September, 2015

Stop Focusing on Success and Focus on Making an Impact

Dumb Little Man

Every day and every week we can seize another golden change to become better and to make someone else’s life better. But too often, we see our days and weeks not as opportunities for impact, but as things we must ‘get through’ in order to get something else. The pursuit of getting through something can be very motivating, but it leaves us empty and unfulfilled.

2015 219

3 Simple Strategies for Discovering What Your Target Market Wants

Office Organization Success

To find out exactly what your target market wants, you gotta ask them! Sounds easy enough, right? But you’d be surprised at how many business owners don’t do this. They just assume they know what their audience wants. Or they see someone else having success with a product or program, so offer something similar to their own clients and subscribers (I remember once a mentor telling me that I’ll always have success if I offer list building. Well … guess what?

2015 211
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The 4 steps of business travel planning: Managing your Executive while they are on the road

Practically Perfect PA

So this is part three of my four part business travel planning guide. So far I have published part one: waving goodbye to your Exec and part two: Delivering your Exec to their destination. Today I will look at how you can manage your Executive while they are on the road. Here are my top tips: Prior to the trip make sure that you both have the same expectations. Is your manager expecting you to change the hours you work to coincide with the time difference?

2015 197

Pets as Part of the Family

Small Business Labs

Consumer research giant Nielsen's Nothing Is Too Good for Fido: Pets That Have it All nicely sums up a recent set of research showing the extent to which pets have become family members. Regular reader know we refer to this as pet humanization and that it's one of our favorite trends. It's even tangentially linked to the topic of this blog because pet humanization is leading to a lot of small business opportunities. The key article quote is: Just how deep are our ties with our pets?

2015 186

5 Personal Development Tests to Help You Be More Successful

Virtual Moxie

As a coach to smart women wanting to run smarter businesses, I help clients explore all manner of things (like who they are, what they do well, what they should be focusing on, how to set up a business strongly, and how best to market their services). Exploration of themselves, others, and the world around them is some of the most important work they'll ever do. One tool I sometimes suggest to help them dive deeper into the exploration is the personal or professional assessment.

2015 176

No Meeting Days: Protect Your Productivity

Simple Productivity Blog

Meetings can be, at best, a necessary evil. At worst they can be a soul-sucking drain of your creativity and time. One of the best ways to protect your productivity from this insidious sapper is to schedule a No Meeting Day. The post No Meeting Days: Protect Your Productivity appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog., or you can find me on Twitter ( @LJEarnest ) and Facebook ( Facebook.com/SimpleProductivity ).

2015 154

5 AREAS WE NEED TO MAKE CHANGES IN OUR LIVES TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS

Dumb Little Man

All of us need change in our lives. Even our countries and nations need changes on the way we do things and live to make progress and achieve success. Most of the time, we think about change in terms of other people, institutions, leaders, followers, our family members, etc, etc – other people and things instead of us. The truth we all need to learn quickly, however, is that the real change for progress and success in life lies within us and not outside.

2015 219

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The 4 steps of business travel planning: Delivering your Exec to their destination

Practically Perfect PA

Over the last few weeks I have been looking at the four stages of business travel planning. Today I am going to write about stage two – delivering your Executive to their destination. At this point we have organised the trip, confirmed flights, booked the hotel, written the itinerary and waved goodbye to our Executives. Now, from the comfort of our desk we have to ensure they arrive at their destination without any problems.

2015 174

The Competition Between Traditional Jobs and Freelancing

Small Business Labs

The choice between self-employment or having a traditional job is a competition. People tend to go through a mental math process of weighing the options against each other. After weighing the options, a winner is picked. Up until about a decade or so ago the math heavily favored traditional employment, except for those that highly valued being their own boss. 

2015 180

Attract Clients Via Truth Telling

Virtual Moxie

Attraction. If you're an AssistU-trained VA , it's a concept (or, as TJL would say, an "operating system") you've heard a lot about. Others of you reading this probably also know about Attraction—it's difficult to move about the 'net anymore without running into it. Recently, I've run into some VA web sites where the VAs are trying to employ some sort of Attraction mojo, but they aren't really getting it.

2015 167

The hidden side of getting organized

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2012-07-31 17:20:45. Republished by Blog Post Promoter How does it feel to be disorganized? Not so good, right? I’ve heard people say embarrassed, overwhelmed, exhausted, anxious and desperate. Here’s the thing. It can be really hard to make a change when you’re in the grip of such negative emotions. If you act from those emotions, every decision will be agony and you’ll feel so tired and disheartened that you won’t get very far anyway.

2015 153

14 REASONS YOU ARE BORED IN LIFE

Dumb Little Man

Life is a journey. Live in the moment and enjoy the journey’ is what they often say. Yet, there are many who find this journey extremely burdensome, mundane, dull; to sum it all in one word- boring. If you are one of those who doesn’t find life interesting and no longer feel excited about what your do, it’s about time you figured out what’s wrong with your life. Here are 14 reasons why you may be bored in life. You have no goals. Goals are what get you going.

2015 219

Creating More Profits: 3 Essential Areas to Focus On

Office Organization Success

Making more profit is NOT the same as generating more revenue. They are two completely different areas, and something that I see very little discussion on. Sure, I see LOTS of talk about revenues, i.e. six-figure businesses, multi-six-figure businesses, seven-figure businesses, but you never seem to get to the real story behind these headlines – how much profits are they really making?

2015 153

Day in the life: Catherine Thomas, EA, Public Health Wales

Practically Perfect PA

What does your career path look like? I left school without a clue as to what I wanted to do when I grew up. Lady Diana had just accepted a proposal from Prince Charles – Lady Diane was a nursery nurse, so I thought that was an excellent career path. My Father asked me to hold that idea until I learnt to type, so off I went to college and did a BTEC General Diploma in Business Studies for a year – this led to the start of my career in administration; the nursery nurse idea was long gone.

2015 170

Global Small Business Forum October 23rd in Chicago

Small Business Labs

The number U.S. small businesses exporting goods and services has increased substantially over the last decade. We call the smallest of these firms Micro Multinationals  and thanks to the Internet and a growing array of online marketplaces and services it's never been easier to be an exporter. But despite the growth in SMB exporters, too many small businesses are missing out on the opportunities presented by global markets. 

2015 175

Better Relationships Via Truth Telling

Virtual Moxie

Last week, I wrote about how truth telling gives you a powerful marketing advantage. This week, I want to talk about why it also gives you an advantage with relationship building. Obviously, people who form relationships with you will feel better about you and safer with you if they believe you tell the truth. And, I'd like to think that, for the most part, people do tell the truth—at least when it's easy. But it's not the easy truth telling that matters. Heck, even a four year old can do that.

2015 160

Learning To Say No

Simple Productivity Blog

I have a confession to make. I have a hard time saying no. I am constantly asked to do things.because I have done things in the past. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean I have time in my schedule for the constant inflow of tasks. Yet the tasks still come, and I don't say no.and I end up overworked, under-rested and resentful. All because I have a hard time saying no. Today we look at some ways to say no without being rude, and getting the space you need.

2015 152

How to Supercharge Your Afternoon With a Napuccino (aka a Coffee Nap)

Dumb Little Man

When I tell most people about coffee naps their response is pretty much what you’d expect: puzzled. That seems a little counter-intuitive.” “Can Can you sleep after drinking coffee?” “But But I read an article that said caffeine has negative effects on your sleep.” Yes it might. Yes I can and yes, it does. Nowadays it seems like every week another celebrity diet or crazy nutrition trend pops up. Have you ever heard of The Twinkie Diet?

2015 219

This is Why You Always Need to be List Building

Office Organization Success

Last week I had one of the highest number of unsubscribes for a single broadcast than I’ve had in a while. And this is perfectly normal! I know it wasn’t the content of this particular broadcast; if it was that there was something wrong with the content, I would have gotten feedback to let me know. No, the reason for the unsubscribes was simply the time of year! You see, having been in the email marketing business for many years, I understand the nature of list management.

2015 152

…and then what happened?

Practically Perfect PA

During Assist Travel 2015 we are running a brilliant interactive session called …What happened next ? I’m really looking forward to this one because we will look at how assistants have worked their magic to fix all manner of travel mishaps from cancelled flights, erupting volcanos to the wrong visas and flat tires.

2015 166

Freelancers Embrace Health Insurance

Small Business Labs

According to data from the 2015 MBO Partners State of Independent study , the percentage of U.S. full-time independent workers/freelancers who report having health insurance increased from 64% in 2013 to 82% in 2015.    This increase in coverage means that roughly 3.2 million more freelancers have health insurance than in 2013.

Health 175

Getting to Your Dreams With Uncompromising Standards

Virtual Moxie

I love Mike Dooley. His work is phenomenal and has helped so many people. If you haven't read his books, and have never seen Notes From the Universe, you're in for a treat. Today, a quote of his that, I think, stands without any embellishment from me. Keep on rockin' your standards. They will absolutely help you get where you want to go! Expectations Standards

2015 149

What If You Don't Want to Get Rid of Stuff?

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2011-11-03 08:44:13. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Organizing doesn’t always mean getting rid of things. It means finding places for them so that you aren’t tripping on them, distracted by them, maneuvering around them or always looking for them. It means cr eating a living space that is pleasing and supportive. You do need space to put things if you’re keeping them, however. I wrote a post back in June about curating your environment.

2015 148

6 Ways to Find Joy in Everyday Life

Dumb Little Man

For some reason we’ve eliminated joy from our lives only to become the overworked, tired, and grumpy version of ourselves that nobody (even we, ourselves) would enjoy being around. The feeling of “joy” has been reserved for once a lifetime moments such as love, marriages, babies, or unexpected surprises. However, joy can be deliberately found in everyday life. This may sound ridiculous, especially if you’ve been experiencing a “down” in life. You may think to yourself, “Joy?

2015 219

Periscope: Here is Why I Wouldn’t Use This as a Marketing Tool

Office Organization Success

There is always the latest *hot* new marketing tool that you can use to market your business. What was in favor just a couple of years ago has now been replaced with the latest whiz-bang tool. Just because there is a new tool available doesn’t necessarily mean it’s right for you and/or your business and you should use it. One of the latest marketing tools I’m hearing about is the new social media tool, Periscope.

2015 147

The 4 steps of business travel: Getting your Executive home

Practically Perfect PA

Over the last few weeks I have been writing about the four steps of business travel, firstly I published waving goodbye to your Exec. The second step was Delivering your Exec to their destination and the third step was managing your Executive while they are on the road. Today I will look at the final step: Getting your Executive home.

2015 152

The Rise of Social Offices and "Wholeness"

Small Business Labs

Industrious is a fast growing coworking chain that started in Chicago and now has spaces in a dozen or cities. Like the better known WeWork, Industrious spaces tend to be quite large by traditional coworking space standards. What I really like about Industrious is how they've branded themselves.

2015 173

Give the Benefit of the Doubt to Honor Your Relationships

Virtual Moxie

Recently, I ran into a seriously difficult problem with a trusted vendor. Friends told me to walk away--find someone new. But because this is a trusted vendor, and I've worked with this company for years, I want to have a conversation and find out what happened, as well as what will happen to prevent this thing in the future. The point of my telling this story is that I'm sure there are lots of people who wouldn't bother. Walking away would certainly be the path of least resistance, right?

2015 148

How to Choose an Office Space

Productivity Bits

Choosing an office space for one’s company may seem not-all-that-important. If a business owner is running a quality business, people will come, no matter the other factors, right? If you’re under this misconception, you better forget all about it. The foundation of your company starts at the very beginning, when choosing where to make your headquarters. Thank you for subscribing! Please grab my free productivity ebook!

2015 139

10 Things Smart People Don’t Do

Dumb Little Man

What do you think when someone is called smart? You probably have an image of an educated and intelligent person in your mind. But being smart is something more than answering the questions right and getting good grades in school. Smart people are often creative, compassionate, grateful and humble. They know that they are capable of doing great things and they definitely don’t do the following ones.

2015 220

What Does Picking Out a Tile Backsplash Have to do With Online Marketing?

Office Organization Success

My husband is going to put a lovely new tile backsplash in my kitchen. So yesterday afternoon I went to a local tiling store to pick out what I’d like. They showed me rack after rack of different tile samples — round ones, square ones, rectangle ones, squashed hexagon ones. And then there were glass, metal, ceramic, and porcelain options too. My head was spinning with all the different choices.

2015 145

Technology of the week: Trello

Practically Perfect PA

What is Trello? Trello is a very visual online ‘to do list’ It is an easy, free, flexible, and visual way to manage your projects and organize anything. What does it do? Trello prides itself on its simplicity. It is an online tool that allows user to organise every aspect of their lives. Users create boards for each project. Each board can be filled with ‘cards’ which can then be shared with others.

2015 146

Toxic Work, Freedom and Why More People are Choosing Freelancing

Small Business Labs

The New York Time's article A Toxic Work World nicely summarizes the growing Darwinian nature of traditional jobs. Key quote: FOR many Americans, life has become all competition all the time. Workers across the socioeconomic spectrum, from hotel housekeepers to surgeons, have stories about toiling 12- to 16-hour days (often without overtime pay) and experiencing anxiety attacks and exhaustion. Public health experts have begun talking about stress as an epidemic.

2015 162

How to Get Better Opportunities at Work

On The Job

No one sits at work and says to anyone who will listen: "Please give me the worst assignments you can think of. Make sure to dump your boring work on me, and don't forget to make sure I miss any new opportunities." Yet, that's what happens to many workers. One day they look around and realize that other people are working on exciting -- or at least interesting -- projects. They're not stuck in an endless loop of mundane projects and inane assignments.

2015 195

Are You Too Busy for The Most Important Partner In Your Office? The Importance of Daily Huddles

Office Dynamics

I recently received a request for advice from an assistant named Kathryn. She posed a typical problem that I have heard for years and I want to respond to her question in a blog as I bet many executive and administrative assistants run into the same problem. My challenge will be answering this concisely because I have a lot to say about executives and assistants meeting daily, whether it is on the telephone or in person.

2015 192

Big time savers: how to avoid wasting your time and being more productive.

Dumb Little Man

Time savers are a must in modern life. Either because we have plenty of responsibilities to accomplish or because we have so many deadlines to cope with, the fact is we either learn to use time wisely or we will be mostly in trouble from time to time. No matter how much you invest in updated devices to keep track with your routine, if you can´t coordinate your agenda, important projects might be left out.

2015 219

Email Marketing: When to Know the Right Time to Switch Systems

Office Organization Success

I hope you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend (if you’re in the US). We really enjoyed the long weekend and got a lot of projects done around the house. And we also enjoyed the last weekend of the pool being open. As much as I love the long weekends, when I get back into my office I find that I’m now fitting four day’s work into three. It’s been a bit hectic but, still, I do enjoy being busy.

2015 145