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  1. Successful Delegation

    This month we are going to follow-up the Time Management tip we sent in March with a discussion about successfully delegating the jobs you don't have to do yourself.

  2. Excel: Error Codes

    This month we are going to look at those funny error codes that you sometimes see in Excel when you've made a mistake, and tell you what they mean.

  3. Managing Your Time

    This month we are going to look at some basics of Time Management. There are never enough hours in the day and sometimes the weather makes things worse so what can you do to avoid being snowed-under?

  4. Office: Working with Office 2007's New File Formats (DOCX, XLSX, etc.)

    This tip might not be instantly useful for you, but make sure you save it for future reference, because you are likely to come across this issue sooner or later.

  5. Managing Pressure

    Welcome to the Christmas Hot Tip from Black Swan Training Solutions, where we are going to look at ways to manage the pressure we all feel from time-to-time.

  6. Excel: Bubble Charts for Risk Management

     Risk management is a discipline taught in our Project Management courses, and is important in order that your plans anticipate factors that might force a change. ‘It’s the one you don’t see that gets you!’ is a saying that justifies risk management in all forms of planning and management.

  7. Outlook: Avoiding Missing Attachments

    This time we are going to go back to our old favourite, Outlook, and address a problem we expect everybody is familiar with - forgetting to attach the attachment!

  8. Coping with Difficult Group Members

    This month we are going to look at a problem we all experience from time-to-time, even if we don't have to solve it ourselves.

    Whether it's in a meeting, forum or just your everyday work group there can be people who are difficult to cope with and disrupt the flow.

  9. Excel: Exact Function

    This month we are going to look at a way of showing if two cells in an Excel spreadsheet are the same.

  10. Communications: Meeting Preparation

     This time we are going to look at preparation for meetings as a way to improve their effectiveness.

    Love them or hate them, meetings will continue to be an essential method of communication, for the foreseeable future at least, and we've all been to bad ones. So, what makes a meeting effective?

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