Keys to Conversation: Integrated Communication for Non-profits

Most of us are decent conversationalists. Some listening, a little talking, a joke or two, an interesting story, and just like that you have a conversation. Unfortunately, when we slap a word like “communications” on it, it’s like we’ve ripped the training wheels off and we have no idea what to do. Some communications are like eating an ice cream sundae prepared by an alien who had seen food, once. It has some of the ingredients but it is terribly unlike a conversation. We can do better. Part of the issue is that cash-strapped organizations focus on the least important aspects of the sundae. While shaving cream may look like whipped cream, the experience tastes markedly different. It’s fairly common for organizations to answer “how” with little consideration for who, what and why? So “why” are you interesting? Have you found yourself in a conversation with someone that could not…

How To: Copy Auto-complete / Auto-fill Email From Outlook

I have always had people ask, “how can I import the auto-fill email addresses in Outlook?” Usually, this question arises after the previous installation is gone, and the only backup is a PST file.  Microsoft offers this solution: On the computer with the saved AutoComplete names, go to drive:\Documents and Settings\user name\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook. Right-click profile name.nk2, and then click Copy.   Tip  You can copy the file to removable media, such as a floppy disk or a CD, and then copy the file to the correct location on the other computer. Or you can attach the file to an e-mail message and send the message to yourself. On the new computer, open the attachment in Outlook, and then save it to the correct location.   On the computer where you want to populate the AutoComplete feature, copy the file to drive:\Documents and Settings\user name\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook. If the Outlook user profile name…

Bring Me the News–When it Happens: Google Alerts

The days of searching through reams of newspaper print for stories that are applicable to our lives are in their twilight.  RSS feeds (aka blogs) and Google Alerts change the way that valuable information is delivered.  In this segment, I would like to specifically deal with Google Alerts and how they can change our information flow.  For several years, I have used Google Alerts to comb the Internet for specific topics, and basically I thought of the alerts as a little geek secret.  However, when I heard a popular talk show host discussing Google Alerts the other day, I realized the pervasiveness and utility of this tool and kicked myself for not sharing. Basically, you can think of Google Alerts like an “always on” Google Search.  Without being technical, as soon as Google becomes aware of a web page that is pertinent to your specific search criteria, you are sent…

How to: Sort Your RSS Feeds

When I started subscribing to RSS feeds I had an annoying system service/program, SharpReader. Generally, it was a decent program–with a pain in the ass installation. It certainly didn’t help me in first year Torts class because it was popping RSS alerts every 15 seconds. I only read a few feeds at the time, but Instapundit was one of them hence the problem with paying attention. After a brief fling with newsgator, I decided to try out Bloglines and have been with it ever since. I have always used a topical organization of my feeds, but over time my subs grew and now with 91 feeds and more than 2000 unread articles on a regular basis, I need a different solution. In response, I have decided to have 3 categories: (1) Daily, (2) Weekend, and (3) Leisure. In my daily subs, I am going to include subscriptions that are relevant…

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