Skills Check

Skills Check offers articles to help you boost your skill set with technology tips and shortcuts; communication strategies to improve presentations; self-assessments on work- and career-related topics; problem-solving techniques; and negotiation tactics on how best to deal with bosses, co-workers, clients and vendors.

Jorie Scholnik is an assistant professor of student development at Sante Fe College in Gainesville, Fla., as well as an etiquette associate at the Protocol School of Palm Beach. We connected with her recently to learn how administrative professionals can best conduct themselves on the job.

How to speak like a leader

August 14, 2014 Categorized in: Skills CheckSpeaking

The words you speak tell others about who you are and what you value. Anita Bruzzese shares how you can use your words to sound like a leader.
Are you a good leader? Are you a good teammate? Would your teammates evaluate you the same way you evaluate yourself? Are you sure? Here’s a self-audit.
Technology is in flux these days with so many companies striving to improve upon old ideas. Focus on the technologies that will help you be more efficient in your job, says Stephen Chan, a digital marketing specialist.
Helen Cunningham and Brenda Greene are the authors of The Business Style Handbook: An A-to-Z Guide for Effective Writing on the Job, recently published in an updated second edition. We contacted them to get their best advice for administrative professionals who want to improve their workplace writing skills.
In honor of Administrative Pro­­fes­­sion­­als Week (April 22-26), we’re sharing readers’ thoughts on the three traits they felt were essential to being an excellent admin.

Power of practice

March 18, 2013 Categorized in: Skills Check

Practicing tasks and skills isn’t commonplace in most workplaces, but it should be, says Doug Lemov, a managing director of Uncommon Schools. He recommends four steps.

Computer shortcuts you should know

January 11, 2013 Categorized in: InternetSkills Check

Those who spend significant amounts of time working on PCs or Macs learn some of the shortcuts that allow for faster, more efficient work. Here are a few of David Pogue’s favorites.
Employers are still approaching hiring, raises and promotions with caution, so it may take special skills to get ahead in 2013, says Wall Street Journal columnist Ruth Mantell.
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.
Virtual meetings, whether by phone or video, have become a business staple. But virtual meetings present special challenges. How to stay professional during a virtual meeting:
If you’re writing an e-newsletter or promotional e-mail for your company, remember: That “free” e-newsletter costs your readers time. And that could be the most valuable thing they possess. Persuading readers to click and read is more challenging than you might think. Heed these tips and tricks from the experts for writing more effective marketing e-mail:

Tips to make Word more efficient

April 26, 2010 Categorized in: Skills CheckWord

Work more efficiently in 2007 Word, says PC World columnist Rick Broida, with a few useful tips: 1. Print multiple copies of select pages. 2. Remove hyperlinks from text. 3. Add filler text to your document.