5 Apps to Help Increase Your Productivity

AppsToday’s working professional needs to embrace technology not run from it. One of the greatest challenges faced by administrative professionals in today’s workplace is their capacity to accept and adapt to the advances in technology.

Apps have become one of my new best time-saving technology tools. What is an app anyway? By definition an app (shortened to refer to the word application) is a computer program that will run on a smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device.  Apps are available for download on the device (often times for free) typically through the owner of the mobile operating system (e.g. Apple App Store, Google Play, etc.).

With the rising popularity of individuals downloading apps, the world is seeing a shift toward an increase in mobile computing.  Mobile apps can be a huge timesaver for working professionals. Because of my work demands I need to save minutes whenever I can. Continue reading “5 Apps to Help Increase Your Productivity”

When Working Harder Goes Wrong: PowerPoint Edition

Horizontal Portrait Neil MalekA couple of months ago, Neil Malek contributed to A Great Day’s Work with the blog post When Working Harder Goes Wrong: Microsoft Word Troubles.  There is almost an identical situation that happens in PowerPoint, and Neil wants to share this with you.

You open a slideshow that was built over the last few weeks, months, or years, and for some reason, half the slides have slide numbers, but the other half don’t. And for some reason, a couple of the slides have slightly different font sizes. And the logo isn’t in the corner of the last ten slides…this is weird. Now, you can roll up your sleeves for hours of frustration, or you can work the way Microsoft intended, with Slide Masters and Slide Layouts. Continue reading “When Working Harder Goes Wrong: PowerPoint Edition”

When Working Harder Goes Wrong: Microsoft Word Troubles

computerNeil Malek will teach you anything with a power button. Through hands-on courses, seminars, webinars, and YouTube videos, he covers Microsoft, Adobe, Apple, and Google topics.  How do I know this?  I have attended many of his programs over the years.

There’s a common story among professionals – the day before a big presentation, event or court case, two or more people finally finish their documents, and at about 4:15 p.m., it gets handed to the person who will combine the documents.

You probably know what happens next. Continue reading “When Working Harder Goes Wrong: Microsoft Word Troubles”

What the Heck is Text Neck?

11292069_sI read an interesting article on NPR the other day and wanted to share with you how extreme connectivity is possibly impacting our posture and overall health.

Many people are making the choice to use cell phones for extended periods of time each day.  People are consumed with texting, gaming, reading, updating social media posts, and checking and sending emails while on the run.  I’m beginning to wonder if people are consciously aware of how much total time they spend on their cell phones each day and the impact that this activity is having on their posture. Continue reading “What the Heck is Text Neck?”

Making Your Online Presence Work for YOU!

reputationHow are you using social media technologies to create a powerful online presence? Social media technologies continue to be a chosen communication tool used by many professionals. However, what’s missing with the launch of these online technologies is a good guide on how to best use these technologies effectively. Individuals and professionals seem to be left on their own to determine what to share, what to post, and what to tweet.

Over the years, I have studied and read dozens of books related to social media technologies, completed a master’s thesis and project related to this topic, and given numerous presentations on “Social Media: The Do’s and Don’ts of Branding Your Online Image.” What I have learned is that people generally communicate with good intensions, but are simply uninformed on how to best use these communication tools. Continue reading “Making Your Online Presence Work for YOU!”