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Ten Things You Can Do With Google Docs

PETER KANAYO

1. Voice Typing

To use the voice typing feature on Google Docs, the first thing you need to do is to open a document and then click tools on the menu.

From the menu option, you can now choose voice typing from the drop down menu that appears.

Once you are ready to make use of the voice typing tool, simply click on the microphone icon and go ahead and speak.

You can punctuate by giving a command such as period, full stop or comma.

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2. Transcribe Video Or Audio

You could also use this feature for transcribing any audio or video. How?All you just need to do is to simply play the video or audio to the voice to text.

What then happens is that as the the system picks up the audio it transcribes the audio into text then you can do any editing and your transcription is ready.

3. Offline Editing

While Google Doc is an online software it can also work offline. For example, if you want to edit a particular document you just need to activate the Chrome extension that makes it possible for you to work offline.

The name of the extension is Google doc offline chrome extension. Google doc offline extension tool works on Mac, windows and also Android devices.

4. Play with Additional Fonts

Google Docs allows you to play with additional fonts apart from the default 24 fonts available. Simply click on the font on the menu bar then you see the option of more fonts click on more fonts and you are good to go. The feature is only available on desktop.

5. Track/Restore Document Version History

You can track or restore document version history what he does need to do is to go to the menu click on file and search for version history in the drop-down.

Click on it and you’ll be able to restore a previous version either temporarily or permanently. This is a lifesaver because it helps you especially when the undo button no longer works.

Imagine losing very important documents. You can use version history to track changes made especially when there’s collaboration between two or more persons on a document.

Ten Things You Can Do With Google Docs

6. Commenting And Tagging

When collaborating with someone else on a particular document, a time comes when you need to make comments. Instead of sending emails, you can comment on a specific part of a document where you want a change or an input made.

Google Docs allow you to target specific persons even when you have more than one or two collaborators so the person who is involved can see the comment. The person can read and click the resolve button if he or she is done.

7. Find And Replace Function

Is there a particular word you want to remove from a document that appears in multiple places? The find and replace tool will help us resolve this problem. To find a particular word or phrase in your document, use shortcut Ctrl + F on a Windows PC or Command + F on a Mac. Enter the word in the “Find in document” field.

To replace the found text, click on the three dots on the right side and select Find and Replace.

8. Dig Up A Definition

Not sure about a word’s meaning? Hit Ctrl-Shift-Y (or Cmd-Shift-Y) while your cursor’s on the word. Google Docs will give you a definition and show it to you on the right side of the screen

9. Create A PDF Version Using URL Trick.

Want to send someone a link to a PDF version of your document? Copy the full URL in your browser’s address bar while you’re editing the document, then change the “/edit” at the very end to “/export?format=pdf” (without the quotation marks). As long as people to whom you’re sending have access to the document, they’ll get a PDF of your work as soon as they open the link.

10. Landing Page.

You can turn a Google doc into a landing page. Very useful if you want to test an offer

How To Create A Landing Page In Google Docs

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What other useful tricks can you use Google doc to achieve?

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LinkedIn Recommendation Story Follow Up

I shared one of the tweets in my Twitter thread (about an ex-colleague who asked another ex-colleague, whom he did not have a smooth working relationship with, for a LinkedIn recommendation) as my WhatsApp status and one of the chats I got is worth sharing as a blog post.

The tweet I shared as my WhatsApp status

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I used the caption in the picture below. The respondent gave her permission for me to share the chats and wishes to remain anonymous.

The caption in my WhatsApp status

Hmmm. This is tough ooo. That’s why people must learn that aside meeting work deliverables, having good relationships is key.

As a manager, I am big on soft skills and relationships. Everything will pass away. It’s only relationships you can take along with you.

I spent my career chasing targets and deliverables. Now, I just want to treat people like human beings and celebrate people’s uniqueness.

I just believe EVERYONE has genius and I want people to believe it, see it and express it.

As a senior team lead, my boss says I am not tough enough. Before I used to feel bad when she said it but now that I know its my calling, I own it with my full chest.

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I know my identity and accept my space But then she knows my style is effective and acknowledges it sometimes.

My first boss made me contemplate suicide and almost not marry my husband by speaking hurtful words to me. I don’t want that for anyone at all. All in the name of meeting targets and getting promotion.

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The Bridge Over River Choluteca

Have you heard of the Choluteca Bridge? I hadn’t either, until not so long ago. It’s a 484-metre-long bridge over the river Choluteca in Honduras, in Central America. A region was notorious for storms and hurricanes. 

So when they decided to build a new bridge over river Choluteca in 1996, they wanted to ensure it would withstand the extreme weather conditions. A Japanese firm was contracted, and they built a solid bridge, designed to withstand the powerful forces of nature. The new Choluteca bridge – a modern-day marvel of design and engineering was thrown open to the public in 1998. And as people drove from one side of the Choluteca river to the other, they couldn’t help but admire the new bridge. It was Choluteca’s pride and joy.

And in October that year, Hurricane Mitch hit Honduras. There was approximately 1 900mm of rain in four days – the equivalent of what they receive in six months. There was devastation all around. The river Choluteca swelled and flooded the entire region. 7000 people lost their lives. All the bridges in Honduras were destroyed. All, except one. The new Choluteca bridge remained unaffected. 

But there was a problem. While the bridge was intact, the road leading to it and the road leaving it was swept away. Leaving no sign that there was once a road there. And that’s not all. The flooding forced the river Choluteca to change course. It created a new channel, and the river now flowed beside the bridge. Not under, but besides the bridge. So while the bridge was strong enough to survive the hurricane, it became a bridge over nothing. A bridge to nowhere.

The Bridge Over River Choluteca


It happened years ago. But the lesson from the Choluteca bridge is more relevant to us today than ever before. The world is changing in ways we may have never imagined. And the Choluteca Bridge is a terrific metaphor for what can happen to us – our careers, our businesses, our lives – as the world around us gets transformed. Adapt to change. Or else.

As you look at your career, think again before taking one more course that makes you even more of an expert in your area of specialization. That role, that expertise might soon become redundant. Before spending money on refurbishing your old office, pause. Thinking of opening more branches in every nook and corner of the country? Think again. Physical office spaces could soon be a thing of the past.

The challenge for us is that we get focused on creating the best solution to a given problem. We forget that the problem itself might change. We are all focusing on building the strongest, most sophisticated product or service. Without thinking of the possibility that the need could vanish. The market could change. We focus on the bridge. And ignore the possibility that the river underneath could change course. Think about that too. ‘Built to Last’ might have been a popular mantra. But ‘Build to Adapt’ could be the way to go. 

You might want to add a picture of the Choluteca Bridge to the paintings that adorn the walls of your classrooms. We need to build a school that can adapt to change. The Theory of Evolution: Charles Darwin, in his studies, found that “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change”.


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Morland Writing Scholarship 2022 For African Writers

The Miles Morland Foundation invites applications from African Writers, with the aim being to allow each Scholar the time to produce the first draft of a completed book. The Scholarships are open to anyone writing in the English language who was born in Africa or both of whose parents were born in Africa.

Scholar’s Undertaking:

At the end of each month scholars must send the Foundation 10,000 new words that they will have written over the course of the month. Scholars are also asked to donate to the MMF 20% of whatever they subsequently receive from the book they write during the period of their Scholarship. This includes revenues as a result of film rights, serialisations or other ancillary revenues arising from the book written during the Scholarship period. These funds will be used to support other promising writers. The 20% return obligation should be considered a debt of honour rather than a legally binding obligation.

Qualifications:

To qualify for the Scholarship a candidate must submit an excerpt from a piece of work of between 2,000 – 5,000 words, written in English that has been published and offered for sale, you must send clear evidence that the piece you upload as part of your application has been both published AND offered for sale. This will be evaluated by a panel of readers and judges set up by the MMF. The work submitted will be judged purely on literary merit. It is not the purpose of the Scholarships to support academic or scientific research, or works of special interest such as religious or political writings. Submissions or proposals of this nature do not qualify.

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Important Dates:

Applications  will be received between 1st July 2022 and 18th September 2022. Applications submitted outside that period will not be looked at.

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VIDEO: FIX YOU FIRST

You are only useful to others when you are functioning at optimum capacity.

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Heroes Unaware

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Tips For Young Job Seekers

Adesegun Damazio

I’d like to share a few tips with young job-seekers out there.

I know you’re doing your best to get a job somewhere, anywhere, and I do hope that you find a placement soon.

In the meantime, you might want to consider these few ideas just in case they’re new to you:

  • Open a LinkedIn account. I’ve seen people put up posts on Facebook and Twitter requesting for job opportunities but can tell you for a fact that you’re more than likely to get an offer or valuable referrals from LinkedIn than any other social media platform. There are statistics to back this up but I won’t bore you with that. Just Google it yourself and see.
  • Garnish your LinkedIn profile with professional English language construction and not shorthand or elementary English. See it as a marketing profile which anybody can be drawn to at first glance.
  • Send connection requests to people in your preferred field of work. And most importantly, target your requests at HR personnel – managers, directors and officers. These professionals have been shown to spend more time perusing LinkedIn than any other kind, though it’s advisable you send requests to other organizational top shots as well in other to boost your chances.
  • Once your request has been accepted by a good number of highly-positioned individuals, put up a post stating your job request and if possible, attach a PROFESSIONAL picture of yourself. It’s like adding salt to taste. In the post, enumerate your qualifications, skill sets and preferred field (FMCG, NGO, Retail etc.) It’s important you make a concise post, otherwise, your connections might just scroll away from the epistle. The more likes, comments and shares you get on the post, the wider the reach. It’s how LinkedIn woks.
  • At this point, people will start viewing your profile. Ensure you view the profile of people who have viewed yours. All of them. Note the highly-positioned individuals who are in your preferred field and send them punchy messages stating your willingness to work for them. No long messages, just appreciate the time they took to view your profile and tailor your short message along professional lines.
  • Watch what happens from there.
LinkedIn: Connect To Opportunity

I’m not saying this is the ice-breaker but trust me, it’s worked for a lot of people and I felt it won’t hurt to share this strategy with my friends.

Please, be mindful of what you post on LinkedIn too. It’s not a platform for subs, derogatory comments and slay mama/papa pictures. Keep it professional and build a good image for yourself.

On the side, continue to send your industry-specific CVs to the recruiters you come across on MyJobMag and HotNigerianJobs.

I hope you get lucky someway and somehow. But LinkedIn really works – in Nigeria. BIG TIME!

Cheers! 🙏🏽

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BE FEARLESS BUT NOT FOOLISH

Dr Strive Masiyiwa

Dare to tackle challenges even one tiny step at a time.

A psychologist once took a very advanced tablet computer and gave it to a small group of young girls (under the age of 9) living in a refugee camp, and not yet in school. After one week, she found that they all knew how to switch it on, and had found their way to use some of its Apps.

The same experiment, performed with older people over the age of 20, yielded almost nothing!

The psychologist also found that the adults had a lot to complain about concerning a device they had not even learned to switch on.

What was the difference?

Fear!

The older you get, the more fearful you get to experiment, and try out new things, including new ways to solve old problems.

Every day there are many things you can do to ensure you don’t fall into this trap…

Think about it!

Some of you have heard me say it before: “Big Problems are usually solved by people with the humility to make small starts.”

There are a lot of people who see a Big Problem, but they have no capacity to find a place to start solving it, which usually requires them to make even baby steps, which they often fear to do.

When I see a Big Problem, I enjoy seeing how to start solving it one step at a time.

Chipping away, day after day…

It can be months, but usually some years, and suddenly I’m there: Big Problem solved!

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Next time someone tells you about a Big Problem ask them, “How do YOU propose to contribute to solve it?”

And watch how surprised they get!

Somehow we all want others to solve problems we see, and that is why nothing ever happens.

Next month, for example, school holidays start and also our Christian brothers and sisters typically gather in big religious services across Africa…

What I want to say to each of you is this, if you are thinking about traveling and getting together with family: Be careful. Be part of the solution…

These are still dangerous times! Do not let your guard down. If we want to end this pandemic once and for all, YOU have to do your own part, #MaskUp, and keep socially distanced. Last year’s Christmas holidays started a whole new second wave, far more devastating than the first one. This can’t happen again.

Do not take unnecessary risks with your life or anyone else’s!

If you jump out of a plane without a parachute, you will pay the price. If we all jump selfishly into living a “normal” life without taking prudent health precautions… I do not even want to think about how a Third Wave will hurt our people and our economies.

Be fearless, but not foolish.

#MaskUp

#KeepASafeDistance

#EverythingTurnsOnThis

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Businesses You Can Start With 200 Thousand Naira

If you are thinking of starting a (new) business, you should look at this document for ideas… Even if you have more than 200 thousand Naira.

Businesses You Can Start With 200k

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Practical Steps To Getting A Promotion

My sister shared these tweets with me. I think they are useful as 2021 gradually comes to an end. Please share your thoughts.

I’m not sure about the “ALL” bit. However, there are valuable insights in there.
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Document Your Achievements And Let Stakeholders Know About Your Achievements
Louie Bacaj’s Career Trajectory
Recruit Allies BEFORE The Next Promotion Cycle
People In Charge Care About What ELSE You Can Do For Them In Future
Managing An Acquisition/Merger As An Employee
There should be a career objective
If you are ready to launch out on your own, Tentmakers Online Reloaded is waiting to support you as you grow.

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