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3 tips to overcome Email Overload

An email inbox can take over your life, if you let it, so here are 3 of my top tips for keeping it under control with a little bit of automation and clean up.

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Tip 1 Set up "Quick Steps", these are automated shortcuts in Outlook that are overlooked by most people. They are in the Home menu with some already set up for you (but the first time you use them you get to set up the correct details for them e.g. to whom to send your team email). You can also create a new one from scratch, which can include one or many steps. I have found this very useful as I typically wanted to set up a meeting or task from an email, include the email on the meeting and file a copy in a certain folder as well.

Take the time to come up with at least 2 new quick links that suit your work pattern, or utilize 2 of the options already created. And then make sure you use them over the next 2 weeks. At the end of that time don't be surprised if you haven't set up another couple. If you run...

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Dictation Tools for World Arthritis Day

In light of World Arthritis Day I thought I'd remind everyone about the dictation tools available on your phones and computers.  iPhones and iPads have a microphone button in the keyboard normally beside the space - try pressing it and dictate your message and then press the keyboard button to return to the keyboard.  You also have the ability of saying "Hey Siri send a message" and then she will ask you to dictate what you want in the message.  If you are in your computer and on Microsoft Word you will find a Dictate button on the Home menu bar click on it to start (wait for the red dot to appear) and then click it off when you are finished.  Dictation recognition has come a long way, give it a try and save your fingers!

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3 Steps for Driving Traffic from Pinterest

Uncategorized Sep 27, 2019

Recent research shows that pinterest continues to grow and drive traffic to websites.  Use it as a tool to boost your social media presence and get more visitors.  And the indications are that Pinterest users are in discovery mode, ready to buy products and services and are actively looking for solutions.  55 percent of Pinners are looking for specific products.


But in order to get that website traffic, you need to use the right methods. It won’t help just pinning your content you need to insure the images are irresistable.


Here are three action steps to take:


Use Pin It Buttons On Your Website


Just like any other social media buttons, add a “Pin It” button to your website that will appear on every piece of content with an image. This will allow visitors to share your content on Pinterest that they find interesting. And then their followers will see it and hopefully share it too. This way, your content will gain...

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Don’t get hacked – top 10 tips to protect your website

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Security on your website should be a top priority, and recently I wrote a blog for the Women’s Network Australia (WNA) site on how to prevent website hacking.  Go to this link to read the steps you should take or should check you have in place.

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How to Link Excel Data over Multiple Sheets

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Would you like to be able to view a master list – of client activities, or client support queries – and then have a sheet in excel for each of the clients.  You can do this with Microsoft Excel by linking the data with Microsoft Query.  The steps to follow in Excel 2007 or later are (the screenshots are from Excel Office 365):

Step 1

Create all the workbook sheets that you need – your master list and the individual client sheets.  In the Master List page put the column headings you want and a couple of lines of sample data so you can see this working.  One of the columns will need to be the client names that are the same as the sheet names you have set up.  Save your file as a Microsoft Macro enabled type (*.xlsm).

Step 2

Name the master table range by highlighting the table (the headings and the data in the rows), type a name for the range in the Name Box that is up to the left of the formula bar, then press Enter.  This is required...

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SEO for Small Business – What does it mean?

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You’ve started your website and wanting it to generate new clients for you but then … nothing.  You’ll hear people talk about SEO, SERP, traffic and improving those so you can get some client and it all goes over your head.  So I’ve started this series on SEO for Small Businesses and what you need to know.

In this first blog we’ll just go through an overview and you can decide if you want to do the work or get a professional like myself to help you with your SEO but at least you are going to learn a couple of things so you talk with them about what you need.  And at the end I’ll point out a quick website that can do a basic SEO audit for free.

So why are we doing this in the first place.  You need people that are searching to find your website, to click through and then hopefully contact you for your products or...

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How To Create Racing Bar Charts

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Racing Bar Charts are quite popular on Facebook and stand out well in the Facebook newsfeed.  To create a bar chart showing animation without any programming knowledge you need 3 items:

  • The data you want to use – must have rows of information and the data changing over the columns for the different years.
  • The toolset
  • A screen recorder toolset, I use Techsmith’s Camtasia (or SnagIt) which you can find at

When you go to the flourish tool then you choose one of the racing bar chart examples, which then sets you up with temporary data.

Go to the Data button, and either enter or import your data.

You can then view your graph within seconds in the preview option.

To tweak headings, colours and speed use the menu options on the right.   Don’t forget to load your company logo...

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