Monthly Archives: October 2010

Cut 3 days of Frustration by Using these Office Secrets

I recently helped a co-worker cut 3 days of frustration off her project deadline, using 1 of my 3 office communication secrets. Here’s the scenario, she was trying to contact another employee to get his approval on the project. He was the last person who needed to sign off on the project changes… and he wasn’t responding. Sound familiar?

There are several techniques that I’ve learned that help keep project deadlines.

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3 Simple Steps for Charting Data

When you have to present Excel data, the last thing you should do is take a screen shot of the data and make it into a PowerPoint slide. The chart should tell a story that can be understood in 5 – 10 seconds. If you take longer than that, your audience will ignore you and focus on trying to understand the chart. Knowing your data is the critical step. Follow these simple steps for charting your data. Continue reading

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Business Reporting Requirements Gathering

For 10 years, I’ve been building reports for Finance, Operations, Accounting, Marketing, Mid-level Managers, Executives, and some just for myself. This is the typical checklist I go through for reports Continue reading

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