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Business cards still have a role in the electronic age

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Business cards still have a role

Business cards still matter in an electronic age, Vancouver consultant Gayle Hallgren-Rezac says. It's an easy way to share contact information quickly and start a conversation – you look at the card and ask questions based on its information. It's also a social grace, indicating a desire to engage. Shepa Learning Company

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Adopt an unlimited vacation policy

If you don't keep track of the time employees work at night and on weekends from home, dealing with e-mail and other issues, why should you keep track of their time off the job? That question prompted Netflix to adopt an unlimited vacation policy and so should you, psychologist Travis Bradberry says. LinkedIn

Change presentation formats over time

When it's time to change a standard presentation – such as a biweekly project update or monthly financial summary to the management team – PowerPoint expert Dave Paradi suggests not modifying more than 10 per cent of your slides at one time. Any more is too drastic a jolt for the audience. ThinkOutsideTheSlide.com

Keep your conference schedule open

Don't overschedule yourself at conferences. Attend all general gatherings but only 75 per cent of the breakout sessions, consultant China Gorman says. Use the free time to meet with four to eight people you would like to add to your network, preparing questions in advance to start the conversation. ChinaGorman.com

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Planner is an Android and iOS app, based on the Franklin Covey paper planners, that allows you to combine events, tasks and notes in one place, including subtasks for your tasks. Fast Company

Harvey Schachter is a Battersea, Ont.-based writer specializing in management issues. He writes Monday Morning Manager and management book reviews for the print edition of Report on Business and an online work-life column Balance. E-mail Harvey Schachter

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Harvey Schachter is a Kingston, Ont.-based writer specializing in management issues. He writes Monday Morning Manager and management book reviews for the print edition of Report on Business and an online column, Power Points. More

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