Big screens and presentations—no sweaty palms required

Among other things, Windows 7 addresses the second-most prevalent human phobia: Fear of the Big Screen Not Working During a Presentation. No one wants to look like a dim bulb. That Big, Eye-Popping Projector-and-Screen (or gargantuan monitor) in your conference room or lobby will play nicely with your Windows 7 machine. You can connect with…


Create PowerPoint handouts in Word

As I suggested last week in 4 ways to make your point in PowerPoint, handouts are a great technique for getting your audience to focus on your presentation and retain your key takeaway points (literally!). If you want more control over your PowerPoint handouts than the default Handout print option, send your slides over to…


Optimize your Outlook calendar

Once your Outlook mailboxes are in order, it’s time to turn to your Outlook calendar. When you checked your folder sizes, you might have found that the calendar is one of the bigger culprits in filling up your Exchange mailbox. This is where large attachments designated for a single, long-forgotten meeting often hide. You may…


Using OneNote during meetings

I once had a manager who carried around a steno pad. He wrote frequently in that steno pad in a very, very small script. He was proud that he’d had the same notebook for years. It was his symbol. Something like the guy with the stapler in the movie Office. But the problem was, he…


Meetings 101: Live Meeting Recording

The Live Meeting topic got so many hits that I think it’s worthwhile to spend a little more time on this. I hope you looked at the live webcast trainings coming up, I signed up for several myself. In case you don’t have a lot of time, and just want some quick answers, I’m covering…


Meetings 101: Live Meeting Tips

Live Meeting can change the way you do business – it helps you feel more connected than just an audio call. However, there are some challenges if you don’t use it too often, or have never used it before. Here are a few tips to help you get the most from Live Meeting. Audio Audio…


Meetings 101: Agendas and Meeting Workspaces

Agendas are important. Why? Number one, they help you keep on track. Number two, they alert people to the context of the meeting. In our meeting heavy corporate world, you have to make decisions all the time about which meetings to attend. An agenda gives you that opportunity. If you are the one running the…


Meetings 101: Prepare

I go to many, many, many meetings. They vary in usefulness. The best ones are when (if I’m the one planning the meeting) I have done my homework and prepared an agenda, set up the technology correctly, and then followed up with action items. In other words, I’m prepared. Do I do this every time?…


Meetings 101

I have to rush. I have just a few minutes to write this post. My day has been packed solid with back-to-back-to-back meetings. Do you have days like this too? It means that you do your work after hours, when you should be watching Star Trek reruns from Netflix. (TMI?) Meetings 101 will cover pre-meeting…