June, 2017

7 Tips in Choosing Perfect Toys for Your Kids

Dumb Little Man

When a birthday or holiday rolls around, no doubt your kids will present you with a wish list of the toys they want. And every time a toy commercial comes on TV, your child is probably pointing to everything they see, asking you to buy it. While you’ll want to fulfill some wishes, there are some more things you should think of when buying toys for your kids. Here’s how to make the right choice for finding perfect toys for your kids. Choose Brand Names.

2017 211

Are Professional Certifications Worth It?

Eat Your Career

One question I get a lot is around the topic of professional certifications. People want to know if they’re worth it. After all, professional certifications cost hundreds—if not thousands—of dollars. And most require a significant investment of time and energy on top of it. So, do professional certifications actually have a measurable career payoff? The simple answer is this: I am a firm believer in the importance of lifelong learning.

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Can a PA help their employer be more enterprising?

Practically Perfect PA

Can a PA help their employer be more enterprising? Today’s organisations require their employees to be more enterprising, more aware of the needs of customers and more involved in developing their products and services. It is harder than ever to differentiate as a business, keep customers returning and increase profits. By having every member of staff thinking in an enterprising way and being more commercially minded it is possible to stand out above the competition.

2017 162

What are Smombies?

Small Business Labs

According to the Macmillan dictionary, a smombie is a smartphone zombie: someone who is so busy looking at their phone that they do something stupid like stepping out into traffic. Unfortunately, walkers distracted by cellphones are leading to increasing rates of pedestrian accidents, injuries and fatalities.    According to the CBS News article Pedestrian deaths on U.S.

2017 147

Renewables Vs. Coal: What’s the Score

Eco-Office Gals

When you travel through South Australia, you’re greeted by beautiful vistas and amazing ocean views. Another thing you often see are large solar power systems and wind farms strewn about. These renewable energy farms have been providing energy to South Australia for years. One issue that has come up more and more frequently, however, is the coal vs. renewables debate. The current Australian Prime Minister is pretty staunchly pro-coal and rarely gives credit to renewable sources of energy.

2017 126

3 Simple Strategies to Get New Clients Over the Next 30 Days

Office Organization Success

If you’re struggling to get more clients, there are three simple strategies that you can implement that will help. But, more importantly, taking consistent, daily action is the real answer to getting more clients. I’ve had many conversations with business owners these past few months who are, quite frankly, really struggling with their businesses: They [.]. The post 3 Simple Strategies to Get New Clients Over the Next 30 Days appeared first on Online Business Management and Online Marketing.

2017 116

Achieving The Perfect Balance Between Studying And Working Full-Time

Dumb Little Man

Balancing work and school can be difficult. If you are looking for ways to make the best of your time, here are a few tips you can use. Review class syllabi. Class syllabi are those small documents created by your instructors, teachers or professors to assist with your studies in the course of the semester. Make a point to go through the syllabi for all your classes.

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The benefits of working abroad for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

As many of you will know, I moved to Barcelona a few years ago to work as an assistant and marketing manager for Gallus Events. I must say, looking back, I was pretty brave. Moving to a new country where I didn’t know the language or many people. At the time I had a great job in London, I lived in an amazing part of town, had a fun social life and, well, everything was pretty settled!

2017 161

Despite Strong Job Market, Economic Uncertainty Still High

Small Business Labs

We consider the trend towards rising levels of economic uncertainty and insecurity to be one of most powerful trends we follow. We also think it's one of the least studied and understood. A combination of factors drive economic uncertainty. These include relatively slow growth, stagnant wages, middle class job losses and declining job security. In addition, a growing amount of research also points to income volatility as a cause of economic uncertainty.

2017 144

Small Steps to Cut Down Your Meat Consumption

Eco-Office Gals

Vegetarianism and veganism seem to be everywhere at the moment. You’ve tried to ignore it, but at the back of your mind, you can’t help but feel swept up in it. Netflix is full of documentaries about the benefits of eating less meat , be it for environmental, health or animal welfare reasons, and once you’ve seen a couple of these docs, you might have decided you’d like to attempt to cut down on eating meat, but aren’t sure where to start.

2017 125

What You Should Know About The “This Website is Not Secure” Message

Tips From T. Marie

If you use the Chrome or Firefox browsers, you may have been alarmed by a new message that can be found in your browser address bar. Both browsers are now announcing that websites that do not have a security certificate, indicated by the [link] in the address, as not secure. But what exactly does that. Read more. Business Tips Business Websites and Blogs WordPress

2017 112

The Secret Key To Multitasking Isn’t What You’d Think

Dumb Little Man

Think back to your last firm handshake. How much of your attention did this activity demand? Did you need to stop talking and devote your entire focus just to make sure you successfully grasped the other person’s hand? Probably not as your brain is wired for parallel processing. Its seeing and guiding pathways allowed you to continue speaking while simultaneously doing a handshake. Unfortunately, parallel processing doesn’t always come naturally to us.

2017 198

Managing Your Time (Part 1 of a 4 Part Series)

Office Dynamics

I have been in the business world for 47 years now and one thing that never changes is managing our workload and setting priorities. Everyone I talk to is trying to keep up with the accelerated pace of business and change. At Office Dynamics, we always seem to be in a flurry of activity throughout the year but certain seasons are busier than others. Plus we always have to be thinking 6 – 12 months out because of being in the training industry.

2017 147

New speakers for the Virtual Summit

Practically Perfect PA

I’m so excited to share with you the first group of new speakers for the Virtual Summit and their session details. We have a really varied group trainers from all over the world for the Summit who are truly inspiring. I will be sharing more of their tips and empowering stories over the summer, but for now, here are our Virtual Summit speakers: Lisa N. Alexander, Speaker and Entrepreneur. Known as The Marketing Stylist™, Lisa N.

2017 158

The Business of Work/Life Integration

Small Business Labs

A growing number of firms are offering services and products based on the trend towards work/life integration. This is the shift towards work, home and life becoming increasingly blended.   An interesting example comes from the popular dating site  Bumble  (tagline: Find Your Honey). They are opening a pop-up community center in New York  not surprisingly called The Hive. 

2017 130

Eco-Friendly Buildings Found All Over Globe

Eco-Office Gals

Because our planet is faced with finite resources and problems with pollution, opportunities to erect eco-friendly buildings must be embraced whenever possible. Fortunately, there is a huge trend toward “green” architecture, which includes sustainable materials and environmentally sensitive design choices that lower the structure’s carbon footprint.

2017 122

Podcast 062: The big declutter

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! So, how do you tackle that big decluttering project? First, skim off the top. Get rid of the stuff you know you don’t want or need without having to think about it. Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website.

2017 100

5 Steps To Release Bottled Emotions And Live Happier

Dumb Little Man

Emotions stir inside every human each day and their silent pull ends up dictating life. At times, we bottle up feelings and set them aside because we can’t say what we really want to in the current situation. In certain instances, we think our emotional reaction is abnormal and that no one will understand. We forget all about our emotions and just plan to come back to them at some point. We ignore them for as long as possible — or until our neglect leads to a total meltdown.

2017 195

Emotional Intelligence Meets Travel Planning

Office Dynamics

What do emotional intelligence and travel planning have in common? Plenty. I have been traveling extensively for business (and a little pleasure) for 3 straight months. To be honest, it is wearing on me. Several of my trips involved being gone for 5 days; only to come home for 3 or 4 days and leave again for a week. I have been a business traveler for 27 years. While the typical person thinks traveling is glamorous, the business traveler has a different perspective.

Travel 145

Launching the Future Assistant 2018

Practically Perfect PA

I thought I would start the day by launching the Future Assistant 2018! Hurrah! Following the success of the last two Assist Conferences, which both sold out, I couldn’t wait to tell you about what we have planned for the new conference and I wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to book their place on the conference. So what can I tell you about the Future Assistant 2018?

2018 157

VCs Investing Heavily in AI and Machine Learning

Small Business Labs

VC investments in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning more than doubled in 2016, according to the National Venture Capital Association. As the chart below (click to enlarge) from the Axios article Venture Capital Investment in AI skyrockets shows, VCs have continued to pour money into AI in 2017. Virtual reality is also attracting a lot of investment.    It's not just startups. Most of the major tech companies are also investing heavily in AI.

2017 126

Steps for Creating a Paperless Home Office

Productivity Bits

We’ve all been there: Keeping and storing documents that we deemed important throughout the years only to walk into the home office space one day and see a mountain of papers staring back. This can be magnified ten-fold if you work from home. The good news is there is an easy solution that will save you time, money, storage space, and clutter. Going paperless is not only better for the environment, but it can make you more productive.

Podcast 061: Organizing basics

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! I’m going to talk about some fundamental concepts and ideas about organizing. The two I’ll talk about today are: keep things you use often close by and things you seldom use farther away, and keep like things together. Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play.

2017 100

3 Ways To Inject More Humor Into Your Relationship

Dumb Little Man

As soon as you stop laughing with your significant other, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find yourself on the miserable road to relationship hell. The person you were once so enamored with will start to take on the look of a hairless cat that’s been left out in the sun for too long. You’ll hear the cell block doors slam shut on your relationship as you look forward to a dim future with your crusty ball and chain.

2017 195

Can’t Keep a Job? Here’s Why

Eat Your Career

Every week, I get a ton of emails from blog readers with career questions they want me to answer. Typically, I don’t provide career advice via email—that’s why we have the monthly Q&A (“Ask the Career Coach”) video sessions. Members of the Free Career Resource Library can attend for free and submit questions of their own. But one question I get asked a lot is about job hopping. People want to know why they can’t keep a job. In some cases, they’ve left voluntarily.

2017 100

Day in the life: Tess Keppe

Practically Perfect PA

This month’s day in the life is from Tess Keppe who is a private PA. Tess has a varied role with lots of different aspects of her day. She has some great advice for other assistants, here is the day in the life: Tess Keppe. . What are the main aspects of your role? My role is making sure that my boss’ life and day run smoothly and efficiently.

2017 146

Despite Their Problems, Uber Will Likely Continue to Thrive

Small Business Labs

To say there's been a lot of recent bad news about Uber is, of course, a massive understatement.    Rarely has a firm had as many problems, miscues and crises as Uber has had so far this year. Recode even calls it Uber's no good, very bad 2017. But despite all this, CityLab's Why Uber Will Still Dominate covers the reasons the company is very likely going to continue to be successful.

2017 126

Tips for Combining Work and Play Around the Home

Productivity Bits

No one likes chores. The word itself implies a task that must be done but gives no pleasure. Where did this poor relationship with housework originate? For most of us, it probably began in childhood, when we had to quell our urge to run around with friends and play the day away in order to complete those whine-inducing chores. Chores became synonymous with having the fun sucked out of the day. And so the phenomenon continued into adulthood. Does it have to be that way? Of course not!

2017 100

Podcast 060: Managing passwords

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! It’s about creating good passwords, keeping them safe and, of course, being able to remember and find them! Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. 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.

2017 100

How To Overcome Obstacles: 5 Ways On How To Be A Conquerer

Dumb Little Man

To stress you out beyond your normal limits with extreme mental and physical challenges to make you worthy of serving with the world’s most elite fighting force. This is the simple principle of the US Navy SEALS. But, don’t confuse simple with easy. In order to be one the greatest warriors on the planet, you must conquer the obstacles in front of you. If you only endure, you will become just another failed statistic. During BUD/S training, the most iconic and demanding event is Hell Week.

2017 184

Proactive steps for developing a business that won’t affect the environment

Eco-Office Gals

200 years ago, there was the rise of the industrial revolution and since then, the environment has suffered as a result of improved innovation and commercialisation. It’s common for business owners to prioritise monetisation at the expense of the environment. But there’s an opportunity for businesses to make a difference by focusing on eco-friendly initiatives that will still allow their business to profit. Here’s a few ways you can incorporate green-friendly initiatives into your business.

2017 100

Business Travel Safety in a Volatile World

Practically Perfect PA

We live in a volatile world where threats and risks to personal security are an unfortunate reality. Whether travelling domestically or internationally, corporations have a Duty of Care to employees visiting other cities and locations for business. If disaster struck in a destination your employees had been sent to, do you have a system in place for them to mark themselves safe? Do you know their precise or approximate location?

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Seeking Freelance Flexibility With Full-Time Stability

Small Business Labs

The Inc. article What Do Millennials Want From Their Employers, Exactly? This Study Sums It Up in 1 Sentence says Millennials want: "Freelance flexibility with full-time stability" This is, of course, not just what Millennials want. It's what everybody wants. The study the article refers to is Deloitte's 2017 Millennial Survey.

2017 122

7 Ways to Get Control of Your Day (Part 2 of 4 Part Series)

Office Dynamics

In case you did not read part 1 , I am writing a 4-part series around the topics of managing your day and time. I promise to keep these short and to the point. #1: 1: Early in the day, clarify your top 5 priorities for the day. Instead of thinking about the 10 things or more you have to do today, narrow your list to your top 5 priority items that you must get done today. This will help you feel like you have control vs. feeling like you are being controlled by everything that pops up.

2017 127

8 productivity traps to avoid

Clutter Coach

by What is productivity, really? It’s not just clearing off your desk or ploughing through your email inbox. Stop, take a breath and make sure you’re getting the important stuff done. Obviously, productivity involves producing. Producing widgets, events, reports, sales. The more producing you do, the more money you have and the greater success your company has. Right? It’s not that simple. It doesn’t matter how many widgets you produce if no one buys them.

2017 100

How To Start A Cat Hotel

Dumb Little Man

“I really just want to quit my job, move somewhere gorgeous and open my own B&B.”. That’s the secret dream of countless executives and “worker bees” alike. Chances are, they’re thinking of a luxurious inn that’s a peaceful, upscale retreat for humans – not a smaller facility filled with often-yowling and often-demanding cats. Then again, those dreamers are probably not “cat people.”

2017 179

How to Answer "Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years?"

On The Job

Job interviews can be stressful, but as I've said before, the more you prepare for them, the more stress you can eliminate. Part of that preparation is understanding there are going to be standard interview questions and even a few weird ones. It also means that the hiring manager is trying to get a "feel" for you. Are you a slacker? A whiner? Ambitious? One of the ways he or she will seek to do that is by asking "So, where do you see yourself in five years?"

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