June, 2016

Ten Ted Talks every Assistant should watch

Practically Perfect PA

Hopefully you are familiar with Ted Talks , if not, here is a quick overview of what they are all about. TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.

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Self-Acceptance: The Key To True Happiness

Dumb Little Man

Do you need to learn how to accept yourself ? In middle school and high school I struggled with finding my identity. I was convinced that I was ugly, stupid, and worthless. I continually thought that to truly love myself and be happy, I had to basically become a different person. Throughout this time I made major changes to myself. I changed my hairstyle, got new clothes, and started to get in shape. At first, it seemed to work.

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The Surprising Demographics of Small Business Owners

Small Business Labs

Because of the extensive media coverage of young tech entrepreneurs, most people think the average small business owner is a 20 something techie who needs a shower.    But as the chart below shows, the median American small business owner is a bit over 50 years old.    The chart is from Babson College's State of Small Business in 2016 study.  It's a comprehensive, 40 page report covering a variety of small business issues.

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Why I Ditched My Newsletter … And What I Do Instead

Office Organization Success

About 18 months ago I decided to ditch my weekly newsletter (a.k.a. ezine). I’d been publishing it for about 10 years and realized it really was no longer an effective marketing tool. There were several reasons why I made this decision: Time consuming for content — each week I had to come up content for each of the different sections; the personal note, Tracey Recommends, article (and it’s okay to re-purpose an old article too).

2016 157

Revolutionary Insights Into Self-Leadership for Administrative Professionals

Office Dynamics

This is a replay of the free webinar offered June 2016 titled Revolutionary Insights Into Self-Leadership (for administrative professionals). Administrative professionals don’t typically think of themselves as leaders; even the most successful struggle with the idea! After all, leaders are the people we work for, right? They guide the organization, make important decisions and steer the team toward success.

And We're Live!

Virtual Moxie

I wanted to let you know that our new sites are live! WorkWithAVA.com is the site we've created for people who want to work with AssistU VAs. You might like our new blog over there, as well, if you're a VA who wants to see how we're helping clients be smarter in their relationships with their VAs, or if you're a biz owner considering working with a VA who has loved Moxie (we're glad to have you, and that blog is for YOU!). AssistU.com remains the site for people who want to be VAs.

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A day in the life: Frances Hornsley, PA and Office Manager, The Corner London

Practically Perfect PA

What are the main aspects of your role? I am PA to the Four Founding Partners of The Corner and Office Manager. The Corner is an independent Advertising agency based in the heart of Soho it is where people meet and things happen. I look after the diaries and travel for the 4 partners then all office management duties for the 45 staff here. What is your morning routine before you get in to the office?

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Why Microsoft Buying LinkedIn is Good for Coworking

Small Business Labs

We were surprised to see that several of the reasons given for Microsoft's acquisition of LinkedIn relate to coworking.    At a very high level both Microsoft and LinkedIn execs are explaining the main deal driver is the opportunity of combining productivity applications and networking.

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Why I ‘Cheated’ on Headway and What I Learned

Tips From T. Marie

Sometimes even though you are totally sold on a product or service and use it exclusively you start to wonder if something new has come along in the interim and you’re missing out. What if the next great thing has been discovered and you’re so stuck in your ways that you’re missing out. This was kind of how I was feeling about the Headway theme framework for WordPress. I’ve created and worked with Headway exclusively for a long time. I’ve been using Headway since it was launched. Headway.

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When it Comes to Providing Your Staff with Hot Water, You’ve Got Options

Eco-Office Gals

Your office’s kitchenette may be known as a beacon for salacious gossip, but it’s also the primary place your employees gather to prepare their morning coffee fix, afternoon tea, or their less-than-satisfying cup o’ noodles. As the size of your workforce grows, so too will your need for hot water; potentially putting a strain on an aging water heater.

2016 100

Podcast 006: Set Information Free

Clutter Coach

In this episode, I’ll talk about how to the age of information is overloading us and what to do about it. Here are some highlights: What’s the main reason not to stockpile information? How to stay up to date with current information. What’s a quick way to declutter information? Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube. This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website.

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The future of recruitment for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

At the recent Assist Conference we held a great panel session about the future of the assistant role. We asked Claire Grant, Head of London Talent at the new recruitment firm, specifically for assistants, Sidekicks onto the panel and she provided a great insight into the future of the role from a recruitment perspective. For those that couldn’t attend the conference, here are the thoughts of Jessica Williams, Founder (and former assistant) at Sidekicks… .

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4 Smart Ways to Travel The World For Free

Dumb Little Man

Do you want to know our secret on ways to travel the world for FREE ? If you are a traveler, you certainly know that traveling can be far too expensive. The good news is that there are ways out there to travel cheaper and longer. You may even end up traveling for free! All you need to do is to challenge your comfort zone and think outside of the box. Even better, be outside the box or as I prefer to say, get rid of it!

2016 145

Is the Declining Cost of Distance The Next Megatrend?

Small Business Labs

Bain's Spatial Economics: The Declining Cost of Distance  suggests that an array of new technologies "have pushed the cost of distance to the tipping point" - and will lead to major changes in business and society in the near future.

2016 141

How to Block Online Distractions and Improve Productivity

Productivity Bits

O nline distractions, the Internet can be an overwhelming place. It’s easy for a simple research mission to turn into an online shopping spree or for your email to arrive in a never-ending stream that you just have to respond to immediately. So with all the distractions at every turn, you might be wondering how to optimize your web strategy in order to get things done. Here’s where to start. Clean house Every once in a while, take a step back and evaluate your online activity.

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Cooking Hacks – Hack It!

Professional Assistant Blog

Rebecca Tan shows you how to cut onions with no tears, defrost meat in minutes, and more! The post Cooking Hacks – Hack It! appeared first on The Professional Assistant. Cooking

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Podcast 007: Jot it down

Clutter Coach

In this episode, I’ll talk about how to be selective about the information you keep and how to find it again. Here are some highlights: Why shouldn’t I just remember the important things? How do I manage all the notes I’ve written on random scraps? What’s wrong with having a perfectly managed information system? Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube. This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website.

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News from Assist Travel

Practically Perfect PA

With Assist Travel just a few month’s away, I thought I would share everything that I have been working on behind the scenes. We have been busy, busy, busy finalising the programme and speakers – I am so excited about this year’s line-up. We really do have world-class speakers talking all thing business travel. The venue has been confirmed and we have some brilliant suppliers attending the exhibition. .

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The Role of Karma in Your Relationships

Dumb Little Man

The role of karma in relationships is real and we can see it play out in our daily lives and the people around us. By now we’ve all heard of karma, and we’ve gotten the impression that it’s some malicious force that punishes us for our bad deeds. Not so! Karma is an old Sanskrit word that simply means “deed” but the ethical concept of karma dates back thousands of years in India. Let’s clarify karma a bit so we understand its real influence over our lives: What is karma, anyway?

2016 143

Coworking's Continued Boom

Small Business Labs

We've written several times over the past couple of weeks on coworking's continuing growth. But news of interesting new spaces - and major investments in coworking - just keep coming. Crain's  Level Office plans one of Midwest's largest co-working facilities  jumped out at us for several reasons. First, it's going be a big space with Level Office expecting to have over 1,000 coworkers at this location.    Second, the article says Level Office paid $4.3

2016 138

How to Get Your Work Done, With Less Stress

Productivity Bits

Getting work done is no easy feat for anyone. It’s difficult to sit down and concentrate on one task in a world full of distractions. These distractions also cause stress, which makes work even more unbearable. The key to getting work done is to decrease your stress, which can develop from a variety of situations — from issues in your personal life to your workload at the office. No matter where it comes from, though, stress hurts your productivity.

2016 100

How To Practice Good Business Card Etiquette

Office Dynamics

I’m preparing to attend and present at the Admin Pro Forum event in Orlando, Florida next week. It reminded me that when we attend a major conference we have the opportunity to meet so many great people. We will be exchanging quite a few business cards at this upcoming event. Did you know there are etiquette rules for giving and receiving cards? It’s true!

Podcast 004: All you can read buffet

Clutter Coach

In this episode, I’ll talk about how to deal with reading material that inevitably piles up. Here are some highlights: Can I clip articles to read later? What about scanning things and getting rid of the paper copy? But I can’t get rid of books! Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube. This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways.

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What to look for in a training room

Practically Perfect PA

I’ve written this “What to look for in a training room” post for a couple of reasons. The first is that I was thoroughly depressed when I read through the search results for “What to look for in a training room”. I assumed this would be a pretty common search for those new to event organising and I had hoped to see that Google was pointing our new event organisers to some recent, useful and dynamic content.

2016 141

9 Ways We Can Reduce Our Stress Level

Dumb Little Man

Do you need stress relief tips ? We all encounter so many stressors on a day-to-day basis — work, kids, money, time. The list goes on and on. Keep your stress level at bay with these nine tips. Laugh It Up. Laughter really is the best medicine. When we laugh, physical changes happen in our body that help us reduce stress. Laughter enhances our intake of air, stimulates our heart and lungs, and increases our endorphins, chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers.

2016 142

The Growing Popularity of Dog Parties

Small Business Labs

Regular readers know we love pet trends here at Small Business Labs. The latest is the rise of pet parties, especially birthday parties for dogs. According to Small Biz Daily's Party Animals ; "7 percent of dog owners hold holiday or birthday parties for their dogs (that’s about 4 million people)—and 28 percent buy their dogs birthday gifts."

2016 130

Clients’ Frustration with Recruiters

Job Advice Blog

Frustration with a recruiter can come in many different forms, one such way being a lack of candidates coming across the hiring manager’s desk. Many factors for this may be present but the biggest reason is the business model of the recruiting firm.

2016 138

How to Stay Your Professional Best During Summer

Office Dynamics

I hope you are staying cool. Last week the temperature in Las Vegas got as high as 115! Then dropped to 109 by Thursday, which is more our norm. Did you ever notice how when the temperatures rise or it is hot, humid and sticky, people are less patient? They seem a bit irritable and maybe even cranky. I know that when I travel in the summer to places that are 85 degrees with 80% humidity, I feel like a mess!

2016 140

Podcast 005: Don’t hoard your shredding

Clutter Coach

In this episode, I’ll talk about how to keep shredding under control. Here are some highlights: Should I shred my own paper or take it to a service? Is there an alternative to shredding? What do I really need to shred? Link to ID guard stamp. Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube. This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways.

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Practically Perfect PA Giveaway: Samsung Galaxy Tab A7

Practically Perfect PA

This month we have a fantastic competition for you guys! The wonderful folks at The Green Hat People are offering one lucky reader the chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab A7. Here are the Green Hat People to tell you a little more about the competition and what they do… . Green Hat People invite you to enter our competition to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab A7.

2016 138

Breaking the Fast: What I Have Learned Using Intermittent Fasting

Dumb Little Man

Can you keep a secret? I haven’t eaten in 24 hours. And I feel freaking amazing! Now before you go and call the “eat 6 small meals a day” police, let me say this: I feel better physically and mentally than I ever have. I get more high quality work done, don’t worry about what to eat all the time, and have more energy than I have my whole life. I have lost 30lbs in the past couple months using intermittent fasting as one of my tactics.

2016 138

Attitudes Towards Freelancing Improving

Small Business Labs

One of the most interesting findings from the 6 years of data from the MBO Partners State of Independence study is the steady improvement in the attitudes about working independently (freelancing, independent contracting, self-employment, etc.). The chart below (click to enlarge) shows some of the key data on the improvement from our annual survey of independent workers.

2016 126

How a 22-year-old Can Help Your Career

On The Job

I'll admit I'm not 22 any more, but neither am I so old that I don't know about Yik Yak. I get there are new ways of communicating every day, and I make it a point to try to understand how they fit into the lives of employees. But again, I'm not 22. So, the way I view Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and Periscope may be different than the way a 22-year-old employee views them.

2016 126

Three Ways To Be A Career Assistant

Office Dynamics

We’ve been having so much fun with Facebook Live. It’s a great way for us to connect with you in an instant. We can address your questions about the administrative profession and get your insights in the process. It’s a wonderful way of connecting with your peers, too. This week Joan and I were inspired by a conversation we had with our friends at TRAVO. We jumped onto Facebook Live to talk about the topic of being a career assistant.

2016 132

Podcast 001: Make filing easier

Clutter Coach

In this episode, I’ll talk about what you need to file, and the many things you don’t need to keep at all. Here are some highlights: But I might need it! How do I know if it’s important? What if I’m afraid to get rid of it? This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways. Some weeks I’ll take on different organizing topics and reader suggestions.

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Inside the Peterborough PA Network

Practically Perfect PA

Next up in our series of blog posts about regional PA networks, we have the Peterborough PA network. Launched by Bethany Fovargue in 2013 this network has gone from strength to strength and Bethany is now asked to speak and promote the role of assistants all over the world. . Firstly, can I have a little background about you…. What is your career background? I left primary teaching in June 2011 and started at Data Interchange as an Office Administrator shortly afterwards.

5 Easy Ways To Feel More Energized At Work

Dumb Little Man

If you need help on how to get more energized for work , read on. This is the story of my most embarrassing moment at work. I’m sitting in a toilet cubical and I can barely keep my eyes open. Before I know it, I have the cleaner knocking on the door, asking me if everything was okay. I’d been in there for 30 minutes but had no idea because I’d fallen asleep. I was so ashamed. It was only 10am and I’d been at work for just an hour!

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