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Another Tool in Your Infographic Toolbox image

A while back, I provided a roadmap for creating infographics and promoted one of the new online tools for creating these visuals.  I have since been introduced to a similar resource called Venngage.  Venngage is extremely cost effective at less than $20 a month (they have a sale right now if you are interested), but that’s not really the reason I wanted to introduce you to it. What I love about Venngage, and its competitors for that matter, is that they help to reduce “Blank Slate Fear.”  That’s my term for the absolute dread that can consume us when we know we have to do something creative (write a blog, build an infographic, start a report, etc).  I’ve mentioned my own battle with procrastination ...

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Infographics: Tips and Tools image

Not since the invention of online surveys has something sparked the imagination of our industry like Infographics. Sure, we haven’t mastered the art of making them, and we aren’t quite sure how to define them.  Yet, most of us know a good infographic when we see it (or think we do). So, I want to take a few minutes to write about how to make a good infographic and provide some useful tools and links. Then, you can let your imagination run wild! Whenever I’m working on an infographic, I try to stick to three fundamental rules: 1) Know Your Audience The infographics that we see on a daily basis are meant not just for public consumption but for public promotion. Every infographic “how to” includes a ...

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The Rise of Infographic Resumes image

Whenever I was hiring for a project manager at my former company, I would spend an absurd amount of time skimming resumes. By skimming, I would say that I probably spent 2o seconds glancing at it on the screen. In that pass, I’m looking for experience and skills to qualify you for the job. If the candidate passes that round, the resume gets printed for a more thorough read – typically 1 minute. I can tell you that I’ve seen some horrible resume layouts. Since our Project Managers also wrote reports for our clients, if the resume wasn’t visually appealing, it was much more likely to meet the bottom of the recycle bin. I didn’t have a hard and fast rule about resume layouts, ...

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I Have ADD and Your Clients Do Too image

Last week I had the unenviable task of taking my daughter in to be tested for ADD.  We won’t know the results for some time, but in filling out the many questionnaires required for such a diagnosis, I realized that maybe I’m ADD too.  And  if you pardon the Oprah reference – maybe you have ADD and you have ADD and everyone has ADD.  We are a society of people with 8 second attention spans. It wasn’t ALWAYS like this.  I have succeeded in school and my career in part because of my long attention span.  It was not a chore for me to sit and read a long book about sociological theory in grad school.  I still have a 300 page book about socialist ...

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3 MR Tools You Should Be Using (Part 1) standard

There are several persistent issues that I’ve found in my many years in this industry.  Some are big requiring major solutions and others are tiny nuisances.  I’m pretty passionate about moving our industry forward and love when I find a product or service that pushes our boundaries.  So, I want to start talking more about these solutions. Since I have no stake in any company right now, I will begin reviewing the tools that I’ve loved using over the years. There are a number of great tools out there, so I’m going to start a mini-series here on the blog. The first three issues that I will tackle are: Graph population Text analytics Basic data analysis I’m open to covering ...

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