Coronavirus: Free Resources For Busy Professionals
These are some challenging times. Many businesses are like us – juggling and adjusting to working exclusively from home. Here are a few free resources to hopefully take the edge off a little. We’ve used most of them ourselves and found huge increases in productivity.
LinkedIn have made 16 courses free of charge. These include tips on how to: stay productive, build relationships when you’re not face-to-face, use virtual meeting tools (Microsoft Teams, Skype, BlueJeans, Cisco Webex and Zoom), and balance family and work dynamics in a healthy way.
Remote Control Desktop
TeamViewer, which lets you take control not someone else’s computer remotely is casting a blind eye to any suspected commercial usage. TeamViewer are normally quick off the mark in detecting potential business usage on the free version of their app. For the time being they’re being much less stringent.
Some people are finding their productivity levels going through the roof as a result of working from home. For others, it’s a different story. Save yourself some time by letting people choose a time to speak or video call. Avoiding that ping pong of suitable dates. The following services offer free versions.
Loom: Free Screen Recording
Record your screen and share instructions for free. Save hours of typing and screengrabbing by recording and explaining as you go. We use this all the time!
Advanced Google Hangouts Meet Features
Google Hangouts have added features usually reserved for enterprise accounts available to all G Suite users (at no additional cost). These include: larger meetings for up to 250 participants per call, live streaming for up to 100K viewers within your domain and the ability to record meetings to Google Drive to share with those who can’t attend.
From the Admin console Home page (admin.google.com), go to Apps > G Suite > Settings for Google Hangouts
And for parents…
The Maths Factor
Carol Vorderman’s free online maths classes for children aged 4-12 years old.
PE with Joe
Joe Wicks runs a 30 minute exercise session for the whole family live from his YouTube channel every weekday at 9am. Subscribe to The Body Coach YouTube channel and enable notifications #pewithjoe.
Amazon’s Audible are offering free streaming of children stories for as long as schools are closed.