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By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Deliver Engaging Presentations — from Start to Finish

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Whether delivered at work, at a conference, or to a client, a presentation is a rare opportunity to significantly help—or harm—your professional reputation.

You’re on stage, the introduction is over, the microphone is on, and everyone is waiting for you to open your mouth. What will you say?

By Jess Stratton | Monday, September 22, 2014

It's OK to Use Multiple To-Do Apps — Like Wunderlist and TeuxDeux

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If you’re like most people, you’re always on the hunt for the perfect app—the one that does everything. The one that will finally replace all your other apps that do … well, almost everything.

This week on Monday Productivity Pointers, I’m here to take the pressure off. It’s perfectly OK to use multiple apps that do almost the same things. I’m going to show you how I use three apps to manage my daily to-dos.

By Jeff Carlson | Monday, September 22, 2014

OS X Yosemite Update — Starts with a Good Backup System

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With iOS 8 in the wild and new iPhones now in customers’ hands, Apple customers are looking to the hills for the company’s next big thing: specifically, at the gleaming face of Half Dome projected as the desktop picture of the next OS X release, Yosemite.

Expected in October (although Apple hasn’t yet announced a date), Yosemite is a dramatic update of the software running Macs.

But to do a system upgrade right, you need a reliable backup system.

By Whitney Johnson | Sunday, September 21, 2014

Entrepreneurs: Do You Have a Business — or a Hobby?

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As an aspiring entrepreneur, one of the questions you need to ask yourself is, “Do I have a business—or just a hobby?

The word hobby comes from the word hobbyhorse, a fancy toy, hence the sometimes pejorative use of the word.  Historically, if you did something just for fun, you were described as an amateur, which derives from the French word for lover of; whereas if you engaged in an activity for a reward, you were considered a professional.

Over the last century, as we’ve had the resources to give our dreams more sway, especially in the developed world, more and more hobbyists are becoming experts, and there is more and more demand for a hobbyist’s expertise.

But before you go quitting your day job, you need to first determine if your passion is a potential business, or if it should remain a hobby. It only takes three steps:

By Nick Brazzi | Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bid Adieu to U2? How to Remove Music from Your iTunes Library

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At the recent iOS 8/iPhone 6 launch event, Apple surprised iTunes users with a gift: The new U2 album “Songs of Innocence” is available for free to all iTunes users.

To make things even easier, this new album automatically shows up in your iTunes account as something you’ve already purchased—though you haven’t. So now any iTunes user can listen to or download the album as if they had purchased it in the iTunes store.

For me, this is great. I love U2! New U2 record for free? Yes, please.

But not everybody shares my opinion. It turns out lot of people don’t want the record. A music collection is a very personal thing and some folks don’t want music that they didn’t hand-select to show up in their music library.

So how do you remove the U2 album — or anything else — from your library?

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, September 17, 2014

How to Quit Your Job Successfully

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People quit their jobs for lots of different reasons—and it’s often perceived as a difficult or negative event.

But what if I told you it could be a very positive and productive part of your career?

By Jess Stratton | Monday, September 15, 2014

Migrating Your Documents to Google Apps

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This week on Monday Productivity Pointers, I’m going to show you how you can migrate over to Google Apps—specifically, how you can start using the cloud-storage app Google Drive and work with your documents within it.

By Mike Figliuolo | Monday, September 15, 2014

Not ‘Just’ an Employee: Treat Your Team as Individuals

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People want to be treated like people, not like cogs in a big machine. It’s incumbent upon you as a leader to see them as individuals. It’s for that reason that I hate the use of the word “just” in front of anyone’s title.

“He’s just an analyst.”

“She’s just a cafeteria worker.”

“I’m just an administrative assistant.”

No one is just anything. The phrase is demeaning and pejorative. We’re allpeople—we simply happen to have different responsibilities.

“Just connotes that someone is worth less than someone else, as if that just” someone has a defect. One of the most powerful leadership skills I’ve seen and used is valuing everyone’s contributions equally.

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