January 2013 – OneNote, Amy’s Book

Amy’s second book is out!  For those of you following along with her contemporary romance series, Racing To Love, Jesse’s Soul released on January 5th.  You can find her books on Amazon, and her blog has some free novellas and more information at amygregory548.com!  Look for the third installment, Eli’s Honor, this summer.

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If you have Microsoft Office on your computer, you likely have an app called “OneNote”.  If you haven’t checked it out, you should.  OneNote is a well kept secret that has changed my life!

OneNote is a note-taking app.  You can easily organize all the notes in your life, but it does so much more.   You create a “notebook” for each category of notes.  For example, I have a notebook for each of our key vendors.  In each notebook you can have sections and pages.  So for AltiGen, I have a section for the onsite Dealer Council meeting for each year, and in each section, I have a page for each agenda item.  Then I add a pages for each follow-up conference call.  When a call is upcoming, I can easily and quickly review my notes from the previous calls and meetings!

Follow up is made easier due to the fact that you can insert links to documents, web pages, images, etc.  You can also highlight and star items just as you would paper notes  – but you can “tag” sections that are later searchable – noting they are questions, todo’s, important, book to read, discussion to have, etc.  VERY powerful.

To add to the power, you can email a page, section or notebook to another user, and you can even share them for collaboration.  My peer group created a shared notebook for the ultimate employee handbook.  We laid out the table of contents, and then each member pasted their content in the appropriate area.  Then we collapsed all the different versions into one comprehensive document.

My whole life is now in OneNote.  Each of the Boards I am on have a notebook, with sections for each meeting or committee.  Don’t tell my wife, but I even have a notebook for gift ideas!  Anytime I have an idea or she mentions something, it goes in the notebook for future reference!

Check out OneNote today, I think it has a place for everyone.  If you have any questions, let me know and I’ll be happy to help!

Amy’s Book is out!

Big news from the Gregory household!  My wife Amy is now a published author.  Just over a year ago, Amy woke up in the middle of the night several days in a row with this recurring dream.  After a few days, she just got out of bed and started writing it down.  2 weeks later she had a full length novel, and she found her true passion in life!  In the months since, she has written 2 more novels and signed with a publisher.  Her first effort is a 4 book series and she is writing the fourth book now.  Racing To Love, Carter’s Treasure published on 6/7, and books 2, 3 and 4 will publish in 2013.  Needless to say we are all very  proud!   Check it out at http://amzn.to/Q4yBHb , and you can like her facebook page at http://on.fb.me/LLTghx.  If you are interested in an autographed copy, send me an email!

Have you attended a conference lately?  I attend IT conferences regularly and find them invaluable.  As I meet with my colleagues from around the country, I get a clear vision of the changes ahead both near term and long term in technology and in business.  A friend of mine, Jason Camis, Executive Director of the Paola Chamber of Commerce, sent this note to me and I thought it was worth sharing:

During the past 3 weeks I have been fortunate enough to attend not one, but two conferences/courses. I say fortunate because I was taught early in my career that there is real value in learning more about my field of work and keeping up on current trends in the industry.

 

My first boss out of college emphasized that participation and attendance at local/regional/state/national events was not something to take lightly. Because in most cases my employer (including city governments, nonprofits and my own business) was paying for the trip, I had a responsibility to bring back ideas that could be implemented over time.

 

As someone who is an ‘idea’ guy, I love hearing and seeing what people are doing across the country. There isn’t an industry I know of that doesn’t have a conference, educational course or professional development seminar that is worth going to (when I owned my coffee shop I once attended a coffee convention!). And while budgets can be tight, the long-term value of continuing your education is worth far more than the cost, even if you pay for it yourself. I encourage you to read this article that further emphasizes this importance. It might even be something you share with your employer the next time you want to expand your knowledge.

I have always found that the right conferences return much more value than the cost of travel and time out of the office!