Amazing Things You Never Knew About MS OneNote

OneNote is a part of Microsoft Office and like Evernote can be used for taking notes and storing information, making it perfect for research and other projects.

It allows the creation of notebooks for different areas and topics; each of these notebooks can then be divided into sections and pages. The basic structure then is Notebook > Section > Pages. However, pages can also have subpages.  And subpages can also have subpages, which allows for many levels to arrange your information in. It is also possible to have multiple notebooks in OneNote, each dedicated to a different topic.

When you have created a notebook, a section and put in your first page, you will be able to type notes in, just as in any word processor. OneNote offers the same tools as Word in its ribbon: font, text style, bullets and numbering, highlighting etc. Tables can be created and it is possible to insert images, photos, audio, and video. Audio can also be recorded. Images that appear within notes can be enlarged, shrunk, and cropped. It is possible to create links or paste in URLs from web browsers. 

OneNote differs from Word and other word-processors in one crucial respect. Its pages act more like a pinboard than a Word document. Every piece of content put into a page is placed in its own field or box. Boxes can be re-sized or dragged to change their position on the page.

If you use OneNote on a tablet or a touchscreen laptop, you can also draw, sketch, and write notes freehand. It is even possible to get text from an image and paste it right into the note (or anywhere else). This is one of OneNote’s best and surprising little-known features.

OneNote notebooks synced to OneDrive can be opened on any device connected to your Microsoft Office account, be it a phone, tablet, PC, or laptop.

Microsoft also provides a web clipper browser extension that allows the copying of content from a webpage directly into OneNote, eliminating the need to cut and paste. Ads and other unwanted er page elements can be stripped out and there are options to clip the whole page or just a specific section.

The best thing about OneNote is that it is pretty much free. It comes as standard with all Office installations, but even if you haven’t got one of these it can be downloaded for free on Android, iOS, macOS and Windows, or accessed as part of an Office Online Account.

If you want to learn how to use OneNote effectively, Infero Training has a course and you can find the details here.

World Watercolour Month

World Watercolour Month is celebration of the medium of watercolour painting, encouraging everyone to take up a brush and give this form of painting a try. Not only that, it is an event which encourages and supports arts education.

Watercolour is a painting method in which the paints are made of pigments suspended in a water-based solution and the term ‘watercolour’ refers to both the medium and the artwork itself. It’s an extremely ancient form of painting, dating perhaps to the cave paintings of palaeolithic Europe. It has been used for manuscript illustration since at least Egyptian times but especially in the European Middle Ages.

World watercolour month was founded by Charlie O’Shields, creator of the Doodlewash, a website dedicated to all things watercolour. The event Partners with the Dreaming Zebra Foundation which provides help to those who may otherwise not be able to develop their artistic creativity.  They are a non-profit organisation that encourage children’s individuality, help them to express themselves creatively, and to follow their dreams within art. The aim is to raise awareness and to raise funds for this worthwhile cause.

Dreaming Zebra also have an:

“..art recycling program that is free to the public. Reusable art & music supplies that would otherwise be discarded, along with new or unsold materials, are donated by individuals and businesses and matched to recipients who have requested those materials for arts education purposes in the community.”

Art is important to us all. Many would argue that it absolutely essential. It has always played an important part in education, being a great leveller and being one of the things that everyone has access to and that everyone can take part in. It’s for this reason that it is so terrible that it is often the case that art classes are first in line when budget cuts are made in education.

During World Watercolour month you can take the ultimate challenge of painting 31 watercolours in 31 days. Even if you are not up to that, you can dust off your old palette and have a go. Watercolour paints are available very cheaply in many shops and also online, so there is not excuse. If you need tips, try here.

You can post your masterpiece online with the hashtag #WorldWatercolorMonth. And, if you can, donate to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation to help children across the world reach their artistic potential.

Happy painting!

Managing Organisational Goals

The goals of an organisation are vitally important. They are the objectives established by that company to define expected outcomes and to guide employees’ efforts. Organisational goals help define a company’s purpose, assist its business growth and help achieve its financial objectives. The setting specific organizational goals will, by definition, help a company to measure the progress of the organisation.

Goals should be specific, measurable, achievable and timely. Goal setting, when done well, has many benefits:

  • Motivates Employees
  • Aids the Prioritising of Work
  • Facilitates Decision Making
  • Enhances Teamwork
  • Provides a Metric to Measure Success
  • Helps Guides Employees
  • Enhances Time Management

Considering the importance of goal setting, we should perhaps spend more time on it than we do.

Managing Organisational Goals Course

As a manager, you are responsible for setting the goals for your team and for managing their work. Organisational goals can often get lost in layers of management and not get communicated to the individual contributors. In the absence of goals, employees can feel unmotivated or can even set their own goals for achievement, which will result in poor and conflicting team performance. In this course, you will develop skills needed to establish tactical goals for your team based on organisational directives and general goals from your manager and create and manage action plans to achieve these goals.

Delivery Method

Instructor led, group-paced, online or classroom-delivery learning model with structured hands-on activities.

Target Students

This course is intended for the professional employee who is a team leader.

Prerequisites

Prior to taking this course, the student should have knowledge of corporate goals. Other courses that may be helpful are:

– What Good Managers Do – The First 100 Days

– Negotiating Skills

– Delegating

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Refine goals for your team.
  • Develop action plans and contingency plans for achieving your team goals.
  • Manage your team and work with stakeholders in your organisation to achieve the action plan.

Course Content

Lesson 1: Establishing Team Goals

Topic 1A: Clarify General Team Goals

Topic 1B: Create a Goal Map

Topic 1C: Translate General Goals into Tactical Goals

Lesson 2: Developing a Team Plan

Topic 2A: Create Action Plans for Achieving Goals

Topic 2B: Develop a Contingency Plan

Lesson 3: Achieving the Team Plan

Topic 3A: Implement the Action Plan

Topic 3B: Evaluate Success

To find our more about this course and many other business courses, contact us here at Infero.

What’s Happening in June?

It’s a long road out of the social restrictions that we have had in place for months now, but in February, the Prime Minister announced a four-step plan to ease England’s lockdown, which could see all legal limits on social contact lifted by 21 June, as long as strict conditions are met. The government hopes to re-open the final closed areas of the economy

That being the case, and as long as good progress continues to be made, life could go back to something like normal in June. Here are some of the events that we, hopefully, will be able to enjoy:

30 May – 5th JuneBike Week

This year’s theme is health and wellbeing. Cycling is a great way to keep fit and is a good way to boost immunity, Bike week this year promises to launch with the World’s Biggest Bike Ride. 

5th JuneWorld Environment Day

Considered by many to be the most important event on the environmental calendar, the theme of this year’s World Environment Day is Ecosystem Restoration, which can take many forms: Growing trees, greening cities, rewilding gardens, or even changing diets.

 5th June – Sausage Roll Day

There are options for Vegans too.

5th-12th JuneFestival of Nature

Join the UK’s largest free celebration of the natural world and make your walks a little wilder and take action for nature.

11th-21th JuneMoray Walking & Outdoor Festival

A midsummer walking festival that stages events across Moray including walking challenges, gentle ambles and other outdoor events. Great for enjoying long summer days exploring walks in on the coast, over hills, in forests, by rivers and through towns. 

 20th June – Fathers Day

.21 June – Summer Solstice – Longest day of the year

If all goes well, people will be able to gather again this year, at Stonehenge overnight to celebrate the Summer Solstice and watch the sun rise over the stones. The event usually brings together New Age Tribes, ordinary families, tourists, travellers and party people. English Heritage are expected to be providing “Managed Open Access” for around 20,000 people to Stonehenge this year. 

If all goes well, these are just some of the things that we can hopefully be looking forward to in June.

10 Top Tips for PowerPoint Presentations

With PowerPoint, it’s important to note that the best presentations should not be remembered. They should be part of the background, because they are there to support you and the message you’re trying to get across.

Bad PowerPoint presentations are a distraction. Too much text, poor design and amateur looking photos all detract from the message you’re trying to get across and undermine your professional credibility.

Here are 10 powerful and potent 10 tips below to make your presentation great.

1. Keep Text Short and To the Point

Remember, remember that PowerPoint is a tool to support your presentation. Don’t put the literal text onto your slides. Use bullet-points and keep it to the point. Your audience should focus on you, not the presentation.

2. Silence the Sound Effects

Sound effects are distracting and outdated. In most cases avoid them. You can add audio or music to highlight an important point, but unless it is really effective, leave it out.

3. Get the Font Right

If you pick the wrong font it can cause your text to be unreadable for your audience. Verdana, Calibri and Helvetica are safe choices. And make sure the font is the right size. Not too small or large.

4. Don’t Use Flashy Slide Transitions

Subtle, consistent animations within slides are far more effective than over-the-top transitions between slides.

5. Contrast

It is important to take contrast into account, as well as the font that you use. When placing text on a photo, or other background. Change the text colour so it can be seen, or use a border or shadow around the writing.

6. Use High Quality Images

Make sure any images that you use are good quality and relevant to your material. There are a number of sites that provide great quality photos for free; on a variety of subjects. Our favourite is Unsplash.

7. Use Accurate and Relevant Charts

Make sure your information design is simple and that your audience can see exactly what the chart is showing instantly. And make sure the data is relevant to what you are saying and supports your presentation.

8. Visualize Data with Infographics

Use visuals to convey dense data instead of text. Graphs might give you the results you are looking for. Donut-graphs are a simple and effective way to do this, but PowerPoint offers other powerful tools such as WordArt.

9. Keep Your Tables Simple

If there is a lot of information in a table, first get rid of any of it that you can and keep only what you really need. Then delete unnecessary outlines, colours and borders. With tables ‘less is more’ should be your watchword.

10. Use Presenter View

You are the presentation. You are the presenter. Not PowerPoint. If it is possible and you are working with more than one screen, use Presenter view to show the information relevant to you on a private screen, along with any notes that you have made.

If you make your PowerPoint presentations effective, it will be your message that will be remembered and not another bad set of slides.

Great Outdoors Month

“When the world in which you live in
Gets a bit too much to bear
When you need someone to lean on
When you look, there’s no one there
You’re going to find me out in the country
Come on and find me out in the country”

In The Country’ – The Farmers Boys

After being confined indoors for too long over the last year and with summer almost here, it is time to get out and about. June is Great Outdoors Month and it’s the perfect opportunity to encourage children in the importance of outside play.

Not only is a day outdoors something that can be part of a healthy lifestyle, it is often a free or cheap day out for families. It’s a great way to learn about nature, the environment, history and geography; it can also form the basis of school projects and is, as a bonus, a lot of fun.

“Discover incredible landscapes, wildlife, lifestyles and adventures. Find yourself.”

“Conservation, enhancement, sustainability, enjoyment – four words that sit at the heart of all National Parks.”

“Stunning natural beauty, beautiful wildlife and fascinating cultural heritage make these living and working landscapes truly unique.”

National Parks Website

As well, as stunning countryside in every corner, the UK has 15 National Parks, each one of which has been designated as a protected landscape. There are 10 National Parks in England, three in Wales and two in Scotland, they are:

  • England –  Broads, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Lake District, New Forest, Northumberland, North York Moors, Peak District, South Downs and Yorkshire Dales.
  • Wales – Brecon Beacons, Pembrokeshire Coast, and Snowdonia
  • Scotland – Cairngorms and Loch Lomond & The Trossachs.

All National Parks in the UK have been designated a protected landscape because of their special qualities. National Parks are administered their own authority and have an incredible diversity of wildlife. They hosted over 330 conservation projects in 2019/20. Added to this there are thousands of kilometres of public rights of way and 1,300km of these have been designated suitable for those with accessibility issues

National Parks are funded by central government and have specific purposes that are enshrined in law. In England and Wales, they are:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage.
  • Promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of national parks by the public.

Take part in Great Outdoors Month and get involved by exercising or taking part in volunteer programmes. Take some time to enjoy the incredible beauty of the countryside in the UK.

How to Be a Great Communicator

We all know just how important effective communication is, especially in a changing world, where much more communicating is done remotely. Building communication skills is critical to your personal and professional success.  Strong communications skills help us build trust, can prevent or resolve problems, provide clarity and direction, create better relationships, increase engagement, improve productivity and promote team building.

Good communication improves relationships, both in work and in your personal life with friends and family members.

Fundamentals of Communication

Infero Training’s one day Fundamentals of Communication course provides an overview of the basic principles of business communication. It provides guidelines and best practices for effectively communicating in the workplace, thereby improving productivity and mutual understanding in culturally diverse business organizations.

Delivery Method – Instructor-led, group-paced, online or classroom-delivery learning model with structured hands-on activities.

Target Students – Business professionals who are interested in learning effective written and verbal communication techniques.

Prerequisites – Ability to use Microsoft Word is an advantage.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Communicate formally and informally in business so there is a mutual understanding between the sender and the receiver.
  • Write clear, concise business communication so that it has a positive and meaningful impact on the reader and achieves the desired result.
  • Use graphics in business communication so that facts, processes, and summaries are effectively designed to convey visual and textual information.
  • Use verbal and non-verbal communication appropriately in business so that there are no barriers to mutual understanding in culturally diverse organizations.
  • Use electronic communication in business so that you observe proper etiquette and ensure professionalism to send and receive messages.
Course Content
Lesson 1: Understanding Business Communication

Topic 1A: Identify Basic Communication Techniques

Topic 1B: Describe Formal and Informal Communication

Lesson 2: Communicating in Writing

Topic 2A: Write Effective Business Documents

Topic 2B: Write Effective Business Letters

Topic 2C: Write Effective Emails

Topic 2D: Write Effective Reports

Lesson 3: Communicating with Graphics

Topic 3A: Create Graphics for Business Communication

Topic 3B: Communicate Static Information

Topic 3C: Communicate Dynamic Information

Lesson 4: Using Verbal and Non-verbal Communication

Topic 4A: Describe Verbal and Non-verbal Communication

Topic 4B: Identify Elements of Effective Meetings

Topic 4C: Identify Elements of Effective Presentations

Topic 4D: Read Body Language

Lesson 5: Communicating Electronically

Topic 5A: Using Voice Communication in Business

Topic 5B: Using Internet Communication in Business

Infero also has courses on Advanced Communication Skills, Effective Presentations, Face-to-Face Communications, Communication Skills for Leaders and many others. Find out more here.

HOW TO READ MORE BOOKS

There are so many interesting books, and we all struggle to find more time to read them. How to find time to go through an endless ocean of books?

Here are 5 Ways to Read More Books:

1. MAKE READING PART OF YOUR ROUTINE

Just as people reserve 30 minutes a day to exercise, you can increase reading volumes by five times by simply engaging in a book each morning during breakfast.

Wake up a little earlier each day and read while you drink your coffee, spend   half an hour before bedtime reading, and read a few pages while you are having your lunch breaks. It usually takes up to six weeks to develop a habit.

2. LEARN TO DOUBLE TASK

Learn to read a book while you’re doing something else that doesn’t require your full attention. You can read or listen to books while working out, cooking, cleaning, and even walking.

3.LISTEN INSTEAD OF READING

Listening to audiobooks is not cheating.

Audiobooks are one of many ways to enjoy a good book, and they are amazing when it comes to multitasking. You can listen to an audiobook while driving, exercising, walking, cooking!

4. READ MORE THAN ONE BOOK AT A TIME

Sometimes, no matter how much we are enjoying a book, we are just not in the mood to read it. It can hold us back and give a feeling of dissatisfaction.

So, why not to start reading another book in a different genre?

You can come back to the one you started earlier when you feel you are ready for that.

5. CREATE A READING SPACE

Having a cosy space where you like spending time can help you read more books. Create a special nook in your home with a comfy chair, good lighting, and everything you like to have while reading.

Prepare your favourite snacks, drinks, turn off your gadgets, and enjoy your book.

It will make your reading time less of a chore and more of an opportunity to relax and lose yourself in a very good book.

Remember, that reading should be fun, not something that feels like hard work. Enjoy your reading!

What Version of Office Have You Got?

Having the most up to date version of Microsoft Office (now known as Microsoft 365) is good, as you can use all of the new functionality which Microsoft have added. However even older versions have all of the features that most people need.

If you are unsure what version of Microsoft Office you have then open either a Word document or Excel Workbook, choose File from the top left corner, and then click either Account or Help on the left navigation bar. You’ll see your Office version and information under Product information, on the right side of the window.

If you don’t see Account or Help after clicking File, you may be using an older version of Office. Open one of your existing Office document or create a new document open in any of the Office applications such as Word or Excel. You should be able to match your version with the screenshots below.

Office 2019,2016 and 2013

Office 2010

Office 2007

Office 2003 has text-based menus on the gray-bar and the menu headings:

FileEditViewInsertFormatToolsTableWindow, and Help

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Infero Training.

Get Caught Reading Month

Get Caught Reading Month

May is Get Caught Reading Month. The main goal of the campaign is to remind people of all ages that it is actually fun to read.

Here are six ways you can celebrate Get Caught Reading Month:

  1. Just Start Reading

All you need to do is dig into a book and forget about everything else. Take your favourite book and read it on your lunch break, or while you’re enjoying a quiet coffee break, and keep that book by your side at all times.

The most important thing is not to put it out of sight; whilst your book is easily reachable, there are more chances for you to get back to reading.

  1. Form a Book Club.

Gather a group of eager readers and enjoy a masterpiece together. It’s a great way for people to interact with each other and explore shared literary interests.

  1. Invite a Mystery Reader

Each week invite a guest into your club; it could be a local celebrity, or a local author. This will keep your book club members excited about who will be coming in and what book they will read next. 

  1. Invest in a Digital Reader

Many of us nowadays have digital readers, so charge up its battery and load it up with your favourite books.

There are many books available digitally for a lower price than print copies or even for free.

  1. Set Aside a Special “Reading time”

This is set “Reading time” when everybody who wants to be involved needs to stop what they’re doing and start reading.

For those who are a little reluctant, you can provide a treat during “Reading time”. This might be especially good for children, encouraging them read more.

  1. Get caught reading to children.

Find a snug spot at home or outdoors and create a routine that goes on for the whole year and not just this month.

Happy reading!