Anne Vail

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Organize Evernote with This Powerful Tagging System

Evernote can be a great digital mind, but—like the brain in your head—it can quickly become a mess if you don't keep it organized. Make Evernote …

Productivity

Make a Table of Contents in Evernote for Easy Access to Everything

If you're using Evernote the right way, you probably have a lot of content to sift through. Evernote's Table of Contents feature helps you find your …

10 Easy Ways To Free Up A Lot Of Space On Your iPhone

Your iPhone is full of junk you don't need. And a recent class action lawsuit against Apple has brought to light that even if you buy a 16 GB iPhone, you can't actually use all 16 GB of storage.<p>So let's try to make the most of what you have. We have identified 10 simple ways you can manage and …

iOS

When your Mac runs slow, give it a tuneup

Macs are solid machines, but just like their owners they have a tendency to get lethargic as they age. Launching and switching programs takes longer, simple tasks become arduous, and the dreaded beach ball of doom appears more often than it did when your machine was new. The operating system just …

3 Ways to Boost Customer Loyalty

Lessons from a small Australian food business that escaped bankruptcy because of its passionate customers.<p>There is a small food processing business called Spring Gully Foods that very few people in Australia, let alone the world, have ever heard of. Started in 1946 by Edward McKee, in Adelaide, the …

Business Strategy

7 Simple Secrets of the Best Presentations

How to give a presentation that customers, colleagues, and co-workers will talk about long after you're done talking.<p><i>My new book,</i> Business Without The Bullsh*t: 49 Secrets and Shortcuts You Need To Know, <i>is being published this week, so my posts are condensed excerpts from it.</i><p>I've written about …

Public Speaking

Win More Sales with an Indirect Strategy

For the past two decades, business-to-business selling has been conducted in basically the same way. Salespeople directly approach customers armed with facts, features, and the benefits of their products to convince customers to buy. However, customer decision making has changed and today’s buyers …

How to Hire More Top Performers

How much is your top salesperson worth? Your star engineer? Your best marketer? Everyone knows that some people get better results than others. But the best aren’t just a little better than the rest — they’re typically <i>a lot</i> better. Bain & Company’s research, discussed here, suggests that top …

Make Your Team Feel Powerful

Research has shown that helping others feel more powerful can boost productivity, improve performance, and leave employees feeling more satisfied on the job. A study conducted by Yona Kifer of Tel Aviv University and published in Psychological Science found that employees were 26% more satisfied in …

How to Execute a 15-Word Strategy Statement

There is no shortage of stories and anecdotes to illustrate how the best strategies can nearly always be reduced down to a brief but powerful statement and even more ink has been spilled describing the dangers of strategy statements that read like detailed action plans.<p>But how do you go about …

With Flextime, Bosses Prefer Early Birds to Night Owls

Flextime programs have never been more popular than they are today. Google allows many employees to set their own hours. At Microsoft, many employees can choose when to start their day, as long as it’s between 9am and 11am. At the “Big Four” auditing firm KPMG, some 70 percent of employees work …

Build Your Own All-Star Team

Let’s imagine that you have recently assessed your company’s talent, and that you found plenty of high-performing executives and employees. Yet somehow your company’s overall performance isn’t where it should be — all those “A” players just aren’t getting the job done. Why?<p>The fact is, it isn’t …

How to Deal with a Slacker Coworker

No one likes picking up someone else’s slack. But when a colleague leaves early, misses deadlines, and doesn’t give 100% to a project, it can be difficult to determine the best course of action. Should you confront them about their behavior? Speak to your boss? Or mind your own business?<p><b>What the</b> …

Who’s Afraid of Data-Driven Management?

From a management perspective, making decisions based on data is a clear win. Yet it’s often difficult to adopt a data-informed culture. In every organization, there are teams and employees who embrace this transition, and those who undermine it. To convert your biggest data skeptics, the first …