May, 2018

5 online courses every Executive Assistant should take

Practically Perfect PA

I took my first online training course probably around 15 years ago now. It was a live webinar and we had to listen to the speaker via the phone on my desk while watching the slideshow on my computer screen. It was a bit of a novelty and funnily enough, a lot of my colleagues were […]. Assist Events Career Development Training Virtual Summit admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager Online Courses PA Personal Assistant training Virtual Assistant

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Co-Living Startups Continue to Attract Funding

Small Business Labs

According to Crunchbase , an "analysis of residential-focused real estate startups uncovered a raft of companies with a shared and temporary housing focus that have raised funding in the past year or so." " The Crunchbase chart below shows startups some of the startups who've recently raised capital. The article points out that most of these startups are selling community in addition to housing. Key quote: " today’s shared housing startups are selling another vision.

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5 Tips for Creating A Wedding Budget

Dumb Little Man

Are you nearing your wedding day and still have not figured out the best ways in creating a wedding budget? If yes, then you have to be smart while planning your budget and just go for the essentials that will not force you to break your bank. If you are curious to know what those ways are, check out the following amazing tips you can start using now. Make Your Reception Private Yet Grand. One of the most common things that bother couples the most during their wedding planning is the guest list.

2018 160

Even More Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint in the Office

Eco-Office Gals

Climate change is becoming an increasingly real subject for businesses and consumers across the globe. As a way to combat or prolong the issue, many organizations have opted to go green by creating more eco-friendly working environments. Not only does reducing their carbon footprint helps the environment, but it also helps business. Companies who are environmentally-conscious save money and improve their brand reputation amongst consumers.

Overwhelmed by GDPR & those notices? What do they mean for you?

Tips From T. Marie

The past few days my inbox has been filled to overflowing with privacy policy and opt in notices. I’d be willing to bet yours is too. It’s all because on Friday, May 25 th the new GDPR regulation takes effect. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by GDPR and what it means to you, keep reading. What is GDPR? . GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation and it’s essentially a data and privacy protection law that applies to the European Union and its residents.

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Interacting with the World and Work

Office Dynamics

During a class I was teaching, a high-level executive assistant that I admire said to her peers, “At our company, we insulate ourselves. We think we are the best executive assistants alive, but we are not. We have much to learn.” This executive assistant is a seasoned professional with 25+ years of experience in the administrative profession.

2018 158

Technology of the week: Scanbot

Practically Perfect PA

Today’s technology of the week: Scanbot. Here are all the details… What is Scanbot? Scanbot is the easiest and fastest way to create high-quality scans with your iPhone, iPad or Android device. It is free to use, although there is a pro version which enables users to produce edit-ready documents. What does it do? Scanbot […].

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A Quick Look at Motorcycle History

Dumb Little Man

The motorcycle, an icon of freedom on two wheels, has an interesting story. If you are an enthusiast or you simply like traveling on your big bike, here’s a really catchy motorcycle history you need to hear. The Start. The bike’s humble beginnings date back to 1867 when bicycle inventor Pierre Michaux came up with the first steam-powered bicycle. Soon after, in 1885, Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach invented the first diesel-powered engine the world had seen.

2018 155

Ten Simple Ways to Go Green On A Budget

Eco-Office Gals

Most people associate “going green” with buying expensive products like organic vegetables, environmentally friendly cleaning products, and electric cars. However, there are some really simple techniques you can use to go green without spending much money. In fact, some of these techniques can even help you save money! Without further ado, here are ten simple ways to go green on a budget. . Reduce your plastic use.

2018 125

Podcast 097: Sorting

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ? Stitcher ? Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play. You can leave a review here! ?. Podcast 97, this one, is about sorting. Back in podcast 61 I talked about general sorting principles. I find sorting to be easy and even kind of fun. Do you remember the Sesame Street recurring sketch called “One of these things”? In the sketch, there were four objects and one of them was different from the others.

2018 100

Life Reframed

Office Dynamics

As we come upon Memorial Weekend, I thought I would share something very personal and deep with you but with a happy ending. For 10 years, I have not enjoyed Memorial Weekend. Why is that when throughout my life I always enjoyed every holiday? It was because ten years ago, on Memorial Weekend I was in the emergency room with my husband David who was very sick. We did not find out until 4 months later that David had pancreatic cancer.

2018 155

Five restaurants to recommend in the City of London

Practically Perfect PA

As Personal Assistant’s we book hundreds of restaurants every year for our colleagues, our executives and let’s not forget ourselves. I am Paula Gibson, a Personal Assistant and Founder of JLT’s Global PA Network for over 100 PA’s. Last year, I decided to set up www.Cityintrigue.com to give inspiration to my fellow PAs on trusted […].

Uber Unveils Flying Taxi Prototype

Small Business Labs

Uber unveiled a flying taxi eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) prototype at its recent  Elevate conference. The prototype (below) is a cross between a really big drone and a small airplane. Four drone/helicopter style rotors driven by electric motors provide vertical lift, bringing the vehicle to its cruising altitude. Once airborne the eVTOL switches over to fixed-wing operation with its wings providing lift and a propeller in the tail providing thrust.

2018 153

5 Things to Let Go If You Want to Be Happy

Dumb Little Man

There are some things in life that have us convinced that life without them would be terrible or uncomfortably weird. In reality, however, life generally gets better without those things. Nothing in life should create a dependency. I recently let go of a lot of junk, including material possessions, and I’ve never felt better in my life. If you want to experience the same things, here are the top things to let go so you can start living the life you’ve always wanted.

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5 Innovative Green Building Ideas For New Architecture Projects

Eco-Office Gals

Since the early 2000’s, the green revolution has been underway. Especially in the last 10 years, we have seen countless commercial projects realign their sustainability priorities. With all the tax benefits, costs savings and positive social impact , companies are leading the way by investing in green buildings. As a business owner, you should consider the many positive impacts that sustainable architecture has on your budget, people and environment.

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Podcast 096: The four tendencies: questioner

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ? Stitcher ? Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play. You can leave a review here! This is podcast 96 and it’s about being a questioner as one of the four tendencies. If you’ve been listening to me for awhile, you know I love to ask questions! I love to ask what I call stupid questions, the ones that people don’t ask because they take the answer for granted and it doesn’t occur them that they even CAN question it. I’ve always been this way.

2018 100

A Story of Inspiration for all Administrative Professionals

Office Dynamics

The Gillie Watson Story. May 21, 2018. I will never forget Gillie Watson. Gillie attended my World Class Assistant certification and designation course in Las Vegas many years ago. I was impressed with Gillie the minute she walked in the meeting room as she was polished, professional, and friendly. She was an eager student even though she was a very seasoned executive assistant in a high-level position supporting a President in a large organization in Denver.

First Impressions Online: How PAs Virtually Greet Business 

Practically Perfect PA

I am a keyboard warrior. Not necessarily by choice, but rather by circumstance. I’ve worked as a PA and Office Manager across the Pharmaceutical, Healthcare and now Foodservice industry since 2011. In recent years I’ve found myself in the online space where first impressions with clients happen over live chat, email or phone. A heart-warming […].

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The Rise of Occupational Licensing

Small Business Labs

In the 1950's about 5% of full time U.S. workers had a professional, occupation license. Today about 23% do.    This data comes the interesting HBR article  More and More Jobs Today Require a License. That’s Good for Some Workers, but Not Always for Consumers. Occupational licensing is the strictest occupational restriction. It prevents the unlicensed from legally working in a profession without meeting government mandated entry requirements.

2018 151

7 Highly Effective Tips On How to Stay Productive

Dumb Little Man

Most people have a hard time staying productive throughout the day. If you work the typical 9 to 5 job, you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s that feeling when your brain becomes so exhausted that you grab that extra afternoon cup of coffee to just keep going. It’s physically impossible for you to continuously engage your brain in intense activity and concentration for more than a couple of hours at a time. Despite that, you still push yourself until you experience fatigue.

2018 137

Top Career Killers that Sabotage Your Professional Growth (and How to Avoid Them)

Eat Your Career

In my work as a career coach, I meet a lot of promising professionals who feel professionally stuck. They complain of being overlooked, unappreciated, passed over, undervalued and ignored. Many of these people feel like victims. It’s my job to help empower them to take responsibility for their part, which is often bigger than they originally thought. Much of the time, we can identify specific behaviors that have contributed to the situation.

2018 100

Podcast 095: Prioritizing

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ? Stitcher ? Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play. You can leave a review here! This is podcast 95 and it’s about prioritizing. I’m surprised to look back and see that I haven’t talked about this concept much! It came up last night with my coaching group as we started our month of focusing on time management. Speaking of the group, May has just begun, so it’s not too late to join the group. You can find out details on my homepage, cluttercoach.net.

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Forever A Student

Office Dynamics

I am so jazzed! Yesterday I flew to San Diego (with Jill and Brian from ODI), to attend the ATD International Conference and Exposition for 3 days. This is the training industry’s premier event with about 10,000 attendees, 300+ breakout sessions, and more than 600+ exhibitors. It’s amazing and can be overwhelming. I am excited to be the student this week. As you know, I am usually the teacher. At heart, I have always been a student and absolutely love to learn.

2018 140

How to chase requests at work without annoying people

Practically Perfect PA

Picture the scene. You’ve asked somebody that you work with to do something for you or your Executive. You need their input on the task before you can move on with your work. You email them the request, you don’t hear anything back, you email again, you get a reply that states they will get […]. Core Skills Dealing with coworkers Task Management admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Tasks Virtual Assistant

2018 169

Cigna's Loneliness Index and Coworking

Small Business Labs

The large, global health services company Cigna recently released their U.S. Loneliness Index , which found loneliness in the U.S. is at "epidemic levels" The key findings include: Nearly half  of Americans report sometimes or always feeling alone (46 percent) or left out (47 percent). One in four  Americans (27 percent) rarely or never feel as though there are people who really understand them.

2018 151

Social Media Causing Depression and Anxiety: Is It True?

Dumb Little Man

Social media was designed to make interaction a lot easier. But today, when we look closely, we are socially awkward. This is why social media causing depression and anxiety isn’t surprising. We are gradually getting so addicted to proving ourselves to the rest of the world that we fail to realize our real self-worth. Social media is silently taking away our happiness without us realizing it. Breaking Connection to Reality.

There Are No Shortcuts to Success

Eat Your Career

I’m back again writing another article based on the wisdom I’ve gained from Jeff Haden’s amazing book, “The Motivation Myth.” If you missed my previous article, you can read it here. This concept is not a new or revolutionary one, but it still strikes me as important given our world today. Haden reminds us that there are no shortcuts to success. These days, we’re all obsessed with “hacks,” those tiny tricks to make life and work easier.

2018 100

How to Say "No" to a New Position? Very Carefully

On The Job

Is it ever OK to turn down your boss when he or she offers you a new position? I was in this situation once. I had been hired to run a medical magazine, but within the week my new boss took me out to lunch. "I I have a proposition for you. We've decided to start a new magazine on the workplace, and we want you to run it," he said, smiling. "Uh," Uh," I faltered. "It It will be great," he said. You have a business writing background. It would be perfect for you."

2018 125

Insights from a “Rock Star”: A Conversation with Joan Burge

Office Dynamics

OSU Administrative Professionals Hosted Joan Burge. Ohio State University Administrative Professionals Group hosted Joan Burge April 23, 2018, in an informal session called Insights From a Rock Star: A Conversation with Joan Burge. Many of the professionals attending had questions about Joan and her accomplishments, however, there were several questions during the event that were asked that are often asked by our own readers.

2018 138

What to do when your day completely sucks

Practically Perfect PA

We’ve all been there. Totally unproductive day, conflict in the office, lost your keys and your wallet, train delayed, crappy email from the boss. Whatever the problem, we’ve all had those days that completely suck. When nothing gets done and the hole you find yourself in just gets bigger and bigger. Time to pack up, […]. Featured admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

2018 169

The Top 15 Cities for Specialized Freelancers

Small Business Labs

Fiverr's Understanding the Impact of the Freelance Economy study focuses on what they call "specialized freelancers" These are independent workers who provide professional, technical, or creative services.    As the report chart below shows, there are about 2.5 million "specialized freelancers" in the U.S.    Fiverr and their research partner, Rockbridge Associates , dug deep into the U.S. Census non-employer business dataset for this analysis. 

2018 151

8 Genius Fashion Hacks for Men

Dumb Little Man

Dressing sharp and looking smart doesn’t always mean having to burn a hole in your pocket with brand names. It’s actually useless without the proper know-how on how to style and carry yourself. Check out these very simple and doable fashion hacks for men that will have you looking extra dapper in and out of the workplace. Love the Blazer. Although a suit is always a good choice, a blazer is an essential piece to any wardrobe because it’s so versatile.

2018 123

The F-ing Meeting

Productivityist

My wife and I have a lot going on. We work together on this business of mine, and Anne has her own business dealings as well. We also have two kids, so we have other people in our household that require our time, attention, and focus. As our kids have gotten older, their needs have changed, so nothing at home really stays the same. In fact, nothing about our lives ever really stays the same.

2018 72

This is the Problem With Workplace Friendships

On The Job

I'm sure you've experienced this in your career: There are people you become friends with on the job, and feel so grateful to have found such relationships. Then, there are the people you work with who you wish would get a job on Mars. Having friends at work can be a blast. The days go faster, are more fun and it seems so reassuring to know that someone always has your back.

2018 116

Avoid Burnout by Creating Your Own Utopia

Office Dynamics

Avoid Burnout. In Utopia, burnout would be a term no one ever used or heard of. Everyone would be matched perfectly with the career they not only enjoyed but knew exactly how to succeed at. Unfortunately, burnout is real, it’s draining, emotional, stressful and typically affects both professional and personal lives. As an administrative professional for the past 20 plus years, I have learned how important it is to avoid burnout in one of the largest career fields in the world.

2018 135

10 team bonding ideas for remote workers

Practically Perfect PA

Working remotely is becoming more and more common these days and it is pretty likely that many Assistants will have some if not all of their team working from home or other locations. They may even have Executive’s who live in other cities around the world. It can be pretty tricky including remote teams and […]. Office Culture administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant office culture Office manager PA Personal Assistant remote working Virtual Assistant working relationships

2018 158

The Strong Job Market's Impact on Self-Employment

Small Business Labs

The U.S. unemployment rate fell under 4% for the first time since 2000, continuing a steady decline that started in 2010. Despite the strong traditional job market, according to the BLS self-employment has increased slightly over the prior year and is also up from 2010.    We've also found in our research that the number of independent workers has also increased  since 2010. The relationship between the traditional job market and independent work is complex.

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