Perseverance, Success and You!
July 13, 2012 @ 01:27 PM | By Tonya Hottmann

Resilience is a practice, not a personality trait. In both our business and personal lives, it is commonly believed that “pain instructs, failures are lessons-learned and crisis drives action”. When crisis hits, perseverance is required to bounce back. Success is no mere achievement; it is a triumph whereby the victor emerges richer and stronger because of battle.

Join Brian Patrick Jensen, on Wednesday, July 18, at 1:00 PM eastern for a free webinar as he explains the dynamics of perseverance and how you can apply them in order to triumph when the going gets tough.

During this hour long webinar, you will learn:

  • How to choose to persevere and why some people are more resilient than others.
  • "Five Things Resilient People Do" and how to apply them
  • Exercises that you can apply to your own challenges
  • How to access free additional resources and online essays

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About our Speaker:
Brian Patrick Jensen is a business leader, writer and passionate orator. He is a successful human resources and corporate communications executive, training consultant and college lecturer renowned throughout his career for his spirited presentations and straight-talk. In 2010 Brian suffered sudden and profound hearing loss; and he is now deaf. His signature public speaking service and namesake blog--BrianPatrickJensen.com--was launched in July 2011 and has already inspired thousands

Tonya Hottmann imageTonya Hottmann is the director of marketing at InterCall, responsible for small business marketing. Before joining InterCall, Tonya ran a boutique marketing consulting firm for 10 years. An avid baseball fan, she enjoys reading, traveling, exercising and spending summer days at the beach.

This is the time of year when interest in the Founding Fathers of America is at its peak. Right around Independence Day you see plenty of red, white and blue, and hear talk about the Continental Congress meeting to create, and eventually sign, the Declaration of Independence.

In this age of air travel, the Internet and mobile phones, however, few of us realize just how difficult it was to do, and how much effort it took for them to pull off that declaration. Just getting all the parties together in Philadelphia for that meeting was a major effort, requiring hand-written letters to be delivered on horseback to every representative in every state. Think about that the next time you complain when email is down for an hour.

The big issue, though, was gathering everyone together. Back in those days, being part of the Continental Congress wasn’t a full-time, well-paying job like it is today. It was a moral obligation—which means it didn’t pay very well. So when a meeting such as this was called, everyone had to leave their real jobs (most were farmers or plantation owners) for a month, two months or sometimes longer. In the meantime their businesses usually suffered. John Adams, for example, often struggled to make ends meet and Thomas Jefferson (despite the outer trappings of his life) died in deep debt, although his participation in politics wasn’t the only, or even the most significant, factor there.

Still, it was a huge sacrifice for all of them, even those who lived locally in Philadelphia. Which makes one wonder how things would’ve been different had they had webcasting available to them.

For one thing, they wouldn’t all have had to gather in a stuffy, sweltering room while they carved out the tenets that founded the United States. Instead, they could’ve all stayed home and participated from a distance. (Without the travel perhaps we would’ve been celebrating the fourth day of May instead of July.) They could’ve taken a couple of hours out of their day to meet and then spent the rest of the time with whatever business put food on their tables and fancy powdered wigs on their heads.

Adams and Jefferson were the primary architects of the document itself—Adams supplying many of the principles and Jefferson using his persuasive writing abilities to create the actual content—so they probably would’ve led the session with the other participating through chat. Picture the core ideas being part of a PowerPoint presentation, then switching to a Word document to review the details.

If there were disputes (and there were many), after some debate they could’ve set up a poll to keep things moving along. For example, “We’ve narrowed it down to ‘Life, liberty and the pursuit of…’ A) Happiness B) Good times C) Excellence D) Free beer. Please indicate your preference by voting now.”

Since we’re assuming all the modern technologies, video would’ve likely played an important role in the webcast as well. It’s a lot easier to make a personal connection with a group of people when you can see them and they can see you. For an impassioned orator such as Adams, being able to present with sight as well as sound would be very effective; it would also help keep Benjamin Franklin from multitasking during the meetings.

Of course, webcasting wasn’t available back in the 1770s so they had to make due with face-to-face collaboration. Makes you appreciate what you have today, doesn’t it?

So what do you think? Would webcasting have produced the same results? Who else in history could’ve used the technology effectively?

Eric VidalEric Vidal is a Director of Product Marketing at InterCall and is considered a leading voice and expert in virtual business, which expands from marketing to collaboration to learning. He has more than 15 years experience in developing, implementing and optimizing strategies in these areas for numerous organizations and Global 2000 companies. As the director of product marketing for InterCall’s event services, Eric manages the strategy and initiatives for the virtual technologies that include virtual environments, streaming, event management services and operator assisted services. Previously from WebEx, Eric managed the virtual classroom product, as well as brand advertising and new media. Over the last several years, Eric has held management positions at Cisco, WebEx, IBM, BBDO Worldwide and Macromedia.

How the Cloud Changes Everything and Nothing at All
July 9, 2012 @ 02:47 PM | By Tonya Hottmann

The topic of “cloud” has become pervasive throughout the information technology industry. It changes how solutions are deployed, resources are allocated, and how money is spent, but does it mean changing the fundamental technologies behind our favorite infrastructure solutions? How specifically does the cloud impact you and your business?

Join Steven Deming, on Thursday, July 12, at 1:00PM Eastern for a free webinar and Office 365 demonstration. Stephen will address the questions every customer needs answered including how the cloud can improve productivity, increase security and allow anytime and anywhere access to key information.

During this hour long webinar, you will learn:

  • How your business can benefit from using the cloud
  • How the cloud can save you money and deliver the latest communication tools
  • How you can benefit from Microsoft Office 365: cloud-based messaging, collaborations and communication
  • How to use Office 365 through a free live demonstration

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About Our Speaker
Stephen Deming is the Microsoft Partner Solution Advisor US Small, Medium Business and Distribution and a 10 year Microsoft veteran focused on helping customers understand the benefits of Microsoft technology and where that technology is heading in the future. His passion is helping people understand technology better so they can make educated choices for their businesses. Prior to joining Microsoft, Deming was the IT manager for a small business where he focused on Windows Server and Microsoft application training to clients around the world. With over thirty years of professional computer experience, he’s spent most of his career working with organizations to identify and implement effective solutions.

Tonya Hottmann imageTonya Hottmann is the director of marketing at InterCall, responsible for small business marketing. Before joining InterCall, Tonya ran a boutique marketing consulting firm for 10 years. An avid baseball fan, she enjoys reading, traveling, exercising and spending summer days at the beach.

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