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#RanchAtHome – Virtual Zoom Backgrounds 2: Samba Boogaloo!

By |2020-11-18T03:21:11-06:00November 18th, 2020|Categories: Tip, Uncategorized, Work From Home|Tags: |

Back in the spring when the Quarantine first started, we made our first set of Zoom Virtual Backgrounds for you to use to transport yourself to Catalyst Ranch. And with our impending Catalyst Ranch 18th Anniversary Virtual Party coming up on Wednesday, Nov 18 (RSVP here), when we'll give a debut tour of our newest space, [...]

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The Case for Play as a Lifelong Tool for Learning

By |2020-06-23T16:01:46-05:00June 17th, 2020|Categories: Creativity, Meetings, Uniquely Catalyst Ranch|Tags: |

Warning, this leisure read may have you thinking about play. I hope it makes you want to really take some time to do that. Like they say, there is no time like the present. Whether you’re on your own, live in a nucleus or extended family, the action of play or being playful, have benefits for [...]

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Meet Small: Six Essentials of Small Meetings

By |2020-06-10T14:21:41-05:00June 9th, 2020|Categories: Meeting Tip, Meetings|

Small meetings are getting a lot more attention lately and for good reason. They are the way to meet these days. Currently social distancing guidelines call for gatherings of 10 people or less. Catalyst Ranch has been a venue for such meetings since it opened in 2002. We serve companies large and small in our [...]

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Why There is No Substitute for Face-To-Face Meetings

By |2020-06-12T16:54:29-05:00June 5th, 2020|Categories: Meeting Tip, Meetings|

  With the ongoing coronavirus it’s become apparent that in today’s business world of video meetings and teleconferences, the value of face-to-face encounters can often get overlooked. Collaboration and conferencing tools have made the way we communicate sprightly and convenient and are essential for conducting day-to-day business. But when it’s very important business, nothing is as [...]

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On the current protests

By |2020-06-03T15:11:45-05:00June 3rd, 2020|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Employees|

To our clients and guests: While we have looked forward to this day marking Chicago's Cautious Reopening for businesses, our hearts have been heavy mourning the continued unjust deaths of black humans, as well as violence surrounding protests all around the nation. We acknowledge the pain our clients, colleagues and coworkers are feeling. We hear you, and [...]

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Video: How to Develop Your Presentation Skills… Virtually

By |2020-05-12T16:06:48-05:00May 11th, 2020|Categories: Tip, Videos, Work From Home|

Business in Quarantine Video Series: Julie Ostrow In this time of quarantine, everyone across the globe has had to find their bearings conducting business with new restrictions. The landscarpe of our Meetings Industry has been so affected, we want to help along the sharing of knowledge among our peers. So we've put together a [...]

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Helpful Tips for Hosting Successful Virtual Meetings

By |2020-05-07T14:24:56-05:00May 5th, 2020|Categories: Tip, Work From Home|

  Virtual meetings have become a necessity in the professional workplace, allowing for a simulated face-to-face experience that serves as a feasible substitute for the real thing. People have, to be fair, worked remotely for a long time and been successful with it, but it's not normally been the whole team at once. And while nothing [...]

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Catalyst Ranch Launches Parties-To-Go

By |2020-04-24T15:29:24-05:00April 23rd, 2020|Categories: Press Release, Special Events|

  Catalyst Ranch Launches Parties-To-Go – A Creative Way for You to Host a Virtual Birthday Party CHICAGO, Ill. – April 23, 2020 – Social distancing requirements amid the COVID-19 pandemic have put a strain on the economy and social lives. For parents everywhere, keeping children entertained during a lockdown can have its challenges, and of [...]

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#RanchAtHome: Virtual Zoom Backgrounds!

By |2020-11-17T09:14:26-06:00April 3rd, 2020|Categories: Tip, Work From Home|Tags: |

  When folks have meetings at our space, all the Catalyst Ranch color and stimulation greases their brain's wheels, and soon enough their team's creativity and innovation go through the roof. But what happens when you can't be here? While the world is working from home, not even the CR staff find themselves in our singular [...]

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How to Get to Work Without Leaving Your Home

By |2020-03-19T14:40:27-05:00March 19th, 2020|Categories: Tip|Tags: |

The routine of 'going to work' is being upended for people across the globe. Companies all over are dealing with the novel coronavirus, and with the recommendations from public health organizations, that means encouraging as many people as possible to work from home. While that concept might have been second-hat for some folks before the current [...]

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