Friday December 6, 2013
Just goes to show you that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If you're Anthony Burrill, I give praise to your new poster book, I Like It. What Is It?
Creativity comes in many forms, and Burrill found his niche in combining graphical images with upbeat rhythmic phrases.
In Burrill's poster book, the graphical communication that mimicks environmental issues are particularly striking:
Do What You Want! -- on the opposite page, the graphical images of a forest and cloud appear.
Oil & Water Do Not Mix -- on the opposite page, the graphical images of a rainbow over water appear.
The detachable posters, 11' x 18' can be hung in a college dorm or company break room, or wherever you may give inspiration to others.
Lucidpress is a new graphical and collaborative design app to help capture your creativity in the new world art forms, whether it be posters, digital flyers, or community newsletters. Check out my review of Lucidpress. And let me read about your creative book idea: send it by email or post in the comments.
Tuesday December 3, 2013
Web-based software for business are using @mentions. As a social norm on Twitter and Facebook, there are advantages to using @mentions, in a similar way that can draw attention to someone else in online communication.
Announcements, project collaboration, and search for experts are among many ways that provide value and opportunity when you acknowledge others using @mentions.
Read: Giving and Getting @Mentions
Here are a few examples how acknowledging others can have a far reaching effect.
Cause: You mention @colleague as a subject matter expert to help on a project.
Effect: Your organization utilizes resources that drive business value.
Cause: The boss mentions @you as the point of contact on an important business account.
Effect: People in your organization will support your client success through you.
Cause: Your human resources manager mentions @you as giving birth to a new baby.
Effect: Your coworkers will fill in for you.
Cause: Executive management announces to @everyone that the company will sponsor carpooling.
Effect: Workforce attendance spikes.
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Friday November 29, 2013
Organizations rely on web-based training, like webinars to save costs of travel and time away from other important business operations. Often webinars are conducted in a seminar format used for training and marketing purposes. But without engagement, webinars can fall flat.
It's the kiss of death when attendees sign off prematurely, expecting to grab a copy of the presentation after the event.
In our hyper-connected world, we're answering emails, texting, and doing everything but engaging with the webinar presenter. Technical sales consultant, Mark Bendell with AT & T says he is not engaged and subject to all the distractions that happen when he is sitting at his desk. "I would be curious to know what could be done to make webinars more engaging," says Bendell.
Guest author, Shelby Britton, an experienced marketer, has advice on webinar engagement. "The greatest content has no impact if no one is listening," says Britton. Read: Nine Secrets of Webinar Engagement Masters
To keep attendees engaged, consider this before you dive right into the technology you use. Read: Webinar Presenters Need to Ask Three Questions for Better Design and Technique
Monday November 25, 2013
The kids table was a little different when I was growing up.
Smartphones and tablets in hand now, surely our children's appetites for using these devices to connect with their friends will be more important than what's served on the table. But we're in a different era. The thirst for knowledge is insatiable for many young children who will explore interests with friends and family, too.
I recently reviewed a new communication service called Slack that promises to deliver a no-nonsense approach to team communication.
Read: Slack Sets New Standard for Team Communication Online
When our children grow up with technology tools at their fingertips, it is just as important to instill the values of good communication, whether at home or at work.
During the holidays as the children gather around the kids table, let's share our gratitude for these important connections. So then we can direct our attention to the quality of conversation, something like you see in Slack.
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