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Find Your Happiness, Find Your Success

Dumb Little Man

1 in 10 businesses will succeed. That’s a huge failure rate when it comes to starting a business. The odds are already stacked against you. If you want to improve your chances of success at anything you do, you have one choice to make that will create a foundation on which all your successes can be built. That choice is happiness. Just ask Jane She started a business just to start a business.

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The ultimate guide to diary management

Practically Perfect PA

I have written a lot about diary management over the years, which is not surprising when you think assistants spend at the very least a third of their day organising their manager’s calendars. Juggling our boss’s time is a complex operation. There are also a lot of tasks related to diary management, for example ensuring our managers get to their meetings on time, understand the reason for the meeting and are prepared for it.

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Any Decision is Better Than Staying Stuck

Virtual Moxie

Beth and I were talking about how paralyzed she feels. She''s been trying to choose between two options for a project she''s working on for her business. Because she has no prior experience with this thing she''s trying to choose, and neither option seems perfect, she''s been unable to make a decision—for six weeks. Six weeks ! That''s a long time to be undecided. And, in Beth''s case, while she''s been chewing on this, she''s missed a few opportunities.

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Get Things Done With A Productivity Sprint

Simple Productivity Blog

Sometimes, no matter my best intentions and diligent working, my task list seems to take on a life of its own. At the time that I am peering down the throat of this monster that is about to swallow me, I know I have to quickly bring that list down in size. But when you are faced with a massive task list, what is the best way to get things done? The answer is a productivity sprint. The post Get Things Done With A Productivity Sprint appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

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Five Myth-busting Facts About Starting Your Own Business

Dumb Little Man

There was an interesting statistic recently on inc.com. It suggested that almost two-thirds of people under the age of 30 wanted to start their own business. Many people see business ownership as the best route to financial and career freedom, so it’s no surprise that the number is so high. However, only a small portion of that number will ever succeed in making their dream a reality. Why is that? Well, many people equate starting a business with risk, complexity and potential financial ruin.

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Happy 3rd birthday Practically Perfect PA

Practically Perfect PA

So today I am doing a little bit of celebrating because it is officially my three year blogging anniversary. Thanks to everyone who has already sent me their congratulations. When I first started the blog, I really didn’t put much thought into it. I was head-smashing-against-a-brick-wall bored in my job and I missed having creative tasks. I had also just split up with boyfriend and wanted to prove something to myself.

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8 Ways to Make Your Landscaping Eco-Friendly

Eco-Office Gals

Being environmentally-conscious is a big deal for many businesses today and most likely your company has embraced practices that are eco-friendly. You recycle bottles, cans and paper. You’ve embraced digital documents over paper ones. You opt for energy-efficient office equipment, and you’ve even worked on greening your business strategies. All of these are great ways to help the environment, but while focusing on the inside of your business, you may be forgetting about the outside.

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Increase Your Productivity In 4 Steps With The Prison Workout

Dumb Little Man

‘Hey Bro, how do I get that prison body?’ One of the most common questions I’d be asked by guys when I worked as a Personal Trainer. The body they’re talking about of course is that larger than life look some prisoners have when they go away for a long time. How they can be put away for a couple of years – and suddenly come out looking superhuman at the other end of the stretch. Sadly, there is no formula for the bros to get that prison body though – unless they actually go to prison.

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Networking best practices for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

Networking is really important. How many times have you heard that? Loads of times I would imagine. Most of us know it is important but most of us also know it is a scary prospect and not something that comes naturally, particularly for assistants. We are behind the scenes specialists, we are not encouraged to put ourselves out there and even if we did want to get involved in a networking event we are often too busy to leave the office. The problem is networking is really important.

Freelance Economy Supply and Demand Growing

Small Business Labs

I attended the Staffing Industry Analysts Contingent Workforce Summit a couple of weeks ago. This show is targeted at contingent workforce managers at large companies and provides a forum to discuss best practices around the hiring and managing of contingent workers (freelancers, independent contractors, etc.). As you can see from this write up on the conference , large corporations are forecast to increase their use of contingent workers over the coming years.

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Open Loops 10/24/2014: 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. This week I highlight articles on iOS8 battery usage; protecting your pets during a disaster; an easy way to save money; hiding apps in iOS8; making new habits convenient; apps for ensuring efficiency; staying calm; and lessons everyone learns the hard way. The post Open Loops 10/24/2014: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

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What the Flowers You Give Your Girlfriend Say About Your Relationship

Dumb Little Man

So, you’re trying to impress your girlfriend and it’s her birthday. Finding the perfect birthday gift for your girlfriend can be challenging, especially when you’re trying to impress her. You might consider spending exorbitant money to buy her expensive jewelry or any other elaborate birthday present. However, in reality, most women adore any gift from their boyfriend that is sincere and heartfelt. Read along to find out more!

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Tech Fest 2014 and excellent customer service

Practically Perfect PA

Back in June I was working on an event called Tech Fest 2014 , which was held at ExCeL London. The event was for event professionals and as you can imagine they can be a fussy bunch when it comes to venues. We held Tech Fest at ExCeL because London Technology Week was taking place in East London and we thought it would be great to be part of a number of technology related events.

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HBR on Freelancers and Word of Mouth

Small Business Labs

The HBR's The Freelance Economy Still Runs on Word of Mouth covers data from the MBO Partners State of Independence study showing word of mouth is the dominant way freelancers and other independent workers find work. The chart below describing this data is from the HBR article.      What is interesting is it's not just this study.

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Christine Arylo on self love, success and clutter

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2009-06-01 13:35:01. Republished by Blog Post Promoter. Creating an organized space makes it easier for you to lay your hands on the things you need and helps you be more effective because you now have time for the important stuff. It's also an essential part of taking care of the most valuable person in your life, yourself.

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4 Reasons You’re Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Results

Dumb Little Man

If you feel like no matter how hard you try, your body weight just won’t budge, it’s time to do a full inventory and assessment about what you’re really doing in your workout and diet. Below are four common errors many people make… You’re Going At It Alone It’s a must that you get support. Whether this is your significant other, a close friend, a co-worker, or otherwise.

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Swissôtel Métropole, Geneva

Practically Perfect PA

Prior to arriving at the Swissôtel Métropole I had already been in Geneva for a few days but I had been staying on the ‘other’ side of the lake. Walking across the bridge it was pretty clear this was the flashier side of Geneva with tons of designer shops, jewellery stores and incredibly luxurious cars lining the pavement.

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Independent Work - Tastes Great, Less Filling

Small Business Labs

At first glance comparing independent work with a beer commercial doesn't seem to make sense.  But segmentation data from the MBO Partners 2014 State of Independence study indicates there are similarities.   Miller's "Tastes Great, Less Filling"  ad series, which they used to launch the lite beer segment in 1974, is considered one of the most successful ad campaigns of all time.

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Is Your WordPress Website Secretly Harboring Malware?

Tips From T. Marie

Dealing with a malware injection on a WordPress website isn’t a picnic on the best of days. Dealing with one my first day after arriving in Maine ; after a 993 mile drive in a packed Ford Focus with my 6 foot 2 son and a ticked off cat? Well, let’s just say my first day in my new location was far from peachy. Yet I’m willing to re-live it via this post in order to give you a heads up about WordPress and malware. And stress yet again why you should never ignore the need for maintenance.

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5 Ways to Get Others to Listen to You

On The Job

Do you sometimes feel like you''re wearing Harry Potter''s "cloak of invisibility" at work? No one really pays attention to you. You''re often interrupted when speaking in a meeting, and your boss scarcely seems to know who you are. Perhaps the problem is not what you’re saying, but how and when you’re saying it. Let’s say that you’re on the agenda of the next office meeting to give a brief rundown of a project you’ve been working on for several months.

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Practically Perfect PA Survey 2014 Reminder

Practically Perfect PA

Thank you to everyone that has completed the Practically Perfect PA survey. So far we have received some great feedback but we would love to hear from more of you so please do take ten minutes out of your day to complete the questionnaire. I’d appreciate your honest feedback, I really would! I’ll share a summary of the results next month, for the curious. Would you please take my 2014 reader survey? The post Practically Perfect PA Survey 2014 Reminder appeared first on Practically Perfect PA.

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Career Goals: Safe In The Harbor Or Setting Sail?

Office Dynamics

Safe In The Harbor Or Setting Sail? Guest Post by Debbie Gross, CEA to CEO, John Chambers, Cisco Systems. . “You are the Captain of your own ship!” ” I am fond of the saying that we are all “captains” of our own ships. I fully believe that we are in complete control of our destiny – no one person or company has that control. We have choices in terms of whether we stay safe in the harbor or chart our course and set our sails in our careers and in our lives.

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Sealing the Deal with Clients – It’s An Art Form All Its Own

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. One thing I hear a lot from VAs and other entrepreneurs is how they want to increase their “closing the sale” percentage because it’s so low. Let’s face it; that’s what we all want, isn’t it? But there’s a right way and a wrong way to make that happen. Let’s take a look at a few of my best tips for sealing the deal with the right clients. Talk only to the right people. This means—don’t talk to everyone who happens upon your site or gets referred to you.

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Origin of OK

Daily Writing Tips

The word OK has found its way into just about every language on earth. Although it’s usually written in all capitals and pronounced as separate letters, OK is a word and not an acronym, although it began as one. The most likely origin of OK is as an acronym for “Oll Korrect,” a deliberate misspelling of “all correct.”. In the years before the American Civil War (1861-1864), journalists thought it was great fun to misspell words for comic effect.

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The Midweek Manifesto: A Weekly Reality Check That Works

Productivityist

Back in 2010, I penned something I called The Midweek Manifesto. I didn’t dive into what it meant all that much back then. I simply wrote it and posted it. But as the conventional work week comes to a close here, I felt it was time to revisit its origin and meaning. Not just for you…but for me.

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Pause Now To Consider Your Success Goals for 2015

Office Dynamics

If you think it’s still too soon to start planning your professional and personal success goals for 2015, I want to encourage you to think again! As quickly as this year passed, so will next year. Your future will become the present sooner than you think. If you don’t set success goals and map out a plan, you will be at the same place next year as you are today.

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New Deloitte Collaboration Study laments meetings & distractions costs

BioTeams

According to a new Deloitte Australia report, The Collaborative Economy, overlong meetings, distractions and failed projects are costing their economy $5.4 billion per annum. Based on a survey of 1,000 Australian employees and managers conducted in June 2014 the report estimated the value of time employees and managers spend collaborating each year ($46 Billion) and the wastage due to poor collaboration.

At the End of the Day

Daily Writing Tips

A reader has asked me to “shed some light” on the expression “at the end of the day”: I know it means “after everything has been taken into consideration” and it is an integral part of our everyday vocabulary but some of my colleagues seem to find it inappropriate in its function. Could you please help me understand this better? Clichéd expressions are a part of our everyday vocabulary, but some clichés are more annoying than others.

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The Evolution of Contexts

Productivityist

My podcasting partner-in-crime Michael Schechter posed this challenge to be on Twitter: That was quite the challenge, but I took it. After that exchange, I saw a flurry of follow-up activity that was great to see.

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Is Your Growing Business Secure? 5 Tips for Keeping Your Customers’ Trust

Small Business CEO

As your small business gains momentum, you’ll undoubtedly juggle countless tasks at once, so when it comes to data security, it’s easy to put it on the back burner. But the fact is that if you suffer a data breach, the costs could include customer erosion, financial losses, and regulatory fines. The reputational fallout alone can continue months beyond the incident and translate into upwards of $5 million in losses.

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Two more happy, email marketing clients!

Denise Aday

Two more testimonials from happy, email marketing clients ! Email Marketing Virtual Assistant clients email marketing ezine marketing mailchimp MailChimp Expert newsletter testimonials virtual assistance virtual assistant

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Confused Words #3: Lose, Loose, Loss

Daily Writing Tips

Written errors in the use of lose , loose , and loss are common. One error is to write the adjective loose (rhymes with moose ) as if it were the verb lose (rhymes with booze ). Incorrect: Don’t loose touch when people leave for a new position. Correct : Don’t lose touch when people leave for a new position. In the expression “to lose touch,” lose is a verb with the meaning, “to fail to maintain.”. Incorrect: It can be painful to loose a loved one.

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The Evolution of Contexts

Productivityist

My podcasting partner-in-crime Michael Schechter posed this challenge to me on Twitter: That was quite the challenge, but I took it. After that exchange, I saw a flurry of follow-up activity that was great to see.

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5 Steps for Debt Recovery

Small Business CEO

Sound collection procedures and processes do not always stop bad debt occurring. The important step is knowing how and when to increase the severity of the action to be taken to recover these bad debts. Early communication with the debtor is on one of the key steps to ensure recovery of the debt. This contact needs to be consistent and measured to determine what action mostly achieves the desired result. There are various collection processes that can include:-.

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Two more happy, email marketing clients!

Denise Aday

Two more testimonials from happy, email marketing clients ! The post Two more happy, email marketing clients! appeared first on denise aday. Email Marketing Virtual Assistant clients email marketing ezine marketing feedback mailchimp MailChimp Expert newsletter testimonials virtual assistance virtual assistant

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Pronoun Review #1: Reflexive Pronouns

Daily Writing Tips

The English reflexive pronouns are: Singular : myself, yourself, himself/herself/itself. Plural : ourselves, yourselves, themselves. They are called “reflexive” because they reflect or restate another noun or pronoun that has already been stated. (In In the case of an imperative sentence, the pronoun You is understood: “[You] Watch yourself on the ice!”). Reflexive pronouns are used as direct and indirect objects when the object is the same as the subject of the verb: I hurt myself when I fell.

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Patron and Patronize

Daily Writing Tips

Someone in my Facebook feed posted this about an aging celebrity who has recently published a book: “Don’t buy her books and don’t patron her movies.”. I’d never seen patron used as a verb. Patronize is the verb commonly used to mean: “to frequent or support as a customer.” For example: I have patronized The Brown Derby since its inception and have always found the food to be second-to-none. A Web search turned up many examples of the unconventional use of patron in this sense.

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