Sat.Apr 23, 2016 - Fri.Apr 29, 2016

5 Ways to Effectively Manage Your Business for Successful Business Growth

Office Organization Success

If you feel like your’re constantly running on the proverbial hamster wheel when it comes to growing your business… It could be because you’re doing things in the WRONG order! Let me share a secret with you that many successful online solopreneurs already know — you have to learn how to “manage” your business before you can “market” your business. And if you’ve been with me for a while you’ve no doubt heard me say this many times!

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Core soft skills: Diplomacy

Practically Perfect PA

Next up in our series of blog posts on core soft skills I am going to look at diplomacy and tact for assistants. Assistants have to possess a number of soft or interpersonal skills. Some are essential, some are nice-to-haves and others can be handy but not always necessary. Diplomacy (or at the very least tact) is an absolute must have. . In my mind diplomacy is ‘the art of dealing with people in a sensitive and tactful way.’

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Gig Economy Declining in Rural America

Small Business Labs

The Daily Yonder's (tagline: Keep it Rural) ‘GIG ECONOMY’: WHILE U.S. GAINS, RURAL SHOWS NET LOSS  covers an interesting study that shows rural areas of the country are seeing declines in gig economy employment. The is based on an examination of  non-employer data by U.S. county.    Non-employer is what the U.S. census calls solo businesses that don't employ traditional full or part-time (W2) employees.

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6 Tools to Increase Your Self-Employed Productivity

Dumb Little Man

The benefits of being self-employed are stunningly obvious to those who have decided to take the plunge. The freedom and flexibility it creates and the sense of being in control of your own destiny are a dream come true. For many, self-employment is an empowering and rewarding – both personally and financially – career move. Sometimes, however, self-employment comes with downsides.

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Tips for Planning Someone Else’s Travel

Office Dynamics

Planning travel for others is no simple matter and administrative professionals know this better than anyone else! Each traveler has personal preferences and unique quirks that make travel planning a true art form. As an admin, you are already a pro at putting yourself in other’s shoes and predicting their needs, even before they know what they need! However, travel is full of unpredictable changes.

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The big PA questions

Practically Perfect PA

I’ve been thinking about the industry a lot recently. This probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise considering I blog about being an assistant! There is so much going on at the moment – from events to week long training programmes; blogs to published books; new networking groups to professional associations. There is something for every type of assistant in every level of the profession and point of their career.

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The 3 Technologies That Will Define Our Future - For Good or Bad

Small Business Labs

Inventor, entrepreneur and thinker  Ray Kurzweil is legend in Silicon Valley. While probably best know for inventing the first music synthesizer, the Kurzweil K250 , his inventions and achievements are too numerous to list here.    Singularity University's Ray Kurzweil Predicts Three Technologies Will Define Our Future  covers some of his latest thinking (BTW, he is founder of Singularity University ). 

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Why Being An Executive Assistant Is A Rewarding Career

Office Dynamics

In honor of Administrative Professionals Day, I want to share my thoughts on why I believe being an executive assistant is a rewarding career. When people tell me, “Anyone can do that job,” it bothers me. It tells me that person doesn’t really know what it takes to be a great assistant. I hear it from both sides of the desk. I hear assistants talk about their job or the profession as if it is no big deal.

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Our Event Management Training course is two weeks away!

Practically Perfect PA

I just wanted to remind you that our Event Management Training course is two weeks away! The first course is for assistants who organise events for their organisations. There are still a few places left if you are interested in attending. Here are all the details: . Events Management for Assistants. One of the main challenges for PAs when organising events is demonstrating that there is a process to organising the event.

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Uber, Lfyt and Ridesharing Spreading to Adjacent Industries

Small Business Labs

It's been clear for some time that Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing firms are taking share from traditional taxis.    But the ridesharing industry is not just stopping there. It's starting to have major impacts on adjacent industries.    For example, Skift's article   Skift Survey: More Evidence of Uber Becoming a Rental Car Replacement  covers data showing that more consumers are turning to ridesharing services instead of renting cars.

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How To Change Careers Without Losing Your Mind

Dumb Little Man

You hate your job. The economic outlook in your field is grim. You’ve moved and there are no openings in your area of expertise. You’re still too young to retire though. Whatever the reason for considering a new line of employment, knowing how to make a career change can seem like a daunting task. Break the thought process down into bite-sized chunks, weigh the benefits and consequences and tap into a new line of work with these ten tips. What’s Your Motive?

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Why The Administrative Profession Is A Career Of Choice

Office Dynamics

In honor of Administrative Professionals Day, I want to share my thoughts on being an executive or administrative assistant. When people tell me, “Anyone can do that job,” it bothers me. It tells me that person doesn’t really know what it takes to be a great assistant. Being in the administrative profession is a career of choice. I hear it from both sides of the desk. I hear assistants talk about their job or the profession as if it is no big deal.

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Booking space for your Executive meetings

Practically Perfect PA

When hiring external meeting spaces assistants should treat the task as they would a small event. There are many factors that will make the meeting a success. Assistants must ensure they hire a meeting space that contributes to the success of the meeting. Here are some top tips for booking space for your Executive meetings. If you can, visit the space prior to the meeting so that you are aware of the room’s layout and location within the venue.

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3 Valid Reasons for Not Having a Website for Your Business

Tips From T. Marie

In light of my recent post admonishing businesses for relying on Facebook as their online presence the title of this post may sound a bit strange. For those of you who thought I was being a bit harsh about the need for a website I decided to see if I could find any reasons at all not to have one for your business. This is what I came up with: You are fine with someone else owning your business name domain and using it instead of you.

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How To Deal With Setbacks. A Fool-Proof Strategy To Get You Back On Track

Dumb Little Man

Let your mind drift for a moment… You’re in a perfect place—a place where every morning you wake up feeling confident, ready to take on the world and win. In this place, everything always works out. Struggling to imagine that? Yep, me too. Life doesn’t always go according to plan. It has its ups and downs. If you’re not careful, the ‘downs’ can force you onto a slippery slope of negativity and low self-esteem. Setbacks happen.

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Administrative Professionals Week Instagram Challenge #AdminProud

Office Dynamics

We are having a ball with you this month as you have engaged in the #AdminBlogathon daily with some really incredible comments, questions, challenges and connection points. We are more than thrilled with this event and hope that you have been as well. Are you finding useful skills throughout the posts that you can apply at work? We appreciate you and we are really excited to kick off Administrative Professionals Week on Monday.

Top travel tips please!

Practically Perfect PA

Over the last few months I’ve been thinking about how to get you lovely lot more involved in the blog. I put out these posts every few days and I get some great comments and feedback and it is pretty obvious that you all know a thing or two about being assistants. There are roughly 7,000 of you that subscribe to Practically Perfect PA – and you live all over the place!

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The Key to Being More Innovative

On The Job

When Michael Docherty joined Sunbeam Corp. years ago as vice president of product development, he says the company was in “shock and crisis,” reeling from the aftershocks of Albert J. Dunlap’s CEO reign. Dunlap has been called “Chainsaw Al” and “Rambo in Pinstripes” for his methods of streamlining failing companies.) Docherty says things needed to be improved at Sunbeam, and quickly. As part of the turnaround team, Docherty focused on restoring internal collaboration.

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Eliminate Computer Clutter and Embrace Digital Minimalism

Productivityist

Today’s guest post is by Emily McGee. Her passion is in helping other freelancers learn how to grow their businesses without sacrificing work-life balance. You can connect with her on her website My Adaptable Career. Raise your hand if you treat your computer desktop like a digital junk drawer. I’m raising both of my hands right now. Does your desktop look something like this? Just looking at this desktop for a few moments wastes both time and valuable mental energy. It’s time to clean it up.

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Today’s Admin Needs to Become a Mobile Office Pro

Office Dynamics

Mobile has become the way in the daily operations of both our personal and business lives. It is increasingly important to know how to work productively from anywhere, anytime. It’s all in the apps. Mobility is changing how we work and live; blending personal and professional lives, apps and tools needed to work well across different devices, and employees expect—and are expected—to work from anywhere.

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30 Baseball Idioms

Daily Writing Tips

The sport nostalgically known as “America’s Pastime” (though football now reigns supreme) is the source of many evocative idioms whose meanings now extend beyond the baseball diamond. Here are thirty of those phrases and their meanings when used past the warning track. ballpark figure : a rough estimate. bat a thousand : a reference to a continuing series of successes, alluding to a baseball player who gets on base every time at bat.

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Is Your Boss Stealing Your Ideas?

On The Job

One of the ways to get ahead in your career is to offer new ideas or come up with innovative solutions. But what if you do that -- and then the boss takes credit for your idea? First, don't take any action until you've had time to think it through. Reacting in anger -- or bursting into tears -- isn't going to help the situation and will probably make it much worse. Second, take the time to think about who your boss is as a person before you craft a response.

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The Productivityist Podcast: Productivity & Play with Dr. Kirsten Milliken

Productivityist

On this episode of the podcast, I speak with clinical psychologist and certified ADHD Coach, Dr. Kirsten Milliken. She’s the author of PlayDHD, a book that not only gives adults with ADHD permission to play – it encourages it! We talk about a wide variety of topics, including how she tackles her tasks, what role avatars and colour play into her workflow, and why tapping into (and leveraging) your personality type can help you personalize your workflow and help you reach your full potential.

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Just the Savvy Ones. Recognizing Career Love.

Office Dynamics

Author: Kemeia MK Foley, CAP-OM. It’s Administrative Professionals Week 2016. Fantabulous. I can think of no better way to celebrate than to acknowledge the spirit of the celebratory week than to share why I get so fired up about this profession. Here are the top ten reasons Why I love being in this profession. I love lists. The admin profession is BUILT for people that love list-making. I get to contribute.

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Join the Freelance Writing Course – 2016 Edition

Daily Writing Tips

Every single week we receive an email from someone asking when the next Freelance Writing Course will be offered, as we only run it once or twice a year. If you are one of those, wait no more! Today we are opening the doors to the 2016 edition ( click here to get all the details and join ). People love the course because it allows you to create a new or second income source. Freelance writing on the web is something that anyone can do, regardless of your age, location or current profession.

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How To Manage Your Noise To Signal Ratio

Brilliantly Better

We live in a very crowded world. And the crowd is just getting bigger. This, combined with the fantastic technological advance of our times, generated an unbelievably big pool of information. Our sensors are filled with data each and every… The post How To Manage Your Noise To Signal Ratio appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development

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The Advantages of Using Serviced Offices

Small Business CEO

There are so many advantages to using serviced offices that it’s no wonder their popularity has increased so much in recent years, especially in the UK. With there being so many prestigious London locations now available to rent as serviced office spaces , smaller business can instantly raise their profile by renting out an office space in an upmarket trendy location, but that’s not the only advantage. Here’s why your business should consider using serviced office spaces: Flexibility.

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Enlarge Your Presence

Office Dynamics

I am just coming back to the office this week after an incredible week of teaching World Class Assistant to some amazing ladies. It was four full-days of learning and these assistants were hungry to achieve their certification and WCA Certified designation. As always, we had a small group creating a very intimate experience. We do this on purpose so that I can give special attention to each attendee. Every time I have the honor of teaching, I learn new things as well.

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Toothy and Toothsome

Daily Writing Tips

A reader remarks on the use of toothsome in this headline at Discovery-dot-com: Crocodiles are fun-loving, finds a new study on the toothsome predators. Unless the writer thinks of crocodiles chiefly as the source of a tasty meal, a more appropriate word is toothy. Here are the usual definitions of toothsome and toothy : toothsome adjective : pleasant to the taste; palatable. Figuratively, “sexually attractive.”.

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EARTH DAY – Earth VS Man? No, Let Us Join Hand in Hand

Dumb Little Man

It was like something out of a movie. The small boy sat, gazing in awe at the numerous sign boards and infographics that littered the main streets of Karachi City. What did it all mean? Earth Day’ was what they called it. The multiple events and functions that hailed this special day had made it very clear that this was the day that Mankind would make a desperate plea to his fellow brethren to stop attacking the planet we inhabit.

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Employees Need to Feel Appreciated

Small Business CEO

If you’ve been paying attention to the principles of sound management theory, then you already understand the value of emotional intelligence. It’s not just psychobabble, but a real aspect of intelligence that needs to be respected in the workplace. Although it may sound like an oxymoron, there is such a thing as happy employees. Happy employees are engaged employees. In turn, engaged employees do all the things necessary to help a company prosper.

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Getting People to Notice You: Cultivating High Self-Esteem Webinar Replay

Office Dynamics

Earn positive attention in the workplace and address the most common obstacle standing in the way for most assistants—lack of self-esteem. Do you struggle with getting people to notice you? You can view the replay of our webinar, Getting People to Notice You: Cultivating High Self-Esteem. As an attendee, you will learn…. Why self-promotion is essential for your career—and yet so hard to do. How to identify the subconscious beliefs that may be holding you back (and what to do about them).

A Hella Cool New Dictionary Entry

Daily Writing Tips

Merriam-Webster, publisher of the print and online dictionary that is perhaps most widely consulted by wordsmiths in the United States, has made what some may consider an audacious decision: Hella is now officially a member of the English language. As an aficionado of etymology, I have always been pleased to have been near a word’s geographical and chronological epicenter; that’s something not everybody can boast of.

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5 Powerhouse Strategies for Creating Administrative Peer Power

Office Dynamics

Coming together is better than fighting for your own agenda. When you are trying to create change, whether in a process or for the administrative community in your organization, it is much easier to be persuasive when there is a group. There is strength in unity. Whether there are two administrative professionals in your office or 200, joining forces with your administrative peers will contribute to greater success for your organization.

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An Innovation Mindset: More Curious Than Certain

Office Dynamics

Author: Annette Brown. Full disclosure— I’m a recovering perfectionist. Nicknames that have followed me over the course of my lifetime include “Miss Goody-Two-shoes,” “Little Miss Perfect” and “Rule Girl.” I’d like to think I always try to do the right thing. I have to admit, I’m one of those people who has historically loved being right. But I’ve found this hasn’t necessarily been the best mindset for innovation.

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Have You Reached A Career Plateau? How to Regain Control

Office Dynamics

Author: Shelagh Donnelly. Have you paused lately to assess where your career is going? Are you making progress, or have you plateaued? Think about it. Plateaus are generally flat expanses of terrain, and you’ve made either a descent or a climb to reach one. There’s little variation in the landscape unless you want to go downhill or make the effort to move upward. The same is true for career plateaus.

2016 109

10 Questions To Find The Perfect Venue

Office Dynamics

So, you’re doing an event? Great! Where? That is the first and most important question. All event planning starts with the venue. It’s the first question asked, whether you are planning a large scale launch party for Nike or a private celebration for 20. While the right venue is most likely the largest expense of your event experience, it is also the most influential in shaping the overall guest experience.

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