Email 101: PAR structure

December 12th, 2014
Email 101: PAR structure

When first introduced, email was viewed simply as an electronic version of memos and business letters, and were usually formatted thus. Over time, email has become much more informal, leading to a more natural form of communication. While this is great, there can be times when emails come across as unstructured and unclear, leading to frustration and even a loss of productivity.

What is pre-drafting emails?

November 12th, 2014
What is pre-drafting emails?

As a business owner, you probably send out emails pretty regularly. Some of these emails are likely to colleagues who will then send a message to a third party on your behalf. This inevitably entails going back-and-forth between you and your employee.

Email 101: IMAP or POP protocol

October 16th, 2014
Email 101: IMAP or POP protocol

For a business to be productive there are a number of essential tools required, one of the most important being email. While there are numerous email providers and solutions, most rely on one of two protocols: POP or IMAP. These are a set of rules that dictate how data moves between systems, and the question many businesses should be asking is which protocol should they be using?

Difference between POP and IMAP

POP, or Post Office Protocol, was first developed in early 1984 and is currently in its third version (POP3). POP works by allowing users to retrieve email and download it onto their computer.

Tech not working? Here’s some tips

September 18th, 2014
Tech not working? Here’s some tips

Technology is an important part of almost every role in every business. We have come to rely so heavily on it, that when we do have a problem with a device or system our productivity can easily grind to an almighty halt. While many of us know our systems will eventually breakdown, do you know what to in this situation? Are you prepared?

What to do when your systems stop working

Often, our first reaction when our technology or systems stop working is to either panic, or get angry.

Tips for better presentations online

April 2nd, 2014
Tips for better presentations online

There is a common trend with businesses, especially small to medium businesses, of hiring remote workers and also of working with clients at greater distances than ever before. As a result, an increasing number of businesses are creating remote presentations, or using software to present to an audience over the Internet.

Boost productivity with to-do lists

March 7th, 2014
Boost productivity with to-do lists

When it comes to productivity, many business owners rely on to-do lists. However, writing an effective to-do list can be quite a challenging task. Though a lot of people jot down their tasks for the day or week ahead they don’t always fully realize the benefits of their list because it is either poorly crafted or even missing items.

Optimize email for productivity

February 5th, 2014
Optimize email for productivity

Business emails are piling up in your inbox like it will never stop. This is where email handling tips come in handy if you want to get on top of the constant flood of messages. Managing your business email account be challenging, especially when you need to accomplish many tasks such as reading and responding to emails in a limited time.

Productivity apps for your phone

January 9th, 2014
Productivity apps for your phone

January is a common time for many people, business owners included, to set goals and resolutions for the year to come. This year, as with years in the past, many business owners and managers will likely have a resolution centered around productivity.

Block the net for better productivity

December 12th, 2013
Block the net for better productivity

The Internet is really a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it gives us access to a variety of productivity oriented programs that really help increase what we can get done in a day. On the other hand however, there are also a variety of sites that capture our attention time and again, causing us to procrastinate or become distracted, resulting in a drop in productivity.

5 tips for better subject lines

November 14th, 2013
5 tips for better subject lines

In order for a business to be successful, you need to have solid communication. One of the main mediums people use is email, which has enabled us to communicate like never before.