Office Skills

“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.

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? Inc.com 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.