July, 2018

50 Chrome extensions for business

Practically Perfect PA

If you use Google Chrome as your browser, then I am sure that you are aware of all of the brilliant extensions you can download to help with pretty much anything that you need to do on the world wide web. I use Chrome all the time and have a whole suite of extensions that […]. Featured Office Technology admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Google Chrome Office manager PA Personal Assistant Productivity Tasks technology Virtual Assistant

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How Long Should a Job Search Take?

Eat Your Career

This is a question I get quite frequently in my monthly “Ask the Career Coach” sessions. It’s not surprising; people who are in the midst of a job search are always anxious. They want the process to be much faster than it (usually) is. The longer it takes to land that new gig, the more self-doubt starts to creep in. So, at what point should you start to worry? How long should a job search take on average?

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"Everything, it seems, is a shared office these days"

Small Business Labs

The title of this post is a quote from the NY Times article  Sorry, Power-Lunchers. This Restaurant Is a Co-Working Space Now. The article covers Spacious , a startup that transforms unused space - especially restaurants outside of meal times - into shared workspaces. Key quote: "Everything is now a co-working space, one of those shared offices that are popular among freelancers, small companies and other workers who want a change of scenery. 

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5 Signs You Need to Start Removing Toxic People

Dumb Little Man

They say you become just like the company you keep. Therefore, picking and choosing friends is one of life’s most underrated skills. Friends make or break you. The right group of friends will help you get through life and succeed while the wrong ones will hold you down and potentially destroy you. Moving through life, you’ll encounter countless people, many of whom you will call your “friend” at one point in life. Unfortunately, not every friend stays.

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It’s COOL to be an Administrative Professional

Office Dynamics

It’s COOL to be an Administrative Professional because you have a pulse on how people feel. It seems that most people in a workplace confide in administrative professionals. How many times have your executive’s direct reports talked to you in confidence? Or how many just talk to you about how they feel about a project — or changes taking place in the company? Often, you are viewed as a confidante. They are comfortable talking to you. And they look to you for answers or insight.

How to Declare Business Independence

Tips From T. Marie

With the July 4 th holiday tomorrow here in the U.S. it only seemed fitting that I pen a post about independence. Specifically, independence as it relates to your business. And yes, I know I’ve written about it before, but it’s a subject worth repeating. If your business is coming between your life, liberty and pursuit of happiness keep reading. It’s time to claim your business independence. Start With The Pursuit Of Happiness.

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5 things to do when starting a new PA role

Practically Perfect PA

Starting a new Assistant role can be a pretty nerve-wracking experience. We have to form productive working relationships pretty quickly, build rapport, learn new systems and hit the ground running within a few weeks (if we are lucky!). Many organisations that I worked in assumed I knew what I was doing from day one, which […]. Core Skills First Impressions Working with Executives admin administrators assistants EA Employment Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant

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Independent Workers Feeling More Secure

Small Business Labs

One of findings that most surprised us when we first started researching independent workers was how many think independent work is more secure than traditional jobs.    Back in 2011 when we first starting asking about this in surveys, we assumed the vast majority of independent workers would view self-employment as being less secure than having a traditional job. 

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5 Habits Of Successful People You Should Be Following Today

Dumb Little Man

Ever wonder how successful people are so successful? Habits play a crucial role in shaping our lives. According to a psychology study at Duke University, 45% of everything we do on a daily basis factors in daily habits. We all know that bad habits can be detrimental to your mental and physical well-being. They can hinder your road to achievement and success. Good habits, on the other hand, can help you rise above others and be at your best. The concept of success differs with each person.

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Why The Tortoise and Hare Isn’t About Pace

Simple Productivity Blog

Aesop's fables have infiltrated our culture to a remarkable degree. The story of the Tortoise and the Hare is an example of one of these fables. I was always taught that the moral of the Tortoise and the Hare is "slow and steady wins the race." But I've recently had cause to look at this fable again, and I find that really isn't the moral at all. Here's what it's really about. The post Why The Tortoise and Hare Isn’t About Pace appeared first on Laura Earnest. Deliberate Living

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Word Alert! Pompous Phrases Can Set an Arrogant Tone

Office Dynamics

With the spoken word, we have the privilege of adding voice intonation, hand gestures, and emotion with our vocal cords. That doesn’t happen as easily in writing. You might leave readers guessing about your intended meaning and risk setting a tone that can be misconstrued. Does your writing come across as arrogant? Are you using pompous phrases? To avoid confusion, consider dropping the following idioms and phrases from your writing altogether.

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A Simple Tool for Leading Productive Meetings

Practically Perfect PA

I hate meetings. Long or short, large or small, food or no food, outside or inside, morning or afternoon — it doesn’t matter. Meetings drain the life out me, and I’m guessing most of you feel the same. There’s even a book called, Meetings Suck by Cameron Herold. Unfortunately, meetings often resort to nothing more […]. Core Skills Featured Meeting Management Writers admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Meeting Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

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3 Ways to Better Connect With Co-Workers

On The Job

If you could spend 40 to 50 hours per week with a handful of (living) people, who would you pick? Chances are you are going to say your significant other, best friend, some famous actor or actress and possibly even your favorite bartender. It's unlikely you will choose to spend so many hours with people you don't know well -- and on the surface seem like people who are weird or boring or both. But isn't that we all do every week at work?

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Survey: Almost 4 in 10 Americans Have a Side Hustle

Small Business Labs

Bankrate recently released a survey showing that 37% of Americans have some sort of side job.    The survey was of adult Americans , of which there are about 250 million. This means the survey found about 92 million Americans have side hustles.    We don't have access to the survey questions, so we' don't know how they defined "side job" But it must have been a broad definition to get to 92 million. 

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13 Ways to Get More Reading Done (Even If You Don’t Have the Time)

Dumb Little Man

Are you valiantly seeking new ways to get more reading done? No matter how busy your schedule is, making more time to read and improving at it is simpler than you think. Discover this detailed list to help you make more time to explore the world of words in a variety of ways. Dive into the Audiobook Experience. Audiobooks are an often overlooked, yet excellent way to get more reading time in by having a book read to you.

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Social Media: Use It or Lose It

Tips From T. Marie

At this point, you should know that using social media to grow your business and/or brand is a smart move. There is a reason that just about every business guru out there recommends it. It works. Well, it works if you know what to do and are ready to do it. Too often I see misguided businesses and organizations create a social media profile, page or account that might as well be collecting dust.

Getting the Most Out of Your Next Performance Evaluation

Office Dynamics

Scheduling a performance evaluation meeting and setting measurable goals can be stressful or even seem unproductive to some. The meeting is typically a way to evaluate the past year’s project management, acknowledge achievements, receive valuable feedback for performance improvement and create new goals for continued productivity.

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Why should an Assistant have a mentor?

Practically Perfect PA

Over the last few years, I have often written and spoken about the benefits of having a mentor. The relationship really can bring lots of fantastic benefits for both the mentor and the person receiving their advice. I think I have the conversation quite a lot with Assistants because it is not something that you […]. Career Development Mentoring admin administrators assistants Business Career EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant

Podcast 100: Completion

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ? Stitcher ? Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play. You can leave a review here! This is podcast 100! Wheee! Today I’m going to talk about completion. Some of my podcasts are about concrete actions you can take to get more organized or use your time better. A lot of them are about the concepts that underlie these actions. I never like doing something unless I know WHY I should do it. So I won’t ask you to do anything without explaining why.

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Expert Network Industry Big and Getting Bigger

Small Business Labs

The report The Rise of the Expert Economy is a interesting look at what it calls a "little-known, high-growth sector, made up of networks that connect experts with companies that need them."  "  The firms in this sector, such as  GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group), Guidepoint and Third Bridge, are surprising large. GLG, for example, has 1500 employees across 22 offices and has revenues in excess of $500 million.

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4 Really Simple Yet Highly Effective Ways To Achieving A Goal

Dumb Little Man

Setting a goal is one thing that we must all consider in life. Whether you are a professional, a service provider, a student or an entrepreneur, you need to be able to set clearly defined goals. It encourages you to pursue and work harder. But what exactly is a goal? A goal is something you intend to achieve at all cost. It could be to increase sales, boost income or to reduce weight. Whatever that may be, you need to know exactly how to achieve your goals and dreams.

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DIY Websites: Just Because You Can Build It, Should You?

Tips From T. Marie

On YouTube I’m constantly being bombarded with ads for Wix. In their videos they make creating a website look so simple. It’s not just Wix either, there are plenty of other website builders who crow about how easy it is to create DIY websites. But is it? Really? It depends on your expectations. Is a unique website important to you? All of the DIY websites that I’m talking about rely heavily on pre-made templates.

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5 Things To Do On Sunday To For A Calm Week

Simple Productivity Blog

I see Sunday evenings as the jumping board to a successful week. While some people bemoaned that their free time is coming to an end, I use Sunday evenings to make sure that I will have a good start and continued success throughout the week. These 5 simple steps make the difference between chaos and calm. The post 5 Things To Do On Sunday To For A Calm Week appeared first on Laura Earnest. Planning

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New resources for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

Over the last few months, you might have noticed that I have been adding some new sections to the Practically Perfect PA website. Haven’t noticed? Don´t worry I know you are busy! So, today, I thought I would let you know what we have going on. Here are our new resources for Assistants. Templates, cheat […].

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Most Eco-Friendly Coasts on the Planet

Eco-Office Gals

The several islands that make up the Caribbean Islands have some of the most beautiful natural features surrounding them. If you want to feel good about spending time in luxury and the type of impact that could have on the surrounding environment and community, there are a number of factors to keep in mind. The following are just a sample of the eco-friendly measures you’ll witness when it comes to resort policy in many of the Caribbean’s most prominent resorts.

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Google's Shadow Workforce

Small Business Labs

Bloomberg's Inside Google's Shadow Workforce covers the use by Google of what they call TVCs, or “temps, vendors and contractors" According to the article about half of Google's workforce is comprised of TVCs.    The article caused quite a stir on social media with many people expressing surprise at the numbers, especially the fact that Google is using so many TVCs. 

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3 Easy Yet Effective Ways to Remove Junk From Your Home

Dumb Little Man

Getting rid of junk can seem like an overwhelming task if you’re not prepared. It doesn’t really matter whether you’re just clearing out years of stuff that has been piling up in your garage or if you’re taking on a major home renovation project – you’re going to need ways to declutter. You could ask your brother-in-law and borrow his pickup to make runs to the landfill or you can get professional help from a removal service. Another option is to rent a dumpster and pile everything in it at once.

2018 119

Intentional Word Choice: Did You Write “Feel” When You Meant “Believe”?

Office Dynamics

Much of the spoken language slides into our writing, but at times the words we say aren’t the exact fit for what we mean. Check your intention every time! Consider these sentences from an article about education: How many principals do what they feel will win approval? The public feels certain people shouldn’t be teaching. Given the context, is “feel” the correct word to express the author’s meaning? No, because the essence of the intended meaning doesn’t come from an emotional “feeling” source.

2018 139

Why Intentional Living Isn’t Enough: Choosing Deliberate Living

Simple Productivity Blog

Are you making progress toward your goals? Or do you find yourself often off-plan? I am very good at putting together plans. But once I got to the plans, I often found that I wasn't getting things done. The problem was that I was only making intentions, and I wasn't following through with deliberate action. The post Why Intentional Living Isn’t Enough: Choosing Deliberate Living appeared first on Laura Earnest. Deliberate Living

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Dealing with awkward situations at work

Practically Perfect PA

Throw a load of random people together, and you are bound to get some awkward moments, especially if you are forced (as you often are at work) to spend a lot of time with each other. We all have embarrassing work stories, and there are whole TV series dedicated to awkward work situations (my favourites […]. Office Politics admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant office Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

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The Power of a Conversation and Taking on Big Goals

Stephanie LH Calahan

Meeting someone you never thought you would have the opportunity to meet is an awesome feeling. Back in 2016, Engel Jones asked me to come on his show #12MinuteConvos. He lives in the Caribbean and at that time I thought he’d be another “internet friend” that I’d never meet face-to-face.

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MBO Partners’ 8th Annual State of Independence Report

Small Business Labs

MBO Partners released their 2018 State of Independence report this week. This is the 8th annual report in this series, making it the longest running look at independent work. Emergent Research (that's us) contributes to this study. The study's top line finding is despite low unemployment and a strong traditional job market, the number of independent workers increased to 41.8 million, up from 40.9 million in 2017. 

2018 136

7 Ways on How to Be More Positive In Life Despite Your Negative Past

Dumb Little Man

Every day, I come across so many people who seem to have lost their spirit for the present and future. It breaks my heart to see people with so much potential choosing to give up due to their past experiences. Whether it’s a family crisis, relationships or financial issues, problems that occur at an early age stick to a person’s mind like gum. I have noticed this in every age group- from terrified childhood to depressed teenage years and hopeless adult life.

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Featured Solopreneur Matt Mansfield: “It’s Very Fulfilling”

The Solopreneur Life

This is “Featured Solopreneur,” a feature that is published on The Solopreneur Life. The purpose of “Featured Solopreneur” is to give all of us a glimpse at how other solopreneurs operate their small businesses. This week we meet Matt Mansfield.

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Why effective lead management can help small businesses grow

The Small Business Blog

Growth and expansion is important in any business, but it is especially true for small business who might only just be starting out in their industry. It’s important to hit the ground running and lay strong foundations in the market for your business to build upon going forward. There’s a whole lot that goes into growing as a business, however, so it’s important to find ways to make this process as smooth as possible. That said, the key to every business’s growth will come down to your customers.

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Supplier of the Month: Travel Counsellors

Practically Perfect PA

Travel Counsellors is an award-winning independent travel company that’s seeing increasing growth in its corporate travel division due to clients recognising the benefits of having their own personal travel manager available to them 24/7 when required. The company’s Global Sales Director Jim Eastwood responds to emerging trends in corporate travel and explores what matters to […].

The Secret Is Out!

Office Dynamics

The secret is out! Finally, the secret we have been building up to for several weeks is out. I am very pleased to announce the title of my new book, Joan’s Greatest Administrative Secrets Revealed. In case you have not seen all the social media buzz, this has been an exciting project as this book is like none other I have written for assistants. I wanted to use a very different approach and shake things up, including my wardrobe for the back book cover. This book is pure Joan Burge… Raw. Uncut.

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