On October 19th, I had another opportunity to speak to the participants of the Langara Self Employment Program about Business Communications. During the 4 hour class we discussed strategies for communicating effectively in these 3 areas: professional image, verbal communications, and written communications.

An Alternative To Powerpoint Presentations: Prezi

The participants present their business plan to a panel of business leaders from the community at the end of the program. During the class, one participant asked if a PowerPoint presentation was mandatory and we discussed other options (this must be approved by the program managers!). At the time, I couldn’t remember the name of this dynamic alternative for presenting ideas – it is called Prezi.

According to their site:

  • Prezi is a communication tool that helps you organize, present, and share your ideas.
  • Over a million new users a month

  • More than one prezi created every second

Networking and Contact Management: CardMunch

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Overview of CardMunch in 21 Seconds from CardMunch on Vimeo.

CardMunch takes the hassle out of transcribing your business cards. Guaranteed 100% accuracy for every card you submit using real humans to transcribe and review every card.

During the class, a participant recommended using a free iPhone app called CardMunch for managing contacts and increasing connections on LinkedIn. I hadn’t heard of it before and I’m going to try it out. I have a big pile of cards to scan and I’ll update this post with a review in the future.

From their website (cardmunch.com):

  • Just scanned an important business lead? Connect via LinkedIn with just one tap.

Did I miss anything?

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