Workforce Development News – Nov. 28, 2011

By on November 28, 2011
YouTube Videos from PowerPoint Presentations

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Making YouTube Videos from PowerPoint Presentations

Learn step-by-step how to create an HD YouTube video from a PowerPoint 2010 presentation and a companion audio recording. Whether your need is lecture or presentation capture, video podcasting, or creating knowledge on demand learning modules, this video covers the critical considerations and processes required. Originally presented at the 2011 MACT Conference. (YouTube 14:46).
YouTube video: http://youtu.be/aNkfZvjPHFE
Additional content: http://users.stlcc.edu/rschumacher/ppt-video.html
Blog Article: http://workforcesolutions.stlcc.edu/2011/making-videos-powerpoint-presentations/

There’s No Such Thing as Constructive Criticism

“The problem with criticism is that it challenges our sense of value. Criticism implies judgment and we all recoil from feeling judged. The conundrum is that feedback is necessary. It’s the primary means by which we learn and grow. So what’s the best way to deliver it in a way that it provides the greatest value — meaning the recipient truly absorbs and acts on it?”
http://blogs.hbr.org/schwartz/2011/11/theres-no-such-thing-as-constr.html

Using Abbreviations in Copywriting

“Abbreviations can enhance your writing and improve the message you’re sending to your readers, but only if you’re using them correctly. How often have you goofed when using abbreviations? Would your writing benefit from a quick check for potential mistakes?”
http://www.onextrapixel.com/2011/11/22/using-abbreviations-in-copywriting/

InfoGraphic: Here’s How To Really Use LinkedIn

“With just a little bit of effort you will see how the powerful social site can help you market yourself and your business far more than you imagined.”
http://www.businessinsider.com/linkedin-boot-camp-basic-training-for-the-personal-marketer-2011-11

Final Cut: Words to Strike from Your Resume

“Before you add another bullet point, consider this: It’s not always about what you add in—the best changes you can make may lie in what you take out. Every word—yes, every word—on that page should be working hard to highlight your talents and skills. If it’s not, it shouldn’t be on there.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/dailymuse/2011/11/04/final-cut-words-to-strike-from-your-resume/

The True Cost of Losing Your Job in the Great Recession? $112,000

“Among 50-somethings who are unemployed, nearly half remain out of work one year later. Once they do find work, laid-off workers often earn much less, suffering a penalty worth as much 19 percent of wages.”
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/11/-112-000-the-true-cost-of-losing-your-job-in-the-great-recession/247929/

The Importance Of Character

“Character is what is deep inside us; it’s who we are on a daily basis, when things go well and when things go wrong. Nowhere is this more crucial than for those who hold leadership positions. So here are a few tips:”
http://www.openforum.com/articles/the-importance-of-character

InfoGraphic: How to Create a QR Code in 3 Easy Steps

The simplest way to create a QR Code, another wonderful graphic by the Daring Librarian.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/info_grrl/6234764457/

How to Connect More On LinkedIn

“While it’s good to have a profile on LinkedIn in the hopes of being ‘found’ for appropriate opportunities, the far greater value of LinkedIn in your job search is the ability to find people at target companies or in your field that can be great networking contacts or potential employers.”
http://www.careerrocketeer.com/2011/11/how-to-connect-more-on-linkedin.html

The Last Tax Free Cyber Monday?

“Americans will spend $37.6 billion buying on-line this holiday season, shelling out $1.2 billion on this year’s ‘Cyber Monday’ alone. And on a sizable chunk of those purchases, no state or local sales taxes will be paid. But some Internet buyers could find this is their last Christmas shopping untaxed.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/janetnovack/2011/11/23/the-last-tax-free-cyber-monday/

25 “Worst Passwords” of 2011 Revealed

If you see your password in this list, do not finish reading this article and immediately go change your password.
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/25-worst-passwords-2011-revealed-202955980.html

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.” – Dale Carnegie

About Richard Schumacher

Richard is the technology manager for the Workforce Solutions Group of St. Louis Community College. He has over 25 years experience in technology, instructional design, eLearning, training, web content, IT consulting, and business performance improvement solutions. Richard is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and has held Microsoft Certifications since 1993. Learn more about Richard by following him: LinkedIn - Twitter - Google+ - Articles - Email

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