Tuesday, April 28, 2020

How To Support Local Businesses In The New Normal After COVID-19

With the onset of COVID-19, all businesses are severely affected. Non-essential businesses are forced to cease their operation. Almost every company bled with fixed overhead but plummeted productivity.

After COVID-19 there will be a NEW NORMAL of doing businesses. There will be fewer customers interacting with you face to face. Your shop will receive fewer visits. Your training program will no longer able to accept mass participants. Your restaurant will no longer be able to host large number of diners. The hotel will receive fewer international tourists. Cinema cannot be a full house anymore. And the list goes on. All this is due to the Social Distancing to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Back to the local front. Social Distancing will definitely affect the local SMEs especially those rely on human interaction. Below are 6 Ways To Support Local Businesses While Social Distancing.



SHOP ONLINE OR BY PHONE
Since most businesses can no longer rely on foot traffic to be successful, many are changing the structure of their stores. Retailers and boutiques are turning to social media to highlight their products, so like and follow their pages to stay updated. Send them a direct message or give them a call to see how you can make a purchase. They’ll be excited to hear your voice. Restaurants are shifting to carry-out or delivery services, so give them a call or check their website for menu availability.

PURCHASE GIFT CARDS
Even if you don’t need something right away, purchase a gift card now so you can treat yourself when this is all over – you’ll have earned it. Keep local businesses that you utilize frequently throughout the year in mind when deciding on gift card purchases – salons, restaurants, gyms, and retailers are all great options.

ORDER CARRY-OUT, CURBSIDE PICKUP, OR DELIVERY
Many local restaurants have worked hard to shift their menu and operations to carry-out and delivery. When you grab your food, don’t forget to tip!

ENGAGE ON SOCIAL
A lot of businesses are shifting their communication strategy to social media. This is the quickest and most efficient way for them to reach a large portion of their audience and their staff organically. Let them know you’re there by engaging with their posts. Have something in mind you’d like to see from them? Tell them. They’re listening.

FOLLOW THER PAGE, SIGN UP FOR BLOG & E-NEWSLETTER UPDATES
You might just learn something new. You might make new friends. As businesses make the shift to social media and mass communication, you can expect to see more tutorials, demonstrations, and informative information.

TELL YOUR PEERS
Much like online reviews, peer to peer reviews is a great way to keep local businesses top of mind right now (and always!). Order delivery and tell your friends about your great experience – share a photo on your Instagram story and tag the restaurant. Get expert styling tips for free via Facetime from your favorite boutique – share the details on Facebook! Did your hairstylist save you from cutting your own bangs – you better give them a shout out!

Encourage friends and loved ones to support local businesses by sharing these ideas on your social media.

Use #SupportLocal

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Dengan bermulanya COVID-19, semua perniagaan terjejas teruk. Perniagaan yang tidak penting terpaksa berhenti beroperasi. Hampir setiap syarikat mengalami overhead tetap tetapi produktiviti merosot.

Selepas COVID-19 akan ada NORMAL BARU untuk menjalankan perniagaan. Akan ada kekurangan pelanggan yang berinteraksi dengan anda secara bersemuka. Kedai anda akan menerima sedikit lawatan. Program latihan anda tidak lagi dapat menerima peserta secara besar-besaran. Restoran anda tidak lagi dapat menampung sejumlah besar pengunjung. Hotel akan menerima kurang pelancong antarabangsa. Pawagam tidak boleh penuh lagi. Dan senarai itu berterusan. Semua ini disebabkan oleh Jarak Sosial untuk meminimumkan risiko penularan COVID-19.

Kembali ke arena tempatan. Jarak Sosial pasti akan mempengaruhi SMEs tempatan terutama yang bergantung pada interaksi manusia. Berikut adalah 6 Cara Untuk Menyokong Perniagaan Tempatan Semasa Menjauhkan Sosial

KEDAI ONLINE
Oleh kerana kebanyakan perniagaan tidak lagi bergantung pada lalu lintas penjalan kaki untuk berjaya, banyak yang mengubah struktur kedai mereka. Peruncit dan butik beralih ke media sosial untuk menonjolkan produk mereka, jadi ikuti halaman mereka untuk mendapat informasi yang terkini. Hantarkan mesej terus kepada mereka atau hubungi mereka untuk melihat bagaimana anda dapat melakukan pembelian. Mereka akan teruja mendengar suara anda. Restoran beralih ke perkhidmatan pelaksanaan atau penghantaran, jadi hubungi mereka atau periksa laman web mereka untuk ketersediaan menu.

KAD HADIAH MEMBELI
Walaupun anda tidak memerlukan sesuatu dengan segera, beli kad hadiah sekarang supaya anda dapat memanjakan diri anda apabila ini selesai. Ingatlah perniagaan tempatan yang sering anda gunakan sepanjang tahun ketika memutuskan pembelian kad hadiah - salon, restoran, gimnasium dan peruncit semuanya adalah pilihan hebat.

PENGAMBILAN ATAU PENGHANTARAN
Banyak restoran tempatan telah bekerja keras untuk mengalihkan menu dan operasi mereka untuk melaksanakan dan penghantaran. Apabila anda mengambil makanan, jangan lupa memberi petua!

MENYERTAI SOSIAL
Banyak perniagaan mengalihkan strategi komunikasi mereka ke media sosial. Ini adalah cara tercepat dan paling berkesan bagi mereka untuk menjangkau sebahagian besar penonton secara organik. Beritahu mereka bahawa anda berada di sana dengan terlibat dengan siaran mereka. Ada sesuatu yang anda mahu lihat dari mereka? Beritahu mereka. Mereka mendengar.

IKUTI HALAMAN MEREKA, DAFTAR UNTUK KEMASKINI BLOG & E-NEWSLETTER
Anda mungkin belajar sesuatu yang baru. Anda mungkin mendapat rakan baru. Semasa perniagaan beralih ke media sosial dan komunikasi massa, anda dapat melihat lebih banyak tutorial, demonstrasi, dan maklumat yang tepat.

HEBOHKAN
Seperti ulasan dalam talian, ulasan rakan sebaya adalah kaedah terbaik untuk memastikan perniagaan tempatan sentiasa diingat sekarang (dan selalu!). Pesan penghantaran dan beritahu rakan anda tentang pengalaman hebat anda - kongsi foto di kisah Instagram anda dan tandakan restoran. Dapatkan petua gaya pakar secara percuma melalui Facetime dari butik kegemaran anda - kongsi perinciannya di Facebook! Adakah penata rambut anda menyelamatkan anda dari memotong poni anda sendiri - lebih baik anda menjerit!

Galakkan rakan dan orang tersayang untuk menyokong perniagaan tempatan dengan berkongsi idea ini di media sosial anda.

Gunakan #SupportLocal

Saturday, April 18, 2020

10 Ways to secure Zoom

It was widely reported that popular Zoom was not secured to use. Zoom has released its patches to secure its software. Having said that, you can take additional measures to secure yourself while using Zoom.

1. Use a Unique ID for Large or Public Zoom Calls

When you schedule a Zoom meeting, look for the Meeting ID options and choose to Generate Automatically. Doing so plugs up one of the biggest holes that Zoom-bombers can exploit.

2. Require a Meeting Password

One way to protect the meeting is to require a password. You can give the password out only to those who have replied and seem credible. To password-protect a meeting, start by scheduling a meeting and checking the box next to Require a meeting password.

3. Create a Waiting Room

When participants log into the call, they see a Waiting Room screen, the host, lets them in. You can let people in all at once or one at a time, which means if you see names you don’t recognize in the Waiting Room, you don’t have let them in at all.

4. Only the Hosts Should Share Their Screen

Make sure your settings indicate that the only people allowed to share their screens are hosts. You can enable this setting in advance as well as during a call.

5. Create an Invite-Only Meeting

Only people who can join the call are those you invited, and they must sign in using the same email address you used to invite them.

6. Lock a Meeting Once It Starts

While the meeting is running, navigate to the bottom of the screen and click Manage Participants. The Participants panel will open. At the bottom, choose More > Lock Meeting.

7. Kick Someone Out or Put Them on Hold

During the call, go to the participants' panel on the right. Hover over the name of the person you want to boot and when options appear, choose Remove.

8. Disable Someone’s Camera

f someone is being rude or inappropriate on video, the host can open the Participants panel and click on the video camera icon next to the person’s name.

9. Prevent Animated GIFs and Other Files in the Chat

In the chat area of a Zoom meeting, participants can share files, including images and animated GIFs – if you let them.

10. Disable Private Chat

Open Setting in the Zoom web app (it’s not in the desktop app). On the left side, go to Personal > Settings. Then click In Meeting (Basic). Scroll until you see Private chat. When the button is gray, it’s disabled.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Coronavirus and Toilet Paper

Everyone take a breath... you don’t need more toilet paper! That won’t help with the Coronavirus BUT HERES SOME INFORMATION THAT WILL! ๐Ÿ‘‡
✔️  82,000 People are sick with Coronavirus at the moment, of which 77,000 are in China.
This means that if you are not in or haven't recently visited China, this should eliminate 94% of your concern.
๐Ÿงช  If you do contract Coronavirus, this still is not a cause for panic because:
81% of the Cases are MILD
14% of the Cases are MODERATE
Only 5% of the Cases are CRITICAL
๐Ÿ˜‰  Which means that even if you do get the virus, you are most likely to recover from it.
๐Ÿ™„  Some have said, “but this is worse than SARS!”. SARS had a fatality rate of 10% while COVID-19 has a fatality rate of 3.4%
๐Ÿ‘ Moreover, looking at the ages of those who are dying of this virus, the death rate for the people UNDER 50 years of age is only 0.2%
๐Ÿ’ฐ This means that if you are under 50 years of age and don't live in China - you are more likely to win the lottery (which has a 1 in 45,000,000 chance)
๐Ÿ“š  Let’s take one of the worst days so far, the 10th of February, when 108 people in CHINA died of Coronavirus.
๐Ÿ—บ  On the same day:
๐Ÿ‘‰  26,283 people died of Cancer
๐Ÿ‘‰  24,641 people died of Heart Disease
๐Ÿ‘‰  4,300 people died of Diabetes
๐Ÿ‘‰  Suicide took 28 times more lives than the virus did.
๐ŸฆŸ  Mosquitoes kill 2,740 people every day,
๐Ÿ‘จ  HUMANS kill 1,300 fellow humans every day,
๐Ÿ  Snakes kill 137 people every day,
๐Ÿฆˆ  Sharks kill 2 people a year.
๐Ÿšจ  Let’s tackle problems that matter! Like in Australia one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner. Or our worsening economy, increasing unemployment rate, etc.

~ by Janine Ryan


Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Ways to activate your immunity

Immunity is the best doctor, and it can be activated in 8 simple ways. Immunity is the strongest divine doctor in our body.

Whenever it is cold, children and the elderly with poor immunity are susceptible to colds. Are you the group with poor immunity?

What we need to do is to improve our immunity, and it is not easy to get infected even in the face of flu.

Zhou Chunling, vice chairman of the Nutrition and Food Safety Branch of the Chinese Society of Geriatrics, gave 8 simple ways to improve immunity to help you keep the disease out of the door.

1. Get enough sleep:
When the seasons change, diseases such as urticaria and shingles caused by high work stress and lack of sleep are prone to occur, and it is necessary to ensure adequate sleep.

Adequate sleep should ensure physical recovery and energy when waking up. Generally, adults sleep for 7-8 hours a day, and the elderly must not be less than 6 hours.
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2. Yogurt Breakfast:
A study by the American Health Association found that yogurt can reduce "bad" cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein LDL) levels and reduce the risk of urinary tract infections by 47%.

The probiotics contained in some yogurts can greatly improve the body's immunity and disease resistance.
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3. Eat more garlic:
A study by the University of Maryland Medical Center found that eating garlic not only helps improve immunity, but also helps prevent heart diseases.  However, patients with gastrointestinal disorders should eat less.

However, allicin is volatile when heated, and it is recommended to mash it and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes before eating, so that allicin and allicinase interact with each other to improve nutritional value.
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4. Drink honey water, ginger water, lemonade often:
Studies have shown that the antioxidants in honey are boosters for improving immunity; ginger is a natural analgesic and antidote, which has a certain anti-infective effect; lemon is rich in vitamin C and has antioxidant properties.

Foods rich in antioxidants and vitamin C can protect the body from free radicals and damage from harmful molecules, and promote a healthy immune system.
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5. Enjoy afternoon tea time:
After 3 or 4 pm, the human energy begins to decline. At this time, drinking a cup of afternoon tea or coffee and eating snacks can not only replenish calories, but also relieve fatigue after continuous work. Through self-regulation, keep your immune system healthy.
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6. Exercise every week:
A report from the National Library of Medicine shows that exercise can help "wash" lung bacteria and improve the immune system's ability to detect disease.

Modern people have a lot of work pressure, but if their physical foundation is normal, they can only exercise for 30 to 60 minutes every Friday.
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7. Sun exposure:
By maintaining high levels of vitamin D in your body, you can better prevent problems such as sore throat, common cold, and stuffy nose.

Generally, the ultraviolet rays are low in the sun at 10 am and 4 pm, which can avoid harm to the skin, and the time of each exposure can be no more than half an hour.
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8. Keep smiling:
Stanford University researchers found that laughter can increase the number of antibodies and immune cells in blood and saliva, relieve fatigue, and is a good medicine to improve immunity.

In your life, you need to have more positive thoughts, divert your attention through exercise, reading, chatting with friends, etc., and reduce stress.
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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Reasons employee neglect your learning system

Encouraging employees to learn new skillset or improving their current skillsets can be an uphill battle sometimes. You may have spent a great deal of effort to come out with a Learning and Development module (either computerize or manual), but employees have a lackluster attitude in using it.

And there are a number of reasons, such as:

1. Are they excited about it

Ideally, it shouldn't be just about employee requesting for training with subsequent approvals. It's often that someone in the middle of their career sees learning as something they "have" to do. Their superior must also block out the training time to avoid scheduling conflicts, makes a note on the employee's record of new skill levels or certification.

Learning is like going for a hike. To keep yourself motivated and energized, you should think of the next hill -- not the entire length of the trail. After that hill, you can take a break, look back at your accomplishment, have a sip of water, and then look ahead at the next hill. Approaching learning, in the same way, can make it feel less intimidating,


2. Poor contents

In large organizations or fast-paced industry such as IT (where technology change very fast), it's easy for the content of your Learning module to lag behind requirements. You may invest in a library of training material for all occasions with the risk of too generalized, hard to find content or too generic to really have the desired impact.

One solution is to structure the content differently. The bite-sized approach order topics, principles, techniques, information into individual chunks, effectively mini-training sessions that last minutes rather than hours. It's more focused, it also makes bespoke training courses easier to construct, assembling them from only the necessary content, avoiding all extraneous information.

3. Learning culture

A learning organization encourages continuous and collaborative learning at all levels, taking a long-term perspective, with the aim of becoming or remaining highly competitive in its market.

Financial crises, job uncertainty, even political turmoil, all have an impact on the workforce and workplace behaviors. For some time, it's possible we've been adopting more of a bunker mentality - just get the next job done. Understandable, but it doesn't encourage long-term thinking and planning and development is all about the future - preparing for the job that must be done tomorrow.





Monday, November 25, 2019

worldly.airship.gallows

worldly.airship.gallows

That's the 3 words to pin-point our exact Pasti Nyala office location. The words are generated from their Mobile Apps that give the 3 unique words for 3 x 3 meter squares.









To decode it, search our coordinates using their site at https://what3words.com/

A rarely used App in normal circumstances but extremely life-saving when you are lost but without Internet or GPS coverage. It's a technical mystery to me on how exactly they transmit the signal without online coverage.

Install the apps on your phone, just in case.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Praise makes you feel good, Critique makes you better

Taking criticism can be a difficult thing. At some point in your personal life or working life, you will encounter a customer, a user, superior, colleague or audience member – maybe even an online reviewer or a social network friend – who wants to tell you how to do things better.

It can be hard to deal with; after all, nobody likes to be told they're wrong. Some resist to change for the betterment.  But it's not all bad news because sometimes you can use criticism to give you a competitive edge.


Criticism is a form of communication
If someone has a criticism it means they want to give you feedback on what you're doing for them – that means an opportunity to learn more about the person who you're working for and how to convert them into a satisfied customer or audience member. Take a moment to think before you respond to what they're saying – in business, working with someone who is patient and able to receive and act on criticism means both parties can work towards a better outcome. It's the result that matters. For a business, it might mean getting to know what your paying customer actually wants.

Feedback helps make your product stronger
If you always think you're right but don't get feedback from anyone else, how do you know for sure that what you're doing is any good? Whether you're selling or performing, whether it's a product or service, listening and acting on those honest views will tell you precisely what's good and what can be done better. Use that information to change your performance, service, exhibition or event – sometimes it will make for uncomfortable listening but it can make your product or work stronger as a result.

It forces you to think about how you work
Constructive criticism can guide you away from bad practices and towards good ones. Try to be objective and look at what you're providing as though it's not yours. This can be particularly difficult when you're deeply involved in a particular work but, if you can take a step back, you might see how to improve your way of working and avoid any negative outcomes down the road. Did you need a more specific brief? Was there something you missed in the early stages of the project? Is the performance deadline too unrealistic? Ask if you are not sure.

The right kind of criticism can give you an advantage
Think about it: if you can get a customer to tell you – and just you – how to give them the perfect product or service, that's information you've got that no one else has. That puts you at an advantage over anyone else in your sector and can be used again in the future to get things right, even faster. Find ways to squeeze that information from your client or audience and get them to tell you what they really want.

Don't take it personally
Don't take it personally if someone doesn't immediately like your work. Even if you feel you're being criticised unfairly, don't retaliate with an extreme knee-jerk reaction or else you can irreparably damage your prospect of working with that client or audience and can even harm your reputation as well.

There will be occasions when you feel the criticism is personal and, now and then, you'll be right. People are fallible and it's important to remember to not be offended by someone's remarks. However, a good professional is able to take criticism on board and not respond as though it's a personal attack. They are also able to make it work to their advantage or, if all else fails, politely conclude the partnership and leave with their reputation intact.