Intel Alumni Board Leverages Lucid to Focus on Strategic Initiatives and Maintain Continuity

February 2, 2016 at 3:04 PM by Tricia Harris in case studies

The Intel Alumni Network Board is a twelve person, nonprofit Board of Directors serving approximately 5000 former Intel employees.

The Intel Alumni Network’s mission is to create a thriving community that encourages personal and professional growth through networking and thought leadership.

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Topics: case studies

A Protocol for Clearing Questions and Handling Complaints

January 26, 2016 at 6:47 PM by Paul Axtell in leadership & facilitation, meeting design

One of the most common requirements on a job posting is “Excellent communication skills”. The hope is that if you hire people with these excellent communication skills, you’ll avoid all the confusion, distrust, mistakes and anxiety that arises when people fail to communicate openly and clearly.

Unfortunately, it’s hard to evaluate how well someone’s excellent communication skills will perform on an ongoing basis in the short interview process. And no amount of excellent skills can overcome cultural habits that discourage questions and complaints, layers of management that keep people in the dark, or managers who don't know how to truly listen to what people tell them.

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Topics: leadership & facilitation, meeting design

We Meet 5x More Than 40 Years Ago, and We Get Better Results [Infographic]

January 25, 2016 at 6:56 PM by Tricia Harris in meeting design

Meetings in the modern workplace are about as common as visits to the coffee machine, and we all want them to be as effective as possible.

Our recent research shows that over the last 40 years, the number of meetings we're having per day has increased by 5 times - from 11 million to 55 million. Yes, every day!

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Topics: meeting design

The Lucid Meetings Visual Event Calendar

January 18, 2016 at 3:37 AM by John Keith in meeting technology, release announcement

My ice storm-induced, "bonus" project during the 2015 end-of-year holiday break was focused on improvements to the Lucid Meetings visual event calendar. While we've had our visual calendar display for a couple years now, I always intended the calendar to be more fully interactive for people who prefer calendar-style interactions with our meeting platform. With a little time on my hands, it was finally time to tackle this project!

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Topics: meeting technology, release announcement

7 Meeting Checkpoints That Ensure Alignment

January 12, 2016 at 9:21 PM by Elise Keith in tips & techniques

Standing meetings, quick huddles, speedy meetings – everywhere we look, the productivity experts are challenging us to run faster, shorter meetings.

But sometimes when you get running really fast, it’s easy to lose people along the way. When a group rushes through updates and decisions, anyone who comes to the meeting distracted, unfamiliar with the topic, or who maybe just needs a bit more time to process new information is going to miss something.

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Topics: tips & techniques

Key Learnings from 2015

January 7, 2016 at 6:10 PM by John Keith in behind the scenes

The only thing that is constant is change.”

Heraclitus

2015, like all the years before it, was a year of big changes for Lucid Meetings. We've had a very good year. Our platform has become more mature and our customer base has grown. We've met new people and created new cooperative relationships with other companies. Business is good.

But we've all been around long enough to know that these external trappings of success can be fleeting; what we can achieve and how we grow both as a company and as individuals will depend entirely on what we do next.

That's why, when we look back at 2015, we pay special attention to what we've learned. Experience and knowledge gained are the key assets that can't be lost due to a shift in the market or any other whim of fate, and that will inform how we go boldly into 2016.

We asked each member of the Lucid leadership team to reflect on the key lessons they learned in 2015, and share them with you here.

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Topics: behind the scenes

The Maslow’s Hierarchy of Meeting Technology

December 29, 2015 at 1:00 PM by Elise Keith in meeting technology

Earlier this month, we hosted a series of webinars covering different parts of the Lucid Meetings platform.

At the beginning of each webinar, we showed this pyramid that arranges the platform features into a sort of Maslow’s hierarchy of meeting essentials.

A heirarchy of meeting technology, from scheduling at the base level on up to tech for high-performing teams

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Topics: meeting technology

A Step By Step Strategy to Crush Your Next Sales Call

December 15, 2015 at 7:30 PM by Tricia Harris in tips & techniques

Most people think online sales meetings only last for an hour or so. They join at the beginning, and an hour later it’s over.

However, these are usually the people that attend meetings, not the ones who plan them.

Great salespeople know that much more is involved in making meetings successful: they are actually a series of carefully orchestrated events over the course of a sale.

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Topics: tips & techniques

5 Ways to Successfully Jumpstart Your Next Project

December 8, 2015 at 7:20 PM by Brad Egeland in project management

Getting the Project Started

Have you ever sat down to get start work on a new project that you were handed and then run into some sort of strange project manager's “writer's block”? I have.

I'm guessing at some time or another most of us have.

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Topics: project management

A Fresh Look at the Number, Effectiveness, and Cost of Meetings in the U.S.

December 4, 2015 at 3:31 AM by Elise Keith in meeting design

The Story Behind the Numbers

Bad meetings are a big issue in the modern workplace. Just how big of a deal are they? The most frequently quoted statistics say that there are:

That’s a big problem - and potentially a good opportunity for the likes of us!

Except, these numbers are wrong.

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Topics: meeting design