the country, or on the other side of the world?

As we have demonstrated before, there are not a lot of down sides to working remotely if you know what you’re doing. However, employees and managers must approach distributed work differently than if they are operating locally in a collaborative office.

Related: How to Make the Case to Your Boss to Work Remotely

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Topics: remote work, teamwork

Simple Team Meeting: free software for your staff meetings

June 11, 2015 at 7:17 PM by Elise Keith in meeting technology

It’s been nearly a year since we talked about what’s happening in our little corner of the software industry. Last July, we shared tips and links to other apps in our post Free tools for organizing meeting agendas and taking notes.

Since then, several new products have appeared on the market. This is great news! I take it as a hopeful sign that we’re collectively tired of the whinging and ready to actually fix the bad meeting problem. After all, despite the constant complaining, meetings aren’t going anywhere. So let’s make them useful!

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Topics: meeting technology

Lucid Meetings Team Photoshoot

June 3, 2015 at 9:00 AM by Tricia Harris in teamwork

In our weekly marketing meeting, we review web site traffic and analytics just like any other good SaaS company does. Much to our surprise, we observed over time that people (just like you) regularly visit our "About Us" page.

After taking a look at what we had posted there, we realized that we hadn’t put much thought into telling the story of who we are. And since we’re the type of people who like to show instead of tell, we decided to give people a visual look into our personalities.

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Topics: teamwork