Award-Winning Workhorse Tools

The Webby Awards showcase the best of the digital world. I’ve searched through the best of the best to find the award-winning powerhouse tech tools that will make your life easier. Mint: Money Management For the umpteenth year, the money-management app Mint swept the Financial Services/Banking category (overall winner and People’s Voice), plus an additional win for visual design. Mint …

Fun Graphic Day

Yesterday I stumbled on a fun site that lets you do Wheel of Fortune graphics, and I realized it had been too long since I shared a collection of graphic sites that are just plain fun. Wheel of Fortune Generator Friends Font Generator Fortune Cookie Generator Stranger Things Title Generator Fake Text Generator Construction Sign Generator Bar-B-Q Sign Generator Fake …

Find customer service numbers

Recently my brilliant speaking colleague Dr. Mary C. Kelly had a problem with customer service at Sam’s Club. It took her more than an hour and three reps to find the right person, and she shared the direct line she had discovered with everyone so they wouldn’t have the headache. Oh, my friend Mary… if only you had asked Your …

TripIt Pro Pays for Itself

BONUS: Five Ways to Save Money on Flights I’ve used the travel organizing app TripIt for years. The app automatically organizes all my reservation confirmation emails into an accessible itinerary that I can flip through on my phone. The free version is great, but paying $50 a year gets you so much more. The best advanced feature will actually help …

Temporary Email Addresses to Manage Spam

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A page you visit teases you with an offer for a wonderful tip sheet, white paper or other resource, all for free if you just enter your email address. But your email address is one of the most valuable facts about you, and every time you give it out, you risk exposures …

Tools for Tracking Loved Ones

Here’s the first excerpt from the new book, The Bigger Book of Apps! Stay tuned for the pre-order extravaganza starting in a week or so. 🙂 My wonderful husband is a crazy Ironman triathlete-turned avid camper, and he’s frequently on all-day bike rides or multi-hour hikes. When I haven’t heard from him in a while, my worry gene kicks in. …

VPNs: Everything you wanted to know but didn’t care enough to ask

I have a confession to make. Although I fuss at you guys to avoid public WiFi, I’m guilty of resorting to it every once in a while when my hotspot is spotty or if I’m just being lazy. It’s just so easy to connect to the free network and start surfing, right? But I feel guilty about it every time, …

My 3 Favorite Focus Tips

One of my most popular new sessions is called “Productivity Brain Break: A Facilitated White Space.” In the session, I share the easiest, fastest, best ways to be more productive and efficient, according to an analysis from a company called Filtered Technologies. They analyzed 100 productivity tips that were listed in all kinds of blogs to rank them by type, …

Apps that Save Me Money

I feel like I’ve been hitting it out of the park with apps that help me save money lately. It’s like I have people coming up to me and saying, “Shut up and take my money!” These apps do more than save money, but I’ve focused on that feature for this post. HEY! Because I saved so much money recently, …

Why Meme: Three reasons to use memes in your business

Grumpy Cat is dead. Long live the meme. Here are three ways using memes can help your business communications and marketing. Memes are familiar How many times have you seen this photo with different captions? As soon as you see it, you can hear the guy’s voice in your head. It is instantly familiar to you. Memes bring humor without …