December, 2017

This Old Marketing Farewell Episode: Sometimes the End Is a Beginning

Small Business Labs

PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher. . In our grand finale episode, Robert kicks things off by pondering the decision to end something, so that something else can begin. We answer listener-submitted queries, and ask a few of our own; then we sign off with a final farewell inspired by a few of the greats. Download this week’s PNR: This Old Marketing podcast. PNR: The Q&A.

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8 Strategies to Quickly Assess Prior Knowledge

Productivity Bits

Assessing students’ prior knowledge allows you to customize your teaching by anticipating their needs. Consultant Barbara Blackburn provides 8 simple strategies to help you gain an understanding of what your students do and do not know before launching into a lesson. Articles Prior Knowledge " red herring "write the room" Barbara Blackburn if-then statements KWL chart LINK strategy prior knowledge questionnaires strategies word sorts

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7 Tips For Amateur Photographers You Need To Know

Dumb Little Man

Photography is a fantastic hobby. For some people, it’s a lifelong profession. It gives people the chance to create works of art, capture precious moments, and make lasting impressions of our world. If you are looking at taking up photography as a hobby or have already purchased a DSLR camera, you may find the process of getting started a bit daunting.

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How To Prioritise Tasks

Practically Perfect PA

When your To Do list doesn’t stop growing, how do you plan what to do first? Knowing which tasks are urgent and which are important will help you prioritise what to work on first. Understand What’s Important Important tasks are: Things that contribute directly to achieving your personal objectives Things that contribute to the success […].

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Podcast 083: Paying attention

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ? Stitcher ? Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play. You can leave a review here! I got sidelined by a cold last week that I still have so I haven’t been promoting the contest as I intended. I’m extending the deadline into January to make up for that. In case you missed it, it’s a contest to win a PDF copy of my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized.

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How to Set Career Goals that Work

Eat Your Career

Hooray! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, I’m not referring to the holiday season. That’s great and all…but for me, the last month of the year is the best because it always involves my 3 favorite activities—planning, organizing and goal setting! Nerd Alert. To be honest, I got started a little early this year. I’ve been deep into this work for a month already. Hey, I’m being proactive. I know how busy the end of the year gets and these activities are non-negotiables for me.

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Global Coworking Forecast: 30,000 Spaces and 5.1 Million Members by 2022

Small Business Labs

We recently released our new coworking forecast for 2018-2022.    We are projecting continued rapid growth over the next 5 years, although slower than the industry's recent dizzying pace. The forecast was done this year with help from our friends at GCUC. These are the folks that produce a series of U.S. and international coworking conferences. This gives them a global perspective with insights that were invaluable in developing this forecast.

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5 Common Mistakes When Apologizing

Dumb Little Man

Do you really know how to apologize? In some cases, saying sorry isn’t enough. Instead of smoothing things over and making the situation better, it just leads to an even bigger explosion and mess. Often, we just put our hands on our hair and wonder why the other person doesn’t seem to appreciate what we’re doing. Why do other people always have to see what you’re saying in the worst light? Well, it might not be their fault.

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The ultimate CV template for PAs

Practically Perfect PA

The other day I was looking at the roles for PAs in London and I must say there are loads of exciting opportunities out there for Assistants. I was really impressed with the array of roles and the different skills and qualities needed. It seems like a lot of organisations are beginning to understand how […]. Career Development Featured Job Hunting Templates admin administrators assistants Business Career EA Executive Assistant Job hunting Office manager PA Personal Assistant

2017 169

Podcast 082: Piggyback new habits

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ? Stitcher ? Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play. You can leave a review here! Today is a historic day! My topic is Simple Way #52 , Piggyback new habits, and it’s the last chapter in the book. This is podcast #82 so I’ve done plenty of shows on content that isn’t in the book, probably another book worth. To celebrate, how about a contest? The prize is a PDF copy of the book. You want to win this book!

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8 Ways to Create Greater Workplace Happiness

On The Job

On a scale of one to 10, how happy are the employees in your organization? If your answer is “seven” then you’re right in line with the answer given by most CEOs. Seven is an interesting number,” says Kris Boesch , an workplace culture expert. “It’s It’s representative of ‘we’re doing okay, not great’ or ‘I really don’t know.’ You’re confident that no one is going to go postal. Overall you have a good group of people who get along well enough. There are some areas that could use improvement.

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Happy Holidays and See You Next Year

Small Business Labs

We're on vacation for the rest of the year.    Happy Holidays and see you in 2018

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Self-Care and Productivity

Productivityist

You know you’re a go-getter. Whether you’re raising a family, running a business, traveling the world, or stepping into a new chapter in your life, you have a full schedule. But where exactly does time for you fall into the mix? Yes, you’re the one doing these things – running around tackling your to-do list and conquering the world. But what’s keeping you going? What’s Fueling You. Every go-getter needs fuel. That’s where self-care comes into play.

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Secret To Success: The Two Mindsets You Need To Avoid

Dumb Little Man

“Invert, always invert: Turn a situation or problem upside down. Look at it backward.” ” – Charlie Munger. For ambitious people, knowing what to do is not always enough. Sometimes, we need to know what not to do. So, like Charlie Munger, I am going to use inversion and focus on what not to do to be successful. Specifically, I will focus on two mindsets to avoid in order to be successful. Here’s the secret to success. Mindset 1: Impatience. I’ve always been impatient.

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Dropbox tips and tricks

Practically Perfect PA

I store all of my files in Dropbox, it is really easy to use, loads of other people use it and I love that I can easily share files and documents with the rest of my team. So, today I thought I’d share my Dropbox tips and tricks for you. Here are 10 tips for those […]. Office Technology admin administrators assistants Dropbox EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant technology Virtual Assistant

Podcast 081: Low energy productivity

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! This is Podcast 81 and it’s about how you can be productive even if you’re sick, or tired or just feeling those low energy winter blues. In podcast 70 I talked about categorizing your tasks by context the way David Allen suggests. That’s what this is. You need a category of stuff to do when you’re not up for doing any of the hard stuff.

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5 Reasons to Attend the Office Holiday Party That You May Not Have Considered

On The Job

Have you started plotting your excuse to get out of the holiday party yet? You've got malaria. Your dog ate all your clothes. Your great-grandmother is expected to die on the day of the party. Even though she died before you were born). Some people truly dread the office holiday celebration, for a bunch of different reasons. I don't really care why you don't want to go (believe me, I've had my share of reasons), but it's important that you attend.

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Bitcoin Is Longer for Payments; It's a Gold Alternative

Small Business Labs

When Bitcoin was released in 2009, it was meant to be a digital currency and an alternative to traditional money. And for several years it more or less functioned in that role. But no longer. This is because the price of Bitcoins are way too volatile and way too expensive to function as a currency.    As the Bitcoin price chart below shows, the price of Bitcoin has gone up about 17x this year, reaching over $16,000.

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4 Ways to Ensure Readability in Your Writing

Office Dynamics

by Barbara McNichol. Writings are useless unless they are read, and they cannot be read unless they are readable.” – Theodore Roosevelt. If Roosevelt lived in today’s world, he might have known that 6% of the time wasted in corporations is due to poorly written communications. Of course, your goal is readability. At the same time, you desire to be fast and efficient. What techniques can help ensure your message is clear? Consider these: One Thought, One Sentence. Rewrite Negative into Positive.

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How to Boost Metabolism: 8 Foods That Can Skyrocket Your Weight Loss

Dumb Little Man

I’ve got a secret to tell you. Your body has one powerful tool it can use to start burning fat like crazy. That same tool can also make you gain weight and store all those excess fats in all areas of your body. Can you guess what it is? It’s your thyroid. It’s that tiny gland located in your neck, right below the Adam’s apple. It has dozens of different functions and effects, but perhaps the most important one is metabolism regulation. Via webmd. What is metabolism?

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8 Phrases That Sabotage Your Credibility

Practically Perfect PA

I love my job. Know why? Because I get to tell people what everyone else is thinking, but are too polite to mention…and am paid for it! It’s not that I get a kick out of being rude (I’m certainly polite in how I tell them). It’s because part of my job is to help […]. Core Competencies admin administrators assistants Credibility EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant

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Podcast 080: Seeing

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! This is Podcast #80 and it’s about Seeing. I mentioned the concept of inattentional blindness in podcast 69 about Noticing but I didn’t elaborate on exactly what it is. Basically, it means that you can look directly at something but not be conscious of seeing it, or remember seeing it.

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4 Signs That You're A Toxic Boss

On The Job

There has been much written lately about sexual assaults and sexual discrimination in the workplace, and many people have lost their jobs because of it. But that doesn't mean abuse of workers has been stopped or that all bad bosses are going to be shown the door. There are still plenty of bad bosses out there, doing their damage in workplaces both big and small. These bosses are the ones who belittle employees. They are snide, rude and often are very consumed with their own self-worth.

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Flying Cars May Finally Happen

Small Business Labs

Cassandra reports that flying cars could reach consumers as soon as 2019.    Of course flying cars have been just a few years away since 1917, when both Ford and Curtiss Aircraft announced they had flying car prototypes. More recently, in 1955 The Smithsonian Magazine predicted atomic powered flying cars would by common by the year 2000.    But despite the long history of flying car failure, it seems that the concept may finally be gaining altitude.

2017 156

Real Estate Agent Team Marketing Video to showcase company and statistics

Andrea Kalli

Real Estate Agent Team Marketing Video to showcase company and statistics. When real estate agents and real estate companies want to showcase more than just properties. You’ve worked hard to become the expert real estate company in your area. Top of the line. The go-to team for a premium client base. This type of video is a perfect way to let your audience learn more about you and your team. Designed and edited by Andrea Kalli – Video Design. Video Editing Services. Video Marketing.

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5 Simple Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolution

Dumb Little Man

It’s almost a brand new year and with that comes the inevitable New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you want to lose weight and/or get in shape. Maybe you want to quit smoking. Perhaps you wish to do something more creative, like starting a daily journal, finishing a novel or learning a new language. You eagerly set all those things in January and by February, all your efforts are gone- if they even last that long. Why is it so difficult to make a resolution that works?

2017 176

A little of what to expect at the Future Assistant Conference

Practically Perfect PA

Today I wanted to give you a little of what to expect at the Future Assistant Conference in February next year by sharing one of the panel sessions from the Practically Perfect PA Virtual Summit. The topic was ‘managing your Executive’s schedule like a total megastar’ and the panel was made up of four brilliant […].

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Podcast 079: Work backwards

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! This is podcast 79 and it’s based on Simple Way #51 in my book, Work backwards. For the last several months I’ve been talking about other topics that aren’t in the book but today we’re back. Only one more to go after that! Then I need new material again. Don’t be shy, dear listeners, about suggesting subjects you’d like to hear about.

2017 100

Research Reveals New Insight About Workaholics

On The Job

Many people have turned to mindfulness or meditation or yoga as a way to deal with the stresses of their careers. They believe that if they don't want to drop dead at their desks, then they need to figure out ways to let their workplace worries go. Overwork, research shows, can lead to insomnia, anxiety, headaches, stomach ailments, etc.) But there are also people who love what they do, and don't mind how many hours they spend doing it.

2017 109

Digital Marketing Success Remains Elusive for Most Small Businesses

Small Business Labs

Infusionsoft recently released their 3rd annual Small Business Marketing Trends report.    The report paints a not so pretty picture of the digital marketing efforts of small businesses. The two key points from the executive summary are: The digital world continues to leave some small businesses in the dust. One in seven (15 percent) don’t plan to use digital marketing in 2018. Digital marketing success remains elusive to most small business owners.

2017 156

3 Types of Erroneous Use of Dashes

Daily Writing Tips

Dashes, like semicolons, are basically commas with superpowers. However, while semicolons take the place of commas to set off independent clauses or separate a series of list items in which at least one item itself consists of a list, a single dash denotes an abrupt break in syntax, and a pair of dashes signal a parenthetical phrase that is more emphatic than one bracketed by commas (or parentheses). In the following examples, though, dashes are misused.

2017 64

5 Signs Your Romantic Relationship Is Worth Fighting For

Dumb Little Man

Is your relationship worth fighting for? Is the stress of the struggle worth it? If you are currently in a romantic relationship or marriage and you’re having doubts about whether to fight for it or not, there are a few ways to tell. Here are 5 signs that you can put away the white flag and salvage your relationship. You Mean It When You Say, “It’s Not You, It’s Me”. Yes, this phrase is one of the most cliché break-up excuses.

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Declutter Your Data with Angela Crocker

Productivityist

On this episode of the podcast, I’m joined by my friend Angela Crocker. Angela is the author of The Content Planner and Declutter Your Data. We spend the majority of our conversation diving deep into digital decluttering strategies. Some of the specifics of our discussion include the way you can declutter Your apps (which may not mean deleting them), how to streamline your digital calendar, redundancy and intention, dedicated devices, and more tactics. (We

2017 60

How to Build a High-Performing Remote Team to Scale Your Business

Small Business CEO

The future of work is remote. Back in 2014, Stanford University professor Nicholas Bloom declared in Harvard Business Review: “ To raise productivity, let your employees work from home ”. Earlier this year, Diane Mulcahy wondered aloud in the same publication: “ Will the gig economy make the office obsolete? ”. Pontification aside, most trends indicate the increasingly remote nature of knowledge work.

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Top Supply Chain Trends for 2018

On The Job

Remember a few years ago when you paid extra to have something delivered in two days? That’s no longer the case, and now companies like Amazon offer same-day delivery on a wide variety of items. This focus on making faster deliveries to the customer at no additional charge is changing the way that supply chains operate – and more changes are expected in 2018 as companies ramp up their focus on customers, says Brian Hodgson, executive vice president of business development at MP Objects.

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Young Farmers: Educated, Female and Pursuing Sustainable Farming

Small Business Labs

The National Young Farmers Coalition's report Building a Future with Farmers covers the demographics, issues and needs of young farmers (those under the age of 40). The quick summary is young farmers are quite different than old farmers.    The Young Farmers Coalition's study numbers on who these young farmers illustrates this. 

2017 152

Grammar Quiz #19: Reflexive Pronouns

Daily Writing Tips

Pronouns ending in -self , -selves should be used only to refer to or emphasize another word in the sentence. These reflexive pronouns should not be used in place of other personal pronouns. Some of the sentences below are incorrectly using the reflexive pronouns. Edit as necessary: 1. His cousin and himself are the same age. Jimmy fell off his bicycle and hurt himself. The children himself decorated the tree. The mother explained that her toddler likes to feed herself.

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