May, 2014

Coworking Forecast: 1 Million Coworkers in 2018

Small Business Labs

We released our 2014 to 2018 global coworking forecast last week at the Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) in Kansas City. The number of global coworking facilities has been growing quite rapidly over the last 5 years, basically doubling in number each year.    While we see this growth slowing, we still expect the number of facilities to increase at a very strong average annual growth rate of about 30% over the next 5 years.

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3 Ways Embracing the Principles of Improv Can Change Your Life

Dumb Little Man

I first started doing Improv because I wanted to improve my public speaking ability. I had taken a number of Toastmasters classes in the past. They were great for the fundamentals, but tend to be rather dry and formal. I was looking for something more fun and upbeat. A friend recommended that I take an improv class. I didn’t know how playing games and skits would help me with my public speaking, but I wanted to try something new so I gave it a shot. Boy was I surprised!

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10 ways assistants can improve their productivity

Practically Perfect PA

Over the last few years I’ve written quite a bit about minimising disruptions at work, which for assistants is a particularly tricky activity. In our offices we are the fountain of knowledge and the centre of all things so it is a constant battle to get tasks completed without someone interrupting us. There are loads of techniques to try and I have listed a few here.

2014 202

Simplifying Getting Things Done Collection Buckets

Simple Productivity Blog

In conjunction with the articles that I have been writing about revisiting Getting Things Done, I want to present ways to simplify some of the concepts. Today we will look at how to minimize collection buckets with a broad overview. The post Simplifying Getting Things Done Collection Buckets appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

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Interview With a VA: Amy Kazor

Virtual Moxie

This month, I was fortunate enough to catch up with Amy Kazor, the 2013 AssistU VA of the Year award recipient. Enjoy the interview, and getting to know this bright, talented VA! . Meet Amy Kazor. Interview With a VA

Tips for Communicating with Angry or Violent People

Ian's Messy Desk

The post Tips for Communicating with Angry or Violent People appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. A number of years ago I was involved in the termination of an employee. He was about eight inches taller than me and had 70 or 80 pounds on me. His supervisor delivered the bad news, we reviewed the termination process and documents and then stood to leave. Suddenly, he was standing toe to toe looking down on me. His fists were clenched at his side as he yelled.

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The Infrastructure Behind the Rise of Crafters, Makers and Hobbypreneurs

Small Business Labs

Back in 2009 we released Today's Hobbyists are Tomorrow's Hobbypreneurs , a report on the Maker Movement with our partner Intuit. Our conclusion was: "Makers increasingly create new products and build small businesses based on innovative use of technology, processes, and business models. They represent a growing force of hobbypreneurs contributing to the U.S. and global economy." " At the time we wrote this report,this was controversial.

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How to succeed as an assistant

Practically Perfect PA

Do you find more and more is demanded of executives and senior managers’ time? There is one key individual who is critical to their success, both on a professional and personal level, and that person is the Personal Assistant. However, with more being expected of your manager’s time, this in turn increases the expectation of what is anticipated of your job role and assigned tasks. So what can you do to ensure you have success in your career?

2014 202

3 Ways to Generate Cash Flow … Fast!

Office Organization Success

The summer months are approaching and, for some of you, that means business may slow down a little … you might even be feeling a little panicked at the thought of your income dropping. However, with a bit of forward planning, you can sail through the summer months with very little dips in your revenue. Today I’d like to share with you three, easy-to-implement , strategies that will allow you to consistently generate revenue during slower months.

2014 177

Clients are 100% Responsible for Their Retainer Hours

Virtual Moxie

I was recently asked how responsible a Virtual Assistant should be for making sure that clients use their retainer hours, so none of them go to waste. In my view, although most VAs will feel responsible, in actuality, the responsibility for it belongs entirely to the client.

2014 180

Deconstructing Getting Things Done: The Workflow

Simple Productivity Blog

For this month, plus into June, I will be looking at how to deconstruct Getting Things Done to get it to the basics of the tools: how they work, when to use them, and the reasoning behind them. Today we will look at the second chapter, which lays out the workflow. 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 ).

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MIT Technology Review's 10 Breakthrough Technologies

Small Business Labs

Each year MIT Technology Review releases their list of 10 Breakthrough Technologies. They describe these as: "advances from the past year all solve thorny problems or create powerful new ways of using technology. They are breakthroughs that will matter for years to come." " Their 10 are: Agricultural Drones. Relatively cheap drones with advanced sensors and imaging capabilities are giving farmers new ways to increase yields and reduce crop damage. Ultraprivate Smartphones.

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6 Reasons Why People That Annoy You Can Make You Happy

Dumb Little Man

I hate to admit it, but people annoy me pretty regularly. Not only strangers and acquaintances, but those dear to me, as well! What’s wrong with everyone?! That’s what I used to wonder – what’s their problem? Now I know better. hourselves that we are not fully aware of. This is the concept of “mirroring”. Psychology calls this projection. We are projecting that which we need to see about ourselves onto someone else so that we are able to see it.

2014 203

How to organise a fantastic social event for your organisation

Practically Perfect PA

I would imagine that most assistants have been asked to arrange a social event for their team or organisation as we do tend to be the focal point for social activities in the office. It is such a great achievement when we manage to create something that works well and everyone has a great time. The right experience can increase overall team performance, enhance job satisfaction and encourage collaboration between colleagues and teams.

2014 202

Enhance Your Langauge Skills for Successful Public Speaking

Ian's Messy Desk

The post Enhance Your Langauge Skills for Successful Public Speaking appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Another essential skill for successful speakers is using the correct form of the language. Being limited to English, I can’t say what equivalent errors might exist in other languages. However, nothing can destroy your credibility as a speaker than the misuse of the language.

2014 171

Stop Struggling; Start Scheduling!

Virtual Moxie

As much as I fear sounding like a broken record, this topic keeps coming up with my clients and in groups I belong to (and not just with VAs, in case you wondered!), so I wanted to take a run at it again. If I''ve learned anything, it''s that a person can hear about a system or a solution many times and have it strike only a glancing blow before bouncing off, and then one day, it suddenly clicks. If you struggle to get everything done, my hope is that today is clicking day for you. :).

2014 172

Simplifying Getting Things Done: Projects

Simple Productivity Blog

One of the things about making a productivity system that fits how you work is to understand the concepts of other systems. Today we are going to look at simplifying the concept of a Getting Things Done project. The post Simplifying Getting Things Done: Projects 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 ).

2014 175

Is the U.S. Becoming Less Entrepreneurial?

Small Business Labs

We think entrepreneurship is alive and well in America.  But several recent studies report that small business formation and entrepreneurship are in decline. The Wall Street Journal's  Risk Adverse Culture Infects U.S. Workers, Entrepreneurs  summarizes much of this research. 

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Embrace These 15 Qualities And Success Is Yours

Dumb Little Man

My friends think I achieved a lot. I’m a full-time blogger and I just moved to London from South India. I can live where I want, and I spend my days pretty much how I like. It took me lots of hard work and self improvement to achieve this stage, and although there are many more things I need to learn, some lessons I already learnt and live by. Here they are, and I hope they will help you to become a better and happier human being. Stability. Most people are slaves to their emotions.

2014 203

Knowing your value

Practically Perfect PA

What do you enjoy? In some cases, the things you’re good at will correspond with the things you like doing – we all tend to put more energy into the tasks that we enjoy. So, it’s worth initially considering what you enjoy at work, as this may help to piece together your unique skill-set. Think about the following: What roles have you enjoyed? What factors have influenced these roles? Were these positions at the same type of company? What roles haven’t you enjoyed?

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1ShoppingCart’s New Features

Office Organization Success

I am so glad I didn’t jump on the Infusionsoft bandwagon and instead stuck with my trusted 1ShoppingCart account! I’ve always maintained that 1ShoppingCart is a great all-in-one ecommerce system; you can do so much more with the system than most people realize. And these past couple of weeks I’ve been thrilled with some of the new features they’ve been rolling out: 1.

2014 158

The Ultimate in Moxie--Do You Have It?

Virtual Moxie

A friend asked me what I thought the ultimate in moxie is. After giving it a think, then another think, then another, I had it: I believe that being emotionally and relationally mature—having the chutzpah to stand up for what''s happening in your life and your role in it, may well be the ultimate in moxie. It''s being in a place of understanding that whatever is to happen for you and to you is entirely up to you.

2014 162

Deconstructing Getting Things Done: Vertical, Natural Project Planning

Simple Productivity Blog

For this month, plus into June, I will be looking at how to deconstruct Getting Things Done to get it to the basics of the tools: how they work, when to use them, and the reasoning behind them. Last week we looked at the second chapter of the book. Today we will look at the third chapter. Chapter 3 talks about project planning, and gives you a more intuitive method: natural project planning.

2014 173

England's Self-Employment Boom

Small Business Labs

The U.K's 's unemployment rate has fallen to 6.9%. This is the lowest level in 5 years.    A big part of the decline is due to the growth of self-employment. According to government figures , the number of self-employed workers has increased by more than 600,000 since 2010, accounting for more than a third of the 1.5 million new jobs created since 2010.    Because of this surge about 4.5 million Britons are currently self-employed.

2014 164

6 Ways to Deal with Burnout

Dumb Little Man

The going gets tough. The rubber hits the road. And the euphoria and adrenalin rush you once had when you concocted that dream of yours is now gone. What’s left is you hitting the wall or rock bottom, and every single step forward feels like an eternity. You are now burnt out, but there are things to help get you back up again. Slow down The pursuit of our dreams and passions is not a sprint but a marathon.

2014 188

Technology to help with minute taking

Practically Perfect PA

About 10 years ago I used to manage 12 Committees as part of my role at the time. I absolutely loved the job but it did mean that I had to write 48 sets of minutes each year. These minutes were just from the main Committee meetings – I also had to attend and minute other meetings throughout the year. It was a constant challenge to ensure that the minutes were accurate and delivered in a timely fashion. I also got very bored of writing minutes!

2014 197

Lots Going On = High Productivity

Office Organization Success

First of all, welcome to the 300+ new subscribers that have come from the 6th Annual Done-For-You Giveaway Event. I’m thrilled that you’re a part of the Business Success community, and I do hope you enjoy your time here. I’m pleased to report that it’s been an extremely productive week here this week.

2014 158

MEMORIAL DAY SALE! WordPress Updates

Eco-Office Gals

All of our wordpress sites are under constant attack from hackers looking for loopholes into our websites. Hackerbots don’t care about traffic or ranking, they are programed for one thing only – to find weak spots in our platforms. Some of you have experienced the misery of compromised sites, it’s not fun or cheap and if you haven’t I promise you don’t want to.

2014 157

Deconstructing Getting Things Done: Part 1

Simple Productivity Blog

For this month, plus into June, I will be looking at how to deconstruct Getting Things Done to get it to the basics of the tools: how they work, when to use them, and the reasoning behind them. Today we will look at the first Chapter of the book. 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 ).

2014 171

What Small Businesses Want from their Accountants

Small Business Labs

The Sleeter Group recently released a study looking at what small businesses want from their accountants. You need to be registered on the Sleeter site to get the full report.   But if you're reading this blog, you'll likely find much of interest on the Sleeter site so I recommend you go ahead and register.

2014 160

How To Kick Any Bad Habbit

Dumb Little Man

“We are creatures of habit.” I woke up this morning and grabbed my phone out of habit. Out of habit, I didn’t turn off the alarm, but pushed the snooze button instead. I soon realized my mistake and shut it down for good. I got out of bed and went to the bathroom out of habit. Afterwards, I went straight for my fridge out of habit. I grabbed some food and opened my computer out of habit and I checked my mail, facebook, website traffic and subscribers purely out of habit.

2014 187

What to do when your boss has been sacked

Practically Perfect PA

So picture the scene. You walk into your office one day to find that your boss is no longer there. They have been fired and escorted off the premises. Now, how you feel about this largely depends on how you feel about your boss. The boss being sacked is a pretty disruptive experience for most people, but for an assistant it can be disastrous. It is quite often said that if a boss leaves a firm, in what ever circumstances, the assistant usually follows.

2014 172

Your Systems For Success 30-minute Jumpstart

Office Organization Success

Are you overwhelmed by all the different list management choices out there, e.g. 1ShoppingCart, Infusionsoft, Aweber, Constant Contact etc.? Want to know the best way to create your free taste and automated follow-up emails? Would you like to brainstorm your next product launch campaign? Need help planning out your marketing calendar so you know exactly what you’re promoting and when? Spend 30 Minutes on Your Systems For Success Jumpstart Session … . And Get Your Questions Answered.

2014 158

How to Write a Eulogy

Ian's Messy Desk

The post How to Write a Eulogy appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. I attended a funeral some time ago for a woman who had lived a good, long life. There were two eulogies given, one by a long-time friend and the other from a family member. It was interesting to hear the similar themes that came out as they spoke of someone who had played an important part in their lives. I’ve only ever given one eulogy. Deaths of family and friends have been few and far between.

2014 157

Cleaning (Blog) House

Simple Productivity Blog

It''s funny. Sometimes I can''t see the forest for the trees. I have spent many articles talking about the way clutter is a detriment to productivity. Yet I didn''t see a big pile of clutter that is not only impacting my productivity, but also other people as well. The post Cleaning (Blog) House appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

2014 164

Millennials and the Shift to Apartments

Small Business Labs

Are millennials (born 1980 to 2000) turning the U.S. into a nation of renters? That is a hotly debated question in the housing industry.   As the U.S. Census chart below shows, home ownership rates peaked just before the start of the Great Recession and has been falling since. Most housing analysts expect it to continue falling. At the same time, the nation is seeing an increase in the number of apartments being built.

2014 153

3 Paths to Squash Your Negative Attitude

Dumb Little Man

Many of us are champions of maintaining bad moods. For some, it’s even a default mode. Unfortunately, it can be incredibly easy to trade in your vigor, dreams, and self-worth for wages, traffic jams, and mindless meme-browsing. Sometimes it’s even expected of us. If you wake up sighing, head to work grunting obscenities, and haven’t had exciting weekend plans in years, congratulations. You’ve slipped into the dismal neurosis many call “the daily grind.”

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