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Ask the Entrepreneurs: 8 Tools That Simplify Webinars and Group Calls

Ask the Entrepreneurs: 8 Tools That Simplify Webinars and Group Calls

Ask The Entrepreneurs is a regular series where members of the Young Entrepreneur Council are asked a single question that aims to help Lifehack readers level up their own lives, whether in a area of management, communication, business or life in general.

Here’s the question posed in this edition of Ask The Entrepreneurs:

What’s your favorite software or app for webinars/screen sharing? Why?

1. Google Hangouts

Wade Foster

    Google Hangouts are great because they work with up to 10 people, have screen sharing built in and offer native integration with Google Calendar, so anyone invited has a one-click link to join the hangout.

    Wade Foster, Zapier

     

     

    2. GoToMeeting and Speek

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    Jesse Pujji

      For conference calls, Speek is great and has some free user account options. However, for screen and deck sharing, GoToMeeting is the best option.

      Jesse Pujji, Ampush

       

       

      3. Crunched.com

      Robert-J.-Moore

        Crunched.com allows you to do traditional screen shares, but it also provides engagement analytics that show you if the person you are presenting to is actually paying attention. This gives you a better sense of what parts of your presentation are the most effective and how interested a prospect truly is in what you have to say.

        Robert J. Moore, RJMetrics

         

        4. Join.me

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        Tim Jahn

          Join.me is my go-to tool for simple screen sharing. It’s super easy for you to set up the ability to share your screen, and the person you’re sharing with simply needs to visit a URL. There’s nothing to install! Many other tools/sites require all sorts of downloads and tons of steps to set up properly.

          Tim Jahn, matchist

           

           

          5. GoToWebinar

          Laura Roeder

            I’ve hosted webinars for years using GoToWebinar, and they’ve never let me down! It’s the industry standard for a reason, with useful features like “hand raising” for audience members to let you know when they have a question. They also have full recording capabilities built right in the software.

            Laura Roeder, LKR Social Media

             

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            6. AnyMeeting

            adam lieb

              It’s fast, free and easy. There is no reason you should be paying to share your screen.

              Adam Lieb, Duxter

               

               

               

              7. Google Hangouts

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              Thursday-Bram 2

                I need to be able to share screens, often with multiple people, and it’s always a hassle to get people set up on a new standard. But just about everyone has a Google account these days. As long as I don’t need to get a huge number of people on the call, Google Hangouts is an easy option.

                Thursday Bram, Hyper Modern Consulting

                 

                 

                8. Speek

                Logan Lenz

                  I like using Speek for group meetings and webinars because of the way it displays the attendee information in the form of a virtual meeting room. With its interface, you can easily share documents with others in real time and discover deeper personal information through Speek’s integration with social profiles.

                  Logan Lenz, Endagon

                   

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                  6 Effective Ways to Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills

                  6 Effective Ways to Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills

                  Have you ever thought of yourself as a problem solver? I’m guessing not. But in reality, we are constantly solving problems. And the better our problem solving skills are, the easier our lives are.

                  Problems arise in many shapes and forms. They can be mundane, everyday problems, or larger more complex problems:

                  What to have for dinner tonight?

                  Which route to take to work?

                  How to fix a project that’s running behind schedule?

                  How to change from an uninspiring job to a career you’re really passionate about?

                  Every day, you’ll be faced with at least one problem to solve. But it gets easier when you realize that problems are simply choices. There’s nothing ‘scary’ about them other than having to make a decision.

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                  No matter what job you’re in, where you live, who your partner is, how many friends you have, you will be judged on your ability to solve problems. Because problems equal hassles for everyone concerned. And people don’t like hassle. So the more problems you can solve, the less hassle all-round, the happier people are with you. Everyone wins.

                  Why Are Problem Solving Skills Important?

                  Problem is something hard to understand or accomplish or deal with. It can be a task, a situation, or even a person. Problem solving involves methods and skills to find the best solutions to problems.

                  Problem solving is important because we all have decisions to make, and questions to answer in our lives. Amazing people like Eleanor Roosevelt, Steve Jobs, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., are all great problems solvers. Good parents, teachers, doctors and waiters all have to be good at solving different sort of problems as well.

                  Problem solving skills are for our everyday lives.

                  How to Enhance Problem Solving Skills

                  Most people believe that you have to be very intelligent in order to be a good problem solver, but that’s not true.

                  You don’t have to be super smart to be a problem solver, you just need practice.

                  When you understand the different steps to solve a problem, you’ll be able to come up with great solutions.

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                  1. Focus on the Solution, Not the Problem

                  Neuroscientists have proven that your brain cannot find solutions if you focus on the problem.[1] This is because when you focus on the problem, you’re effectively feeding ‘negativity,’ which in turn activates negative emotions in the brain. These emotions block potential solutions.

                  I’m not saying you should ‘ignore the problem,’ instead, try to remain calm. It helps to first, acknowledge the problem; and then, move your focus to a solution-oriented mindset where you keep fixed on what the ‘answer’ could be, rather than lingering on ‘what went wrong’ and ‘who’s fault it is’.

                  2. Adapt 5 Whys to Clearly Define the Problem

                  5 Whys is a problem solving framework to help you get to the root of a problem.

                  By repeatedly asking the question “why” on a problem, you can dig into the root cause of a problem, and that’s how you can find the best solution to tackle the root problem once and for all. And it can go deeper than just asking why for five times.

                  For example:

                  If the problem is “always late to work”…

                  • Why am I late to work?
                    I always click the snooze button and just want to go on sleeping.
                  • Why do I want to go on sleeping?
                    I feel so tired in the morning.
                  • Why do I feel tired in the morning?
                    I slept late the night before, that’s why.
                  • Why did I sleep late?
                    I wasn’t sleepy after drinking coffee, and I just kept scrolling my Facebook feed and somehow I couldn’t stop.
                  • Why did I drink coffee?
                    Because I was too sleepy at work in the afternoon, not having enough sleep the night before.

                  So there you see, if you didn’t try to dig out the root of the problem, you may just set a few more alarms and have it beep every five minutes in the morning. But in fact, the problem you need to solve is to quit Facebook surfing endlessly at night so you’ll feel more energetic in the day time, and you won’t even need coffee.

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                  3. Simplify Things

                  As human beings, we have a tendency to make things more complicated than they need to be! Try simplifying your problem by generalizing it.

                  Remove all the details and go back to the basics. Try looking for a really easy, obvious solution – you might be surprised at the results! And we all know that it’s often the simple things that are the most productive.

                  4. List out as Many Solutions as Possible

                  Try to come up with ‘ALL POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS’ – even if they seem ridiculous at first. It’s important you keep an open mind to boost creative thinking, which can trigger potential solutions.

                  Coming from 10 years in the corporate advertising industry, it is drummed into you that ‘No idea is a bad idea’ and this aids creative thinking in brainstorms and other problem-solving techniques.

                  Whatever you do, do not ridicule yourself for coming up with ‘stupid solutions’ as it’s often the crazy ideas that trigger other more viable solutions.

                  5. Think Laterally

                  Change the ‘direction’ of your thoughts by thinking laterally. Pay attention to the saying,

                  ‘You cannot dig a hole in a different place by digging it deeper.”

                  Try to change your approach and look at things in a new way. You can try flipping your objective around and looking for a solution that is the polar opposite!

                  Even if it feels silly, a fresh and unique approach usually stimulates a fresh solution.

                  6. Use Language That Creates Possibility

                  Lead your thinking with phrases like ‘what if…’ and ‘imagine if…’ These terms open up our brains to think creatively and encourage solutions.

                  Avoid closed, negative language such as ‘I don’t think…’ or ‘But this is not right…’.

                  The Bottom Line

                  There’s nothing scary about a problem when you start to adapt my advice.

                  Try not to view problems as ‘scary’ things! If you think about what a problem really is, it’s really just feedback on your current situation.

                  Every problem is telling you that something is not currently working and that you need to find a new way around it.

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                  So try to approach problems neutrally – without any judgment. Practice focusing on defining a problem, keep calm and not to make things too complicated.

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                  Reference

                  [1] Planet of Success: Problem vs Solution Focused Thinking

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