7 Tips From My Team! (I’m taking a break this month)
Every time I talk to my team, whether we are on the phone, in a meeting, or via email checking on a project, I am always astounded by the vast knowledge of the people that help WMYB run day-to-day.
This month I’m taking a break from writing, and I asked my team to submit their best tip or resource. I hope that one of these tips helps you today or maybe tomorrow or even in a month, when you come across a certain situation.
Let’s get started…..
“In my consulting work, a favorite question I ask my clients is, What do you do? It is sometimes phrased differently, always to be respectful of the individual’s position. Invariably, this leads to further questions about the individual’s activities and output and the amount of time devoted to each. My purpose is to confirm that the client knows what he/she is responsible to deliver, the output in this case, and if a proper amount of time and effort is being devoted to the deliverables versus merely staying busy with unproductive activity. Answers to these questions lead to proactive steps to improve performance and productivity, manage time better, and in most cases lower costs and increase profitability.” – Howard Bruck, WMYB CFO & Business Planning Consultant
“I added the free Datanyze Insider tool to my Chrome browser. Before I meet with a prospect, I am able to see the tools they have implemented on their website, including the web tool, any email tool, forms, inbound marketing, etc. This makes it easy for me to assess their needs before our first conversation.” – Cheryl Ley, WMYB Technical Specialist
“I use the Loom Chrome extension to make quick how-to videos for clients. The tool is free.” – Sylvie Robert, Email Marketing Specialist
“In our fast-paced world of technology, it can be overwhelming to keep track of every tidbit of communication, every task and every digital file. My go-to solutions are Teamwork Projects for keeping track of what needs to get done, when it needs to be done by and all the notes I have on that. Dropbox and Google Drive are my recommended resources for digital file storage. The beauty of these platforms is they can be easily shared or kept private from members of the team that need them or members who don’t.” – Rhonda Quade, WMYB Project Manager and Teamwork Projects Trainer
“I love and live by the rule of 3. In today’s information-overloaded world, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, and as a result, lose focus. To avoid that, I go to my rule of 3. It can be applied in so many ways – here are a few examples. Data for reports, dashboards, presentations – keep it simple and narrow it down to the most important 3…this helps the reader stay focused. Goals and tasks for the day/week/month/quarter/year – narrow it down to the most important 3 – the others will pop up again if they are really that important. Weekend chores – ALWAYS keep it limited to 3 and then appreciate a job well done and relax the rest of the weekend! The rule of 3 can be used for all kinds of things to bring clarity to yourself and others.” – Colleen Fiser, WMYB Online Business Manager
“Struggling to create the perfect graphic to go with your latest blog post? How about an eye-catching design for your new product launch across social media? If you’re struggling with your inner creative or aren’t creatively inclined, check out these online design resources for beautiful and striking designs: 1. Canva.com – Making design simple for everyone. Create designs for web or print; blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations, and so much more 2. PicMonkey.com – Create great photos, collages, and designs using templates or starting from scratch 3. GetStencil.com – Ridiculously simple image creation for social media marketers, bloggers and small businesses.” – CoCo Conger, WMYB Graphic Designer and WordPress Designer/Developer
“The key to effective blog/newsletter writing is preparation. Create an editorial calendar and keep notes about what you want to write about and when you want to write about it so when you sit down to type, the ideas and messages are clear. Also, do something that makes you feel creative before you even start writing. Maybe that’s drawing a picture, baking a cake or working in your garden. Get in the creative mindset and then get to writing!” – Tara Darazio, WMYB Copywriter
I hope that you enjoyed the tips. Of course, I want to hear from you, too! If you have a great resource or tip to share, please post it the WMYB Facebook page. Or, share the tips you read here that you think you want to try. Thanks again to my team!