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Manage cell phone usage

Your employees use cell phones to conduct business, so your organization provides them like pens and paper clips. Yet unlike most office supplies, a cell phone can cause serious injury.

When giving a cell phone to your staffers, insist that they read the instructions in full. Also, create a safety checklist with requirements that govern cell-phone use. Examples include "Never use while driving" and "Never use while operating machinery or heavy equipment." Have recipients read and sign your "safety contract" so that they treat compliance seriously.

To improve safety and ease of use, set up voice mail for all company-owned cell phones. Drivers will be less apt to answer if they know callers can leave a message. Also, preprogram the phones to auto-dial important numbers such as 911 and key contacts throughout the organization.

Design Web-based slides

You know all about PowerPoint—and so does your audience. Overuse can breed contempt. What's more, PowerPoint has its limits when it comes to Web-based presentations.

Jazz up your online presentation by using free software from Spresent ( It can help you create crisp, clear visuals to convey key points to your virtual audience. Use the software to develop slides and other content for a website, podcast or conference call that's supported by online graphics.

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