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How to Live Cheap on a Budget

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The post How to Live Cheap on a Budget appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. People often think having a budget is the same as not spending money. Nothing could be further from the truth. Budgeting is about tracking and controlling your spending, not living like a hermit in a cave.

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Happy New Year

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The post Happy New Year appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. You just finished reading Happy New Year! Consider leaving a comment! Recommended: Evernote Essentials. You just finished reading Happy New Year ! Consider leaving a comment! Recommended: Evernote Essentials.

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Celebrate The Eighth Day of Christmas

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The post Celebrate The Eighth Day of Christmas appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, eight maids a-milkin’. Make today a day for food and fellowship. Put your hospitality efforts to work and share a meal with family, friends or both.

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Celebrate the Second Day of Christmas

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The post Celebrate the Second Day of Christmas appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. A couple of weeks ago, I posted a piece on ending Christmas slowly. I like the idea of stretching the celebration of Christmas through the full twelve days.

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Mandatory COVID Vaccination Policy Template

The federal government is developing a rule requiring employers with more than 100 employees ensure their workers are vaccinated or produce a negative COVID test weekly before entering the workplace. So, what can your organization do to prepare? Get Paycor’s COVID Vaccination Policy Template to help communicate important details to your employees.

5 Ways to Keep Positive During the Holidays

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The post 5 Ways to Keep Positive During the Holidays appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. It’s easy to place too much pressure on ourselves at this festive time of the year. We get caught up in the demands of spending, entertaining, making things bigger and better than last year.

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Celebrate the Fourth Day of Christmas

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The post Celebrate the Fourth Day of Christmas appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, four calling birds Use today to prepare your personal communication tools for next year.

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Celebrate the Third Day of Christmas

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The post Celebrate the Third Day of Christmas appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, Three French Hens On the church calendar, today is the feast day of St. John the Apostle (St. John the Divine).

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Take Time for Rest and Relaxation

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The post Take Time for Rest and Relaxation appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. It’s three days before Christmas and things are ready to go. There will be a couple of things that need to be done on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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5 Ways to Make the Holidays More Meaningful

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The post 5 Ways to Make the Holidays More Meaningful appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Well… Christmas is two days away. How has the holiday season been for you? What do you celebrate, or do you choose not to celebrate?

How to Organize Your Day

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The post How to Organize Your Day appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Do you ever rush out of the house in the morning, five minutes late, only to realize you left something important behind? Do you find yourself scrambling to complete an endless list of tasks at work before leaving the office … Continue reading → You just finished reading How to Organize Your Day ! Consider leaving a comment! Recommended: Evernote Essentials.

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How to Write a Thank You Note

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The post How to Write a Thank You Note appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. As we head into the holiday, gift-giving season, it doesn’t hurt to think about the thank-you note. Writing a thank-you note does not have to be a complex process. However, the time you put into writing the note is appreciated … Continue reading → You just finished reading How to Write a Thank You Note ! Consider leaving a comment! Recommended: Evernote Essentials.

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7 deadly sins of speakers and presenters

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The post 7 deadly sins of speakers and presenters appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. It takes a lot of preparation to craft the kind of speech or presentation that is going to grab your listener’s attention. Once the speech is crafted, you need to spend a lot of time practicing, so as to make … Continue reading → You just finished reading 7 deadly sins of speakers and presenters ! Consider leaving a comment! Recommended: Evernote Essentials.

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Solving Workplace Problems – The Slacker

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The post Solving Workplace Problems – The Slacker appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Scott Adams has given us the classic workplace slacker in Wally. Wally not only excels at dodging work, he flaunts it. Of course, we laugh at Wally’s “skill-set” because we all know and have worked with a slacker. There are two types of slackers in most organisations, those who are in over their heads when […]. You just finished reading Solving Workplace Problems - The Slacker !

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Exercises to Improve Your Voice

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The post Exercises to Improve Your Voice appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. There are a number of factors that effect the way your voice sounds: Physical – the size and shape of your mouth, nasal passages, vocal chords, etc. Health – your general well-being and the tone of your muscles.

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How to Empower Your Employees

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The post How to Empower Your Employees appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Empowerment as a term is widely used and often misinterpreted; as a genuine action, it is difficult to put into practice.

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39 Phrases Everyone Should Know and Use

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The post 39 Phrases Everyone Should Know and Use appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. I remember a visit at the Greyhound depot, pick up a couple of parcels. As I walked through the door, I heard a customer berating an agent in loud and abusive terms. The customer had expected something to be there … Continue reading → You just finished reading 39 Phrases Everyone Should Know and Use ! Consider leaving a comment! Recommended: Evernote Essentials.

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3 tips to help support your small business’ road to recovery

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The post 3 tips to help support your small business’ road to recovery appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. (NC) NC) As the COVID-19 vaccine begins to reach Canadian communities, many small business owners are viewing 2021 as the year to shift from crisis response to rebuilding and recovery. While the pandemic continues to pose uncertainties, it’s important that business … Continue reading → You just finished reading 3 tips to help support your small business’ road to recovery !

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How to Build Effective Working Relationships

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The post How to Build Effective Working Relationships appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. I came across these notes I had taken at some time. I’m not sure if they come from a book I was reading or a presentation I was attending. Leaders achieve results through the work of others.

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How to write an elevator speech

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The post How to write an elevator speech appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Our public relations director came by my office recently with a prospective volunteer board member. As part of the introduction, the director asked me to outline my role, in 30 seconds or less. Well… I hemmed, hawed, and took about … Continue reading → You just finished reading How to write an elevator speech ! Consider leaving a comment! Recommended: Evernote Essentials.

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10 Tips for Communicating with Employees

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The post 10 Tips for Communicating with Employees appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Effective communication is a key skill for supervisors. If a supervisor is unable to deliver a message clearly, it doesn’t matter how good or important the message is, it has no value.

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How to Manage Your Time with a Journal

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The post How to Manage Your Time with a Journal appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Keeping a time management diary can be a valuable tool to help you to see where the bulk of your time is being spent. Continue reading → You just finished reading How to Manage Your Time with a Journal ! Consider leaving a comment! Recommended: Evernote Essentials. The post How to Manage Your Time with a Journal appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Productivity

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How to Be a Leader

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The post How to Be a Leader appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Do you get frustrated by things that don’t seem to happen the way they’re supposed to? People are milling about, but nothing gets accomplished. In the hustle, do you feel that your goals remain just that – goals?

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Improve Hiring Success with Behavioural Interview Questions

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The post Improve Hiring Success with Behavioural Interview Questions appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Behavioural-descriptive interviewing is an approach that looks at past behaviour as a predictor of future performance.

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Download a free ebook from Gaping Void

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7 Free or Almost Free Things to Do as a Family

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The post 7 Free or Almost Free Things to Do as a Family appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Today’s post is perhaps a sidebar to leadership development. However, work-life balance is a key factor in being able to give strong leadership to others.

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How to Motivate and Inspire Others

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The post How to Motivate and Inspire Others appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. The Green Bay Packers were a lacklustre team prior to the arrival of Vince Lombardi. The now legendary coach turned the Packers into the dominant NFL team of the 1960s. Why such a turnaround?

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7 Ways to Develop Your Employees

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The post 7 Ways to Develop Your Employees appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. One of the ongoing challenges of operating a business or running an organization is that of employee recruitment and retention. One strategy that can improve recruitment and retention is training.

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Put Things in Their Place to Get Organized

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The post Put Things in Their Place to Get Organized appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. One of the oldest organizing adages is often attributed to Ben Franklin, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” Whether Ben was the first to say it is debatable, the truth of the saying is not.

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7 Steps Towards a More Satisfying Life

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The post 7 Steps Towards a More Satisfying Life appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky, of the University of California, has conducted considerable research in the area of personal satisfaction. The following seven points summarize her findings.

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5 Tips for Efficient PowerPoint Presentations

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The post 5 Tips for Efficient PowerPoint Presentations appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Creating a PowerPoint presentation requires skill, knowledge and creativity. Here are five tips to help you create an engaging and fun PowerPoint presentation. Share a story.

How to Prepare the Room for Your Speech or Presentation

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The post How to Prepare the Room for Your Speech or Presentation appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Think about the time invested in preparing a great speech: research, organization, practice, preparing a slide presentation, etc.

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8 Characteristics of a Good Team Leader

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The post 8 Characteristics of a Good Team Leader appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Effective teamwork is a critical aspect in all types of organizations. Team members should be completely comfortable working with each other in order to give the best to whatever they do.

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7 Things Great Leaders Do

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The post 7 Things Great Leaders Do appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Once in a while you meet a someone who stands out as a leader. They are more than just charismatic or likeable. You can quickly tell, they think and act and lead differently than most people.

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Places You can Promote Yourself with Public Speaking

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The post Places You can Promote Yourself with Public Speaking appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. So, you’ve decided to start giving speeches to promote your product or yourself. You know your subject and you have material ready. Where can you go to speak? Guess what?

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Shape Thinking with Experiences that Make You Proud

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The post Shape Thinking with Experiences that Make You Proud appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Do our thoughts shape our lives? Albert Einstein believed so. He said, “The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”

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How to Make Your Public Speaking More Effective

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The post How to Make Your Public Speaking More Effective appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. From the Office of Educational Development at UC Berkeley: Analyze Your Audience Remember that the members of the audience are beneficiaries of your communication.

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7 Keys to a Successful Life

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The post 7 Keys to a Successful Life appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. A successful life doesn’t happen by accident. A successful life is the result of deliberate focus of your time, energy and thoughts towards what you want to accomplish.

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A Guide to Public Speaking

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The post A Guide to Public Speaking appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Delivering an effective presentation is difficult. With the Internet, listeners have access to more information that ever before and have higher expectations for content from speakers today. In addition, because most people are saturated with entertainment, audiences want a presentation that is entertaining.

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7 Tips to Help Overcome Procrastination

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The post 7 Tips to Help Overcome Procrastination appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. I was planning to write this post last week, but I put it off. Okay, now that the obligatory bad joke is out of the way, we can look at another internal time waster, procrastination. We all put things off. We hope to avoid tasks that are boring, difficult, unpleasant, etc.

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