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  • 7 Key Elements for a Successful Kickoff Meeting Agenda

    Meeting Agenda on a Notepad

      In last week’s article, we talked about how client project kickoff meetings lay the foundation for the ongoing businesses relationship with clients. This week we will expand on the important elements are of a good kickoff meeting agenda, and why you shouldn’t overlook them. An effective kickoff meeting should be done through an organized [...]

  • 4 Team Building Activities for Remote Teams

    Virtual Team Building Activitie

      Virtual teams have become a workplace necessity for many small businesses that need to do more with less. Not only is this a good way to cut back on overhead expenses, but it is also a way to capitalize on advances in technology. Where technology promises to help you reach goals and objectives, it [...]

  • How to Dodge a Lawsuit When Hiring For Your Startup – Part 2

    Illegal Interview Questions to Avoid

      In last week’s article, I talked about “protected classes” as they relate to conducting job interviews. We reviewed a number of these classes, discussing specific interview questions that are safe while giving you instructions on areas to avoid. Today, we will continue down that path, covering the protected classes we did not review in [...]

  • 5 Tips for a Successful Kickoff Conference Call

    Kickoff Meeting Success Planning

    The kickoff meeting is where the real work starts. For you, it’s an opportunity to manage expectations of your client and to gather important information for the successful completion of the project. For the client, the meeting gives a better understanding of your team capabilities and the project work that will be done. The kickoff [...]

  • How to Dodge a Lawsuit When Hiring For Your Startup – Part 1

    Illegal Interview Questions to Avoid

      There are many considerations when hiring a new employee, and legal strategies should be at the top of that list. Your prep work needs to begin the moment the decision is made to hire someone by preparing a list of interview questions. Using such a questionnaire will help you maintain focus and also keep [...]

  • 4 Simple Team Building Ideas for Small Business

    Team Building Ideas

    Team productivity often relies on two things, team cohesiveness and employee happiness. And as a manager, you have no choice but to make these a priority. It’s easy to get lost in all the work of reaching deadlines, acquiring new customers, or keeping clients happy while forgetting about the important part of the business, your [...]

  • Conference Call Etiquette Tips That Will Increase Productivity

    Conference Call Etiquette

      “That’s an hour of my life that I’ll never get back.” You’ve probably said this to yourself after a conference call that went horribly wrong. Either people are showing up late, speaking out of turn, or the conference call was unorganized and unproductive. This is because people aren’t following conference call etiquette which would [...]

  • Hiring Tips for Small Business

    10 Hiring Tips for Small Business

    You’re hiring. But not everyone is a good fit for working in a small business environment, which is why hiring the right candidate for the position can be difficult and expensive. You will avoid many problems down the road by doing your due diligence up front. Hiring is not simply placing an ad, scheduling an [...]

  • 5 Simple Ways to Motivate Employees

    How to Motivate Employees

    Team productivity relies heavily on the manager’s ability to increase motivation in team members, which is why understanding what motivates employees important. And while employees certainly value their compensation packages, money is not the key motivating factor that provides day to day satisfaction and employee engagement. The majority of employee motivation is brought on by [...]

  • How to Master Client Meetings with Speek

    Successful conference Call

      Working with clients successfully involves frequent communication, which basically means a lot of conference calls. There’s nothing more embarrassing and frustrating then when conference calls go wrong for reasons such as: Clients can’t find the PIN number Clients are typing in the PIN number incorrectly 5 times before giving up and calling you You [...]