Monday, 21 May 2018

Top Tips to Make Remote Meeting Rooms Even Better

Employees today have specific expectations and aspirations when it is about remote meetings. In case a conference room is not updated with the recent technologies, the company may have to struggle while hosting efficient and engaging meetings.

Growing popularity of BYOD collaboration at a workplace

There has been an immense popularity of the mobile technology in organizations lately. BYOD or “Bring Your Own Device” cultures support an optimum and balanced mix of laptops, smartphones, and table for remote meeting purposes.

Multi-site collaboration and remote screen sharing

Some latest studies have revealed that by the year 2020, 1 in every 3 people will be recruited as remote workers so that they can work from anyplace. Multiple site collaboration enables these remote team members to establish a connection to a meeting or presentation from remote sites without the compulsion of being present physically. Remote screen sharing allows all participants to view the same things simultaneously.

“Dongle-free” and ease of use

Today, more and more remote meetings are using wireless devices to run a remote presentation. These devices or gadgets should be simple to install as well as easy to use. That will enable the users to enter into their conference room and begin collaborating with the remote team members via a big screen without any constraints.

There Is No Age Limit to Become Fluent In another Language

There have been some recent reports that came up with the discouraging message that fluency in another language is impossible after a person is about 10-year-old. All such reports actually misinterpreted the study’s findings. Additionally, the message they were trying to send was not correct at all.

The meaning of fluency in a foreign language is that a person is able to run a communication in that language with relative comfort. It also signifies that speaking is not really a strain on both the speaker as well as the listener.

In fact, almost anybody can attain fluency in any language at any age. So it is not correct to claim
that young kids can learn foreign languages faster as compared to older kids or adults. Contrarily, when you deliver the same kind of instructions to students belonging to different age groups, the older ones can actually perform better in the beginning and also in the long term. Learners belonging to any age group can accomplish native-like and brilliant command over another language’s vocabulary including difficult structures like proverbs or idioms.

Hence, you can achieve fluency in any foreign language irrespective of how old you are. Small imperfections pertaining to accent or grammar can simply enhance the charm.

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Learning a Foreign Language Can Be an Excellent Opportunity

Some people feel that learning a foreign language is only a requirement for the gen-ed or a hassle. However, it is a misconception as there are innumerable benefits of learning a new foreign language. The kind of passion and dedication that is needed makes the entire process quite a fulfilling and constructive one. Thus, college students should definitely contemplate learning a foreign language even though they are not needed to do so.

When you learn a new language, new doors are opened for you. Today, the world is becoming increasingly interlinked. There is a constant flow of more sophisticated and newer communication technologies. Thus, it becomes imperative for people to have the necessary skills to share information and ideas with proper clarity as well as effectively. It will enable them to have an opportunity in today’s multicultural and competitive workforce.

Additionally, there are many other merits apart from simply being able to communicate with a new group of people fluently. Learning a foreign language enables a person to enjoy benefits such as improved problem-solving skills and memory, effective communication skills and enhanced reading skills in general and not only in the new language being learned. Learning a foreign language can not only enlighten you new ideas to think about. It can also encourage you to think of new ways in general.

Keep your team members connected when they went to work from home remotely

A study conducted by Telework Survey revealed that about 79% of global workers have either telecommuted or have been telecommuting at some time or the other. Both the employers as well as remote employees are in a win-win situation. While for employees, working remotely means greater flexibility and avoiding traffic congestion, and taking better care of the family, employers can save a lot of overhead costs. Plus, they are able to recruit a larger number of talents. Here are some of the ways you can keep your remote teams connected:

Remote meetings or teleconferencing should be a part of your organizational culture

Many organizations are found to be in the habit of skipping teleconferencing or remote meetings by using instant messaging applications such as Skype or Slack. However, by doing so, these employers overlook the fact that viewing the other participants and their inflection, intonation and body language is not possible. These are all necessary for conducting effective communication.

Assign a mentor to each remote employee

Although your organization could be using many popular remote or telecommuting tools such as Skype, Zoom, or Slack, there could be still gaps in communicating as far as the remote workforce is concerned, especially in emergency situations. When a mentor is assigned to a remote employee for supervising a specific project, the duo can help in reducing delay and confusion. A remote employee knows who to approach in case there is urgency and he/she is in a dilemma.

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Why Can Artificial Intelligence Be The Future Of Corporate Training?

The application of Artificial Intelligence has been steadily growing in the conventional classroom setting as well as for corporate training programs. While at present very few employees take leverage from the AI-based platforms, it will be hardly surprising when such a technical advancement will have a massive role to play in the future of training delivery in a corporate setup.

Artificial Intelligence will enable easier measurement of training outcomes and results

AI will allow trainers and management to measure training outcomes successfully, which makes it so appealing in a corporate workplace. The data can then be utilized to motivate employees by assigning inter-office rankings. The same data can be also used for identifying which employees satisfy the parameters for a promotion.

The productivity of Artificial Intelligence is higher than traditional classroom settings

Every time training is conducted in a classroom, all the selected employees have to be pulled out from their regular duties to attend. On the other hand, training conducted across multiple sessions can put a lesser load on the workforce as they attend in batches and take turns to learn the fresh modules from their trainer. When online training modules are used, employees need not move out of their desks while being engaged with the training material simultaneously. Such flexibility enables them to opt for a time slot when they are not busy with paperwork, other meetings, or phone calls, which can all act as distractions.

Children should start learning a new language by 10 to speak proficiently

According to several studies, students who are 11-year-old and above can pick up a foreign language but are not so prompt in language fluency or grammar of that language. A key study claimed that 10 is an important cut-off age to begin learning a new language. Some experts also opine that once children cross this cut-off age, it is tough to converse in another foreign language like a native.

At the same time, these experts also feel that teens enjoy an advantage as compared to adults when it is about learning foreign grammar. These findings were put forward on the basis of an analysis done by scientists of the MIT on a quiz that was taken by about 670,000 participants. However, it is a known fact for years now that children are faster in picking up new languages.

The study though went one step ahead by stating that the grip over a foreign language is better if a person starts learning it as early as possible. There was not much difference noticed between children who began a 10 or started learning the new language at birth. However, there is a marked declined once the cut-off age of 10 is crossed.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Things That May Go Wrong In an Event

At times, even though you have planned an event well, certain things can go wrong. It can be the
event equipment, which disappointed you or just human errors.

Check out some of those things, which have a tendency to go wrong at an event.

Audiences fail to show up

It can be one of the worst disasters possible for any event. Poor turnout can spoil all your hard work. Imagine only a few people sitting in a huge hall when you have spent quite a lot in the event preparation.

Equipment failure

Just think of a situation when the microphone of the speaker does not function properly, the Internet connectivity get lost or your video presentation just won’t play. As a preventive measure, you should have a strong AV partner collaborating with you where the event is taking place and who you can completely rely on. You also need to conduct a rehearsal before the D-day. Remember to trial all you’re A/V systems, laptops, as well as, projectors, which will be used. Let your speakers handle them when they rehearse their speeches.

Drop-out of participants

It can be a massive disaster too. You find your special guest, headline band or keynote speaker failed to attend the event. Their flights could have been delayed, not feeling well or simply let you down.