June, 2018

Technology of the week: Zoom

Practically Perfect PA

Today’s technology of the week: Zoom. Here are all the details… What is Zoom? Zoom is a cloud-based system which provides users with a video-conferencing and online meeting service along with webinars and file sharing functions. What does it do? Zoom has a number of features. You can use it for simple video-conferencing in your […].

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Five Ways to Promote Optimal Brain Development in Children

Dumb Little Man

Parents want what’s best for their children but making sure you’re encouraging optimal brain development isn’t that easy. In general, a child’s brain requires a wide variety of experiences and environmental stimulation to develop normally. To boost brain development, a child’s typical early environment should be rich in sensory, language, and social experiences for optimal brain development to occur.

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How to Raise Your Visibility at Work

Eat Your Career

About a year ago, I was hosting a training session on the topic of emotional intelligence. I asked the professionals in the room to shout out some of the feelings they experience on an average workday. I heard: happy, frustrated, stressed, angry, overwhelmed, fulfilled, engaged, irritated, and a variety of other applicable words. But then, I heard someone shout a word that made me pause: Invisible. That one hit me in the gut. Is there anything worse?

2018 165

The Number of Nonemployer Businesses Continued to Grow in 2016

Small Business Labs

The U.S. Census recently released the 2016 nonemployer business statistics. Key quote from their press release : nonemployer establishments increased 2.0 percent from 24,331,403 in 2015 to 24,813,048 in 2016. Receipts increased 1.5 percent from $1.15 trillion in 2015 to $1.17 trillion in 2016. This continues a pattern of about 2% growth per year in the number of nonemployer businesses over the past couple of decades. Since

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5 Powerful Communication Strategies for Administrative Assistants

Office Dynamics

Do you have a healthy curiosity that you use in your day-to-day communications? I was inspired today to share with you 5 powerful communication strategies for administrative assistants that I often teach in my World Class Assistant Certification and Designation Program. However, I want to assure you that if you are not in the administrative profession, you will still greatly benefit from today’s topic. So continue reading.

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Yes, You Need a Website. Here’s 7 Reasons Why.

Tips From T. Marie

Look, I get it. I know that starting and running a business means a constant evaluation of what to spend money on. Maybe that’s why so many new business owners ask, “Do I need a website?” The answer is, “Yes.” Not maybe, not it depends, it’s just a simple, “Yes, you need a website.”. Period. Those same new business owners are inevitably going to follow up with a big, old, “Why?”. Here’s why you need a website: Your Clients/Customers Expect It.

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Listen to the CEO of a $1 billion startup and his EA discuss their partnership

Practically Perfect PA

At this month’s Practically Perfect PA Virtual Summit we are incredibly lucky to have the Captain of BrewDog, James Watt and his First Mate, Bethany Burns. It’s certainly not every day you get to listen to the CEO of a $1 billion startup and his EA discuss their partnership! BrewDog is an inspirational success story […]. Assist Events Featured Video Virtual Summit admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

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How to Create a Positive and Productive Workspace

Eat Your Career

This is a guest post contributed by Eleanor Whitney, editor of All Hands , a publication about life at work from Managed by Q. The space where we do our work matters. Americans who are employed full time now work an average of 47 hours a week. In addition, employee expectations for their workplace experience are increasing, and many expect all the comforts of home in their office.

2018 136

The Continuing Merging of Coworking, Social Clubs and Gyms

Small Business Labs

Several interesting recent stories illustrate how coworking, social clubs and gyms are merging. CNBC's Companies are making gyms their headquarters - here's why covers gyms that also have coworking spaces. The segment points out that most gyms are cheaper than coworking spaces and in addition to working, you can also work out and socialize. The Business Meets Members Club: Is This The Future Of Co-Working? from Forbes, covers the coworking/social club/event space  Spring Place.

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Office Dynamics Top 10 Blogs For Administrative Professionals

Office Dynamics

Last week Office Dynamics sent an email to all of our subscribers saying, “Thank you,” and we also provided the Office Dynamics Top 10 Blogs For Administrative Professionals. We would like to make that message available to our social media and blog followers as well because you are part of this great family we have. Enjoy and once again, THANK YOU! Office Dynamics International has and always will be focused on YOU.

13 Ways You Should be Using Your Smartphone for Business

Tips From T. Marie

Admit it, you don’t go anywhere without your smartphone. It’s ok, the rest of us don’t either. That reason alone is incentive enough to examine just how useful your smartphone is to your business. With more of us enjoying job flexibility today, and with the probability of up to 58% of workers expected to be independent contractors by 2027 , if you’re not using your smartphone for more than texting, calls and email you should be.

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Adding some creativity to a regular meeting

Practically Perfect PA

We have all been in charge of regular meetings. Perhaps it’s a formal board meeting with dozens of papers and reports, or maybe it’s a more informal weekly staff get together or something in between. Have you ever thought, I wish I could freshen this up to make sure the attendees get more from the […]. Core Skills Events Management admin administrators assistants EA Events Executive Assistant Meeting Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

2018 165

Top Tips For Improving Sleep You Really Need to Try Now

Dumb Little Man

Being unable to have a good sleep at night is a problem for millions of people around the world. For some, it is due to a medical condition while for others, it is caused by the things they do on a daily basis. Without good sleep, both your mental and physical health will be compromised and you’ll have a hard time staying productive throughout the day.

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Podcast 099: The virtual team

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ? Stitcher ? Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play. You can leave a review here! This is podcast 99 and it’s about a productivity tool I call the virtual team. You assemble a virtual team with people in your life to help you be accountable. I came up with this idea for one of my clients who’s a consultant. He works for a company but doesn’t have an office there. His job involves working with people from different departments on different projects.

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Reviewing the BLS 2017 Contingent and Alternative Employment Arrangements Survey

Small Business Labs

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) caused quite a stir yesterday with the release of their 2017 Contingent and Alternative Employment Arrangement (CWS) survey results.    Specifically, the report shows that the share of U.S. gig/contract workers in the U.S. workforce was slightly smaller than they reported the last time the survey was done, which was 13 years ago. They also found that only about 10.1% of Americans engage in alternative (independent) work.

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What to Do When You Have to “Fix and Polish” a Message

Office Dynamics

Suppose your supervisor emails you a message that says, “Fix the attached” or “Polish this piece.” What does it mean to fix or polish a business message? In addition to correcting punctuation, typos, misspellings, and grammar glitches, what’s required beyond that? First, find out what your supervisor thinks it needs. Where does it fall short? What’s missing? Whether or not you receive an answer, go through the following key questions yourself: Why is this piece needed?

2018 165

Business Logo Creation with DesignEvo

Tips From T. Marie

Because I tend to create my own graphics, I hadn’t explored online options for creating a business logo until DesignEvo reached out to me and asked if I’d be interested in taking it for a test run. I agreed because after visiting their service I felt it could be a huge benefit for my readers. – T. Marie. A business logo can be a vital component in branding your business.

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40 Apple hacks for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

Now I know not everyone uses Apple products, but a lot of you do, and a lot of your Executive’s do too. So I thought I would share some great hacks that I have found, which will help you get the most from your iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches and Macs. These 40 Apple hacks for […]. Featured Office Technology admin administrators Apple Apple Watch assistants EA Executive Assistant iPad iPhone Mac Office manager PA Personal Assistant technology Virtual Assistant

2018 159

How to Rewire Your Brain for Success

Dumb Little Man

The brain is an incredible organ. It is constantly regenerating and renewing itself while absorbing the information being thrown at it. However, not every piece of information it absorbs is positive or even correct. For example, if you fall down in public and feel embarrassed, the thought “I’m an idiot” pops into your head. Your brain will absorb it and form a neural pathway.

2018 140

5 surprising ways clutter in your home hinders your productivity (and what to do about it)

Productivity Bits

Think your productivity could do with some improvement? You’re certainly not alone. There are a huge number of people looking for ways to increase their productivity every day, but very few of them think to look to their home as a way to do it. Clutter can be a serious hindrance on your efforts at work – and here’s how. Messy home, messy mind There is a saying that anyone who can live or work in a messy environment must have a messy head themselves. This often rings true.

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Key Findings from the BLS's Contingent and Alternative Work Survey

Small Business Labs

Getting somewhat lost in the debates around the results from the BLS's 2017 Contingent and Alternative Employment Arrangements survey (CWS) are several interesting findings about independent contractors.    The BLS defines independent contractors as someone who is self-employed and their primary job is as an independent contractor, independent consultant or freelance worker. Key findings for this segment include: 1. 79

2018 133

Podcast 098: Working on your own

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ? Stitcher ? Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play. You can leave a review here! ?. This is Podcast 98 and it’s about getting organized on your own, whether it’s just you, a couple or a family. If hiring an organizer isn’t in your budget, what can you do? Well, I’m not going to dissuade anyone from working on their own. It certainly can be done. My aim in doing this podcast is to give you valuable tips and ideas that you can implement on your own.

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How to Get More Respect at Work

Eat Your Career

“Respect is like air. When it’s there, you don’t notice it. When it’s not there, it’s all you notice.”. Quote from, “Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High”. As many of you know, I do a lot of work with support professionals—administrative assistants, executive assistants, office managers, and so on.

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Technology of the Week: TravelPerk

Practically Perfect PA

What is TravelPerk? TravelPerk in a free all-in-one business travel platform for modern companies. Save time and money by using TravelPerk’s in-app automated travel policies, approval flows and travel data. All this to make your company’s business travel smart, connected and stress-free. What does TravelPerk do? TravelPerk gives your entire team freedom and visibility when […].

2018 158

11 Really Effective Relaxation Techniques to Relieve Anxiety

Dumb Little Man

No one can evade stress completely but you may resist it by mastering a relaxation method. Relaxation techniques can decrease the level of anxiety and bring your body into a state of equilibrium. Apart from producing a balancing effect, relaxation also magnifies energy and concentration. It helps overcome illnesses, alleviates pain and enhances problem-solving abilities and motivation.

2018 133

Simple Ways to Create a Sustainable Outdoor Office Space

Eco-Office Gals

For decades, you could walk into any office in the country and see much the same thing — individual cubicles, shuttered windows and fluorescent lighting. People assumed this kind of office increased productivity — and for baby boomers, it’s entirely possible it did. Times are changing, though, and open-space offices are becoming the new norm. One way to improve productivity in these offices is to provide outdoor spaces.

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Food Delivery Forecast to Grow Rapidly

Small Business Labs

A new research report by financial giant UBS suggests that millennials are ditching the kitchen and instead opting for food delivery in a report titled “Is the Kitchen Dead.”. The report is not available to the public and we haven't seen it. But it's nicely covered the Forbes article  Millennials Are Ordering More Food Delivery, But Are They Killing The Kitchen, Too?

2018 131

Overqualified and Interviewing

Office Dynamics

Overqualified but applied anyway – NOT a desperate move. I have applied for positions I was overqualified for and thankful for what I learned from them. There are a few reasons someone might be overqualified but apply anyway. Rarely, if ever, are any of those reasons a desperate move or because one simply desires contentment or lacks professional development desire. Some reasons include: Job loss and/or need for employment. Returning after a career gap due to health, caregiving, education, etc.

2018 132

3 Ways to Get Others to Listen to You When They're Distracted

On The Job

I think we can all agree that there are a lot of distractions in our lives. But what you may not realize is that those distractions are hurting your career. The biggest problem is that when others are distracted, they're not listening to you. If they're not listening to you, then it's going to affect your ability to get your job done, to impress the people you need to impress and to ensure they don't drop the ball and get you into trouble. Here are some ways to make sure others listen to you: 1.

2018 125

Win a weekend stay at Travelodge’s new flagship hotel in the heart of London

Practically Perfect PA

Today, we are really excited to share our new giveaway with you. In conjuncture with Travelodge, we are giving one lucky Practically Perfect PA reader the chance to win a weekend stay at Travelodge’s new flagship hotel in the heart of London, Travelodge London City. Here are all the details: Win a weekend stay at […]. Competition Featured Sponsored posts admin administrators assistants business travel EA Executive Assistant Giveaway Office manager PA Personal Assistant Travelodge

2018 138

7 Top Small Business Ideas for Students You Can Totally Try

Dumb Little Man

Thousands of college students have part-time jobs and nobody wants to become a slave to graduation debt. However, rather than work for somebody else, some young people choose to work for themselves and launch their own small businesses. Despite the required time and effort, being an entrepreneur gives students more flexibility and money. If you are one of those people, here are 7 small business ideas for students you have to try out. Tutoring.

2018 132

The Take Over of Green Marketing

Eco-Office Gals

Consumers love products that in one way or another help the environment. This demand for ‘green’ products and services has not gone unnoticed by corporate America. Environmental conservation has played a major role in reshaping the corporate landscape of America since the late 1960’s onward as environmental policy reform began gaining popularity. This support for decreasing pollution and unnecessary waste has translated into a series of laws regulating the American business sector.

2018 100

The California Creative Economy

Small Business Labs

The Otis Report on the Creative Economy comes from the LA based Otis College of Art and Design.    The report covers the creative economy in California. And as their chart below shows, it's big. The study does a good job capturing self-employed creatives. This is important because independent workers comprise a large share of the creative workforce. Key quote from the report: "In certain sectors, self-employment is more common than wage and salary employment.

2018 127

Introduce Yourself to Yourself

Office Dynamics

You’re not the person you once were. Times change. People change. You have changed, too. You owe it to yourself to make time for introspection so that you’re not a stranger to yourself. Don’t wait for quiet time to open up because it never will. There will always be a project to work on, family demands, another errand to run, another memo to write. Schedule time for getting to know yourself. When the time arrives, ask questions.

2018 129

You Can Avoid Multitasking When You Focus on These 3 Things

Productivityist

This is a guest post by Austin L. Church. Austin is a writer and consultant who runs a branding and content agency called Balernum. He lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, with his lovely and patient wife Megan, and their two boys and one girl. He would tell you that his family and his faith are the reason he is so gung-ho about improving his focus, his business, and himself. He wants his kids to say, “Go away!” not “Why is Dad always gone?” You can say hi on Twitter: @austinlchurch.

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The Virtual Summit is this Friday!

Practically Perfect PA

Just a quick heads up that the Virtual Summit is this Friday! That’s Friday 22nd June 11am-7pm GMT+1. If you have been holding off buying your ticket, the time is now! If you don’t fancy waking up in the middle of the night for the summit, I hear ya! The Summit recording (that is all […]. Assist Events Featured Virtual Summit admin administrators assistants EA Education and Training Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

2018 100

How to Stop Smoking For Good

Dumb Little Man

Everyone knows that smoking’s a bad habit. It costs a lot of money and it’s unhealthy for those around you. It’s also one of the leading causes of cancer. It’s safe to say that there are plenty of reasons you want to quit. But, to actually tackle such a feat is as difficult as you imagine. Nicotine is the most common substance Americans are dependent on and it’s been claimed to be as addictive as heroin. Of the 35 million people in the U.S.

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