Present & Future of Cell Phones

Cell Phones are experiencing the new trends in technology. Within few decades, the industry has created a boom in sales due to the emerging technologies.

In present times, to be termed as 3G era, a cell phone can be explained as a small piece of electronics with huge accessories. Today they are embedded with an mp3 player with huge storage memory and a mega pixel camera to produce extraordinary digital image. The two technologies GSM & CDMA are the packages available in 3G era. The GSM sets the standard for interchangeability, flexibility with a SIM card whereas CDMA works with particular network only. Howsoever, both the prevailing technologies of present era, allows to keep personal info & contacts directory entire entertainment and a productivity machine & keeps the person connected & available constantly.

The nearly emerging future technology of cell phones will be a carriers of what we don’t expect today but will boom our needs to greater tech supported horizons. The future 5G technology will add more and more to the features like pico nets, Bluetooth, wide range… But this is not the end… It the beginnings of new era which will witness the virgin technologies ruling the mobile phones industry. With the emergence of new style phones which are similar to a PDA, one will be able to have whole office within the phone.

To conclude, we can say that with the correct trends, the advance phone industry will offer a real bright future package with best technologies & also affordable handsets.

10 Tips to Negotiate Your Salary

If you are like many of our participants, you’ll probably agree that your worst negotiating nightmare is not managing a commercial deal, but negotiating your own salary! Want to know why? We’ve canvassed the Scotwork Australia team to explore common traps in salary negotiations and to suggest some practical steps to help you get a better deal in your next performance and pay review.

1. Be professional in preparation

Your preparation for a performance or pay review should be as professional and thorough as it would be for a commercial deal. You would never be unprepared when negotiating a commercial deal, so why would you take that risk with your own salary? Common pitfalls include not properly scoping your negotiating power, failing to document and properly value your contributions, and approaching the deal pessimistically rather than optimistically. Avoid these mistakes by doing your homework! Research the market for your skill set and create a file of similar or related positions advertised in the classifieds and online, so you are aware of what’s on offer. Remember that negotiating skills do not change fundamental market forces, but are used to get the best available deal in those markets.

2. Be clear about what you want

Be optimistic, but realistic. Care is needed here – we don’t want to encourage you into any “career limiting moves”! A comprehensive, creative yet realistic wish list will enable you to sweeten the deal, get what you want and provide repackaging opportunities. Think back to the course. Do you remember our strategies for using the wish list? Trade on value rather than cost – what is that Scandinavian study tour worth to you in terms of career advancement?

3. Beware: you may have a fool as a client

You are representing yourself, so the emotional stakes are high, which can often have a dramatic impact on your negotiating skills. Try to remain emotionally detached or investigate using an agent to negotiate on your behalf. If you can’t afford an agent, or it is inappropriate to engage one, act as any professional agent would: become an expert in yourself. There is no substitute for hard research on the job market, the role and your (current or prospective) employer. However, you also need to accurately document your skills, achievements and potential contribution to the enterprise and clearly communicate these to your boss or your prospective employer. What skills and expertise do you bring to the table?

4. Blow your own trumpet…

…because nobody else will. While the meek may inherit the earth, they will have to do it on award conditions. There is a natural tendency to be modest about our achievements. This is terrific in an acceptance speech, but has no place in salary or performance negotiations. You are here because the organisation has recognised that you will make a contribution to its success. To that end, be prepared to negotiate remuneration and conditions that reflect the value of your skills in the marketplace and the potential contribution you can make to the business. One final piece of advice on blowing your own trumpet: play a song you know well. Avoid the temptation to over-promise and under-deliver!

5. Recognise your power – and its limits

Timing is critical. Never negotiate the terms of your contract after you have accepted a position or agreed to revised conditions, responsibilities and opportunities. Always negotiate before you step across the line. After the handshake, your power and influence are considerably diminished.

6. Know the rules

It is essential that you understand the organisation’s system for salary reviews. What are the constraints imposed on your manager? Are there financial limitations? What attributes of success are you being measured against? Is there a gap between your performance and skill set and those required to reach the next salary range? How can you close this gap? How does the company measure your manager’s success, and how does your performance affect his/her result? Answer each of these questions long before you negotiate your contract. It is essential that you understand the organisation’s system and its constraints. In short: know the rules of the game!

7. This is not a one-off event

You should never perceive your salary review as an isolated event. It is part of a comprehensive process to assess your contribution and performance within the review period. Keep notes on your performance throughout the period and ensure your manager is aware of the wins you have had. See the review as your opportunity to highlight significant contributions you have made and address your future development needs. Evidence of your contributions gives you the basis to negotiate and make your case for a better deal.

8. Show me the money!

While recognition often takes the form of position titles and pay cheques, these are not the only potential currencies of the negotiation. Don’t forget that a part of what the organisation giveth in cash, the tax man taketh away. Use the negotiation to explore more creative currencies. These might include development opportunities, including short-term assignments, leading (or participating in) new projects, relocation to another part of the organisation, coaching and mentoring opportunities, secondments, study leave, flexible working arrangements, or that BlackBerry or laptop you’ve been eyeing. Your wish list must be long and creative; it should add to your career opportunities – and contribute to your quality of life – both inside and outside the organisation.

9. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Your salary review is an opportunity to discuss your career path and the plans your manager has for your next step within the organisation, taking into account your own plans and vision for the future. Use the opportunity to structure your manager’s expectations of your own career plans. Make it your negotiation. Understand the power and value you bring to the table and what is at stake. Remember to manage the issues and spend time discussing what’s most important to you, which is probably your future career and not just next week’s pay cheque.

10. Finally…

Take another look at the course notes in your negotiation training Scotwork organiser. Consider these with your performance appraisal in mind. This will assist you in reviewing the preparation agenda, structuring expectations, analysing the power balance, preparing questions and implementing the suggestions above.

Good luck, and remember: fortune favours the brave (and the well prepared).

PowerPoint Fonts – How To Font-Proof Your Next Presentation

I recently remarked to a colleague that I’ve seen a PowerPoint presentation malfunction of one sort or another at virtually every conference or meeting I have attended. Too often a simple step could have prevented a disastrous result, and this couldn’t be more true for PowerPoint fonts. If you’ve ever spent hours preparing a presentation with thoughtfully selected fonts only to see many of your fonts suddenly change at the moment of truth — when you’re on stage and presenting — then you’ve encountered the PowerPoint font trap.

It’s far more serious than just an aesthetic issue. The wrong font can change word wrapping, table spacing, and the overall readability and professional look of the presentation you worked so hard on. Fortunately, it’s an easy problem to prevent.

Why does this happen? The maddening font problem is caused by the simple fact that the computer you’re presenting on does not have the same fonts installed as the computer on which the presentation was prepared. Windows tries to substitute a similar font, but often the results are far from acceptable. The PowerPoint font problem can crop up in all versions of Powerpoint, including PowerPoint 2007.

Here’s how to font-proof your next presentation:

  • Alternative #1: Choose “Safe” Basic Fonts: If you stick to basic fonts that are likely to be installed on any computer (such as Times New Roman, Arial, Symbol, Courier New), you’re very likely, though not absolutely guaranteed, to be safe. (I’ve seen some computers where some popular fonts had been removed.) This is surely the fastest and easiest approach, though you’ll sacrifice some pizzazz by using unexciting and overused fonts.
  • Alternative #2: Embed Fonts into Your Presentation: When you embed the fonts you’ve used into your presentation, they’ll travel with your presentation and display no matter what fonts are (or are not) installed on the computer it’s being displayed with. To embed the fonts into your presentation in PowerPoint 2007, follow these steps:
  1. Select the Office Button (at the top left of the PowerPoint window)
  2. Select the PowerPoint Options button, which lies along the bottom margin of the window that opens when you press the Office Button
  3. Select Save in the list of options that appears on the left of the PowerPoint Options window
  4. Now check the Embed Fonts in File box and select the second sub-option, Embed all characters. This is the safest option and ensures that you’ll have ALL of the characters of all of the fonts in your presentation on any computer, a safeguard I highly recommend in case you or a colleague wants to further edit the presentation.

If you’re using PowerPoint 2003, select File > Save As…, then select Save Options from the Tools menu at the top of the Save As… dialogue box and check the Embed True Type Fonts box.

For PowerPoint 2000, select File > Save As…, then select Embed True Type Fonts from the Tools menu at the top of the Save As… dialogue box. (In PowerPoint 2000 you’ll need to specify this every time you save a new presentation.)

  • Alternative #3: Package Your Presentation for CD: In PowerPoint 2007 and 2003, use the Package for CD feature. In PowerPoint 2000, use the Pack and Go wizard. The Package for CD feature assembles and packages your presentation and related graphics, videos and fonts for distribution. For PowerPoint 2007, follow these steps:
  1. Select the Office Button (at the top left of the PowerPoint window)
  2. Select the Publish option
  3. Select Package for CD

I never underestimate the importance of peace of mind when giving a presentation and it’s often the little things that bite. Font-proof your PowerPoint presentations and rid yourself of at least one worry…and potential landmine.