Office Skills

Are work documents taking over your office? If your desk is covered, your filing cabinets are full and your email archive goes back for years, it may be time to ask yourself if holding on is hurting more than it’s helping.
The cost of the technology you use could add up to a serious chunk of change without you realizing it. Jordan Amin, former head of the National CPA Financial Literacy Commission, suggests keeping a close eye on these areas of technology spending.
Many office professionals take money out of their own pockets to pay for work-related expenses. Is this really something em­­ployees should be expected to do?

Hand draw proposals

November 1, 2013 Categorized in: Presentations

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Rein in office out-of-policy travel

October 31, 2013 Categorized in: Tracking ExpensesTravel

If planning and managing travel are part of your job, you probably also deal with people who try to go rogue and plan travel outside the bounds of company policy. Travel Market Report’s Fred Geb­­hart has four tips to help avoid out-of-policy travel.
“Multiple intelligences” pioneer Howard Gardener says you can use seven levers for persuading other people to latch onto new ideas.

4 steps to a paper-free life

August 23, 2013 Categorized in: FilingOrganizing

Stop stacks of paper from standing between you and organizational bliss with these steps for taking your documents digital, from Teens in Tech’s editorial director, Emmanuel Banks.
Adopt these rules that professional writers and editors follow to make your reports and presentations more compelling and easy to read.
Try taking some valuable career lessons from “Mad Men” … Change a typo in that PDF … Find the power in refusing to say “I’m sorry” … Use prepaid cards to keep tabs on employee spending.

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.