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1-Minute Strategies: May ’15

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Stop wasting so much time on planning. Don’t plan out the entire process before you start, says Jeff Sutherland, co-developer of Scrum. Plan just enough to get a measurable benefit, then do it, and repeat until the project is done. Plan­­ning too much in advance often means creating plans that have to change later anyway and wastes time and energy.  

Build your personal brand with a website. A well-developed personal website is a great venue to set yourself up as an expert in your field, and it may lead to a job offer when em­­ployers see your skills, says Branded.me CEO Nick Macario.

Follow the unwritten rules of networking. There are a few un­­written rules everyone needs to follow during networking, says sales consultant Michael Goldberg. For example, no selling. Net­­work­­ing is about building connections, not pressuring people to purchase. Also, be sure you’re not just taking, but giving others something of value.

Make the most of your Linked­­­In profile. Eliminate overused buzzwords, such as motivated, passionate and creative, suggests LinkedIn. Incorporate results you’ve achieved into your accomplishments and consider showing off your good deeds with a section on volunteer work.

Extend your Wi-Fi with plug-in device. No one likes a Wi-Fi dead zone. What will work is a device called a TAP-EX, says CBS MoneyWatch tech writer Dave Johnson. You plug it into an outlet in a central area of your Wi-Fi coverage zone, configure a few things on the touchscreen, scan for your Wi-Fi network, join it, and you’re done. John­­son was able to extend coverage to areas of the home he was testing that were previously un­­covered, even with other extenders.

— Adapted from “A Great Way to Extend Your Wifi Network,” Dave Johnson, CBS News.

Skip baggage claim, and ship it. SendMyBag, a luggage delivery service that’s been working in a few European countries, is set to start providing service in the United States this year, writes Fortune reporter Ben Geier. For a flat fee, SendMyBag will pick up luggage and deliver it to your destination. Most U.S. deliveries will be about $45.

— Adapted from “Startup SendMyBag Launching a Domestic U.S. Service”, Ben Geier, Fortune.

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