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Give meaning to meetings

Alyssa Sisco

As you race to meet a deadline, your calendar notification goes off. You have a meeting in five minutes! 

This is the absolute lowest priority on your totem pole, but attendance at all meetings is required. You then spend the next 30 minutes listening to someone ineffectively probe for anything to discuss, to make this meeting seem like it has a purpose. After a vast amount of time wasted in awkward silence, you are dismissed.

Finally free to be constructive, your motivation has been completely diminished. You're left frustrated after spending that half hour contemplating all the things you could have been accomplishing.

As you can imagine, this is not the best environment to inspire productivity. But all too often, this seems to be the outcome of our daily routines.

Our professional lives certainly don't have to follow this pattern. There is such a thing as an effective meeting. We just need to find what we're doing that's not working and transform it into something advantageous. Below, I have listed some essential factors in giving your meetings, meaning.

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Topics: Owners & Managers, The Workplace

Quick tip: How to set your favorite search engine as your default

Alyssa Sisco
When you open up your web browser with the intent to search for something, it can be irritating to have  your computer open a search engine you don't like or are not familiar with. Those who regularly search for information on the web usually have a preferred search engine. Below you will find some steps to take when your web browser default is not what you want it to be.
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Topics: Staff Training

Meet the team: Barb French

Alyssa Sisco

Chances are, if you call in to Core Tech you will speak with Barb at some point. She is our Administrative Coordinator and spends a lot of time on the phone with clients. She was brought on with our Unified Communications Team in June and has been a wonderful addition here. Read on to learn more about Barb!

What is your role here at CoreTech?

My official title is the Administrative Coordinator. I take service calls, help with special projects from the accounting or marketing departments, or anything else that needs to be taken care of. I enjoy keeping myself busy with new tasks each day.

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Topics: Our Company

Why ransomware education is important for your business

Emily Moulder

From ransomware and malware to email and financial data hacks, business data and personal information are the main targets of most cyber criminals. One of the greatest threats to your information security comes from your employees lack of knowledge on the subject, and hackers know that. They send malicious emails to your employees hoping they won't know the difference between a fake and real email. Educating your entire staff on cyber attacks and what they look like could be the difference in safe online use and paying millions of dollars ransom.

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Topics: Staff Training

How to outsmart hackers

Emily Moulder

 Hackers spend their days finding ways into your devices and accounts in order to obtain credit cards, passwords, social security numbers, and basically everything you wouldn’t want to share with a complete stranger. Also you have unscrupulous hackers that are constantly attempting trick you so that they can lock up you data and hold it hostage for a ransom.   Having a plan in place BEFORE your information is stolen is the best way to outsmart a hacker.

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Topics: Network Security

Strengthen your competitive advantage with these technologies

Emily Moulder

All businesses, regardless of size, are constantly faced with the challenge of keeping up with their competitors. Technology innovation is quickly becoming the driver of marketplace competition. New technologies have changed the pace and expectations of business processes. While you can’t predict future technologies, here are five that are currently fueling the competitive advantage of small and midsize businesses.

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Topics: Trends

Meet the team: Jason Hahn

Emily Moulder

Jason is an Administrator for our recently acquired Unified Communications team here at CoreTech. He has many years of experience and lots of knowledge in his field. I got the chance to sit down with Jason and learn a little more about him, what he likes to do, and some interesting facts about himself!

Tell me about your position at CoreTech? What do you do on a daily basis?

I am a service technician here at CoreTech. I spend most of my day out of the office installing UC equipment, but when I'm in the office I help out with remote service ticket issues.

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Topics: Our Company

7 password security tips to keep yourself safe

Emily Moulder

Passwords have the key to unlock access to our network of friends, work colleagues, and most importantly our bank accounts. It is imperative to keep our passwords private, diverse, and hard to crack. There are cybercriminals out there spending their days finding the codes to peoples digital accounts and gaining access to their most private information.

While most of us think we know all there is about having a secure password, we are not only making it more complicated then it needs to be, but are still making small mistakes that could make our accounts easily accessible to hackers. Read on to learn the 7 tips to keep your digital accounts secure.

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Topics: Security Threats

Quick tip: Microsoft OneNote

Emily Moulder

OneNote provides users with a quick and efficient way to take notes, while still staying organized. Regardless of whether you want to write or type your notes, all is possible when using OneNote. Learn how to navigate the application and personalize it to what you need while also staying organized and saving time!

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Topics: Microsoft Products

Top 5 technology trends for Omaha small business

Emily Moulder

Technology has grown to become an intelligent, digital mesh of people, equipment, and services. While advancements in technology are improving the way in which we conduct business, it means we must also keep up with it. Adopting new technologies for your business not only can save time and money, but can efficiently speed up business processes as well. Small Omaha businesses are implementing these advanced technologies to not only improve business functions, but give themselves a competitive advantage. As a small Omaha business, adopting these tech trends can provide you with a way to stand out from your competition and optimize business operations.  

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Topics: Trends