Christine will be presenting three courses this year on the NZPI CPD calendar: Emerging Technologies in Resource Management in eight locations - see details here Planning Practice and Ethics in the Digital Age in four locations - see details here Cloud-based Collaboration and Communication for Planners in three locations - see details here Looking forward to meeting you … Continue reading Our NZPI CPD Courses for 2020
It just sounds futuristic, doesn't it? 2020. If there was ever a year for improving your digital skills, this is it. Every individual has a unique combination of digital skills. Why? Because most people have never learned these abilities in any sort of structured manner. Word processing came along, email came along, texting came along, … Continue reading Welcome to 2020!
Microsoft's Office 365 now contains a powerful tool to understand how you spend your time throughout the week. MyAnalytics was added to Office 365 suite this year. It gives you personalised information on how you have been working focusing on these areas: Network - who you have communicated with and patterns around these communications Collaboration … Continue reading Understand how you spend your time with MyAnalytics
Rather than take a trip to the photocopier, try using Office Lens to take a scan at your desk. Need to take a picture of that whiteboard at the end of the meeting - use Office Lens. With the programs within Microsoft Office becoming ever the more integrated, it makes sense to look at how … Continue reading Scanning from your mobile – Office Lens
Preparing a PowerPoint presentation can take more time than you think. There is a simple way to save time by preparing your slide content in Word and then importing it to Powerpoint. Each slide, title and body text will be instantly created and formatted. It's much better than wasting time moving around your slides to … Continue reading Slide Prep Made Easy! Draft in MS Word.
Including a map in our technical writing and presentations is an easy way to make geographic information more engaging for our audience. With the advanced data visualisation these days it can seem a little intimidating. However generating simple maps is actually really easy and automated with Excel. It includes Power Map a quick and easy … Continue reading Need maps? Try Power Map for Excel
Smartphones are an integral tool in our workflows these days, but how can we be more productive with them. Check out these eight hints for using your mobile device more productively. 1. Sync your phone with your other devices Ensure that you are working over the cloud so that regardless of the device you are … Continue reading Smartphone Productivity
Productivity software options have grown significantly in the past few years. If you are not yet incorporating any of these products into your workflows, it is important to give one a try. This post gives you some hints for choosing the right productivity app(s). The key considerations are: Function - what you need it to … Continue reading Choosing the right productivity software
Today's post deals with how you can make the most of your web browser (for most people that will be the market leader Google Chrome). Not something we commonly think about, but it is the window through which we view all pages on the internet, so it is a very heavily used tool in our … Continue reading Hacks for Browsing the Web
In today's post I share some hacks for using MS Word. I shared this earlier in the year at the NZPI conference, but these hints are worth mentioning again, just in case you weren't at the conference. Firstly, the biggest impediment to making efficient use of Word is old habits. MS Word doesn’t require you to … Continue reading Hacks for MS Word