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Modernising the ‘bring up’ folder

Practically Perfect PA

Today I thought I would write about a system I used to use to keep my Executive organised everyday – the ‘bring up folder.’ ’ I think most of you are familiar with the bring up folder system and many of you use it to also keep your Executives on track throughout the day. For those […]. Core Skills Featured Office Technology admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager Organising your Exec PA Personal Assistant technology Virtual Assistant

2017 159

Most Cities Embracing the Sharing Economy

Small Business Labs

It's always interesting how the media covers the sharing economy.    Take for example the coverage of the recent National League of Cities report  Cities and the Innovation Economy: Perceptions of Local Leaders. It reports that 55% of cities have a good or very good relationship with sharing economy companies like Airbnb and Uber (see chart below; click to enlarge) and that 4 out of 5 cities support the growth of the sharing economy.

2017 140
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5 Really Simple Tips On How To Stay Energetic For Your Goals

Dumb Little Man

Substance abuse can affect your life in more ways than you imagine. I was an addict for the greater part of my teenage years and a chunk of my adulthood and it cost me a lot of opportunities. It got to the point where I thought I would be a failure my entire life. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case at all. My substance abuse started when I was only 9 years old. I got drunk at a family party on some liquor I stole from the kitchen while my parents weren’t watching.

2017 137

Podcast 077: Stories we tell ourselves

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! This is Podcast 77 and it’s about stories we tell ourselves to excuse our behavior. We think they’re helpful because they explain ourselves to us. And that’s true. But these stories can be dangerous too because they prevent us from moving forward and changing things we want to change. The story I come across most often is The Great Depression story.

2017 100

The tech savvy assistant: What does it really mean?

Practically Perfect PA

Most of us that have been working in the PA industry for a while now will have heard of the phrase ‘the tech savvy assistant’ It might have cropped up on your job specs and been discussed during your most recent job interview. But what does it actually mean? Here are my thoughts on what […]. Core Skills admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Key Skills Office manager PA Personal Assistant Tech savvy technology Virtual Assistant

2017 159

Five Major Global Economic Challenges

Small Business Labs

Is peaceful international collaboration ending? This is the key question asked in Knowledge@Wharton's  How to Manage the Top Five Global Economic Challenges. The article is written by Kalin Anev Janse, secretary general of the European Stability Mechanism (the eurozone’s lender of last resort). In it, Janse describes 5 broad forces shaping the world's economies and economic order. The 5 are: Growing Income Inequality  Technology Driving Change in Jobs.

2017 138

Client Refusing To Pay Invoice? 5 Ways To Deal With Non-Paying Clients

Dumb Little Man

One downside of being an entrepreneur is clients who pay late or not at all. Small business owners are most likely to face this problem. It’s usually because they are unsure about how to pursue these clients. Are you a small business owner tired of having your invoices ignored? These tips can help you deal with a client refusing to pay an invoice. Contact the Client. Email your clients and remind them that you haven’t received payment. If they don’t respond within a week, then send a follow-up.

2017 127

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Managing a LinkedIn Profile

Practically Perfect PA

Well folks I think we can all agree that Social Media isn´t going anywhere (understatement of the year right?!) In fact, many Assistants are being asked to look after their Executive´s online profiles and their organisation´s meanwhile they have to keep their own social profiles up to date and professional. It can be a pretty […].

2017 142

If You Do Any Project Management, You Need to Know This

On The Job

Great project managers often are described as good communicators, able to delegate tasks and be cool under pressure. But as competition heats up in various industries and the marketplace becomes more globally connected, such qualities won’t be enough to ensure a successful project management career. Instead, those abilities – and others such as emotional intelligence and business savvy – will be demanded by companies looking to gain an edge. “At

2017 109

How to Set Up a VPN

Dumb Little Man

If you want to protect your online privacy and prevent unwanted people, such as government agencies and advertising companies, from tracking you and using your private information to their advantage, there are a few ways as effective as VPNs to do it. However, not everyone is really aware of what they really are and their advantages. To help you out, we’re here to discuss how to set up a VPN and how you can start using it. How do VPNs Work?

2017 112

Best Websites to Learn English

Daily Writing Tips

Whether you are learning English as a second language or trying to polish your already adequate grammar and style skills, the seven websites below can help. Memrise. Memrise is an online flashcard website where people can upload their own flashcard stacks. You can find a range of topics ranging from Geography to Electronics to Fashion.

2017 57

Behind the Scenes with Dexter Guff and Peter Oldring

Productivityist

On this episode of the show, I am delighted to have two guests join me. First up is thought leader and podcast host Dexter Guff , host of Dexter Guff is Smarter Than You (And You Can Be Too) and following his appearance I speak with his alter ego, comedic performer Peter Oldring. While Dexter and I discuss a lot of the usual lifehackery stuff, Peter and I dive deeper into what makes Dexter tick.

2017 50

So, How Do You Feel About Meetings?

On The Job

If you ever lack for conversational openings at a networking event, you can always ask "So, how do you feel about meetings?" The other person is likely to respond with at least several minutes worth of opinion, from "there are too damn many" to "meetings are slowly killing me." There have been many ideas over the years on how to either shorten meetings or eliminate them.

2017 100

Roofing Inspection Checklist for Homeowners

Dumb Little Man

Performing preventative maintenance on your roof can make your life a lot easier. Many of today’s repair orders could have easily been avoided by a simple roof inspection by the homeowner. However, some people aren’t comfortable climbing a ladder and standing on top of a roofing system. If you are one of those people, it’s a good idea if you can get your roof inspected by a professional. It will be less costly than waiting for an actual problem to happen.

2017 111

A Dozen Nonnumerical Words for Quantities

Daily Writing Tips

The English language has, well, a number of words that denote specific or approximate quantities that are themselves not numbers. This post lists and defines a dozen of those words. brace : two, in reference to identical objects. century : primarily denotes 100 years, but occasionally used, especially in the context of competitive racing, to refer to something consisting of 100, as in a 100-mile race. couple : two, though loosely refers to a few of something.

2017 49

4 Powerful Ways to Market Your Business

Small Business CEO

The main objective for any small business owner is to sell as many products and services as they can. Though there are a lot of layers to successfully making sales, the largest component of that is marketing. By effectively positioning your business in front of your target audience as a solution to a common problem, you increase the likelihood of turning them into sales.

2017 57

Better Communication in the Workplace Starts With These 5 Tips

Musings of a High-Level Executive Assistant

Better Communication in the Workplace Starts With These 5 Tips Poor communication within organizations is often at the heart of damaged reputations and loss of revenue. From under-resourcing new ventures to product recalls, better internal communication can help businesses avoid common pitfalls and protect their futures and bottom lines.

2017 40

5 Reasons Why You Should Consider AI Automation for Small Business

Dumb Little Man

If you are aware of the developments in technology, then you have probably heard about Artificial Intelligence (AI). For a lot of people, it’s too complex or high-tech so they don’t really pay a lot of attention to it. In fact, even small businesses don’t think much of AI. They believe that only big tech companies like Apple and Google can utilize it. However, that’s not true. AI has numerous benefits for small businesses.

2017 108

40 Words Ending in “-ade”

Daily Writing Tips

A number of words share the inflected ending -ade , which denotes an action or something that performs an action or function. The following comprehensive but not exhaustive list includes definitions of forty such words (and the meaning of each root word). accolade (“embrace”): an award, praise, or ceremonial embrace or salute. ambuscade (“in forest”): an ambush.

2017 49

8 Huge Inventory Management Mistakes

Small Business CEO

Inventory management is way more than taking a tally of boxes in your warehouse every six months. In fact, an updated inventory management system can give you all sorts of insights into your business, from tracking seasonal trends to understanding why certain products aren’t selling. Yet, plenty of companies continue to perform manual counts, making all sorts of egregious mistakes that cost their business vital money and time.

2017 54

Gorilla Tactics? You be the Judge!

The Marq

Some of you may have heard about Gorilla Tactics in running a business and, more specifically, in running your marketing and sales operation when you're first starting a new business. In short, it means you're creative with the way you approach marketing, business development and sales, When everyone else does x, you do y. You experiment and focus on steps that produce results.

2017 40

The Modern Man’s Guide to Beards: How to Choose a Beard That Fits You Perfectly

Dumb Little Man

Beards have made a comeback lately and they’re the ultimate fashion fad. The wail of those who cannot grow one can be heard from light-years away but sadly, there is no cure in sight as of yet. Those who can easily grow a beard have their own problems: the difficulties that arise in choosing the perfect beard style. While any style can do as long as you are happy with it, your beard must complement the shape of your face.

2017 107

Grammar Quiz #16: Possessive Adjectives

Daily Writing Tips

In the following sentences, choose the possessive adjective that agrees in number with the noun or pronoun to which it refers. Only one of the children picked up certificate. a) his. b) their. All of the beauty candidates showed best smile. a) her. b) their. We all expected each contestant to remember the words of the trainer and to do best in the race. a) his. b) their. The European Union unites _ countries with a single monetary standard. a) their. b) its.

2017 48

Managing Risk and Reward Inside Your Business Framework

Small Business CEO

Lots of people have lots of great ideas as far as business is concerned. They think about things in terms of production and development and research and profit. But not everyone is comfortable thinking of risk and reward, and that is something that everyone should take seriously as a priority. If you start with risk assessment of any business decision, then moved to budgeting, a clear plan should develop on its own.

2017 52

Few Small Businesses and Freelancers Will Benefit from the Pass-Through Provision of the Tax Plan

Small Business Labs

It's been said that the DC based small business trade association the  National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB)  is "less an advocate for small businesses than an arm of the Republican Party." " And even if that's a bit of an exaggeration, it's true that the NFIB almost always supports Republican legislative positions.

2017 136

Advanced Storytelling Hacks: How To Be A Great Storyteller

Dumb Little Man

We all (I hope) know somebody who is a great storyteller. My friend Nick is a great example. He’s shy and somewhat reserved, but when he’s with a group of people and goes into “storytelling mode”, he lights up. He takes center stage and somehow knows just the right way to wind us up, put us in suspense, build the tension and deliver the punch line to make us laugh, cry or feel inspired just about every time. Storytelling is an art and a superpower.

2017 106

3 Types of Superfluous Use of Semicolons

Daily Writing Tips

Proper use of semicolons is sometimes seen as such a challenge that some teachers of composition recommend not using them until one develops a more sophisticated grasp of language, which is akin to saying one should hold off on learning the more complicated letters of the alphabet until one is ready for them. The following examples, however, point out that some writers need to study the functions of the punctuation mark.

2017 47

The Last-Minute Checklist for Business Trips

Small Business CEO

Are you preparing to leave on a business trip in the near future? Do you have everything in order, or do you have some concerns that you’re going to leave something of importance behind? While there may be a lot going through your mind as your business trip closes in, here are some of the last minute questions you should definitely address: 1. Did you book your hotel? If the answer to this question is yes, make sure you have your reservation information handy.

2017 52

How To Prepare A Wall For Tiling

Dumb Little Man

Tiling is a job I’ve always really enjoyed. It’s satisfying seeing the wall gradually disappear beneath the flow of tiles. Once you get into a groove, this activity almost becomes therapeutic. However, before you can get into the groove, you’ve got to make sure that your surface is prepped and ready. Otherwise, you might find your groove or your tiles falling a bit flat. You can tile over existing tiles or paint, but this can lead to problems.

2017 104

Is There Going To Be A Student Loan Apocalypse?

Dumb Little Man

One of the scariest things that can happen is a robocall alerting you to the fact that student loan forgiveness program is on thin ice. It’s such a predictable tale of terror – people were promised a decade ago that if they made payments based on their incomes, the remainder of their debt would be wiped out in a decade. It seems that the program is on the chopping block and people are in a panic.

2017 107

How Small Businesses can Monitor Employee Productivity

Small Business CEO

As a business owner, you’ve likely encountered low productivity from your staff. Low employee productivity is a business problem that affects every organization large and small. In many cases, owners may feel they are not getting enough output from an employee for the salay paid. It can be even more challenging to identify if you have an employee productivity issues if you have no means or framework for monitoring employee productivity.

2017 50

Factoring for Small Business – The Essential Guide and Most Important Benefits

Small Business CEO

As a small business owner, you probably did some crucial thinking before you started your enterprise – as any good business owner does. But beginning a business of your own entails more than just the proper planning – it also entails a day-by-day effort to make your business grow. It requires a lot of dedication and commitment, and if you’re not passionate about what you are doing, it’s easy to throw in the towel and walk away.

2017 48

How to Identify Detractors using an NPS Tool

Small Business CEO

Detractors have a negative impact on your reputation by leaving negative reviews on the web. They tend to spread negative word-of-mouth making sure their bad experience is heard by as many people as they know. At some point everyone of us have been a Detractor. Have you ever been loyal to a brand and then suddenly stopped purchasing from them because your experiences had become disappointing? Detractor is defined as a person unhappy with a company, a product or service.

2017 46

How to Plan a Business Dinner With a Client

Small Business CEO

Every January, thousands of professionals and entrepreneurs gather in Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)—one of the biggest trade expos in the technology calendar. During the daytime, some of the biggest companies and most exciting startups in the world put their new products on display. But according to one insider , “the real show begins about four hours later,” at dinner.

2017 43

5 Logistics Management Tips for Small and Medium-sized Business

Small Business CEO

When done right, supply chain and logistics management can be a harmonious symphony of vendors, trucks and warehouses. All parts work together to ensure the product is delivered undamaged, on time and to the customer’s satisfaction. On the other hand, an incoherent, poorly planned and ineffective supply chain can potentially deal a fatal blow to the average small and medium-sized business (SMB).

2017 43