April, 2019

7 Terrific Books That Can Make You Fall In Love With Math

Dumb Little Man

So, you are a student who loves reading and writing. You write essays, reviews, and stories. It’s not a problem for you to help peers with their academic papers and you are ready to read tons of books on different topics. Wouldn’t it be great to have reading and creative writing the only subjects in school? But here come the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Physics, Economics, Chemistry, and… MATH!

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23% of Traditional Full-Time Job Holders Plan to Switch to Gig Work

Small Business Labs

According to MetLife's 2019 U.S. Employee Benefits Study, 23% of Americans with full-time traditional jobs intend to switch to gig work over the next 5 years. Another 14% say they are considering it.    As the study chart below shows, younger workers more likely to say they're intending to leave their job for gig work than older workers. 

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4 Ways to Streamline Your Workweek

Eat Your Career

In today’s modern workplace, feeling overwhelmed by your workload is nothing unique. We’ve all been there. Some might say it’s the “new normal.” However, just because it’s expected, doesn’t mean you have to put up with it. By leveraging a few simple strategies to streamline your workweek, you can use your limited time more wisely. With a little Monday-Friday planning, you can make sure you’re focusing on the right priorities and accomplishing them, not just spinning your wheels.

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Day in the life: Kara Tanenbaum, EA at Lakeside Project Solutions

Practically Perfect PA

Enjoy today’s Day in the life: Kara Tanenbaum, EA at Lakeside Project Solutions which is full of Executive Assistant Tips and Tricks. What are the main aspects of your role? I am the Executive Assistant to the President/CEO of a Facility Maintenance company and my primary responsibility is helping my Executive manage her 20% to ensure the […].

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Calendar Management for Executive Assistants

Office Dynamics

Meetings, meeting, and more meetings! In spite of all the technology, meetings have not gone away. Whether your executive is holding a virtual meeting or attending a virtual or live meeting, there are certain steps you can take to ensure you are properly scheduling meetings and making your executive’s life easier. As an assistant of 20 years, I had one perspective of meeting management. But now that I am the executive involved in numerous meetings, I can tell you what really is important.

6 Steps for Recruiting Volunteers

Ian's Messy Desk

The post 6 Steps for Recruiting Volunteers appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Volunteers play a critical role in the operations of non-profit organizations and NGOs. For many organizations, volunteers can make the difference between successfully delivering services or program or falling short of their goals. However, it is becoming more difficult to recruit volunteers. More people are expressing a lack of time are a reason they don’t volunteer.

2019 130

8 Proven Tips To Study Smart And Remember More

Dumb Little Man

Reading a book is as simple as ABC and everyone can pick up a book to read. However, not everyone remembers what they study. In this guide, I am going to reveal to you the best study habits and tips on how to remember more when studying. I have seen a lot of readers who struggle to remember everything they read just a few hours after. Why is that? Simple, they failed to study effectively.

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How to List Skills Gained Outside of Work on Your Resume

Eat Your Career

Past work experience is, of course, the most important part of your resume. It’s meant to show a prospective employer that you have all the skills required to do the job for which you are applying, and that you’ve used those skills before in a professional capacity. But what if you’re applying for a position that requires skills you didn’t gain through your past professional experience, but rather, skills you gained outside of work? Can you include those skills on a resume, and if so, how?

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How to clean up your online presence before starting a job search

Practically Perfect PA

Following Jennifer Corcoran’s fantastic LinkedIn session at the Virtual Summit a few weeks ago I thought I’d follow up with a post on how you can clean up your online presence before starting a job search. Social media has been part of our lives for over a decade now, and we all have a lot […]. Career Development Featured Job Hunting admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Interview questions Job hunting LinkedIn Office manager PA Personal Assistant

2019 158

9 Ways to Improve Your Organization Skills for Administrative Assistants

Office Dynamics

Organization skills for administrative assistants are one of the most valuable skills to have as an administrative assistant. Without the ability to organize your work and your resources, you could be twisting in the wind in no time. You may have been able to muddle along back in the day, but in today’s competitive environment, you need to work any advantage in your favor.

2019 182

Oprah’s three questions for running effective meetings

Ian's Messy Desk

The post Oprah’s three questions for running effective meetings appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Meetings, meetings, meetings! Can’t live with them, can’t live without them. It’s estimated that on any given day in the USA, there are 11,000,000 formal meetings held. That works out to well over 200 million meetings per month. Around half of those meetings are 30 to 90 minutes in length.

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When Working Hard is Not Enough: 18 Ways to Work Smart

Dumb Little Man

Most of the things we do require hard work. Whether it’s our job, relationships, and personal goals, we need to exert effort and work extra hard to get the best results possible. Unfortunately, working hard comes with negative effects. If you have been working hard for an extended period of time, there will come a point where you’ll realize that there’s only so much you can do by working hard. Don’t get me wrong – working hard is important.

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GCUC 2019 - Coworking's Surge Continues

Small Business Labs

The 2019 U.S. version of the Global Coworking Unconference Conference Series (GCUC) happened last week in Denver. Over 500 attendees showed up to discuss the state of the coworking industry and learn from one another. It was clear from the discussions and presentations that the state of the coworking industry is excellent. The industry continues to grow at a rapid pace, niche and independent coworking spaces are thriving, and the big coworking chains continue to expand. 

2019 178

Admin Tip: How to Get Your Boss to Give You More Control

Eat Your Career

April is Admin Appreciation Month, so today I’m sharing some tips specifically for all of you hardworking admins. As a proud, former executive assistant, I know how challenging your role can be. One of the most common frustrations I hear from admins goes something like this: “How am I supposed to be a true partner for my executives when they are so hesitant to release control?”.

2019 156

These are the tasks you should be doing instead of your Executive

Practically Perfect PA

The most important aspect of the Assistant role is saving our Executive time. It is their most valuable resource, and everything that we do should be geared up to protecting and nurturing their time. In this post, I want to share some advice that I gave a few years ago around some of the areas […]. Core Skills Featured Task Management admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Management Office manager PA Personal Assistant Tasks Virtual Assistant

2019 158

Navigating the Ebb and Flow of Small Business Ownership

Tips From T. Marie

Once upon a time, you imagined your small business, complete with a vision of a steady, comfortable level of activity. Chances are, you realized that was as good as a storybook fantasy soon after you opened your doors. The truth of the matter is, there is a definite ebb and flow of small business ownership. In the early days, you may find yourself with lots of time on your hands as you build your client base. I remember those early days.

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Free or Low-Cost ways to reward employees

Ian's Messy Desk

The post Free or Low-Cost ways to reward employees appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Everyone likes to be appreciated! This sounds like it should be common sense, but it doesn’t always translate to common sense. This is especially true in non-profit organizations. There is something of an assumption that using rewards to show employee appreciation costs money. And money is generally in short supply in a non-profit.

2019 125

Why Social Media is Dying a Slow Death

Dumb Little Man

I remember when I was a young whippersnapper of a kid — no place to be and no dependents to take care of. I was responsible, trustworthy, and intelligent enough to work my way to a comfortable place in whatever job I held at the time. And I was balanced enough to separate work from play and appreciate the benefits of both. I was social enough always to have the choice to accept or turn down plans on my own timeline.

Community Lenders Creating Community Spaces - Credit Unions are Opening Coworking Spaces

Small Business Labs

CreditUnions.com's article 3 Ways to Connect Through Coworking Spaces provides an excellent example of how coworking is spreading across industry verticals and niche markets. The article highlights 3 credit unions that have opened coworking spaces.

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The Benefits of Workplace Routines and How to Set Them Up

Eat Your Career

I’m a huge fan of workplace routines. I use them on a daily and weekly basis, and I truly believe they play a major role in my productivity. Workplace routines are like rituals—specific, pre-established ways of doing things that need to happen on a regular basis. Most people utilize a variety of routines in both their personal and professional lives. For example, you may have a morning routine at home.

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How to help your Executive allocate resources on projects

Practically Perfect PA

Like most senior level Executives, your boss will be involved in lots of different projects, making the decisions and driving these initiatives forward. If the projects are not managed by a central project management office (and in smaller organisations, this is often the case), then you can add value by helping your Executive plan out […].

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Managing Multiple Managers

Office Dynamics

Managing multiple managers can be daunting. But that is the norm today. 90% of administrative and executive assistants support more than 1 person. It is a luxury if you only support one executive or manager. I know some administrative assistants who support an entire department of 60. However, they are not providing support every day to each person. Obviously, that is impossible. The tips below are for supporting a group of managers on a regular basis.

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How to delegate effectively in the non-profit sector

Ian's Messy Desk

The post How to delegate effectively in the non-profit sector appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. One would think, given the human-centric focus of most nonprofit organizations, they would be great examples of post-industrial leadership styles. Rather than a top-down management style they would exhibit the best traits of current, collaborative leadership. Unfortunately, that is not often the case.

2019 125

10 Tips to Manage Your Time Effectively Under Pressure

Dumb Little Man

Do you ever feel the need to be more productive and organized in order to accomplish much more than what you are doing right now? Time management is one of the most important skills that you need to develop in life. With effective time management, you enable yourself to become more productive at achieving the goals and objectives assigned to you at work. You also get better in achieving the ones you assign to yourself in daily life.

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Podcasting Entering the Mainstream

Small Business Labs

In case you hadn't heard, podcasting is booming.    According to The Infinite Dial 2019 , an annual survey conducted by Edison Research and Triton Digital, more than half of all adult Americans have listened to one. And as the report chart below shows (click to enlarge), 32% of all Americans aged 12 and older listened to a podcast in the last month. This equals about 90 million people. There are a number of drivers of podcasting's growth.

2019 158

Positive Career Affirmation #7

Eat Your Career

I am a lifelong learner capable of growth at all times. To learn more about affirmations and how to leverage them for career success, check out this article. The post Positive Career Affirmation #7 appeared first on Eat Your Career. Positive Career Affirmations attitude learning

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How to be a creative genius at work

Practically Perfect PA

Creativity is such an essential competency for Assistants to have and here is why. We are faced with unusual requests and challenges every day. We often have to ‘think outside the box’, to come up with solutions to problems that most other people in the office wouldn’t even know where to start. We are asked […].

2019 158

Top 9 Communication Tips for Executive and Administrative Assistants

Office Dynamics

Establishing rapport is critical to attaining successful business and personal relationships. While everyone must competently use today’s information technology tools, too many of us are ignoring the proven importance and effectiveness of interpersonal communication skills. That is why we’ve put together a list of the top 9 communication tips for executive and administrative assistants that are pulled from our certification and designation course. Try being more specific in what you say.

2019 169

5 Steps to Take When You Don't Know What Your Boss Wants

On The Job

Some people believe a micromanaging boss is the worst thing ever, but I'd have to say that a boss who doesn't communicate what he or she wants is also pretty bad. This is the boss who can't exactly tell you what he wants. Half the time you don't really know what he's talking about and when he says, "So, everything OK?" you want to respond: "No! Everything is not OK! I have no idea what you really want!" Instead -- because you don't want to lose your job -- you say: "Sure! Everything's fine!"

2019 150

15 Signs That Show Someone Is a Real, True Friend

Dumb Little Man

Friends are very important in our lives. If you have a true friend and find love in someone special, then you are one of the luckiest people in the world. Essentially, true friendship is an expression of a type of love. Whether you find friendship in a lover or someone you are just friends with, there may be a time when you question if this person is a true friend or not — and that’s ok. Even well-established relationships need reviewing once in a while.

2019 213

What Independent Consultants Want

Small Business Labs

The Forbes article Breaking The Faustian Pact: What Motivates Professionals In A Gig Economy World? covers a study comparing the motivations of independent consultants with consultants working at big consulting firms. As the article chart below shows (click to enlarge), there are big differences.

2019 148

Positive Career Affirmation #9

Eat Your Career

I welcome challenges as opportunities for growth. To learn more about affirmations and how to leverage them for career success, check out this article. The post Positive Career Affirmation #9 appeared first on Eat Your Career. Positive Career Affirmations Uncategorized challenges growth opportunities

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10 books to read to improve your public speaking

Practically Perfect PA

I write a lot on Practically Perfect PA about how Assistants should speak-up, have confidence and represent themselves and their Executives in meetings. This is often easier said than done, because, as we all know, speaking in public (whether that is in a session or a larger public setting) is hard. Most people don’t do […].

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Administrative Professionals Day 2019 – A Message from Dana

Office Dynamics

I recently received an email from Joan in her trademark professional encouraging style. I realize many of you received this email and maybe additional emails celebrating Administrative Professionals Day and our profession. Joan stated – Expand your mind; add to your skill set; challenge your thinking; look at your day in a new way; be a life-long student. You will amaze yourself! Who you are today is not all of what you are capable of becoming. Trust me.

2019 149

4 Ways to Handle Distracting Coworkers

On The Job

We all spend a lot of time at work, and some days it feels like a family get-together gone horribly wrong. You're tired of hearing about your colleague's bratty daughter. You don't want to be pulled into any more conversations about "Game of Thrones." You don't want to have 10-minute debate about the best font for email. But unlike bad family times where you can go to your bedroom and slam the door -- or at least get in your car and drive away -- you're stuck at work.

2019 145

7 Amazing Success Lessons from Thomas Edison

Dumb Little Man

Thomas Edison was a very successful inventor, scientist, and businessman whose inventions significantly impacted the world. Inventions such as the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting everyday electric light bulb were all the result of Edison’s work. Called “The Wizard of Menlo Park” by a newspaper reporter, he was one of the first inventors to mass produce his inventions. He’s often given credit for creating the first industrial research laboratory.

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Half of U.S. Full-Time Employees Plan to Defer Retirement Due to Financial Reasons

Small Business Labs

MetLife recently released their 2019 U.S. Employee Benefits study. It's the 17th year they've done this study. The study is based on a survey of 2,675 adult Americans with a full-time job at companies with at least two employees. About 40% the respondents work for smaller businesses (those with less than 500 employees) and 60% work for larger firms, including 20% who work for firms with more than 10,000 employees. There's a lot of good information in the study.