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Tips on Working from Home

Tips on Working from Home

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While many are starting to work from home on a broad scale because of the Coronavirus, here are a few tips based on our running consulting businesses and later a video production business, often from home offices.

Video Conferencing with Zoom, WebEx, Skype or Other Apps

To look and sound professional while using an app where you and your temporary home office are going to be shared with your colleagues, take these steps:

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  • Background. Pay attention to the space behind where you’re sitting, as that’s what people will see. This means straighten it up, make it look as tidy and as professional as possible.
  • Light your face. If you can, have a light source (lamp or window) in FRONT of your face, not behind it. If the light source is behind you, people aren’t going to be able to see you well.
  • Place camera at eye level. Otherwise, people are going to be looking up your nose and focusing on your double chin (LOL). But, seriously, it will look more like you’re looking straight at a person if the camera is placed at the right height. How to do this? Tilt your monitor or adjust your chair. If you have a laptop or tablet, stack a bunch of books under it to raise it up. Or, you may wish to buy an external camera that you plug into your computer. We have found Logitech webcams to be excellent. There’s also the Microsoft LifeCam series. (Side note, we have absolutely no financial interest in recommending any product or seller, but B&H is a great company for buying stuff like this and has excellent customer service. We spoke with B&H this weekend and some of these products are on backorder, but should be coming in shortly.)
  • Use audio only. Even though you’re using a platform with video capability, you can also use just the audio part. While video can strengthen feelings of connection, audio only can be useful if you are multitasking, have trouble sitting still, or don’t want to be on camera.
  • Pets and kids. Well, we all could waste scores of hours laughing about this one. The greatest of work-from-home video all time is this one. But you get the idea…best to keep them busy elsewhere while you’re having your work call.

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Conference Calls

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  • Practice. Practice using features such as the screen share. And if you’re leading a call, prepare your documents in advance and practice sharing them.
  • Be Prompt. If you are needed at the start of the call or are the one leading the call, you don’t want to make other wait and reduce the productivity of the whole team.
  • Identify yourself and speak clearly. When it’s your turn to speak and there are multiple people on the line, say “This is (your name)” and then make your comment.
  • Be positive. Because audio calls can lack some of the emotional connection we otherwise might feel, try your best to be positive in your words. People won’t be able to see you nodding your head in agreement, for example, so saying things like, “That’s a good point” can be even more important in an audio call.
  • Mute button. If you’re on an audio-only call with lots of people, it’s best to keep your phone on mute, except when you’re talking. Otherwise, everyone’s background noise can be very distracting and noisy.

How to Mail a Package without Leaving Your House

There’s FedEx, of course, but the US Postal Service also offers some great services for mailing from home.

  • Create mailing labels at home. Go to USPS.com. Through their “Click-N-Ship” option, you can create labels from your computer, pay, and print. You will need to create an account. Then you just put the label on your package and leave it for your letter carrier (you can drop it off at the post office). You can also schedule a pickup, track the package, etc.
  • Get Free Postal Supplies delivered to your door. Under the USPS tab called “Postal Store,” you can click on “Shipping and Supplies.” From there, you can click on “Free Shipping Supplies” and see all the boxes and products available. You can order them and the letter carrier will deliver them to your home. You can order a variety of boxes, labels, and stamps.
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Stay Healthy

In addition to following the official instructions from your local leaders, medical professionals, and CDC, these tips can also help.

  • Stand up, stretch, move around. It’s more likely you’ll be sedentary when there are no colleagues, coffee bar, etc. in your office. The Mayo Clinic has expert answers about the risks of too much sitting.
  • Take a walk outside (if your jurisdiction permits/advises it and without getting close to others). Fresh air and exercise can buoy the spirit.
  • Call a friend or relative just to chat. We all need emotional support during the Coronavirus crisis. Talking with someone you care about and who cares about you is a great way to build that support network. And try to stay positive, as stress itself can reduce our body’s ability to fight disease.

If you have other tips you’d like to share, please email them to us and we’ll update our blog post on this topic so others can benefit. Thanks, everyone.

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Valentines Day Ideas for Girlfriend

Valentines Day Ideas for Girlfriend


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Valentines Day Ideas| Plan a Fun Valentine Party for Children – Valentines Day Is the Best excuse. Everyone can contribute ideas to make it fun when there is a party on the schedule. Plan ahead. To prevent a hurry, collect all the party equipment a week beforehand. 

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Let everybody brainstorm ideas till the big shopping day arrives. Find items and games for everybody. Dress every guest. Give them a candy necklace. She can nibble in her necklace for a treat after the party is over. For the boys, try candy whistles. 

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How about a sport of hearts to the card players in the group? Go online and Google card games to find a simple version of the game for children and adults to play at parties. Games are fun at a party. Using Happy Valentines Day, the words, provide 3 or two minutes to kids. 


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The one with of the most words wins a decoration. Prizes for games can be as simple. For example, make a voucher that could be traded for a day with no actions or a five dollar gift. The more prizes an individual wins, the more vouchers they can cash in. 


 

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In case you’ve invited individuals outside the family, have another prize basket with prizes such as candy and teddy bears. Teach a craft. Children love to do things to provide them with an opportunity to learn something new. 

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Since spring comes right on of the heels of winter, show them how to plant seeds in a flower pot. They can start their very own herb garden which will grow indoors. Decorate the pots with hearts so children will always remember the fun they’d on Valentines Day. In case the weather is nice, the children may take turns whacking a Happy Day piata. 

The piata could be a cupid, a heart, or anything else related to Valentines Day. Each kid gets 3 chances to bust it open. After that, the older celebration guests get a crack at it. Even when it’s just the family, Valentine’s Day party could bring lots of laughs and quality together time.

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FUJIFILM X30 with Real Time Viewfinder and classic chrome simulations

FUJIFILM X30 with Real Time Viewfinder and classic chrome simulations

Famous Japanese Camera Company is not only Canon, Nikon, Sony or Panasonic. The senior and professional photographers must have to know Fujifilm is very famous with the film in the days of analog cameras. Now, the photography enthusiast had another treat various special features of the new camera, FUJIFILM X30. This camera was made with the aim to satisfy you, and you will marvel at the X30. However, the uniqueness and reliability FUJIFILM X30 you can compare with the Sony Cybershot RX100 III, so you have a standard of comparison. If not satisfied, you can compare it with the Canon G16.
 

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Why? This digital camera delivers the same award-winning image quality and design that the FUJIFILM X-Series is known for around the world. 

The new Fujifilm X30 features a Real Time Viewfinder – the which is the largest states, brightest, fastest and highest resolving viewfinder in its class – a large 12 megapixels 2/3 “X-Trans CMOS II sensor, and EXR Processor II.
If you choose the X30 as a new companion, so you will enjoy a new ‘Classic Chrome’ the film simulation models that delivers muted tones and deep color reproduction for beautifully dramatic images. 

The Classic Chrome film simulation mode is aims to reproduce warm skin tones, vivid blue skies and rich green trees. It’s a welcome nod to Fujifilm’s 80-year heritage in photographic film and color reproduction. By using this camera, you will get the sensation of the golden era of analog cameras.
 

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To make users uncomfortable, Fuji has also increased the size of the screen on the back of the camera, it’s now a three-inch, 920,000-dot device instead of the 2.8-inch 460,000-dot unit on the X20. The X30’s screen is also mounted on a tilting bracket to make it easier to compose images from below or above head height.
You also enjoy the increased battery performance, and a strong, yet lightweight, die-cast magnesium alloy body that is superbly designed to add a real sense of style and elegance to the camera. It seems you will enjoy a luxury of a premium DSLR camera on the FUJIFILM X30.
Unlike the X20’s optical viewfinder with an electronic overlay, the X30 has ditched optical altogether and instead opts for a large electronic viewfinder. In fact it’s the same EVF as is found in the popular Fuji X-T1.
With a brand new electronic viewfinder, the X30 delivers a close to real-time view of the frame thanks to its 2:36-million-dot screen, 55 frames-per-second refresh rate and Essentially non-existent lag time of 0.005sec. It’s the largest and fastest electronic viewfinder in its camera class and can be set to a live view mode that reproduces the experience of using an optical viewfinder.
 

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The FUJIFILM X30 seems to be created for professional photographers and photography enthusiasts who are looking for a high quality compact camera for second-shooting at weddings, street photography and taking or days out. Although the opinion is right, but you also have the right to enjoy all the features and privileges of the X30 to produce a variety of photographs of beautiful, sharp and bright.
The X30 is one of very few compacts with a high quality built-in EVF, its broad range of 28-112mm lens reaches further than that of Sony’s RX100 III. And its high-speed auto-focusing is second to none. Just for information for you, Fujifilm has the expertise and experience of more than 80 years to develop the film, and Fujifilm is passionate about color, and the result can be Clearly seen in the FUJIFILM X30’s evolved Film Simulation settings. This technology is allowing you to create brilliant images without the need for lengthy post-production.