Category Archives: Professional

Newest Addition to my Productivity Arsenal

WriteThat.name - save any contacts from the webStop disrupting your workflow to add new contacts to your address book.   You’re too busy for the copy – paste – copy – paste – reformat, followed by 5 minutes trying to figure out what you were doing before you paused to update your contacts.

I utilize an arsenal resources to maximize productivity so when I saw a Lifehacker post titled, “WriteThat.name grabs contact info anywhere on the web,” I was intrigued.

Sign up with your email address and download the extension if you use Chrome.  Copy any contact info you find online and paste it to the app.  WriteThat.name reformats the material, helps you edit details and save the new contact with 1-click.  The app syncs to your address book to permit automatic updates  or you can review/approve changes before they are made.  It’s like auto-pilot for your address book!

WriteThat.name also offers add-ons that synchronize with Salesforce, Outlook, and can even search your old emails for contacts.  Still not convinced?  Add me to your contacts with 1-click using the link below and send me a message.  I’m happy to discuss my experience and answer your questions!

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Apps for Business I Could Not Live Without

With thousands of apps at your fingertips it’s easy to become overwhelmed.  Most people quickly realize they have no use for 9 out of 10 apps available in the marketplace.  In this complex world of productivity tools, social media, reminders, and mobile access, each of us discovers a select group of apps that become a key component in our lives and life without them seems unbearable.

 

mobile business appWhen you’re not scrolling through pictures of your ex on Facebook or begging friends to help harvest your farm, there is a wide selection of apps for business, productivity, and organization.  It’s time to get down to business and there are different apps for different chaps, so my favorites won’t suit everyone but I encourage you to test them and share your own favorites below.

 

Organization:

  1. Dropbox – store pictures, phone/security backups, passwords, team files, you name it.  I have to rank Dropbox over Evernote because of all the bonus space I’ve earned. (50 Gigs – boom!)
  2. Evernote – keep notes organized, tag/label items you’ll need in the future, or bookmark articles to read later.  View/Edit/Save material to your Evernote account while logged-in using any browser or access the same material while you’re away from your desk using a phone or tablet. Evernote

Communication: 

  1. Skype – inexpensive international calling from anywhere you have an internet connection.
  2. Google VoiceGoogle Voice – can’t get messages while you’re out of the office?  Use Google Voice to have voicemails transcribed and delivered to your email inbox.  Similar to Skype, Google Voice also offers inexpensive international calls.
  3. Whats App Messenger – send text messages to any phone anywhere across the globe for free!

Travel:

  1. TripIt – email flight, hotel, car rental, or any other confirmation to TripIt and the information will be neatly organized into a trip itinerary.  Stop carrying copies of your confirmations everywhere you go.  Download the TripIt app and have your itinerary at your fingertips.
  2. Kayak – my favorite app and website for searching flights.  Easily select your criteria and within seconds you have a list of all flights from most major airlines.
  3. Uber – refuse to fight for a cab?  Limited budget but want to show up for your meeting in style?  Go Uber!  Uber will signal a cab, towncar, or van (set your own preferences) and using the magic of GPS your ride will pick you up at your current location for a small surcharge.  You’ll never hail a taxi again! Uber

 

There are several other apps that help me get through the work day, but the aforementioned list should be part of everyone’s bag of tricks.  Commit to using a couple of the apps on my list for the next week and let me know how it goes.  Is there an app I need in my life?  Let me know in the comments section below.

 

 

 

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What Was Poppin’ at the Sweets and Snacks Expo?

Original Gourmet Lollipop Queen

Photo Credit: http://www.candyindustry.com/ ; Amanda Gajdosik & Crystal Lindell

Landing in Chicago at 7:00 Monday morning on the red-eye from Las Vegas sounded like the worst idea in the world.  Tack on a 90-minute rush hour taxi communte from O’Hare to the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown Chicago and one may think I was intentionally torturing myself.  Fast forward to Monday afternoon and my travel nightmare seemed like a distant memory thanks to the buzz surrounding the Original Gourmet booth at McCormick Place for the NCA Sweets and Snacks Expo.

Guests posed for pictures with the Lollipop Queen.  The OGFC team redefined perceptions of the lollipop category for thousands of visitors that stopped by booth #571.  Guests left with an understanding why Original Gourmet Lollipops truly are the “World’s Best Lollipops”!

 

Original Gourmet Sweets and Snacks

Original Gourmet Food Co. booth at NCA Sweets and Snacks Expo

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OG Lollipops Were a Hit at Hy-Vee and an Olympian’s Favorite Flavor

Original Gourmet Lollipops at HyVee Show

Look for Original Gourmet Lollipops at Hy-Vee locations throughout the Midwest.  Plus, a chance encounter with a lollipop-loving Olympian!

 

Original Gourmet Lollipops were a hit at the Hy-Vee Show in Des Moines, IA.  A few phrases we repeatedly overheard throughout the day:

  • “These are the best lollipops!”
  • “I love these things!”
  • “There isn’t another product that’s even close in comparison.”

Responses like these are a constant reminder that we have an awesome product at Original Gourmet.  I even received a brand new Metrokane Rabbit wine aerator in exchange for a cotton candy lollipop – my blockbuster trade of the day!

Kansas City Stadiums

After a quick ride to Kansas City for an appointment, we were homeward bound.  I had the pleasure of sitting next to Canadian Olympic softball pitcher Danielle Lawrie.  She’s a fan of Original Gourmet Lollipops and said she loves them when she’s traveling.  Danielle leaves this week to join her team in Japan for the next 9 months, so I had to hook her up with a stash of her favorite flavors for the trip (Cotton Candy & Blue Raspberry).  The only downside — she was so humble and awesome that I can’t heckle her brother at the next Blue Jays/Red Sox game I attend.  Keep it poppin’ in Japan Danielle!

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I’m Not Lost: I’ve Been Dining on the Beach in Aruba!

I'm Not Lost: I've Been Dining on the Beach in Aruba!

It doesn’t get much better. Because my wife is a teacher, school vacation week is one of the few opportunities we have during the school-year to take advantage of some fun in the sun! Aruba is our favorite spot in the world!

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February 22, 2013 · 7:15 PM

How to Easily Answer the “What Do You Do For Work” Question

Stop creating elaborate explanations stuffed with an exorbitant amount of industry jargon in a pathetic attempt to make your position and responsibilities appear on par with that of a Fortune 500 CEO.  Get over yourself.  Nobody is buying your line of B.S. for the same reason resumes and references are becoming a thing of the past — talk is cheap and people want to see action.

Keep It Simple KISSI recently presented at “Career Day” for a 1st grade class.  After 10 years working in sales and marketing, it was a relief to speak with an authentic, captive audience.  First grade students do not sugar-coat their responses, which makes for an interesting Q&A.  The candid feedback I received from the class was a refreshing reminder to focus on the basics and K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple, Stupid.  The students didn’t care about fancy job titles or industry vocabulary.  What do you do?  Do you like your job?  Do you get along with the people you work with?

Stop creating false impressions with everyone you meet.  Go back to the basics.  Ask yourself: would my explanation make sense to a first grade student?  If not, simplify even more.  You’ll have an opportunity to impress after you win them over with your humble personality and no-nonsense approach.  

A First Grade Student’s Response To:

“What Do You Do For Work?”

First Grade Job Description

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When You Don’t Have Time For Social Networking

Don’t be fooled by the the limited activity you see on this blog.  If you’ve been paying attention then you know that a social footprint goes well beyond a blog and there are several strategies to maintain a social presence with little or no additional effort at all.

social media iconsWe’ve already outlined a simple, effective strategy to develop an online presence and I taught you why your online presence is more important than street cred, but what do you do when your time is limited?  Social networking “groupies” are easy to spot because they are the first people to fall off the grid when life gets busy and time is limited.  Groupies only care about their social presence when they have nothing better to do.  If you want to be a Groupie then I suggest you go creep around with other groupie/stalker types, but if your prerogative (see inevitable footnote) is to maintain your social presence with a limited time commitment then I’ll make the next 45-seconds of your precious time worthwhile.  

Forget meaningful blogging when time is limited.  It requires too much time.  You can quickly post memes, quotes, and relevant content to a Tumblr blog to stay top of mind and continue contributing content.  Twitter is the best use of your time.  Retweet a few items that peaked your curiosity and auto-schedule posts using the content from your regular reading material or blog roll.  Bookmark a portion of this content on Delicious.  Leave a post on LinkedIn each day (and don’t forget to re-post on Twitter/Facebook when you do).  Google is your friend.  +1 everything you read and make a few of these posts public on your Google+ page.  Check-in on Fourquare at all meetings, events, and/or when you’re traveling (don’t forget to share these check-ins on Twitter/Facebook too).  

You just incorporated at least 7 social networks into your daily activities with little or no additional effort.  Best of all, your social presence is stronger as ever.  Time is limited so move along and implement your own abbreviated approach!

Need proof it works?  Follow my activity over the past few weeks:

Over the past three weeks my Klout score went up nearly 3 points.  I’ve managed to stay relevant event when I’m barely present!

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