Simple, Free Tools Yield 2× Productivity Increase First There is a Mountain ? A while ago a client tasked me with consolidating and formatting eleven PowerPoint decks into a single, 700 slide master deck. I was to provide an attractive, uniform loo...
Several cybersecurity, medical/healthcare, and high-tech manufacturing firms have me fine-tune their marketing and other business communications. I specialize as a copyeditor, substantive editor, technical writer, and occasional graphics layout artis...
Do It the Drag 'n' Drop Way I wanted something oh-so-groovy for a new portion of my toppermost Experience section on my LinkedIn profile. After some debate and pro-cras-tin-a-tion (sung to the tune of a '79 Heinz ketchup commercial), I decided to upl...
Several years ago I was squeezed out the door at my last full-time position (where I had been employed just shy of five years). There weren?t any full-time opportunities on the immediate horizon that met my criteria (or me theirs), so with my nest eg...
One might recall the 1999 loss of NASA’s $125MM Mars Climate Orbiter. A post-mortem revealed that a key contractor had used English units of measurements for thruster navigation commands.
Many of those whose content I regularly edit or proofread already know that I think William Zinsser's On Writing Well is likely the best book on business writing in existence. If it isn't, it's certainly in the top five.
Ransom traps are showing up more frequently on the web; these freeze the browser and demand that you phone some number so as to regain control of your computer. For example, the other day I came across a RSS link to a Wall Street Journal article I wanted to read.
In a misguided attempt to make Windows for user-friendly twenty years ago, Microsoft disabled the ability to view file name extensions by default. After all, Macintosh users don’t have to deal with extensions, right? And isn’t storing a given file in, say, DocumentsGizmos IncUser ManualsQuick S
As a Windows expert tapping my earlier training as a radio broadcaster, I began recording video “how to” guides in the past millennium (sounds like a long time ago, right?). Being many years before the advent of YouTube and webinars, in those days such recordings were distributed to every Learning T
What About “On Air” Talent? Part one of this article detailed affordable hardware and software you can use to produce professional demos, YouTube videos, webinars and the like. Before you begin to see your name in lights, however, acquiring all or any portion of that merchandise isn’t going to make
One Thing Leads to Another [Author note: Only on one of my posts are you going to find an obscure reference to the Rocky & Bullwinkle show coupled with song titles by The Temptations, Kool & the Gang, and The Fixx.] OK… so that LinkedIn post of yours—or someone else’s—got a number of Likes.
As a long-term LinkedIn user, I knew about the advantages to adding media to my profile. A few days ago I was reminded of the long-postponed additions I had wanted to make to mine after reading another excellent post by LinkedIn guru Wayne Breitbarth entitled, Does Your LinkedIn Profile Need a Boost
In Getting the Targeted Recommendation, last week I posted about asking for finely-tuned recommendations that call out specifics regarding your skill set. For me, there are those positions for which I'd like to be recommended for my graphic arts ability.
As a freelancer, I like to add a new [Experience] section entry to my LinkedIn profile for every new client I obtain. Among other benefits, this gives me another block of space (read: more characters) to highlight my work, add more SEO keywords, and include rich media.
Adding rich media to your LinkedIn profile helps boost your personal brand in many ways. First, it makes your profile much more interesting to read and may cause viewers to linger longer—yielding a stronger impression.
I have many freelance clients and so keep projects related to each in respective Windows folders. Pressing [Windows] [E] is a useful way to immediately open File Explorer at any time, but it always defaults to the My Computer folder.