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Organizing Information

When developing written communicate make sure you cover the basics by organizing information in a logical, easily understood manner.

organizing informationThe simple “Rule of Thumb” is the following:  Always, always, always make an outline before starting the rough draft. An outline will keep the information organized and prevent you from putting material where it doesn’t belong. READ MORE »

 

Micro-managers

micro-managersThese are some of the expressions of employees who unfortunately work with or for micro-managers.

“He doesn’t trust me.”

“I just don’t do it right or good enough, so why even try?”

“I will ask exactly how to do this, because she will make me redo it if I try it on my own.”

“I better wait to ask, because the answer is always different.”

“They must think I am so stupid and can’t do anything on my own.” READ MORE »

 

Are You Mingling?

MinglingMany people are uncomfortable mingling during a networking event. We are often worried about what people will think of us. The easiest way to get around that is to put our focus on them. How? First of all, look for people who appear somewhat lonely, standing by themselves. They appreciate us coming up to them and initiating a conversation. This helps get relationship-building conversations started while promoting confidence in ourselves and the other person. It is easier to join a group previously engaged in a discussion after someone leaves, breaking the circle of participants, which then allow us to comfortably slip right in. The following guidelines will also help: READ MORE »

 

Themes Party

themesIn the same way that styles are an easy way to change the look of document TEXT, themes provide a quick way to change the overall look of the DOCUMENT as a whole.  A theme consists of a set of coordinated colors, fonts and object effects. There are forty themes available in Office 2010.  Themes are a new development that first appeared in Office 2007.  If you’re using an earlier version of Microsoft Office, this tool is not available. READ MORE »

 

Discipline Model

Anyone who has been in the workforce for any length of time is familiar with the traditional discipline model. First you get a verbal warning, followed by the first written warning (on the heals of the statement “I’m going to have to write you up.”), which can escalate to a final warning before termination.

At one company I worked for we used to joke about how many final warnings someone would get before termination. Employees would know they probably had a final final final warning before they were let go because supervisors would rather suffer through a low performing employee rather than have no one on the job. The work didn’t go away even if they employee did. READ MORE »