JANUARY 2011


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Tana's Tech Tip

Veri-Shred Takes All Types (of materials that is!)

Are you shredding various types of material for your clients? If so, Veri-Shred makes it easy for you to track and present this information to them.  Here's how:

Simply enter Material Types (such as Clean White Paper, Office Mix, Credit Cards, CDs, etc.) into Veri-Shred/ Administration/ Material Types.  These will transfer to ASI Mobile 3 on the scanner and be selection options for the couriers when servicing each container. 

This information will print on the scanner receipt and on the Post-Finish Shred Certificate for the client.


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ASI Mobile 3 for Veri-Shred
Jan. 25, 2011
10am-11am & 2pm-3pm

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PRISM International Asia Pacific Region Conference
February 21-23, 2011
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February 2-4, 2011
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March 18-20, 2011
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April 20-22, 2011
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May 10-12, 2011
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Business or Pleasure?
Scott Bidwell, President/COO

•  A couple is having dinner together, only they're both paying more attention to their smartphones than to each other.

•  Working vacations are commonplace, as people are able to be “in touch” from anywhere thanks (?) to the Internet.

•  In the bathroom, a guy is clearly “multi-tasking” as he clicks away on what I can only guess is his Blackberry.

As these examples clearly demonstrate, we've become a society where the line between work and play is becoming less distinct – and made more so with each new technological “advance”. I won't argue that the Internet and the cool gadgets that allow us to easily access it come with advantages. Telecommuting for example…Each year, more employees enjoy the benefits of working from home than ever before. Even at ASI, we've been able to retain valuable employees such as Tana McAtee, who works from her Texas home even though ASI's offices are in Ohio. It's a beautiful thing. And of course, mobile applications are abundant, helping keep us productive and connected on the move. Here at ASI, we've placed a high degree of energy and emphasis on the value of mobile applications for our various ASI software solutions. Still, some would argue that the cost for connecting electronically is the deterioration of face-to-face communication skills and interpersonal relationships.

I was having this discussion with a friend of mine who recently attended the Consumer Electronics Show held earlier this month in Las Vegas. She mentioned that one of the most compelling sessions she attended was a panel discussion on the “next big thing” with connectivity to “the cloud”, how we access it and how OFTEN we access it being high on the list among the experts.

Will we soon be putting all of our pics, files, personal and business info on the cloud? Many experts say we will. Our demand for “right now” access to this information indicates they're probably not far off the mark. Whether the cloud can handle such a massive influx of data is apparently a superfluous concern.

I can also see how this blurring of the line between business and personal lives is a generational thing. My kids, for example, can't remember NOT having access to the Web. They also don't intrinsically see it as a medium to be wary of in terms of privacy and so forth, rather they see it as their gateway to gather information, conduct research for school project, connect with friends and family…you get the picture. Will they draw a line between work and play? Should this line be drawn or is this an antiquated, unrealistic notion?

I, for one, hope the generations do come to see the value in disconnecting from their connectivity tools. I hope they take a moment to untether themselves from the virtual cloud and spend an afternoon or an hour lying on the warm grass doing nothing more than watch the original clouds go floating by in the blue sky above them. It's a beautiful thing.

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WebShare Webinars are an Effective Learning Tool

Learning doesn't get much easier - or more affordable than ASI's WebShare webinars. You and your staff will receive one hour of online instruction that targets the latest software enhancements and addresses your questions and concerns. We've just released the schedule for first quarter (see schedule below) so be sure to take a look and register for the webinars that will most benefit your business!

WebShare Webinar Schedule

Jan 25    ASI Mobile 3 for Veri-Shred

Feb 8     VCKweb.NET

Feb 22   Demo of new features in latest Veri-Shred release

Mar 8     InfoKeeper

Mar 22  Veri-Shred Management Reports

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Happy Birthday Jim Miller!

. Jim Miller birhtday

It's a toss-up... Either Jim is now too old to feed himself or the staff
at the restaurant is incredibly service-oriented! Either way,
please join us in saying "Happy Birthday Jim!"

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Why Leaders Should Watch Their Body Language
By Dr. Carol Kinsey Goman, HR Columnist, Troy Media Corporation

Many executives in my audiences are initially skeptical about hearing a speaker on "body language" because they suspect that the topic might be interesting, but not very practical. By the end of my program, they know better. Here's what they learn . . .

1) Science has validated the impact of body language

Body language is the management of time, space, appearance, posture, gesture, touch, smell, facial expression, eye contact, and vocal prosody. From the latest research in neuroscience and psychology we can now prove that body language is crucial to leadership effectiveness -- and we can show exactly how it impacts a leader's ability to negotiate, manage change, build trust, project charisma, and promote collaboration.

For example, research by the MIT Media Lab shows how subtle nonverbal cues provide powerful signals about what's really going on in a business interaction. Whether you win or lose a negotiation is strongly influenced by unconscious factors such as the way your body postures match the other person, the level of physical activity as you talk, and the degree to which you set the tone -- literally -- of the conversation.

Based on data from devices (called Sociometers) that monitor and analyze patterns of unconscious nonverbal signals passing between people, researchers with no knowledge of a conversation's content can predict the outcome of a negotiation, the presentation of a business plan, or a job interview in two minutes -- with over 80 per cent accuracy.

2) All human beings (that's every direct report, board member, customer, contractor, and colleague) have been genetically programmed to look for facial and behavioral cues and to quickly decode their meaning.

As a species we knew how to win friends and influence people -- or avoid/placate/confront those we couldn't befriend -- long before we knew how to use words. Our ancestors made survival decisions based solely on intricate bits of visual information they were picking up from others. And they did so almost instantly.We still do. Research at New York University found that we make major decisions about one another -- assessing credibility, friendliness, trustworthiness, confidence, power, status, and competence -- within the first seven seconds of meeting.

In business, these first impressions are crucial. Once someone mentally labels you as "likeable" or "un-likeable," "powerful" or "submissive," everything else you do will be viewed through that filter. If someone likes you, she'll look for the best in you. If she doesn't like you, or mistrusts you, she'll suspect devious motives in all your actions. As a leader looking to make a positive first impression, you'd better know how to instantly project the nonverbal signals of warmth, candour, credibility, and confidence.

Click here to read the full article.

Reprinted from connectIT.com, January 4, 2011

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