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Day in the life: Tess Keppe

Practically Perfect PA

This month’s day in the life is from Tess Keppe who is a private PA. Tess has a varied role with lots of different aspects of her day. She has some great advice for other assistants, here is the day in the life: Tess Keppe. . What are the main aspects of your role? My role is making sure that my boss’ life and day run smoothly and efficiently.

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Despite Strong Job Market, Economic Uncertainty Still High

Small Business Labs

We consider the trend towards rising levels of economic uncertainty and insecurity to be one of most powerful trends we follow. We also think it's one of the least studied and understood. A combination of factors drive economic uncertainty. These include relatively slow growth, stagnant wages, middle class job losses and declining job security. In addition, a growing amount of research also points to income volatility as a cause of economic uncertainty.

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10 Mind Exercises That Will Teach You How To Build Self Confidence

Dumb Little Man

Are you a confident person? Do you know how to build self-confidence? How can you tell? Is it because you value and love yourself? Is it because you make sure you have all your ducks in a row all the time so you know what to expect? Back in the day, if you had asked me, I would have said “Hell, yes! I’m smart. I know my worth and I know I’m an awesome person so yep… I’m confident.”. But, like most folks, I would have been confusing self-esteem with self-confidence.

2017 143

Small Steps to Cut Down Your Meat Consumption

Eco-Office Gals

Vegetarianism and veganism seem to be everywhere at the moment. You’ve tried to ignore it, but at the back of your mind, you can’t help but feel swept up in it. Netflix is full of documentaries about the benefits of eating less meat , be it for environmental, health or animal welfare reasons, and once you’ve seen a couple of these docs, you might have decided you’d like to attempt to cut down on eating meat, but aren’t sure where to start.

2017 125

Did we make the Virtual Summit happen?

Practically Perfect PA

So, did we make the Virtual Summit happen? I just wanted to write a very quick blog post today to let everyone know that we did indeed raise all of the money we needed for the Practically Perfect PA Virtual Summit to happen! In fact, we surpassed the target of £5,000 and managed to raise just over £6,800! Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone that pledged their support! I am absolutely delighted that we now have the funds and the buy in from you guys to take the event to the next stage.

2017 142

The Business of Work/Life Integration

Small Business Labs

A growing number of firms are offering services and products based on the trend towards work/life integration. This is the shift towards work, home and life becoming increasingly blended.   An interesting example comes from the popular dating site  Bumble  (tagline: Find Your Honey). They are opening a pop-up community center in New York  not surprisingly called The Hive. 

2017 130

How To Be Awesome: 3 Ways To Be The Most Interesting Man in the World

Dumb Little Man

Long before the Dos Equis commercials came out about The Most Interesting Man in the World , I wanted to be that guy. I envisioned myself as that one person at parties that everyone flocked to because I had done amazing things and had captivating stories. I often imagined this: “Hey, Bill! Come over here. This guy is telling a story about how he parachuted out of an airplane over the Sahara, ran an ultra-marathon through the desert and then spent a week living with a tribe of nomads!”.

2017 128

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The art of finding the perfect venue for your corporate event

Practically Perfect PA

Organising a business event or corporate hospitality can be a tricky and time consuming task. The art of finding the perfect venue for your corporate event is never easy. When the pressure is on to find an impressive venue to wow your clients, or source the ideal training venue for your delegates, or book the perfect executive meeting room, it’s good to know that help is at hand. A professional venue finder can be a real godsend when you’re up against high corporate expectations.

2017 139

Meal Delivery Heating Up

Small Business Labs

Blue Apron , a meal kit delivery service company, has filed for an IPO.    The company reported $795 million in revenue for 2016, up from $341 million in revenue for 2015. It lost $55 million in 2016 compared to $47 million in 2015. There's been a lot of press coverage recently on the failure of VC-backed food delivery businesses. Most of it claims  that food delivery in general is not a viable business. This is, to paraphrase Mark Twain, greatly exaggerated. 

2017 113

Benefits Of Meditation: How You Can Change Your Life In 10 Minutes

Dumb Little Man

It takes time to develop and master any skill, and meditation is no different. The ability to calm the mind on demand can be a phenomenal tool to have at your disposal. Whether you are feeling burnt out, overrun by emotions, feeling stressed or off center, meditation can be a great catalyst to help you face the challenges in life. It gives you the ability to take a step back, gather your awareness and get back on track. This doesn’t take away the significance of the challenge.

2017 120

Emotional Intelligence Meets Travel Planning

Office Dynamics

What do emotional intelligence and travel planning have in common? Plenty. I have been traveling extensively for business (and a little pleasure) for 3 straight months. To be honest, it is wearing on me. Several of my trips involved being gone for 5 days; only to come home for 3 or 4 days and leave again for a week. I have been a business traveler for 27 years. While the typical person thinks traveling is glamorous, the business traveler has a different perspective.

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Technology of the week: Feedly

Practically Perfect PA

Today’s Technology of the week : Feedly. Here are all the details… What is Feedly? Feedly is an app and website that aggregates all of your news, feeds and online content into one place. It compiles news feeds from a whole load of sources for users to read and share with others. What does it do? Feedly has lots of different functions, firstly you can use the app to collect all of your different news feeds, blog posts, articles and other online material and store it in one place.

2017 133

Tips for Combining Work and Play Around the Home

Productivity Bits

No one likes chores. The word itself implies a task that must be done but gives no pleasure. Where did this poor relationship with housework originate? For most of us, it probably began in childhood, when we had to quell our urge to run around with friends and play the day away in order to complete those whine-inducing chores. Chores became synonymous with having the fun sucked out of the day. And so the phenomenon continued into adulthood. Does it have to be that way? Of course not!

2017 100

How To Maintain Your Privacy Online

Dumb Little Man

Threats to online privacy seem to grow every day so make sure you know how to protect yourself. There are a lot of things you can do to stay safe online. Unfortunately, not all of them are guaranteed to work. Clearing your browser history, for example, can’t really do anything. Installing an ad blocker won’t get the job done, too. If you really want to protect your online privacy, here are the things you need to do. Use secure passwords and usernames.

2017 119

Podcast 059: Living with others

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! Living with others, whether it’s roommates, kids or adult children, takes work. Look at running your home like a business to improve productivity, communication and shared vision. Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website.

2017 100

Can’t Keep a Job? Here’s Why

Eat Your Career

Every week, I get a ton of emails from blog readers with career questions they want me to answer. Typically, I don’t provide career advice via email—that’s why we have the monthly Q&A (“Ask the Career Coach”) video sessions. Members of the Free Career Resource Library can attend for free and submit questions of their own. But one question I get asked a lot is about job hopping. People want to know why they can’t keep a job. In some cases, they’ve left voluntarily.

2017 100

3 Ways to Deal With a Blame Shifter

On The Job

Many workplace cultures encourage employees to make mistakes as a way to learn and push toward innovation. Unfortunately, there are still many workplaces today that also have little tolerance of missteps and end up breeding employees who become very adept at shifting the blame. If you're a teammate of someone who never accepts responsibility for an error and is willing to throw you under the bus, then it's time to take some steps to ensure it doesn't hurt your career.

2017 116

4 Surprisingly Easy Tips To Improve Customer Engagement

Dumb Little Man

The rise of technology, use of mobile devices and the significant growth of social media have empowered customers in a new way. With the touch of a few buttons, customers can have all the information they want at their fingertips. With this, they also have the ability to leave scathing reviews or comments that can negatively impact any business. This goes particularly true with smaller businesses who tend to have fewer reviews.

2017 115

Focus like a celebrity chef

Clutter Coach

by What do celebrity chefs know that you don’t? Well, you probably do know about it, but may not have thought about applying it in different areas. . They spend a lot of time preparing before they work so everything will go more smoothly. How do you set up your work space so you can stay focused and get things done? Mise-en-place. . Do you watch cooking shows? Of course, you do! Working in a tight space under a deadline, a chef has to keep paraphernalia down to a minimum.

2017 100

IT Security Services and Technology – Sci-fi promo marketing video

Andrea Kalli

Here’s my latest IT Security Services video project for a client – a Sci-fi theme promo video. Designed and edited by [link] – Andrea Kalli – Video Design. Video Editing Services. Video Marketing. If you want to see more, check out my showcase videos: [link]. Technology Marketing Videos for your IT Support and Services or MSP Business.

2017 109

New Minute-taking Webinar

Laughing all the Way to Work

I am giving a minute-taking webinar on June 14 and invite you to join in. Along with the more traditional minute-taking role, I will be talking about 'live' minute taking. It can seem very intimidating when all eyes are on you as you type, but there is a way to make even this less stressful. I will also talk about those times when your boss calls you into a meeting at the last minute to take notes and you weren't expecting it. There are ways you can be prepared even under these circumstances.

2017 100

5 Movie Locations To Visit This Year

Dumb Little Man

If you liked our previous article on movie locations , then you’ll enjoy this one too. The best movies have the power to transport you to exciting places or faraway worlds. They can put you in the moment and make you feel like you’re part of the action. What could be more exciting than that? Well, how about really being there? We’re not talking about virtual reality tours or amusement park knockoffs.

2017 114

Be your own “boss”

Clutter Coach

by This week I’m giving you the second tip in my new book. This is one of my favorite tips, actually. I think it’s applicable in many situations. Be your own “boss” and delineate specifically what needs to be done. Then put on your “employee” hat and just get to work; no more deciding or second guessing or looking for new ideas. This was the topic of podcast #43, Boss Hat/Employee Hat.

2017 100

How Gamification Leads to Business Success

On The Job

Look at your keychain. See all those "reward" tags hanging from it? Now, check out your wallet. Are there credit cards in there that offer frequent flier miles? What about your smartphone? Got apps that help you track what you've eaten today? If any of these apply to you, then you are living proof of the power of gamification, or using game-like elements to encourage customer participation. You are connected to a specific company and its products in a way that you may not even think about.

2017 100

Real Artists Don’t Starve with Jeff Goins


Jeff Goins is out to prove that real artists don’t have to starve. In fact, he is out to prove that they can thrive in his latest book Real Artists Don’t Starve: Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age. My wife and I had the chance to spend time with Jeff at Tropical Think Tank in early 2017 and we had some fantastic conversations surrounding artistry, writing, business, family, and more.

2017 69

Choosing The Perfect Handmade Diamond Ring For Your Engagement

Dumb Little Man

Knowing how to choose an engagement ring is tricky and buying it is quite a challenging task. You would not like to go wrong on any count since it has a lot of emotional significance. It is a symbol of your deep love, dedication and bond with your life-partner-to-be. Before stepping out to buy the best engagement ring ever, you must have a crystal clear idea of exactly what you are looking for. As a guide, here’s how to choose an engagement ring. Determine Your Budget.

2017 111

Grammaz Quiz #8: Restrictive and Nonrestrictive Clauses

Daily Writing Tips

In each pair of sentences below, choose the version that correctly indicates through word and punctuation choice whether an explanatory phrase is restrictive or nonrestrictive. a) Smith is a spokesman for the US Army’s 800th Military Police Brigade that operates prisons in Iraq. b) Smith is a spokesman for the US Army’s 800th Military Police Brigade, which operates prisons in Iraq.

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6 Reasons You Should Be Using the Latest Marketing Tools

Small Business CEO

Do you use the latest marketing tools in your business? Investing in the proper tools can dramatically change the results you get from your marketing activities. However, some marketing systems are better than others, so it’s vital to choose the tools that are the most suitable for your requirements. Below are some of the main reasons why you should be using the latest marketing tools. Your Marketing Campaigns Are More Organized.

2017 54

One Word To Change How You View Productivity


Today’s guest post is from Johan D’Haeseleer. Johan is a writer, speaker, and the founder of Extra Time. Johan’s passion is helping people make the most of their time and reduce their stress levels. . Productivity can get confusing at times, right? But at its core, productivity is actually simple. To be productive, you have to do the right things in the right way. And doing the right things is the key to being effective.

2017 62

9 Smart Investments to Improve Your Rental Properties

Dumb Little Man

Owning a rental property can be a lot of work but wise management can keep it profitable for years to come. Whether you’re new to the game or an old veteran, these 6 modern features can increase property value as well as make it more comfortable for residents. Wi-Fi. If your rental property doesn’t have Wi-Fi yet, better install it quick. Wi-Fi has become the standard for homes and businesses and if you want to stay marketable, a strong Wi-Fi signal is a must.

2017 108

3 Cases of Punctuation Confusion

Daily Writing Tips

Two primary functions of the comma are to separate independent clauses and to set off parenthetical elements, and writers often confuse the two functions when a conjunction is introduced. In the examples below, a comma has been misplaced. Discussion after each sentence explains the problem, and a revision after each shows the solution. But we can break free, and at the very least, begin a transition to living life on our terms.

2017 48

Consistent Small Business Branding: How?

Small Business CEO

When a company is first starting out, they often go through various name changes and iterations before they settle on a consistent branding strategy. If the business is web-based, those various names and websites are still out there, floating around the internet, sometimes with followers left wondering what happened to the new company they were watching so closely or even ordering products from. How does a business bring all those followers to one place, and make their branding consistent?

2017 54

HCG For Weight Loss: Evaluating Its Effectiveness

Dumb Little Man

The combination of the HCG hormone and a calorie-restrictive diet is an incredibly popular weight-loss solution which people around the world are eager to have a go at. There are numerous reviews online touting the success of the diet, but that does not mean that introducing a hormone into your system to trigger weight loss is any less of a controversial topic. It’s up to us to have a closer look at the use of HCG for weight loss and decide on its effectiveness for ourselves.

2017 108

The Connection Between Time and Temper

Daily Writing Tips

The Latin noun tempus , meaning “season” or “time,” is the source of time and other words pertaining to chronological measurement, but it is also the origin of terms associated with literal and figurative measurement in general as well as some that have related meanings, as detailed in this post.

2017 47

3 Types of Problems with Complex Phrasal Adjectives

Daily Writing Tips

In each of the following sentences, an error pertaining to hyphenation results in a faulty phrasal adjective. Discussion and revision explain and demonstrate how to solve the problem. The company appeared to violate federal law by offering high-interest rate loans in states where such loans are prohibited. This sentence describes rate loans of a high-interest nature, but that’s not the intent of the statement.

2017 47

3 Sentences That Present Obstacles to Comprehension

Daily Writing Tips

In each of the following sentences, the statement’s wording or syntax problematically interferes with reader comprehension. Discussion and revision of each example points the way to a clear solution. He exchanged greetings with leaders from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. This sentence implies that Afghanistan and Zimbabwe are names of leaders, because the writer is trying to use from both on its own and as part of a “from. to” range.

2017 47

From Atlas to Atlanticists

Daily Writing Tips

Intrigued by a reference to the political term Atlanticism , heretofore unbeknownst to me, I researched the history of the name of the ocean that separates the western and eastern hemispheres. This post defines and discusses these and related terms.

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