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Office Technology

Business Management Daily is your source for office technology tips and training. WE provide keyboard-tested advice on Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and more.

It is said that people only use 10% of their brains. Are you only using 10% of your office technology? We’ll help you unlock the other 90%.

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The 10th annual Trust Barometer study conducted by the Edelman PR firm shows that trust in businesses has plummeted. Factor that into your marketing! Besides showcasing “trust” factors like years in business and client testimonials, be more transparent in showing clients your business practices.

I have always contended that social networking is not a cost-effective use of the solopreneur’s time. Now data from a new survey by Michael Stelzner confirm it.

You schedule a meeting, then hear of a last-minute schedule conflict. A round of rescheduling e-mails only leads to confusion. Locations change, people forget to show up ... the list of common problems goes on. But if you’re a Microsoft Outlook (2002/2003) user, you can rely on Group Schedule to check schedules, fill out meeting requests and send group e-mails.

Move over, Google. Microsoft grabs tech headlines this month by adding zippy new features to its Internet Explorer browser. Here are four cool tricks that will save time for you and your employees.

Are you the weakest link?

by on August 21, 2009 11:00am
in Office Technology

The more hyperlinks that point to your web site, the higher up you’ll rank in search engine results. So how popular are you today? The Link Popularity Checker can help you find out, free.

“It’s one thing to keep a crowd engaged for two minutes, but two hours—or more—requires a different set of techniques,” says communications coach Carmine Gallo in BusinessWeek. So if you’re preparing a PowerPoint presentation, remember Gallo’s rules for keeping an audience captivated:

Web sites don’t last forever. Some changes can be accomplished with simple maintenance, but patching can take you only so far. Here are five signs that it’s time to revamp your site.

If you find yourself seeking new employment, consider taking proactive, positive approaches. All hinge on online methods, which 40% of new job seekers use in their searches (2008 Spherion Emerging Workforce Study).

Make Adobe Reader remember where you left off, as well as your selected zoom and pan settings ... Improve daily planning by being specific on your to-do list ... Expect a VIP visitor at the office? Use this tactic from Darienne Page, receptionist for President Obama’s Oval Office ...

Two online tools to help you manage schedules when everyone isn’t on the same calendar system: Meeting Agent and Shiftboard.

If you’ve ever wanted to be the next Arianna Huffington, your dream has never been more within reach. “This is the perfect venue to share your expertise and elevate your visibility to a whole new level,” says Scott Ginsberg, author of Stick Yourself Out There. Follow these steps for blogging brilliance:

How many times have you come up with a more efficient way to accomplish something and wished you could quickly share it with co-workers? You can with collaborative tech tools, says Richard Laermer, media consultant and author of Punk Marketing.

Q. Is there anything I can do to deter employees from stealing or damaging computers after a termination?

Soon after Gary Lizalek was hired at a Wisconsin medical firm, he informed the company that he believed, as a matter of religious faith, that he was three separate beings. The company fired all three Lizaleks. He sued, saying the company failed to accommodate his religious beliefs.

Speed text changes with the following keyboard shortcuts after you highlight the text:

Innovation never rests, despite the down economy. Designing applications for mobile phones is the latest way to make money hand over fist. Consider the Bloomberg app, which tracks finances. Consider Mint and Wesabe, which track your finances. Consider Ocarina, which lets you play your phone like a flute.

Complicated visuals cause listeners to ignore your voice while trying to decipher the slide. Here are three rules for better PowerPoints:

Despite their discomfort with new web tools—like YouTube, blogs and Facebook—some executives are finding value in them. Not only is it a cheap way to communicate, it’s where young people are, says James Schiro, chief executive of Zurich Financial Services.

Like McGyver, you probably have a trick or two that you deploy when you don’t have the exact items you need for the job. Maintain your reputation as “the one who always finds a solution, no matter what,” by using these low-tech solutions for common gadget problems:

Backing up the phone list stored on your cell phone (or your boss's) doesn’t have to cost a fortune or even require much of an effort. Most carriers have cheap or free plans available for current phones. Here’s a recent rundown on how each plan works.

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