A script? Really?


Apparently with people, if you want to go faster, you need to go slower. A presentation using a Ā script with a clear set of rules (not intended to push LOTS of data) can at least get your point across, and THAT’S really the point of a presentation or demonstration. You ABSOLUTELY CANNOT show all of your capability or product demonstration. Not that it’s so valuable, but PEOPLE just can’t ABSORB it in the time/space you are presenting. Yes, my friends, I am working on SCRIPTS (in the stage/theatre/movie sense of the word)!

Cheers! šŸ˜Ž

Charles McCrumb, Office Automation Expert
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Patience (Ugh, how long will THAT take?)


Sorry folks, I’ve been super busy over the last two weeks, preparing scripts for the upcoming Adobe Flash series “What I use: Why and How?” Ā Trust me, It’ll be worth it!

Cheers! šŸ˜Ž

Charles McCrumb, Office Automation Expert
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What I Use and How Tutorials


Hi All!
I won’t post for a few days. I’m busy preparing an Adobe Flash series showing what I use and how to use it. This may take a while.

Cheers! šŸ˜Ž

Charles McCrumb, Office Automation Expert
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Duarte Presentation Template


HI folks!

I didn’t post yesterday as I was playing with a presentation template made by Nancy Duarte (and company). WOW! Really well done stuff! We can all try to be as professional and motivated/motivating in our professions, as Duarte is!

www.duarte.com

Cheers! šŸ˜Ž

Charles McCrumb, Office Automation Expert
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Specialization vs. The Competent Man or Woman


Three Points to Crosslink

One:
“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”

Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

While Robert Heinlein is a hero of mine, and this speech is often quoted. It’s a bit unrealistic. First, it takes a lifetime of experiences to make a person “Competent” in this way. Secondly, insects are the most competent class of invertebrates BECAUSE they specialize. The fossil record for insects goes back WAY further than for homo sapiens. Insects have made their way for countlessĀ millennia. We as a species have only been around (more or less) for a few million years.

Two:

I am also reminded about a blog post from Mark Cuban (toward the bottom, long blog post) Ā http://blogmaverick.com/2005/05/30/success-and-motivation-you-only-have-to-be-right-once/

And I quote:

“The point of all this is that it doesn’t matter how many times you fail. It doesn’t matter how many times you almost get it right. No one is going to know or care about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you because…

All that matters in business is that you get it right once.

Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are.”

Three:

Seth Godin agrees.

From Wikipedia.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seth_Godin

‘Advertisements on television and radio are classified as ‘interruption marketing’ which interrupt the customer while they are doing something of their preference. Godin popularized the concept of “permission marketing” where the business provides something “anticipated, personal, and relevant”.’ Godin authored “Permission Marketing: Turning strangers into friends and friends into customers.”

See?

Specialization is the ANSWER!

My Synopsis:

The big point Godin makes is you should make your business personal, creating and/or joining a tribe. Don’t try to market to everyone. If your product or service is for everyone, you fail, start over. Make your product or service for a very particular group of people. All you need is 1,000 of them to succeed. A very small, micro-niche business is all that is necessary. Big Corporations can’t compete with and aren’t interested in competing with you in that space. They are reaching into a big bucket of coins, grabbing a big handful, while dimes are falling to the floor. Pick up the dimes. Ā Be the absolute best in that space and command your own price for excellence.Ā Specialization rules in the post-industrial, connection-based economy.

Cheers! šŸ˜Ž

Charles McCrumb, Office Automation Expert
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What I Use and Why


Hi Everyone!

Today I’m going to show and tell what I use and why I use it. This may be brief or it may take a while. Here goes.

To begin; Recently I like to use gmail (gmail.com) for my email. Even company email (hm-associates.com) is pushed through gmail. It’s easy to sort, filter and best of all, it’s ONLINE. This is useful when people start saying “Charlie, you have a virus because I got an email from you saying blah-blah-blah.” That would be anĀ incidentĀ of spoofing where an PC based email client (Outlook, Thunderbird, etc.) got infected and is using any email addresses it finds to pretend to be me (or you). Web based email doesn’t have that problem. Google scans the heck out of what is uploaded to it.

Next, I use Evernote. It’s not just useful for making a note, but keeping notes on EVERYTHING! I use it mostly for clipping web pages (homework stuff, hacks, interesting articles, recipes, etc.). REALLY USEFUL. There’s an installed version for my main PC, an app for my iPhone/iPad and a web version for everything/everywhere else. Which by the way brings me to my third item:

Google Chrome! This is a very cool browser that has extensions for allowing right-clicking to add items to Evernote. Really cool. There’s also a Huntsy (huntsy.com) extension for adding job pages to your employment search, a buffer (bufferapp.com) extension to allow me to populate a post to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn at the same time. Ā There are literally HUNDREDS of extensions that I haven’t even explored yet.

(If This Then That) IFTTT.com. This is a REALLY useful site! At present, I have rules (called recipes on this site) that perform many different functions. Some examples: If someone likes the HMA Facebook Page (via Facebook RSS Feed), then an email will be sent to me saying “Someone liked the HMA Facebook Page”, allowing me to respond and thank that person promptly. If I want to post something to the HMA WordPress Page, I send an email with a keyword in the title to myself, IFTTT looks at my inbox, sees the post and posts it to WordPress. Bufferapp then sees the post and puts it in the buffer for posting according to my pre-defined schedule. Any RSS post that Seth Godin posts will immediately be posted to my “Seth Godin” notebook in Evernote. The recipes go on and on!

http://www.netvibes.com While looking for a replacement for the Google Reader (Google announce that they will shut Google Reader down on July 1, 2013), I came across netvibes. It’s pretty easy to add feeds. I have tabs with feeds for: Daily Reading (Seth’s Blog, Instructables, LifeHacker, Mark’s Daily Apple, How-to-Geek, Hack-a-day, Quotesdaddy.com), Small Business Podcasts, Interesting Podcasts, Investing Podcasts, Old Time Radio Podcasts, National News, International News, Local News.
Really useful for keeping the media in one place, again ONLINE.

Google Calendar. Online and useful. I can add an appointment from email with a keyword (picked up by IFTTT) that populates a gcal event. I have one calendar for private use and another for the business and can see them both simultaneously. Cool!

Microsoft Office. Well, YEAH! We are Office Automation Experts you know! MS-Office is the standard, but we’re also trying out Google Docs, LibreOffice (for Linux), OpenOffice, etc. Not every business can afford the ~$400 (per machine) that MS-OfficeĀ ProfessionalĀ demands.

VIPRE Internet Security 2013. What’s that? You aren’t using any antivirus because you DON”T SEE THE NEED? Get out. No really, get out. You can’t be serious! And you are just opening every email that comes to you and click on the links inside? Well. And you wonder why your PC is slow and your friends are all shunning you. Hmmm.

That’s enough for now. I was thinking of putting in some screen captures, but changed my mind. The post is running large enough for now. I’ll likely post more later.

Cheers! šŸ˜Ž

Charles McCrumb, Office Automation Expert
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The Center of Your Network / The Connection Based Economy


Let me try to cross-link two different ideas: Network connections and the Connection based economy. Here goes.

You are the center of your network of friends, co-workers, ex-coworkers, friends from days gone by, and family. There are some intersections between all groups, but for this discussion, you are the only common link. That makes YOUR network special in very particular ways: NO ONE ELSE has ALL the links you do. You have the potential to help ALL those people. Notice I didn’t say you have the potential to ask for help from all those people. If you include everyone that you can, by keeping your relationships warm, by staying in touch with them, when you need help those people will be thrilled to OFFER help. It’s a lot harder to go from a cold (almost non-existent) relationship and make it hot.

Manager-Tools.com (Building and Maintaining Your Network)

http://www.manager-tools.com/2006/05/building-a-network

Next idea:

The connection based economy is an idea posed by Seth Godin in “Seth Godin’s Startup School”

http://www.earwolf.com/show/startup-school

The basic premise is that the economy we all grew up in has changed from the industrial model, to a connection based model.

The evidence that the industrial model is going away is pretty obvious to me. The major computer manufacturers are in a race to the bottom, lowering prices to undercut their competition. Manufacturing jobs are all heading overseas, or across the border. What is important now is the connections that we make and have made. I know a girl that knows a guy that needs blank. This is the model and it’s becoming increasingly important.

How much better off would we all have been if we had been even a little better at keeping in touch with kids we had known at school? Or co-workers that know our skill sets? Or family that loves us?

The old saying “It’s not WHAT you know, but WHO you know.” isn’t entirely true. It’s WHAT you know AND who you know. It’s results AND relationships.

What do you think? Let me know.

Cheers! šŸ˜Ž

Charles McCrumb, Office Automation Expert
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