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Get More Information in Less Time

info Best-selling author Seth Godin recently wrote a blog post called The growing productivity divide. He described some must-haves for your tool kit in today’s knowledge-based economy.

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We recommend you check out his full list to see how you stack up. Today, we’re going to highlight three tools for getting the information you need.

Your daily reading regimen

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georgeReading is so important. Warren Buffett says so. I remember one of the patriarchs of the venture capital industry telling me that he was aghast that many of his young staffers read only The Wall Street Journal every day. He told them they needed to expand their horizons and read at least one additional daily paper.

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Seth Godin suggested that you should read at least five blogs a day. There are so many resources online to keep up with content that’s important to you. Don’t get stuck in either the real or the virtual world. Read online and offline!

RSS

He also asked if you have an RSS reader. We might ask an even simpler question – do you understand what an RSS feed is? If you don’t, don’t feel bad … but learn what an incredible tool it is. 

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marylynnThere are a lot of sites I like to keep up with. What I love about RSS feeds is the content comes to me; I don’t have to go to it. With my RSS reader, they’re all in one location so I can easily scan the headlines. It saves me a lot of time.

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Lee Lefever of Common Craft fame has a great video tutorial that explains RSS in Plain English.

Problogger  Darren Rowse also has a great explanation of RSS on his site if you prefer to read about it.

Alerts

Do you know how to set up a search for a certain word, phrase, or subject? Alerts help you collect information without having to go get it. We have an article that provides a number of applications to set up alerts.

One great way to test out alerts is to set one up for your web site or your name. For example, we have an alert set up for biggsuccess.com and bigg success.

Subscription

You can get the tips and tools you need to be a BIGG success by subscribing to The Bigg Success Weekly – it’s free!  And when we say “weekly”, we mean it. We don’t abuse the privilege you’ve trusted us with. Subscribe now and get our free Bigg Goal-Getters Workbook!

Search for the information you need

Seth Godin also emphasized that you must be effective at searching the internet. You can use some shortcuts to get to the content you’re really looking for.

For example, quotation marks around the phrase you’re searching helps refine the search. If we type bigg success, Google will search for every instance of the word bigg and the word success. When we tried this yesterday, Google returned 20,500,000 pages.

By typing in “bigg success” with the quotation marks, Google searches for that phrase as one term. So it only returns instances where the two words are together. That search “only” returned 19,500 pages.

The Smartest Searcher has a post that discusses even more techniques to refine your search further.

You can get more information in less time if you know how to use technology to keep up with the content that’s important to you. It’s an essential skill in today’s knowledge-based economy.

Next time, we’ll discuss leadership in crisis. Until then, here’s to your bigg success! 

 

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End Job Interview Jitters with This FREE Tool

By Bigg Success Staff
07-10-08

Leading-Edge Application

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Do you have a bigg job interview coming up?

Be My Interviewer can help!

Would you like to hear questions that leading business people ask?

Be My Interviewer  has the questions!

They use videos so you can see the interviewer ask a question. Think about how you would answer it. Practice it out loud, looking at the interviewer. You can also hear what the interviewer was looking for as an answer to the question.

So check out this great FREE service so you’ll go into your next interview with confidence!

Hear today's lesson and laugh on The Bigg Success Show. 

 

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Prepare for Your Next Job Interview with This Great Tool

By Bigg Success Staff
04-24-08

Leading-Edge Application

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Are you a new manager conducting a job interview for the first time?

InterviewUp!

Are you in college looking for that first real-world job?

InterviewUp!

Are you a small business owner, not a human-resources pro?

InterviewUp!

InterviewUp is a great site for both employers and employees. No matter which of side of the desk you’re on, you’ll find great questions to ask and great answers to give.

So check it out before your next bigg interview!

Hear today's lesson and laugh on The Bigg Success Show. 

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