Office Technology

Best of the web or BOTW.org is a great place to find aggregated lists of web sites.
These days, social networking—through LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter—is how many people make and strengthen their connections. Maribeth Kuzmeski, author of The Connectors, says that using a few simple rules of thumb can help make your social networking more efficient.
Let your body language broadcast your confidence … Keep track of your “must read” pile with Delicious.com. It’s a particularly useful tool for longer-term storage of important articles, and you can access it from any device … On your résumé, list accomplishments, not just job duties.
Staying on top of the administrative profession and your industry is a daunting task. Several tools can help with storing an article until later when you have spare time to read:
Pay attention to first impressions—the ones you’re making on others … Steel your resolve by clenching a muscle … Increase productivity by keeping one to-do list … Optimists find jobs more easily than their peers and are more likely to be promoted …

Use the ‘About Us’ to brag a little

December 27, 2010 Categorized in: Internet

Take your company’s “About Us” web page from forgettable to memorable by incorporating these tips:
Avoid “death by PowerPoint” by stealing presentation tips from the charismatic Apple CEO, Steve Jobs. Carmine Gallo, communications coach and author of The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs, points out that Jobs uses presentation software as a tool to visually complement his stories.

2 words to improve e-mail messages

December 16, 2010 Categorized in: OutlookRecognition

The biggest problem with e-mail, according to Scot Herrick, is that most people only use the tool as a way to manage to-dos, collaborate and move work along. Herrick believes that’s a problem because we should be thinking of e-mail as a personal branding tool, not merely as a workhorse.

Google Maps offers experimental tools

December 13, 2010 Categorized in: Internet

Frequent mappers may appreciate knowing that Google Maps has a set of experimental features. Some of these neat tricks can make mapping more efficient.
A reader writes: “We have tasks assigned to us via e-mail, the phone, in-person, in passing, etc. I carry my notebook and keep it on my desk to jot down assignments and then transfer some tasks to Outlook, but I’m wondering if there is a better, more efficient way to keep track of everything. What are your secrets to staying organized and on top of all your assignments?”
4 great tips for using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook to help you manage your holiday tasks.
I’m not sure whether it was intentional, but there seems to be something missing from the Create Pivot Table dialog box in Excel 2007 and 2010.

Putting web pieces together

November 24, 2010 Categorized in: InternetOrganizing

Store scattered pieces of information in one place with these online tools: 1. Strategically store web content with Springpad. 2. Organize a batch of business cards. ScanBizCards, WorldCard Mobile or CamCard keep business cards from disappearing in a messy drawer.