Slack

Slack

Slack (not an affiliate link!) is one of the tools can help you solve many of the obstacles you face when working with remote teams! I’m always in the look for bright & smart tools that can ease and improve the way I work. In the past few years, I have test several of them on different projects (*either my projects or projects I have participated in*), but I have not quite decide yet, which one is the best! Slack certainly is a serious nominee fr this position!

Slack is a new team communication and collaboration tool with many advanced features, to help you do your tasks more effectively done! I use it for communication and collaboration work in some of my projects, especially the ones involved people who come from distance locations.

It is a very easy to learn and intuitive tool with great design and excellent interface, can be operated efficiently by anyone.

Slack can permit you the uninterrupted process of your workflow and provides all the necessary tools needed for communicating and collaborating with your team. It offers a simple user interface, email, instant messaging & file sharing capabilities, channels, rich content, full search facilities and integration with many services (as Dropbox, Google Drive, Twitter, RSS, etc.)

Slack can be used as an effective virtual workplace for all the members of you distributed (or not!) team working on a specific project, while provides an ergonomic environment that can enhance your productivity.

You can see some of its functionality at the following video:

Check it out and see what Slack can do for you and your business!

What Facebook Can Teach You

I have started using Facebook, almost from the start, late of 2004 or early 2005, as I recall! At first, Facebook it was a reference in a study for a project I was involved, aiming, among other things, to the social aspects of networks of the time (as IT people we collectively labeled all these services as VAS – Value Added Services, i.e. services developed over the existing networks!). Later, I was involved more actively with Facebook, for personal and professional use. I saw it as an extra channel of communication and as a place that had the potential to enhance the collaboration and the interaction among people, since it was in favor of peer group dynamics and connections!

What Facebook Can Teach You

In a world that changes constantly and accessing information and training by several different devices, the e-learning must change as well to cope with the new trends. E-Learning should be able to be delivered across many different mobile devices.

This is the reason the design assumes a such a critical place today in the development of modern e-learning procedures!

This excellent presentation by easelsolutions explores how to build e-Learning for mobile devices. Essential knowledge for any e-Learning procedures’ designer!

Do you have a Unique Value Proposition to differentiate you (your company, your blog, your product or service, your approach, etc) from the other people, companies, agents, products or services? Have you think about it? Do you know how to develop strong value propositions?

If you don’t, better check this presentation by Jill Konrath! In this presentation, Jill explains the internal mechanics of crafting really strong value propositions that can change your day-to-day business operation.

UTVP – Unique Training Value Proposition

In modern world, attention is the most dominant feature, every marketing group wants to capture and manipulate. In a world of millions (if not billions) stimuli, the ones get your attention, are the ones that address their message tell you in a few words the how and whys you can trust them to provide value for you!

Unique Training Value Proposition

XMind

XMind
XMind (not an affiliate link) is a mature tool for mind mapping. Mind Mapping is a visual way for organizing information, excellent option for manage the modern information overload.

The technique of mind mapping have been developed by Tony Buzan and it is proved very useful during the last years for the collection, organization and processing of data and information.

For a quick “How to Mind Map“, you can check this excellent free webinar on How to Mind Map (the webminar was recorded on Oct 8th 2012 by Matt Tanguay at Fluent Brain. Matt is CEO & Chief Visual Facilitator at Fluent Brain).

XMind, supports many types of types of diagrams and techniques such as Mind Maps, Fishbone Chart, Matrix, Brainstorming, Gantt view, etc., while it operates in various platforms (currently XMind supports Windows, Mac OS X and Linux versions).  It has many features, make it a real value productivity tools for many day-to-day personal and business operations.

XMind can be used effectively for mind mapping, brainstorming, project management, flow-charting, blogging, social media, marketing, preparation of meetings or presentations, draw of organization charts, monthly or weekly plan, task and activities management, etc

In total, a valuable tool, necessary to your toolbox!