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How to run an inclusive retrospective meeting

Poll Everywhere is a retrospective-driven company. That company prides itself on a flat, data-driven team structure. We rarely operate on top-down decision making. Because of this, it’s vital that we run well-oiled retros that expose small issues before they mutate into large ones. That means making everyone feel comfortable expressing themselves honestly in front of… continue reading »

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10 instructor-led training activities for before, during, after training

“Despite declines, half of all employee training hours are still spent in instructor-led classrooms.” From ATD’s 2017 Statue of the Industry report, this quote is the core of Sam Cauthen’s “Get more out of ILT” webinar. Cauthen is the COO and Head of People Operations at Poll Everywhere with a background in consulting, organizational design, and… continue reading »

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15 all-hands meeting ideas that engage large audiences

An all-hands should never be just another meeting. The entire company’s creative energy is at your disposal. The walls separating departments and corporate hierarchy are down for a few hours. Capitalize on this rare opportunity with these all-hands meeting ideas that empower every individual to speak out, share ideas, and collaborate on a company-wide scale…. continue reading »

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10 standout quotes on life as a woman in tech sales

“I’ve been in tech sales for over a decade now,” recalls Annelies Husmann, head of sales at Mode, “and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been the only woman in the room, or had no women ahead of me to learn from.” Such isolation is difficult to avoid in an industry that’s only… continue reading »

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3 simple steps to ace your data presentation

Presenting data means accepting some hard truths. Not every presentation is a TED Talk. You’re not Edward Tufte, and I’m not Nancy Duarte. We rarely get to create a stylized presentation that’s high concept and low detail. Instead, you spend days (weeks? months?) pulling numbers and running analyses that must fit into a 30-minute presentation… continue reading »