June, 2019

To Deepen the Relationship, Meet in the Middle

Virtual Moxie

In any interaction with a client, there’s your space, her space, and the space between you that’s available to be shared.

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"The Venture Capitalizaton of Belonging"

Small Business Labs

Fast Company's Social clubs died out in America. Now, venture capital is bringing them back provides an interesting look at the changing landscape of American social clubs. The article starts by pointing out the long decline in the membership of traditional clubs. Key quote: "Over the last few decades, sociologists and political scientists have found that American clubs of all stripes–from youth service clubs to bowling leagues–have experienced steep declines in their memberships.

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How To Change A Flat Tire And Other Important Car Tips

Dumb Little Man

Driving and owning your own car means that there is one skill you totally should have up your sleeve, and that’s how to change a flat tire. Purchasing a quality tire brand like Cooper Tires helps to ensure better safety on the road for you and your loved ones, but knowing the steps in changing a flat tire will also equip you to handle emergencies and keep you out of potentially unsafe situations. Here is a simple step-by-step guide to help you through the process of changing a flat tire.

2019 178

Streamlining meetings for your Executive

Practically Perfect PA

As I’ve always said, your Executive’s number one resource is their time, and your role is to safeguard that time, making sure they use their time correctly so that they are successful in the position. Having complete control over their schedule does allow you to manage the allocation of their time. They have a lot […].

2019 177

Specialized Virtual Assistants: The Best Move Your Business Can Make

Tips From T. Marie

I came across this article on Inc.com that proclaims that hiring a virtual assistant is the best move that entrepreneurs can make. I’ve actually been arguing that fact for years here. The above article was written less than a year ago, which makes it apparent that entrepreneurs still aren’t flocking to the idea, even though it’s been proven to be a successful investment over and over again. Which leaves me wondering why?

2019 164

How to Position Yourself for Management (Free Webinar)

Eat Your Career

Join us for this month’s free webinar on the topic of “How to Position Yourself for Management.”. Let’s be honest: Management isn’t for everyone. It takes a specific set of skills to be a great manager, and some people just don’t have what it takes. Others certainly can do it, but they’d rather not. Sadly, some folks don’t figure that out until after they’ve made the shift. Then, they realize that being a manager is a lot harder than it looks from the outside.

2019 155

A Guide to Public Speaking

Ian's Messy Desk

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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Top Reasons Why You Should Find A Virtual Assistant Today For Your Business

Dumb Little Man

Running a business can take a significant toll on you, especially when you are doing all the tasks alone. It will make it hard to focus on growing your business and generating more profits if you’re too busy doing everything yourself. Maybe it’s about time you get yourself support and experience the benefits of hiring a virtual assistant. What Are Virtual Assistants? Virtual assistants are experts who remotely work for their clients.

2019 177

5 free tools to help with your productivity

Practically Perfect PA

Before we dive into our list of productivity tools, I want to spend a few minutes talking to you about the importance of keeping up with the latest technology. Firstly it makes us more productive – can you imagine still using a typewriter for your minutes, carbon copy paper for anything that needs to be […].

2019 176

5 Must-Have Skills for Progressive Assistants From Joan’s book, Who Took My Pen… Again?

Office Dynamics

You are a top-performing, high-achieving administrative assistant who has accomplished much. You have the fundamentals down pat and even demonstrate advanced skill sets. So where do you go from here? What might be missing from your bag of skills? Here are 5 areas that are sure to challenge you: Accountability. Accountability is about being responsible, being present. We are accountable to each other and to ourselves.

2019 175

Positive Career Affirmation #18

Eat Your Career

I choose my attitude every minute of every day. To learn more about affirmations and how to leverage them for career success, check out this article. The post Positive Career Affirmation #18 appeared first on Eat Your Career. Positive Career Affirmations attitude professionalism

2019 143

10 Tips for Giving Effective Instructions

Ian's Messy Desk

The post 10 Tips for Giving Effective Instructions appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Somewhere along the line, you are going to have to tell another person how to perform a task. Whether teaching your kids how to use the dishwasher or training new staff at work, your ability to give good instructions will affect the speed at which they learn.

2019 139

Most Small Businesses Still Have Less Than $400,000 in Annual Revenue.

Small Business Labs

According to data from the U.S, Census 2016 Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs (the most recent data available), the median U.S. employer small business (those with paid traditional employees) generated less than $400k in revenue in 2016. Our title includes the word "still" because we posted on this data back in 2016 , when 2014 data was most recent available. An alert reader asked if there was more recent data. And as the chart below shows, there is.

2019 171

Do You Need an MBA to be Successful in Business?

Dumb Little Man

Having a successful business does not have a sure shot recipe. What it does have is a consistent set of ingredients. All you need is to eyeball the quantity based on your requirements. Some must-haves to start a business are: Powerful idea. Market demand or the demand for the idea or product you plan to sell. Passion to persist. Finance or capital or investment (potential investors). However, to successfully run a business, you need the following: Domain knowledge. Market understanding. Sales.

2019 177

The mindset of a VA business owner

Practically Perfect PA

When it comes to successfully running your Virtual Assistant (VA) business, being an awesome Virtual Assistant isn’t enough. A VA can be excellent at their job, have a positive mindset, the necessary skill set required to do the job well and a desire to be there for her clients. But that in itself doesn’t guarantee […].

2019 168

5 Ways to Clean Up Your Social Media Presence

On The Job

When you're job searching, the advice is to "clean up your social media presence." But what does that mean, exactly? For example, when you were told to clean up your room as a kid, my hunch is that your version of "clean" was a lot different than your mom's. So, what you consider offensive online today may be a whole lot different than what will raise a red flag with a hiring manager. To make sure that you really scrub out the questionable stuff from your online activities: 1.

Professional Development Plan Basics: The Purpose and Benefits of a PDP

Eat Your Career

This is the first article in a two-part series on the topic of Professional Development Plans. As a career coach, I spend a lot of time helping my clients create plans for professional growth. One of the most important tools we use is known as a Professional Development Plan or PDP. Many professionals have heard this term before but few know what it’s really all about.

2019 140

7 Energy-Saving Ideas for Summer

Ian's Messy Desk

The post 7 Energy-Saving Ideas for Summer appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Non-profit organizations face the same challenges and costs, when it comes to operating their facilities. Rent, taxes, insurance, utilities are all part of the cost of doing business. Some of these costs are out of the control of the organization.

2019 125

Freelancers Increasing Their Use of Online Marketplaces to Find Work

Small Business Labs

One of the biggest shifts uncovered by the MBO Partners State of Independence study series is the increased use of online marketplaces to find work by freelancers and other independent workers. As the study chart below shows (click to enlarge), in 2012 only 3 percent of full-time independent workers reported having used an online marketplace to find work in the prior 12 months. In 2019, 24% said they had.

2019 124

Simple Health Tips: Become The Programmer of Your Reality

Dumb Little Man

“Your mind is like the operating system of a super computer which gets programmed over time by your own environment and experiences… You can, however, learn to reprogram the mind… you can become the programmer of your own reality.”. Niraj Naik, author. With all the negativity we see in the world, it can be easy to fall into a state of victimhood. It feels as though we’re simply victims of all the vagaries of life — war, disease, tragedy, fear, crime, poverty, and the list goes on.

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20 tools to help manage your Exec’s travel plans

Practically Perfect PA

Just think how much time you spend organising travel for your Executive or your team? It’s a lot, right? Maybe 20% of your week? Maybe more? That time will be taken up by meticulously planning trips with the hope that nothing will go wrong while their Executive is away from the office. But from missed […]. Core Skills Featured Travel admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Key Skills Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

2019 158

10 Smart Things to Do in a New Job

On The Job

It's natural to be a bit nervous on your first day of a new job. You want to make a good impression and not mess anything up too much. Chances are, you'll be fine. If you care enough about the job to be a bit nervous, that means you're going to try hard to do all the right things. Still.some of you won't do the right thing. You'll make some rookie blunders that can damage your reputation.

2019 169

The New Rules of Modern Job Search (Free Webinar)

Eat Your Career

Join us for this month’s free webinar on the topic of “The New Rules of Modern Job Search.”. In my role as a career coach, I’ve helped a lot of people navigate the complex world of job search. Often, when people come to me for help writing a resume or practicing for an interview, they’re really starting from scratch. Most of my clients haven’t had to search for a job in many, many years.

2019 136

The A-B-C’s of Personal Knowledge Management

Ian's Messy Desk

The post The A-B-C’s of Personal Knowledge Management appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. The key question in filing or storing material is not, “Where do I put it?” but rather, “Where do I find it?” You can have the most sophisticated storage systems available, but if you don’t know where to find what’s inside, you’re no better off than having stacks of stuff all over the place.

2019 125

Facebook Announces Libra, a New Cryptocurrency

Small Business Labs

Last week Facebook announced Libra , a new cryptocurrency. It's designed for use in transactions and as an easy and cheap way to transfer money.    Expected to launch next year, Libra is what's known as a stablecoin - a digital currency built to avoid the large fluctuations in value that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies experience.   And unlike Bitcoin, because the value will remain relatively stable Libra will usable as way to buy things. 

2019 120

8 Ways Gaming Can Make You Happy

Dumb Little Man

Everybody knows gaming is a fun hobby. It keeps us occupied, engaged, and the vast array of free and paid games you can get into in so many different platforms is nothing short of exciting. Still, it’s not uncommon to find yourself in a place wherein you have to defend how you spend your time in front of a console. The next time you need to justify how it’s actually good for you, just tell them all the below real-life benefits of gaming. Gaming Relieves Stress.

2019 168

Power Searching the Internet

Practically Perfect PA

We are really excited to announce that we will be sharing an article each month from Executive Secretary Magazine. We are starting with this fantastic article from Marie Herman. Following these tips really will save you a massive amount of time searching the internet! It’s overwhelming how much information can be found on the internet […].

2019 154

Online Technology Recommendations from a Geek Girl

Tips From T. Marie

Even though I’ve rolled my Girly Girl Geek WordPress Website services back underneath the Clerical Advantage banner, it doesn’t mean I’ve lost my geek girl status. On the contrary, my own name is probably as easily recognized as synonymous for geek as the girly girl geek moniker was. Lots of times, when someone realizes what I do for a living, they tell me how cool it is that I started my own business based on being the office geek. Then they shyly start asking me for technology recommendations.

2019 113

Positive Career Affirmation #16

Eat Your Career

I accept feedback gracefully and listen for the lesson. To learn more about affirmations and how to leverage them for career success, check out this article. The post Positive Career Affirmation #16 appeared first on Eat Your Career. Positive Career Affirmations feedback Lessons

2019 136

Love What You Do

Office Dynamics

Last week Office Dynamics International turned 29! I can’t believe my company is 29 years old. It has not been an easy journey, especially since I started a niche business of specialized training for administrative professionals of every title, age, and experience level. 29 years ago, there was no robust training for assistants. I am very blessed to be doing work I love with people I care about. Assistants are near and dear to my heart.

2019 158

Bankrate's Side Hustle Survey

Small Business Labs

Interesting survey resluts from Bankrate on side hustles.    According to their findings: nearly half of working Americans (45 percent) surveyed reported having a side gig in addition to their primary job.    48% of millennials, 39% of Gen Xers and 28% of Baby Boomers reported having side gigs. side giggers worked an average of 12 hours per week. side giggers earned an average of $1,122 per month.

2019 115

Benefits of Going Incredibly Organized To Insanely Disorganized

Dumb Little Man

What’s so good about being disorganized? I used to be an incredibly neat freak, always having my room as tidy as possible. My bag was always ready with my books lined up according to the day’s subject arrangement. My drawers were routinely cleaned and organized the minute the school term was over. It went a bit too far when I would reorganize the colors of my pencils after using them.

2019 166

Resources to increase your business acumen

Practically Perfect PA

It goes without saying that for an Assistant to be successful in the role, they need to have strong business acumen. I’ve written about this skill a lot over the years, and I have presented on the topic at various events. It is a topic close to my heart because I genuinely think once Assistants […].

2019 154

6 Things You Should Know About A WordPress Website

Tips From T. Marie

As many of you know, creating, maintaining and working with WordPress websites is one part of my online technology services. I’m often contacted to fix issues on websites that other web designers have built. Sometimes clients need things added, like sign up forms. Usually they contact me because things aren’t working the way they are supposed to, and they no longer are getting a response from the person who built it for them.

2019 112

Positive Career Affirmation #17

Eat Your Career

I address conflict calmly and productively. To learn more about affirmations and how to leverage them for career success, check out this article. The post Positive Career Affirmation #17 appeared first on Eat Your Career. Positive Career Affirmations conflict problem-solving professionalism

2019 131

Getting Things Done

Office Dynamics

Getting things done in the workplace is one of my favorite topics to speak on and write about. I have been passionate about this topic for 28 years. Administrative assistants continue to struggle with how to keep up with all the demands placed upon them in a time-compressed world and yet maintain quality. I will share with you some of my favorite tips. And you can get more tips on this subject by going to Office Dynamics YouTube Channel. Coping with Conflicting Priorities.

2019 152

Uber and Lyft Offer to Compromise Over Driver Concerns

Small Business Labs

Yesterday the CEO's of Uber and Lyft published an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle offering to support efforts to improve the working conditions, wages and rights of their drivers.    The offer is in response to a bill in the California legislature that would make it much more difficult for companies to classify workers as independent contractors.    The new legislation would codify a ruling by the California Supreme Court in the Dynamex case.

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