Four Pillars of Brainstorming

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Whether you love brainstorming or feel intimidated by the process, it’s always great to brush up on your idea generation skills. Coming up with creative ideas on demand is no easy feat, but implementing tried and true brainstorming best practices can help make the process easier. If you’re feeling stuck during a brainstorm, consider implementing the four pillars of brainstorming, a framework created by advertiser Alex F. Osborn in the 1940s. Alex F. Osborn created the term “brainstorm” and developed four pillars that you can use when coming up with new ideas.

By going for quality, withholding criticism, welcoming wild ideas, and combining and improving ideas, you can radically transform the success of your brainstorming sessions. Check out the infographic below from our friends at Fundera that outlines the four pillars and provides actionable tips to improve idea generation. Feel free to add your suggestions in the comment box below.


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24 Google Doc Hacks & Add-ons to Make Your Life Easier


Twenty years ago, collaborating with people in real-time over the internet seemed difficult to understand. Now we do it every day with the click of a button. Google Docs is a powerful tool that makes working with people both near and far a breeze, but do you know how to use it to its full capacity? Go beyond just sharing docs and leaving comments with these 24 Google Doc hacks and add-ons.

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Excited to save some time? With these hacks you no longer have to manually go through a document and look for duplicates or change the capitalization structure letter by letter. Though these may just seem like minor details, they will make a major difference in productivity!

To keep your files neat and organized on your computer, you can go the extra step and download Google Drive for Mac. This will save and sync your files on both your hard drive and in the cloud, so you have a backup.

You can also download the Google Doc phone application to easily view documents when you’re on the go. If you’re worried about losing internet connection and have to do a last minute edit, you can set particular documents to be available offline. Just click the three dots next to the document’s title and choose “Available offline”. These documents are automatically put in an “Offline” folder.

Staying organized is the key to managing your workload and optimizing your time, and these easy, actionable tips are sure to help you do just that.

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16 Gmail Tips & Tricks To Streamline Your Inbox


Are you suffering from email overload?

The average person spends 28% of the work week reading and responding to emails. This equates to 13 hours a week, and 650 hours a year. Consider how productive you could be if you had a few extra hours every week to focus on the projects that really matter.

It’s not just your professional life that suffers due to information overload. 59% of Americans say that they check their emails outside of office hours.

So what’s wrong with that?

Constant connection comes with a price. Even if you stay on top of your inbox, studies have found that constantly checking your email can lead to burnout, health issues, and personal problems. A work/life balance is essential to staying healthy — both physically and mentally. It’s a no-brainer that burnt-out, sick, and unhappy employees aren’t going to be at their best when it really matters.

While you might not be able to cut down the volume of emails that you receive from colleagues and clients, you can use a variety of tools, tips, and tricks to help you make your inbox more manageable.

One of the reasons why Gmail is preferred by individuals and corporations alike is due to Google’s attention to detail when it comes to features and functionalities. Many of these tips and techniques will require you to spend some time tinkering around with your settings. But once you’ve mastered some of these shortcuts and helpful hacks, you’ll save yourself from hours of wasted time.

Below is the visual to learn the tricks.

Gmail Hack

By optimising your email account to work for you instead of against you, you can boost your productivity levels, get more work done, and reduce the risk of allowing an important email to slip through the cracks.

Do you have any preferred methods for keeping your inbox manageable and tidy? Share them in the comment section below!

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29 Microsoft Excel Hacks to Make Life Easier and More Productive (Infographic)

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Regardless of what industry you work in, chances are you’ve probably dealt with spreadsheets in some capacity. Using spreadsheets typically means using Microsoft Excel.

Excel is far and away the leading spreadsheet software as it is used by most businesses. However, Excel has a bit of a learning curve, and if you’re new to the program, it can be a bit overwhelming.

Fortunately, GetVoIP has created an infographic that shares tips, shortcuts, and hacks for using Microsoft Excel more efficiently. These hacks include:

  • Selecting all cells.
  • Inserting new rows or columns.
  • Bolding, italicising and underlining text.
  • Inserting date and time.
  • Switching between formulas and values e.t.c

Below is the visual to learn the highlighted tricks and other helpful keyboard shortcuts for Excel.

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Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet program that is part of the Microsoft suite of applications. This Microsoft developed software gives users the opportunity to calculate data, organize and format using a spreadsheet system designed in rows and columns. In addition, it has a GUI interface that allows a user to point and click using a mouse. Excel as it is popularly called also displays data as charts, histograms and line graphs. Recently, Excel skills are compulsory and a must have if you are job hunting or changing positions. While some users are experts in using the program (Excel), some users have basic knowledge and always updating their Excel skill day in day out. Below are few tips that will change the way you use Excel:




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Procrastination, motivational quotes and 15 ways to overcome the habit (Infographic).


“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a PLAN, in which we must fervently BELIEVE, and upon which we must vigorously ACT. There is no other route to SUCCESS” – Pablo Picasso

Beginning of every year, we tend to plan our year in advance by penning down what to be achieved. No doubt, this is the best way to start the year. I started this year with loads of goals to achieve in 2016 likewise some of us too. One habit is known to be human beings greatest challenge in achieving their individual goals and the earlier the better you tackle this, or you might have moved deeper into the year before realizing you haven’t achieve any of the goals.

This habit is called PROCRASTINATION. This is known to be a psychological behaviour that affects people to some degree or another. It is also a goal destroyer, a dream killer if not controlled or worked on, it leaves us with guilt, stress, inadequacy, self-disgust or depression. For most of us whenever there’s a goal or task that needs to be done either big or small, important or irrelevant, we answer by saying “I will attend or start later “or rather “postpone it till next day”. This is an habit that should be shun and cast out of our daily lives if we are to ever accomplish our set goals either personally or at our place of work.

Below are 12 powerful procrastination quotes to motivate you & 15 ways to help you overcome procrastination (infographic). So, wake up from your slumber, re-visit those goals or tasks and start work on them right away. Remember, if you don’t start, you wont know that you can. We all can only if we believe and courageous enough to start now. The quotes:

  • “My advice is to never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.” – Charles Dickens
  • “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb
  • “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” – Napoleon Hill
  • “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” – Abraham Lincoln
  • “The two rules of procrastination: 1) Do it today. 2) Tomorrow will be today tomorrow.” – Unknown
  • “What may be done at any time will be done at no time.” – Scottish Proverb
  • “The best way to get something done is to begin.” – Unknown
  • “Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.” – Michael Landon
  • “Procrastination is like a credit card: It’s a lot of fun until you get the bill.” – Christopher Parker
  • “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King
  • “The perfect time to start something never arrives, so therefore, start now.” – Unknown
  • Begin while others are procrastinating. Work while others are wishing.” – William Arthur Ward

I hope you find the quotes useful. Here are 15 ways you can overcome procrastination.


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Do you know your preferred learning style?

Everyday, we learn new things and we use the term ‘learning’ all the time in our everyday life. Abigail Adams once said – “Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” In the quest of searching for information, understanding your learning styles is imperative. This help life coaches, trainers, teachers, mentors, and parents etc. to know how best to deliver their programmes or build learning relationships in a more effective way and it can also help you enhance your learning experience.

To start with, why don’t you ask yourself this questions before you proceed?

  • What is my preferred learning style?
  • How best do I learn?
  • How can I improve on my learning experience?

Different researches have shown that people have different preferences and concentrations in how they absorb and process information. These preferences are occasionally referred to as ‘learning styles’ and are used to explain and assist us in understanding the different ways in which different people learn. There are several preferences on learning styles but one of the most famous and widely adopted is Honey and Mumford’s learning style model.

According to the authors of this model, there are four major learning styles. These are:

  • Activists;
  • Reflectors;
  • Theorists;
  • Pragmatists.

Activists – are ‘practical’ learners. They prefer to have a go and learn through test and error. They like to ‘do’ first before thinking of the risk. They tend to act first and consider the consequences afterwards. Their days are filled with activity. They are sociable people constantly involving themselves with others. Activists are likely to say statements like: “Let’s just give it a try and see the outcome”, “Can I try it out?” etc.

An activist philosophy is: “I’ll try anything first time”.

Activists would wants to be involved in a course that is grounded on laboratory investigation for researchers or detailed assignment to develop the skills on the job. In addition, activists enjoy undertaking real-world open and flexible interactive learning programmes, or activity-based training courses (communication and virtual classrooms (Chats like) rather than those that call for quiet study at home on your own. They involve themselves completely and without favouritism in new experiences. Conclusively, activists have an open-minded approach, not doubtful, and this tends to make them eager to learn anything new.

Suggested learning process activities for ‘activists’ are: brainstorming, competitions, role-plays, puzzles, group discussion and problem solving etc.

Reflector – are ‘tell me’ learners. They fancy to be fully briefed before continuing a task or an activity. Reflectors like to think about what they’re learning. They are careful in type and always want to think about things in detail, watch and assess from a variety of angles before taking action. Reflectors are likely to say: “Give me time to think about this”, “I like to take things one step at a time” etc.

A reflector philosophy is: “to be thoughtful”.

Reflectors like time to read around a subject, reflect and also observe others try things out. They prefer courses that will give them time to study in advance, and discuss overtime, rather than just a day course needing their immediate contribution. “Reflectors are relaxed people, they like to think about their experiences and observe them carefully from many different angles. They prefer collecting data (both first hand and from others) and take their time to work towards an appropriate conclusion. They are cautious people and they desire to take a back seat in deliberations and meetings. Lastly, Reflectors enjoy observing other people, listen to others and get the point of the dialogue before making any contribution.

Suggested learning process activities for ‘reflectors’ are: Coaching, paired discussions, feedbacks, books, interviews, self-analysis questionnaires, articles, observing activities and time out etc.

Theorists – are ‘prove me’ learners. They seldom want reassurance that a task or project makes absolute sense. Theorists are interested in knowing how the new knowledge fits into their ‘framework’ and into earlier theories. They tend to be difficult with knowledge that doesn’t fit into existing knowledge of theirs. Theorists are likely to say: “How does this fit in with (x)? ”, “Does it make sense?” etc.

A theorist philosophy is: “If it’s analytical then it’s good”.

Theorists enjoy models and theories, with loads of background information. They prefer courses or assignments that are theory-based rather than case-based. They are perfectionists who won’t relax until things are in order and fit into a logical structure. They like to examine and synthesise. They believe in thinking problems across an upright, step-by-step logical way. They are likely to be isolated, methodical and committed to rational objectivity rather than everything vague or biased. They approach problems in a consistent logical way. They believe in what they know and will refuse anything that doesn’t fit strictly. Above all, theorists are the type of learners who are always curious to understand the theory behind every action.

Suggested learning process activities for ‘theorists’ are: quotes, stories, basic assumptions, philosophies, theories models, systems thinking, statistics, background information etc.

Pragmatists – are ‘demonstrate to me’ learners. They are interested in what works in reality and will only approve of a specialist demonstration. They are experimenter, who enjoys testing out new ideas, philosophies and methods to see if they work in practice. They don’t believe in abstract concepts. Pragmatists are realistic, simple people who enjoy solving problems and making concrete decisions. Pragmatists are likely to say: “How will it work in real-world?”, “How relevant is this to practice?” etc.

Their philosophy is: “In as much as it works, it’s OK!”

Pragmatists prefer interactive or problem-based learning, where they have ample time to think about things on their own, and discuss them with others. They are interested in thinking about the practical applications of what they’re learning. They answer to problems and opportunities ‘as a challenge’.

Pragmatists confidently search out new ideas and take the first opportunity to experiment its real world application. They are the type of people who after training or a course are full of ideas and are eager to try them out in practice. They like to follow things through, act fast and positively on ideas that fascinate them. In conclusion, pragmatists are likely to be irritated with meditating and flexible discussions.

Suggested learning process activities for ‘pragmatists’ are: Problem solving, discussion, case studies, practical books, time to reflect about how to apply learning in real world etc.

Can you identify your learning style after reading this article?

If yes, lucky you but if you can’t and would like to know your learning style using the Honey and Mumford questionnaire, drop your e-mail at the comment space below this post and I will send you a copy of the questionnaire.


Listening is the key to communication. For a continuous effective communication, there is a need to always improve on our listening skills from time to time.

Here are tips that can help you improve on your listening skills written by Steve Rose as published on “Transitions”.

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