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10 Tricks to Master Google Hangouts

Video conferencing has rapidly become a preferred communications tool for teams, and Google Hangouts is one of the easiest video conferencing tools to use. It runs straight from your web browser; no need to install special software, just visit Google Hangouts and invite guests to join you.

But there’s more to Hangouts than this simplicity suggests. Lifehacker’s David Nield shares 10 tips for getting the most out of Google Hangouts:

  • Search your conversations from Gmail
  • Make it easier to be found
  • Mute notifications
  • Doodle on your messages
  • Tell your contacts what you’re up to
  • Tell your contacts where you are
  • Use different ringtones for different people
  • Keep chats on top of other windows
  • Format text in conversations
  • Change the background colour

Read about these tips in detail at Lifehacker Australia

Infographic: How to Run Successful Remote Meetings

How to Run a Remote Meeting – An infographic by Hubstaff.com

6 Ways Work Will Change In 2016

As 2015 draws to a close, organisations are planning for the new year and beyond. What will 2016 hold for Out Of Office workers and distributed teams? Jared Lindzon looks at six emerging trends that he predicts will have an impact in the coming year:

  • Remote-First Businesses: enabled by advancements in communication technology, the remote-first structure provides significant advantages over traditional organisational hierarchies.
  • The Rise Of Independent Consultants: highly specialised consultants, who were previously only found in large consulting firms, are moving to the freelance market.
  • Less PowerPoint, More Video: the cost of producing video and motion graphics has fallen significantly, ushering in a shift away from static presentations to more dynamic formats.
  • Work-Life Balance, Revisited: a shift to work-life integration. Organisations will need to focus on making work more meaningful and rewarding for their workers.
  • New Leadership Expectations: leaders will be expected to be more inspirational, collaborative, and results-focused.
  • Consumer-Grade Design as the New Normal: good design is valued when selling products to consumers. It must be similarly valued in the tools and systems used by teams and workers.

Read more at FastCompany.com.

Use HiTask for managing your ToDo list and much more

I’ve been using HiTask for three weeks and it’s become central to my work flow. It has a simple user interface that allows you to organise all of your tasks in one place that’s accessible from your desktop, tablet and smartphone.

You can organise your tasks by project, date and assignee. I particularly like the ability to break down tasks into separate sub-tasks. HiTask also allows teams to coordinate their work on collaborative projects but I’ve not yet used this feature.

The video below provides an overview of the tool. If you like what you see then try it out.

Video: The Pomodoro Technique

We’re big fans of time-management systems such as the Pomodoro Technique. At their core these techniques involve repeated cycles of focussed work sessions followed by a rest break. This helps boost productivity and avoid fatigue. But there’s even more to it as you’ll see when you watch the promotional video below.