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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.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, June 16, 2014

Using Waze, Crowdsourced GPS

Waze - Crowdsourced GPS

This week on Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll introduce you to a crowdsourced GPS app called Waze.

Crowdsourced GPS means this: The more people who actively use it, the more information you can get from it. With a quick tap, you can actively alert nearby drivers using Waze of traffic, accidents, detours, and other hazards.

By Chelsea Adams | Tuesday, April 22, 2014

5 Online Job Search Strategies

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Believe it or not, searching for a job doesn’t have to be overwhelming and stressful.

If you feel like your job search has you treading water, follow these five tips to get organized, visible, connected—and headed down the path to employment.

By Lauren Mackenzie | Sunday, April 20, 2014

Six Tips to Manage Your Web Design Business

6 tips for running your web design business

Running your web design agency demands more than excellent design and technical skills. Until you can hire professionals, you need to manage the marketing, accounting, HR, sales negotiating and peacekeeping—for those rocky moments with unhappy clients or disgruntled staff. You can learn more about the responsibilities of being “the boss” in the Defining realities and roles tutorial from the lynda.com course Running a Design Business: Starting Small.

Meanwhile, here are six tips for running your agency:

By Willem Knibbe | Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Protect Yourself from the Heartbleed Vulnerability

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Learn how to protect yourself and your sites from the Heartbleed vulnerability, the security flaw that can put sensitive user data at risk and affects hundreds of thousands of websites. Today lynda.com released Protecting Yourself from the Heartbleed Bug, a short course that explains what Heartbleed is and how to protect yourself from it, and offers resources for tracking the developing situation. Heartbleed Tactics for Small IT shops also released today; it provides tactics and information to help those who administer a small web server diagnose their vulnerability and fix issues.

By Chelsea Adams | Sunday, April 13, 2014

3 business writing tips for non-writers

3 business writing tips for non-writers

How many emails have you written to colleagues, clients, or customers this week? If the answer is one or more, you should consider business writing as part of your job—even if the word “writer” is not in your title.

Business writing is any written communication to teammates, stakeholders, and other people you work with. The good news: You don’t have to be a creative writing major to be an excellent business writer; in fact, you don’t even have to be creative. All you need is the desire to communicate in a way that leaves your reader feeling informed and prepared to take action.

To help you get there, here are three of my favorite tips from the Business Writing Fundamentals course on lynda.com. For simplicity, I’m focusing on email here, but these tips can also be applied to handwritten notes, memos, printed letters, and more.

By Doug Winnie | Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Windows XP: 2001-2014

Windows XP: 2001-2014

This evening Windows XP will be taken off life support and pass into the ether of magnetic media. Loved by millions across the globe, XP will be missed by many. The child of Windows ME and Windows 2000, Windows XP joined the robustness of a 32-bit NT kernel with a friendly consumer interface, and proved to be greater than the sum of its parents.

In its early years, Windows XP was frequently derided as “garish” or “cartoonish,” but its tenacity eventually won over the hearts of millions. XP experimented in the mobile space with Windows XP Tablet Edition during its adolescence, which ultimately was a growing phase for the young OS that didn’t work out as expected. During a journey of minimalism, XP crammed itself onto pint-sized netbooks that gave people half as much to carry, but took four times as long to launch anything.

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