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Skills required to be a good minute taker

Practically Perfect PA

Nobody readily puts up the hand to take minutes and those of us who do sometimes fear the job because of the expectation that is put on us to produce discussions accurately. Not everyone can be a good minute taker – it’s a definite skill and quite often an art, hence the name of my course, The Art of Minute Taking. There are definite skills required to be a good minute taker and I’ve listed some of them below: Listening. Obviously!

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How to Create and Maintain Personal Boundaries

Dumb Little Man

Personal boundaries are limits we set for other people regarding their behavior towards us. Establishing personal boundaries means stopping other people from pressuring us to do what we don’t want to do or put up with things we don’t want. There are people in our lives that can violate our personal boundaries and make us feel uncomfortable, used and emotionally drained. Many of us put up with poor treatment by others because we are afraid to make them feel angry or lose their friendship.

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Small Business Owners Getting Older and Not Planning to Fully Retire

Small Business Labs

According to Barlow Research, the average U.S. small business owner is 60.3 year old. As the Barlow chart below shows (click to enlarge), 57% of small business owners are over the age 60, up from just 38% a decade ago. Barlow defines small businesses as those with revenues between $100,000 and $10 million. This range includes the vast majority of U.S. employer small businesses. Also interesting is Barlow's findings on small business owner retirement plans.

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Career Lessons Learned from the 2017 Solar Eclipse

Eat Your Career

Those of you who have read my blog for a while know that I’m always looking for career lessons in the strangest of places. This past Monday, I found a few in the sky. Here in the U.S., we experienced our first total eclipse of the sun since the 1970’s. It was quite a sensation, as the “ path of totality ” spread all the way across the country. Enormous groups of eclipse enthusiasts gathered at various points along the way to appreciate the rare phenomenon.

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Your invitation to a very special event this September

Practically Perfect PA

Do you organise meetings, away days, conferences, private dinners, summer parties, teambuilding or other events? As a PA or EA, finding the perfect venue can often be tough – especially when you’re simply asked for ‘something different’! But there’s one thing you can do to ensure you always make the right choice. The events show from SquareMeal.

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5 Easy Steps to Gain Financial Freedom

Dumb Little Man

Feeling anchored down by debt is defeating. You’ll have a hard time setting aside money into savings, purchasing your dream home or embarking on enthralling vacations. Instead of spending decades weighed down by debt, start working toward financial freedom now. Assess the Situation. To begin, you must know where you are. Personal finances are like a bucket with holes: the money you earn is poured into the bucket and what you spend trickles out the bottom.

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What's a Good Job and How Many Are There?

Small Business Labs

The Georgetown Center on Education the Workforce has started a project on "good jobs" , with a focus on good jobs that don't require a university degree.    According to their first report, there are 30 million American workers without a college degree who have a good job. This is a little less than the 36 million good jobs that those with college degrees have. To put this into perspective, there are about 75 million U.S. workers without a college degree.

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10 Strategies to help you Tweet like a Social Media Rockstar

Practically Perfect PA

Becoming a social media Rockstar doesn’t just “happen”; you need to really work at it. But if you fancy a bit of a shortcut, there are some simple things you can do to accelerate your rise to social media rock stardom. Read on…. Use Power Words Power words help you stand out from the millions of other tweets sent every day. They evoke a human reaction such as happiness, sadness or anger, so use these power words in your tweets and prepare to stand out!

7 Strong Reasons to Learn a Foreign Language

Dumb Little Man

Nelson Mandela once said: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.”. This quote couldn’t be more precise. As humans, we are attracted to other humans with whom we have something in common. If there’s something that two persons both like, hate or want, a rapport will suddenly grow and their connection instantly grows stronger.

2017 121

5 Ways to Become a Better Listener

On The Job

Are you a good listener? Hello? Are you there? OK, put down your smartphone, stop staring at someone across the room and let me try this again. Are you a good listener? Most of us would say "Yes, of course!" Then, we might follow that up with, "Wait a minute.what did you say?" Don't worry, you're not alone. I am supposed to be a great listener, because that's what I do for a living.

2017 126

25 Confused Homonym Pairs

Daily Writing Tips

Dozens of homonyms, words that sound like other words but are spelled differently, are sometimes confused for their near doppelgängers. This post lists and defines twenty-five frequently confused word pairs, in which the first word is usually used mistakenly in place of the second one. Definitions for words are simplified and not comprehensive.). add : increase. ad : abbreviation for advertisement. aid : help. aide : one who helps.

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Worth It with Amanda Steinberg

Productivityist

On this episode of the podcast, I speak with Amanda Steinberg. Amanda launched DailyWorth in 2009 to bring a fresh voice and an outsider’s perspective to personal finance and the Daily Worth website has made Forbes’s 100 Best Websites for Women three years running. Amanda has appeared on Good Morning America, Today, CNN, and MSNBC, among others.

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4 Tricks to Building Business Relationships That Last

Dumb Little Man

You’ve probably heard it said a million times before: Advancing your career is as much about who you know as it is what you know. And this is why being an active networker and building business relationships are crucial to long-term success. Contrary to popular misconception, networking is not about handing out scores of business cards. It is about making a real connection with the people you meet so that they remember you and are motivated to stay in touch with you after the event is over.

2017 119

How to Adapt -- and Thrive -- in the Changing Workplace

On The Job

How do you drink your vodka? That’s a question Absolut Vodka wanted to answer when they hired a research firm that was tasked with figuring out how people drink vodka and other liquors. But researchers didn’t simply poll people about their alcohol consumption to find the answers. Instead, the researchers decided to focus on the emotional nuances of the social setting where people share alcoholic drinks. So, they went to a party.

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12 Idioms Commonly Seen with Homonymic Spelling Errors

Daily Writing Tips

As, in time, idiomatic phrases become more isolated from their literal origins, writers are more likely to erroneously substitute a homonym (a word that sounds like another but is spelled differently and has a different meaning) for one of the words in the phrase. This post lists idioms that frequently appear with homonymic mistakes. Incorrect: baited breath. Correct: bated breath. This phrase refers to abating, or stopping, breathing, and the related adjective bated is intended.

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How to Choose The Best Type of Ice Machine for Your Business?

Small Business CEO

Are you looking for the best type of ice machine for your restaurant, bar , hotel , smoothie bar, or coffee shop? With different types, styles, and sizes of ice makers on the market—it’s hard to know if you are choosing the right one. We’ve collects some the steps you need to take, and the questions you need to cover, before you buy an ice machine. Ice Machine Styles and Configurations. First check out the size of the space that you have available to put in your ice machine.

2017 67

The Surprising Benefits of Flaxseed You Might Not Know About

Dumb Little Man

Flaxseed has been around for many centuries and is fast gaining popularity worldwide due to its powerful nutritional and healing benefits. It can be consumed as a seed, in pill form, or as an oil. Flaxseed has been proven to not only reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, but it’s also considered to be a cultured superfood that has numerous advantages to your health and well-being. It can help you with quick weight loss and in lowering cholesterol.

2017 118

Why Your Talent is Not Enough

The Marq

Seneca the Younger, the great Roman philosopher of the first century, once wrote that, "The best wrestler is not he who has learned thoroughly all the tricks and twists of the art, which are seldom met with in actual wrestling, but he who has well and carefully trained himself in one or two of them, and watches keenly for an opportunity of practising them." — Seneca, On Benefits, vii. This quote is often shortened to "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."

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Vocabulary Quiz #8: Commonly Confused Words

Daily Writing Tips

In each sentence, choose the correct word from the pair of similar terms. (If If both words possibly can be correct, choose the more plausible one.). Do you mean to _ that I stole your cell phone? a) infer. b) imply. The students are __ in learning algebra. a) disinterested. b) uninterested. The state is a miniature of the one in Washington D.C. a) capitol. b) capital. Between the years 1845 and 1855, nearly a million people _ from Germany to the United States. a) emigrated. b) immigrated.

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Power in Information: A New “Zillow-Like” Service for Small Businesses (Interview)

Small Business CEO

Q&A with Doug Llewellyn , President and Chief Operating Officer of Purch , a next-generation digital publishing and marketplace platform that is driving the future of publishing by connecting high-intent buyers and performance-driven marketers in consumer and SMB markets. Doug joined Purch in 2013 and, as President and COO, he is responsible for the company’s two core business units, strategic planning, corporate development activities, and Purch’s business metrics and operational framework.

2017 63

How To Boost Your Business with Influence Marketing Chatbots

Dumb Little Man

The growing popularity of chatbots goes without question. We are all familiar with a rule-based chatbot that is quite easy to distinguish from a human being. It demands exact command input to respond, so this form of communication isn’t that new. However, AI-powered chatbots make a different story.

2017 112

A Unique Career

Audacious Admin

This past weekend I read an article on Broadway legend Barbara Cook’s passing. As a Broadway fan and someone who often proclaims “music is my drug of choice,” this article touched me on many levels, but one sentence made me suck in my breath. For some of Ms. Cook’s friends, lyrics simply came easier than words as they sat in her bedroom alongside her son, her longtime manager, and her assistant of nearly three decades."

2017 40

Incomplete Parallels

Daily Writing Tips

In each of the following sentences, an associated pair of phrases are not optimally stated and organized to make their relationship clear. The discussion after each statement proposes a solution, which follows in each case. Follow with user support and usage monitoring to ensure a smooth transition and an optimal user experience during and post-implementation.

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4 Tips for Growing Your Business by Finding and Working Closely With Social Media Influencers

Small Business CEO

Recent years have seen the emergence of the “influencer economy” – a departure from the typical advertisement venues towards personal endorsements by internet personalities. Influencers command a coveted currency in the ecommerce world: trust. Here are 4 tips to get you well on your way to connecting with influencers to successfully market your product. Casey Neistat – photo credit: YouTube. Use a Connection Platform.

Unlocking Japan’s Secrets to Healthy Skin

Dumb Little Man

If there’s one trait all Japanese women share, it’s their fresh, glowing skin. It doesn’t matter if she is 20 or 60 years old, every Japanese woman seems to have a flawless, radiant complexion. This begs the question, what is their beauty secrets to having porcelain-like skin? How do they manage to look younger and more graceful as they age? While there’s no magic formula for youthful skin, these lovely ladies do have certain beauty secrets that help them maintain their fair complexions.

2017 111

Patreon, True Fans and the Return of "Patron Funding"

Small Business Labs

In 2008 Kevin Kelly wrote a prescient essay called "1000 True Fans" Key quote: "A creator, such as an artist, musician, photographer, craftsperson, performer, animator, designer, videomaker, or author - in other words, anyone producing works of art - needs to acquire only 1,000 True Fans to make a living."

2017 130

Studios and Studies

Daily Writing Tips

The word study has a variety of meanings and a small but meaningful array of words based on it. This post lists those definitions and terms. Study derives from the Latin verb studere , meaning, “application” in the sense of applying one’s attention, especially to learning. From that word came studium , the term for an artist’s workshop (but also meaning “eagerness” or zeal”), which evolved into the Italian term studio.

2017 46

Is Your Startup Prepared for a Cyberattack

Small Business CEO

Late last month, the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) was hit by a ransomware that completely crippled the operations at India’s largest container port. Besides JNPT, the Petya ransomware is also reported to have hit a number of large corporations including WPP, Maersk, Mondelez and DLA Piper. Just a month earlier, the world was hit by the WannaCry ransomware that infected more than 230,000 computers including those of UK’s National Health Service (NHS), Fedex, Honda and Renault.

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How To Become A Social Media Influencer

Dumb Little Man

Celebrity endorsements are nothing new. Even as far back as the 1700s, the Royal Family was singing the praises of Josiah Wedgwood’s pottery. To this day, Wedgwood is still a household name. Building a brand takes a lot of work and until very recently, the best way a brand could build a customer base was by paying a celebrity to endorse a product.

What You Need To Do To Protect Your Ears From Deafening Urban Noise

Dumb Little Man

Noise pollution is becoming a pressing global issue more and more each day especially in the urban setting. Studies have shown that due to urban noise, city dwellers experience an average hearing loss equivalent to a person who is around 10 to 20 years older than them. Seniors are in more danger because sudden and violent changes in volume can result to heart attacks and strokes. With a projected annual urban population growth of 1.85

2017 106

Take Notice! Why You Should Take Workplace Signs Seriously

Small Business CEO

Almost all workplaces have at least a few signs around to remind employees and visitors to stay safe, as well as to advise them how to do it. These signs are ever-present, they don’t take holidays, they speak the universal language of images and they don’t take a salary. They’re indispensable when it comes to promoting and maintaining safety in the workplace.

2017 48

Healthy and Safe: How to Protect Your Employees in the Workplace

Small Business CEO

Safety in the workplace starts at the top and if owners and managers recognize and acknowledge the need for a proactive and vigilant approach to keeping their employees away from danger and serious injury it will help improve the odds of avoiding an incident.

2017 48

How do You Market a New Product?

Small Business CEO

Launching a new product can be a daunting process, especially if you’re trying to break into a specialist or saturated market. Attention to detail and careful forward planning is crucial for a successful launch, which is perhaps best demonstrated by Steve Jobs and Apple. photo credit: Flickr. On launch day, iPad managed to sell over 300,000 WiFi only units. iPhone 4 sold over 1.7 million units within its first three days, while iPhone 3G sold over a million units over the launch weekend.

2017 48

Why Many Small Business CEOs Fail At Job Search

Small Business CEO

Have you had enough of being a CEO of a small business? Maybe your official title is not CEO – it’s probably MD, GM or similar – but in this article I’ll use CEO as an umbrella term for all of those to aid consistency and comprehension). Often the pressures of running a small business to small business CEOs and they begin to dream of having a “normal” job. At least for a little while. However, getting a job after being a small business CEO is not always easy.

2017 46

Policy Protection – Which Types of Business Insurance Are Right For Your SME?

Small Business CEO

Starting a business exposes you to certain risks. Fortunately, however, all businesses have access to a wide range of insurance types, to protect them from the dangers that could wipe out a small business before it has had a chance to take off. An experienced Business Insurance Broker , can assist you in reducing your exposure to risk, and find an insurance program that is aligned to your specific needs and objectives. There is no one-size-fits-all insurance solution for small businesses.

2017 46

Running a Boat Fleet: 5 Ways to Spot Marine Diesel Engine Issues Before They Occur

Small Business CEO

Are you running a business which operational involves boats? If so, I’m sure you’re aware that maintenance is one of the issues you need to address when running a fleet of boats. One that often cripple businesses is marine diesel engine problems. The engines are known to cause quite a few headaches to boat owners if not kept in good shape. Fortunately, many of these issues are easy to prevent and fix even with little or no knowledge of how the engines work.

2017 46

Managing Your Cash Flow Online: The Key Considerations

Small Business CEO

Make no mistake; cash flow is king for modern, small businesses. Referring to the flow of money in and out of your accounts and the net difference between incomings and outgoings, cash flow has never been more important to the growth of your business. With consumer spending down in the UK and the nation’s growth forecast having been reduced to just 1.7% for 2017, it is crucial that entrepreneurs maximise the flow of capital that runs throughout their business.

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