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Be mindful, not mind-full

 

Vol. 5, No. 4, 18/11/2004

In this issue:
From the editor, Yvette Nie...
Web content tip
Save time and money
Email tip
Readers write
The Y Files
Surf Club (web site reviews)
Reader choice
Food for thought
Top links from last issue
Friends and sponsors
New e-booklets
Customised content coaching

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From the editor, Yvette Nielsen


first name

A meditation class today had me thinking - how much better would our online communication be if we practised mindfulness in daily life?

Learning to meditate, or communicate, is not some quick trick you can pick up in a one-hour seminar.

It takes practice, patience and clear, simple instructions from an experienced teacher.

The most effective way to express anything for others to understand is to use simple language.

The more formal and rigid you are, the less you'll connect.

Take doctors, lawyers, politicians and other jargon junkies - how much more confident would we be in their ability if they spoke to us in plain English?

Mindfulness - being aware of the present moment - can help you tap into the simple essence of the message you're trying to convey.

Before you write another email or piece of web content, take some time to observe the moment before you start - just focus on your breathing rather than judging, reflecting or thinking.

You'll clear the cobwebs, gain clarity and hopefully discover what you really wanted to say, minus the clutter, once you begin writing.

Yvette




Web content tip


Wanna wiki? What's a wiki? Webopedia.com defines a wiki as -

"A collaborative web site comprised of the perpetual collective work of many authors. Similar to a blog in structure and logic, a wiki allows anyone to edit, delete or modify content that has been placed on the web site using a browser interface, including the work of previous authors. In contrast, a blog, typically authored by an individual, does not allow visitors to change the original posted material, only add comments to the original content."

Wiki wiki means “quick” in Hawaiian and the first wiki was created by Ward Cunnigham in 1995.

To get a feel for the phenomenon, take a look at Wikipedia, the mother of all wikis, launched in 2001 as an open-content, collaboratively developed encyclopedia -


Wikipedia...



Save time and money


"Thank you so much for the fantastic workshop today. I think it's fair to say that we all found it invaluable and we'll be enthusiastically implementing your recommendations in the coming months." - Christine Coomber, Marketing Communications Manager, ourbrisbane.com



Final workshops -

Web Content Management - Sydney (Nov 30), Canberra (Dec 7)
Online Writing & Editing - Sydney (Dec 1), Canberra (Dec 8)
E-newsletters & Blogs - Sydney (Dec 2), Canberra (Dec 9)

* workshop content can also be provided through personalised phone or in-person coaching sessions

Workshop details...



Email tip

Microsoft can be too helpful for its own, or rather our, good.

The XP Service Pak 2 (SP2) strips out and remove images automatically from HTML emails to Windows XP users with Outlook Express and SP2 installed (unless the sender is in your address book). Grrr.

E-news publishers can work around the problem by advising new subscribers to add their email to their address book.

Microsoft Support has also issued an article on how to turn off the option to "block images and other external content in HTML e-mail".

Microsoft article...



Readers write


If you're stumped for Christmas gift ideas, consider this timeless, recently re-released classic children's story book, The Giving Tree.

Send in your brief review of a book, movie, CD or DVD and I'll publish it here.

Email yvette@brizcomm.com.au

Read the review...



The Y Files

Have a Net-related question you need answered quickly but don't have the time, knowhow or patience?

For $10 of your money, I'll give you 10 minutes of my time to answer your question.

We can negotiate a rate for more time-consuming quests.

Email your question to yvette@brizcomm.com.au




Surf Club (web site reviews)


GrowthSpurts
http://www.growthspurts.com/
The web is a wonderful way to keep relatives and friends up to date with the growth of younger family members. If you don't know HTML, use this free site to track your child's growth and development with photos, guestbook, statistics, milestones, graphs and "wee mail" service. Keep the site private with a password or share it with the world.
In a net shell: Brag page.

Thinking Machine
http://turbulence.org/spotlight/thinking/index.html
You can watch a computer think, thanks to the wonders of digital imagery. The aim of this chess-playing program is to lay bare the complex thinking that underlies all strategic thought. When it's your turn to move, the chessboard gently pulses to show the influence of the various pieces. When the machine is thinking, you'll see a network of colourful curves overlaid on the board showing potential moves - often several turns in the future -considered by the computer.
In a net shell: Spooky.

Live365
http://www.live365.com/index.live
When you can't find anything decent to listen to on your local radio, tune into the world's largest Internet radio network or create your own station with the simple tools and services. Select from thousands of stations spanning myriad genres from more than 150 countries. For commercial-free stations in CD-quality sound you'll need VIP membership.
In a net shell: Broad cast.


More web site reviews...



Reader choice

Worldometers
http://www.worldometers.info/
Interesting up-to-the-second stats about the world.
- submitted by Peggy of Brisbane.




Food for thought

"Then the time came when the risk it took to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." - Anais Nin.

More quotes & jokes...



Top links from last issue

The Great Illusion
http://www.thegreatillusion.com/

Lists of Bests
http://listsofbests.com/

PoliceScan
http://www.policescan.us/




Friends and sponsors

Aspiring Leaders and Advancing Women
Two great new e-newsletters from Australian organisational development expert Deborah May packed with practical tips, advice, encouragement and support to help you achieve your potential at work.

Net Guide for Aussie Journos
Find experts, contacts and Net-based sources of Australian facts, figures and background information in Belinda Weaver's guide to Internet information sources for Australian journalists. And keep up to date with what’s new via Belinda's blog.


Ray Shaw's Computer Guide
Ray is Queensland's computer expert. He writes the Help Desk column in Brisbane's "Courier-Mail", runs a free helpdesk via help@im.com.au and publishes a free monthly consumer-based IT newsletter.

WANT TO ADVERTISE HERE?
See the brizcomm rates card




New e-booklets

Coming soon - watch this space or email Yvette with suggestions.





Customised content coaching

Comments from recent coaching clients -

“Yvette created a supportive atmosphere where no question was too stupid to be asked. She was very approachable and easy to listen to – speaking in plain English without any jargon.” - Communication Officer, Brisbane.

"Yvette has the uncanny ability to make complex issues sound simple and interesting at the same time. I couldn't wait to get back to working on our web site - I was left bursting full of ideas." - Senior Communication Officer, State Government

Accelerate the learning curve and save time, money and frustration - book your personalised coaching session with Yvette today.







Remember, this newsletter is shareware. If you found value in it, please forward a copy to a friend or colleague and suggest they sign up. Cheers.

Send to a Friend


Yvette Nielsen, Editor - phone 61 (0)41 771 8683
37 Hannan Crescent Ainslie ACT 2602 Australia

© 2000-2004 Brizcomm Pty Ltd

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From the editor, Yvette Nielsen

first name

A meditation class today had me thinking - how much better would our
online communication be if we practised mindfulness in daily life?

Learning to meditate, or communicate, is not some quick trick you can pick
up in a one-hour seminar.

It takes practice, patience and clear, simple instructions from an
experienced teacher.

The most effective way to express anything for others to understand is to
use simple language.

The more formal and rigid you are, the less you'll connect.

Take doctors, lawyers, politicians and other jargon junkies - how much
more confident would we be in their ability if they spoke to us in plain
English?

Mindfulness - being aware of the present moment - can help you tap into
the simple essence of the message you're trying to convey.

Before you write another email or piece of web content, take some time to
observe the moment before you start - just focus on your breathing rather
than judging, reflecting or thinking.

You'll clear the cobwebs, gain clarity and hopefully discover what you
really wanted to say, minus the clutter, once you begin writing.

Yvette


Web content tip

Wanna wiki? What's a wiki? Webopedia.com defines a wiki as -

"A collaborative web site comprised of the perpetual collective work of
many authors. Similar to a blog in structure and logic, a wiki allows
anyone to edit, delete or modify content that has been placed on the web
site using a browser interface, including the work of previous authors. In
contrast, a blog, typically authored by an individual, does not allow
visitors to change the original posted material, only add comments to the
original content."

Wiki wiki means “quick” in Hawaiian and the first wiki was created by Ward
Cunnigham in 1995.

To get a feel for the phenomenon, take a look at Wikipedia, the mother of
all wikis, launched in 2001 as an open-content, collaboratively developed
encyclopedia -

Wikipedia... - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page



Save time and money

"Thank you so much for the fantastic workshop today. I think it's fair to
say that we all found it invaluable and we'll be enthusiastically
implementing your recommendations in the coming months." - Christine
Coomber, Marketing Communications Manager, ourbrisbane.com



Final workshops -

Web Content Management - Sydney (Nov 30), Canberra (Dec 7)
Online Writing & Editing - Sydney (Dec 1), Canberra (Dec 8)
E-newsletters & Blogs - Sydney (Dec 2), Canberra (Dec 9)

* workshop content can also be provided through personalised phone or
in-person coaching sessions

Workshop details... - http://www.brizcomm.com.au/workshops/



Email tip

Microsoft can be too helpful for its own, or rather our, good.

The XP Service Pak 2 (SP2) strips out and remove images automatically from
HTML emails to Windows XP users with Outlook Express and SP2 installed
(unless the sender is in your address book). Grrr.

E-news publishers can work around the problem by advising new subscribers
to add their email to their address book.

Microsoft Support has also issued an article on how to turn off the option
to "block images and other external content in HTML e-mail".

Microsoft article... -
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=843018



Readers write

If you're stumped for Christmas gift ideas, consider this timeless,
recently re-released classic children's story book, The Giving Tree.

Send in your brief review of a book, movie, CD or DVD and I'll publish it
here.

Email yvette@brizcomm.com.au

Read the review... - http://www.brizcomm.com.au/readerswrite/book.asp?x=b



The Y Files

Have a Net-related question you need answered quickly but don't have the
time, knowhow or patience?

For $10 of your money, I'll give you 10 minutes of my time to answer your
question.

We can negotiate a rate for more time-consuming quests.

Email your question to yvette@brizcomm.com.au


Surf Club (web site reviews)

GrowthSpurts
http://www.growthspurts.com/
The web is a wonderful way to keep relatives and friends up to date with
the growth of younger family members. If you don't know HTML, use this
free site to track your child's growth and development with photos,
guestbook, statistics, milestones, graphs and "wee mail" service. Keep the
site private with a password or share it with the world.
In a net shell: Brag page.

Thinking Machine
http://turbulence.org/spotlight/thinking/index.html
You can watch a computer think, thanks to the wonders of digital imagery.
The aim of this chess-playing program is to lay bare the complex thinking
that underlies all strategic thought. When it's your turn to move, the
chessboard gently pulses to show the influence of the various pieces. When
the machine is thinking, you'll see a network of colourful curves overlaid
on the board showing potential moves - often several turns in the future
-considered by the computer.
In a net shell: Spooky.

Live365
http://www.live365.com/index.live
When you can't find anything decent to listen to on your local radio, tune
into the world's largest Internet radio network or create your own station
with the simple tools and services. Select from thousands of stations
spanning myriad genres from more than 150 countries. For commercial-free
stations in CD-quality sound you'll need VIP membership.
In a net shell: Broad cast.

More web site reviews... - http://www.brizcomm.com.au/surf/default.asp



Reader choice

Worldometers
http://www.worldometers.info/
Interesting up-to-the-second stats about the world.
- submitted by Peggy of Brisbane.


Food for thought

"Then the time came when the risk it took to remain tight in a bud was
more painful than the risk it took to blossom." - Anais Nin.

More quotes & jokes... - http://www.brizcomm.com.au/freetips/



Top links from last issue

The Great Illusion
http://www.thegreatillusion.com/

Lists of Bests
http://listsofbests.com/

PoliceScan
http://www.policescan.us/


Friends and sponsors

Aspiring Leaders and Advancing Women
Two great new e-newsletters from Australian organisational development
expert Deborah May packed with practical tips, advice, encouragement and
support to help you achieve your potential at work.

Net Guide for Aussie Journos
Find experts, contacts and Net-based sources of Australian facts, figures
and background information in Belinda Weaver's guide to Internet
information sources for Australian journalists. And keep up to date with
what’s new via Belinda's blog.


Ray Shaw's Computer Guide
Ray is Queensland's computer expert. He writes the Help Desk column in
Brisbane's "Courier-Mail", runs a free helpdesk via help@im.com.au and
publishes a free monthly consumer-based IT newsletter.

WANT TO ADVERTISE HERE?
See the brizcomm rates card


New e-booklets

Coming soon - watch this space or email Yvette with suggestions.


Customised content coaching

Comments from recent coaching clients -

“Yvette created a supportive atmosphere where no question was too stupid
to be asked. She was very approachable and easy to listen to – speaking in
plain English without any jargon.” - Communication Officer, Brisbane.

"Yvette has the uncanny ability to make complex issues sound simple and
interesting at the same time. I couldn't wait to get back to working on
our web site - I was left bursting full of ideas." - Senior Communication
Officer, State Government

Accelerate the learning curve and save time, money and frustration - book
your personalised coaching session with Yvette today.

------------------------------------------------------------------------

Remember, this newsletter is shareware. If you found value in it, please
forward a copy to a friend or colleague and suggest they sign up. Cheers.


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Yvette Nielsen, Editor - phone 61 (0)41 771 8683
37 Hannan Crescent Ainslie ACT 2602 Australia

© 2000-2004 Brizcomm Pty Ltd

We accept no responsibility and disclaim all liability for any incorrect
information in articles, sites or events in this newsletter. If links do
not work, try again later - sometimes the host server for a listed site
might be down temporarily. Privacy policy

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