April, 2018

Kick start your motivation

Practically Perfect PA

A few years ago I was working as an EA in a large insurance firm. I’d been there a few years, I know the job inside out, I liked my colleagues and the work was okay. I would go into work every day, do my thing and leave at 5.30pm without a backwards glance. Good […]. Career Development Featured administrators assistants Career EA Executive Assistant motivation Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

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Duluth's Booming Artisan Economy

Small Business Labs

Duluth's Lincoln Park neighborhood was until recently a rundown section of this lake front city in Minnesota, with many empty storefronts and buildings. But now Lincoln Park is the center of a new artisan business boom. Key quote from the head of economic development for the city of Duluth: A new wave of creative entrepreneurship is taking over Duluth and it’s happening in Lincoln Park.

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The 3 Important Rules For Happiness You Should Be Following

Dumb Little Man

The sun is shining, your friends are over for a barbecue and the wine has mellowed your mood. With those things, it is not so hard to be happy. Unfortunately, the sun doesn’t shine every day, at least not in my place. And as your friends get families, they won’t have so much time for your barbecues anymore. And wine, well, it is both your best friend and your worst enemy. Those afterdays, remember? There must be better ways to be happy, right?

2018 166

Why Good Writing Skills Are Important In The Workplace

Office Dynamics

Do you ever find yourself asking “Why Good Writing Skills Are Important In The Workplace? Why home in (or is it hone in?) on the technicalities? Who notices? Who cares? Those who care about productivity, for one. Studies show that 6% of productivity in corporations is affected by poorly written communications. And that number is probably low.

2018 159

Is Mindfulness the Real Secret to Career Success?

On The Job

If there's one trend that has continued to grow in popularity in the business world it's mindfulness. I've written on the subject many times, and interviewed many experts, including Deepak Chopra. CEOs and entrepreneurs swear that mindfulness -- living in the moment -- is doing wonders for their careers. They report they are less stressed, are able to make better decisions and are more open to new ideas because they exist in a non-judgmental state.

2018 146

Optimize Office Efficiency by Regularly Maintaining Equipment

Eco-Office Gals

Running a business or even maintaining an office can be a costly proposition. The average office building will spend roughly 19 percent of their total expenditures on energy alone — and between 54 and 71 percent of that just on lighting, heating and cooling. You can help to reduce these costs by regularly maintaining your equipment. What effect does maintaining equipment have on your energy costs, and how can you set up a regular maintenance schedule to keep your equipment more efficient?

Top technology tools for working remotely

Practically Perfect PA

At the Future Assistant Conference I was talking to an Assistant who did not work in the same office as any of her Executives. Not a single one. I was a bit flabbergasted to be honest. Because, she wasn’t a Virtual Assistant. She had been hired by the organisation to work with an Executive […]. Featured Office Technology admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant remote working technology

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How to Successfully Get Back Together After A Break Up

Dumb Little Man

Karen felt hopeful when she and her ex-boyfriend initially got back together. After a stormy breakup and a painful month apart, they gradually began to communicate with one another. It was healing for her to be able to finally get all that was unsaid out into the open. For the first time in a very long while, Karen felt listened to. It also seemed that her boyfriend was open, honest, and that they were figuring things out.

2018 161

Happy Administrative Professionals’ Day!

Office Dynamics

A message from Joan Burge, Founder and CEO of Office Dynamics International: Happy Administrative Professionals’ Day! The team at Office Dynamics is grateful for each and every one of you. You have enriched our lives, challenged us to think big, and honor us by supporting our work. There is no greater joy for us than to serve you. It is my hope that you will always hold your head up high in this profession.

Podcast 094: Know your end point

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ? Stitcher ? Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play. You can leave a review here! This is podcast 94 and it’s called “Know your end point.” ” First, I’ll share with you what we’re working on in my coaching group. In case you haven’t heard, I now offer group coaching for productivity, time management, prioritizing, procrastination and decluttering. There’s a different theme each month.

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The Evolving Admin: What’s Next for Administrative Professionals?

Eat Your Career

The last time I worked as an Executive Assistant, it was 2007. That was just a little over 10 years ago, and yet, so much has changed in that time. Social media was just starting to take shape back then. We were all still using Blackberries and trying desperately to make them sync correctly with our computers. Faxing was still an acceptable mode of communication. Back then, Administrative Professionals Day was not on my radar at all.

Technology of the week: Foursquare City Guides

Practically Perfect PA

Today’s technology of the week: Foursquare city guides. Here are all the details… What is Foursquare City Guides? I think most of you would have heard of Foursquare but, if not, it is a website and app that brings together restaurant recommendations, hotel picks, must-see places and loads of other useful advice for people travelling […].

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Most Millennials Think Starting a Business is Risky

Small Business Labs

According to a report from the global financial giant UBS , 72% of Millennials say starting a business appeals to them. But at the same time, most say it's too risky to do. The chart below, which is from the same UBS report, shows most Millennials see starting a business as riskier than older cohorts do. This is a theme we've covered in the past in our article Risk Profiles of Freelancers Versus Non-Freelancers.

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The Negative Effects of Technology in Child Development

Dumb Little Man

The number of hours that children spend on their devices and technical gadgets has increased exponentially. This is causing a lot of parents to feel alarmed as there are several negative effects of technology on child development. It Slows Down The Brain. Nowadays, children do not get enough exercise. They spend most of their time with their gadgets. This lack of exercise is extremely bad for their physical and mental health because it can slow down their development.

2018 143

Dreams Do Come True

Office Dynamics

Dreams do come true and I am so excited this week that I can hardly contain myself. This week I am living a dream that I had about 20 years ago! I am going to work with one of the most highly respected and well-known companies in the world! I am going to be teaching our flagship training program for assistants, the Star Achievement Series ®. And I won’t only be teaching this week, but I will be going to this company six times between now and September.

2018 157

The coaching group is underway!

Clutter Coach

by The group is still small so this is a great time to join. More personal coaching from me, which I won’t be able to offer once the group grows. Join now. Your success in overcoming procrastination (or any other issue the group is for, such as time management, productivity, declutter and organizing) is important to me. I’m active on the private Facebook group every day to give you help, ideas and support. Making changes, even ones you want very much to make, is not easy.

2018 100

5 Ways to Fix Workplace Drama

On The Job

If you feel like your workplace has more drama than an episode of "Grey's Anatomy," it may be time to think about how such turmoil affects your career and whether you need to make some changes in your own behavior. Workplace drama can come in many different forms, from the gossiping colleague to the co-worker who yells (or cries) when under stress. Such an environment hurts productivity, teamwork and creativity, and can eventually lead to employees leaving.

2018 141

The road to strategic thinking

Practically Perfect PA

In today’s blog post I’ve adapted the presentation I gave at the Future Assistant Conference back in February. The title of the session was ‘The road to strategic thinking’ Over the last 7 years I’ve followed how the PA industry has changed, publications have come and gone, new thought leaders have stepped up…. How we […].

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The Return of Independent Bookstores

Small Business Labs

In 1936 George Orwell pointed out that one of the main difficulties of owning an independent bookstore is turning a profit. This, of course, was long before Amazon. But as NPR's  Why The Number Of Independent Bookstores Increased During The 'Retail Apocalypse'  reports, despite Amazon and other challenges independent bookstores are having a bit of a renaissance.    From 2009 to 2017 the number of U.S. independent bookstores increased roughly 40%. 

2018 159

7 Great Leadership Traits That Guarantee Success

Dumb Little Man

Whether you like it or not, the success of your career is linked to how good a leader you are. The quality of your leadership is what will enable you to get things done, get noticed, and make progress. While there is no shortcut to success, there are tips you can use to get the results you’re after. For example, you can get ideas from today’s successful leaders. With that, here are 7 great leadership traits that will make you successful in no time. Prioritize Developing Others.

2018 142

Administrative Professionals’ Week

Office Dynamics

A message from Joan Burge, Founder and CEO of Office Dynamics International: This is a very special week for the more than 4.5 million administrative professionals in the USA. Actually, this week is celebrated all over the world. I’d like to acknowledge all the great administrative assistants, executive assistants, and the more than 40+ titles that represent the group that holds organizations together.

Podcast 093: Being focused

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ? Stitcher ? Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play. You can leave a review here! This is Podcast 93 and it’s about being focused. Last time I talked about being present. This time, right now, is all that you have. This time I’ll talk about being focused and utilizing that present time. The kind of focus I mean is related to being present.

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Why Workplace Friendships Go Wrong -- and How to Deal With It

On The Job

Most of us develop friendships at work, but sometimes these relationships go off the rails. When that happens, it's often a slippery slope because having a disagreement with a friend at work can cause you professional problems, as well. Andrea Bonior, a licensed psychologist, offers some potential friendship pitfalls and how to deal with them in her book, "Friendship Fix." Among her tips: 1. Your friend is using something in your personal life against you at work.

2018 138

Standard replies to frequent email requests

Practically Perfect PA

So I’ve been using Gmail for… A LONG time… And last week I finally got around to having a look at some of the features that will help me keep on top of my emails. Gmail has loads and I will share these with you in another blog post soon. But, one feature that I know […]. Core Skills Email Management Featured admin administrators assistants Canned Emails EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

2018 176

Uber and Lyft Help Drivers Weather Financial Shocks

Small Business Labs

A recent academic study found that many ridesharing drivers do so to help them work through financial shocks and smooth income volatility. The study only looked at rideshare drivers. But it points out that these benefits should extend to any highly flexible part-time employment. Consumption Insurance and Multiple Jobs: Evidence from Rideshare Drivers  is based on a database of the finances for over 1.5 million households.

2018 157

4 Ways You Can Make Money Online By Selling Old Stuff

Dumb Little Man

Yard sales are one of the most famous ways to sell your old stuff, but it is one of the most excruciating parts of selling anything. Nowadays, several online platforms have made it super easy for you to sell old stuff and make a quick buck. There are a few methods that I’ve tried personally and would like to share with you all so that you can get rid of your clutter in a really beneficial way.

2018 133

Multigenerational Communication & Cross-mentorship

Office Dynamics

By Dana Buchanan. The professional world of administrative and executive assistants and support staff is an exceptional melting pot of backgrounds, experience, knowledge, gender, age, education and personalities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 there were 22 million administrative support occupation positions recorded in the United States alone! Worldwide the number rises to make the profession one of the largest groups ever!

2018 132

Come Sit Stay Pet Shipping marketing video – Parker Colorado

Andrea Kalli

Come Sit Stay Pet Shipping marketing video – Parker Colorado – Designed and edited by [link] – Andrea Kalli – Video Design. Video Editing Services. Video Marketing. If you want to see more, check out my showcase videos: [link]. Video Marketing

2018 109

How to Answer "Tell Me About Yourself"

On The Job

Chances are pretty good that in your next job interview, you're going to hear: "So! Tell me about yourself." Interviewers love to ask this question because a) they're hoping you might slip up and tell them something really interesting, such as the fact that you've been fired from your last five jobs b) they don't really remember who you are, and this gives them time to come up with questions to ask and c) they want to see how you present yourself.

2018 131

Five great books about verbal communication

Practically Perfect PA

If you look at any job application for an Assistant role, you will find something about communication skills. It is a must-have in our profession. Well, we have to communicate efficiently with our Executives, we have to interact with loads of different people from all walks of life and different levels within the business. […]. Core Competencies admin administrators assistants Books Communication EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant

2018 175

According to T. Rowe Price, Gig Economy Workers Pay More Attention To Their Money

Small Business Labs

The invest and mutual fund firm T. Rowe Price study  Financial Attitudes & Behaviors Toward the Gig Economy found that "participation in the gig economy makes workers more financially accountable"   As the study chart below shows (click to enlarge), 78% of the surveyed gig workers said they are more involved in their finances due to gig work. This finding is hardly surprising.

2018 150

One Simple Trick to Get Rid of the #1 Workplace Productivity Killer

Dumb Little Man

Coworkers, emails, phone calls, customers or clients…. The amount of things that can distract us from our responsibilities in a work day is enormous. Normally, we don’t resist these distractions and we end up switching over to them because want to. This kind of multi-tasking kills our ability to be productive. Scientific studies have shown that we lose 40% of our time due to switching between tasks. That means that we’re losing 16 hours of our work week by multitasking alone.

2018 126

Are You An Aspiring Writer?

Office Dynamics

Are you an aspiring writer? What about an aspiring writer involved in the administration field? Are you looking to add to your writing experience? Well, you’re in luck! Office Dynamics is looking to add a few guest bloggers that would love to share their ideas, knowledge, and creativity with our audience. Office Dynamics has always felt the importance of having YOUR voice heard and this is a great way for us to help!

2018 123

How To Become A Self-Employed Permanent Makeup Artist

The Small Business Blog

Ever contemplated permanent makeup artist as a career choice? Congratulations! You have just begun the journey towards being a specialist in the permanent cosmetics industry-an exciting and rewarding profession. And, for your information, did you know that you can become not only a permanent makeup artist but also a self-employed one? Yes, you can learn the trade and employ yourself! Are you a self-starter? Do you have a passion for the permanent makeup artist job?

2018 103

Why Networking is So Exhausting -- and What to Do About It

On The Job

Professional conferences or networking events are great ways to learn new things about your industry and make important contacts for your career. They also can be exhausting. Even the most outgoing person can find hours of "small talk" a bit draining. If you say "Hello, how are you?" one more time, you think you might go crazy. The key to getting through such events is doing some planning beforehand.

2018 125

20 career experts to follow on Twitter

Practically Perfect PA

Social Media is the place to start when you are thinking about boosting your career in 2018.There are loads of fantastic articles, advice and free training on all the different platforms. So, today, I thought I would share my top 20 career experts you should all be following on Twitter. Of course, there are loads […]. Career Development Social Media admin administrators assistants Career EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Twitter VA Industry

More Americans Facing a Rent Burden

Small Business Labs

Nearly 43 million U.S. households rented their homes in 2016, which is about 9.3 million more than in 2004.    And according to the Pew Research study  American Families Face a Growing Rent Burden , 38% of these households are "rent burdened" Pew defines rent burdened as any renter household that spends more than 30% of their income on rent. Being rent burdened means having less money for other expenses or savings.

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