August, 2013

5 Killer “Hacks” for Networking at Events

Dumb Little Man

Social media is hot. Everyone is talking about Facebook, Twitter, and every other social media site under the sun. These are great tools for building and maintaining relationships. But they aren’t everything. When it comes to developing powerful relationships, social media is still no substitute for old-fashioned, face-to-face networking. In-person networking is simply one of the best activities you can engage in for your career or your business, hands down.

5 Tips for Effective Delegation

Ian's Messy Desk

The post 5 Tips for Effective Delegation appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. As a manager/supervisor, you just can’t do it all. To achieve effective results, you need to able to delegate projects and work to others. By effective delegation , you communicate to your employees that you have confidence in their ability to complete a job or project. Define the task and identify the outcome, not the process. The process that works for you may not work for others.

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Why Networking Is Essential For Career Success (and Everyone Should Do It NOW)

Eat Your Career

Networking. The word alone strikes fear in the hearts of many. It’s so awkward and uncomfortable! It’s so inauthentic! It’s just so…so…exhausting. That’s why many professionals put it off. If you’re happily employed and your career is chugging right along, networking often gets put on the backburner. I see a lot of people who only start thinking about networking when they “need” something—like a new job, for example.

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Let’s spend time together this September!

Step It Up VA Coaching

Summer is winding down and the kids start school in one week from today! It has been the most glorious summer. As you likely know from my ezines, I took most of the summer ‘off’ I don’t consider what I do as “work”, as it energizes me and makes my heart full – - yet, I did enjoy being more available to the kids and spending a lot of quality time with them. In fact, we just got back from a little Maine vacation and it was wonderful!

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How should assistants represent their boss at a meeting

Practically Perfect PA

As I have moved up the career ladder and become much more of a business partner as well as an EA I have found myself frequently attending meetings on behalf of my manager and representing them at lots of different events and functions. I can remember the first meeting I went to instead of my manager was terrifying. It was a last minute decision because she was running late and I didn’t have time to prepare myself properly.

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Never Try to Teach a Pig to Sing

Virtual Moxie

When I was training as a professional coach at Coach University , I learned a very powerful thing: Play to the strong; not to the weak. In essence, it means that you want to focus your time and attention on the people who clearly get you, like you, want what you offer, find your services valuable, and next to no time on those people who don''t. In the context of your Virtual Assistance practice, the people who don''t are the.

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6 Easy To Install Productivity Habits

Dumb Little Man

Each time I come back from a long or short holiday, I find the task of throwing myself back into work a seemingly insurmountable challenge. Is it laziness? Is it my penchant for procrastination? Or is it the trepidation of knowing what will undoubtedly spring from the simple act of opening my laptop? Whatever it is I have decided not to beat myself up about it.

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Are You TOO Nice at Work?

Eat Your Career

You’re a nice person, I know. And nice is good! That old saying that “ nice guys finish last ” is a myth. Niceness, by and large, is an asset to building relationships —both personal and professional. However, there is a point of diminishing returns, especially in the workplace. Being TOO nice is a problem. People who are deemed “too nice” may be seen as: Pushovers. Easy Victims. Spineless. Cowardly. Looking at this list, I’m confident these aren’t words you want associated with your character.

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8 Ways The Internet Complicates Your Life

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Have you ever wondered how people lived before the internet? I can answer that in one word: simpler. The internet, while a great source of knowledge and convenience, can actually complicate our lives. Here are 8 ways the internet complicates your life. How It Complicates. Too Much Information Increases Doubt. You go to the internet to research something. You get all the information. But you don’t stop.

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Picking up skills along the EA career path

Practically Perfect PA

I’ve been an EA for quite some time now, in fact I started working in 2003 so it has been a decade. Most of that time has been spent figuring out how to look as youthful as I did at 21, making terrible decisions with fashion, money and well men but also making my way along the career path that has led me to being an EA in Barcelona.

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Stand For Something or Fall For Anything

Virtual Moxie

Brooke called me, completely verklempt because her new client wasn''t paying her on time. "I''m I''m tired of this," she said. "I''m I''m adding a late fee to my work. agreement. If he wants to pay late, I''ll be happy to take his money.". Brooke was clearly proud of herself for having made this moxie-filled decision. That works well for large companies," I replied. They''re very happy to "float" loans and collect late fees. Unfortunately, late fees seem.

2013 182

The Number 1 Productivity Hack That Will Change Your Life And Boost Productivity

Dumb Little Man

A couple of weeks ago I launched a new business that I’m super-passionate about. The only problem is, launching a business and running another personal development blog is seriously time-consuming work! But when you’re passionate about what you do then time just flies and your productivity is not something to worry about… but passion alone is not the only thing you need to ensure you’re productive 100% of the time.

2013 219

It’s Not Your VA’s Fault

Office Organization Success

Just last week I had two, almost identical, conversations with two clients. But the worrying thing is this isn’t the first time I’ve had these conversations; in fact it’s cropped up quite a bit over the past couple of years. And it goes something like this: I’m frustrated with my VA (Virtual Assistant). She’s missing things. I’m on my third VA this year. I can’t find someone who knows what to do.

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How to Manage Your Time Effectively

Ian's Messy Desk

The post How to Manage Your Time Effectively appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. How do you decide which activities get your attention first? That is, how do you decide what you are going to do each day? When you set priorities, do you set them in a way that meets your comfort level or in a way that effectively addresses your objectives? There is a lot of stuff competing for your time. You need to determine which will receive your attention.

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8 Ways The Internet Has Simplified Your Life

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Last week I wrote an article about how the internet actually complicates your life. In order to counteract any perception that I am anti-internet, I want to remind everyone of ways that the internet has simplified your life. Access To Information. The biggest benefit of having the web is the access to information. What used to take hours to dig out of reference books in the library now can be found in minutes through a search engine.

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The ups and downs of working from home

Practically Perfect PA

Early in the week I wrote an update on my time in Barcelona and the new job I’ve had since April. I mentioned that I spent a lot of time working from home so I thought I would delve a little more into what I actually do at home and some of the myths that assistants might have about working remotely from their manager. When I first started out as a team administrator back in 2003 despite having a (massively bulky) laptop I rarely worked from home.

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The Productivity Lie I've Been Telling Myself

Virtual Moxie

I was writing a note to my VA Nicole today, when it hit me that the word "please" hadn''t been included in anything I''d written. I changed it, then spent some time reflecting on how it came to be that I''d let go of a kindness, and a way of showing my consideration and respect to her. What I realized is that, however I got into that habit, and for however long it''s been going on, what''s behind it is a lie I''ve been telling myself.

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14 Great Apps for Getting Organized

Dumb Little Man

Do you feel like you live in total chaos? Do you have nine pairs of scissors because you keep losing them in the piles of junk in your home, then buying new ones? Do you get stuck paying late fees on your credit cards because you forget to pay the bills on time? If so, you need some serious organizing. Here are a few apps that can help to organize some the messier aspects of your life, like finances, clutter, appointments and shopping. Read more ».

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The Rise of Ethical, Sustainable, Slow Fashion

Small Business Labs

The collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh's garment district earlier this year killed more than a 1,000 garment workers.  It also highlighted the ethical issues associated with the global fashion industry. In response to this disaster - and broader fashion industry environmental and human rights problems - a number of new retailers and fashion labels that focus on social and environmental responsibility are springing up. A good example is BeGood Clothing in San Francisco.

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WordPress 3.6 & Genesis 2.0 Is Here!

Eco-Office Gals

WordPress 3.6, after a little delay, is finally here and Genesis 2.0 has followed on it’s heels, as promised. What does this mean for WordPress users? HTML5 Compliant: One main change coming down the pipelines is the transformation to HTML5. HTML5 is a markup language for structuring and presenting content for the World Wide Web and a core technology of the Internet. This will mean at some point your existing themes or child themes will need to be HTML5 compliant.

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Productivity Low Hanging Fruit

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Wouldn’t it be nice if our tasks lists only had three items on them per day? Many experts would tell you to pick three items that pertain to your highest goals, do them, and you can relax. In the real world, only doing three tasks a day would lead to an always-growing task list. In the real world, it would leave off the tasks that need to be done (such as laundry, cleaning, cooking, going to work) in favor of the exalted three.

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Which Type of Business Owner Are You?

Office Organization Success

Over my 12 years of being in business, and speaking with many, many business owners over that time, I’ve discovered that when it comes to creating a strategic business and marketing plan for their business, these business owners typically fall into one of these four camps: The Perfectionist Camp. These business owners plan everything in minute detail and won’t dive in until everything is perfect. They constantly tweak, change, and revisit their plan.

2013 167

5 Do’s and Don’ts to Improve Your Natural Speaking Ability

Ian's Messy Desk

The post 5 Do’s and Don’ts to Improve Your Natural Speaking Ability appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Have you ever noticed someone who is talking on a topic about which they are emotional or passionate? As they get caught up in their interest, they convey an authority which grabs the listener’s attention. The strength of their conviction drives the persuasive quality of their words.

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11 Simple Ways to Fall in Love With Yourself

Dumb Little Man

Whenever we think of falling in love we always imagine another person involved. It even feels awkward to utter the phrase “I’m starting to fall in love with myself”. Try it on for size and I bet it’ll feel like shirt that’s too small, something about it just doesn’t feel right. We’ve all reached the point of needing to love ourselves more.

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Social Media, Experiences and the Fear of Missing Out

Small Business Labs

Way back in 1998 a couple of consultants coined the term " the experience economy " and urged companies to offer interesting and unique experiences in addition to products and services.   According to the consultants:   "an experience occurs when a company intentionally uses services as the stage, and goods as props, to engage individual customers in a way that creates a memorable event."

Hola Barcelona!

Practically Perfect PA

The very inviting beach at Barceloneta. I had a comment on the blog a few weeks ago asking how my big move to Barcelona was going and how I was settling into my new job, so as much as I hate talking about myself *ahem* I thought I’d give you’ll a quick update on the last few months. The first thing to say is that I can’t quite believe I’ve been here for 4 months. It has been an absolute whirlwind!

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How Not Being Open Complicates

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” ” — Mark Twain. In this life of online presence, it can be difficult to know what to reveal. Reveal too much detail, and it could cost you a job or relationship. Reveal too little detail, and people you care about but who live far away might not be able to know what is going on. Reveal too much in quantity and you can drive people away.

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Map Out Your Strategic Marketing Plan

Office Organization Success

The boys head back to school on Monday … yay! As much as I love having them around, it will be so nice to get back into a regular routine again. And they are ready to go back too. Three months is a little long to be on school vacation, in my opinion! Today I’ll be taking a day away from the office as I’ll be taking my oldest on a college campus visit to the University of Toledo. In just a few months he’ll have his applications in and we’ll be waiting to hear.

2013 152

Online Banking: An Eco-Friendly Way to Manage Your Money

Eco-Office Gals

When looking for ways to make your office eco-friendly , consider looking at the way you do your banking. Online banking provides an eco-friendly way to get your financial business done. Here are several reasons why online banking is the eco-wave of the future. Smaller Carbon Footprint. By banking online, you no longer have to drive to the branch, which reduces your carbon emissions. Online banking also reduces the need for large bank branches that use a lot of energy.

2013 152

6 Playful Strategies to Beat Procrastination and Boost Your Productivity

Dumb Little Man

Are you a procrastinator? When there's something you know you have to do, do you feel overwhelmed instead of motivated? How often do you think to yourself, "I can't deal with this right now. I'll start later today. Or maybe tomorrow." " Those words pop into my own head just about every day at some point or another. Having struggled with attention deficit tendencies my entire life, I'm a master at putting things off, or not finishing the things I do manage to start.

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The 2013 CRM Market Leaders

Small Business Labs

CRM Magazine released their annual list of market leaders in the customer relationship management (CRM) space.  They have three award categories based on the firm size of CRM system users - large enterprises, mid-market firms and small businesses.   Salesforce.com was this year's winner in the small business space, beating out last year's winner Zoho. Salesforce won the strength of their product direction and reputation for customer satisfaction.

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How to be an assertive assistant

Practically Perfect PA

How many times are assistants told to be more assertive? It seems to me the word is everywhere we look, it is on our job descriptions, it is in our objectives and there are a ton of courses solely dedicated to making assistants more assertive. It seems we must constantly assert ourselves or we are total failures at the job!

Why and How To Shorten Your Task List

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. How do you feel when you look at the list of stuff you have to do today? If you are like most people, it will range from a “I have so much to do” to an “I am going to run away to join the circus.” ” Today I am going to tell you why a long task list is bad, and how to shorten your task list. Why A Long List Is Bad. Writing down tasks that need to be done is good for your productivity.

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Going "Girl?"

Virtual Moxie

The phrase is "going girl." I heard it from Barbara Lochen , although she says she doesn''t know where it came from. You use the. phrase this way: "Don''t go girl on me". You''re going girl on me". Stop going girl on me". I always imagine it accompanied by a requisite. finger wag of warning. The message is "don''t wimp out," or "don''t cave in." Although. seemingly somewhat derisive to women, it doesn''t offend me because it.

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8 Tips for Using a Microphone When Speaking

Ian's Messy Desk

The post 8 Tips for Using a Microphone When Speaking appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. English: A Sennheiser Microphone (Photo credit: Wikipedia) A microphone is one of the basic tools of public speaking. Most people treat it like it’s some form of weird alien technology designed to make communicating a more difficult ordeal than it already is. Here are a few simple tips to help you use a mic to full advantage. Before your presentation, take time to become familiar with the microphone.

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Are You Thinking Healthy Thoughts? Your Thoughts Can Have A Big Impact On Your Life.

Dumb Little Man

Are your thoughts putting you in a healthy state of mind? Someone in a healthy state of mind would think these three thoughts. Do you think them too? If not, you can start right now. Read more ». Development Lifehacks Goals Negativity Stress Change Happiness Brain Motivation

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Startups and the Growth of Online Staffing

Small Business Labs

Online staffing firms and marketplaces like Elance, oDesk and Freelancer.com continue to report substantial growth in jobs posted, jobs placed and money paid to service providers.  Examples include: oDesk recently announced over $1 billion has been spent on its platform since its inception. They also report having 4 million registered freelancers.   Elance recently reported that over $750 million has been spent on its platform and they are over 3 million registered freelancers.

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