September, 2014

These Are ?he 10 Amazing TED Talks You Need ?o Watch

Dumb Little Man

When it comes to acquiring knowledge, there is only one place on the Internet nowadays, every successful person would suggest without hesitation – TED talks. TED talks are the epitome of knowledge. Their motto – ideas worth spreading – signifies the purpose of this movement and justifies its amazing ability to effectively spread high-quality ideas in today’s internet’s chaotic environment.

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The benefits of using a private jet charter

Practically Perfect PA

As every assistant will know a lot of time, effort and money goes into organising business travel. I’ve often be told that hiring a private plane for my Executives can save me and my boss a lot of time and hassle but I often wonder if it is worth the money. After all isn’t flying on a private jet the epitome of luxury? After looking at the different options for charting a private plane here are just some of the benefits. Time.

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Fast Food Declining; Food Trucks Increasing

Small Business Labs

The Forbes article Survey Says Americans are Losing Their Appetite for McDonald's, Taco Bell and Burger King covers a study showing that consumers - and especially Millennials - are choosing fast casual restaurants over fast food places. Key  Key quote: Most Millennials surveyed (89%) seek out fast, casual food they deem healthier, tastier and “more customized” than fast food, and they’re willing to pay more for it, the survey revealed.

2014 207

The 3 Stages of a Successful Launch Campaign

Office Organization Success

What is a launch campaign? It’s a step-by-step, repeatable process, that you can implement whenever you want to launch a brand-new product or program, or re-launch a current product or previous program. It’s much harder to sell something simply by sticking it out there and hoping people will buy it; when you have a launch system in place you will make more sales. Make sure you’re solving a problem that your target market wants solved! You’ll be well on your way to a successful launch.

2014 196

Interview with a VA: Gayle Bu

Virtual Moxie

This month, I talked with the delightful Gayle Bu, who''s been in business as a VA for more than a decade! I hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed talking together! Meet Gayle Bu. . Interview With a VA Moxie

Leaving Effective Voicemails

Simple Productivity Blog

It is a great thing to be able to leave a message for someone if you can''t get them on the phone. But do you know how to leave an effective voicemail that gets results? The post Leaving Effective Voicemails 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 ( @SmplProdBlog ) and Facebook ( Facebook.com/SimpleProductivity ). Productivity

2014 181

5 Awesome Things We Can Learn from Children

Dumb Little Man

Children laugh around 300 times a day whereas adults laugh less than 20. That’s quite a difference! Of course, with growing up comes responsibilities and challenges and not all of these make us want to roll about laughing. However there are still many things that we can learn from our little ones that when implemented into our own lives, can be a real game changer. 1) Play!

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Craft Brewers Continue to Gain Market Share

Small Business Labs

Back in 2006 we reported that craft brewers - also known as microbrewers - had captured almost 6% of U.S. beer sales, up from effectively 0% a decade or so earlier.   We revisited the industry in 2010 and found craft brewers 2009 revenue share of the U.S. beer market had grown to about 7%. Since 1% of the U.S beer market is worth about $1 billion (Americans drink a lot of beer), this was strong growth - especially given the country was in the midst of the Great Recession.

2014 193

7 Ways to Create A Productive Workplace

Productivity Bits

A company should always secure the productivity of their business. Because a loss in productivity can be a major problem. In order to achieve an efficient workplace for your company, you should build the morale and productivity of your employees. You must also minimize complaints and disruptions so everyone can focus and concentrate on doing their work effectively. Here are some guidelines on creating a productive workplace environment. Thank you for subscribing!

2014 164

Three Smart Ways to End Burnout

Virtual Moxie

I''m just back from nine days with the AssistU VAs. Throughout my time with them, I overheard conversations and was involved in others that were about growth, working smart, having high standards, learning plans, profitability.but it wasn''t until I sat down this afternoon to work through some email that''s come in in my absence that I heard about burnout--and that wasn''t from an AssistU VA, but it made me want to write about it anyway because if one person is dealing with it, many are.

2014 162

Beyond Productivity: 5 Psychological Drivers To Efficiency

Simple Productivity Blog

In this article is a list of psychological drivers to efficiency, and how leaders can apply them to everyday work scenarios. The post Beyond Productivity: 5 Psychological Drivers To Efficiency 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 ( @SmplProdBlog ) and Facebook ( Facebook.com/SimpleProductivity ). Productivity

2014 177

How to Let Go of Little Things

Dumb Little Man

Ah, the little things. Your husband loses his keys for the 37th time. A driver cuts you off. A nasty neighbor complains about your disruptive children. A restaurant serves you the wrong entree. And it’s cold. Things happen. Things that make us angry, upset and annoyed. Things we wish we could shake but can’t because it’s our nature to hang onto them. So we stew on them. We argue, complain, mope or yell.

2014 198

Working with the executive team

Practically Perfect PA

As assistants most of us will interact with our organisation’s Executive team on a daily if not hourly basis. Your manager may well be part of the Executive team. If that is the case you will have even more phone calls, meetings and general engagement with other Directors and top-level members of staff. It can be a little scary dealing with the people that run your organisation, especially if they are prickly characters or highly demanding.

2014 182

6 Advantages Your Small Business Has Over Bigger Competitors

Small Business Labs

It's nice every so often to get back to basics.  Openview's article David vs. Goliath: Your Startup's Guide to Giant-Killing does just that by describing 6 advantages small businesses have relative to bigger competitors. These are: You're closer to your customers. You can turn on a dime. You can tightly focus on a niche market. You can go after smaller opportunities. You can innovate more quickly. You can run on next to zero sales and marketing costs.

2014 181

Why it’s Smart to Offer Paypal as a Secondary Payment Option

Office Organization Success

I get a lot of questions from business owners around whether they should get a merchant account or just stick with Paypal.

2014 160

Don't Emulate.Know What You're Doing and Why

Virtual Moxie

I remember a few years ago, I was watching D get his ears candled. Shahnaz, our wonderful esthetician, mentioned that I could do it, and I thought, "Hmmm, sure looks simple enough." But as I sat there and watched, I had this thought: Emulating is one thing, knowing is another. I certainly could do it. But I''d be emulating what I saw Shahnaz do. The gentle back massage, the pressure applied along the underside of the cheek-bone… all easy enough to do.

2014 154

3 Tips To Make Notebooks More Productive

Simple Productivity Blog

Paper notebooks have the advantage of being portable, usable under most conditions, and don''t get lost in cyberspace. However, the usefulness of a paper notebook is related to how easy it is to get the information out. Today we will look at some basic tips for using notebooks to make it easier to get your information out. The post 3 Tips To Make Notebooks More Productive appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

2014 170

Success Comes To Those Who Have No Need For It

Dumb Little Man

The idea of hard work leading to success has been a universal and sacred tenet for centuries. But is it true? Does hard work truly lead to success? Is every hard working person that you know a success? Or is their life full of disappointments and anguish? As is always the case, this advice is a reactionary response to laziness. Those who lack drive and motivation are told that they need to work hard in order to become a success.

2014 195

Threadneedles Hotel, London

Practically Perfect PA

A few years I organised afternoon tea at T hreadneedles Hotel for my department’s Christmas party. It was just a small, fairly conservative group so afternoon tea in a beautiful setting was the perfect choice. We sat in the lobby area of the hotel, which might not sound very ground but you haven’t seen the Threadneedles Hotel lobby! It is stunning. I always wondered if the rest of the hotel lived up to its first impression. The answer is a resounding yes.

2014 180

The Rise of Experience Retail

Small Business Labs

I was shopping recently in Walnut Creek, an affluent east bay suburb of San Francisco. An upscale shopping destination, Walnut Creek has the usual array of high end stores and boutiques. But what caught my eye were two stores that don't actually sell things. Instead, they are meant to be places where potential customers can learn about and experience products and services. Tesla , the high end electric car company, has one of their showrooms in Walnut Creek.

2014 179

Training from the Guys at Premium Web Cart

Office Organization Success

With the Labor Day weekend upon us, I shall be enjoying a nice, long weekend. We have lots of jobs to do around the house, and we’ll also enjoy our last weekend at the pool before it closes. I always love learning new software and programs, and this week I’ve been taking some training from the guys at Premium Web Cart on how to use their system. One of my clients is switching from Aweber to PWC and so I needed to learn how to use this system too.

2014 152

No More Ass-Kissing!

Virtual Moxie

I''ve recently met several VAs who, used to having to ask permission before taking action in the corporate world, have carried that behavior over into their VA practices. Stop it. Just stop. It''s unattractive in the extreme, and isn''t likely to add one positive thing to your business. Think—then, you were an employee. Perhaps you didn''t see that you didn''t have to be a bootlicker, and you did what you believed you needed to do. But now? Now you''re a business owner.

2014 154

Simplifying Incoming Paper

Simple Productivity Blog

As much as we have become an electronic society, paper still abounds. Let''s talk about simplifying paper. The post Simplifying Incoming Paper 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 ( @SmplProdBlog ) and Facebook ( Facebook.com/SimpleProductivity ). Lifehacks Simplification

2014 170

7 Proven Ways to Boost Your Morning Productivity

Dumb Little Man

It’s ok to be a night owl. There’s nothing wrong with that. But at some point in your life, you might want to change your habits. It might be that you’re starting a new job where you have to wake up earlier than you’re used to. Or maybe you’re starting your own business. To see if your idea can take off, you want to get a couple of hours of work done early in the morning before you go to your day job. Many successful people attribute their success to some extent to having productive mornings.

2014 192

10 questions to ask a recruitment agent

Practically Perfect PA

I have moved around quite a bit – job wise and city wise – over the years so I have a lot of experience working with recruitment agents. In fact a recruitment agent has found me all of my previous jobs and on the whole my experiences have been mixed. I’ve worked with some fantastic agents that really do want to place you in the best role and I’ve met agents that have barely glanced over my CV before recommending me for highly unsuitable roles.

2014 180

Half of Americans Single

Small Business Labs

For the first time since the government started keeping these stats, more than half of adult Americans are single.  There are about 125 million single Americans, which is just a bit over half of all Americans aged 16 and older.   Bloomberg's Is Everyone Single? nicely covers this shift, including providing the chart below. It shows the steady climb from 37% of adult Americans being single in 1976 to 50.2% today.

2014 176

3 Ways to Use Techonology to Automate Your Marketing

Office Organization Success

My recent free teleclass on 4 Key Systems made me realize just how much technology there is to understand and how it can really help you automate your online business, especially when it comes to automating your marketing. On the training I just touched on four key areas, but really there’s so much more. In today’s article I want to share with you some of the areas where automation can really help you grow your business.

2014 144

Set Your Heart Right

Virtual Moxie

We must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right. For me , that''s the most powerful part of the quotation. As a VA, there''s a whole big wide workd out there waiting to know you and to thrill about what you can do. But none of that will have any value if you don''t first cultivate yourself, and set your heart right. The reason?

2014 149

Open Loops 9/12/2014: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Simple Productivity Blog

On Fridays I pull the best of my blog readings to share with readers. Topics can come from anywhere, and cover anything. This week I highlight articles on an alternative to Adblocker; a website to preview the fonts on your machine; home made pet products; reasons early risers get more done (not sure I buy it); ruling your technology; the power of checklists; and using a pressure washer for laundry.

2014 168

Get Off That Lazy Couch: 8 Ways to Get Out of a Slump

Dumb Little Man

Recently I was in a bit of a slump. Things just weren’t going my way. Nowadays I am absolutely great again. I feel wonderful and life is on the up and up again. However sooner or later I will probably get into a slump again. It’s inevitable. How did I get out of it.? #1 1 First of all: stop stressing about everything that isn’t going well. You will be fine. You are fine right now. You are just having a little down period in your life. Life always comes in waves.

2014 186

How to organise the “best ever” Corporate Christmas party

Practically Perfect PA

It’s that time of year again: the first robins and reindeers are infiltrating the shop displays and all over the country bosses are delegating the task of organising their company’s Christmas ‘do’ to their thinly-stretched assistants. While planning your own party can be a lot of fun, the job of corporate event organising carries some hefty responsibilities. First and foremost: how do you tempt everyone from the chairman to the caretaker to attend?

2014 179

The Rise of Fixed Term Contract Workers

Small Business Labs

A few weeks ago we reported on the trends that are leading to more workers being on fixed term contracts, which means employment relationships with their employer that terminate after a specific period of time.    A new study by the Freelancers Union and Elance-oDesk adds more information on this type of work. According  According to their Freelancing in America study , 5.5

2014 174

3 Ways to Use Technology to Automate Your Marketing

Office Organization Success

My recent free teleclass on 4 Key Systems made me realize just how much technology there is to understand and how it can really help you automate your online business, especially when it comes to automating your marketing. On the training I just touched on four key areas, but really there’s so much more. In today’s article I want to share with you some of the areas where automation can really help you grow your business.

2014 143

The Best Marketing Tool For Your Solopreneur Business

The Solopreneur Life

If there was an inexpensive marketing tool that would increase your business’s customer acquisition, conversion, and retention, would you use it? How about if the tool gave you heightened knowledge customers’ wants and needs while also creating a tangible, valuable asset? If such a thing existed, of course you’d use it. And that thing does […]. Related posts: Is Twitter Losing Its Power As a Tool For Solo Businesses?

2014 200

10 Ways To Simplify And Boost Productivity At The Same Time

Simple Productivity Blog

Most people think of simplifying their lives in the same vein as radical life change. However, simplification is about little things.and sometimes they have added bonus effects as well! Today we will look at 10 ways to simplify and boost productivity at the same time. The post 10 Ways To Simplify And Boost Productivity At The Same Time appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

2014 166

6 Lessons Learned From Over 200 Hours of Therapy

Dumb Little Man

“You can stay in therapy your whole life, but you’ve got to live life and not talk about life.” Tracey Gold I’ve been to over 200 hours of therapy. These are the some of the things I’ve learned from all that time and money spent. I wanted to replicate the beginning of Law and Order, but I probably failed. That’s okay and that failure leads me to the first thing I learned. It Is Okay To Be Who You Are I tell some really dorky jokes. Jokes that are unfunny to most people.

2014 185

Organising a corporate golf day

Practically Perfect PA

When I spend time in Scotland my mind and my body wonders to Golf. Scotland is of course the birth place of this sport. For over 600 years men and woman (Mary Queen Of Scots was a very keen Golfer) have knocked a white ball over fairways and greens. Corporate Charity Golf Days have been around for a much shorter time but they have become a staple for many organisations. I remember helping one organisation run its first corporate charity golf day. Two great organisers were tasked with the event.

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