New: Claim your public meeting room link!

October 23, 2014 at 7:30 AM by Elise Keith in release announcement

We LOVE ♥ ♥ a well planned meeting. And who doesn’t? Knowing why and with whom you’re meeting makes it so much easier to have a successful call.

But we all know that it doesn’t always work out that way. Sometimes things just come up. Sometimes we just need a super fast, easy way to meet - without having to think too hard about where to find a number or whether you’ll need to show a document or share your desktop.

So, starting now, you can create a custom public link for every meeting room associated with a paid subscription. You can then use the link to quickly start a meeting and get people connected; no prep, no invites, no guesswork required.

Screenshot: Big, easy button to start a meeting on my branded public meeting page.

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Topics: release announcement

10 Tips for Running Online Meetings with People in Other Countries

October 16, 2014 at 4:05 PM by Chris Higgins in meeting technology, remote work

We meet with international teams all the time -- our own company spans three timezones and two countries, and we work with clients around the world.

When you host international conference calls with people living in different countries, you run into special challenges. Here are 10 tips to help you plan and run international meetings successfully.

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Topics: meeting technology, remote work

Lucid News: Share presentations from Box and Dropbox in your meetings

October 2, 2014 at 10:58 PM by Elise Keith in release announcement

This week's Lucid Meetings update includes two new integrations and an update to the dashboard.

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Topics: release announcement

5 Icebreakers for Distributed Team Meetings

September 30, 2014 at 6:05 PM by Chris Higgins in collaboration

When you run online meetings with people who are located in different parts of the world, it's crucial that you help your team make a human connection. "Icebreakers" are just the ticket: short team-building exercises conducted at the beginning of a meeting.

Because you don't have a physical way to get people moving around the same room, you have to adapt traditional icebreakers to work over distance.

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Topics: collaboration

Anatomy of the perfect meeting invitation email

September 25, 2014 at 4:13 PM by Elise Keith in best practices

(Tip: Be sure not to miss the downloadable business meeting invitation templates at the end of the story)

"Hey, do you have a minute?"

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Topics: best practices

Meetings Taking Too Long? 6 Tips for Shorter Meetings

September 9, 2014 at 10:46 AM by Chris Higgins in productivity

We've all been in meetings that take longer than they should. But if you're leading a meeting, how can you streamline that meeting and share the load with your team? Here are six practical, simple ways to cut your meetings down to size.

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Topics: productivity

5 Tips to Lead and Facilitate a Meeting Simultaneously

September 2, 2014 at 6:30 AM by Chris Higgins

There are four distinct roles within a collaborative meeting: Leader, Facilitator, Note-Taker, and Participant. So what happens if you have to be Leader and Facilitator at the same time? Here are tips to make the best of this sticky situation.

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New Calendar, Dashboard and Calendar Subscriptions for Lucid Meetings

August 26, 2014 at 6:20 PM by Elise Keith in release announcement

The latest Lucid Meetings update includes the new calendar and a completely redesigned dashboard described below, plus many subtle loving touches we'll leave for you to discover on your own.

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Topics: release announcement

Who Does What in a Collaborative Meeting: Defining Meeting Roles

August 20, 2014 at 2:06 PM by Chris Higgins in best practices

When you hold a collaborative meeting, one key to getting results is deciding on who does what. If you define the meeting roles of the people invited, everyone knows what to expect. If you don't define those roles, someone's time is being wasted.

Okay, so how do you do this? Start by assigning your roles. Here's the set of roles we use for a typical team meeting; some kinds of meetings may have more, and sometimes one person holds multiple roles, but this is the core.

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Topics: best practices

The Highs and Lows of Working Remotely (+ What We’ve Learned) 

August 6, 2014 at 5:41 PM by Tricia Cooper in remote work

A few years ago, a coworker said to me, "Don’t you think it’s strange that this office is so quiet? It’s depressing."

I used to work for a small company in a huge office with high ceilings, no cubicles, large windows and big, beautiful plants.

We had weekly deliveries of groceries, free (really good) coffee and soda, great travel budgets and the company was profitable.

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Topics: remote work