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Boost Your Search Results With A Sprinkling Of Semantic HTML

You may have noticed recently that extra bits of information have started appearing in search results, perhaps photos of the author, reviews of a product, maps showing the location of a store or links which allow you to jump to a certain location within a page. Here is a brief overview of how you can make some small changes to your website which may increase the chances of your links containing these extra pieces of information. Computers are as thick as two short planks when it comes down to it, and rely on correct interpretation of data to function. Much effort has been put into developing the structure of how a website is laid out in order to allow for better interpretation of its content and hence identification of key information. Clearly, it is of great benefit to a search engine to ......

What Does “Workplace Culture” Really Mean?

Productive organisations are those with a healthy workplace culture. But what does that phrase, “workplace culture” really mean? How can a company improve its culture? The word “culture” is kind of a funny term. It’s a word that describes the behavior of a whole community of people. Sometimes we use “culture” to indicate sophistication (“only cultured people go to the symphony”). Other times, the term “culture” is derogatory. (You can’t blame him, that’s just part of his culture). So what do we mean when we are talking about workplace culture? Is this something real or just marketing speak used by HR departments? Here’s my personal definition of workplace culture: “The culture of a working organisation is both the common and collective viewpoint on both the meaning and the value of w......

Taking The “P” Out Of Cloud Computing: Hello Cloud Commuting

Taking The P out of cloud computing – no jokes please – and introducing cloud commuting is one direction that I can see the new technologies being utilised in coming years. Since the mid 1990s I have been hammering home the advantages of what we then called teleworking and even worked on a four year European Commission project to see how the evolving Internet technologies could be beneficial to remote communities. I think I can safely say that telework adoption has been a bit of a damp squid, but the dynamics of work as we know it has changed dramatically for a number of reasons. Climate Change The first is that climate change is altering weather patterns and uncharacteristic changes in snow, rain and wind has made the daily commute from home to the office fraught with challenges and poten......

Bullet Points Don’t Work – Presenters Aren’t Using PowerPoint Effectively

Presenters must ensure that they are using their PowerPoint slides as effective visual aids in sales presentations, by using relevant images and diagrams to illustrate points. Although millions of PowerPoint presentations are delivered each day, many presenters still do not use slides effectively. Two common mistakes are for the presenter to use the slides as cue cards by including too much text; or to include one large image per slide that does not help to explain the point being made. The danger with using text on a slide is that the audience will read it instead of listening to the presenter, thus disengaging as they do not feel the need to pay attention. This remains true if the text is reduced to bullet points; the audience will still be able to understand each point before it is made......

Post-PowerPoint Stress Disorder

It’s not exactly pushing the boundaries to say you don’t like PowerPoint. Our common dislike has even become a sort of business non-apology apology. When someone says “I know the last thing you want is death by PowerPoint ha ha”, what they are really saying is, “Sod you. You’re getting 20 slides whether it’s the last thing you want or not.” I was trying to work out how much of my life I have spent looking at PowerPoint slides. Over the last 15 years, as an absolute minimum, I have spent at least three hours a week looking at presentations. If I spend 12 hours a day awake and get Sundays off to sit in the corner crying softly, that’s two weeks of every year. When I got involved with the exciting worlds of business and technology, sitting in room trying to work out why I am staring at pictur......