I have just spent a week at Temple University Hospital sitting in numerous waiting rooms for numerous hours with many people for a family member. It is clear to me that many people don’t seem to know simple cell phone etiquette rules. And unfortunately it seems that the main etiquette offenders are senior citizens.
Here’s my simple and easy list to follow to help you be cell phone-friendly to others around you.
Playing a game? if you’re in a group setting in a waiting room please turn off the sound so people in the waiting room around you do not have to listen to bells and whistles as you make a score for hours on end.
Want to give your family members an update? Please don’t Facetime and have the volume up so that everyone in the waiting room can hear your personal conversation. Instead, step out in the hallway or into a private space so that everyone around you is not hearing the medical conditions that your family member is being treated for.
If your phone rings, please answer it, or click the mute button. Don’t just let it ring and ring and ring while everyone in the waiting room is looking around to see who’s phone will not stop ringing. Just quickly refuse the call.
Before you even sit in the waiting room for hours, consider turning the volume down on your ringer and on all your notifications so that your phone is not making a constant stream of noise of bells and dings or twinkles or boncs when you’re receiving a billion text messages, emails or notifications.
Consider these simple etiquette rules to help others around you be able to tolerate the time that they too have to spend in a hospital waiting room.
This past week I may have broken my wrist, my right hand wrist! As I can’t type with my left hand and even mousing with my left hand is hard, I decided I would try speech to text. In fact I am dictating this blog post right now.
First, I bought a CMTech Studio USB microphone on Amazon. I bought it because it was inexpensive and it was an easy plug and play item . I got delivery in one day. I plugged the device into my computer and it immediately recognized it. Then I followed the very short instructions to start speaking to text.
Windows makes it very easy to integrate speech to text with a microphone. Using the dictation menu, I’m able to have the microphone listen to me and even add punctuation.
Now Instead of being worried that I won’t be able to work or send emails with a broken wrist in a cast, I’m able to talk to my computer and it will write exactly as I speak. I can then do minor punctuation and spacing corrections and still be able to get out a nice volume of content with a hand in a brace.
To turn on speech to text the first time, click the Windows icon on your keyboard and then H at the same time to open up the dictation menu. You then click the microphone in the dictation bar to allow your microphone to listen to you and then Windows does the magic and converts it into text.
You can use this very cool application in any text field. Right now I’m using the microphone to type into WordPress. I’ve also tried speech to text in Outlook and Gmail. It is really easy to use and fast to set up.
You can read more about windows speech to text at the link below.
Going on a Viking River cruise in Europe? I’ve just been on one and wanted to share with you my Internet access experience so you can plan better than I did.
First, I have Verizon and I do have the Verizon Travel Pass. I expected to be able to use my own data plan with Verizon for Internet access to my business while on travel. What I found out is the following.
Wi-fi access on the boat is literally non-existent. If you sit in one of the common areas, you may be able to upload a Facebook photo and maybe, just maybe, do a Facebook messenger phone call, but do not plan on connecting your laptop or doing real work.
Even if the boat is in port, you will still have issues with connectivity. You simply set yourself up for frustration to use the boat internet.
Now, here’s the big kicker, I thought I would be able to use Verizon for my access when the boat connection was poor, but Verizon must have very little coverage in the area of Germany, France, and Switzerland along the Rhine. I found that even out of the port on a bus to a tour that I was roaming with little or no connectivity using Verizon. The ability to read email with no attachments was about the extent of what I found doable.
My recommendation is that if you are traveling on a Viking River cruise, plan on not getting online. If you do, it will be a bonus!
Whether you have a new online business or an existing one you’ll want to review my tips on domain name management.
Periodically review the domain names you own. If you don’t need one or are not pursuing that aspect of your business, save money and don’t renew a domain name you won’t need in the future.
When you start your business, secure domain name variations of your company name to protect your brand. Consider buying the .us variation in addition to the .com if you are a U.S. based business and other country extensions if you have a presence there.
You don’t need to buy hosting for every domain name you own. You can use domain forwarding to point domains you own to your main desired domain where your website resides.
New or old, periodically it makes sense to review the domain names you do own. For those you are using for your website and online presence, set your renewal in five year increments. For those you may let go in the future consider one year or two year renewals.
Feel the rush! Feel the wind in your face, Experience the exhilaration of flying high in an open cockpit. Helmet and Goggles is a new business owned by one of my friends, Lee Fox, and offers special one-of-a-kind adventures.
Lee is a retired commercial pilot and owner of this World War II era plane. He offers rides in his biplane from Shannon Airport in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Here are a few tips on how to communicate and keep staff on track and accountable as well as focused.
Use Technology to Communicate
Most of our staff is under the age of 30. I have found that assuring that they have mobile access to tasking is key. We use TeamUp for our online tasking and scheduling app. Each staff member has a smartphone with enough data monthly to access work. I require that when projects are completed that they mark the item done or drag that item to the day they will work on it.
Use Video to Show How
When I have complicated tasks, I do a video explanation followed up by an email. Some of my staff like to closely follow the steps in the email and others get the gist of what to do by watching the video. As a good boss I know which of my staff members needs what and I try to supply the information in the way that I know will be the easiest for them to get and understand. My videos are typically 4 to 10 minutes long and show as a hands on what to do. The emails are detailed so staff can print it out and follow step by step.
Although work gets done, assuring that they note that something has been completed in TeamUp or doing the required follow-up email or text can be a challenge. I use SMS Scheduler to send out reminder text messages on an automated schedule to keep staff on notice that they need to do the final step which is to let me know what they have done. I have found that text is the best way to get the attention of younger staff and email the best way to get the attention of older staff. The automation of the text messages allows me to set the reminders up once but to send out on a repeating schedule.
Working with remote staff does have its own special challenges. We do try to get together periodically face to face to celebrate and train on more intensive subjects, but I have found that these several tactics have really helped my business to be effective and grow.