July, 2016

How to Unlock Your Creative Mind: 5 Easy Steps

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever wished you could use your mind in a more creative way without losing it? Do you want to have a more creative mind ? Let’s admit it – we’ve all doubted our creativity at some point in our life. But what if I were to tell you that today there’s a substantial amount of scientific evidence that shows creativity isn’t intrinsic at all? Okay then, what is creativity anyway? Well, it’s a skill you practice, develop and hone over time, just like any other.

2016 159

How can you help your Executive with travel delays?

Practically Perfect PA

Picture the scene. You’ve planned your Executive’s business trip to a tee. It is perfect. The itinerary is flawless, the hotels are top notch, the ground transport has been planned to whizz your Exec around the city. You are confident your Executive will be able to cope with all of the business trip details while you are sitting at your desk in your office. Your Executive waves goodbye and you think phew!

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Only 58% of Employers Think Employees are More Loyal Than Freelancers

Small Business Labs

We were very surprised by the results from  a recent survey  on contingent work done by a group consisting of the Aspen Institute’s Future of Work Initiative, the Markle Foundation, Burson-Marsteller and TIME Magazine. They surveyed employers and found that only 58% think their employees are more loyal than their contingent workers. They also found that only 52% of employers think contingent workers are “not as invested in their product” as their employees.

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Interview Preparation Part 2: Nervous Butterflies?

Job Advice Blog

Piggybacking on our last blog’s topic of interview preparation, I’d like to write a little bit about being nervous on an interview. This week, I had the pleasure of working [.]. The post Interview Preparation Part 2: Nervous Butterflies? appeared first on Free Job Advice Blog. Millennial Corner Uncategorized how to interview interview preparation interview tips JTL Services Nervous Butterflies Nervous on an Interview Raleigh Recruiter

7 Home Office Hacks That Will Help You Get Organized

Productivity Bits

C lear the clutter and add some extra functionality to your workspace with these office hacks. Whether you work from home full-time, or simply enjoy having a workspace in the house when you need it, maintaining an organized space is crucial to your productivity. But when you’re working with limited space and resources, it can be tricky to reach the full organizational potential of a room.

Guest Posting 101: 5 Things Every Guest Poster Should Know

Tips From T. Marie

A quick shout out to my awesome Biz Buddy Vicki Voisin for inspiring this post. She’s always stopping me during one of our weekly chats to say “That’s a blog post!” and many of my best posts have been because of it. The Tips from T.Marie Blog has been around awhile. Almost 9 years to be exact. In all of those years I can count the number of guest posts I’ve had here on one hand. While other blogs consistently showcase guest bloggers, this one has remained mostly in one voice.

2016 103

Five Things To Do Right Now To Stop Procrastinating

Dumb Little Man

Do you want to stop procrastinating ? Do you find yourself constantly spinning your wheels and feeling like your to-do list never stops growing? If so, there are things you can do in the next few minutes to stop feeling like you never get anything done. Here are five things you can do right now to stop procrastinating, become more productive, and get more done today. Make A List. It can be so helpful to write down all the things we want to accomplish.

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Defining and Achieving Small Business Success

Small Business Labs

Defining and Achieving Small Business Success  is a new study we recently conducted in partnership with the sales and marketing automation company  Infusionsof t.    The study consisted of a survey of over 400 small business owners coupled with a set of 26 in-depth interviews with "successful" business owners.

2016 146

Interview Preparation Requires Practice!

Job Advice Blog

Interview preparation, which requires practice, is often overlooked by job seekers when it comes to finding a job. The root cause for lack of interview preparation is the feeling that since you do the job every day, you feel as if you are comfortable to discuss it in an official interview. The reality, however, is the. Read more. The post Interview Preparation Requires Practice! appeared first on Free Job Advice Blog.

Podcast 014: Select a spot

Clutter Coach

In this episode, I’ll talk about how you can make it much easier to find your stuff, like your keys, when you pick the right spot to store them. Here are some highlights: Do you lose your keys regularly? You don’t really have ADHD. What are the essential factors for selecting a spot? Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube. This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website.

2016 100

5 Things Every Office Should be Replacing with Online Technology

Tips From T. Marie

We’re well into the 21 st century, so why is it that so many business offices are still using outdated office machines and systems? It’s like they are clinging onto old business machines like a two-year-old clings to Mommy’s leg when she appears to be leaving them. It reminds me of how long it took businesses to replace typewriters with computers. When they finally gave in and bought computers suddenly they wondered why it took them so long. Don’t let history repeat itself.

2016 101

6 Ways On How To Attract Love In Your Life

Dumb Little Man

If you’re single, then I’m pretty sure you are looking for the right life partner. If you are, you need to have a good understanding of how to attract love. Finding true love for life requires more than just talent and beauty. There is no doubt that lasting relationships are hard work. Sometimes you have to go through bad dates, headaches, upsets, and disappointments before finding real love.

2016 159

The Practically Perfect PA guide to finding the perfect PA job

Practically Perfect PA

I’m very excited to launch the first Practically Perfect PA eBook! With the support of Career Moves we have been able to put together a guide to help you prepare for the perfect PA job. Each chapter is dedicated to helping you through the process of applying for and securing the dream assistant role.

2016 151

The Growing Momentum Behind Portable Benefits

Small Business Labs

In the U.S. benefits and protections such as workers compensation, unemployment insurance, paid time off, retirement savings, health insurance and other benefits and protections are largely delivered through a person's employer.    This approach obviously doesn't work well for those who are self-employed. Nor does it work well for gig economy workers like Uber drivers.

2016 138

Why You Need to Fail to Have a Successful Career

On The Job

Not many people get pay raises, promotions or great new jobs because they fail. Fail" is often a dirty word and can kill careers. Have the word "failure" follow you around for long, and you may even start to believe you are one. But Baba Shiv, a professor of marketing at Stanford Graduate School of Business, explains that it's how you approach failure that makes the biggest difference. If you see failure as learning opportunity, or what he calls the "aha!"

2016 141

Podcast 013: Stores are for storing things

Clutter Coach

In this episode, I’ll talk about why you should only purchase what you need in the immediate future and why. Here are some highlights: Warehousing goods creates clutter. Couldn’t you use that space for something more important? How to satisfy the acquisition urge without shopping. Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube. This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website.

2016 100

The Truth About Setting Affordable Rates

Tips From T. Marie

If I had a dime for every time someone complained that people won’t pay their rates, I’d be rich. Well, not rich exactly, but I’d have a few bucks for Starbucks instead of Dunkin’ Donuts. What do I tell them? I tell them it’s because they are focusing on the money. Never, ever focus on the money. The truth is that people will pay what you’re charging and more to get what they want. They’ll pay even more to get what they need.

2016 101

4 Habits That Will Improve Your Focus And Destroy Procrastination

Dumb Little Man

Admit it. You’re frustrated. You’ve got this great new idea that you’ve been dying to work on, but your progress has been stop and go at best. Every time you sit down to work on it, something comes up. You just need to look this one thing up so you know how to do it. Then you’ll get to work. And how annoying is that fan blowing your hair around? You should go turn that off so you can actually focus.

2016 159

So the Big Questions happened…

Practically Perfect PA

I’m just back from a week in the UK where we held the first of our regional events in Edinburgh and Leeds. The PA Big Questions took place at The George in Edinburgh and Horizon in Leeds. I was really pleased that we had 50 assistants at the events, all there to discuss the issues that face assistants and the industry as a whole.

2016 136

LinkedIn on the Power of Weak Ties - Implications for Coworking & Freelancers

Small Business Labs

In 1973 Stanford professor Mark Granovetter described the powerful role that "weak ties" – links among people who are not closely associated - play in spreading ideas, finding jobs and helping people join together for action. Fast Company's What LinkedIn Data Reveals About Who Will Help You Get Your Next Job  covers research by LinkedIn showing the power of weak ties continues to be unabated. In fact, weak tie impacts are likely even stronger due the Internet and social media.

2016 130

Why HR and IT Need to Make Peace

On The Job

When IT has an unfilled opening, the entire organization feels it. Projects stall, daily processes slow and productivity drops. That’s why human resources often kicks into overdrive to try and fill IT positions as quickly as possible. They know that technology is so deeply ingrained into every department that it’s critical for the bottom line to get IT running as smoothly – and quickly – as possible.

2016 130

Podcast 012: Stick to the list

Clutter Coach

In this episode, I’ll talk about why you should never go shopping without a list. Here are some highlights: A list keeps you focused and goal-oriented. How to reverse your shopping strategy. You are not immune to impulse buying. Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube. This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways.

2016 100

The Powerful Business Secret That Can Change Your Life

Tips From T. Marie

[ There will be an accompanying video for this post on the Clerical Advantage Facebook Page. When you look at your business to-do list what does the little voice in your head say? Does it go down through the list and point out the things that you can’t get done today? Are there excuses running through your thoughts as to why things can’t be done. Maybe you tell yourself you don’t have time. Maybe it’s the right software or equipment.

2016 101

Saying No As Much As Yes To Enjoy Life More

Dumb Little Man

Most of us, women in particular, have a hard time saying no. We don’t want to disappoint anyone, especially not the people we love. As a result, we end up putting everyone else’s needs ahead of our own. When put on the spot, we feel like we have to give an answer immediately. We get flustered and end up saying ‘yes’ when we really shouldn’t. This leads to us cancelling at the last moment and then having to deal with the inevitable guilt that follows. Saying ‘no’ isn’t easy.

2016 159

The Assistant Toolkit

Practically Perfect PA

It has been a busy few months here at Practically Perfect PA. I have just finished the regional events and we are just adding the final details to Assist Travel. The first Practically Perfect PA eBook is available for everyone to download and I am just about to launch this year’s Industry Snapshot survey… So busy, busy! On top of all of that, we have opened up bookings for next year’s Assist Conference.

2016 130

Satisfaction With Traditional Jobs at 10 Year High - Still Well Below Independent Worker Satisfaction Levels

Small Business Labs

The Wall Street Journal's Job Satisfaction Hits a 10-Year High—But It’s Still Below 50%  covers the results from The Conference Board's annual job satisfaction survey.    As the chart on the left below from the WSJ article shows, just under half (49.6%) of U.S. workers surveyed reported they are satisfied with their jobs. While lower by quite a bit than the 60%+ levels in the 1980s, satisfaction is at a 10 year high and well above its low of just over 40% in 2010.

2016 126

Convey Confidence Without Words

On The Job

Do you get a lack of respect at work? Do you feel like you're being passed over for promotions or opportunities that should have been yours? If so, it could be because you're "telling" others to ignore you. You're "telling" others that you lack confidence to tackle the big jobs. Not so!" you may cry. You may not be saying it with your words, but you may be telling others loud and clear with your body language that you're not strong enough to cope with a challenge.

Podcast 011: But it was a gift!

Clutter Coach

In this episode, I’ll talk about what do with gifts you’ve received that you don’t like. Here are some highlights: I can’t get rid of this. Aunt Jane gave it to me. I don’t want to hurt my friend’s feelings. What about the memories this gift brings back? Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube. This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website.

2016 100

Five Things Technophobes Fail to Understand

Tips From T. Marie

It’s been awhile since I talked about technophobes. You know, those business people who hate the Internet and refuse to adopt anything for their businesses more advanced than the Yellow Pages? Ok, so maybe they’ll get really wild and crazy and start a Facebook Page. I bet you know at least one business owner like this, am I right?

2016 101

A Ballerina’s Story: How I Learned To Love My Body After Years Of Hating It

Dumb Little Man

Early in life, I learned to view my body as a sort of prison. While other little girls spent time playing and living carefree young lives, I struggled my way through ballet class– attempting to forcefully train my body to be graceful, obedient, and beautiful. Through my journey from student to professional, no matter my efforts, no matter how low my weight, or expertly I executed choreography, I never felt it was enough. At the root of it all, I felt that my body held me back. “If

2016 160

Spread Eagle Hotel, Midhurst

Practically Perfect PA

I love working in London, and the hustle and bustle that comes with it, but equally it’s great to escape to the country and have some much needed down time every once in a while. This is something to consider when organising an overnight stay for your executive too. The Spread Eagle hotel in Midhurst, West Sussex, is an hour’s drive from London’s Gatwick Airport, and one of England’s oldest coaching inns. I love a bit of history, so when asked to visit for this review, I was happy to oblige.

2016 116

Mattel Brings Back the ThingMaker as a 3D Printer

Small Business Labs

Way back in the early 1960s Mattel released a product call ThingMaker. Kids used the ThingMaker to make creepy crawlers, which were squishy, plastic bugs. Youtube  Youtube has  a 1964 Mattel Creepy Crawler TV commercia l, which nicely describes the product and provides a nostalgic look at life in the 1960s.    Let's face it, ThingMaker is a great name for a 3D printer.

2016 122

Success is in the Little Details

On The Job

What do dirty, worn sneakers have to do with turning around a business? If you’re LEGOs, it means everything. LEGO executives – who had been told countless times by experts that they were in trouble because future generations would lose interest in the building blocks – decided to pay an 11-year-old boy a visit in 2004. The boy was not only an avid LEGO user, but was passionate about skateboarding.

2016 122

Podcast 010: Where does it go?

Clutter Coach

In this episode, I’ll talk about how to put things away. Everything you own needs its own place to live in your home. Here are some highlights: I don’t know where this goes! How do I pick the best spot? Why do I need to put a label on it? Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube. This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways.

2016 100

10 Tips to Stay Positive in a Negative World

Office Dynamics

Does it seem that everything coming across your news feed lately is negative? Causing stress and worry? How do you cope with all the trauma and craziness of life right now? Joan took a few minutes to share her thoughts on Facebook Live with ten tips to stay positive in a negative world. We think you’ll enjoy her tips and hope that you can use some of them to keep a good attitude during difficult times. Please share you comments with us below.

2016 122

3 Things You Need To Stop Doing To Live The Life Of Your Dreams

Dumb Little Man

Do you want to know how to live the life of your dreams ? One goal that nearly all people have in common is living a wonderful life. The word wonderful may be interpreted differently by each person, but still, it always has something to do with how you imagined you would live your life. Unfortunately, only a few amongst us will actually live the life they wanted for themselves. It’s not that other people don’t want to live the life of their dreams badly enough.

2016 159

Feeling undervalued….

Practically Perfect PA

We are chuffed to bits to be guest blogging today for the Practically Perfect PA Blog. After sponsoring the first ever Big Questions event in Edinburgh, we wanted to introduce ourselves to some of you that weren’t able to make it along. One of the main topics discussed at the Big Questions was “ How do we get our organisation to value the work that we do ?” and it was really interesting to hear a lot of your opinions on this.

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