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Tech Tools For Remote Workers

A brief description of performance enhancing tools used by Kirk Pozadzides

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Tech Tools For Remote Workers

  1. 1. Tech Tools for Remote Workers<br />Kirk Pozadzides<br /><br />1/27/10<br />
  2. 2. Get LinkedIn<br />Here’s a professional networking tool you should be using!<br />How I use it: I connect with my clients, teammates, friends and people across other industries. When I need introductions to a specific person, I search for them on LinkedIn and see who in my network can provide an introduction. This is just like six-degrees of separation.<br />How to use: <br />Register a profile on<br />Update your work history and search for colleagues online<br />Search for and invite your clients, employees, friends, and other business leaders<br />When inviting people to join your network, add a customized message… don’t use the default!<br /><br />1/27/10<br />
  3. 3. Communicate w/ Skype<br />This software provides internet calling and video conferencing for free between Skype users… You need to have a microphone (for audio), a webcam (for video), and a high-speed internet connection. With Skype, you can instant message and call/video conference your contacts. <br />How I use it: For weekly calls with my remote team… this is a great alternative to “just another conference call” and we get to see one another. This is also a great alternative to using your cell phone or needing an office phone and it’s free. <br />How to use: <br />Download from<br />Register an account with username and password<br />Connect to your teammates on Skype (the Sales Team, Cahill, Tolley, Farschman, and more) <br />Double click on a contact to call and click on the “Start Video” button to see one another<br /><br />1/27/10<br />
  4. 4. Collaborate w/ Cross Loop<br />This is an absolutely great training tool. Consider this: you can see what your teammates see (on their screen) and help coach/train/etc… This software allows users remote control or viewing of another computer. This program is better alternative for Conference Manager when one-on-one. <br />How I use it: Someone calls with a question on how to navigate a budget model, website, or wants to collaborate on a marketing piece… Launch Crossloop and we’re instantly seeing (and controlling if necessary) the other’s computer. <br />How to use: <br />Download from<br />Register a username and password<br />Access or Share<br />Access: If you want to see/use someone else’s computer, enter their Access Code<br />Share: Provide your Access Code for someone else to see your computer<br />Hit “Connect”<br /><br />1/27/10<br />
  5. 5. PDF Documents for Free<br />This is a must-have tool for anyone wanting:<br />To e-mail a in a universal format preserving the exact page layout.<br />To preview exactly what a document is going to look like when printed<br />If you want to print something, but you aren’t near a printer you can print it to a PDF and then later print a hard copy. VERY useful for offline work on a laptop while traveling<br /> <br />How to use: <br />Download from<br />Install program<br />When you want to “pdf” something, just hit print and select “billzip” as your printer<br />Save the pdf file <br /><br />1/27/10<br />
  6. 6. Consolidate IM Accounts<br />Trillian is a free instant messaging application for windows that can connect and consolidate to AIM, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo, and more<br /><br />Note: Use Adium for Macs<br /><br />1/27/10<br />
  7. 7. Video & Photo Your Screen<br />Great tool to create screencast (digital recording of your computer screen) andscreen shots. I use this tool to create “how-to” videos for my colleagues, friends, and partners. Why tell when you can show?<br />How to use: <br />Download from<br />Install program<br />Select the screencast or screenshot<br />Record or snap<br /><br />1/27/10<br />