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Read and Digest: Today’s Lunch Sell By 6/28/2012

In Uncategorized on June 28, 2012 at 12:22 pm

 

 

(LIVE) Obama Speaking On Health Care Ruling 

 

What the Nexus 7 Tablet says About Google’s Strategy (video)

 

Read the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Health Care Reform

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Supreme Court UPHOLDS ObamaCare- click photo for live broadcast sponsored by Bloomberg Law

In Blog, Business, Public Speaking on June 28, 2012 at 10:50 am

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More is More

In Blog, Business on June 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I know you have all heard the saying “less is more” but for the first two months of your internship or your new job more is defiantly more.   When a project or task is given to you, either go beyond what is expected, or complete the task with meticulous detail and foresight.  Google samples of the format you have been asked to use and partake in some self teachingOne of your major goals as an intern or new employee should be self-promotion, so put yourself out there by going the extra mile by handing in a product that goes beyond being solid.

It’s important that you follow a more is more work ethic for multiple reasons:

  1. First Impressions

First impressions really are everything, but I’m sure you didn’t need me to tell you that.

  1. Learning Curve

    You’re going to get the most information about a company thrown at you in the first few months of employment.  Taking the extra time to hand over dynamic products will help you to sort out all the information that you are learning and understand the inner workings of a company. 

    You’re also learning how to do your job to your best ability.  Once you give your boss the most you can (within reason and scope of the assignment), they will be better able to gauge your ability and fill in the gaps from there. 

Yes, going the extra mile is challening, and it will most definatly raise the bar of what is expected of you.  Adhering to the more is more philosophy is a lot of work, but once it becomes routine, tasks that took you a day to complete will take less time and less effort.

  1. Aesthetics

This principle doesn’t only apply to content.  It also applies to the ascetics of a project, proposal or document- partially.  The more do to a document while increasing the functionality of an assignment and keeping it user friendly, the better.  If you’re creating a document in Excel, throw in some conditional status boxes or make the heading cells a certain color to distinguish them from the value cells. If you are using a generic template make sure you take the extra time to verify that all your information and styling is consistent.  Don’t have a list that is part sentences and part statements.  Don’t have some subtitles underlined while others are italicized.  Go over your final project with a fine tooth comb.  

Read and Digest: Today’s Lunch Sell By 6/27/2012

In Read & Digest on June 27, 2012 at 12:47 pm

 

Cool Jobs: ‘Artrepreneur’ Uses Web to Expose World to Artists of Color

The Truth About the Fast and Furious Scandal

Facebook Acquires Facial Recognition Startup Face.com

“I’m Sorry What Was Your Name?” : Simple guidelines if you’re feeling like the outcast in meetings

In Blog, Business on June 26, 2012 at 3:18 pm

It’s always strange being the new kid on the block- or the only kid for that matter.  I’m not referring back to shyness problems. I’m talking about walking into a project meeting weeks, months or years after its start, and not knowing what anyone is talking about.  Or that dazed and confused feeling when people throw around so many acronyms, terms and software names that you can’t even tell the difference between the three.  The temptation to lose yourself in daydreams about anywhere else might be overwhelming but…DON’T TO THAT. Do this…

Here are some quick tips that I’ve learned from my experience…

  1. Sign Out and Plug In
    1. Sign out of email, Facebook and Twitter.  Plug into the conversation around you.
  2. Take notes
    1. Write down everything especially things that don’t make sense to you.  For the first meeting, that will probably be everything.
  3.  Be a Jigsaw Master
    1. Try to put all the pieces together.  Start trying to understand the process and the history of the project.  Write down how you think things might work.  You’ll need this for # 5.
  4. Make a Buddy
    1. Establishing a rapport with everyone in the room on the first day might be tricky, picking one person is a piece of cake.  Use the personal conversation initiative approach or find someone who seemed sympathetic to your newbie status,  Make them your friend.  If that person doesn’t warm up to you, find someone else!
  5. Buddy Meeting
    1. Ask your new buddy if they have time to run over some questions you had about the project.  When you meet, or have a phone conversation, with your buddy have your notes handy.  Showing that you attempted to contextualize all the new information being thrown at you well help narrow down information gaps, show your attentiveness, and display that you’re eager to get caught up.
  6. Try Not Being Too Self-Conscious
    1. You might be afraid that people are looking at you- sizing you up if you will.  They are.  Sit up straight, smile and tune into the conversation.  People will get used to your presence.  They’re just a bit curious.
  7. Shhhh
    1. Have you ever heard the difference between a wise (wo)man and a fool?  Speaking just to get your voice heard and yourself noticed is going to do a lot more harm than help.  Hold your tongue until you understand the situation more.
  8. Speak up
    1. I am fully aware that 7 & 8 are contradictions- they’re not.  Once you have embedded yourself in the context of the project, speak up if you have a question or comment.  My first manager gave me really great advice for feeling self-conscious, preface it.  Say, “I know I’m new to this but I was wondering, have we tried this approach?…”  Starting your comment with something like that will add to your contextual knowledge and let people know that you’re thinking critically and are ready to become a player in discussions.

Follow these simple guidelines and you’ll be part of the club in no time!

Read and Digest: Today’s Lunch Sell By 6/26/2012

In Read & Digest on June 26, 2012 at 1:48 pm

I apoligize for the neglect.  I know you’re starving, but I hope I can hold you over with today’s lunch… and for our first article, it looks like Facebook is at it again! (audience groans)

Facebook Draws User Ire with Email Switcheroo

 

One Sec Folks…

In Uncategorized on June 26, 2012 at 10:11 am

 

Busy morning folks, but I’ll have your tip & trick for you this afternoon.  Maybe I’ll even do a midnight snack post!

Read and Digest: Today’s Lunch Sell by 6/2512

In Read & Digest on June 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Use What Your College Gave Ya’

In Blog, Business on June 25, 2012 at 10:33 am

In this ever changing world of technology, software, and programs, I’ve learned that you have to capitalize on the tools that your university supplied you with.   General knowledge, the ability to research, dynamic people skills and world smarts are all capitalizing tools, but the most important tool we learn in college is how to teach ourselves. Thanks to campuses’ digital resources we’re more prepared and equipped than scores of people in the work force to expand our abilities.  All we need is a computer. 

The resource that I use the most is Lynda.com. If you’ve ever wanted to be a wiz at Adobe, Excel, HTML or just figure out how to send a meeting invitation on Outlook just ask Lynda. If your school doesn’t offer a free account, Lynda offers a few free video tutorials.  If it’s a computer program, no matter what the field, Lynda can teach it to you in no time. 

Computer technology knowledge is becoming a must have in the work place. So, don’t waiting around for a training session or pass up on a dream job just because you’re unfamiliar with a program.  Use what your college gave ya’ and figure it out yourself. 

…It’s also a great way to pass time in the office if you have some downtime.

Other great technology knowledge databases:

youtube.com

http://www.techtutorials.net/

http://www.actden.com/

 

Read and Digest: Today’s Lunch *New Feature*

In Blog, Business, Read & Digest on June 22, 2012 at 11:59 am

*new feature Read and Digest will provide you with good reads for your lunch break*

Come Early, Stay Late: What I’ve Learned About Summer Internships

Corporate Welfare vs. Social Welfare Statistics

She Means Business – The New Momentum and Success of Women Entrepreneurs

A Life Unknown: ‘Fear of Anonymity Drives Our Culture

Will the Real Black People of Atlanta Please Stand Up?