August, 2009

Increase Your Happiness With These Six Scientifically Proven.

Dumb Little Man

2009 219

How to Create the “VIP Experience” for Your Clients with a Welcome Packet

Office Organization Success

When you start working with a new one-on-one or high-end client you want to set the scene for your relationship together and make them feel that they really have made the right choice in deciding to work with you – even though YOU know that they have! Whether you’re a coach, VA, or other service professional when you work one-on-one with your high-end clients you need to develop the “VIP experience” so that your clients feel that they are more than “just another client”.

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The Holy Shit Factor

Virtual Moxie

I've been thinking about what I wrote last week. It occurred to me that it may have sounded as though I thought there was something wrong with people who could teach things they couldn't do well—which really isn't the case at all

2009 138

Arizona Virtual Assistants Retreat

Loosely Speaking

The first ever VA retreat here in Arizona is set for Friday August 28 – Sunday August 30 in Phoenix. If you're a VA in the area interested in participating, drop me a line at ktcosmos at looseends dot net and I'll send you the

2009 122

Administrative Professionals Get Help With Your Career

Office Dynamics

Guest Blogger Jeff Keller is back again! This time Jeff is offering up some advice on getting help with your career. It's the standard advice: if you want to advance in your career or find a new position, seek out people who are already succeeding in that field and learn from them. I can't argue with that principle. You can certainly shorten your learning curve by asking questions or by establishing an ongoing mentoring relationship.

The Seven Deadly Organizing Sins: Sloth

Clutter Coach

2009 100

Top 10 Tips for Maintaining a Positive Attitude - by Dumb Little Man

Dumb Little Man

2009 220

More Trending

Them that can't, teach

Virtual Moxie

Another item from the assistu community… One of our vas writes a blog about being a mompreneur and is pretty darn open about the challenges of balancing her family and her business. She recently talked with a potential client, who

2009 131

Self Defense for Admins

The Office Professionals Place

We are soldiers for the office. We fight in the battlefield we call the 'office.' We as office professionals need to arm ourselves with the tools to combat the day. Here are 6 skills you need to acquire to protect yourself against the

2009 125

Administrative Excellence Video Series is Back On Track!

Office Dynamics

Thank you for your patience with us as we tried to find out what was happening with our video series, 26 Weeks to Administrative Excellence. You may have experience trouble with your videos loading in a timely manner in the later weeks. After investigation the problem was identified and steps have been taken to correct the situation. You should be able to view the video series now without these troubles.

2009 156

Meditating Improves Concentration

Clutter Coach

2009 100

9 Qualities That Will Rock Your Career - by Dumb Little Man

Dumb Little Man

2009 219

On the Job by Anita Bruzzese: Twitter Tips for Job Seekers

On The Job

I think most job seekers have gotten the word that they need to integrate social media into their search efforts, but I'm getting a bit alarmed at what some of them are Twittering. I'm eating a baloney sandwich

2009 116

How I got control of my Inbox (finally)

Virtual Moxie

I just read another post about how to organize email, and decided to share with you my story, in case it helps you—or helps you help a client who might be like me. I was the person who kept everything in my Inbox because I hated to file

2009 126

Managing the Micromanager

The Office Professionals Place

The job description did not include managing a micromanager. In essence, micromanagers are individuals who feel insecure about tasks being completed the way they want them done. Don't take it personal. Some managers feel that they would

2009 109

Who Is Joan’s Executive Assistant?

Office Dynamics

Hello, Blog readers! Jasmine Freeman here with a special blog post of my own for you. If you have been following Joan Burge via her blog , her books , her live seminars or her free webinar series, 26 Weeks to Administrative Excellence you have probably heard my name mentioned once or twice. It’s kind of funny to me to hear Joan talking about me. It’s also extremely flattering, and of course I do get a little embarrassed at times.

2009 156

The Seven Deadly Organizing Sins: Greed

Clutter Coach

2009 100

8 Great Ways to Motivate Yourself When You Just Don't Feel Like It.

Dumb Little Man

2009 219

Managing your Boss's Inbox

Laughing all the Way to Work

Nowadays our bosses are busy almost 24/7 and in order to cope they need our help managing their e-mail account. This in turn makes us very busy as well. I can hardly keep up with my own e-mails at times let alone someone else's account

2009 100

You do you

Virtual Moxie

From Twitter, @scottpalmer tweeted: "Knee-jerk support interactions aren't effective for me - but they're still the norm. Do they work? Do cookie cutter answers satisfy anyone?" My response? Cookie cutter answers, like cookie cutter

2009 122

On the Job by Anita Bruzzese: What Can We Learn From the Bad Job.

On The Job

What Can We Learn From the Bad Job Market? An article in today's Wall Street Journal talked about the cycle of "boom and bust" and what we can learn from it in today's economy. And just for the record, I never invested in more than two

2009 100

IAAP EFAM Event: My "Admin Work Bibles" Become a Necessary Staple for Progressive Administrative and Executive Assistants

Office Dynamics

I just got back last night from Minneapolis and the IAAP EFAM. Sunday, I flew in from Vegas for a quick but fabulous visit at IAAP's event. I was there to be a part of the OfficeArrow.com exhibit and to sign my two "work bibles" for the administrative profession: Become an Inner Circle Assistant and Underneath It All. I was happily amazed at the number of attendees who already knew of me through the Office Dynamics web site, Monday Motivators ezine , and already owned copies of my books.

2009 156

Surviving the New Boss

The Office Professionals Place

There are two ways to make a lasting first impression on a new boss, do something really good or do something really bad. Start off on a good foot and get to know your new supervisor. Here are five ways to create a positive working

2009 100

Meditation Techniques for the Busy or Impatient - by Dumb Little Man

Dumb Little Man

2009 219

Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Today's.

Laughing all the Way to Work

I hate waiting! Sometimes I need to do a job, but I can't move forward until I get an answer from someone else. For instance, waiting for a meeting participant to choose a date, waiting for someone to order something that I need to do

2009 100

How long will it take? As long as it takes!

Virtual Moxie

This recently came up in the assistu community forums, and I wanted to share it with you. A va's coach had suggested to her that she create a marketing piece that would tangibly show prospective clients what she could get done in an

2009 100

On the Job by Anita Bruzzese: Julia Child's Passion Brings.

On The Job

I recently saw the movie "Julie/Julia," and was so inspired I made Julia Child's roast chicken the next day. While I won't go into details, suffice it to say that it was a hit at my house and my family wants me to now make all my meals

2009 100

Executive Assistants, Stretch Out of Your Comfort Zone!

Office Dynamics

It is never easy to do something that you have never done or only done a few times. My great assistant, Jasmine Freeman, has experienced a big stretch this past week and I am proud of her. Due to popular demand, Jasmine is coming out from behind the desk so admins everywhere can get to know her. This week, Jasmine was professionally videotaped. She put in about 6 grueling hours of taping to produce 5 short videos that you will get to see very soon.

2009 122

Communication Case #2 - the Mind Reader

The Office Professionals Place

More Adventures of the Pseudo-Listening Manager In this week's episode of the Pseudo-Listening manager, Stanley Partial, is experiencing his clairvoyant capabilities - mind reading. The mind reader is someone who is busy trying to

2009 100

6 Reasons Why You Are Not More Productive - by Dumb Little Man

Dumb Little Man

2009 219

Warning! Warning! Incoming text message.

Laughing all the Way to Work

There used to be a tv show called Lost in Space. The space crew had a robot that waved it's mechanical arms and yelled, "Warning, Warning, alien approaching" or such other thing to protect and inform the crew

2009 100

The End of Management and the Rise of Bioteams

BioTeams

In his new book, Dot Cloud: The 21st Century Business Platform , Peter Fingar suggests that if we stick with our current pyramid-style designs of our organizations, we will not be able to meet the growing needs of our communities in the high-change global economy and concludes that the discipline of bioteaming offers a vision of what successful teaming experiences look like in the interconnected world of the 21st century.

2009 62

Holding Your Own Against a Motormouth

On The Job

If your strategy is to fly below the radar in meetings, secretly checking messages on your Blackberry or working the crossword puzzle, you may want to re-think your game plan. Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, author of "The Introverted Leader

2009 100

Establishing Boundaries vs. "NO"

Office Dynamics

I recently had a great conversation with a 25-year experienced admin. Her name is Paula. She was wondering how to deal with a manager who seemed to be intimidated by her knowledge and go-getter attitude. She has worked with this person for about 3 years. This is important to keep in mind because as I told Paula, she needed to establish boundaries in the very beginning as the manager became aggressive in her attitude and delegating with Paula.

2009 103

Get Organized!: Get Organized: Websites That Make Your Life Easier

Get Organized!

Every day, smart people come up with web resources that make our lives more efficient, more productive, and more organized. And while I'm not smart enough to be one of those super intelligent beings, I AM smart enough to use their tools

2009 58

The 11 Most Important Rules For Healthy Eating.Yes, Most.

Dumb Little Man

2009 219

It's all in how you feel

Laughing all the Way to Work

Remember when you were younger and got a new pair of running shoes? When I put those new runners on I felt I could run faster than I've ever run before. School will be back in full swing soon. I recall the first day of school

2009 100