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By Jess Stratton | Monday, July 28, 2014

Use Doodle For Easy Group Scheduling

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Lots of offices have calendar scheduling systems in place, like Outlook, Google, or Lotus Notes. If you want to schedule a meeting, you can add your list of invitees and see when they’re all available to schedule it. It’s an easy process.

What’s not so easy is when you need to schedule a meeting for a group of people who aren’t on a unified calendar scheduling app.

You know what happens next: The emails start flying around with everyone listing dates they’re available, and dates they’re not. It’s nearly impossible for everyone to wade through each other’s typed-out schedules to find a single date and time when everyone is free—and by the time you find it, one of the guests has suddenly become unavailable again.

In this week’s Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll show you a website that can help with this process.

By Jess Stratton | Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Share a Google Doc with a Non-Google User

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Sharing and simultaneous collaboration is a huge benefit to using Google drive—but what if you have to share a Google Doc file (such as a word-processing document) with a user who doesn’t actually have a Google account?

By Jess Stratton | Monday, July 21, 2014

Download your Twitter Archive

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A few weeks ago, I showed you how to download your Facebook timeline to your computer. This week on Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll show you a similar feature in Twitter.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Office Politics: Do You Have to Play?

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Have you ever sworn that you would never engage in office politics? It’s hard to blame you. Politics is dirty, self-serving, and underhanded, right? Well—not really. Sometimes it can be, but that’s a comment about the nature of the leadership team, not politics.

In this week’s first tip, I show you why politics in and of itself is neither good nor bad. It’s like any form of communication; it depends on how you use it. Let’s be clear: You should be politically active. You can be ethical, kind, and virtuous, but you do need to learn to play politics.

By Elizabeth Marsten | Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Running Smart PPC Campaigns

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One of the most common complaints I hear about unsuccessful PPC marketing is that “it just didn’t work,” “I didn’t have time,” or “I didn’t see a return on my investment.” All are fair and common problems—and completely understandable. The notion of paying on a per-click basis may seem simple, but it can spiral into a very expensive, complex, and frustrating time sink.

Here’s how to run smart PPC campaigns and avoid wasting your advertising dollars.

By Judy Steiner-Williams | Monday, July 14, 2014

Watch Your Tone: Email Etiquette for Business

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Watch your tone.

That’s an expression commonly heard when we speak. But written communication —especially email—also has a tone that needs to be “watched.” Why? Because the tone impacts the reader’s reaction, resulting in higher or lower morale, expanded or reduced sales, and increased or decreased ratings.

You’re more likely to achieve the correct tone if you recognize what impacts tone, how readers react to tone characteristics, and how you can control those elements. Here are five red-flag areas to consider:

By Jess Stratton | Monday, July 14, 2014

Find Your Missing iPhone Songs — and Get Them Back!

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Songs tend to vanish from iPhones. It’s a complaint I hear quite a lot from my friends and have even noticed myself. A song is there for months—and then one day you’ll sync with iTunes and for some reason, it’s just not there anymore.

This week on Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll show you a quick way to get that song back on your phone—without having to go back to iTunes on a desktop or re-sync your phone—so you can be rocking out again in no time.

By Nick Brazzi | Friday, July 11, 2014

Android Wear: A New Age of Voice Control

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I’ve just spent some time living the Android Wear lifestyle, and my big takeaway is that voice control is finally hitting prime time. In preparing our new course Up and Running with Android Wear (using the Samsung Gear Live smartwatch), I was excited to see voice control actually hitting the point where it’s both reliable and usable.

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