I just checked my calendar to see what my week was like and nearly fainted: I never have weeks like this. We’re not big on “standing meetings” at Tucows but I do like to make time to sit down with all my direct reports at least once a week. And […]Continue Reading →
Over the holidays I took some time to rethink my inbox strategy and I thought I’d share my current approach with you. For reference, that’s my brand-spankin’-new inbox you’re seein’ here. IMAP I’m now using IMAP for work and home accounts. Up until now I’ve been a POP-guy — more out of […]Continue Reading →
Lately I’ve been getting amazing word of mouth leads from friends, associates, and clients. Since my business largely depends on these recommendations, I’ve always been generous in thanking those who’ve sent business my way. Of course rewarding your lead generators makes sense, but the question is, how. In the past […]Continue Reading →
I find these mind maps very interesting. I’m a big fan of using outliners to organize my thoughts. I use ActionOutline right now and find it very useful. I like building a list of stuff and then making “sub-stuff” by indenting. This is a standard way I organize thoughts for […]Continue Reading →
Lately I’ve been getting more requests through LinkedIn and I started thinking about how a whole new etiquette is needed to deal with the issues that arise. Here are some thoughts around sending requests through others via LinkedIn. 1. Don’t try to send a request more than two degrees away. […]Continue Reading →
People are forever missing the point on how to do a presentation. PowerPoint just makes matters worse by encouraging presenters to use the screen for THEIR needs (i.e. putting their speaking notes up on the screen) instead of the audiences needs (i.e. to provide visual clues to the structure and meaning of what is presented).
Doc Searls had some good advice on giving presentations back in 1998 that are still mostly relevant (although the suggestions to use hotbot to steal copyrighted images seems a bit out of touch with the times!).
This Wired article offers some good advice for getting people to respond to your e-mail requests — don’t cc, but rather send the message to one person.
The problem seems to come from people a) overwhelmed by their inbox and to do lists, and b) a feeling that “someone else will deal with it”.
Once stated this is pretty obvious, but I still receive (and send) messages to groups of associates expecting individual action.