Debbie Mayo Smith, International Motivational Speaker
Motivational Speakers, Sales, Marketing, Time Management, Productivity, Technology, Tips

Your Business Quick Tip Alert from Debbie Mayo-Smith
Vol 15 No#124 12 October 2016

Five Great Quick Tips

1. Great Photo App - PrismaBella in Prisma
If you use social media, you'll love Prisma. It has stunning arty filters that are amazing. Here's our Chihouahoua Bella. It's free and easy.

2. Turn Those Darn Notifications OFF!!!
If you want to get more done - turn off all your notifications; or at least for a long block of work time every day.

Those dings of email notifications or texts can cause you to lose up to 40% of your work time. Now is that email (probably a promotional one or a simple CC) really worth it?

Put your phone on silent. Close the Gmail or other webmail tab of your browser.

Turn off Outlook Email Notifications
2003 - 2007: Options >Preferences Tab >Click Email Options>Advanced Email Options. Under when new items arrive in my Inbox clear the Display a New Mail Desktop Alert (default Inbox only) check box.

2010 -2016
: File>Mail>Message Arrival. Unselect Play a sound; unselect Display a desktop alert.

Of course you can close Outlook

3. Get More Sales With This Simple Action

Last year I started in November, and by January 1st, I had double the normal number of forward booked speaking engagements than I ever had before.

I reinstated a tactic that I had let slip. No, it wasn’t the monthly newsletter. No, it wasn’t that I slipped posting to LinkedIn and the like. Read More

4. Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcut
Windows Key+E will open Windows Explorer. Try it, you'll love it.

Start the new year off with a much more effective team

A tip I often share at conferences and training is how to split first and last names apart in Excel (it takes only 4 clicks). As this tip is explained, if you look through the faces of audiences, you'll see varying states of WOW! to woe. Woe? Well afterwards people come up to me with comments such as:

  • 'If I had known that it would have saved me hours and hours'
  • 'I hired three temps and spent three weeks doing that manually two months ago'
  • I could have saved weeks of my life if I had known that tip'

Why not bring me in for your conference or customised in-house training? I can do groups as small as 8 individuals and the ROI will be superb. If your busy staff put even 5 or 6 of the shortcuts in place they'll free up at least two working weeks a year. Email to talk about your needs and content now. debbie@debbiespeaks.com

By the way I shared how-to split names apart and the video in last months newsletter

5. Create A Family Google Calendar
Do you have a busy family? Is everyone on the go with different schedules?

Keep track by encouraging them to use Google Calendar; then have them share their calendar with you via a link. Directions: Settings > Calendar > Sharing (on the right hand side) > select share with specific people (and enter the email address(es).

By having the families calendars open within yours you can see upcoming school sports days, activities, appointments, friends birthdays and the like. Assign a different labelling colour for each member.

Why not subscribe to Debbie's Quick Tip Productivity Boot Camp Lessons? Have a look http://debbiespeaks.com/training/online-training/

if I'm in your neck of the woods, why not take up the opportunity and put on some in-house training for your team?

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7 Oct

Leading Property Managers NZ Conference

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