Let me tell you. I have been working “virtually” since before Google was a thing. Cross my heart! Though you probably can’t tell by my youthful, girlish looks, I was providing virtual assistance before it became an industry. Yes, I’m a dinosaur, but that’s exactly why you should listen to what I’m about to say.
It’s only 3:00 p.m. but your eyelids are getting heavy and your head is nodding. At this very moment, nothing sounds better than finding a nice cozy place for a good long nap. The problem is you still have three hours of work to cram into the two hours left in your workday. In reality, your lack-luster performance is not from a “carb-dip” or “caffeine deficit”…it’s more likely due to exhaustion and overwhelm from trying to do it all.
Do you ever find yourself spending more time stressing about the work that needs to be done and the tasks that need to be completed than you do actually doing the work and completing the tasks?
Stress from worry about everything going on in our businesses and personal lives has become so commonplace in our day-to-day lives, that we are often unaware of its effects on us physically and emotionally. Stress is not only draining, but if not controlled, can become a never-ending cycle. Stressing about one thing usually leads to stressing about something else, which leads to something else. Before we know it, we become even more tired and worn down than usual, which can often lead to fitful or sleepless nights, which only compounds the problems and causes more stress.
So what’s the solution? The first step is awareness. Call a spade a spade and acknowledge your stress is causing friction and distress in your business. The next step is ACTION. Take the time to laser in on the issues, work, and tasks that are causing you stress and work to find ways to lessen it. Today, I’d like you to take a few moments to: [Read more…]
With the holidays rapidly approaching and festivities on the rise, there is no better time to network. It’s the perfect time of year to start building connections that can last well into 2013 and beyond. When you consider that even one or two new connections can lead to more work and more sales, you can see it is well worth the time. We understand you are busy;but it doesn’t take long to connect and make a great impression.
Here are our best holiday networking tips:
Get busy and start signing up for holiday networking and events – There are so many fun holiday parties, events, and networking opportunities happening now and over the next two months. It’s your opportunity to have some fun and get your name and face out there. Even better are all the opportunities and events that don’t require you to leave the comfort of your own home. Online holiday parties, Twitter parties, fun blog promotions, and other fun virtual events are just a few of the ways you can connect. If you’re having trouble finding events that will provide the best value for your time, try hosting your own. Whatever you do this holiday season, make a commitment to attend as many online and offline holiday events you can. Take advantage of the Chamber’s holiday breakfast or party to connect in a more informal way with everyone you see year-round. But remember, just going there isn’t enough; you need to engage and connect, which leads us to our next tip. [Read more…]
Most of you know how much I love Skype … and how much I love Evernote. They are both in my top 3 must-have technical tools. So, when I find another cool tech tool that uses BOTH Skype and Evernote, it makes my heart beat with uncontrollable joy!
I like to record phone calls with clients and team members when discussing something that needs to be on record – whether it’s for continuity purposes, or so we can easily refer back to the recording rather than having the need to take copious notes. I pay $2.95 per month so I can call landlines in both the US and Canada via Skype; it’s just so much easier to be able to have a conversation using a headset than it is to hold a regular telephone. I was also using Pamela for Skype; which is pretty nice and easy to use. It’s $24.95 per year, but it does the trick.
However … I was looking through the different apps available for Skype and found Callnote (be still my heart!). Callnote will record your call automatically, and then, get this, ask if you want to upload the MP3 to your Evernote notebook for you. If it’s not an important call, you just say no. But if it is important, you don’t even have to remember to TELL it to record, it just does it automatically. And … to top it off, it’s free.
There is also Callnote premium, that will allow you to record Skype Video, Chat, Screen Share, and of course Voice conversations and automatically store them in your Evernote notebook. The Premium app is free for a limited time, but I haven’t tried it yet; I’m still getting over my aversion to video chats in general.
Both Pamela and Callnote can be found under tools/apps in your Skype menu. It’s not a bad idea to check the apps out now and then. You may find little gems that make your heart flutter!
by Lois Creamer
The phone rang at 8:01 AM in my office a few months ago. A very familiar voice said, “It’s time”. I knew what he was talking about, since we had been discussing the pros and cons of adding a staff person to his business. I asked, “How do you know it’s time?” He replied, “When I punched my long distance access code into the microwave to heat up some coffee, I knew I needed help!”