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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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                  15 Best Productivity Hacks for Procrastinators

                  15 Best Productivity Hacks for Procrastinators

                  Let me guess.

                  You should be doing something else rather than reading this article. But due to some unknown force of nature, you decided to procrastinate by reading an article about how to hack procrastination. You deserve a pat on the back.

                  Fortunately, procrastination is not a disease. It’s just a mindset that can be changed, however, here are some productivity tips you need to start getting work done:

                  First, you need to acknowledge that procrastinating is an unhealthy habit. Not only you’re prioritizing unimportant things, basically, nothing gets done. Still unsure if you’re a procrastinator? Check out this article: Types of Procrastination (And How To Fix Procrastination And Start Doing)

                  Second, your commitment to change is very important. You should be physically, emotionally, and mentally determined to change this habit. If not, then you’ll just succumb to the tempting lure of doing other things rather than your tasks or chores.

                  Here are sthe best productivity hacks to improve productivity and keep yourself from procrastinating at work:

                  1. Give (10+2)*5 a Try

                  Let’s start with a classic but very effective hack called (10+2)*5 created by Merlin Mann,[1] author of 43Folders.com. Don’t worry. This is not a complicated Mathematical formula you need to solve.

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                  The (10+2)*5 simply means 10 minutes work + 2 minutes break multiplied by 5, completing 1 hour. It is crucial to stick with the time limits and not skipping work and break schedules. The point of this is for you to create a jam-packed routine of work and break schedules. The result? You will eventually skip your break schedules.

                  2. Use Red and Blue More Often

                  Clean your desk and remove things that might distract you. According to a Science Daily study[2] about which colors improve brain performance, red was found out to increase attention to details while blue sparks creativity. Surrounding your workplace with these colors not only benefits your brain, it’s also pleasing to the eye.

                  3. Create a Break Agenda

                  List all the things you want to do on your break, be it surfing the web, checking your emails, snack time, taking selfies, Facebook/Twitter—everything.

                  Like the (10+2)*5 hack, squeeze these in between work time but the difference is you schedule these activities for ONLY 20 minutes. Eventually, you’ll take your break minutes wisely. You’re finishing tasks while sidetracking to doing the things you enjoy.

                  4. Set a Timetable for Your Tasks

                  Like any other habits, procrastinating is a tough wall to break. Replace this habit with another habit. When you’re assigned a task, set a timetable for each step. Let’s say you have a big research task. Here’s a sample timetable:

                  9:00 – 9:10 am – Set up all your tools, browser tabs, emails, coffee, etc..
                  9:10 – 10:00 am – Internet research
                  10:00 – 10:45 am – Look through existing files
                  10:45 – 11:00 am – Break time!
                  11:00 – 12:00 pm – Outline the research report

                  Deadlines are the best hack for getting things done. Setting a specific time to finish a task creates time pressure even if the deadline has passed.

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                  5. Take It Outside!

                  Do yourself a favor and don’t ruin the comfy vibe of your home. If you need to work on a stressful project, do it in a library or coffee shop. You’ll never finish it anyway. Your cozy sofa and toasty bed will just lure you into napping yourself to doom.

                  6. Become Productively Lazy

                  Instead of finding all sorts of ways to unproductively procrastinate, use your habit to look for shortcuts and new ways to finish your tasks. Staple multiple papers at a time or master the 3-second t-shirt folding technique. A strong drive combined with laziness sometimes bring out the productive and creative side you never knew you have!

                  7. Assign a ‘Task Deputy’

                  It could be your colleague, your supervisor, or your significant other, anyone who has the unforgiving guts to reprimand you when you procrastinate. You could go the extra mile by paying up unfinished tasks or times you open your Facebook or watch a funny cat video on YouTube. Let’s see how five bucks every time you procrastinate will change you.

                  8. Consider a Gadget-Free Desk

                  According to a study by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, average users check on their phones 150 times per day and having your phone just an elbow away just creates sizzle to this habit.[3]

                  Removing mobile devices and gadgets allows you to focus on your work without the constant interruption from notifications, calls, and text messages. It eliminates the very distracting ambiance and the urge to unlock your phone just because.

                  9. Prepping the Night

                  Before hitting the sack to oblivion, prepare everything you’ll need the next day. This will probably take you 15 minutes tops, saving you more time for coffee in the morning.

                  Spin class at am? Pack up your gym clothes, shoes, socks, etc. or better, create a checklist so you don’t miss anything. You can also prep your food into containers and just grab one before leaving.

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                  10. Do a 7-Minute Workout in the Morning

                  Exercising is proven to increase productivity and stimulate release of endorphin or “Happy Hormones”.

                  Take a jog outdoors and get warmed up for the day. Don’t feel like running outside? Hop on a treadmilli. It’s a great investment and there are a lot of ways you can use a treadmill like endurance running and metabolism training. On a budget? Here’s a 7 minute, no-equipment needed workout you can do at home:

                  11. Set-up Mini Tasks

                  If you’re given a big project, break it down into mini tasks. Create a checklist and start with the easy ones until you finish. Got an article to write? Just start with the title and the first sentence. Or perhaps you have a visual presentation to make?

                  Spend 15 minutes on your outline, take five minutes coffee break, then finish the first two slides. Accomplishing something, no matter how tiny, still gives you that sense of fulfillment.

                  12. Create an Inspirational Board or Reminder

                  I found these mini desk chalkboards from Etsy you can use to write motivating quotes.

                  Or you know what? Simply write “Do it now!” and stare at it for 10 seconds every time you feel like dropping by on Reddit.

                  13. Redecorate Your Room

                  Redecorating my room motivates me to maintain that ‘new’ look for some time until I get use to it and eventually stop. So I redecorate again and again, it became a monthly habit really. Here are some DIY ideas you can do to any room without spending much.

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                  14. Ready Your Nibbles

                  You know that trip to the pantry? It’s just seconds away but it took you several minutes just to get your fruit snacks in the fridge. Before starting a task, prepare your nibbles on your desk to avoid zoning out and losing yourself on the way to the pantry.

                  Bonus productivity hacks you can do at home:

                  15. Schedule Your Chores

                  Write down your chores in a weekly basis with matching day and time when you should be doing these.

                  For the artsy folks, you can create fun chore charts like these or simply stick the list somewhere visibly annoying e.g. mirrors, doors, TV. The trick is listing as many chores as you can for the week and including unfinished chores the following week. Who likes seeing a long list of chores first thing in the morning?

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                  Featured photo credit: Glenn Carstens-Peters via unsplash.com

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