Annika deGroot

Author, Copywriter, Blogger, Director

United States

I'm an award-winning Filmmaker/Writer/Editor specialized in publishing lifestyle blog posts for Fortune 500 companies, and directing commercials.
I also have expertise in online help documentation and developed and wrote the online help content for the Kindle line at Amazon.


Book, Videos, Articles and Blog Posts

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Using Microsoft Teams for RealWear

RealWear is a rugged, head-mounted device designed to keep your hands free while you're using it. Microsoft Teams for RealWear lets you speak voice commands in Teams to launch a video call with a remote engineer to help troubleshoot and resolve issues.

Skype Blogs
Bridging the time gap - A Skype blog post

It isn’t that they have an aversion to 21st century life, it’s just that author Sarah Chrisman, and her husband Gabriel prefer the Victorian lifestyle. They’re aficionados of the late 19th century, so much so that they’ve devoted their lives to living it as closely as possible. For the most part they’re successful in avoiding a dependence on electrical conveniences and instant technology—they use oil lamps for lighting their house, and an antique wood stove for heating and cooking. They’ve...

Micro-Macrame: 30 Beaded Designs for Jewelry Using Crystals and Cords

Micro-Macrame: 30 Beaded Designs for Jewelry Using Crystals and Cords [Annika deGroot] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Macramé has reemerged with a gorgeous new twist. Evocative of the Victorian-era macramé lace that decorated fashionable women's shawls and purses this accessible new book updates the art of macramé lace with a range of stunning beaded jewelry designs.

Create a checklist

Collaborate with your team by creating a shared checklist with them so that everyone can see at a glance what's been done and what hasn't. To create a checklist, click Menu (...) below the box where you type your message.

Use Teams with Skype

Note: The ability to use Microsoft Teams with Skype is available on the desktop, web, and mobile (Android and iOS). For an optimal experience, we recommend Skype version 8.58 and later. After you accept a request from someone using Skype, you can choose to block or unblock them at any time without them knowing you've done so.

Like or react to messages

Show your feelings, or acknowledge that you've seen what someone's written by adding reactions like or to your messages. Just hover over a message and pick one that works for you. Your reaction will show up on the message.

Office Blogs
Event planning made easier with Office

If you've ever had to plan an event, you know how tricky getting all your ducks in a row can be. Chiara Adin of the NA Collective-a New York City-based event agency that creates memorable experiences for clients like H&M, The North Face, and Pandora-has some pointers to help you get everything done on time and on budget.

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Personal finance-lessons learned from an online shop

Mastering personal finances can often start with something as simple as holding a garage sale or opening an online shop. Keeping track of what it takes to manage sales helps you figure out what's needed to make sure your own finances stay in order.

Skype blogs
The multi-faceted world of Mark Diamond - a Skype blog post

Holographer Mark Diamond is the owner of Diamond Images 3D in the Wynwood section of Miami where he has a vast display of fine art holograms, 3D lenticular artworks, and photography. His interest in creating holograms—3-dimensional photographic records of objects usually created with lasers and beam splitters—was piqued many years ago:

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Writing a book with Office-how Maxie McCoy does it - Office Blogs

We recently caught up with inspirational writer, speaker and millennial expert Maxie McCoy-a self-professed Office enthusiast ("I live in Office. Always. Period." )-to get her take on Researcher and Editor, two new cloud-powered services designed to help you do your best writing in Word. Both features are exclusive to Office 365.

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Take control of your personal brand with Office - Office Blogs

These days-with so many social media channels competing for our attention-creating a personal brand is the best way to stand out from that vast crowd vying for attention online. According to Mel Carson of Seattle-based Delightful Communications, crafting your personal brand statement can help you take control of where you want your career to go.

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Becoming pitch perfect with PowerPoint - Office Blogs

Pitching ideas isn't nearly as nerve-wracking when you've got a powerful presentation to share. We recently spoke about presenting with Jon Hammond, chief strategy officer for Galvanized Media, the company responsible for the New York Times best-selling books "Eat This, Not That!," "Zero Belly Diet" and "Best Life."

Skype Blogs
The man behind the (studio) curtain - a Skype blog post

You may not know his face, or even his name, but we’ll bet you’ve definitely heard his voice. Larry Hudson is a voice over artist who works out of his studio in Southern California, for clients all over the world.