Virtual video conferencing is quickly becoming the norm and a substitute for face-to-face meetings in many instances. However, there are some things that you don’t leave to chance. Face-to-face meetings with your customers and partners are one of them. These meetings give you a chance to establish a rapport and bring a certain sense of integrity to the relationship that is only possible when meeting in person.
Not convinced? Let’s take a look at some of psychological factors that occur in face-to-face meetings that cannot always be achieved via other forms of communications. Read more...
Non-verbal Cues.95 percent of the effectiveness of communications is determined by non-verbal cues (e.g., hand gestures, voice quality and volume, facial expressions), many of which can be construed only in face-to-face meetings.
Human-to-Human Contact. Human contact is a basic need of human beings. Individuals need personal contact with others to satisfy primitive psychological needs, something that digital interactions cannot address.
In today’s ever-exploding Serviced Workspace sandbox, coworking is the Cat’s Meow. There are so many advantages to considering this workspace and work-way alternative that is ideally suited for many, but not all, in today’s emerging workforce. Is it right for you?
We live in a highly mobile, work-anytime/anywhere universe, where advancing technologies place power and portability in our hands via handheld and laptop devices. This, coupled with accessible, satisfactory bandwidth sources are meeting the demands of today’s burgeoning nomadic work tribes on-the-run that value reliability, austerity and instant plug-and-go ability.
No longer is a permanent, enclosed (sometime status-indicating or hierarchal perk) private office per employee, or even a designated desk-space, a ‘must’ for employees of companies, or for solopreneurs seeking the legitimacy of a dedicated workspace. The business universe understands that today, companies and people need agility more than they need a full-time, top-dollar, static office that may only be used on a part-time basis, hence they are more accepting, than in previous generations, to view ‘in-and-out’ coworking and Virtual Office users as savvy, lean-working practitioners in a world that now generally values workers and freelancers being fleet-of-foot more than being hunkered down in a stable and static 9-to-5 office and existence. Read more...
Start a Business or Continue Your Education? Why Not Both?
It’s back to school time—again, but you have business aspirations. So what should you do? Start—or keep working to grow—your business in this season or head back to school to get the skills you need to take it higher? Why not both?
You can start a business while you are still in school—and you can go back to school to sharpen your skills while you are running a business. Indeed, whether you are a Millennial or a Baby Boomer, others have gone this way before and have plenty of advice on balancing these two arenas in a way that leads you down the pathway to greater prosperity.
4 Things You Need to Know
First, let’s talk about what it’s going to take. Don’t expect a 9-to-5 life if you are going to dive into back-to-back goals. Read more...
Meetings consume a substantial chunk of the workday. For example, the National Statistics Council found that 37 percent of employee time is spent in meetings. Yet, almost half (47 percent) believe, of all of their daily activities, meetings are the biggest waste of time. This is more than social media and even email!
When you begin to do the math, it becomes patently obvious that your meetings need to be fully optimized and run at maximum efficiency. Unproductive meetings and inclusion of participants who aren’t needed directly impact bottom-line results. Consider the following for a company of 10 employees who spend 37 percent of their time in meetings. Assuming half of those meetings are a waste of time and an average employee salary of $60,000 annually (a conservative number), you’re squandering $111,000 a year, or over 10 percent of what you’re paying employees! Read more...
Summer always brings much travel—both professional and personal. And for solopreneurs and small businesses, work never stops, regardless of whether you’re traveling for work or leisure. Indeed, 40 percent of small business owners indicate they’re “always on.” Yet, almost the same percentage indicate they take 16 days of vacation each year. All of this adds up to a lot of time outside the office or your typical workspace.
You likely already have plenty of challenges on your plate. Introduce the complexities and distractions that come with travel, and time becomes a precious commodity when you’re traveling, and optimizing the time you spend working is crucial. You also need all of the business tools and services that you have in your “home” office at your fingertips, not to mention a distraction-free environment that allows you to focus on what is important. Read more...
Industry royalty from both sides of the Atlantic turned out in droves to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Serviced Workspace Industry at the recent BC@50 milestone event. This event coincided with, and was held as the theme of the 11th Annual WANY – Workspace Association of New York — Educational Conference in New York, magnificently hosted by Silver Suites at the World Trade Center.
Among the many deserved industry luminaries that were honored for their lifetime achievements in the industry at BC@50 were Pinnacle Award winners Martin Senn, CEO of Davinci Virtual Office Solutions; Jennifer Brooke, Executive Director of the UK’s BCA (Business Center Association); and Frank, Gail and Troy Fabish as the First Family of the U.S. Serviced Workspace Industry for its first half-century. Read more...
Professional and personal travel always increases during the summer months. Yet while you’re on the road or taking some much needed rest and relaxation, your business doesn’t take a break. You still need to manage your communications—from call routing to voicemail, you still need to schedule meetings,book conference rooms, and you still need to find and book a day office so that you can get some focused work done.
Getting your laptop out or logging onto the Internet from a hotel workstation takes away valuable time. Plus, for most on-the-go professionals, you don’t have time to stop and do so.
Mobile Is the Answer
But then there is your smartphone. It makes a lot of sense. We spend an average of 174 minutes on them every day, doing everything from basic communications (email, instant messaging, etc.), to informational searches, to shopping, to various business tasks. Indeed, more time is now spent online on smartphones than desktops and laptops, and the discrepancy will only continue to grow with annual mobile utilization expanding at more than 75% each year. Read more...
Davinci Preferred Network Partner Rockefeller Group Business Centers Realizes Increased Revenues and Higher Margins
Rockefeller Group Business Centers touts three workspace locations in prime New York City real-estate: Rockefeller Plaza, Fifth Avenue, and Wall Street. Founded in 1994, the business center’s innovation and experience mirror that of its parent company—The Rockefeller Group International, Inc. In its three New York City locations, Rockefeller Group Business Centers provides fully serviced office space, executive suites, virtual office plans, and meeting rooms.
Joining the Davinci Preferred Partner Network
Seeking ideas on how to increase capacity and grow its revenues and profitability, Rockefeller Group Business Centers elected to join the Davinci Preferred Partner Network a little more than seven years ago. “Initially, when I signed up with Davinci, I was skeptical about what results could be achieved,” says David Jakubowski, the director of sales and marketing for Rockefeller Group Business Centers. “But with no upfront costs and Davinci assuming ownership of advertising and marketing, I figured there wasn’t anything to lose.” Read more...
Mobile usage continues to skyrocket. Last year, 33 percent of web traffic was generated from mobile devices, a number that is projected to hit 39 percent this year.
The impact of mobile is far-reaching when it comes to how work is performed. A recent study reveals that 44 percent of workers check their mobile devices at least 40 times each day for email and to pick up incoming phone calls. And while the majority of workers indicate mobile improves their productivity and saves them one to two hours a week in time, they also note that they work outside of the office one to two hours every day. And while about one-third believe their mobile devices improve their work-life balances, about the same percentage believe they actually have negative repercussions. Read more...
U.S. workers logged 455 million trips for business in 2015, a number expected to increase by nearly four percent in 2016. Remote work is certainly becoming the norm and not the exception. For road warriors, they may spend only 10 to 15 hours per week in their office, with the rest of their time spent traveling and meeting with prospects and customers.
So for employees who are on the road, when does the majority of office work take place? For the most part, it takes place between flights and meetings. And where does this work occur? It occurs at busy airports, noisy coffee shops, and cramped and uncomfortable hotel rooms. However, these less-than-ideal settings are often the last place you want when crafting a winning business proposal, writing and designing compelling content, or assessing and compiling recommendations for strategic clients and business proposals.