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By Jess Stratton | Monday, July 07, 2014

Use Google Labs to Add Goodies to your Calendar

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Every once in a while on Monday Productivity Pointers, I go over something you may already be aware of—but could use a reminder about. It’s that moment when you recall: Something I use every day has some really cool features and I should be taking advantage of them!

This week I’m talking about Google Labs, particularly the Labs in your Google calendar.

By Claudia McCue | Sunday, July 06, 2014

How to Sign a Digital Document: Know Your Options

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When you put pen to paper to sign your name to a contract, personal check, or credit card receipt, it’s the equivalent of saying “I consent to this.” Your unique handwriting (or, in my case, unique scrawl) serves as the confirmation that you—not someone else—have signed the document.

When you enter the realm of digital documents, the options for signing become a bit more complex. Some companies accept Acrobat’s digital signatures, but some are uncomfortable with anything that doesn’t look like tasteful blue-black ink. I’ll show you how to sign a digital document to appease both camps.

By Judy Steiner-Williams | Saturday, July 05, 2014

Business Writing: Be Brief. Be Bright. Be Gone.

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“Be brief. Be bright. Be gone.”

I once heard about a CEO who had a sign hanging on the wall behind his desk with those words printed on it. Intimidating? Maybe, but it sends a strong message: Business people are busy and don’t have time for long, dull conversations.

The message applies as much to written business communication as it does to office visits. Here are some pointers on how to achieve these “Be” statements in your writing—and capture your readers’ attention when you need it.

By Nick Brazzi | Thursday, July 03, 2014

lynda.com Looks at Google I/O

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You don’t have to be a developer to get excited about the announcements to come out of the Google I/O last week. Though the conference is geared toward developers, Google I/O is the place to get a first look at future updates to the Android platform, Google Play store, Chromebook OS, and other fun gadgets.

At lynda.com, we’re excited to get our hands on the new tech—to collect all the information we can and distill it down to great training. Let’s take a look at conference high points to get an idea of what’s coming from Google.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Embracing Self-Improvement

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Life is a series of choices. Here’s one of the most important: Do you want to coast and be content, or get to work on becoming a better version of yourself? This week’s first tip focuses on the latter to help you get serious about creating your next personal evolution.

By Jess Stratton | Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The 4 Qualities of Top Etsy Sellers

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You’ve built the shop, and you’ve got a stunning set of handmade products to sell that you’ve worked hard on. How can you take your existing shop and make it great?

To get the answer, let’s examine some traits of Etsy sellers who took their shops and turned them into successful businesses.

 

By Jess Stratton | Monday, June 30, 2014

Boomerang Lets You Schedule Email

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This week on Monday Productivity Pointers, I’m going to show you a neat little add-on that you can use with your Gmail account to schedule email delivery.

It’s called Boomerang and it works with a Gmail account and the browsers Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.

Boomerang allows you to compose an email and schedule it for a date you specify. With the free version, you can schedule up to 10 emails a month for free. This is fantastic if you have a nice chunk of free time and want to get ahead of your game!

By Maria Langer | Saturday, June 28, 2014

Make the Most of the Twitter Profile Page

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If there’s one thing that’s true about any Web-based application, it’s that change is inevitable. While Twitter doesn’t often make major changes to its interface, the recent update to its user profile feature was a complete facelift, leaving a cleaner look and more features for sharing information about yourself with others.

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