Office Skills

3 ways to perk up your presentations

June 28, 2013 Categorized in: Presentations

Scott Sterling offers three ways to make your next presentation interesting and painless for everyone involved.
Training another employee, particularly an underperformer, provides an opportunity to put your expertise and professionalism front and center. Here’s how to coach your colleague to his or her best performance and get your player into the game.
If you sense your presentations are failing to rouse others to action, it’s probably time for a tuneup, says career and business advisor Beverly Flaxington. Here are six steps to a more powerful presentation.
Create an infographic everyone will want to read, without using a designer … Keep your clothes wrinkle-free on the road … Turn your iPhone into a presentation power tool … Lead even those you don’t manage.

Get the lowdown on 7-inch tablets

March 4, 2013 Categorized in: Purchasing

There are more 7-inch tablets on the market this year, but they’re not all created equal, says Tony Bradley, PCWorld, who explains some common user complaints.

5 great apps add value to QuickBooks

January 21, 2013 Categorized in: Tracking Expenses

Did you know that the Intuit App Center has apps for QuickBooks? contributor Christina Des­Marais recommends five of the best.
When Capt. D. Michael Abrashoff first took the helm of the USS Benfold, the 310-person crew was so demoralized, they couldn’t wait to get off the ship. One of Abrashoff’s first acts as captain: Setting up a “Welcome aboard!” program that turned nervous recruits into enthusiastic sailors.
If you’d rather spend your workday doing more than dispensing “sticky” pads and policing paper procurements, use these tactics to control the supply monster.

Practice makes perfect timing

November 14, 2012 Categorized in: Presentations

When you, or your boss, have to give a presentation with a strict time limit, you need to have every word down pat to ensure you hit all the key points. The only way to do that is to practice—a lot.
Speaking in public can be a nerve-wracking experience for many people. But you can learn to manage your nerves, says Darlene Price, speaking coach and author of Well Said! Presentations and Conversations That Get Results. “Fear is what drives nervousness,” she says.

Liven up your day: Fun office doodads

October 17, 2012 Categorized in: Purchasing

A number of wacky gadgets may be able to help you liven up your workday, writes Kayla Baxter at AdminSecret. A sampling of some of the most off-the-wall devices:

It’s the company’s dime: Spend wisely

August 21, 2012 Categorized in: Purchasing

When you’re on company business, sometimes you might not be sure what the protocol is for how much is too much when spending company money. The following tips will come in handy:
When times get tough, employers may need to dial back some of the extras. But how do you decide what to cut first—and what should be the last resort? Tip: When other perks are cut, keeping a good pot of coffee in the lunchroom is a way of letting employees know that things aren’t hopeless.