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.

You’ve finished a key document draft. Now, it’s time to edit for clarity, conciseness, accuracy, visual design and tone. Use this guide to refine and polish your draft.
Instant messaging (IMing) can be a time-waster or a productivity boon. It all depends on how you use it.
Your title may not carry much authority, but you have all the tools you need to persuade others to do what you want.
The basic information required for noting sources hasn’t changed since you wrote a high school term paper, but the wealth of information available in electronic formats continues to add new twists.
Stress may be inevitable, and it can be a positive force. But your ability to keep from burning out is important not just for your productivity in the office but your physical health, as well.
Even if your co-workers are your only customers, applying the principles of great customer service will allow you to sell your skills at a premium price.
If you’ve noticed a lack of “cubicle etiquette” around the office lately, distribute the following “good neighbor” checklist to your co-workers. Example: Don’t be an office prairie dog. Instead of popping your head over the top of a partition, walk around it to see your neighbor.
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December 1, 2004 Categorized in: Skills CheckTravel

You can make travel arrangements that are cheaper and better for your boss if you pay attention to a few details.
How well do you understand the general guidelines for preparing presentations? Take this quiz. And visit these web sites to find ways to improve your presentations:
To squeeze the greatest value from every penny you spend for your organization, look beyond just purchases to save money.
Even if you’re not in charge of purchasing, each day in the workplace tests your negotiating skills. Do you practice these tactics?
Proofreading a document for grammar and spelling mistakes won’t snag every error, and while program features such as automatically updated fields help, they aren’t completely foolproof.