Friday, May 27, 2011

Time Management

Does time seem to slip through your fingers?  Are there not enough hours in the day to accomplish all you want to?  Does that frustrate you to no end?  You are not alone.  Time management is one of those skills everyone would admit to wanting to improve.  But even if someone who struggles with time management knows how to go about budgeting their time more effectively, will they have the time to do so?

From a professional standpoint, the ability to effectively manage one’s time can make or break a company.  One key method in learning how to make better use of your time is by simply recognizing “time wasters.”  KnowledgeCity’s Time Management course takes a look at how to avoid wasting time and make more effective use of the time you have. 

One of the resources highlighted in the course is Alec Mackenzie’s book The Time Trap, in which he groups the thirty-five most common time wasters into five main categories:
 
  • Lack of Planning
  • Being Disorganized 
  • Staffing Issues
  • Directing
  • Lack of Control
  • Poor Communication
  • Ineffective Decision Making

              Some of the specific time wasters include: a lack of objectives, priorities or a daily plan, a lack of deadlines, attempting too much at once, duplication of effort, multiple bosses, confused responsibility and authority, ineffective delegation, a lack of motivation, wanting all the facts before making a decision, etc

              Check out three FREE previews of this course today!  It will be well worth your time.

              Friday, May 20, 2011

              Getting the Job you Want!

              Searching for employment can be an intimidating process.  In today's economy, when unemployment rates often seem daunting, it is important to focus on standing out among the competition.  In order to shine throughout your job search, you must understand each part of the process—from writing an enticing and informative cover letter, to knowing what types of questions  to ask in an interview and how to follow up appropriately.

              In Working to Get Hired, instructor Michele Jones explains the ins and outs of finding and getting your dream job.  She will give you the tools you need in order to: pinpoint your skills, discover your ideal career path, utilize the many different job search methods available to you, write an effective cover letter and resume, pick the proper interview attire, and prepare for your future interviews. 

              In Chapter 1: Discover Your Skills, Jones will lead you through several exercises that will help shape your job search.  She will help you identify skills you didn’t know you had and as a result, discover career paths you have yet to consider.  In Chapter 4: Job Interview Process, you will learn how to effectively plan for your interviews.  Jones will advise you on the different interview techniques and how to approach them appropriately.

              If you are looking to improve your chances in this competitive job market, then Working to Get Hired is the perfect course for you!  Taking this course will give you the knowledge and confidence necessary to be successful in your job search.

              Friday, May 13, 2011

              Personal Financial Planning

              Financial anxiety is one of the most common stressors in life.  Whether it’s not having enough money, not knowing how to manage the money we have, or worrying about having money in the future, the unknowns of finances can grip us unlike anything else.  And unless you were one of the lucky few to have received sound financial advice from an early age, money management can be extremely intimidating and confusing.   

              This is especially the case when facing major life changes, such as marriage, moving out, taking out loans to go to school, buying a new or used car, retirement, etc.   Even the terms themselves can be daunting to a newcomer!  Stocks, bonds, mutual funds, term vs. whole life insurance, estate planning—all concepts that are vaguely familiar but commonly misunderstood. 

              What if I told you there is a course you can take that covers all these topics and more in a comprehensible and entertaining way?  In Personal Financial Planning, instructor Frank Paiano discusses important concepts such as: setting financial goals, money management, savings and checking accounts, credit, managing debt, mortgages, transportation costs, buying a new vs. used car, all the different types of insurance, stocks, and more!

              An example of the useful advice you’ll find in this course involves determining when you should use credit.  In one of his lessons, Paiano divides credit purchases into “good” and “bad” credit.  Examples of good credit would be: the purchase of a home, paying for higher or career related education or making home improvements.  All purely entertainment-based purchases, made with “consumer credit,” would be considered “bad credit” in that they can interfere with effective money management and lead to bad financial habits.

              If you’re feeling lost when it comes to budgeting or financial planning, check out KnowledgeCity’s free preview of Personal Financial Planning.  I can feel my blood pressure lowering already.

              Friday, May 6, 2011

              All your organizational needs, in one place!

              What if I told you there was an easy way to synchronize your calendar, contact list, address book, to-do list AND your email account?  It’s true.  Introducing Microsoft Outlook—a staple program for businesses around the world for this very reason.  Yet many users fail to capitalize on Outlook’s vast number of features, limiting themselves to email and meeting appointments.  Last year, Microsoft released Outlook 2010, a new and improved Outlook with even more features to help make users’ lives just a little less complicated.  So why not see for yourself what this popular program is capable of? 

              Our course on Outlook 2010 will guide you as you go beyond emailing.  Learn how to customize your calendar to fit your schedule, and how to create meeting appointments, including optional and mandatory attendees.  There are also lessons on using reminders, the difference between your task list and your to-do list, as well as tips and short cuts such as how to create meetings, new contacts and tasks directly from your emails.

              Preview our first three lessons for FREE by going to our course page!

              Friday, April 29, 2011

              Spring Cleaning Pays Off

              The coming of warmer weather and increased daylight often brings a renewed motivation to get rid of all that has accumulated over the winter months (or years).  Garages everywhere are purged of items gathering dust—that old bike that you always thought you’d use again, or the unopened Christmas presents from well-intentioned relatives.   What if I told you there was an easy and safe alternative to hauling loads to the dump or donation center, one in which you would actually make money?  No, I’m not talking about garage sales.  I’m talking about selling your items on eBay.  Now, I know that might sound intimidating to some, it really is quite practical and intuitive. 

              For over 10 years now, eBay has continued to grow as one of the most popular auction sites in the world.  Yet, as with many online forums, there are definitely things to be wary of when selling or purchasing a product, making it essential to educate yourself beforehand.   Instructor Jim Orr’s courses in eBay Buying and eBay Selling give you an in-depth glimpse into the world of eBay.  These tutorials take you step-by-step through the process, addressing topics such as: setting up an account, finding the best pricing option, creating an appealing product description, researching sellers, sneaky bidding strategies, safe payment methods, packaging and shipping, and more!  In addition, you will learn what to watch for in seller ratings, as well as scam emails.  After these courses, you’ll realize there is nothing to fear if you know the ropes- that you really CAN get amazing deals on those coveted items. 

              So give eBay try and experience for yourself the satisfaction of profiting from your productivity—in more ways than one!

              Friday, April 22, 2011

              Gmail: Email with Intuition

              For those of you remaining faithful to your non-Gmail email accounts, you probably see no reason to make the switch.  My Hotmail or Yahoo works just fine, thank you very much.  Now, while KnowledgeCity’s course on using Gmail might not send you running to set up an account, it will present some of the many features unique to Gmail you won’t find in other places.

              To all you current Gmail users out there- chances are you have only begun to tap into all Gmail has to offer.  For example, Buzz.  Yes- Buzz.  What is it?  Essentially, it’s Google’s version of Twitter, available to you and other Gmail users.

              Or another fun feature is “Labs” (described by Gmail as, admittedly, “some crazy experimental stuff”).  Here, users create gadgets for other users to download and try out.  For example, users can download a gadget that automatically translates emails, or one that expands your selection of emoticons.  There’s even a gadget that, when enabled, helps prevent you from sending reckless emails late at night by forcing you to perform semi-complex math problems before hitting “Send.”

              Of course, it’s also important to learn the essentials, such as:
              • Creating folders
              • Labeling emails
              • Setting up your vacation responder
              • Creating and sharing Google Docs (or even publishing them as a webpage!)
              • Reporting Phishing
              • G-Chat
              And this only scratches the surface!  Learn more at KnowledgeCity.com.

              Monday, April 18, 2011

              Achieving Financial Freedom


              More often than not, finances are the largest source of stress for both new and expanding businesses.  Keeping track of vendors, customers, invoices, bills, and receipts can quickly and easily become overwhelming.  Unfortunately, when it comes to finances, there is little room for error and a little disorganization can have devastating consequences.  For this reason, Quickbooks, the leading accounting software, is popular among businesses from all industries.  The systematic simplicity of this program relieves a world of stress, organizing all that a business could need when it comes to finances and managing accounts.  KnowledgeCity’s Quickbooks 2010 Introduction course takes you step-by-step through the process of customizing your financial record-keeping to best fit your industry.  This course teaches you to navigate Quickbooks’ multiple organizational databases, generate reports and print necessary bills, invoices, and paychecks.  So eliminate those stacks of paper, files and directory books and consolidate your business’ transactions into one all-inclusive program!  (Also, for you job-seekers out there, mastering Quickbooks is highly marketable to potential employers!)  Learn more at KnowledgeCity.com.