Thumbs Up if you Like

Jun11
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This article resonated with me completely. I’m on YouTube constantly for anything from Photoshop tutorials to Lego creation videos, cooking demos and funny bulldog clips and everything in between. It’s gotten to where I force myself never to read the comments anymore because they add zero value to my experience. Have you ever wanted to comment on something but didn’t, only because you fear being ridiculed by those persons looking to be funny or liked?

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Elevators are Uncomfortable – Aren’t They?

Feb01

 

 

I have a serious love-hate relationship with elevators.  I love them for the glorious way they allow me to avoid stressing out my quads while wearing high heels. I hate them for the fact that they are too fast. Too fast to start a meaningful conversation that might actually be enlightening or enjoyable. The elevator is like a black hole that doesn’t offer enough time for a meaningful conversation if you have never been formerly introduced and too much time to just say “good morning”.

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Creating a Sense of Urgency

Jan03

How do you find a developer that works with a sense of urgency?  Don’t we all want everything faster, better and cheaper?  Working with developers in offshore timezones can be frustrating and creates serious lag time in getting your web site fixed up the way you need it.  There are many factors in making sure your developer stays on track. Many times, deadlines and money or potential payments dictate how urgently they will respond to your tasks.

Image credit: mantasmagorical

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Design Fail – Swipe with Consistency!

Aug27

 

Design Usability
image credit: http://www.morguefile.com/creative/nacu

You know it’s a huge design fail if it takes longer to swipe your credit card than merely hand it to the cash register clerk standing behind the counter. Remember how easy it was to hand your credit card over, swipe and hand it back? Why was that process so difficult that we had to redesign it a thousand different ways into a chaos of consistent confusion?

My heart goes out to the clerks these days who no longer can simply swipe your card for you. Now they have to patiently wait while each and every person struggles with the self-swiper and then they patiently (assuming great will power) walk through each struggling user to the next step “Click the next button please. Now click Accept. Could you sign please and then click OK?”.

Fast Company analyzes the issue further but I think it’s much, much deeper than which side the magnetic strip is on. Please someone, give me a 3-step standardized process that is the same for every merchant! I will wait for the day.

Affordable Website Development, but Nearshore

Jul24

Offshore Alternative

Many companies turn their efforts offshore to build website applications, only to sour any hopeful ambitions after communication issues and lengthy turnaround times hinder what could have been a great web project.

 

Why hire a team in Mexico for affordable web design?

 

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Kids In the House Launch

May15

I’m so excited about this website.

Kids in the House Launch

KidsintheHouse.com launched in April and I was thrilled to help them QA and Beta test their site before the launch.  Being a mom, I find so many of their videos valuable and the production quality of each video is top-notch and glamorous.

We tested their application to ensure that it was problem-free on all the most popular browsers including Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera and even older versions of IE. They have a strong support team and I’m happy to see them through a successful launch!

Write Down That Wish List!

Mar04

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I meet incredibly intelligent people at networking events who come up with unique and passionate business ideas.  One of the first things these business adventurists reach for when deciding to kick-off their idea is a web developer.  This is smart because every business needs a good web presence, but there is a reason to hold off before jumping in with both feet.

 

 

 

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Transparency and Trust is Key

Jan27

 

 

Transparency & Trust is Key
photo credit: mconners

Building a team takes honesty and consistency and most important transparency.  I’ve worked as an employee on more than 50 different corporate teams and I’ve seen firsthand how dishonesty by elimination of information can create bitter, resentful and skittish employees. I know almost everyone has worked for someone that they just didn’t trust, not because they had ever caught them lying, but they never felt they were telling the whole truth either.

 

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Gmail Search Tips for the Lost Email

Nov06

I really love Google products and the thousands of features they constantly throw at their blissful users.  That being said, I have never been so frustrated with my Gmail inbox.  It’s like they are way too smart for me and I can’t always figure out where they built in my favorite functions from other email clients.

Why can’t I ever find the email that I’m looking for within a thousand email threads?  It’s like trying to find a unique pair of flip-flops in San Diego; you see so many of them, here and there and everywhere.  But where is that ONE pair that you know you saw somewhere, where were they?

Do you ever have issues searching your Gmail inbox?  Here’s how to salvage your love of Gmail, before it’s too late.

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Tackle Your Fears – Ride the Wave

Aug04

It’s so easy to let a project or a long list of tasks become daunting.  And the moment you feel overwhelmed by something on your to-do list, the more slippery the slope becomes.  The anxiety builds and the procrastination exponentially grows along with your stress and new avoidance tactics.

As a coach, I run into a lot of projects that seem insurmountable only because of the anxiety and doubt that is amplified before starting the project.  For this reason, it’s important to strike when the iron is hot and the task is new, before your mind starts doubting your abilities.  If you miss the small window of opportunity at the beginning of the task, it will be harder to build momentum and push the project forward.

Here’s how to deal with anxiety during your project.

We are going to make a list.  First you should consider the entire task at a high level.  What is the ultimate goal?  Write your goal at the top of the document.

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