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17 minutes ago

There are some good tips on being effective with training, but the one that stuck out to me was this:

"#9. Be like chameleon

Be flexible. Make your training vivid and dynamic."

It's hard to be flexible. You have an agenda to get through, and limited time to do it in, but the very best trainers can keep the class moving through the agenda, and still be able to react to the group and keep it relevant to them.

22 minutes ago

It's coming, the tipping point where running a for-profit website based on advertising revenue is unsustainable, and I agree, publishers have only themselves to blame. The advertising, click-bait, crap that passes for news today is beyond annoying.

But what will be left? A few big players and a bunch of folks who do it for the love of writing, sharing, connecting, etc. That might be about it.

Aug 27, 15

I have often wondered as I spend hours on airplanes how come attendants don't have individual information about you already. You have an assigned seat, when you scan your boarding pass, they know it's you and address you by name, so why is it that once I'm on the plane, no one has any idea.

Think if the efficiency that could be driven this way. I could have preferences saved for meals, drinks, etc. Stored credit card information for making in-flight purchases, or the data could be used to quickly identify someone with medical training, or emergency response training.

As long as it's only storing data I'm already providing as part of the mileage program, why not use that data on the plane too?

Aug 27, 15

Some of these aren't that simple to be honest. On the other hand, if we could tech people to properly backup their stuff, protect themselves from malware, and keep their information private, we'd go a long way towards making using a computer less painful.

So, take a look and see which of these tips could save you some day.

For the techie folks out there, what would your top ten list look like?

Aug 27, 15

Generally speaking, I like the idea. Where it falls flat for me is when someone sends me their travel itinerary so that I know their coming and goings, and Google adds the trip to my calendar.

If they can get a filter for that sort of thing, that would be great. Are you listening Google?

Aug 26, 15

Darn, now they're going to expect me to answer emails on the plane too. There goes my one chance for being unplugged! ;-)

Aug 24, 15

Really, what else is there to say? Working long hours may make us feel important, but it doesn't help us do better work. A lack of sleep absolutely affects out ability to make good decisions, do quality work and a host of other things.

Just stop it.

Aug 21, 15

This a good article talking about chat/messaging apps like Bloomberg and how it alters what we're used to doing with eDiscovery. The one thing I have had numerous discussion about during training classes in the idea of keyword searching. In the informal world of chat, doing keyword searching without considering alternate spellings is a huge risk. What are the chances that someone used that word, but didn't spell it correctly, either on purpose by using text-speak, or just by being careless?

It's vital that you have a plan to include those possibilities in your searching, whether it's using fuzzy searching tools, or custodian interviews to ask about their chat use, or analyze a sample of the char before coming up with your terms.

I'm not a lawyer, and I'm not qualified to tell you what the plan should be, but don't think we don't discuss exactly these types of things when we get to the part of class that talks about fuzzy search! ;-)

How have you dealt with this possibility? Or are you still hoping all this mobile phone, chat, IM, stuff will just go away?

Aug 21, 15

Not surprising at all is it? If you want to target sensitive data, a third party who doesn't have the same strong sense of protecting it, and an industry that has a reputation for somewhat lax security measures, would be a pretty tempting place to start.

Aug 21, 15

As you may know by now, I'm a big fan of taking care of yourself when it comes to learning new skills, getting training and taking care of your career. Therefore, it'll come as no surprise that I agree with the tips given in this article.

As much as we'd like to think that our employers would take an interest in growing the skills of the people who work for them, the reality is that there is a lot of bad management out there, and sometimes the company has a vested interest in keeping employees right where they are, not in teaching them new skills.

So don't let someone else decide how your knowledge and skills will develop, take charge of your own growth!

Aug 20, 15

I can't imagine anything that condemns the current state of corporate intranets than LinkedIn thinking they could do a better job of connecting coworkers with each other from the outside than companies do internally. Then again, in many cases they probably can!

Aug 20, 15

The exposure to being hacked raises a lot of questions about the so-called Internet of Things. If everything is connected to the Net, then everything is tracking you. That information is valuable in and of itself to hackers looking to embarrass or blackmail people.

But, as bad as that is, what is worse is the ability of hackers to actually take control of those devices, especially when talking about medical devices, or transportation. Given the number of hacks that have already been reported, and the severity of them, I have little faith that anyone can truly protect our information or devices.

Maybe I'm just a pessimist. What do you think?

Aug 17, 15

I will admit that I am guilty of number 5, not paying attention to LinkedIn as much as I should. Are you guilty of any of these? Do you think less of people who are?

Aug 08, 15

Most of us probably cringe at the idea of having a personal brand, including me. On the other hand, that's exactly what we should be thinking about, what is our reputation in the professional world? What do the people who interact with us think about when they hear our name, what do they say about us to others, what is the message that the business world is hearing about us?

So, maybe don't think about branding as much and start thinking about networking, online and off. What face are you presenting to the people you meet in any arena? What impression are you leaving them with, and what impression are they taking away and passing on to others? If you don't think those things matter, you're not going to get very far in your career, and you're going to miss out on a lot of career opportunities due to not being connected in a positive way to other people.

I honestly can't remember the last person I know who got a great opportunity through something other than knowing the right people. I know it happens, but not that often.

Aug 08, 15

Can we really be surprised? This is why I've written before that while using mobile technology to replace banks for many people impossible, the security has to get better!

Aug 05, 15

"Americans still only take about half their paid time off. Not taking all your vacation days hurts your brain function and poses other serious health risks."

Whenever I've been in Europe or Australia for a class, or had someone from another country in one of our classes here, they are always stunned by how little vacation time Americans actually get, and they wonder how we don't all go nuts. Yet the reality is, even with the measly amount we have, we only use half of it? Sad...

Aug 02, 15

Admittedly, this article had me at the headline.

You can buy all the expensive tech toys you want, and in the eDiscovery world, there are plenty of them out there, but if you don't have the people in place to use them properly, they do you no good. The real power over eDiscovery, investigations and what have you on the legal front, is having smart, talented, people included in the process, and believe it or not, much of the time, those people aren't lawyers.

Lawyers, you might have to get used to that idea...;-)

Jul 30, 15

How would you feel if your employer asked you to "spread the word" on your personal social media profiles? Would you do it happily? Would you consider it? Would you refuse?

I firmly believe the answer to that question depends on two things.

One, if you don't believe in your company and what they do, I'd be willing to bet you would not like the idea of sharing their message with your social connections.

Two, if you've had an online presence, or "brand" if you will, for awhile I think you'd likewise be less likely to want to share their message. Not because you don't believe it, but because you are thinking more about how it appears to the people who follow you.

Now if both of those things are true, just forget it, unless they tell you it's required, in which case maybe a new job is in order.

Personally, I do occasionally share some Nuix-related stuff, especially when it involves the training classes I'm teaching. I see no conflict there. I don't share everything though, because I don't want my personal sites, or personal social media profiles to become nothing more than a corporate mouthpieces. It's still me here at the end of the day. Heck, I've changed companies 4 times since starting a blog, that history means something more than all that.

Jul 24, 15

The main concern for eDiscovery is what email communication is no longer available, but I'd suggest a secondary concern, whether the recipient grabbed a screen capture or saved it some other way before it expired, and how we would locate those. Still, it's not like we don't already have concerns with people deleting emails or other items.

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