ReadyTalk Open House, Sept. 23

If you are passionate about technology and want to make an impact on the Future of Work come and learn how you can become a part of the #1 Company to Work for in Colorado! That’s right, ReadyTalk was voted the #1 company to work for in the state by Colorado Biz, and we are excited to open our doors to talented individuals like yourself on Monday, September 23rd for an Open House from 4:30 to 6:30pm. We are growing rapidly and need talented individuals to help meet the demand. The Open House will be a great opportunity for you to get know members of our team, get a glimpse of ReadyTalk’s award winning culture, and learn more about the available job opportunities.

There will be games, prizes, home brews, and fun! In addition, there will be short “Ted Talk” like presentations by, our CEO, Dan King, our VP of Marketing & Product Strategy, David Chao, and many others. You will also be hearing from a few of our most successful Account Executives and Software Engineers. Our hope is that you will gain a better understanding of what ReadyTalk is all about and why it is such an amazing place to work. You will learn about the latest and greatest technologies we are working on, how we are making an impact on the Future of Work and how the ReadyTalk story all began. After the talks are over we will be holding Q&A breakout sessions where you will have an opportunity to speak one on one with current ReadyTalk employees and ask any questions you might have.

There will be a drawing at the end of the evening where we will be giving away a ReadyTalk bike and a home brewing kit! You don’t want to miss it.

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To learn more about ReadyTalk Careers now check out our site here: ReadyTalk Careers

Sign-up soon for the Open House – spots are filling up fast: Sign Up Here! We hope to see you on Wednesday, September 23rd at the ReadyTalk Office.

Want Better Meetings? Gather Feedback

Want Better Meetings? Gather FeedbackIt’s important to understand what’s working and what’s not or meetings will continue to be unproductive and wasteful. But why aren’t organizations gathering information from meeting goers? Listening and responding to feedback— both positive and negative—will help you conduct better meetings in the future.

To gather useful meeting feedback, follow these four steps:

1. Create and collect a survey.

Create a standard survey you can provide to meeting goers that will provide you with detailed information as to what went wrong in the meeting and what was effective. Include a mix of open-ended questions and ranking scales (very effective, not effective, etc.) so you have both qualitative and quantitative results.

Bonus tips:
• Consider creating a digital survey so it’s easier for you to gather and analyze the results.
• When collecting information, it’s best to seek feedback from attendees shortly after meetings are over.

2. Host an interactive, company-wide brainstorming session.

To fix an organization-wide problem, it’s good to discuss it collectively. Host a company-wide brainstorming session where people can submit their ideas and suggestions. Treat it as information-gathering, and encourage the notion of “there are no bad ideas”.

Bonus tips:
• It’s generally best to host something like this virtually so people feel more comfortable submitting their ideas.
• Make sure you have a quality collaboration technology solution to ensure meeting productivity and success.

3. Share feedback findings and what’s going to change.

After you’ve gathered results from a poll or a brainstorming session, it’s important to share the findings. Have a team responsible for formulating strategies and following up with the entire team. Most importantly, you need to be clear about what’s going to change and why.

4. Measure results and reevaluate.

Once you’ve implemented strategies, develop a mechanism to evaluate success. Analyze these results on a semi-regular basis so you can track progress, and then adjust as needed. Also, don’t be discouraged if you don’t see improvement right away; progress can take time.
You can’t fix meetings if you don’t know what’s wrong with them. Encouraging a feedback-rich culture will help shape effective strategies for meetings, allowing attendees to use their time more wisely and efficiently.

Webinars Without Worries

ProfservicesIf you are responsible for running webinars at your organization, anxiety may happen. Anxiety can creep in whether you are deciding on the best topics to present, getting the right speakers, running the webinar on the day of the event, making sure the technology works, hoping the participants find value, and all while trying to generate leads for sales. ReadyTalk is here to assist you. We recently announced ReadyTalk Professional Services to help you with all those in-meeting details so you can have a flawless event every time. Our Event Specialists can assist you with:

• webinar customization and setup (registration pages, marketing campaign setup, post event surveys).
• a 30 minute technical dry run to test all the connections and run through logistics.
• live event monitoring (pre-conference with speakers and moderator, operator support throughout the event, immediate access to customer care).
• full event moderation (upload all webinar assets, opening and closing statements, event monitoring, chat management, post-conference, editing of recording).

When you have spent so much time and money, don’t leave it up to chance, ReadyTalk has held tens of thousands of webinars and has the experience to make sure it goes well every time.

 

Blog Series: The Future of Work Experiment, Episode 2

Further up and Further inBlog Series FOW 2

We’ve been on the road about a month at this point. After starting in Denver, we headed east through Michigan and then northwest through Northern Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, and Canada. All is well minus a few scrapes and bruises, one minor breakdown, a hitchhiking chipmunk, and accidentally blowing through our data plans (more on that later). We’ve learned a lot about adjusting our expectations (or really having none) and taking every day as it comes. We’ve intentionally made minimal plans for this trip following a very loose route. We wake up every day deciding where we’ll go, what we’ll do, and more importantly where we’re going to sleep.

It turns out nobody makes a guidebook for living and working from the road, and even if they did, it wouldn’t work for everyone in all situations as geography makes a huge difference in how hard or easy it will be for you to be a vagabonding professional. Here are some things we’ve learned.

1. Wi-Fi all around me. For the most part, Wi-Fi is everywhere. Gas stations, rest stops, campgrounds, visitor centers, chamber of commerce, parks, libraries, practically every restaurant and cafe, grocery stores, and even in public bathrooms. This is a blessing and a curse. Amazing if you’re working every day and need to connect as you’d be hard pressed to not find Wi-Fi even in the most far-flung cities. However, it becomes increasingly difficult to disconnect. I’ve caught myself searching for a Wi-Fi connection in random places for no reason at all.

2. Data plans and cellular woes. We’ve been flirting with the Canadian border for over 1,000 miles and have had very few instances of losing service between our iPad equipped with Verizon or our iPhones on Sprint. We didn’t exactly read the fine print on our Sprint contracts before we left and both ended up blowing through our roaming data allowance within a matter of days. All it takes is one Spotify playlist downloading in the background and you can kiss data goodbye for the rest of the month. What has saved us is using our iPad with Verizon LTE as a personal Wi-Fi hotspot for our phones. This has been key and gotten us out of many a sticky situation.

3. Traditional voice is dead— all hail data. The ability to dial a 10 digit number has greatly diminished in importance. With a solid data plan, random Wi-Fi connections and a hot spot with a competing carrier, you can get anything you’ll ever need done whether it be real time voice, video, messaging, or any other personal or professional communication.

4. Mobile devices are really all you need. We brought our macbook air just in case… big mistake. Not that it’s taking up much space, but it has been completely unnecessary. Banking, communications, collaboration, everything is mobile first now and our computer has been completely unnecessary. Heck – we even brought our really nice DSLR and have seldom thought to even grab it since our iPhone cameras are so good. I used to heckle people who tried to do everything on their iPads – now I understand just how unnecessary a dedicated laptop is.

In short, working and living from the road has been a breeze so far. Sure there are challenges here and there but the beauty and adventure more than makes up for the inconvenience. If there were one thing I didn’t expect, it would be the lack of downtime. Turns out there is a lot to see and do when all of North America is at your disposal.

4 Essential Tools for Working Remotely

Telecommuting is quickly becoming a more viable option in the workplace, making businesses more productive and employees happier. However, as work environments continue to transform, businesses need to evaluate what resources employees need to be successful and productive. Specifically, remote workers need to be equipped with the right tools so they can work anywhere and everywhere they need to.

According to the Huffington Post, some of the most important tools employees need for working remotely include:

1. Laptop

4 Essential Tools for Working RemotelyWhile this seems pretty self-explanatory, some employers don’t think about providing a laptop if the employee is going to be remote full-time. Employers should be providing laptops with the proper software so employees can work from home, from the local coffee shop, from client locations, and more. It’s also important for them to have remote access to company servers so they can access necessary documents or information.

The bottom line? Every remote worker needs to have one.

2. Mobile hotspot

While many locations have WiFi, it’s a good idea to have a mobile hotspot because it keeps your connection secure. Purchase a mobile hotspot for remote employees so they can effectively connect anywhere.

3. Cloud storage

One way to make sure your employees have access to all of the files they need is by storing information on the cloud. That way, you don’t have to worry about them trying to get remote access to your servers and troubleshooting any issues you have with that.

While all of these are important, we believe another tool should be added to the list:

4. Collaborative technology

Even if remote employees aren’t in the office, it doesn’t mean they can’t stay connect to office workers, clients or team members. It’s a good idea for your business to invest in quality collaborative technology, or an audio and video conferencing solution. These solutions have a variety of options that allow remote workers to collaborate, including presentation uploads, real-time redlining tools, recordings, and more.

Keep your remote employees happy, stress-free and productive by providing them with the tools they need. For more information on working remotely and working with remote colleagues, check out our infographic, Tips and Best Practices for Working Remotely.