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KNOWLEDGE MUSINGS [How To] How to create products customers love
| WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2008
I attended a webinar by Marty Cagan of the Silicon Valley Product Group, where he discussed some a "top ten" elements from his new book, Inspired: How to Create Products Customers Love. It's only the last element that has to do the technology and the business. Create a product strategy so you know what you're trying to achieve.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] New book offers tips on how to “future proof” your career
| WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011
Is there anything we can do, when it comes to work, to reduce the anxiety of the future and prepare ourselves to gracefully weather economic and technological change? Gratton took to her blog recently to give American readers a sneak peak (the book is already out in the U.K.) Be prepared to strike out on your own.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] How to Design Your Own Exit
| TUESDAY, JULY 6, 2010
Reading the LinkedIn profile of a web working friend recently, I was surprised by how little time this very successful individual had spent in any one role. With that kind of changeability, it’s easy for web workers to treat each position as little more than a whistle stop on life’s grand tour. When Your Exit Matters.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] 9 More Simple Google Search Tricks
| MONDAY, MAY 3, 2010
A few weeks ago, I wrote “ 10 Simple Google Search Tricks , prompting countless readers to send in their favorite ways of finding info using the serach behemoth’s service. As I’m not one to let a good tip go to waste, I’ve compiled nine of the most useful ones here: Use quote marks to search for exact phrases.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] In Search of Free, Open-source Apps
| WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2008
You just click the Software button atop the page to start searching, and you can ask OStatic members questions too. In addition to OStatic, there are many quick-in, quick-out places to find both freeware and open source applications, with many of them covered here. Click here to save cost on your IT demands
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] Step-by-Step: Creating Your Blogging System
| THURSDAY, AUGUST 26, 2010
If you’re a blogger, your most common problem is likely not knowing what to write. You open your word processor or editor to find a blank canvas staring back at you, which causes the same thing to happen to your mind — it goes blank. The first thing that came to mind was an editorial calendar.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] 10 Things to Avoid In Social Media
| WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2010
Every Wednesday, Aliza will be writing about social media and providing hints, tips and insight; helping you to make social media work for you. Google Buzz: Responding to the Community. We used to call them community members or our online friends. We need to jump out of our fishbowls and smell the air of reality. years.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] Revisiting 10 Golden Rules of Social Media
| TUESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2010
As 2010 opens its doors, I wanted to take another look at my Golden Rules of Social Media , published back in May of 2009, to see if I could consolidate those rules into five actions we can take to work better in — and through — social media in the coming year. Things to Do Within Social Media in 2010. Listen.
LINKED INTELLIGENCE [How To] How to Recommend Strangers on LinkedIn
| THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011
Sure, it might seem like a crazy idea to recommend someone you don’t even know. And you might think that’s a relatively new etiquette problem unique to the modern social web. Fortunately, one of history’s greatest networkers, Benjamin Franklin, has some advice on how to solve it: On Recommendations To a friend.
COMMUNICATION NATION [How To] Communication Nation: How to think clearly
| THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2005
As individuals and as a species, I believe we will be happier and more productive if we can improve our ability to communicate. This blog is dedicated to that effort. By concentrating solely on one item, you will be able to get through your to-do list more quickly than if your attention is scattered. Speak to you soon.
GREEN CHAMELEON [How To] How-to Guides>> How to Reduce the Pain of Collecting Metadata
| TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2013
'The challenge in information environments is to get complete, accurate and consistent metadata applied to information and data resources. In this article co-authored with Maish Nichani we share strategies to collect metadata that lower the reliance on people in supplying metadata. View the article at PebbleRoad here.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] How to Stop Clients from Invading Your After-Hours Time
| THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2010
As a web worker who can work anywhere, any time, is it possible to mark the end of the day ? The best time to deal with this situation is at the start of a relationship. What if you have multiple clients and they all decide to call on you at the same time, or you bite off more than you can chew ? Let calls go to voicemail.
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ANECDOTE [How To] How to respond to misinformation that's hurting your business
| FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2012
I like to ask senior executives this simple question: is there a story going around your company that's causing you pain? Now, the reality actually involved the executive team meeting a few times to work out the strategy. 2012) summarises the research on how misinformation emerges, is sustained and can be corrected. It sticks.
ANECDOTE [How To] How to get your story heard at work
| SATURDAY, JULY 10, 2010
In a fast paced workplace dominated by tasked focussed folk hell bent on ticking boxes and creating outputs, it can be difficult to get your story heard. Do you remember how Gary pulled together everyone from budget and wholesale and we had that crazy time creating the budget report?". We probably don't have time to reminisce.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] How to Carry Your Office on a Stick (USB Flash Drive)
| TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2009
As USB flash drives continue to get faster and provide increasing amounts of storage capacity, you can use them for more than just backing up files and documents. NirLauncher is another impressive suite of portable apps that are easy to launch from your USB flash drive. You can simply copy them to your flash drive manually.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] How to Manage Your Boss When Working Remotely
| FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2010
One of the biggest challenges of corporate web working is being able to demonstrate that you are at least as productive — if not more so – while working at home or in a remote office as you would be sitting in a cubicle where everyone can see you at work. Regular Status Meetings. Areas of focus for the past two weeks.
THE BAMBOO PROJECT BLOG [How To] How to Have Meaningful Conversations at Work
| THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011
Earlier this week, I wrote about the need for us to have more meaningful conversations at and about work, digging deeper into the real issues that influence us. Today I want to share some thoughts on how we can start to move in the direction of having more meaningful discussions. How are you feeling about what happened?
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] Use Facebook Friend Groups to Specify Privacy Settings
| THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2009
Facebook gives users many tools for controlling what personal information is displayed to friends and others. But if you have lots of Facebook friends, you probably don’t want to create privacy settings for each person you know. Here’s how. Assign Your Contacts to Friend Groups. Step 1. Step 2. Step 3.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] 25+ Ways to Fill Your Social Media Calendar
| MONDAY, JULY 26, 2010
Social media calendars are being created, modified, enhanced and utilized on an ongoing basis to better manage blogs, microblogs and social network content and messaging. As you are looking to fill in the blanks in your social media calendar? Start with some “Marketing 101″ questions: Who are you trying to reach?
LIBRARIAN OF FORTUNE [How To] How to become a great speaker in one easy step
| TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2010
But I gained an insight a while ago that I think captures how to take your fear and turn it into great speaking. You’ve got a range of choices on how you react to that adrenaline. You can name it Creativity, and remind yourself that this energy serves to speed up the thinking processes in our brains. Here goes.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] Web Work 101: Search Engine Optimization Basics
| TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2009
For any web worker with a blog, web site or online portfolio, knowing how to optimize it for search engines is a must. In this post, I’ll discuss some basic SEO techniques and how to apply them. The first thing we need to define is SEO itself. Back link : A link to your site from another site. Content.
WWW.COMMUNITYGUY.COM [How To] Community Netiquette: How to Avoid Stepping on Virtual Toes
| TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2009
Most of us know that in the typical online community, it’s not kosher to post blatant marketing materials. But when confronted by other more nuanced issues, such as how to introduce ourselves (or our company) to a community, or how to react to someone calling us names, things get a little murkier.
- [How To] You Don’t Need a Muse: How to Get your Work Done When You’re Not Inspired
There’s this Chuck Close quote that I immediately recall whenever I need to work despite my lack of inspiration or motivation: “Inspiration is for amateurs. just get to work.. Of course, I don’t want to be an amateur. So how do we ‘get to work’ when our hearts aren’t in it?
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] 8 Significant Developments in Social Media You Should Watch
| WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2010
While I don’t have a crystal ball, here are some developments that I think are worthy of our attention and will affect how we do things in the social mediasphere over the next few years. Many of the things on this list will not be news to the very well-informed social media consultant types who live and breathe this stuff. Virb
LINKED INTELLIGENCE [How To] Carry Your PC on Your iPhone or iPod Touch
| TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2008
By turning part of your iPhone or iPod touch into a portable hard drive, iPhone Sentinel and the MokaFive Player allow you to run virtual machines directly off your iPhone, so you can run anything from an entire operating system to standalone video games like Quake. Here's how it works. That's all there is to it.
THE BAMBOO PROJECT BLOG [How To] "How to Open a Banana Like a Monkey": The Anatomy of a Good Training Video
| WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2009
It reminds us of how we usually peel a banana and the problems with it. There is a demonstration of the old, bad way to peel and then the new, wonderful way--both clearly depicted, accompanied by a verbal description using simple language. It connects to the "what's in it for me.". No full body shots to distract from the task.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] Tips for Handling Information Overload: Too Much Content
| FRIDAY, AUGUST 13, 2010
We all want to keep up with the latest news and trends in our industry along with learning more about other areas of interest, like our hobbies. With only so many hours in the day, people often struggle with finding the information they need to be successful while not spending too much time sorting through massive quantities of data.
THE BAMBOO PROJECT BLOG [How To] How to Blog When Your Industry or Occupation Isn't Into It
| TUESDAY, JULY 27, 2010
How do you blog then? They would love to have someone weed through what's out there and give them a digest of resources and articles to help them get their work done. Set up a Delicious account to bookmark the best stuff you find online and write periodic posts summarizing and linking to what you've found.
GREEN CHAMELEON [How To] Blog>> How to Approach a KM Strategy Exercise
| MONDAY, MAY 4, 2009
Not to mention a new version of iMovie with some cool effects. So here’s an introduction to some of our most important lessons learned over the years in how to approach a KM strategy exercise with some chance of it moving off the page of the consultant’s report and into some form of reality. Enjoy!
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] Resurrect Your Social Media Presence
| TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 2010
Whether you’ve suffered social network burnout , or you’ve just slipped out of the social media loop somehow, you can get back into the swing of things … if you want to. it’s a great way to stay on top of what’s going on. There are benefits to be gained through being part of social networks that suit you.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] WWD Screencast: Embedding PowerPoint and Excel Documents With Office Web Apps
| FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2010
Yesterday, Microsoft announced that it had added the ability to embed PowerPoint and Excel documents from Office Web Apps into other websites. It’s a really neat feature and very easy to use, so I thought I’d make a quick screencast showing you how it works: Office Web Apps can be accessed via office.live.com.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] 5 Ways to Manage Client Expectations
| THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2010
If you run a service-based business, you probably have some horror stories to tell about bad clients and projects that have gone wrong. Anything less than that is a disservice to both prospective clients and you. This is one place where you absolutely want to be a stickler for detail, because one slip could cost you considerably.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] Planning for Collaboration in a Growing Business
| THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010
As your team grows, you may need to change your collaboration strategy and move between collaboration tools. How can you make sure the transition goes smoothly? If you can see your company headed in that direction, it’s valuable to start thinking like a larger enterprise as early as possible. Planning for the Transition.
LINKED INTELLIGENCE [How To] How to Write a Better LinkedIn Group Welcome Message
| WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2011
LinkedIn groups are wonderful tools to use when you are looking to enhance your network. When you run a group, however, you want ways to help make your group stand out from the pack. One excellent way to do this is design a premium welcome message template. See the difference?
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] Creating and Implementing Your Marketing Plan (Part 1)
| THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011
That’s usually due to the fact that they lack a plan for getting the word out about the business, but it’s hard to know where to start when creating a marketing plan. In this two-part post, I’ll discuss a few tools and tips to help you create, implement and maintain a marketing plan for your business. How-to articles?
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] How I Work In Chunks
| SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2009
One of the big benefits of being a consultant is that I can rearrange my schedule to do something fun, or to accomplish an activity by taking advantage of off-times. Meetings are very disruptive for me, since they interrupt my flow and make it difficult for me to fit work into the smaller spaces between meetings.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] 5 Ways to Attract Attentive Friends, Fans and Followers
| WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2010
Why isn’t anyone responding to you? And what are some effective ways to get more actively engaged friends, fans and followers (FFFs) in your social media channels? The first thing to do before trying to attract more people to your channels is to assess how well you are communicating with your existing social media tools.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] Don’t Do Social Media Marketing by the Numbers
| FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2011
As the social media industry matures and best practices continue to refine, I’m struck by how too many people tend to get caught up in the numbers — or at least the wrong numbers — and let those numbers dictate how and when they use social media. The conversion from fans to customers.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] 3 Common Blind Spots for Small Business Owners
| THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010
You check them regularly to make sure you’re clearing other vehicles as you pass them, but occasionally, a blind spot still surprises you. think about this all the time as it relates to my business. Are there blind spots we don’t yet know exist that could potentially be fatal to the success of our companies?
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] The Remote Workforce: How Do You Keep It Together?
| THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2010
People no longer have to be tied to their desks all day, every day. But while having your staff working from any location is all well and good, how can you make sure that everyone not only remains productive, but feels like part of one organization and one team? To overcome this issue, Huddle holds a Friday Stand-Up meeting.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] Surviving Sudden Social Network Changes
| WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2010
We’ve all been there before: One of the social networks we use regularly suddenly changes its features, and we’re left scrambling to figure out the impact of those changes. And now what are we going to do because the “New Twitter features are wider and cover our painstakingly designed custom backgrounds? Now what?
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Your Work
| FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2010
Most of us are probably an expert in something, and we naturally get questions from people who want to learn more about our area of expertise. It is relatively easy to just jot down a few paragraphs, grab a couple of links and send off that email to the person asking the question. Online Documentation. Collections.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] Take the Lead in Your Remote Work Relationships
| TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 2010
At the beginning of a new project, it’s easy for the freelance remote worker to leave the decision-making about the project to the client. But it can be extremely valuable to promote conversations about your remote working arrangements with clients yourself. Tags: Career How-To freelancing remote work
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] Green Tips: Improving Energy Efficiency at Home and on the Road
| TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 2010
When office equipment will be switched off for longer periods, use a power strip, or energy UFO , to avoid vampire appliances slowly draining electricity. multifunction device that combines a printer, scanner and fax is more efficient than separate machines for each function and takes fewer resources to manufacture. The Home Office.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] Managing “Busy-ness”: What Gives?
| THURSDAY, JULY 22, 2010
In the first part of this series, I talked about the shift business owners have to make as they become more successful in order to make the most of their time, spend the greatest amount of effort on their top priorities, and avoid “busy-ness (aka, “working for work’s sake ). What to Expect. What to Give Up.
ANECDOTE [How To] Article: How to make your strategy stick with a strategic story
| MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011
It’s the 2011 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference and Steve is about to announce a change in strategy for his company. It’s rarely embedded in their minds and, as a result, the espoused strategy does not influence day-to-day decision-making. “ A company without a story is usually a company without a strategy.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] Presentation Tip: The 200 Slide Solution
| TUESDAY, JULY 6, 2010
How about trying something different? Next time you have a 40-minute presentation to make, try using two hundred slides, each containing just one word or image. Godin goes on to state that he doesn’t mean to stipulate that you should use exactly 200 slides — you could use 50, 100 or even none.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] Make Them Love You: Customer Service Lessons from Alice
| THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2010
How do I love thee? Alice is awesome, and as soon as I figured out just exactly how awesome Alice was, I couldn’t wait to tell everyone I knew about the service. can be out of aluminum foil or coffee creamer for weeks before finally convincing myself to go to the store. Let me count the ways. It takes too long.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] 5 Organizational Tools I Can’t Work Without
| THURSDAY, AUGUST 5, 2010
I’m on the road this week, and it’s times like these when I really appreciate the tools I use to stay organized. Even while working remotely, I’ve managed to stay on track and not get behind on work because these tools rarely let anything slip through the cracks. Google Calendar. TimeDriver. Pen and Paper.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] Stroking the SuperMe: Targeting Brand and Product from a Social Perspective
| MONDAY, AUGUST 2, 2010
How are you today? And how’s your SuperMe? According to one of the media industry’s leading lights , all of us who engage in social networking create a “Digital SuperMe … that only drinks the best wine, vacations in the finest locales and has the best and brightest children. Individuals and the SuperMe.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] How to manage innovative ideas in the modern enterprise
| THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011
We’ve moved on from physical suggestion boxes to web tools can that accept ideas from customers and employees located all around the world. Organizations Transportation Safety Authority (TSA) to LG Electronics use the web to ask for ideas about how to improve their businesses or what new products to offer.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] Can You Be Personal and Professional in Social Media?
| THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 2010
There have been plenty of blog posts and discussions recently about how you need to be “personal across the various social media web sites, even when communicating on behalf of your company or brand. Maybe you helped with the design or product definition, and you can mention your personal contribution to the product.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] How to Use Location-based Social Networks For Business
| TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2010
Or you love it, and you can’t believe it took me so long to get onto it. Foursquare just became available in Alaska so I’m on a mission to visit and list as many places as I can with tips and reviews so that by summertime, Alaska businesses will reap the rewards. I just started using Foursquare. know, I know. You hate it.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] How to Ensure Your LinkedIn Profile Is Effective
| THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2009
While you can see your “profile completeness score on your profile page, it doesn’t measure profile effectiveness — how good your profile is at attracting contacts, generating leads and showing off your skills. Use this checklist to ensure your profile is thorough, effective and updated. Upload a professional photo.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] How to Keep the Grinch From Stealing Social Media
| FRIDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2010
And if you want to know why, here’s some good reasoning. It could be the frequent time-wasting to fight. But I think that the most likely reason of all, May be how our attention spans have become small. Yes, I use Twitter many times a day, Facebook at least daily, and try to blog at least weekly (to no avail).
ANECDOTE [How To] Anecdote: How to store your Moleskine PDAs
| SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2007
Bookmakers applied embellishments to the front and back cover but avoided the spine because it had to bend and flex and created problems when you affixed adornments. So how do you know which book is which on your bookshelf when you can’t see the spine? Follow me on Twitter. Filed in Book reviews , Fun , Knowledge. 2000).
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] How to Build a Standing Desk
| SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2009
standing desk (also called a stand-up desk) is just what it sounds like: a desk that allows you to stand up while working. There can be health benefits to using a standing desk, particularly for certain back problems. Using a standing desk should even burn a few extra calories compared to slouching in a plush designer chair.
ANECDOTE [How To] How to stop executives becoming grammar nazis when defining their purpose
| TUESDAY, JULY 27, 2010
In our work to help organisations make their strategies stick we often start by helping the executives get clear on their purpose. In large organisation each executive wants to ensure their part of the business is included in the purpose statement and if you let this happen you end up with mush. Why does their enterprise exist?
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] How to Build Stronger Connections With Your Team
| THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2011
It can be hard to feel connected and on the same page with employees and team members, especially when working remotely. By finding ways to relate to the people on your team, you can improve communications , build better connections and create an even stronger organization. What skills and experiences do you hope to acquire?”.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] How to create an avatar for work-related virtual worlds
| WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011
The use of virtual worlds is increasing for marketing, training and collaboration , according to a survey that Aliza recently covered. According to another survey , early adopters of virtual worlds are learning to use it for brainstorming and project coordination. How do we create avatars that are more than just placeholders?
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] How to make time zone separation work to your advantage
| THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2012
Technology might be collapsing distances and allowing folks spread across continents to work together, but no matter how good collaboration tools get, none of them can alter the course of the earth around the sun and eliminate the hassles of time zone differences. The really neat thing is, I will go to bed, say, 10 or 11:00pm.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] Back Up Your Social Media Profiles
| THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2009
Not too long ago, I had a major scare: I went to log into my Twitter account, only to be informed that my page no longer existed. Luckily, LinkedIn makes it easy to keep a record of all the contacts you’ve made through the site, as well as back up your own profile. To export your contacts, click on “Contacts.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] How to Induct a New Remote Team Member
| TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2011
Typically, you’ll have little face-to-face time in which to give the right impressions, effectively communicate job-, team- and culture-related information, and create appropriate expectations. In some circumstances, you may even need to induct the person remotely, which makes the task even tougher. Getting it Right.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] How to Make People Management Software More Human?
| WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010
Would you have considered the web a place to socialize? LinkedIn and Facebook are clear examples of how software can change cultures. Some fear that software is creating an even bigger divide between people, by reducing our interpersonal interactions to a series of abrupt and impersonal blurts on a mobile device. Imagine that.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] How to Use a Virtual Assistant in Your Business
| MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2009
In an earlier post, I mentioned using a virtual assistant (VA) to help with my work so that I could free myself to focus on more important tasks, including taking much-needed time off. Many readers asked who I used for virtual assistant services, and one reader asked for an post on how I use VAs. How Will I Use a VA?
COMMUNICATION NATION [How To] Communication Nation: How to present like Steve Jobs
| MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2005
As individuals and as a species, I believe we will be happier and more productive if we can improve our ability to communicate. This blog is dedicated to that effort. 24 October 2005 How to present like Steve Jobs What makes Steve Jobs such a great presenter? com Site index Full Atom Feed My paintings (Click to view
COLLABORATION 2.0 [How To] How to Accelerate Business Performance with 2.0 Technologies
| SUNDAY, JUNE 6, 2010
With the big US Enterprise 2.0 conference a week away, some more thoughts on accelerating business performance with the effective deployment of these modern technologies.As
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] How to build a global company in rural Illinois
| THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2012
Thanks to technology, the company can acquire customers and hire workers anywhere, so when they needed additional affordable, quality talent where did they look? We called him up to ask how it’s going and what advice he has for other organizations who are considering setting up shop in America’s heartland.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] How to Become a More Frugal Web Worker
| SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2009
Personally, I like to take it a notch higher and spend much, much less than I earn. think I’m frugal by nature and that contributes a lot to my feeling of security with online work. Even if you find your business thriving, the cost of commodities tends to go up and some clients might unexpectedly close up shop. Great!
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] How to Balance Ongoing Health Treatment With Your Work
| TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2010
In many ways, technology has made it easier for those of us with health issues that require ongoing treatment to work. These are a few of the techniques I’ve used to make it easier. If you require ongoing health treatment, it’s important to prioritize that over your work. Speak to clients.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] How to excel in a social media world
| THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2011
In last week’s post, I talked about how technology is creating an “always on” social media world. For this week’s post, I thought I’d provide some tips from the PR industry to help you feel better prepared for those impromptu publicity events. Try not to appear defensive or guarded. I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] Going From Personal Projects to Collaboration With Chris Brogan
| TUESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2010
There is an incredible difference between handling your work when you’re the only person who you need to keep on track and when you’ve got to work with an entire team. The bad news is that if I’m going to grow this business, I’ll have to grow up, stop rebelling, and use a project system that works for everyone.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] How to make your team more ethical: Let them telecommute
| THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2011
Telecommuting has been touted as a way to save space , motivate employees and boost productivity, but a new report suggests another possible benefit to letting your team work from home – fewer ethics violations. The most important reason that telecommuters are less prone to ethical lapses may be simply that they feel respected.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] How to Back Up Your Firefox 4 Profile Data
| TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2011
If you’re busy playing with your fresh download of the new Firefox 4 , you might not have put much thought into how you’ll back up your profile data, such as history, passwords and bookmarks. Firefox 4 includes a new, built-in tool called Sync that can save (most of) your profile data to a server. Firefox Sync. MozBackup.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] How to Maintain Project Momentum In Dispersed Teams
| TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2011
Working with teams whose members are spread across offices (or even continents) can make it extremely difficult to gauge and manage project momentum. Once you kick off a project, how can you ensure that all the collaborators in your team will maintain the momentum to get the job done easily and well? Action Pathways. Reporting.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] How to Stay Productive and Enjoy the Summer
| FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2010
The weather here in Portland is just starting to turn from cloudy and chilly springtime into our typically beautiful, warm summer days. plan to take full advantage of it while still kicking butt at work. Making a small adjustment to your hours can make a big difference in how much time you can spend enjoying the summer!
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] Extending Your Laptop’s Battery Life–Revisited
| FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009
The other day, in my post 9 Ways to Get Better Battery Life , I detailed a number of steps you can take to greatly extend the time you spend with your notebook unplugged. It really does make sense to turn the brightness down when you’re working on things like documents and e-mail for extended periods.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] How to Get Rid of Firefox 4?s Feedback Button
| THURSDAY, JULY 8, 2010
If the feedback button next to the search bar in your shiny new install of Firefox 4 beta 1 is bugging you, Download Squad’s Erez Zukerman has posted instructions on how to get rid of it : Click the Firefox button in the top-left corner. Go to Customize -> Add-ons. Locate the “Test Pilot add-on.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] How to Stop Firefox Going Into “Work Offline” Mode
| MONDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2010
If you’re working somewhere with dodgy Wi-Fi, it can mean constantly having to go the “File menu to disable it. and above that you can use to prevent the browser from automatically switching into “Work Offline mode. To set the option, type about:config in the browser’s address bar.
- [How To] Transforming clients and executives: How to enrich their mental models
When I wrote my first book, Developing Knowledge-Based Client Relationships , which came out in 2000 in its first edition, I thought of it in many ways as a stepping stone for me to gain credibility and move on to deal with broader issues. Yet still today the themes of the book are immensely relevant to my work.
- [How To] How to use Blogs in the Workplace | innovation Creators
About Videos Whitepapers How to use Blogs in the Workplace January 21st, 2007 Are you a CEO? Do you want your people to communicate across silos? Do you want your engineers or your designers to know exactly what the sales people are asking them? Do you want your people to be personally motivated? phpbb). Paul M.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] Quick Tip: How to Use QuickFox Notes With Google Docs
| FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2011
But by using an extension, you can modify QuickFox Notes to save notes to Google Docs. Installing an extension to QuickFox Notes is not quite as straightforward as installing a browser add-on. You’ll firstly need to download the extension script, which is found here (right-click, and save it as a.js file).
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] How I Use Dropbox For Maximum Productivity
| TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2009
The other day, some friends and I were discussing the various productivity tools and services that we rely on to manage our lives and our businesses. Dropbox is a file sharing application that is amazingly simple to use. Because there are no new interfaces to learn, it also has a very shallow learning curve. for 100GB.
WWW.LABNOL.ORG [How To] How to Find the Right Chart Type for your Numeric Data
| WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009
How to Find the Right Chart Type for your Numeric Data Charts help you visualize numeric data in a graphical format but the problem is there are just too many types of charts to choose from. You may also want to check out Chart Chooser - an online tools that lets you shortlist charts visually. Thanks Chris Lyons.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] 20 Ways to Fail Miserably as a Corporate Web Worker
| FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2010
Last week, I discussed 10 ways to make sure that you are a successful corporate web worker , but there are also plenty of things that you can do to screw it up. As a result, you need to work extra hard to make sure that people know you are productive, and there are so many things you can do to ruin your chances of being a successful.
ANECDOTE [How To] How to get all your executive team on the same page with your strategy
| TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2013
This is a common occurrence and it becomes starkly apparent when we are helping a company translate their strategy to a story everyone can tell. And if you aware that this is likely to happen, the story process can really helps your executives, in their gut, understand what the strategy really means. Here''s what I think is happening.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] 5 Lessons in Misinformation
| MONDAY, MAY 10, 2010
The problem is that these days, more seems to mean less: the avalanche of stats often seems to reveal little real, reliable information. But when that tactic is applied to research findings, it can actively mislead us readers. The respondents don’t sound particularly antisocial to me yet, but let’s read on.
COMMUNICATION NATION [How To] Communication Nation: How to measure your communication effectiveness
| FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2005
As individuals and as a species, I believe we will be happier and more productive if we can improve our ability to communicate. This blog is dedicated to that effort. 04 November 2005 How to measure your communication effectiveness Do you set understanding goals for your important communications? Join the conversation!
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] Great Blog Content vs. Search Engine Optimization
| THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2009
My take on SEO is that writing compelling, interesting blog content that people will want to talk about and link to will get you around 95 percent of the way to good search engine rankings. If you don’t have great content, SEO is not going to be very useful for you. Write Great Titles. Bad: Day 1 of LinuxCon.
LINKED INTELLIGENCE [How To] Change Google Chrome's User Agent String
| TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2008
The Digital Inspiration blog details the best method (at least for now) of changing Google Chrome's User Agent String to get around browser restrictions and access unique perks, such as reading full magazines with a pretend iPhone. How to Change User Agent String in Google Chrome Browser [Digital Inspiration
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] 7 Tips for Producing Winning Webinars
| THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2010
The topics were compelling enough that I carved out an hour at a time to attend. Maybe it’s just me, but that overly solicitous boisterousness just doesn’t translate well to a webinar setting. However, a webinar is not the time to ramble. It often means you’re too lazy to focus on the good stuff.
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] The Home Wi-Fi Reboot: Don’t Neglect It
| TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2009
There are more and more of us, and I’ve written before about the importance of doing regular checkups on your wireless network to make sure you’re getting the best performance. Here’s the common problem I had, and how I fixed it. frequently like to write and work on a laptop, so that I can move from room to room.
WEB TOOLS FOR LEARNERS [How To] How to Target a New Tab for an Image Link
| TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011
Here’s a picture I want to link to another website and have it open in another tab or window: The image above links to the website it’s from, but opens on the same page. Sometimes you have to take a slightly different route. And either route, your link will open in a new tab or window.
KMEDGE.ORG [How To] Will You Know How to Make Sense of the Future?
| WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2009
With a background in economics and innovation, Chris's job as chief executive of Monitor Networks is to suggest new ways to sense and think about complex--and sometimes alarming--situations. That's why we asked him to keynote, of course, and why I called him.). We talked about what Chris is going to share at our conference.
WWW.IKIW.ORG [How To] How to do a Better Job of Project Collaboration Using a Wiki
| WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2009
We have encouraged the students to post their work on wikis created for each project. Jack mentioned my website, and the article The State of Wikis in Education , but commented that it doesn’t address the “how to make it work better question. Contact to discuss your needs. When Not to? Enterprise 2.0
VIZTHINK BLOG [How To] Karl Gude Shows You How to Draw an Eye
| TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2010
With his webinar just an hour away ( not too late to register ) I thought it’d be fun to share this video that Karl posted about a year ago where he breaks down how to draw an eye (with a broken pencil!). Related posts: “What Should I Visualize? with Karl Gude. “Drawing & Design with Karl Gude.
COMMUNICATION NATION [How To] Communication Nation: How to deal with an angry person
| WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2005
As individuals and as a species, I believe we will be happier and more productive if we can improve our ability to communicate. This blog is dedicated to that effort. 05 October 2005 How to deal with an angry person From Quick Verbal Tactics : [A basic technique that] employs just two steps: Step 1. Join the conversation!
COMMUNICATION NATION [How To] Communication Nation: How to screw up a reorganization initiative
| WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2005
As individuals and as a species, I believe we will be happier and more productive if we can improve our ability to communicate. This blog is dedicated to that effort. 19 October 2005 How to screw up a reorganization initiative You cant avoid losing some productivity when you reorganize. If so, how?
WEB WORKER DAILY [How To] 5 Keys to a Successful Remote Writing Project
| FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2010
I’ve been on my fair share of remote writing projects, including technical writing, contributing to books and writing for publications. Here are my five keys to successful remote writing projects gleaned from my technical writing career: Good documentation. Remote access. Technological self-sufficiency. Managed document review cycle.
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