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A day in the life: Lorna Cowan, Visit Belfast

Practically Perfect PA

One of the great benefits of running Practically Perfect PA is the chance to meet some extraordinary assistants either face to face or through social media. I continue to be completely amazed by what these assistants achieve and how they continue to push our industry forward. With this in mind I have decided to start a new section of Practically Perfect PA – A day in the life, to give our readers an idea of how these assistants run the office and their lives! .

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Craft Brewers Continue to Gain Market Share

Small Business Labs

Back in 2006 we reported that craft brewers - also known as microbrewers - had captured almost 6% of U.S. beer sales, up from effectively 0% a decade or so earlier.   We revisited the industry in 2010 and found craft brewers 2009 revenue share of the U.S. beer market had grown to about 7%. Since 1% of the U.S beer market is worth about $1 billion (Americans drink a lot of beer), this was strong growth - especially given the country was in the midst of the Great Recession.

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How To Build Your Child an Emotional Bulletproof Vest

Dumb Little Man

Today’s children are riddled with shots that chip away at their self-esteem and self-worth. From bullying—whether overt or passive (i.e. being left out of games or groups)—to learning disabilities to familial dysfunction to peer pressure, they are constantly under fire. Positive self-talk is a crucial, effective strategy they can use to combat any time of discomfort. When I was a child, someone—we never learned who—set my father’s car on fire.

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Productivity Boost: The Minimal Desk

Simple Productivity Blog

Having a minimal desk can lead to a boost in productivity. How much more would you get done with only the basics? The post Productivity Boost: The Minimal Desk 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 ( ). Productivity

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A guide to networking

Practically Perfect PA

We don’t necessarily want to spend our spare time schmoozing, but it’s becoming an increasingly important part of career development. Whether you’re networking online or face-to-face, it can play a vital role in securing your next job opportunity. Networking the old-fashioned way, face-to-face, is still an important route to building lasting connections with people that can benefit your career. Offline networking. Choose events carefully .

Half of Americans Single

Small Business Labs

For the first time since the government started keeping these stats, more than half of adult Americans are single.  There are about 125 million single Americans, which is just a bit over half of all Americans aged 16 and older.   Bloomberg's Is Everyone Single? nicely covers this shift, including providing the chart below. It shows the steady climb from 37% of adult Americans being single in 1976 to 50.2% today.

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Better Eating vs. Exercise – Do You Really Need Both?

Dumb Little Man

When people are trying to get healthy, there are two main ways in which they generally go about doing it: through diet, or through exercise. In fact, when we think healthy lifestyle, we think of something based around those two subjects. While both are necessary in order to live a completely healthy lifestyle, many people are keen to extol the virtues of one over the other.

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Set It And Forget It Calendar

Simple Productivity Blog

Wouldn''t it be nice if you could set items in your calendar and forget about them? You can. Here are some tips on how to turn your recurring appointments into something you don''t have to think about. The post Set It And Forget It Calendar 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 ( ). Simplification

Local Services Marketplaces Booming

Small Business Labs

It seems like everyday there's another funding announcement from a startup creating a local services marketplace.  Companies raising money in the last few months include: , a site that helps homeowners get quotes for their home improvement projects and find professionals in their areas to do the job,  raised $14 million. Thumbtack , a site that connects customers to a wide range of contractors, raised $100 million.

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5 Ways To Get Busy At Work – Boost Your Productivity Now

Dumb Little Man

It’s no secret that when you’re in a positive emotional state of mind everything just seems to seamlessly fall into place. “If If you smile when you wake up, even if you have to force it, you will be happier for the rest of the day” we’ve all heard this somewhere before! But here are some more practical and scientifically proven ways you can boost productivity and well-being. Your office interior design matters.

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Have You Created Your Final Quarter MAP?

Office Organization Success

It’s hard to believe, but we’re heading into the final quarter of 2014. So this week, I whipped out my 90-day MAP and created my plan for this final quarter. Like many of you, I too have a ton of ideas floating around in my head. I needed to get them down on paper and see how everything fits together, and creating a 90-day MAP lets me do that.

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Open Loops 10/03/2014: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

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.

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Millennials Like Experiences (So Do Others)

Small Business Labs

According to  Fueling the Experience Economy , a research report released by the events company Eventbrite, the average millennial (aged 18-34 in their study) prefers live experiences over material things.   Key millennial findings from the study: 77% say their best memories come from experiences. 69% say that their experiences make them feel more connected to their communities, other people, and the world. 

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How to Deal With a Jealous Friend (7 Things You Desperately Need to Know)

Dumb Little Man

A friend ruined my date night with my wife! Let me show you the picture I was in. One night, while me and my wife were dining in a restaurant, a friend dropped by our table. Little did I know that he came to sabotage our evening. Before narrating what happened next, I better explain who this guy is, and why I bother to write about my relationship with him and this episode. I grew up with him. We did everything young boys would do in the neighborhood together.

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Chronic Complaining Creates Negative Energy for Your Business

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. A couple of days ago, I sat down to take a well-deserved break from my work day and relax for a few minutes. I sank in to my favorite comfy chair and switched on the TV right in the middle of the mid-day news. As I began listening to the latest sad, negative, headline stories, I could literally feel a shift in my attitude. An attitude that had been bursting with positive thoughts and gratitude just moments earlier suddenly turned to one of irritation, cynicism and negativity.

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Remember to visit CTI at the Office* Show next week

Practically Perfect PA

I can’t believe the Office* Show will be 5 years old next week! If you haven’t been before, it is a fantastic exhibition for PAs, EAs, VAs, Office Managers and Administrators, which brings together lots of great training and really relevant suppliers for office professionals. More than 4,000 assistants attended the show last year and the organisers are expecting even more through the doors this year.

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Ideas – Business Quote of the Week

The Small Business Blog

“Ours is the age of substitutes; instead of language, we have jargon; instead of principles, slogan; and, instead of genuine ideas, bright ideas.” ” – Eric Bentley, British writer. Too often as business owners there is the temptation to talk in a language that is only understood by you and the people who are part of… Read the full article here: Ideas – Business Quote of the Week on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG.

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Why You're Off Base About How Others View You at Work

On The Job

In the workplace, it can be tough to find that middle ground between being pushy and being a pushover. But you figure you do a pretty good job, right? Just the right amount of assertiveness so that you’re not a jerk or a wimp? You may want to reconsider your belief as a new study shows that the majority of us are off base when it comes to judging how others view us.

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The 5 Zeros You Should Achieve Every Day to Give You Peace of Mind


I''m lining up guest posts during my travels over the next two weeks. This post is written by Timo Kiander. Timo is a blogger , author and speaker who helps work-at-home professionals get stuff done fast so that they have time for living. He believes that great results are achieved by overcoming procrastination, improving focus and creating successful productivity habits. If you want to implement the core lessons of this post quicker, you can grab a special checklist created by Timo right away !

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Confused Words #2: Past and Passed

Daily Writing Tips

Two words that many English speakers confuse are past and passed. The confusion between past and passed is understandable because they sound the same: [past]. The spellings have been confused for centuries, but modern speakers who have access to free dictionaries and universal public education may be expected to master the difference. Passed is the past tense of the verb to pass. Past is the spelling of four other parts of speech, but NEVER a verb. Pass (the verb).

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What Is the Best Flooring Option for Your Commercial Kitchen?

The Small Business Blog

The flooring in a commercial kitchen needs to withstand far more punishment than in a domestic setting. The heavy traffic created by the constant coming and going of kitchen and waiting staff can take a heavy toll over time, so commercial flooring needs to be hard-wearing. It must be able to withstand very high temperatures,… Read the full article here: What Is the Best Flooring Option for Your Commercial Kitchen? on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG.

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Next Marathon Goal – Under 4 Hours

Brilliantly Better

Let’s start this very short post by sharing that I’m not a very goal driven person lately. But that doesn’t mean I gave up goals … The post Next Marathon Goal – Under 4 Hours appeared first on Dragos Roua. Blogging Personal Development Running marathon goal running

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Book Review: Give and Take


As I continue my travels, I''m offering up a guest post from a regular contributor to the blog, Mike Dariano. Mike offers up book reviews here at Productivityist , and he writes about other things he''s learned at People Smarter Than Me. You can connect with him on Twitter at @MikeDariano. Are you a giver or a taker?

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11 Circle Expressions

Daily Writing Tips

A circle is a perfectly round plane figure. The fact that a circle may be drawn from beginning to end without a break makes it a powerful symbol. The word circle occurs in many English idioms, often as a symbol of wholeness or repetition. the circle of life : the cycle of reproduction and survival, from birth to death. circle of hell : a place of punishment in the afterlife, from The Inferno. Dante describes nine circles or areas in which souls are punished according to the nature of their sins.

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How Developers Can Secure Their Apps in the New Age of Web Attacks

Small Business CEO

Ensuring app security is a basic necessity for app development and should not be just an afterthought. Cyberattacks on mobile devices have increased over the years with the growing popularity of web-enabled smartphones and tablet computers. As such, there is a clear need to actively protect apps from various types of web attacks. There is also a need to be dynamic with the kind of security measures to implement.

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Should I Save or Should It Go?

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2008-06-26 10:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter People who are collectors love to tell me that things they've held onto for years and years have actually come in handy, so it was worthwhile to keep it. There's often a note of triumph in their voices when they come to the story's punchline, "and I had one!" " They assume that I'm against keeping things and they want to head off any suggestions I might have for downsizing.

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One of Few Who Are

Daily Writing Tips

Each of the following quotations contains a grammatical error: 1. This process is one of several that is required to maintain nuclear SREBP1-c at very low levels… –Yeshiva University website. A study designed by Drs. Liu and Clarke is one of several that is slated to be included in the pilot run. Georgetown University website. Steve Wozniak Is One Of The Few People Who Has Met The Kimye Baby –Business Insider.

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Take in Stride

Daily Writing Tips

A reader is curious about the expression “to take in stride”: What exactly does it mean and where does the expression come from? The verb stride is one of those lovely old words to survive from Old English. As an intransitive verb, stride means “to walk with long or extended steps.” ” The word connotes confidence and purpose. The past tense is strode ; the past participle is stridden.

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Inflecting OK

Daily Writing Tips

A reader stumbled on the word OKing in the following: Owners of eight rooftop clubs abutting Wrigley Field sued to overturn city approval of the $375 million plan to rebuild the aging ballpark, saying the city broke its own rules in OKing the plan and effectively deprived them of their property rights without due process. After a moment, the reader figured out that OKing was the present participle inflection of OK.

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Daily Writing Tips

This odd use of the verb venerate occurs on a funeral home website: Prior to the age of photography, death masks were used to venerate the death. The use is odd because the transitive verb venerate means “to regard with feelings of respect and reverence.” The taking of a death mask may be seen as a way of venerating a deceased person, but not a death. The Latin verb venerare gives us the verb venerate and the adjective venerable.

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