November 2012
In this issue

8 Tips for Working Securely From Wireless Hot Spots

No More Boring Meetings

Know Your Competition

Basic Excel Terms Demystified

Business Continuity Tip
Continuity Tip

5 Simple Steps to Prepare Your Business

Sometimes the most obvious things you can do to prepare are the ones that are most commonly overlooked. Here are 5 simple steps you can take to prepare. Set aside a few minutes and you will have these knocked off your list in no time.

  • Practice your evacuation plan Click here for a list of suggested items you should take with you during an evacuation.
  • Schedule a CPR class for the company – The Red Cross offers a variety of classes across the country. Click here to find a class near you.
  • Check the status of your fire extinguishers Click here for some tips from FEMA on how to use and maintain your fire extinguishers.
  • Restock your first aid kit – What should be in your kit? Click here for a printable itemized list.
  • Test your Emergency Alert System – Whether you use a phone tree or Agility's alert notification tool, work out the kinks now so you will be ready when disaster strikes.

Quote for Today

You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Just for Laughs

8 Tips for Working Securely From Wireless Hot Spots
reprinted with permission from Microsoft at Work

Wireless (also known as Wi-Fi) hot spots, are changing the way people work. These wireless local area networks (WLANs)provide high-speed Internet connections in public locations (and at home). You can access them with a wireless-ready mobile PC, such as a laptop, netbook, smartphone, or any other mobile device equipped with a wireless card.

Hot spots range from paid services, such as T-Mobile or Verizon Wireless, to free, public connections. Hot spots are everywhere, including coffee shops, restaurants, libraries, bookstores, airports, trains, and hotel lobbies.

Many of these places will inform you that they have a hot spot for wireless Internet use and will tell you how to access it, including providing you with a password, if necessary. You can also use a directory to find a hot spot near you.

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No More Boring Meetings
reprinted with permission from the HP Technology at Work

Ah, the workplace meeting. The reassuring buzz of fluorescent lights. The frigidity of over-air conditioned conference rooms. The rumble of pre-lunch hunger pangs. As if all of these features weren’t delightful enough, you also get the inevitable mix of personality types, poor social skills and politicking that give workplace meetings their negative reputation.

According to a survey, 47 percent of respondents noted meetings as the biggest workplace time waster [1]. That beats out the Internet, which was listed as a time waster by only 18 percent of respondents.

The workplace meeting doesn’t have to be a time suck by default. By applying some meeting management dexterity, you can help ensure that your group sessions do what they’re supposed to do: get things done.

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Know Your Competition in a Flash
reprinted with permission from the HP Technology at Work
You’re blogging. You’re Tweeting. You’re participating in online discussion forums. This is good, right? You’re promoting your brand online. But how do you analyze your social reach, share of voice, engagement and so on?

When it comes to social media in business, participation alone isn’t enough. All the time you’re investing must be effective. And to do that, you need to understand how your brand is faring in the wider conversation. That means monitoring the social web continuously, and adjusting course when necessary to make sure your voice remains relevant.

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Basic Excel Terms Demystified
reprinted with permission from the HP Technology at Work

Spreadsheet programs, such as Microsoft® Excel, are powerful and versatile tools, indispensable for many professionals in a wide variety of fields. Unfortunately, many people who could benefit from Excel—the most widely used spreadsheet software around—don’t use it because they are unfamiliar with the terminology. If you don’t know the difference between an active cell and a formula bar, our beginners’ glossary will give you the basic understanding to get started.

Workbook, or book for short, is the term for an Excel file. This is what loads when you open your Excel program. Many people use the term spreadsheet to refer to a workbook. However, a spreadsheet is actually the generic name for the application type.

Worksheet, or sheet, is one page in your workbook. By default, you get three worksheets per workbook.

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