Lately I’ve had a few projects that were dependent on photos that other people sent me. It has become pretty typical when I request photos that people send stuff that is, well, not so great. You don’t have to be a pro or have a fancy camera to take a photo that can be used in […]
I’ve heard recently from some friends who blog that they are discouraged that they don’t have much engagement with their readers. With no feedback or interaction, they are wondering why they should even bother. This started a conversation that focussed on answering just one simple question: Why do you blog?
Everyone knows that if you are starting a business, your first step is a business plan. This is true no matter what size your business will be and what you plan to do. But too often, would-be entrepreneurs get mired in this step and never seem to get anywhere.
The newer the iPad, the better — but as long as you are not having issues, older models are perfectly fine for most users. When the next version of the operating system comes out in Fall 2017, it will be compatible with most of the recent models. But how old is too old?
When you work for a company with enterprise tools, almost everyone has the exact same kind of computer with the same tools. It’s very comfy how everything works seamlessly together; and if this is your experience, you probably have no idea how challenging a calendar can be.
I was recently contact by someone who wanted to modify an MS Word doc so that the outside margins in his student workbook were large enough for the students to take notes in. This is such a very simple thing to do that I thought I’d just treat this as a freebie and describe the process here.
Every morning, the first thing I do after I get dressed is put on my bluetooth headset. Rather then the Borgesque ear-dongle, I use a headset that goes around my neck, then only put the earbuds in when I get a call or want to listen to music (or white noise). I wear it all day, and […]
Part of being a professional is knowing when to move on and to do so in a professional way.
Taking a job, whether as an employee or as a contractor, is not the same thing as entering into a marriage. You are there to do your best work for your employer or client, but if […]
Event management has become a big part of what I do. One thing I stress is that every event needs a documented plan: it starts with strategy and then dives into the tactics. Not only does this give everyone a single “plan of record” to refer to as they work on the show, it helps you with planning […]
A few months ago I needed to quickly come up to speed on using the GoToWebinar platform for a client. Webinars are all the rage these days, so this was a nice bit of knowledge to get into place and I was happy for the opportunity. So, as I typically do, I am sharing […]
I spend most of my working day reading, writing, sending, and managing email — so the tool I use must be as efficient as possible. When I was on Windows, I was an Outlook power-user. I really came to hate Windows back then so switched over to Mac. I loved everything about my new Mac experience… except I […]
After 30 years on a PC I became a Mac person, and I will never look back. Interested in making the switch? I’ll draw on my own recent experience with the switch to hopefully make this easier for you. I’ve broken this process down into three main sections: Hardware, Operating System, Software; and then go into a few Annoyances.
To work in DocBook, your first step is to set up the toolchain. For those new to technical communications, a toolchain is the set of programs, utilities, compilers, etc. that work together to provide you with what you need to get the job done. It’s a chain of tools — get it? I found the process much easier said than done, and so decided to carefully document each step along the journey.
Freelancer Tip #1: Even those with years of freelancing behind them can get in a deadline bind, and the more clients you juggle, the harder it gets. Missed deadlines are a fact of life: it is timely communication that can make missed deadlines okay (or at least not so bad).
Everyone knows that project slips are sometimes unavoidable and so the agencies plan for this, but major schedule delays cause a ripple effect of problems for the freelancers and other resources on your project.
We are a melting pot of lots of things including faiths and we are all free to express that. Just go into it knowing that not everybody in your audience will agree with your sentiment, and some folks will feel uncomfortable about it.
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- 1-minute Photo Improvement
- Why Do You Blog?
- Batch Processing with Affinity Photo
- The Entrepreneur’s 10-Step Condensed Business Plan
- iPad: How Old is Too Old?
- Do I Have Enough to Quit My Day Job?
- Leave Localization to the Pros
- Make Your Calendars Play Nice Together
- Free Graphics Sources
- Mirrored Margins in MS Word
- A Tale of Three Headsets
- Time to Move On
- The Event Plan: a Tradeshow Primer
- GoToWebinar Basics
- Outlook for Mac: So Close!
- From Windows to Mac
- Evernote is Awesome
- Set Up a DocBook Toolchain
- Your Professional Resume
- Stock Photography Tips