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Posts Tagged ‘Elaine Voci’

5 Tools for 1 of the Most Important Employee Skills of 2020 Workers

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

My friend Elaine Voci wrote about 10 important skills by 2020 for workers at her blog, and today, I saw this infographic over at Inc.

They are all great to discuss, but let me focus on one today and maybe some tools that I’ve seen used to work on it – and that is virtual collaboration.

It blows my mind now that I can work with anyone, anywhere on pretty much any project.  My illustrator for #STEMPrincess doesn’t live in Indy.  I’ve interviewed people all over the world for my books.  I LOVE that time and space really don’t mean much when it comes to collaboration anymore. WOOT!

What tools have I used?  Well, not all have been great all the time, but here’s what has worked for me thus far when it comes to virtual collaboration:

1. Google Hangout – I hope Google never lets this one go, because to have a  free videoconferencing service for all of us is AMAZING!  (Although, I get the sense that some people really don’t use it much – I can’t understand why – it’s WAY better than the phone.)

2. Closed Facebook Groups – Let’s be honest – we’re all pretty much on the faceplace anyway checking out what’s going on – might as well be productive while we’re there too!  Besides, closed groups are, at least I think, still temporal on the timelines (by that I mean, my closed Facebook group timeline shows the most recent new post at the top.)  Is my own personal stream like this any more? NO! DISLIKE.  But at least they haven’t messed up the closed group timelines yet…

3. Cloud storage – Dropbox and Google Drive – Big files to share? No problemo. Just use either of these sites and share away.  Dropbox has cut me off as I’m out of space, so I moved over to Drive, but I like both of them.  I’m sure there are others, like Box.net, etc. but these two have stuck with me more for some reason.

4. The telephone – I’ve never, ever been a fan of the phone.  It’s very…disruptive.  It’s like playing Russian Roulette with the other person, because you don’t know what they are in the middle of.  BUT–when it comes to cranking out quick interviews for books, articles, etc., I’m a huge fan of the telephone.  I just make sure I’ve got a predetermined and scheduled time to chat with the other party.  I don’t dig randomly calling people.

5.  HARO – OK, this isn’t technically a tool, but it is a service.  Help a Reporter Out (HARO) is a free service that helps reporters connect to experts about stories and queries.  I subscribe to it, and have actually used it both on the query side as a reporter and on the response side as an expert.  While its service has been a little more specific in the last couple of years than it used to be, I still find it a good place to find experts and potential collaborators on stories–at least for my writing stuff.

There you go! I’ve set you up to enhance your very own last skill on the infographic above – on virtual collaboration. Soooo…that begs the question…what are you going to do with these tools to virtually collaborate now?

The world awaits with bated breath.

Book Tribes

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

Instead of spending my time making sure my cites are Bluebooked for my law review note (not my fave, can ya tell?) I thought I’d talk instead about something important around being a writer/author of a book, and here it is.  Have. A. Tribe. For. Your. Book.

Seth Godin talks about this all the time, but I thought it was worth mentioning again, with a local (Indy) flavor.  You should be building in a tribe or already have a tribe for your book.  If you self publish, you already know this is critical.  But, even if you’re going the traditional publishing route…?  The publisher still wants to know if you’ve got a built in tribe to buy your book before they’ll sign you up.

I’m still building my tribe for my new book (but this is a cool cadre of awesome women to get into my own network and a genuine pleasure!)  But I thought I’d shut up about me tonight, and share with you some of my writer friends who also have awesome tribes around their books, and in which I argue you should consider joining their tribes, if the issues are of interest to you.  Here goes!

Dr. Elaine Voci -she, hands down, is my writing book mentor!  She’s written several books, but my favorite of hers is: Bridge Builders: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things – her tribe is awesome people doing awesome things, hidden in the every day experience.  LOVE it and love her!

Peter Dunn AKA Pete The Planner – author of 60 Days to Change: A Daily How-To Guide With Actionable Tips for Improving Your Financial Life, Pete’s got a tribe he’s building around smart money management. You should consider following him if you hate to part with your money (and who doesn’t?) He also has a radio show called The Skeptical Economist.  Check him out if money is your thing.

Lori Leroy – author of the new book, The Inadequate Conception: From Barry White to Blastocytes: What Your Mom Didn’t Tell You About Getting Pregnant. Infertility is a huge issue these days, and Lori isn’t afraid to share her challenges with getting pregnant, in order to help others.  There’s a big tribe out there on this, and congrats to Lori for daring to write this book!

Nancy Ahlrichs – author of several books, but her most recent is: Igniting Gen B & V: The New Rules of Engagement for Boomers, Veterans, and Other Long-Termers on the Job.  Nancy is great at best understanding how different generations can work best together…and I love that she’s taking the time to make sure that others take advantage of understanding each other in the workplace!

Ingrid Cummings - The Vigorous Mind: Cross-train Your Brain to Break Through Mental, Emotional, and Professional Boundaries – Ingrid’s tribe wants to do better, period.  Who doesn’t want that?  EVERYONE wants that!  Read her book to better understand HOW.

Mickey Maurer – Mr. Maurer (although he hates it when I call him that, but I do out of respect!) has a new book out called: 19 Stars of Indiana.  If you know Indy, you already know Mr. Maurer; however, his new book is the counterpart to his first book on 19 Women Stars of Indiana! He, no doubt, has a super sonic tribe that maybe one day I’ll get close to approaching…

I have a LOT of other book writing friends, but I wanted to share with you some of my local friends who dare to share their thoughts via writing…and their tribes!  So, if you’ve been on that fence, thinking about writing a book, you’d better stop and ask: do I have a tribe for this?

If not, get to building!