• Using Twitter for good

    Many people don't get or like Twitter Gee, even I didn't like it until recently! It seems so much like a source of steady interruptions. But there's not only a downside. Chris Brogan wrote an article on LifeHacker titled 5 ways to use Twitter for good where he lists reasonable uses for this new "web text messaging":

    Quick Human Answers

    Conference / News Briefings



    Direct People to Good Causes

    And as a bonus, as he points out, you get to inform people about the central question that Twitter poses: "Where are you now?"

    By the way, I just installed TwitterAdium&xtra_id=3484 so that my IM away message always displays my Twitter status. It's so great when you can mash up software and services!

  • The top 10 meeting rules

    Those are my 10 most important rules for a successful meeting:

    For you to legitimately attend a meeting, you have to meet the following criteria:

    * You contribute to the meeting's success.
    You profit from attending the meeting.
    You know goal and issues of the meeting as well as the expectations hold about you.
    You come prepared.

    Give all participants the opportunity to come prepared to your meeting. Inform them of the meeting's goal and agenda and distribute the necessary material at least three days in advance.

    It's essential that every participant has the opportunity to talk. You can facilitate that by delegating tasks whose results have to be presented in the meeting.

    Reserve enough time to prepare well for a meeting. Develop a standpoint or, even better, a solution to every issue named on the agenda.

    Start and end the meeting in time. Define a meeting schedule and a time limit for every topic. If there's not enough time, delegate the topic or schedule a followup.

    Avoid distractions and interruptions. Ask the participants to switch off their mobile phones and Crackberries.

    The issues should be ordered by priority and be dealt with in descending order of significance.

    Avoid dicussions that sidetrack the topic and don't contribute to reaching the session goal.

    Before finishing the meeting, repeat and summarize your decisions. Every participant has to know what he or she has to do afterwards.

    A protocol is mandatory. The shorter and simpler, the better. Many times, a handwritten sheet with the most important decisions, responsibilities and dates is sufficient.

    Addendum: Many Meetings are productivity killers If a meeting isn't urgent, it can be postponed. If it's not even important, cancel it.

  • Don't trust blood elves

    I always knew there was something fishy about those snotty folks.

  • Social brainstorming

    Brainstorming is an old and proven method of getting thought processes running. And now, BrainR, a project by the german information service Ideentower, brings this method to the Web 2.0. Just post a question and see how people make suggestions and tell their thoughts about it.

    I just gave it a try by posting a question about virtual training seminars So please, go over and post your ideas! I'm very curious how that will work.

  • Twitter's got me

    I finally gave in.

    After discovering Twitter, I immediately came to the conclusion that this was the ultimate weapon of mass productivity destruction. Now, there's not only the phone, e-mail and IM that's disturbing focus and concentration, we also get a kind of micro-blog that informs us in realtime about the thoughts and situations of people all around the world. "What a waste of attention", I thought.

    But after seeing how other people cave in because there actually are ways of using Twitter quite creatively and productively, I decided to give it a try, too. There's nothing like too much Web 2.0, is there? ;-)

    So, if you're curious what I think but not deem worth the effort to blog about it, see the litte paragraph on the right of my blog's main page or directly subscribe to my Twitter profile

    In the meanwhile, I will think of some creative ways of Twittering.