Video: Multi-Tasking is Bad For Your Brain. Here’s How To Fix It: Tech News « All the streams from the social web have created a flood of information over the past few years. With this influx of life and data streams comes the desire to stay on top of it all. And for many people, that means multi-tasking. Checking email while Tweetdeck keeps up with Twitter, while we pop over to Facebook to look at our friends’ latest photos. It’s intuitive to think that handling so many tasks at once makes us better at handling many tasks. Nass stopped by GigaOM HQ last week and told us about some of the findings from his research like: What computers and T-shirts can teach us about team building.How his team got people to actually like Microsoft’s Clippy (I know! Watch the video and see if you could adopt Nass’ unit-tasking office universe.
How crowdsourcing is changing business, advertising and cause marketing By now most of us are aware of various crowdsourcing campaigns being used to generate ideas, funds or support for a brand or cause. Pepsi’s Refresh Project, Mystarbucksidea.com and Dell’s Social Innovation Competition are three well-known examples. We are now witnessing a second generation of crowdsourcing efforts in which social entrepreneurs are reinventing their industries filling the voids left by traditional businesses. Kickstarter, for instance, is a new way for artists to fund and follow creative projects whether they are film, music, theater, events or gaming while still retaining 100% of the ownership. YouBloom is focused on emerging music cutting studios, agents and traditional marketing out of the equation to enable people to fund the music and bands they want to hear. These examples are part of a rising tide of crowdsourcing platforms that represent a serious challenge to top-down, traditional businesses.
How to use categories and tags in your nonprofit blog - Social media and inbound marketing for non-profits Publishing posts in WordPress (.Com and .Org) entails the use of categories and tags. Essentially they’re a way for readers to easily find other articles on your blog. Sounds simple enough, right? No so. Why it’s easy to be confused about tags and categories If you’re new to blogging, understanding when to use categories and when to use tags can be challenging. A simple way to understand tags and categories The last time you went to the grocery store, how many different aisles did you find tabasco sauce in? Now think about all the various items around the store that included red peppers as an ingredient. So… Tabasco sauce (post) is located in a single aisle (category). Make sense?
New Chrome Extension Lets You Save Web Content to Google Drive Google has launched a new extension for Chrome called "Save to Drive," enabling users to save web content to their Google Drive. After installing the extension, users will get an additional icon in Chrome, letting them save an image, an entire page or an image of the visible page to your Drive. Users can also save the HTML source code of a webpage or a complete webpage in web archive (.mht) format. The extension offers several options to manage saved web content: Users can immediately open the file in Drive, rename it or view it in their Drive list, which provides additional options, such as sharing the file or placing it in a folder. Google has also added new options for managing the images users store in Drive, including zoom by scrolling, new "fit to page" and "100%" buttons, as well as the ability to comment on a specific part of an image. Have you tried the new Save to Drive Chrome extension?
W. Ashley Maddox Free Widgets and Gadgets for your Websites | Webpages 7 habits of highly successful speakers Do you ever wonder what makes some speakers so successful? Have you ever been in awe of a speaker and pondered, "How did she do that?" The answer is through a lot of work. There are some people who are naturally gifted at speaking, but most of us have to work really hard at it. My first speech was the stuff of horror movies. My knees were knocking, my hands were sweaty, and I speed read my speech without eye contact. I got a C. But, I got better through speaking more and observing the habits of successful speakers. Habit 1: Have a clear goal for your presentation. The headline of this post rips off Stephen Covey, and one of the most effective habits of presentations is inspired by him: "Begin with the end in mind." Here's a tip: Summarize your goal in one declarative sentence. Habit 2: Prepare early and often. As soon as you know you will speak somewhere, it is time to start preparing. But if you think preparation means opening PowerPoint or Word, think again. Habit 3: Find stories everywhere.
7 habits of highly successful speakers Do you ever wonder what makes some speakers so successful? Have you ever been in awe of a speaker and pondered, "How did she do that?" The answer is through a lot of work. There are some people who are naturally gifted at speaking, but most of us have to work really hard at it. My first speech was the stuff of horror movies. As a nerdy, awkward and shy teenager, I was forced to take a public speaking class in high school. My knees were knocking, my hands were sweaty, and I speed read my speech without eye contact. I got a C. But, I got better through speaking more and observing the habits of successful speakers. Habit 1: Have a clear goal for your presentation. The headline of this post rips off Stephen Covey, and one of the most effective habits of presentations is inspired by him: "Begin with the end in mind." Here's a tip: Summarize your goal in one declarative sentence. Habit 2: Prepare early and often. As soon as you know you will speak somewhere, it is time to start preparing. Dr.
5 Steps to Communicate Effectively Using Video 1. Know your audience. Gather as much information as you can about your intended audience. Where do they live? 2. 3. 4. 5. Praise Report: The Power of Social Media Empowered Prayer Praise Report: The Power of Social Media Empowered Prayer User Rating: Prayer Published Date Jose Bosque Hits: 23493 This is a testimony to how social media has and is uniting the praying church all over the World. I want to give you the chronology of the events yesterday from just my side. Chronology of a Miracle as a Response to Prayer 8/7/2010 4:01:34 P.M. 1. Please pray for one of my granddaughter's friends who fell in a maneuver at cheer leading camp. 2. 3. 4. I have no idea how many people Tim has in his circle or who he sent his urgent email to. Just one of my Twitter names is GlobalPrayer it has 611 people and groups following it and I follow no one. I think you get the idea. 8/7/2010 8:25:43 P.M. Good report! 5. 8/8/2010 7:41:51 A.M. The body of Christ is alive and well! I have been sending out messages for over five years but I have never seen such a response as I received yesterday from the body of Christ. Your servant in Christ, Tim 8/8/2010 10:41:51 A.M.
Free ebook - using Facebook for church ministry [Please Share] Free ebook: Facebook for Churches is a 32-page quick read loaded with tips, examples and strategies for getting the most out of your church Facebook page. Whether you’re attempting to pick the perfect Timeline photo or trying to figure out what and when to post, this resource will help you. As we recently reported, a survey suggested that churches were finding social networking was twice as effective as other options for engaging with outsiders. If your church wants to start using Facebook effectively, this free PDF ebook is good place to start. Download free from Church Juice. More free ebooks | More recent posts on social networking ministry Internet Toolbox for Churches If you are a church wanting to use digital media and social networking to reach out into your community, the Internet Toolbox for Churches resources – newsletter, podcast, videos and website – is a unique resource full of practical wisdom. Christmas resources
Why Storytelling Is The Ultimate Weapon In business, storytelling is all the rage. Without a compelling story, we are told, our product, idea, or personal brand, is dead on arrival. In his book, Tell to Win, Peter Guber joins writers like Annette Simmons and Stephen Denning in evangelizing for the power of story in human affairs generally, and business in particular. Guber argues that humans simply aren’t moved to action by “data dumps,” dense PowerPoint slides, or spreadsheets packed with figures. People are moved by emotion. Plausible enough. I think it’s a real insight. Until recently we’ve only been able to speculate about story’s persuasive effects. What is going on here? And, in this, there is an important lesson about the molding power of story. This is exactly Guber’s point. Guber tells us that stories can also function as Trojan Horses. Guber’s book is relentlessly optimistic about the power of story to persuade. So there are two big lessons to take from Guber’s book and from the new science of storytelling.
Photo editor | PicMonkey: Free Online Photo Editing What We Learn About Life from Fairy Tales Note: The following is an adapted excerpt of my latest book, The Art of Work, which is now available at the lowest price it’s ever been on Amazon. At the beginning of every great story, before anything exciting happens, we see something that looks a lot like normal life. Long before the protagonist slays a dragon or the heroine embarks on a quest, we see her in some unsuspecting place, dreaming of something more. In Beauty and the Beast (my personal favorite Disney classic), Belle sings of wanting more than “this provincial life.” It’s easy to dismiss such people when we meet them in everyday life as dreamers or even downright crazy. I’m not alone in this, this dreaming of another life. Here’s the good news, though. At an important moment, everything begins to make sense. But something has to happen for any of this to take place: The character must choose to enter the story. This choice, though, is often preceded by a feeling of discontent. Why? Frustration prepares you for your purpose