And of course here is Kristina Molina’s performance also!
Very cool iPad case with built-in keyboard. I know you want one!
Kensington KeyFolio – bluetooth keypad and stylus. Search for item 569474 at costco.com. $69.99 from 3/8 to 4/17. Delivered. (not compatible with iPad 2)
It appears that while some of us weren’t looking, blogger.com has been doing some very nice things. Not the least of which are template designer, real-time stats, comment spam filtering, mobile templates, web fonts among others.
It may be high-time to take another look at blogger.com and put it back to work!
I come across lots of great quotes. As you know they are common on twitter and facebook, and usually, most of them fail to grab one’s attention at the time. This one however, attributed to the futurist John Schaar really set some bells going when I read it. Maybe it is because I generally subscribe to the notion that we make our own destiny. Maybe it is because I have been thinking about what my own future will look like. Or, maybe it is because it is still early in the year and I am still thinking about the results obtained from my efforts in the past year. Whatever the reason, it resonated with me and I have chosen to make it my theme for the remainder of 2011.
“The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created–created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination. -John Schaar.”
bNet.com has some of the most compelling and useful business materials around. This post titled 7 Tips to Master Every Meeting is no exception. In this post, Robert Pagiarini the author of The Other 8 Hours, outlines seven steps to consider when looking to land the appointment you are seeking. Whether it is a job interview or a sales opportunity, these tips will help you put some fundamentals behind you efforts to increase your effectiveness.
The seven tips are:
- Determine the “one thing.”
- Focus on three talking points.
- Create an agenda.
- Nail the intro and the close.
- Call to action.
- After the meeting.
You can read the full article here. Try the tips for your next appointment and let us know if they were useful.
ESRI, the company that is well known for their geo-location and mapping products, has queitly lunched an iPhone app that lets users retrive demographics facts about locations in the United States.
While the app could have some interesting business uses for profesionals, anyone can find themselves comparing their own neighborhood against other neighborhoods or the entire US.
I installed it on my iPhone today and I have been playing with it for a little bit. I think you may find it interesting also.
Melissa MacBeth, a Lead program Manager in the Office product group at Microsoft wrote a great article with useful Do’s and Dont’s about e-mail.
Below is an excerpt from her article. To read Melissa’s complete list of very good tips click here.
The following rules will help you look professional and get your message across.
- Read your message before you send it.
- Make your subject descriptive and action-oriented. For example: “UCEF: Please send your Board Retreat Dates,” where UCEF is the name of the group, and “Please send…” is the action. Other useful prefixes include “FYI:” and “Action Required.”
- If action is required, state what you want on the Subject line.
- Change the subject of the message if the topic of the conversation changes.
- Keep all messages short and to the point.
- Organize the content of your message from most important to least.
- Consider bolding important information.
- Put action items or questions on separate lines so that they stand out and get noticed.
- Bold people’s names when asking questions. For example: “Ryan: What is the status of the project?”
- Limit the number of people to whom you send a message to those who need to read it.
- Put people who need to be informed on the Cc line.
- Put people who need to respond or take action on the To line.
There are many more tips in the original article. To read Melissa’s complete list of very good tips click here.
We appreciate the warm welcome for today’s Art of Negotiation class. Thanks for the great participation. We are looking forward to bringing you part 2!
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