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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 Todd Dewett | Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Goals, Productivity — and Breaking the Rules

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This week’s tips focus on two counterintuitive ideas. The first concerns productivity.

Let me be clear: Productivity is important! Having said that, we often over-focus on productivity itself while neglecting a few underlying factors that influence productivity.

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 Willem Knibbe | Monday, July 07, 2014

Introducing the lynda.com Marketing Segment

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Ever since people have been trying to sell, people have been trying to market (I love the peek at early soap opera ads in our Content Marketing and the Art of Storytelling documentary).

The rise of the Internet provided an exciting new marketing channel, and now businesses are spending $7.3 billion on online advertising alone in an attempt to reach the 245 million people using the Internet. Social media and self-service tools like AdWords have also helped level the playing field such that businesses of all sizes can (and must!) leverage these channels to be competitive in today’s hyperconnected world.

lynda.com introduced our first marketing courses in 2010, and now—with more than 50 courses and plenty more in the works—the subject is leaving the Business nest to soar on its own as the new Marketing segment.

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 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 Todd Dewett | Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Become a Better Communicator at Work

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If there is a skill more fundamental to your success in life than communication, I don’t know what it is. Communication is the funnel through which you put your expertise to work.

This week’s tips focus on two vital aspects of communication. First, I’ll address the art of building consensus. Too often professionals think that merely having the best idea will lead others to listen. Not so. Good ideas are essential, but they’re only the beginning.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, June 23, 2014

Download Your Facebook Timeline

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Did you know that you can download your entire Facebook timeline onto your computer?

First, let’s back up. Why would you want to do a Facebook timeline download? Perhaps you’re a lawyer who needs access to someone else’s timeline to make or break a case. Maybe you want to go through it offline, taking your time. Or maybe you simply want a backup copy of it.

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