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How to add additional email addresses to your Procurious account

Signing-up to Procurious to grow your professional network is all well and good, but what happens when you change your contact details, land a new role, or leave a company?

Adding email addresses to Procurious

In all of the above cases you’ll be required to jettison your email address of old, and adopt a new digital moniker. Of course this means that any services, mailing lists, or websites previously accessed using these details will need to be updated with the new address. Websites are increasingly making it harder for users to change such hard-baked particulars – sure you can change your secondary email address, no problem! How about that main email, you know, the one that’s tied to your account? Well slow down there pardner, that’s going nowhere.

An email impasse

Well it seems we have arrived at something of an impasse… Happily this isn’t the case if you’re a Procurious user! You can now associate up to three different email addresses with your Procurious account

The Settings page is your new best friend, here you can add two additional email addresses, and even specify which one you want as your default. Just hit ‘Settings’ from the drop-down menu next to your name.

Enter a new email address in the box provided, and click ‘Add email address’ to confirm the change.

Keep tabs on your inbox, as you’ll need to open an email to confirm the new address.

Choose your primary email address

Your primary (or default) address is the one you’ll use to log into Procurious, and it’ll also be the place where you’ll receive any mail relating to your Procurious account.

If you have more than one email address on file you can specify the one you wish to use as your primary by clicking the ‘Make this address primary’ option.

Don’t worry, additional email addresses won’t be visible to other Procurious members.

What your profile picture says about you

When God created man he made everybody equal. He also saw to it that no two people looked the same (well apart from identical twins, but stay with us here).

What your profile picture says about you
Hey good looking, do you come here often?

Uploading a profile picture helps other Procurious users put a face to a name, and makes them more inclined to learn more about you. No face, no dice.

It’s easy to achieve too. If your profile is currently sans face, just click on that sad empty placeholder and select ‘Edit profile’ (alternatively click on your name to uncover the just-as-handy drop-down menu).

From here you are free to select a picture at your leisure, and upload it for the rest of the community to see. So choose your best winning smile and away you go!

The importance of profile pictures
Oh hey! You don’t have a face?! Me too!

A strong profile picture can open all sorts of doors for you, but make sure it’s not a misrepresentation – after-all, the carpet should match the drapes…

What not to do

That teasing slither of flesh might help you make new friends, but maybe not in the way you intended… Same goes for those ‘come hither’ bedroom eyes, practice your smouldering, steely gaze for sure, just make sure the only protection other Procurious users need is for their browser.

Hello Mr X, I’ve not been expecting you (because I don’t know what you look like).

Been hitting the gym? Yes you might have a beach body but this isn’t Tinder people, the only thing you should be showing off is your bulging contact book.

Love pets? Of course you do. But that doesn’t mean you should take on the likeness of Mr Bumblepuss. The same goes for pictures of your newborn – adorable as their cheeks may be, it’s just not appropriate OK?

And while abstract pictures and pop-culture icons are nice, you don’t want to be left waiting for Walter White to knock…

Have you got the eye of the tiger?

When people bang-on about training, your first thought usually turns to this…

As empowering and utterly brilliant that may be, we’re here today to talk about something that can do for you what Survivor did for Rocky in the ring.

Procurious has an ever-growing collection of fine training videos and learning materials for your consumption. What’s more, they’re bite-size, so you can graze as much as you like without ever having too much.

Browse our selection of educational videos

Our Learning page can be accessed from anywhere on the site – here you’ll be presented with a selection of videos (we call them ‘featured classes’) to browse.

You might have noticed that some videos are listed as free, while others carry a charge. If you’re not looking to spend there’s still a healthy selection to choose from, but some of the more specialised lessons will require you to dip into your pockets.

How will I know if a lesson is for me?

Never fear, each paid video provides a short second sampler (anywhere from 25-45seconds), so you can watch and decide if it’s really for you. If you like what you see – just click the ‘Add this class to cart’ button, and proceed through the checkout process.

Purchasing lessons on Procurious

You can opt to have your billing information saved for future purchases if you so choose – just tick the respective box before making your payment.

Changed your mind? You can remove the class from your shopping cart in two ways: Either click the ‘X Remove from cart’ prompt, or select the ‘Clear cart’ command from the Your Cart screen. You can access this at any time, just click the shopping trolley icon next to your mailbox and notifications.

Exploring the lessons tree

Training videos on Procurious

After selecting lesson, the next thing you’ll want to do is watch the thing. In the player view you’ll also see the Lessons tree – this can be used to navigate between the different sections of the video (if the lesson is split into parts).

A (tricky) lesson learnt

Each class also carries its own difficulty rating. These range from videos suitable for all levels, through to the more advanced/intermediate where prior knowledge of the topics covered is advised.

Armed with this knowledge, go forth and explore the Learning available on Procurious! Alternatively if you’d like to talk to us about adding your training materials to our collection, please get in touch here.

Procurious is mobile – are you?

If you’re just visiting Procurious via your PC, laptop, or Mac, you’re missing out… Sorry about that.

Procurious.com on mobile

Did you know that you can also find us on your tablet devices (including iPad), as well as your iPhone and smartphone? No? Well consider yourselves informed. Let us take you through the Procurious mobile experience – soon you’ll be networking on the go, and shackled no more!

Sometimes when you think of mobile, you immediately jump to conclusions: be it a lesser design, or the watered-down functionality – it’s OK, we think the same. That’s why Procurious on mobile is the same smooth experience as the ‘full-fat’ desktop version.

Procurious is perfectly suited for mobile viewing – this is achieved in-part to its responsive design. Fire-up Procurious.com on your smartphone and you’ll see that it’s scalable so it will render on your device perfectly (no matter what the screen-size).

Enjoy all of your favourite features: leave posts for the community, watch learning videos, view and RSVP to events listings, participate in discussions, catch-up on the latest articles in the blog, and take a look at the latest news headlines.

We want to be front of mind and to do that Procurious must be easily accessible to the user wherever they may be. Whether that’s killing time on the commute to and from the office, waiting bleary-eyed in the queue for the morning coffee, or safe in the comfort of your couch…

Let us know about your experience of Procurious on mobile in the comments below.

Procurious announces #webringthedonuts campaign

Can we tempt you with a sticky, sugar-coated treat?

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What’s not to love? (Apologies to all those diabetes sufferers out there).

We hope you’re enjoying Procurious so far, and benefitting from the discussions, learning resources, news, comment, not to mention the members who make-up this insightful, friendly community.

There are already a number of ways to introduce new people to the network, [here are a few handy reminders] but if you’re looking for an introduction on a bigger scale then our #webringthedonuts campaign could be just the ticket…

We appreciate how hard it is to commit to something (yet alone a new social platform), and actively engage in a community you have little-to-no knowledge of, that’s why our campaign acts an introduction to the network (and if it escaped your mind… mmm donuts).

Yup we’re hitting the road… Procurious is travelling the length of the breadth of the UK to connect with procurement teams (and those of a curious disposition), to brief you on the benefits of jumping onto the site and engaging with your peers. We’ll also provide you with a primer on social media, so you won’t be diving head-first into the unknown!

A few caveats apply: your team/department must be a minimum of 15 people strong, and availability of sessions will be subject to change (as will flavours of donut. Sorry).

You should allow 45–60 min for us to present and answer your questions.  A giant screen is always helpful too! But there’s no charge for our visit, so don’t worry about that.

So if you’re thinking of requesting a session, obviously we’d love to hear from you. Just drop our relationship managers a line, gather your troops, and we’ll #webringthedonuts.  See you there!

Donut make plans for 2015

But the Procurious roadshow won’t end in the UK… We want to come out and see as many of you as possible (in such cases donuts may be substituted for a local delicacy). So don’t feel left out, get in touch and we’ll adjust our sat-nav accordingly…

How connected are you?

Here on Procurious we’re making it even easier for you to connect…

If you’re of the opinion that social networks (and the content shared on them) is just a load of noise – and your colleague bullied you into becoming a member here, let us calm some of those fears.

I Can Haz Cheezburger and Kim Kardashian in a beautiful example of the riches the Internet brings...
I Can Haz Cheezburger and Kim Kardashian represent a beautiful contrast of the riches the Internet brings…

Believe it or not, it’s not all selfies on Facebook, cat videos on YouTube and a plethora of Kardashians on Twitter. OK those things all exist, but peer a little closer and you’ll see it for what it really is. Justin Beiber, Oprah and Grumpy Cat aren’t the only ones using social media – your peers, thought leaders, potential new contacts, and your competitors are all out there – they’re just waiting for you to reach out and connect.

Online networks (like Procurious) are the communication hubs of the future. Our lives  are increasingly becoming more digital, we live and breathe the online space. Procurious, LinkedIn, and Twitter all make it stupidly easy to communicate with people you wouldn’t normally reach – think of it as the world’s biggest Filofax!

Say you want to message the CPO of Glaxo Smith Klein, you don’t have her email on file but you CAN search Procurious.  This isn’t the Dark Ages, instead take the initiative and reach out to her – make the connection.

Size does matter

Take a look at your network – you can check this at any time by clicking on your profile picture and scrolling down to the ‘My Network’ area.

How many people are in your network? 100+ you’re doing very well indeed…

How big is your Procurious network?

There are a number of extremely ways to increase your standing: If you haven’t already, pay a visit to the ‘Build Your Network’ page (you’ll find it behind the green button, and it’s in the same place no matter which page you’re on).

Here you can see who you’re already connected to, how you connected (via Procurious itself, or LinkedIn), and a handy selection of search filters that makes finding new friends a piece of cake.

Don’t forget you can also invite existing connections from LinkedIn to join you on your Procurious pilgrimage. Click the blue invite button to select up to a maximum of 10 contacts per day.

Email is another option (if your address book is bulging), or there’s the personal invite link that’s free to be pasted anywhere you like. Think Twitter, Facebook, and your Google+ page.

While browsing Procurious you may have also noticed the ‘Get Connected’ area. This is our way of recommending other interesting members to you, just click the ‘Add To Network’ button to send a request to connect.

With all of these tips, your network will be booming in no time! 

Let’s talk about social networking

Social networking infographic

Which social network?

Choosing your social network(s) of choice is not a decision you should make lightly… Once you begin to invest some time, build your profile, and expand your influence, you might as well have it tattooed down your arm.

Game of Thrones fans might liken it to pledging their allegiance to a house of their choosing (without the inevitable bloody wedding…)

Each comes with its own strengths and weaknesses – and we’re certainly not here to pit one against another, instead we’ll share some of our learnings

Twitter is arguably the most powerful online network of all (and the one that boasts the largest worldwide reach). News stories are broken on it, feuds are played out in front of the eyes of the public, and then there’s Nyan Cat.

Twitter also provides (almost instant) access to some of the biggest companies, celebs, businesspeople – such is its influence Germany’s World Cup win drew 280m interactions across the network (more than 2013 Super Bowl) with a peak of 618,725 Tweets a minute.

twitter.com/procurious_

Google+ has always been the butt of many jokes, but as this rather brilliant Forbes article points out – its usefulness should not be overlooked by Internet personalities and businesses alike.

Google pretty much owns the Internet so it should come as no surprise to learn that its own G+ pages rank very well among the rest of the clutter. Procurious’ very own G+ page has only been active a couple of weeks, and already it’s amassed a few thousand views. Testament to the power of ‘el Goog.

plus.google.com/+Procurious

Shakira - most popular celebrity on Facebook
Shakira – her hips don’t lie

Facebook is probably one of the more friendly and approachable networks. More so than others, Facebook users are also likely to become heavily invested in Instagram and Pinterest too.

Professionally-speaking Facebook has proved a particularly successful breeding ground for lifestyle brands and musical artists. In-fact Shakira just became the world’s most-liked Facebook celebrity – with over 100 million likes to her name.

facebook.com/procurious

And then there’s Procurious… but we’ll leave you to write this next chapter yourselves.

Shouldn’t you really be opting-in to more social networks, than out? Follow the links we’ve supplied and you’ll be well on your way.

Ignore this bustling social netherworld at your peril…

In pursuit of best practice

This is a guest blog post from George Vrakas – if you want to contribute to the Procurious blog please drop us a line – here.

“At its simplest, best practice means we are doing our job better than others. …that might translate to closing deals faster, achieving consistently good negotiated results, establishing terms and change processes that support high-performance relationships or realizing results that regularly exceed expectations. So we want to be better, faster, contributing greater value, making fewer mistakes” Notes on “What do we mean by best practice” by IACCM

George Vrakas

As already elaborated here, an essential aspect for becoming successful in the future, is creativity.

The term, creativity, most probably conjures up images of successful entrepreneurs that have a vision and the courage to pursue their dreams.

Outstanding entrepreneurship is a well-defined quality behind every successful organisation.

Entrepreneurs like Richard Branson are followed and their ideas celebrated in the public domain.

However, it would most likely be better for an organisation to not only try and maintain its competitive edge on the ideas of one or even a handful of forward thinking individuals, but also find ways to tamper into the creativity and ideas of every one of its employees.

Hence, organisations should also look into the promotion and support of intrapreneurship.

Read on if you want to find out more about this idea, as well as, get to learn about one way to harvest the concept of intrapreneurship as a means to pursue best practice within your own organisation.

Intrapreneurship

Jeroen de Jong and Sander Wennekers explored the concept here. According to them:

“Intrapreneurship refers to employee initiatives in organizations to undertake something new, without being asked to do so.”

There are a few companies that actively promote intrapreneurial behaviour e.g. Google allows its employees to spend up to 20% of their time to pursue projects of their choice. 3M and Intel appear to have programs towards similar promotions (see here).

However, intrapreneurship is not only about the pursuit of new products and revenue streams.

Intrapreneurship contains an element of innovation. Innovation refers to the production and implementation of useful ideas, including the adaptation of products or processes from outside an organization. As Antoncic and Hisrich highlights (see here)

“Intrapreneurship is about “emergent behavioural intentions and behaviours that are related to departures from the customary ways of doing business in existing organizations”

In other terms intrapreneurship is about the pursuit of best practice.

In parallel, it is also important to note that the support of the practice of intrapreneurship also helps maintain engaged teams that always challenge themselves and evolve the organisational practices, processes and results (read more about team engagement here and here).

Ideas Charter (a simple and practical way to pursue best practice)

As part of an effort to promote employee engagement and intrapreneurial behaviours, I developed the Ideas Charter.

This is a simple process which ensures that all new ideas are captured, evaluated, and then through a process that promotes and supports undertaking innovative projects, implemented.

The Ideas Charter process works like this.

i) A champion is assigned to capture all ideas that can enhance processes or contribute to efficiency and effectiveness in a simple spreadsheet called the Ideas Charter (see template here). This is done on a non-judgmental way to the perceived value of the ideas i.e. following Edward De Bono’s six hat definition – by wearing a green hat.

ii) The ideas are then evaluated and validated by a selected committee and approved or not approved for further development.

iii) If an idea is approved, then that idea is made available as a potential candidate for a future side project to be done by a team member or a team.

iv) Every two months the team is asked to select a side project to work on. Each team member is encouraged to pick one of the ideas in the Ideas Charter and work on it. A due date is allocated.

v) At the end of the allocated period each member presents his/her side project along with a benefits analysis.

vi) The side project outcome is placed into production. This outcome could be a change in process, a development of a business case i.e. it could be anything that promotes efficiency or effectiveness.

vii) After 3 side projects are completed and presented, the team is given the opportunity to vote for the best one. The winner is celebrated.

In pursuit of best practice by George VrakasThis is a simple but effective way to work towards best practice in small teams.

From personal experience this concept has the power to engage the team and also to elevate the level of efficiency and effectiveness as delivered by its outputs.

Finally, it works towards Yves Morieux’s vision elaborated in his presentation about “How to develop a winning organisation”. Yves elaborated that:

“The real battle is not against competitors. The real battle is against ourselves. Against our bureaucracy, against our complicatedness” – Yves Morieux (see here)

What systems do you have in place to promote and support the pursuit of best practice?

Short Biography

George is highly reputed in the fields of Services Procurement and Logistics with over 19 years experience. Based in Melbourne, Australia, George is a member of CIPSA, IACCM and is also serving as a Board Member of CILTA Victoria. George is passionate about Procurement, Team Development and Innovation, themes he has researched extensively. George is the author of the www.george-vrakas.com blog, a contributor to Procurement related publications such as TheSource e-news and has presented on Globalization, Procurement and Continuous Improvement at various venues and Universities in Victoria.

Start spreading the news… (as long as it is on Procurious)

This week’s Procurious blog update will focus on a number of valuable additions that our developers have been tinkering with behind the scenes.

Curated news service

Curated content and news-aggregation are all the rage these days… From companies spending millions to grass-root startups on a shoestring. Procurious.com falls into the latter, and we’re quite proud of our ‘News’ service. Go on, do take a look…

“Read all about it”

We want to make Procurious part of your daily online routine, so we’ve added a curated ‘News’ service [find it in the main navigation above]

Here you can digest the latest headlines from around the world, as well as specialized topics like business, technology, science, environment, and sports.

It updates every day to bring you the stories we think you’ll be looking for. No more scouring the Internet (or social media) for scrappy titbits or false leads, just stick with us and we’ll see you through.

Updates in discussion feed

Your social updates

Elsewhere on Procurious, we’ve given everything a bit of a tuck and polish. Spend enough time on your Community feed and you’ll be alerted whenever someone in your network makes an update.

Clever URLs

Post to the Community feed, in a discussion topic, or reply to a blog post, and (if it’s a web address) Procurious will automatically turn it into a clickable link. For instance, you don’t have to preface the URL with http:// or www just type ‘twitter.com’. A small addition we think you’ll agree, but a handy one.

Inline comments

Inline replies are go!

If you’ve been dipping in and out of our Discussions area, but wondered why you couldn’t leave inline comments – then we have good news! Inline replies are now active across all discussion topics.

What’s more, everyone in the discussion receives a notification if new replies are posted.

Edit your Procurious profile

Edit your profile in a jiffy

Sometimes you just want to make an edit on the fly – that’s why we’ve granted you the ability to quickly change your job title/position directly from your profile page. Just click the ‘edit’ button, tap away and hit ‘save’ to immediately apply the changes.

We’re social, are you?

And finally, don’t forget that we’re on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn (you might have noticed the new social icons towards the bottom of your page). So come and follow us!

3 tips to make the most from social networks

Want to make more of an impact on the Procurious network? Here are a few pointers to help make a bigger splash across this online platform.

Complete your profile

Nobody likes to leave a job half-done… This also rings true on Procurious where profiles are sometimes being left incomplete.

How to complete your Procurious profileIf you didn’t get around to filling out all of your employment, education, or personal details when you registered on Procurious, you will notice that we prompt you for this information on subsequent log-ins.

We’re not trying to bug you, but as our members will attest, you will get more out of the network if you adopt a more open approach to sharing.

Entering your ‘location’ is important as it allows other members to locate professionals by vicinity.  Start typing your location and Procurious will suggest places based on your keystrokes.

Likewise, ‘industry’ and ‘category’ will also prove useful when it comes to finding other Procurious members in similar roles to you.

Network, network, network

How to grow your Procurious network
If you haven’t yet made many friends on Procurious then you’ll want to take advantage of our ‘Build your network’ feature.

It’s easy to grow your network from here, just click the green ‘+ Add to network’ button next to the members of your choosing.

You can even filter Procurious members by using the search filters, or by typing a name into the search box.

For a more detailed look at this invaluable feature – we suggest you read this blog entry.

You might have also noticed the ‘Get connected’ area that we’ve added to the site. This randomly highlights three other members (at a time) that we think you should connect with. Added all three? Just refresh the page or click ‘View more’.

See who you're connected with on Procurious

Soon you’ll be networking like a pro, and connecting with members from all over the Procurious network.

Share like your life depends on it

If knowledge is power then you should make sharing content on Procurious one of your priorities. This is a network for like-minded individuals, many of whom will take more that a passing interest in what you have to say.

You can post to Procurious in two ways: either write some words, add a URL, or share a photo using the status box. Alternatively just click the ‘share’ icon above a member’s post, Procurious blog entry, or event listing to share to the Community at large.

Share articles on Procurious

So share, and share lots (as you never know whose eye you might catch…)