Category: Management

Jun 03 2012

Use Planning Tools For Time Management and Organization

Many people laugh at paper day planners as the cast-offs of the eighties but there is something very convenient about pen and paper as you hurry through your busy day. A written record of your schedule is always available in your pocket or purse, and you can also jot down other things you need to remember in order to not only help you stay on top of your appointments and important dates, but also increase your productivity both at work and at home.

A planner typically contains information that most people consider important: a blank calendar, contacts list, to-do lists, and other resources like the days of important holidays, depending on the planner and how expensive and extensive it is. Rather than keeping notes all over the place, a planner that you carry around with you every day can help create one main location to track all of your commitments and keep you organized every day.

Electronic planners are handy too, such as on your phone, but you have to be sure to keep the battery charged and know how to use the item and software correctly. You can also use a free email program like Yahoo! email, which has a handy calendar feature that will also send you reminders of important events either by email and/or text depending on what you choose.

Many people love Outlook because it can combine your email with your calendar and allow you to download data for meetings like webinars and coaching events in order to make sure you do not miss any important items on your schedule and that you are always prepared by giving you a timely reminder at least 30 minutes before the event is to take place.

No matter which you use, the paper planner or the electronic one, you need to remember to use it. Carrying paper and pen in your pocket can be one of the best ways to take note of anything important you come across. Combined with a small planner and several business cards, you can network widely throughout the day, organize, and follow up with the people you meet easily. Block out some time to follow up with any leads you get and you will impress others with your efficient time management skills and your great follow up as well.


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Jan 17 2009

How to Perk Up Trade Shows – Prizes 2

People are by nature a bit competitive, some more than others, and a game is a great way to get the party or trade show started. It helps people become acquainted with your goods and services, and adds a bit of fun competition to the proceedings.

Games can be anything from a trivia game about the products and company or a game of strategy and skill.

Games also provide the perfect opportunity to find people to donate prizes to.  Depending on how much time you have and how many prizes you have to give away, you can award first, second, and third place a prize.

Or you can play a couple of games and the first place winner of each game gets a prize.  Just be sure it’s not the same person winning each time.

Naturally, you would do this in person. The easiest way to do it would be to give them your collateral sales material, a sheet of paper with the questions, and get them to put down all their contact information, and Booth number, if any.

Or, show them a power point presentation about your goods and services, giving them a sheet with the questions prior to that.  Again, get them to fill out all their contact information.

You can also make it a hands up and correct answer quiz, to help keep things moving along. Some people even give out buzzers and bells.

But in most cases you will want to show your presentation in your booth only at set times, so in this case, you would be aiming for a large group, in which case, the latter suggestion would not be very practical.