Today a tip for shuffling through web pages that works with any browser. And a freebie too.

My wife visits a cooking site that has drawings for books and cookware. They have many giveaways going and you can only enter each one once a day. She was getting confused each day over which ones she had entered and which ones she hadn’t. So I showed her the following idea. After I explain it I’ll give you a few more ways to use it.

Here is the high level outline of the process:

  1. For each item on the list you want to enter right-click on the link and choose “Open in New Tab”.
  2. Repeat this for each item you are interested in.
  3. Go through each tab, enter, close the tab.
  4. When the tabs are closed you are done.

If this is something that uses the same pages each day go ahead and create a toolbar bookmark folder to put all the pages in. Then you can just right-click the folder and choose “Open All Bookmarks”. Makes really quick work out out of checking a set of pages each day.

I know that was very brief so I made a little video showing you how. It will be easier than typing it out. You can view that video here:

In the video I use a news site and show how I’ll read only the articles that interest me. Because the available articles is covered quickly I don’t get bogged down. I can also read the articles throughout the day as I get some free time.

Other times I will use the technique when reading a forum with the topics I want to respond to. This lets me spend extra time on the replies. Same with online email. Open the ones I want to respond to in a new tab.

And here is the freebie and it is only good today – October 9, 2013. It is a free Kindle book by William Wittmann. I have enjoyed all the books of his I have read. This one is called “Drawing the Sacred – communing with the sacred through drawing.” If that sounds interesting to you check it out. You don’t have to have a Kindle you can use Amazon’s free Cloud Reader:

http://amzn.to/1fjE6kp

Hope something here is useful to you.

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A few months ago I wrote about using technology to get better customer service.

Click here to read that article.

The basic idea was using Jing to let customer support see exactly what is happening to you. It really is helpful. Many of you let me know it had worked well for you. Jing is free. I actually use Jing’s big brother’s Camtasia and Snagit. Those aren’t free but have more powerful tools. I would use Jing until you started looking for certain features or need longer recordings.

Click here to read about Jing, Camtasia, and Snagit

Another cool use for a Jing video is to share an interesting web site or site review. By making a quick video I can share my thoughts easier than typing them in an email. So when I find an interesting website I’ll shoot a quick video showing what I am liking and where it is on the site. Then I share that. Sometimes I do it for my own review later. When I do this I bookmark the website and put (Jing) at the end of the bookmark name to remind me there is a video.

The flipside of getting better customer service is using Jing to help train others. I work pretty fast and have made shortcuts for myself for almost everything that I do more than once. Unfortunately my shortcuts aren’t always easy to pass on because they have “issues” and errors that popup, etc. That is ok since I know which errors can be ignored. But some get antsy when they see errors popping up all the time.

For most of the web based technical work – domains, hosting, blogs, email, etc. – I have been training my children. I began using Jing to make videos of what needed to be done. Over time this was amounting to a small library.

I was talking to my friend Leo Quinn. He had been doing the same thing and finally just bought the rights to a package of videos on all things website and Internet marketing. Now he just links to a video and tells them what he needs done. Very handy and fast. I immediately bought a set. They have been saving me a lot of time.

They were so helpful I asked him to work up something special if it could help you or someone you know. He said sure and put a low price on them but only for the next week.

Click here now to learn more

While I was writing this email a friend called from Abilene, TX. He asked me about setting up a website with an email list. He needed two. One for himself (entertainer) and one for his wife (hair salon). I sent him the link above and told him everything he needed to know is there. Then to call me back and we will talk about it. He called back an hour later telling me it was exactly what he needed.

So if you maintain a website, know someone who maintains a website, or know someone who is thinking of setting up a website. Give that link a look. It can save you a ton of time.

Here is the link again

Looking forward

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A Few Things

by DanB

Today I have just a few tidbits to share. They seem kind of random but this is what has caught my radar recently.

First I told you I would be in Dallas last week and it was an interesting conference. I was able to catch up with a friend from Hawaii who I hadn’t seen since 1985. And made a few new friends from Hawaii.

One the people I spoke with is an educator on the east coast. He shared with me that cost cutting measures had turned his classroom from 30 students to 300. We then had an interesting talk about the effective use of slides and different ways of keeping their attention.

For my part I shared most of what I shared with you in my last email. If you missed that it is on the blog:

Click here to read Thoughts on Presentation

A couple of days ago I was reading John Mauldin’s assessment of the future of Pension Funds. It wasn’t pretty. He called the letter Unrealistic Expectations. At the end he sums up his conclusions and relates them to the changes coming at The Federal Reserve. The letter is a bit long but if you have any interest in either pensions or the changes coming to Fed it is worth a read.

Click here now to read the PDF of Unrealistic Expectations

Finally there is another free “Fest”. This time it is the Releasing Fest. Sign up and hear the sessions for free. I think you will be glad you did. I’ve been through this course myself and it is a simple concept with big results. Release anger, get rid of pain, and finally enjoy peace are some of what you’ll learn. It actually started today but you can still sign up for free.

Click here now to find out about the Releasing Fest

Here is a really short video about Releasing:

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It’s fun. My bargain laminator arrived and the kids are already putting it through the paces. Looks like it will serve us just fine.

Wanted to share a few thoughts on why I like using lamininated sheets instead of Power Point presentations or folders of information when I am one on one or talking to a small group..

Before I do that let me share a pet peeve of mine. I’m sure you have been in a presentation where the presenter just read the slides. When I have been in meetings where this happens I usually raise my hand and ask the presenter if they are just going to read the slides. If the answer is yes I give them my email address and ask them to email it to me to review. Then I leave until they send it. I can read and digest that presentation in a fraction of the time it takes them to read it to me. Further I will retain more of the information as my mind wanders less. A short follow up meeting to plug any loose ends and we have both saved a bunch of time.

Do you get odd reactions when you do something like that? Of course. But it doesn’t take long for people to catch on and learn that you are trying to understand the information and not just trying to skip out on a meeting. In my case it is actually both!

There is a funny example of how PowerPoint style presentations can negatively impact a messages delivery. It called “The Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation” and you can see it here:

http://norvig.com/Gettysburg/

When I have to speak with people I like to have visuals that support what I am talking about. Much of the time I just draw them as I go. But for more complex ideas or ideas I share often I make a nice sheet and laminate it.

The laminate actually makes the information seem a little more important. And I only have one on the table at any given time. Helps keep it focused. No way to get ahead of what I’m sharing with you.

You can be more interactional with the laminated sheet, touching it, positioning it, and even draw on it with an erasable marker. I use a small coin to hold the place we are talking about at any given moment.

If you bring a laptop or tablet and run your presentation on that it allows people to bring their ingrained habits of dealing with information on screen. With the hard copy it is much more personal and you are all staring at a screen but rather interacting with each other. Best of all I never have technical difficulties

When I present to a large group I use the same visuals but project them. The main difference between this and a PowerPoint presentation is there are far fewer slides and we explore each in depth rather than read.

Those are few quick ideas on why I prefer paper over electronic presentations. Share your thoughts below.

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What I have been up to…

August 16, 2013

It’s time consuming. Trying to integrate new things with old things. The past few weeks I have been doing a lot of hands on client work and ran into some programming snags. The specific issue was a need to collect credit cards where we had only used PayPal in the past. One of the clients […]

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Why is the Internet so slow?…

July 17, 2013

It’s slow. Our Internet connection here has begun to crawl and drop out frequently. It has gotten so bad that we are looking at a new provider. Our current provider is Clear Wireless. I like the concept and I like the no contract. I don’t like how it begins crawling like a snail from 10:30 […]

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