Thursday, January 20, 2005


Do you use the Meeting Request feature in Outlook 2003? Click the New down-arrow and click Meeting Request (or press Ctrl+Shift+Q) and the Untitled-Meeting window will open. Click To and add the names of people you want to invite; set the time and place; add any notes you need, and click Send. This sends an email invitation to everyone in the To list and enables them to accept or deny the invitation with a click of the mouse. It also checks their schedule and adds the meeting to the recipient's calendar; and--this is the best part--it automatically adjusts for different time zones. For example, this week I had several conference calls with clients on the west coast. When our team leader sent the invitations, the time came through in my local time, set up just the way I needed it. Very cool!

The question is this: If you use Microsoft Office Professional for Small Businesses and/or the Outlook Small Business Manager, I'd love to hear what types of products you create (reports, presentations, manuals, marketing materials, and so on). I'm starting a new project that is task-focused and I'd like to hear what you like or don't like, what's easy and what's not, in the tasks you do with Office everyday. Click the comments link and send me a note if you feel like sharing. :)

Tuesday, January 11, 2005


As promised, I'm cross-posting from my business site to let those of you who are interested know that the first article in the free series of communications articles for small businesses is now available online. You can read the article, called "Creating a 2005 Communications Plan," by clicking this link: read January article. (When the dialog box appears, click Open to read the document online or click Save to save it to your hard drive.) Please feel free to share this article with anyone you think might be interested.

This article is more about application than technology, although I do provide links and ideas for various ways to use the different Office programs to create communications pieces. If you want to send along a question I can research and answer in a future article, please send me an email to

Here's to a productive, prosperous, and peaceful New Year for us all. :)

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