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Category Archives: Technology

Apps to Increase Productivity in 2015

I am always keen to discover new ways that technology can help improve my time management and productivity as these are critical to my business success. As we are all aware, mobility has changed our everyday lives and we are “permanently on”. Smartphones and other mobile devices have taken over and ultimately altered the way we communicate – personal and business-wise – making it essential to look to apps that achieve increased productivity and better time management. And as I am an avid user of my iPhone and Pad for work, I can attest that apps can make a big difference. And through the years of using a variety of apps, there are things I look for in a powerful app: • Versatility - being available on all my devices, especially mobile e.g. Evernote, Skype, Podcasts, mSecure • Integration - apps that work with other...

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Improve Your Productivity with Power Naps

Numerous sleep experts highlight the benefits of improved alertness and concentration following a 20-30 minute power nap. My challenge has always been that I seem to wake up after the nap - drowsy and anything but alert. Apparently, this is because I drop off into “deep sleep” rather than staying in a “light sleep” phase. This causes me to wake with Sleep Inertia. I've found a great app to help with my naps - not surprisingly it’s called Sleep Cycle Power Nap and costs $2.49. This smart app uses the accelerometer in your smart phone to monitor your sleep pattern and wakes you while you’re still in the light sleep mode - stopping you from dropping into deep sleep. You simply put your phone in your pocket (or I place it on the chair, bed, lounge, etc in contact with my body). I've found that it...

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Kanban Flow

If you find yourself overwhelmed with all of the stuff you need to do, here’s a great productivity tool I found on the web that can help you get organized easily. This tool is called the KanBan Flow tool which you can find on www.kanbanflow.com. It is web-based and also has a version that you can download to your iPhone, iPad or Android devices so it’s with you wherever you go. The KanBan Flow tool is a web-based board that gives you an excellent overview of your current work situation. It is divided into four columns – To-do, Do today, In progress and Done so you can easily monitor which things you worked on, you should be working on and what’s coming up. You can also have other people linked into your KanBan board. Aside from the fact that it’s a productivity tool, what I like...

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Business Failure

The flipside of "success” is "failure” and it’s the latter that every business owner and manager strive hard to avoid. By definition, the term "business failure” refers to the cessation of a company’s operations following its inability to generate enough revenue to cover expenses without adequate reserves. In the recent times, there are many examples of strong businesses that have failed to adjust to the changing markets and economic times or to take advantage of opportunities – and this has ultimately led to their downfall. Based on my 26 years experience working closely with business owners, here are my 9 key tips to avoiding business failure: 1. always ensure that you target your marketing. Too many businesses have an undifferentiated product/service offering and fail to understand who their target customer is and what they require. Don’t be undifferentiated, make sure you’re speaking the right language and...

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Using your iPad for Presentations

Using Your iPad To Make Presentation As part of my role as a Coach, I tend to deliver a range of tailored training programs for my clients. This usually involves a laptop computer, a presenter remote, a data projector and laptop speakers. However, since purchasing an iPad over 2 years ago, I have found that I no longer have much use for a laptop - in fact, I have just purchased my first desktop computer in over 15 years - an iMac (and I love it!). The catalyst for this was working out that I can use my iPad 2 to deliver my presentations with ease. So how does it work? What gear do I need? What Equipment Makes it Work?     In addition to a presentation device, like a data projector or TV screen, you will need the following: iPad - you will need...

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Tailoring your Marketing to your Consumers

I recently posted about an interesting ad campaign from Canada using Porsches in a wealthy suburb in Toronto. Let's expand on this concept of really understanding your target market and personalising your approach to them. In the video, the advertising agency Lowe Roche in Toronto Canada thought of a way to make advertising more direct and more personal for client - Pfaff Porsche. They drove the Porsche to a neighborhood of affluent families in Toronto (which was their target market), parked the Porsche in driveways and took photos. After the pictures were taken, the team from the advertising agency produced tailored marketing pieces for each address using mobile printers. They then distributed the print outs and the residents of the neighborhood received a personalized direct mail piece. From this creative and very unique campaign, 32% of people responded to a website where they booked a...

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How to Create iPhone Apps – No Programming Knowledge Required

The number of people that I talk with who have a great idea for an iPhone app is incredible. The challenge for most of us in how to make it happen. Too many of the online resources are superficial, high in hype and low in detail or aimed squarely at people with a high level of IT skills and experience. Most of the people I talk with are like me and have no programming skills and lack the time, drive and aptitude to develop them. Despite my lack of skills, I have developed a 2 iPhone apps (Force Field Analysis & Competitor Analysis - both business apps) and have another 4 apps in development. The process to get my apps developed was convoluted and challenging. Along the way, I have made plenty of mistakes but also found heaps of tools, tips and tricks. I have pulled...

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Must Have Business Technology for the Mobile Exec

As a business coach working closely with business owners and managers in a wide variety of settings, I am frequently out of my office and "on the road". In the last few years, I have found some great technology that has revolutionized my work. Most of this has been fueled by increasing connectivity due to wireless broadband Internet, cloud based computing and integrated communication devices. The tools of trade that I can no longer be without are: SMARTPHONE: I use an iPhone as it seamlessly connects with my Mac and iPad making a truly integrated system. However, I have friends and colleagues with Blackberry and Android phones that provide the same evel of service. Key elements are obviously the phone plus internet and email access. In addition there are a variety of apps that I use on my iPhone and iPad that are excellent. I also...

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RSS – What is it? How Do I Use It?

RSS Feeds – What are they? How can I use them in my business? In this day and age, internet and mobile technology play a big role in everyday life. This is especially true for those of us who constantly search for new and efficient ways to disseminate information to our network of friends, customers and clients. Aside from the usual web tactics, RSS feeds make this possible. What are RSS Feeds? RSS ("Really Simple Syndication”) is a group of standardised data formats for news and headlines, blogs, audio and video. It is identified by name or symbols like this:  These formats, also known as "feeds,” allow publishers to publish content automatically via web, desktop and mobile RSS readers. Once published then content can be easily and automatically accessed by groups or individuals. RSS also allows those who are interested to subscribe to the feeds that...

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To Tweet or Not Tweet

To Tweet or Not to Tweet Social networking has indeed changed the world. Since its introduction, this modern phenomenon, which is also referred to as social media, has provided a new and faster way for people to connect, interact and go about with their daily lives. Social networking may have started out as a fad, but its massive appeal has transformed it to something even bigger. And today, almost 50% of the world’s IT literate population, under 30 years old, is on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and more. Social networking has affected almost every person in the world in one way or another—good or bad. In fact, many people’s personal lives have changed because of it. Research shows that 1 out of 8 US couples have met through social networking sites. With things like this happening because of social media, the...

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