The field of education is changing at a rapid rate. We can see these changes at all levels, especially at the K-12 space. Instructional shifts, Common Core standards and instructional technology are disrupting the way education is provided to students. SMART boards are used in a majority of classrooms which allows Teachers to make lessons interactive for students. The Teacher centered model is being replaced with the Student centered model. Students of today need constant stimulation, especially with technology. Traditional teaching methods and hardcover books do not stimulate the learners of today.
The Teacher of today is faced with more challenges than ever before. However there are more opportunities than ever before. The testing and education technology space is a multi-million dollar industry. Venture capitalists are investing millions in ed-tech start ups.
So what does this mean for the teacher? This means that if teachers decide to take their educational expertise and apply it to creating high quality instructional materials that everyone can use; they have the potential to earn more money than the average classroom Teacher.
Teachers have more challenges than ever before but they also have more opportunities as well.
Google Drive offers people a great way to collaborate and share ideas. Teachers and business professionals alike can share documents and presentations along with editing them. In today’s world, we all need to collaborate to be successful. Google Drive has made my life a whole lot easier.
Google Drive allows users to organize their documents and presentations in folders. These folders can be shared with other users, where documents and presentations can be viewed and edited; making collaboration very easy. Setting up Google Drive is quick and easy. The first thing that you need to do is create a Gmail account. Once you create a Gmail account, you can access a host of Google’s products and services from the drop down window in the browser.
Google offers a suite of products inside of Google Drive. The products include: Google Docs which is similar to a Microsoft Word program, Google Slides which is similar to Microsoft PowerPoint and Google Sheets which is similar to Microsoft Excel. When you create and/or edit something, it is saved to the cloud automatically; you do not need to hit save or save as as you would have to with Microsoft’s products. Being that Google Drive is cloud based, my computer and hard drive are freed from having to store large files; allowing my computer to keep up its processing speed. I can also view and edit documents/presentations on multiple devices; which is something I could not do if I simply saved it on my computer. I appreciate this feature being that I am constantly on the go.
Google Slides are also great for presentations where you want to use video. You can copy the video link from YouTube and embed the video-player in the slide. This allows your presentation to flow without having to stop to search for a video. You will also save time when creating your presentation.
Google Docs can be downloaded to a Microsoft Word file and/or a PDF. Google Slides can be downloaded to a Power Point format. This makes sharing documents with non Google Drive users a snap. Simply attach the converted file to an email or just print it out. Word documents and PowerPoints can also be uploaded to Google Drive where you will be given the option to edit the document or presentation in its Google Drive format. (Google Docs, or Google Slides)
Google Drive also offers users the ability to create forms with a service called Google Forms. Google offers a Google Drive App for mobile devices and the Desktop letting users quickly access documents and presentations without having to go through the browser; which saves users valuable time.
Google Drive is a very valuable resource. Individual users can sign up for free.
Don’t take my word for it; try it for yourself.
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The prices of Beef have sky rocketed lately. I went out to dinner at a popular restaurant in New York City and the size of the steak I usually get; shrank to about half of the size for roughly the same amount of money. That is a hugh price increase!
Has anyone else noticed a similar trend when dining out? Tweet me at @DanGalante with your story.
Trade shows are a great opportunity for brands and whole industries to sell and market their products. I have experienced this first hand during my time in Outside Sales and Marketing. Since then, Social Media has exploded. Last week, I had the privilege of covering the New York Auto show as I do each year. This trade show is an example how the Auto industry interconnects digital, direct and Trade show marketing in one synergy. The New York International show is promoted through various social networks, advertising and direct marketing i.e promotions and discounts. However, the marketing does not end once you visit the show. Visitors are provided with literature from each auto brand along with the opportunity to view and engage with live exhibits. Visitors are then encourage to share their experience with others via Social Networks which provides free advertising for show organizers and auto brands. Cars and trucks are available to to sit in allowing potential buyers to get a feel for the vehicles.
Below, I have provided pictures and video highlights from my coverage but it is no substitute for being there. The show runs from April 3rd to April 12th. Stop by and visit if you are in the New York area!
Jeep offers a ride and drive experience.
Dodge also has an amazing looking Viper.
Ford has also done an amazing job with their display. The Ford GT a remarkable looking Sports car.
Ford and Chrysler had the biggest and best displays of the show. However their were many great brand of cars and trucks. I have taken many pictures as well.
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Getting people to pay attention to your message and brand is becoming increasingly difficult in today’s attention economy. This is especially true when making a Sales and Marketing presentation. When making a presentation using PowerPoint/Slide-decks, are you inundating your prospects and audience with slide after slide of visuals? While visuals are important, too many of them can overwhelm your prospects and audience. Remember the goal of your presentation is to inform, persuade and engage your audience to take action based on your message. You do not want overwhelm and/or bore your audience.
Recently, I was honored by Slideshare for being in the top 5 percent of presentations and profiles viewed in 2014. One of the reasons for my success according to Slideshare was that my presentations were an average of 6 slides shorter than the average in 2014. In the link that I have shared above, it shows how the average size of a presentation has decreased from 21 slides in 2008 to 14 slides in 2013. In 2014, the average size of a presentation was 11 slides.
This data offers statistical proof that all marketers/sellers need to arrive at the point quickly or risk losing the attention of their audience/prospects.
Lost Attention = Lost Influence = Lost sales/market-share. Think about Television ratings and advertising sales/rates.
When strangers get to know one another for the purpose of friendship, dating, employment, selling and networking; they ask questions about one another. This exchange of questions back and forth is known as an interview. Countless articles and books have been written about selling yourself in a job interview and the like. Now how can we take the skills of giving a good interview and apply them to Selling, Marketing and branding products? I call this Interview Marketing. Interview Marketing has been used by political leaders to sell ideas, business leaders to build brands and sell products along with launching careers of the unknown. For Interview Marketing to be successful, the person being interviewed need to be able to answer questions that are both scripted and unscripted. For example, politicians do this by working with their press people while hitting the Sunday morning talk shows. The person being interviewed also needs to be confident and have total product or idea knowledge of what they are sharing. Business leaders do this when they appear on CNBC, Bloomberg TV and the like. When business people share their opinions or analyze a story being discussed, they demonstrate their skills and expertise to a world audience of prospects. Businesses have sprung up around the concept of Interview Marketing. These businesses have you meet with a journalist to record an interview that they then in turn market to major news outlets for sharing. It’s no wonder that many people have the as seen on TV logo on their profile and products. People and businesses that are unknown use Interview Marketing when they appear on programs like SharkTank. People call this a pitch.Yes businesses appear on programs like this to
get funding but many that do not get funding from the Sharks get discovered from the media exposure the show provides. So if you get asked by someone to do an interview about your product or service; do the interview.