Sat.Mar 07, 2015 - Fri.Mar 13, 2015

Haters Gonna Hate (And What you Can Do About It)

Dumb Little Man

You’ve got a dream, and it’s a big one. Maybe you want to quit your job, get a promotion, get married, or conceive the next great paper cup innovation. Whatever it is, it’s so exciting you just have to share it with everyone. So you do. But along with smiles and nods come scowls and awkward looks. Turns out not everyone’s as excited as you are about your dream.

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Yes, I’m an Over Fifty, Overweight Woman in Tech

Tips From T. Marie

I did something yesterday that I’ve been putting off since 2007. I went to a photography studio and had professional photos taken for my business. I know it’s something I should have done way back when. It’s something every business guru recommends. So why did it take me so long to have them done? I’m not going to lie to you, having my picture taken isn’t my favorite thing to do. I’ve been overweight all of my life, in fact I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t watching what I ate.

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Chasing colleagues who do not report to you

Practically Perfect PA

Imagine the scene – you’ve been asked to lead on a piece of work, for example compiling a report or managing a new project. You have to gather information from a number of colleagues so that you can complete the work you have been given. As the days and weeks go by you have received most of the information you need and most of your colleagues have been really helpful. However, you are still outstanding a few key details from a certain member of staff.

2015 189

Simplifying the Housecleaning Habit

Simple Productivity Blog

I''ve been struggling with something recently. As much as I love having a neat and clean house, I cannot get myself motivated to actually do it. When I ran into this problem years ago, Flylady helped me by showing me how to apply method to cleaning. Her overly rigid schedule didn''t work for me, though, and it fell by the wayside. I was OK for a few years working my own system.but I got out of the habit. The post Simplifying the Housecleaning Habit appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

2015 169

The One Trick That Will Help You Become Wealthy

Dumb Little Man

Do you want to know how to become wealthy? Who doesn’t? I’ve done a little searching recently for just how to become wealthy. The results surprised even me. Some of the results I found were along the lines of live within your means, save and invest, etc. Basically all of the typical stuff you already know and hear. But one thing I learned but rarely ever hear about is the ultimate key to becoming wealthy: changing your viewpoint. What Does Changing Your Viewpoint Mean?

2015 219

The World Economic Forum's Top 10 Emerging Technologies

Small Business Labs

Continuing with futurist week, today we're covering The World Economic Forum's recently released list of their  Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2015. Because the focus is on emerging technologies, it's more "futures" oriented than most tech trends lists - meaning most of these technologies won't have a broad impact for at least 5-10 years.   This list has 3 technologies from the biotech field, 3 from robotics, 2 from clean tech and 2 from manufacturing.

2015 156

Dealing with ‘characters’ at work

Practically Perfect PA

Most businesses are made up of a variety of people and characters. There are so many different tests we can take which determine our personality type, we should work in a team and how all of us can get the best out of each other. There are the introverts and the extroverts and of course the organised analytical types and the disorganised creative personalities. We learn how to deal with most people and work together efficiently.

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4 Ways to Work On The Internet and Stay Healthy

Dumb Little Man

We “ the internet people” can’t really say that we focus on having a healthy lifestyle. I mean, our posture is usually bad from all the sitting around, we can’t exactly be called fit, and most of us love fast food, as well as sodas and other sugary drinks. There is also the fact that we like spending time indoors, and we don’t get enough sun, and the irregular sleeping patterns ail a big part of the online community as well.

2015 219

Getting to Abundance: What You Believe Matters!

Virtual Moxie

In a conversation with a friend, one of the things that we discussed was Abundance. He asked me what it meant to me, and I said that it''s the belief that there''s more than enough of everything, for everyone. He scoffed, "But that''s simply not true—there''s not more than enough of everything for everyone!" I countered that there is, and back and forth we went.

2015 154

How to increase social sharing at events

Practically Perfect PA

How to encourage your attendees to share your content is an important theme. To stop me from droning on I’ve made a few assumptions: that you have a hashtag, have encouraged people to get engaged on line and have good wifi; you know the basics. So here are my top 11 tips on how to ensure that your attendees share the content and the excitement at your event. Display the rich feed during your event. At your event you can now display the “twitter wall on steroids!”

2015 154

A Balanced Life and Living

Simple Productivity Blog

Robert Fulghum wrote "Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some." Today we will look at the component of living in context of a balanced life. The post A Balanced Life and Living appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog., or you can find me on Twitter ( @SmplProdBlog ) and Facebook ( Facebook.com/SimpleProductivity ). Life Design

2015 160

What a successful Blogger Should do “before breakfast”.

Dumb Little Man

A successful blogger is one that keeps blogging past the six month mark. That is where the real success lies because that is roughly how long it takes for people to burn out and to stop wanting to play with their blog anymore. It is when people start to realize they are running out of topics and that fun bit of writing starts to turn into work. The next milestone comes at around the two year mark, and this happens because the hosting runs out and needs to be renewed.

2015 219

Futurist Faith Popcorn on the Future of Work

Small Business Labs

We're continuing futurist week here at Small Business Labs by covering  a presentation on the future of work from Faith Popcorn.   Popcorn is probably best known - at least for those of us old enough to remember - for her best selling 1991 trends forecast book The Popcorn Report.    I consider her an "entertainment" futurist. These are folks that entertain with exciting and/or scary visions of the future. It

2015 149

Secretary vs Assistant – do they think differently?

Office Dynamics

Do I have your attention? Should your title be “secretary,” please do not take offense to what you are about to read. Secretary vs Assistant. Do secretaries actually think differently than business professionals? Are people with the title “secretary” viewed differently than people with the titles “administrative assistant” or “executive assistant”? This all has to do with perceptions.

2015 201

New Productivity Forms: March 2015

Simple Productivity Blog

In 2014 I decided I wanted to release monthly productivity forms with a seasonal theme. Fun tools make it more likely I will use them, and honestly, I get bored with the plain old print and line forms. In 2015 I decided to continue this tradition. So to that end, I will be releasing a […]. The post New Productivity Forms: March 2015 appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

2015 160

5 Secrets of Long Distance Relationships

Dumb Little Man

As they say about a long distance relationship, that a smooth and healthy relationship can prove to be a blissful whereas a suffocating one can lead to intoxication for freedom. Living away from your partner is hard. But maintaining the relationship even while being miles apart is even more stressful. The lack of presence, inability to meet, absence of a face-to-face conversation and not being able to have physical intimacy can have saddening effect on both the partners.

2015 216

PwC's When Megatrends Collide

Small Business Labs

Strategy & Business , one of our favorite publications, has a good article on trend analysis. When Megatrends Collide is written by a trio of partners from the giant accounting and consulting firm PwC.    The article provides a primer on identifying and using megatrends. I can't say there's a lot of new material in the article, but it's a nice overview and summary of trend spotting and using trends in business decision making.

2015 143

What You Need to Know About Renovating Your Office

Eco-Office Gals

Renovating your office space is about a lot more than just a few paint swatches. Deciding to make a change in décor is really about deciding to make a positive change in the office environment , one that will be beneficial to you, your employees and your clients. Whether your budget is large or small, it is crucial to think about your options before you get started. How, for example, can you maximize the office space to motivate employees to perform at their best and increase their output?

2015 133

Open Loops 3/13/2015

Simple Productivity Blog

On Fridays I pull the best of my blog readings to share with readers. Topics can come from anywhere, and cover anything. This week I highlight articles on homemade baking mixes; healthy snacks under 200 calories; how self-care is fundamental; keeping out of victim mentality with your time management; strenghtening relationships; homemade frozen pizza; and how to layer clothes to stay warm. The post Open Loops 3/13/2015 appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

2015 132

The 3 Sure Ways to Avoid Business Juggling

Dumb Little Man

Being a Solopreneur, or having to run a Small Business by yourself, Without the help of employees or associates can be very hard on your time. You spend the whole day extinguishing fires and trying to get some money producing work in the mean time. Certainly is a treat that almost every one person business faces. But it doesn’t have to be this way. I have been working for my own since 5 years ago, and sometimes it has been very overwhelming to do the work of 4 or 5 people every day.

2015 215

Top Communication Tips for Administrative Assistants

Office Dynamics

(Excerpt from Office Dynamics’ World Class Assistant™ Certificate Program). This article was originally posted at Linked.com. Establishing rapport is critical to attaining successful business and personal relationships. While everyone must competently use today’s information technology tools, too many of us are ignoring the proven importance and effectiveness of interpersonal communication skills.

2015 189

5 Business Lessons You Can Learn from Disney Junior

Tips From T. Marie

I’m Granmama to a 3 year old princess. Since moving back to Maine I’ve enjoyed lots of quality time with her and that includes watching some of her favorite shows. At 3, Disney Junior is to her what AMC or HBO are for me, the home to her favorite shows and characters. Needless to say I’ve spent hours getting acquainted with them, but I’m happy to say those hours weren’t totally unrelated to my business.

2015 132

Personal Updates, Reflections and Looking To The Future

Eat Your Career

Well, friends, let me start this blog post by saying one thing: I’m still alive! I know, I know. It’s been…like…forever. Or more accurately, it’s been almost a year. A YEAR! I can hardly believe it. And yet, I can believe it because so much has happened. Here’s a quick overview of what’s been going on (and then I promise I’ll get into the details): I endured a painful (though ultimately incredibly necessary ) break up.

2015 126

4 Lessons I Learned About Happiness From Door-to-Door Sales

Dumb Little Man

If there’s one job that will teach you about the power of happiness, it’s 100% commission-based door-to-door sales. It’s often described as an industry where only the most ballsy and sharp-tongued survive. Sure, you need some knowhow, but my solitary year trawling the streets taught me that’s not everything. Essentially, it’s an industry which rewards happiness and punishes any sign of sorrow, self-pity or neediness.

2015 215

Assistant Certifications: free webinar replay & handout

Office Dynamics

We had an incredible webinar event with over 1,300 assistants registered to learn more about why, as an administrative professional, they should consider a career certification. You may think this would be a biased conversation about our curriculum-based designation courses but it was far from that! We had a rich discussion in the chat box that we’ll try to copy here for you.

2015 188

Do You Have a Good Business Model? Use This Assessment to Find Out

The Solopreneur Life

B usiness model is a term that a lot of people talk about, but few are able to explain thoroughly. This is a picture of my copy of “Value Proposition Design.” ” For example, how often have you heard people say, “Apple has a great business model.” ” Super. Why is it great?

2015 180

Answers to "Why Are You Looking for a New Job?"

On The Job

"Why are you looking for a new job?" This is often a question asked by interviewers as way to set the tone for the interview. If you answer something like "my boss is a total a**hole," then the interviewer knows he or she can make the rest of the interview fairly short. Why hire someone who badmouths a supervisor, even if the boss is an a**hole? But if you provide an interesting answer that mentions the skills you can bring to the table, the interviewer is more intrigued.

2015 172

Steps to Create a Financial Framework for Your Finished House

Dumb Little Man

Whether you are finishing a major renovation project or finalizing a new repair, you may be eager to put the finishing touches on your home. While the majority of your expenses may have been accounted for in the work you have already completed on the home, you may still have several thousand dollars’ worth of finishing touches you want to put in still. Planning for these expenses can help you to finish your home to your satisfaction as soon as possible.

2015 213

Create the ultimate home office working environment in 5 easy steps

The Small Business Blog

With increasing numbers of people working from home, such as knowledge workers, freelancers, and stock traders, a high specification office is not a luxury any more – it’s essential for your health and effectiveness. As well as helping you work efficiently, a home office can allow you to enjoy some creature comforts. However, with most… Read the full article here: Create the ultimate home office working environment in 5 easy steps on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG.

7 Tips for Executive Assistants Who Want To Be More Assertive

Office Dynamics

Do you want to be more assertive? Learning how to tactfully voice your opinions and assert your needs as an executive assistant is important. Many assistants have crossed the line from assertive to aggressive. So what is the difference between assertive and aggressive? Isn’t being aggressive good? Many people confuse assertive and aggressive behavior. This is especially true of women, who until recent years, were often taught to associate passiveness with femininity.

Forks In the Road for Solopreneurs

The Solopreneur Life

I ‘ve been thinking about the forks in the road that we face in our solopreneur lives. Some of the forks are big ones, and making the wrong choice can have huge ramifications for our businesses. For example, should I quit my job — or not? Other forks are small, and there isn’t a right or wrong answer — for example, using Webtype or Typekit for a font service. Here’s an extremely partial list of questions that we face. (To

2015 152

5 Reasons Millennials Want to Quit -- and How to Make Them Want to Stay

On The Job

A recent Gallup survey found that 28.9% of millennials (age 18 to 34) are disengaged. The reason? Many faced a difficult economy when they graduated from college, forcing them to take jobs that didn’t necessarily use their talents and strengths. The problem for employers is that as the economy improves and hiring picks up, millennials may be wooed away to other companies. In addition, a new Accountemps survey finds that 57% of millennials believe that changing jobs often is good for your career.

2015 149

The Best Woman I Know

Loosely Speaking

I owe everything I am to her. I am inspired by her wisdom, intelligence and strength and draw on those qualities daily. She is hilarious and spontaneous: who wouldn’t want to hang out with her? I live every day wrapped … Continue reading → Family Life

2015 100

Shoe Storage Ideas

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2009-06-11 16:00:59. Republished by Blog Post Promoter When you’re not wearing them, take care of them. That means putting them away. These boots may be made for walking, but they don’t do it on their own. The three keys to good shoe storage are: Easy to use, accessible and spacious. Habits create ease. When a task is a habit, it’s automatically easier because you don’t have to think about it. Make putting your shoes away part of your current routine.

2015 100

Personal Updates, Reflections and Looking To The Future

Eat Your Career

Well, friends, let me start this blog post by saying one thing: I’m still alive! I know, I know. It’s been…like…forever. Or more accurately, it’s been almost a year. A YEAR! I can hardly believe it. And yet, I can believe it because so much has happened. Here’s a quick overview of what’s been going on (and then I promise I’ll get into the details): I endured a painful (though ultimately incredibly necessary ) break up.

2015 100

The Ritz, London

Practically Perfect PA

They say you should never meet your heroes. To meet them is to make them mortal, to remove the glean, to open yourself up for a cold shower and a dose of reality. The Ritz. A giant in the world of hotels. A legend in the business of service. A statement in design. Walking into the Peter Street entrance, up a few small steps, somehow seems too plain a way to initially experience this particular hotel. No massive mahogany door? No trumpets? No reveal? Nothing grand for this grand old lady.

2015 100

6 Tips to Stay Energized At Work

Office Dynamics

Hello, Monday Motivators ! As you know, I usually share tips on combating the Monday-morning “blahs,” especially after a nice, relaxing weekend. I recently met someone who says she has a different problem: “Monday, I am refreshed from the weekend and ready to tackle just about anything,” she explains. But by Friday, I am usually struggling to finish what I started. I’m pooped!”. That’s an interesting twist on the same theme, and a challenge that some of you probably face as well.

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