Beware of XXX-rated porn trolls on your online meetings. I attended a meeting with a Zoom link that was publicly posted on a Meetup and BOOM! There it was – things that grandma should not see. Those were some things I have actually never seen either. Wow! Just wow! Come to find out, these surprise visuals are called ‘porn-bombing’ or ‘Zoom-bombing,’ and the filth pops up on your screen, according to The Sun and Business Insider. …

Let’s focus on the bottom rung of Maslow’s Hierarchy of  Needs, namely physiological needs – food, water, warmth, rest, and air. Yes, air … air to breathe. We all need these. Many of us have had the carpet pulled right out from under our feet in the past week. There is nothing but uncertainty that lies ahead. Let’s discuss unemployment. The Department of Labor Statistics reports the monthly unemployment rate using the U3 and not all…

How to Make a Word Cloud for LinkedIn

You can make a word cloud for your LinkedIn banner or for an article.The more frequently that words are listed, the bigger or bolder they will appear. A word cloud is a visual design of text data and you can read here for more details and here for pros and cons. Although there are a lot of word cloud generators that exist, here are some you might like to try. Google Word Cloud GeneratorInfogramtagcrowd.com tagxedo.com tocloud.comvizzlo.com wordart.comWord Cloud Generatorwordclouds.com worditout.comwordle.net wordsift.com If you…

LinkedIn Learning and Other Online Platforms

Knowledge is power. You don’t know what you don’t know, so engage in continuous lifelong learning to improve yourself and your skill sets. In April 2015, Linkedin purchased a platform called Lynda.com and then subsequently rolled it into what is now called LinkedIn Learning. As of April 2018, there is no additional charge for the learning platform for those who have the following paid accounts: 1) Premier Career, 2) Premier Business, 3) Executive, 4) Sales Navigator…

How to Use LinkedIn to Set Up Informational Interviews

If you want to advance in your career or need to explore careers as a new graduate or reinvention, you might want to have informational interviews. The late Richard N. Bolles, author of What Color is Your Parachute?, refers to these as conversations with an expert or specialist in an industry that interests you. It’s an opportunity to have a one to one dialogue. There is certain etiquette that should be followed for an informational interview,…

Showcase Your Outstanding Work in LinkedIn's New "Featured Section"

If you have not seen a change on your profile yet, it’s coming! LinkedIn is rolling out a new Featured Section under your About Section. You can showcase your outstanding work, whether it is an article, image, link, or document. LinkedIn wants you to share whatever you are most proud of.Your Activity Section will only go back to the content you have developed in the past 45 days, whether it is an original article, a…

Sharing Photos and Videos on LinkedIn

As the old English adage goes … a picture is worth a thousand words (even though this has been “plagiarized and paraphrased” many times. According to research from Hubspot, visual images are 32% of the most important form of content by marketers and mobile viewing of video has increased by 10 million viewing minutes daily rate in the past two years. There are a lot of other astounding 2020 statistics in that Hubspot article, so check…