May, 2015

The Powerful Influence Of Words

Dumb Little Man

One of the best habits you can have is to exude passion and excitement when you speak. Words and how we speak them, have a powerful influence in one’s pursuit of success in life. Have you noticed how dull most people’s words seem to be? Often boring at best and the only time there really seems to be any further emphasis is when someone is upset or in a negative place. Think about this for a moment, what are the most common responses you hear when you ask someone, “How are you”?

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Coworking Spaces are Human Spaces

Small Business Labs

Last week the results from the spring coworking space member survey were released at the Global Coworking Conference Unconference (GCUC). Emergent  Emergent Research (that's us) partnered with GCUC and Jacob Sayles of Office Nomads on this study. The key finding is while coworking spaces are definitely workspaces, they are also much more. They are places where members work, network, learn and socialize together.    In other words, coworking spaces are human spaces.

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A PA’s guide to confidentiality

Practically Perfect PA

As a PA or EA, your ability to handle confidential subjects, issues, emails and documents is essential. And increasingly, PAs are asked in job interviews how they approach the issue of confidentiality. This guide offers insider knowledge that will help you to handle all things confidential with confidence. Confidential emails and digital files. The issue of confidentiality is especially pertinent when it comes to handling emails and electronic documents.

2015 209

How to Become an Expert in Your Chosen Field

Eat Your Career

I’m going to make a bold statement here: In the field of professional development, I consider myself an expert. It’s not just because I’ve been writing this blog for over 5 years (any Joe-schmoe off the street can do this, you know!). Rather, it’s because I’ve immersed myself in the field—soaked up knowledge and applied it at a rapid pace. And these days, I really feel it’s paying off with a level of expertise few others possess.

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Create Joint Venture ‘Giveaways’ to Boost Your List

Office Organization Success

I added 550+ new subscribers in just FIVE days with this strategy. And, once you know exactly how to set this up, you can do this too. One of the best ways you can give your list building efforts a HUGE boost is to partner with other solopreneurs to create a giveaway event … also known as a joint venture (JV). If done right this strategy can literally add hundreds of new subscribers to your list in a very short period of time.

2015 196

When Getting Things Done Gets In the Way

Simple Productivity Blog

When Getting Things Done (GTD) was introduced in 2002, it quickly became the go-to productivity system. It had the advantage of being one of the first formal methodologies combining not only time management, but project and goal management as well. I hopped on the GTD bandwagon soon after it was released. But thirteen years later, and I no longer use it.

2015 189

12 Mind-blowing Tips for Increasing Your Overall Positivity!

Dumb Little Man

Positive thinking has been very often understood and used in a wrong connotation. People abuse the power of this great practice and suggest that it will attract you money, wealth and abundance. “Be Be positive and you’ll have anything you want!” No you will not! That’s nonsense, and that’s NOT the purpose of exercising your mind to think this way. This is exactly one of the main criticisms for the movie “The Secret”. Just by feeling good you can’t have anything you want – that is a LIE – Period!

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How to use your personal brand to get the right job

Practically Perfect PA

If you think about some of the most famous brands across the globe they will all have a unique attribute that makes them stand out from their competitors be it Nike, Coca-Cola or Apple. We all know what the companies stand for. We also know what Oprah Winfrey stands for and we are all aware of brand Beckham so we know that individuals can also have strong personal brands. Why not assistants?

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5 Green Upgrades That Add Value to Your Home

Eco-Office Gals

By Jane Blanchard via Modernize. When you’re preparing to sell your home, any upgrades that add value are worth your time and effort. One of the hottest trends in real estate is green, sustainable living–making changes to your home that decrease the amount of energy you use and your impact on the environment. Read on to learn more about the best “green” upgrades that not only are kind to the Earth, but add value to your home.

2015 184

3 Steps to Hosting and Organizing a Successul Telesummit Event

Office Organization Success

Hosting your own Telesummit is the number one list-building strategy. In fact, if done correctly, a telesummit can add hundreds of new subscribers to your list, practically overnight. If you’re not sure what a Telesummit is, it’s simply a multi-teleclass event with a series of different speakers, and you’re the host and organizer of the event. As the host of the Telesummit, you then get to interview each speaker and they share their expertise with the telesummit attendees.

2015 189

How I Got Out Of Getting Things Done

Simple Productivity Blog

Last week I talked about my problems with Getting Things Done in the article "When Getting Things Done Gets In the Way". Readers were quick to email and comment that they wanted to know what I would use. (In In hind sight, I should have indicated this article was coming!) So here is how I got out of Getting Things Done and actually get things done. The post How I Got Out Of Getting Things Done appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

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Dumb Little Man

Many people complain: I have no friends. Or: “I turn away people.” ” Maybe you’re being a good friend? Here we remember the … 10 CHARACTERISTICS OF A GOOD FRIEND 1 – You do not solve the problem of your friend, you help to solve. When we have a problem, we immediately ask for help from friends. Some may help, others do not.

2015 219

Coworking Members Learning New Skills, Becoming More Successful

Small Business Labs

One of the more interesting findings from our recent survey of coworking members is how many reported they had learned new skills - or improved their existing skills - due to their coworking space membership: 69% of the respondents reported they learned new skills. 68% of the respondents reported they improved their existing skill set. The learning generally comes two ways.

2015 188

Are you a networked PA?

Practically Perfect PA

The word networking can strike fear, horror and / or joy into the best of us. Networking is without a doubt a valuable skill set and resource tool but for many it can involve going outside our comfort zone when confronted with the notion of chatting to a complete stranger. I won’t lie – I was feeling slightly daunted when faced with the prospect of attending the Gala Dinner Networking Event at Executive Secretary LIVE on my own.

Top 3 Eco-Friendly Office Products that I Couldn’t Live Without

Eco-Office Gals

Usually your office place is anything but “green”. You might think you don’t have that much control over what your office provides when it comes to sustainable living but that’s where you’d be wrong. There are dozens of eco-friendly office products that help you save the planet a little at a time. Here are three items that I couldn’t live without at work. Good Bye Sticky Notes, Hello Bamboo Board. Before I bought this beautiful dry-erase board my desk was always covered in sticky notes.

2015 166

5 Key Steps to Creating Your Free Taste

Office Organization Success

You’ve done all the hard work in getting your blog site up and running… You’ve even got a sign-up box on every page of your site. Now all you need to do is get your web site visitors to part with their name and email address so that you can start and build your database of potential clients. But the question is … how do you get them to do this?

2015 182

Make Task Collection Easier

Simple Productivity Blog

"Out of sight, out of mind" is an old adage that I find holds true, particularly when it comes to the things I need to pull together, organize or simply remember. Yes, I have my task list, but it is the collection of these items that snags me, so often these things don't make it into the task list. When I was perusing various teaching organization systems, I saw a picture of something that I knew I could adapt to help make task collection easier.

2015 167

3 You Won’t Believe Ways To Boost Your Self Esteem

Dumb Little Man

When you look in the mirror, who do you see? If you could have an outer body experience that will show you who you really are, would you? I know these questions may sound cliché but when compared to the way you’re living your life right now, can you answer them? People often forget about the realness of true satisfaction and happiness. Are you really happy with your life right now? Do you concern yourself with what people say or think about you?

64% of Americans Own Smartphones

Small Business Labs

Pew Internet's U.S. Smartphone Use in 2015  profiles American smartphone usage and the growing role that "smartphones play in helping Americans access, share, and create information and communicate with others." " And while the growth of smartphones and smartphone usage is not new news, it's nice having detailed data illustrating it. The key quote from the report is: 64% of American adults now own a smartphone of some kind, up from 35% in the spring of 2011.

2015 183

A day in the life: Catherine Pile, ELLE Magazine

Practically Perfect PA

I am the PA to Luxury Publishing Director in the magazine world of ELLE, ELLE Deco and Harpers Bazaar & Town and Country! What are the main aspects of your role? Looking after the Group Publishing Director for ELLE, ELLE Decoration, Harpers Bazaar and Town & Country. Diary management, travel bookings, client meetings as well as assisting the Events Manager with guest list, product bags and the events.

2015 181

13 Steps to Problem Solving for Administrative and Executive Assistants

Office Dynamics

No doubt you face problems on a daily basis. They can be as small as a printer jam or as big as your executive’s international trip is turning into a disaster due to bad weather. There are many methods people use to solve problems such as mind-mapping or brainstorming. But for larger issues or problems, you have to have a process to be more successful at making the right decision. This is called a Step Method and you follow it as outlined below.

2015 202

Publish a Successful Ezine with these Top 10 Tips

Office Organization Success

Do you know the purpose of your newsletter? It’s not so that you can spend hours and hours formatting some kind of pretty layout. Or agonizing over the right article to write. It’s simply a marketing tool for you to communicate with, and stay in front of, your subscribers and through it you share useful and relevant information. It doesn’t even need to be a full-length article; it can simply be a quick tip.

2015 175

Use Binders To Boost Your Productivity

Simple Productivity Blog

One of the most frustrating things is when you get somewhere and realize you don't have everything you need. I've recently started working with binders to help avoid that problem. Here is why and how to use binders to boost your productivity and simplify what you carry. The post Use Binders To Boost Your Productivity appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

2015 165

Perceiving a Better Future

Dumb Little Man

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. Wayne Dyer A poll after the first televised debate between two presidential candidates in 1960 had some interesting results. Those who watched it on TV tended to think that John F. Kennedy was the winner, while most of those who listened on the radio believed Richard Nixon had won hands down.

2015 219

The Motivations and Challenges of Diverse Small Business Owners

Small Business Labs

Gallup's Diverse Small Business Owners Share Their Experiences covers a series of surveys of different segments of small business owners. The surveys asked about the motivations and challenges among Asian, African-American, Hispanic, Women, LGBT and Veteran small business owners. Their key finding is small business owners have pretty much the same motivations and challenges regardless of their ethnic, racial and social backgrounds.

2015 162

Practically Perfect PA Giveaway: £150 Red Letter Days voucher

Practically Perfect PA

In conjunction with Tate , we are running a prize draw and one lucky person will win a £150 Red Letter Days voucher. Just complete the contact form ( for those reading this on email click here for the contact form ): [contact-form]. Tate is the perfect partner to host this giveaway. They really do understand the importance of career planning and training for assistants, particularly those assistants who want to climb the career ladder.

2015 159

How Assistants Manage Their Workload (and all the extras, like training!)

Office Dynamics

Are you one of the many assistants who claims you can’t attend a training course or even get away for a free webinar because you’re just too busy? We’ve witnessed firsthand hundreds, maybe thousands of assistants who take the time to get away for an hour, a day and sometimes a whole week to keep learning and growing their professional skillset. Here’s how assistants manage their workload and find time for other things, like training! .

2015 195

When Things Don’t Go As Planned …

Office Organization Success

Our house move went smoothly, except for the cable/internet connection! Although the installation happened the week before we moved (I was trying to be super organized and not interrupt my work flow), it wasn’t until we actually moved in that everything started not to work, and I was without internet for three days last week! I had four technicians out in the space of less than a week and they finally got it fixed.

2015 145

Save Time With An SOP

Simple Productivity Blog

I want you to think of something that you don't do very often but are rather complicated. Did you have to spend extra time trying to remember all of the things you needed to do? Or did you forget something and have to go back and do it? That's where an SOP can help. The post Save Time With An SOP appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

2015 164

6 Ways to Find Your Calling

Dumb Little Man

Ah, to find your life’s calling. It might be big, it might be small, but it will definitely be meaningful. It might be something you do for a living, or it might be something you do on the side, but it will definitely be fulfilling. Without further ado, let’s jump right in to the 6 techniques you can try right now that will help you find your calling in life! #1: 1: Your Rant What topic can you really rant about? What gets your blood boiling and your voice fierce?

2015 219

How Large Corporations See Contingent Workers

Small Business Labs

Holistic Talent Supply Chain Management is an HBR study sponsored by Kelly OCG, which is the outsourcing division of the large staffing firm Kelly Services. The study surveyed around 300 global business leaders to understand the talent challenges large organizations are facing and identify the best practices among leading companies working with external talent. For me the most interesting section of the study covers how large corporations view contingent talent.

2015 153

Launching Assist Travel

Practically Perfect PA

Following the success of the Assist Conference I have decided to organise a few more events throughout the year. First up we have Assist Travel taking place on Friday 4th September 2015 from 10am to 4pm in London. This is a free to attend event for Practically Perfect PA subscribers. Why should you attend Assist Travel? Choosing a supplier for your office is not easy, particuarly when it comes to business travel.

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Tips for Female Travelers (Safety and Bonus Travel Tips)

Office Dynamics

Women Traveling Alone Should Enjoy Themselves. Traveling alone has many benefits. You get to eat in peace and quiet. You can “veg” out all night in your room and watch TV or read your favorite novel. I have been traveling for business for 25 years and 90% of the time, I travel alone. Most of my work as a female professional speaker and corporate trainer takes me across the United States with little international travel (by choice).

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Are Excuses Derailing Your Career?

On The Job

How many times have you made a New Year's resolution, or a promise to yourself that you will change? But within a few months of making such an assertion, you have fallen back into the same old behaviors. You make excuses to yourself, of course, but those are often ridiculous. In a new book, " Triggers ," author and leadership guru Marshall Goldsmith says that these "excuses" you make to yourself are really much more.

2015 185

A Morning Miracle – How A Chance Mention Changed My Life

Simple Productivity Blog

What would you say if I told you that a planned morning routine that focuses on self-improvement can bring incredible results.even if you are not a morning person? I recently found myself reading a book and implementing such a routine.and I am finding the results to be miraculous! The post A Morning Miracle – How A Chance Mention Changed My Life appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

2015 164

Little Known Ways of Being Productive

Dumb Little Man

I still remember one of the first days after starting at University. Sitting at the back row of the auditorium, shooting the s**t with the others, hot girls with short skirts, no worries what so ever. It was all good and terrific for a young man growing up in a village of 200 inhabitants. Coming straight from high school and somewhat still being breastfed from home we thought going to an University was like a morning breeze and was all about socializing. Little did we know.

2015 219

McKinsey's Four Global Disruptions

Small Business Labs

McKinsey's new book No Ordinary Disruptions covers 4 global forces they believe are rewriting the world economy's operating system. The 4 are: The Age of Urbanization. Accelerating Technological Change. Responding to the Challenges of an Aging World. Greater Global Connections. What's interesting about this list is these trends have been apparent and discussed for many years.

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