Self-Improvement

Technology

Use Computer Presentations Like A Pro

Remember slides? Those transparent things we used to use with an overhead for presentations? Chances are you can remember this kinder, gentler technology. Today, we live in an age of PowerPoint and computer projectors. Technology is a wonderful thing, but it must be respected. To make the most of it, use these simple tips.Keep It Simple. With the font libraries and color spectrums available today, you might be tempted to use a little of this or a little of that to “spice” up your presentation. Don’t. Use no more than six colors on each slide.

Quick Tips For Busy Professionals

Save $$$ On Hotel Long Distance. If you need to make several long distance calls when you get to your hotel, simply push the # key after each long distance call to disconnect. This keeps the hotel from charging you a connect fee for each long distance call.Make Business Luncheons Count. When you plan your next business luncheon, consider switching to a business breakfast instead.
Technology

Internet Tip: Brush Up On Your Techno-Glossary

The techies in your office are constantly bringing you information about ISPs, LANs, WANs, bump mapping, P3P, DSTP and other terms that most people don't know and don't want to know about. Luckily for the majority of us there is a technology encyclopaedia available on line, which defines this alphabet soup of today's technical lexicon.

Fast Company’s Company of Friends

Last night I had the distinct pleasure of meeting a guy named Heath Row. Who’s Heath Row? For those of you who aren’t avid readers of one of the hottest business magazines in the country – Fast Company – Heath is an underground celebrity. The Company of Friends (CoF) is Heath’s brainchild. Now he’s out hitting the pavement, staying at readers’ homes, and spreading his message to the magazine’s foremost groupies in his CoF Road Show.
Practice Management

Meeting Madness

I’ve spent almost a quarter of my waking business life in meetings. If you are doing business in corporate America, I’d bet that you are being “meetinged to death,” too. Meetings aren’t bad, though. They are somewhat necessary. However, bad meetings aren’t necessary at all. Ever been to a meeting where the facilitator didn’t know what he/she wanted to accomplish? “Yes!” I understand.

What You Don’t Say and What You’re Saying

Nonverbal Communication and SellingYou walk into your prospect’s office, you open your attaché and unfortunately everything spills out. Not a word was said, or was it? The impact of communication comes from both the verbal and nonverbal. The verbal is what we say and its impact on communication is 7 percent. The nonverbal is how we say it (38 percent impact) and how we look saying it (55 percent impact). Nonverbal communication is sending and receiving messages without words. We’re all familiar with the meaning of the thumbs up signal. That’s nonverbal communication.
Practice

Listen Carefully

Active listening takes more than perking up your ears. Follow these tips to ensure you are putting your best ear forward!Be here and now.Resist distractions. Try to focus on the person talking to the exclusion of noises and interruptions.Do one thing – listen. Don’t do five things at once. The person with whom you are talking deserves your undivided attention.Let them “see” you listening. Communicate that you are listening by leaning forward slightly, focusing on your speaker’s face, and not glancing away too often.Put yourself in your speaker’s shoes.

Are you listening?

I walked into my boss’ office the other day to present an idea. He acknowledged my presence, invited me in to sit down to talk, and then promptly started doing everything except what looked like listening. As I began telling him about my idea, he was checking his email, looking at the phone that was ringing, and prompting me to complete my sentences (I stopped every time he quit paying attention) by saying, “I’m listening. Continue.”Our busy lives invite these kinds of distractions. We don’t have time to just sit and listen.

Mars & Venus

Newsflash! Men are different than women and vice versa. In sales calls, you might want to take a look at an approach that embraces the subtle differences found in Mars and Venus so you write more business. A new book, GenderSell: How To Sell to the Opposite Sex, proposes that sales is a process of influence and each gender has its unique area of influence you should be targeting.

Written Communication – It’s Not Going Away

On an average day, I receive anywhere from 75 to 150 emails per day. I write at least that many. Throw in a couple of memos and a few letters and that adds up to a lot of writing! In our information age, writing is essential. Use these tips to ensure you use written communication to your advantage.Do you need to be there? If the reader of your written communication needs immediate feedback or if the reader needs immediate additional information for what’s written, the subject would be best handled in person (or email if you check it regularly).
Practice Management

Sick Days Made Healthy: It Takes More Than Chicken Soup

It's Monday morning and one of your auditors just called in sick … again. For years, human resource professionals have reported in the business marketplace that employee wellness is a chief concern, and that compounded sick days only add negatively to a company's bottom line.For example, more than half of all employees in America's workforce have blood cholesterol levels of 200 mg or higher, while a quarter of all workers are sedentary during their leisure or off-work time.
Practice Management

Program To Certify Bookkeepers Now Available

Bookkeepers who want to beef up their resume with certification can stop searching for the vehicle to do it. Sylvan Prometric, the global leader in computer-based testing, has teamed with The American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB) to offer the first test that offers certification for bookkeepers.The test, dubbed the Certified Bookkeeper (CB) Examination, tests accounting, tax and payroll skills.
Technology

Internet Tip: Find A Seminar On-Line

Got a last minute need for CPE? Can't find a training program on leadership skills in your area? Have a new staff member who can benefit from a session on negotiation skills?A new website, www.seminarinformation.com claims over 200,000 conferences and seminars listed on line, which can be searched by topic and by region. Detailed information on the seminar includes dates,location, prices, who should attend, and a description of the program.

Pages