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Archive for the ‘Meeting magic’ Category

August 15th, 2007

Mind mapping a meeting:A real sanity and time saver

You think that mind mapping is just for brainstorming?  Maybe a little document outlining?  Ah how wrong you are.  I think one of the best uses of mind mapping is taking meeting notes.  Gaelen links to Lifehacker’s post on mind mapping meetings and points us all to the MindManager map gallery:
The Mindjet Map Gallery also offers templates […]

By Tris Hussey -- 1 comment

July 11th, 2007

Download the beta of CrossLoop early…try the new features early

CrossLoop is a simple and easy remote access and control application that I’ve tried and used before…with great results.  I got an e-mail from them this week letting me know that some new features were on the way.  Profy.com beat me to the punch with a review…
So what’s new in this release? First of all, […]

By Tris Hussey -- 1 comment

June 26th, 2007

Should I take notes on my computer or on paper?

I think this must be one of the key questions facing workers right now.  Silly you think?  Okay, you go into a meeting, you know that information is going to be shared that you need to remember or you are going to be given a task (or three), so how do you record said information […]

By Tris Hussey -- 1 comment

June 9th, 2007

Funny but true and important PowerPoint "don’ts"

Funny … but so true:

All kidding aside, this is all excellent advice.  Slides with too much information, too many bullet points, animations, or bizarre color schemes force people to focus on your presentation and not you.  Remember you are giving the presentation, not the screen.  This isn’t a movie, it’s a talk.  Sure if […]

By Tris Hussey -- 4 comments

May 31st, 2007

Doodle your way to a meeting time

No I don’t mean drawing goofy things on a piece of paper. I mean using the site/service Doodle to help you plan a meeting:

So, lately, I’ve found myself informally assuming this role, driving a surprising number of gone-fallow projects just by using Doodle to propose a simple check-in. The bottom line is that this […]

By Tris Hussey -- 0 comments

May 14th, 2007

Ed’s seven tips for better meetings-bang on!

How much time do you spend in meetings?  I think “too much” is a universal answer.  Check out Ed Lee’s tips …
where we were bemoaning the amount of time we “wasted” in meetings.
Thankfully, my meeting load isn’t as overbearing as it has been but I can remember getting in to work at 7am, doing actual […]

By Tris Hussey -- 1 comment

May 9th, 2007

Gaboogie conference calling service might take the annoyance out of conference calls

Raise you hand, how many of hate setting up conference calls?  Great, thanks.  Now, how many of you have been on conferences calls that you’ve set up (and often paid good money for) and have someone just forget to attend (or you’ve done this yourself)?  Really this should be most of you by now, except […]

By Tris Hussey -- 2 comments

January 16th, 2007

Web Workers toolkit, is it enough?

Another good post from WebWorkerDaily.  They list the core tools for distance collaboration.

Text chat
Web Conferencing
Document collaboration
Group online document sharing
Shared calendars
Message forums
video chat

No doubt that these are extremely important.  I use all of them, except for wikis.  No doubt as well that video and web conferencing has made use strides since I first tried them in […]

By Tris Hussey -- 1 comment

January 12th, 2007

Alone-time Required for Creative Best

Presentation Zen, one of my favorite blogs, talks about the need for solitude in order to have effective presentations.
I’d agree with that. But, I’d go much further.
In today’s fast, fast, fast business climate, there has become too little time for reflection. There are lots of reasons for this, of course. Off the top of my […]

By Scot Herrick -- 0 comments

January 5th, 2007

Focus on the “To-be” process

In yesterdays post, I wrote about responsiveness and efficiency. In the article referenced, there was another gem that I think is an important pimpalicious work tip: focus on the “to-be” process, not on the current process.
If you or your company have already made the decision to change out something, the vast majority of time you […]

By Scot Herrick -- 2 comments

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