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Word Quick Tips

Become more productive and use Microsoft Word more efficiently with this collection of quick, bite-sized videos that tell you exactly what you need to know about working with Word. Each video in this course is self-contained and about a minute long, so you can jump in at any point to quickly gain helpful insights. Authors Nick Brazzi, Garrick Chow, and Jess Stratton provide on-the-spot solutions for common questions about Word. They cover using section breaks to control column layouts, viewing two parts of a document, converting text to table and table to text, and more.

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com) is a PMI Registered Education Provider. This course qualifies for professional development units (PDUs). To view the activity and PDU details for this course, click here.

The PMI Registered Education Provider logo is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Word Tips Weekly

Become a Microsoft Word power user in just a few minutes a week. This tips-based series helps you deepen your proficiency with Word, covering a variety of tools and techniques you can use. Learn how to work with templates, format documents, customize built-in styles and themes, master Track Changes, and more. Check back each week for a new pro tip from expert David Rivers.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Workflow Tools for Web Developers

Web developers don't have to do everything by hand. There are many tools and frameworks that can make your workflow more productive and efficient—helping you code faster and cleaner than before. Christina Truong introduces browser tools for analyzing and testing your code; text editors that help you write it; and shortcuts and tools for automating repetitive web dev tasks. Plus, learn how version control systems like Git actually help save you time, in addition to saving you from mistakes. Get an overview of the pros and cons of each tool as well as examples, tips, and guidance for evaluating which ones will work best for you.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Working as a Contract or Temporary Employee

The modern workforce is a blended one, with many companies choosing to offer roles to temporary employees or contractors as well as direct hires. These temporary or contract positions afford professionals a more flexible schedule, as well as the opportunity to acquire brand-new skills. Regardless of where you are in your career, choosing to work as a contractor or temporary employee can boost your marketability and open the door to new job opportunities. In this course, join expert recruiter and trainer Barbara Bruno as she covers the benefits and challenges of working as a contractor or temporary employee; explains how to define your career goals and priorities; and shows how to use your experience as a temporary worker to improve your marketability and escalate your career growth.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Working as a Contract or Temporary Employee

The modern workforce is a blended one, with many companies choosing to offer roles to temporary employees or contractors as well as direct hires. These temporary or contract positions afford professionals a more flexible schedule, as well as the opportunity to acquire brand-new skills. Regardless of where you are in your career, choosing to work as a contractor or temporary employee can boost your marketability and open the door to new job opportunities. In this course, join expert recruiter and trainer Barbara Bruno as she covers the benefits and challenges of working as a contractor or temporary employee; explains how to define your career goals and priorities; and shows how to use your experience as a temporary worker to improve your marketability and escalate your career growth.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Working on a Cross-Functional Team

Most organizations are looking for ways to improve how employees work in teams. A standard functional organization encourages people to focus on their own individual tasks. Cross-functional teams, on the other hand, bring everybody together to deliver the whole product. You no longer depend on rigid organizational lines, and instead focus on tighter collaboration and greater employee empowerment. In the course, Doug Rose talks about the importance of understanding cross-functional teams and how they allow employees to work better together. Plus, see how to overcome common challenges and maximize your team's performance. As you'll learn, cross-functional teams can be more productive, as well as a fun and rewarding way to work together to quickly deliver your product.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Working Remotely (2015)

Learn how to work remotely and remain connected to your organization. Coach Todd Dewett reveals how you can create a productive work environment at home by structuring your day correctly, dedicating a space to work, and avoiding distractions. Once your workspace is established, he shares best practices for staying in touch with your colocated team. Last, he addresses the most common challenges encountered by remote workers: feeling isolated, navigating office politics from afar, and communicating virtually.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Working with Actors & Non-Actors in Video Production

Filmmaker Kelley Slagle shares her unique perspective on working with actors, based on her experience both behind and in front of the camera. She discusses how to build great relationships and get the best performances from your actors—whether they're professional or non-professional. Learn about casting the right talent, and breaking down your scripts and characters so actors can better understand them. Then discover how to conduct effective rehearsals, direct actors on set, and make non-actors feel engaged and comfortable. Plus, get tips for special scenarios, such as directing actors in scenes with special effects, conducting interviews, and working with sensitive subjects and children.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Working with Creative Millennials

Statistics show that young creatives will change jobs every 18–24 months. This trend can make mentoring a challenge, and renders many existing methods of employee training and retention outdated. Navigating this new professional landscape can be frustrating for creatives of all generations. In this course, you can gain insights into the millennial mindset, and learn techniques for working effectively with young creatives. Join Petrula Vrontikis as she shares what millennials value, and highlights their unique internal and external challenges. In addition, she walks through how to create a workplace in which millennials can thrive and grow as leaders.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Working with Creatives

Every business, brand, product, and service needs a strong visual identity through all media. Consequently, it's crucial that clients and creative professionals are able to work together effectively. And the key to success, as with any relationship, is communication. In this course, learn how to deal with the subjectivity, emotional pitfalls, and the occasional chaos of a creative partnership. Throughout this course, Bonnie Siegler—founder of respected design firms No. 17 and Eight and a Half—discusses how to articulate your visual goals to a designer and set a clear, consistent direction.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Working with Creatives

Every business, brand, product, and service needs a strong visual identity through all media. Consequently, it's crucial that clients and creative professionals are able to work together effectively. And the key to success, as with any relationship, is communication. In this course, learn how to deal with the subjectivity, emotional pitfalls, and the occasional chaos of a creative partnership. Throughout this course, Bonnie Siegler—founder of respected design firms No. 17 and Eight and a Half—discusses how to articulate your visual goals to a designer and set a clear, consistent direction.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Working with Custom Fields and Formulas in Microsoft Project

Follow along with project management expert John Riopel as he shares his tips for working with custom fields and formulas in Microsoft Project. John begins with a primer on custom fields, including a tour of custom field categories and tips for choosing the correct field type and editing built-in fields. He then delves into working with fields and functions in Project for a variety of purposes, including finding in-progress tasks exceeding the original duration and editing text that is based on other fields. Finally, John covers graphical indicators, walking through creating a graphical indicator, getting tests in the correct order, and choosing effective indicators for your project.

Note: This course was designed in collaboration with Bonnie Biafore.

Lynda.com is a PMI Registered Education Provider. This course qualifies for professional development units (PDUs). To view the activity and PDU details for this course, click here.

The PMI Registered Education Provider logo is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Working with Data on the Web

Often, designers need to convey simple data without the overhead of a relational database such as MySQL. This course introduces web technologies that make it easy for a designer or developer to store, retrieve, and display data online.

First, discover how data is collected via standard and advanced HTML5 forms. Then look at a client-friendly approach to storing that data using simple CSV files. Next, Joseph shows how to store, manage, and style data with the three big players: the granddaddy of static data, XML; the popular JavaScript-based JSON; and the recursively named YAML (YAML Ain't Markup Language), frequently used in Ruby-based projects. Plus, take a close look at basic HTML5 data options, including local storage and the flexible data attribute.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Working with Dates and Times in Excel 2007

In Excel 2007: Working with Dates and Times, Dennis Taylor shares his solutions for optimizing the use of dates and times in Excel 2007. This course explains what's going on behind the scenes when Excel stores dates and times, gives tips for entering dates and times, and shows options for date and time formatting. It also demonstrates the various date and time functions and shows how to calculate with dates and times in a range of scenarios. Exercise files are included with the course.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Working with Dates and Times in Excel 2010

In Excel 2010: Working with Dates and Times, Dennis Taylor shares his solutions for optimizing the use of dates and times in Excel 2010. This course explains what's going on behind the scenes when Excel stores dates and times, gives tips for entering dates and times, and shows options for date and time formatting. It also demonstrates the various date and time functions and shows how to calculate with dates and times in a range of scenarios. Exercise files are included with the course.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Working with Difficult People

In every workplace, you're likely to perceive some colleagues are being more difficult to work with than others. Before you rush to judgment, you should determine if and how you might be contributing to the situation. (After all, it's entirely possible that you're the problem.) If you've determined that the problem isn't you, then this course can help.

In this course, Chris Croft shares methods for recognizing the characteristics of some of the most common types of difficult people, and gives you strategies for dealing with these individuals more effectively. Chris provides practical techniques for dealing with a variety of different behaviors, including negativity, aggression, childishness, and selfishness. Plus, he explains how to overcome your own negative thinking, and get the best from a difficult boss.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Working with Real-Time Data in Excel

Our Excel Workshop series shows how to develop key data science and analytics skills through applied learning in Excel. In this course, Chris Dutton focuses on using real-time data from a web API and supplemental data from the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) to understand and quantify the impact of weather patterns on accident rates.

Using conditional statements and text functions like LEFT, MID, RIGHT, and CONCATENATE, you'll learn to standardize data sets from the NCDC and create new dimensions. Then find out how to use VLOOKUP to join the data, and use COUNTIF statements to analyze trends. Once the historical data is in place, Chris shows how to use Excel's powerful WEBSERVICE and FILTERXML functions to tap directly into Weather Underground's API, which provides real-time weather information for any location and allows you to estimate accident rates based on current conditions.

Last but not least, you'll learn how to build custom charts to show the expected accident risk based on real-time inputs, and walk through some additional opportunities for deeper analysis.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Working with Recruiters

No matter how big your network is, a recruiter's network is bigger. A recruiter can be a great resource to find a job that's not advertised and get your résumé in front of the right person. If you're actively looking for a new position or if you've been approached as a client, this course can help you understand the benefits and challenges of working with a recruiter. In this course, Barbara Bruno—a 30-year veteran recruiter—outlines how to seek out the best recruiter for your industry or profession as well as how to develop a lifetime rapport with them. Learn how to interview a recruiter, set your expectations, and work with corporate as well as third-party recruiters.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Working with Upset Customers

More than any other topic, frontline employees ask for advice on how to serve angry and upset customers. This course will reveal proven techniques for effectively neutralizing negative situations. Customer service expert Jeff Toister also shares specific actions employees can take before and after encounters with upset customers that will reduce the likelihood of problems occurring in the future.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Workshop Facilitation

A successful workshop can have a profound impact on participants, introducing them to concepts and ways of thinking that can spark professional development and personal growth. In order to facilitate such an event, you need the right structure, process, and content. In this course, Britt Andreatta, PhD, discusses the role of the facilitator, and walks through how to effectively design, prepare for, and facilitate a workshop. Britt kicks off the course by covering the different types of workshop facilitation, and sharing tips for catering to the unique needs of adult learners. Next, she shows how to set yourself up for success by building a solid learning plan and agenda, designing the right activities, and tackling the logistics of the event. Britt then explains how to handle the workshop itself, including how to keep things on track and deal with challenging dynamics. Plus, she discusses how to extend the learner's journey after the event.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Work Stories: Experiences that Influence Careers

Things happen at work-sometimes things you never could have anticipated. Unexpected experiences often teach us important lessons about work and about ourselves. In this short course, LinkedIn Learning instructors share stories, both professional and personal, about events that have helped inform and influence their careers.

Help us innovate! This course is one of many ways we're experimenting with new approaches and formats to better serve our members' learning needs. We'd love your feedback. What did you like or dislike? Would you watch more videos like this? Please use the Feedback link to let us know, and thank you!

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Write Think and Act Like a Professional Songwriter

Join professional songwriter Cliff Goldmacher as he shares his insights on the songwriting process and on what it takes to make it in the music business as a songwriter. He begins by discussing how to write, edit, and finish songs: starting from a title or lyrical hook, a melodic idea, a chord progression or groove, or a general concept. Once the song is done, Cliff demonstrates how to prepare a lyric sheet, create a rough demo recording, and catalogue your song. He then discusses things songwriters can do to stay motivated. Next, he discusses how to move your songwriting career forward—while employing patience—and emphasizes the importance of working hard. Cliff finishes the course by debunking several songwriting myths.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Writing a Business Case

You have a great idea you believe will improve your business. In order to make your idea a reality, you may be asked to write a business case that clearly articulates what you want to accomplish, how you're going to do it, and why it's worth doing. Business cases are traditionally used in approval and prioritization processes. They can also be used to measure the results of an initiative. In this course, join Mike Figliuolo as he explains step-by-step how to craft a compelling business case for your stakeholders. Mike covers how to define the problem your plan addresses, communicate your idea's benefits, build the financial projections to support your case, create a robust risk assessment, and more.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Writing a Business Report

Learn how to write a well-constructed business report. In this course, author and senior Kelley School of Business lecturer Judy Steiner-Williams outlines the different types of business reports and then provides guidance on how to write your own from cover letter to concluding sentence. Follow Judy as she researches her topic, crafts her opening, builds an executive summary, drafts copy, and adds illustrations and appendices. After watching this course, you'll have a better idea how to draft a report that meets your organization's needs.

Lynda.com is a PMI Registered Education Provider. This course qualifies for professional development units (PDUs). To view the activity and PDU details for this course, click here.

The PMI Registered Education Provider logo is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource

Writing a Compelling Blog Post

Publishing your thoughts and ideas is easier than ever. The internet has given everyone a platform. But without engaging content and precise writing, you might not attract an audience. Discover content, structure, and style strategies that will make your blog posts irresistible and keep readers coming back for more. Award-winning journalist and writing coach Starshine Roshell shows you how to turn your expertise into concise, passionate, insightful posts that will make people want to follow you. She helps you establish a regular writing practice, develop your voice, and build your brand—as well as deal with negative comments.

Affiliation: UIUC
Provider: Lynda.com
Type: Streaming Resource



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