Turn Off Your Technology for Better Conversations

Turn off tech

Have you ever been talking with someone who is looking at their technology more than they are making eye contact with you?

Surfing on their laptop? Or answering email? Tapping away on their phone?

It does’t make you feel good. Nor does it make for a good conversation.

For more effective communication, you need to turn off the distractions while you are talking.

10 Ways the Apple Watch Will Save You Time

Save Time With Apple Watch

Monday, I wrote about my initial impressions with the Apple Watch. (Read them here.)

As the launch quickly approaches, there are still many questions about its use and features.

The big question on my mind is, “Will the Apple Watch be a true timesaver? Or just another shiny gadget that interrupts our lives?”

My 8 Initial Apple Watch Impressions

Apple Watch on Wrist

On Friday, I was lucky enough to have the first appointment at a Phoenix Apple Store to try on the new Apple Watch.

I have been looking forward to the Apple Watch release since its announcement last fall. Yet, even this close to launch, much remains to be seen about the device’s use and functionality.

Read on, for my initial impressions from a hands on with the Apple Watch.

8 Reasons I Switched Back to a Full-Sized iPad

iPad Switch

As you probably know, I am a big fan of Apple devices and how they drive my productivity.

They are simple. They just work. And they get the job done.

So, you might be surprised to hear that I recently traded in my iPad Mini. No reason to panic, it was to upgrade to the latest iPad Air 2.

This is the first time in years I have used a full-sized tablet and it has been a game changer.

21 Dos and Don’ts to Improve Your Email

Better Email

Email.

Just the word makes many people shiver.

Email has become a scourge in many workplaces.

Too many emails flooding your inbox, poorly written notes, and senseless Reply-All copies.

The good news is that email can be a productive tool if you follow some common sense tactics.

Saving Time with Apple Pay

Apple Pay 3

I am very excited about Apple Pay. (Disclaimer: Yes, I am a big Apple fan.)

In my opinion, it is the biggest game-changer that Apple announced recently.

It has kind of been overshadowed by the iPhone 6 (and Plus). And the Apple Watch. And iPad Air 2. And more.

However, it went live last week, and I have been testing it every opportunity I get.

Out of the gate, I must say I am very impressed. Apple Pay will make it easier and quicker to make payments both in-store and especially online.

Write Your Emails Backwards for Better Responses

Email Backwards

Do your emails go unanswered?

Do you write lengthy explanations about what you need, only to be ignored?

If you want better response rates to your emails, you need to get to the point.

A great technique to ensure that your emails are acted upon is to write them backwards.

5 Tips to Rule Your Tech, Instead of the Other Way Around

Phone Rules

Do you jump every time your phone rings?

Do you drop what you are doing whenever a new email “dings” in your inbox?

Does your technology beep, chirp, vibrate, and interrupt you at all times of the day and night?

It’s time to take back control of your technology.

After all, who’s in charge… you or your smartphone?