NAPM-ISW (Boise) plans to host the Pacific Northwest Purchasing Conference on November 1 - 3, 2007. The conference will be held in the SUB at Boise State University. The plan includes a reception on Thursday evening, November 1st, conference sessions on Friday, November 2nd and half day sessions on Saturday, November 3rd. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on Friday and Saturday as well as a dinner on Friday the 2nd. The conference will include a trade show and at least 30 exhibitors are expected. Boise would appreciate any help you can provide on recommending exhibitors; booth space will cost $250 and include a half page ad in the conference program. As speakers and exhibitors are confirmed we'll provide an update. We expect to have a block of rooms reserved at a hotel within walking distance of BSU. Read more......
Negotiating Techniques Exercise
An exercise to help understand various negotiating techniques:
Excerpt from an article on resumes.
After reviewing many resume's I agree. Adding the names of your children and pet crocodile or most other personal information doesn't do any good unless it specifically affects the job you are applying for. Maybe a nanny or crocodile trainer [about the same job in my book].
Leadership Workshops; Maximize Your ROI
Affiliate leaders and volunteers from around the country are converging on the ISM summer leadership workshops. For us old-timers, the workshops are a fun place to network with old friends and ISM staff. But for many new volunteers, this will be their first exposure the ISM organization at large. In some cases this will be the first time that they have interacted with leaders outside of their own affiliate. Apprehension is understandable. To help affiliates and first-timers have a more enjoyable and effective experience, I have published some suggestions for getting the most from the ISM leadership workshops. Read about it here.....
A secret place to look for program speakers……
Are you trying to find program speakers? Try this secret location: Editorial boards and directors identified on industry magazine mastheads.
Of course you still have to be concerned with typical speaker problems - can this person present a good program and/or what will it cost? However, after a few weeks of corresponding, you can usually tell who has done it before. As a bonus; some of the higher-level people already travel a lot and can add you to their agenda inexpensively. Many of them like to speak to groups, just to stay in touch. Also the speaker's title in your program announcement might draw some senior people to the program.
Here is an example of an invitation:
FYI - I sent this reminder to our organization about using Outlook as a reminder for upcoming events.
It's a good strategy to use the software tool for more than just your own personal appointments and tasks. Use the reminder and notification function to augment your memory and use drag and drop to keep electronic copies of transient messages without having to set up a separate folder and then later clean up out-of-date information.
This trick also is handy for tracking team members who will be out of the office on your own calendar. Just remember to set the appointment so it still shows your time as free.
It's kind of like sticking a driver's license renewal notice on the fridge where you will remember it and still be able to find it instead of burying it in the to-do pile on your desk.
P.S. I know some of you don't use Outlook - as an option, I suggest you print all reminders in 42 point text onto legal size purple paper and tape them to the ceiling (safely).
Biometric USB Drives?
Some of the people in our organization have started receiving new biometric USB drives. They are just different enough that I decided to write a few instructions for using USB drives. Read more...... . NOTE: This is a non-technical description for non-technical people; there are a lot of IT web sites which can do a much better job if you really want technical advice.
Bend and Stretch
A user complained this morning about using a USB thumb drive on an older computer at home. On older PCs, USB ports were often located in the back of the PC. The solution is simple; you can purchase inexpensive USB "extension cords" and extend the USB port from the back of the machine to your desktop.
Here is an example of a 4-port hub that allows you to plug in up to 4 USB
1) If you have a newer PC which uses the USB 2 standard, you will want the more expensive hubs just for that.
2) Now that some people are using Windows VISTA on their home machines, check the compatibility of any USB device with windows VISTA before depending on it - they are not all compatible with Windows VISTA.
Look a gift horse in the mouth
While we are on the subject of USB drives, remember the warnings I gave a few months ago about finding a lost USB drive . Since many PCs auto-start a USB drive when it is plugged in, USB drives can be a very nasty source of viral infections. Unless you really really really know what you are doing – don’t pick up and play just any old USB drive you find lying around. It’s not like picking up and eating candy dropped on the ground– there is no 2-second rule.
Computer security public awareness video winners. Short explanations of common computer security issues. Well worth sharing with family and friends who might need a little help understanding how identify theft can occur for example. http://www.researchchannel.org/securityvideo2007/
Congress resource for understanding copyright laws
Is this you?
Can’t read the fine print disclaimers on a web site? Instead of adjusting monitor resolution – try the on-screen MAGNIFIER. It’s located in the Windows ACCESSORIES > ACCESSIBILITY menu. Basically the program places a magnifying glass on the screen that can be moved around or set to show a magnified view of wherever you point the mouse. Move the magnifying glass wherever you want, resize it or even dock it to the side of the screen. Both Windows XP and Windows Vista have this helpful tool
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