Sat.May 28, 2016 - Fri.Jun 03, 2016

Why I Ditched My Newsletter … And What I Do Instead

Office Organization Success

About 18 months ago I decided to ditch my weekly newsletter (a.k.a. ezine). I’d been publishing it for about 10 years and realized it really was no longer an effective marketing tool. There were several reasons why I made this decision: Time consuming for content — each week I had to come up content for each of the different sections; the personal note, Tracey Recommends, article (and it’s okay to re-purpose an old article too).

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How to make your Executive happy

Practically Perfect PA

This is a pretty fundamental question for assistants, isn’t it? How do you make your Executive happy? Some of them can be quite grumpy, can’t they! Aside from a lobotomy, there are a few other options that will ensure your Executive is happy with your performance and I thought I would share a few with you today. Under-promise and over-deliver. I recently chaired a panel session at the PA show and this was one of the answers given by the panellists.

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Coworking's Continued Boom

Small Business Labs

We've written several times over the past couple of weeks on coworking's continuing growth. But news of interesting new spaces - and major investments in coworking - just keep coming. Crain's  Level Office plans one of Midwest's largest co-working facilities  jumped out at us for several reasons. First, it's going be a big space with Level Office expecting to have over 1,000 coworkers at this location.    Second, the article says Level Office paid $4.3

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4 Smart Ways to Travel The World For Free

Dumb Little Man

Do you want to know our secret on ways to travel the world for FREE ? If you are a traveler, you certainly know that traveling can be far too expensive. The good news is that there are ways out there to travel cheaper and longer. You may even end up traveling for free! All you need to do is to challenge your comfort zone and think outside of the box. Even better, be outside the box or as I prefer to say, get rid of it!

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And We're Live!

Virtual Moxie

I wanted to let you know that our new sites are live! is the site we've created for people who want to work with AssistU VAs. You might like our new blog over there, as well, if you're a VA who wants to see how we're helping clients be smarter in their relationships with their VAs, or if you're a biz owner considering working with a VA who has loved Moxie (we're glad to have you, and that blog is for YOU!). remains the site for people who want to be VAs.

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The future of recruitment for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

At the recent Assist Conference we held a great panel session about the future of the assistant role. We asked Claire Grant, Head of London Talent at the new recruitment firm, specifically for assistants, Sidekicks onto the panel and she provided a great insight into the future of the role from a recruitment perspective. For those that couldn’t attend the conference, here are the thoughts of Jessica Williams, Founder (and former assistant) at Sidekicks… .

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Media Bias and Pew's On-Demand Economy Survey

Small Business Labs

Most of the media is not positive about the on-demand economy. A good example is the coverage of Pew Internet's Shared, Collaborative and On Demand: The New Digital Economy report.   The study findings show the on-demand economy has extensively penetrated the U.S. economy in a relatively short time. As the study chart below shows, 72% of Americans have used some sort of on-demand/sharing economy service, 15% have used a rideshare (meaning Uber, Lyft, etc.)

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Moxie's moving day

Virtual Moxie

Hello, friends! You'll notice there's really nothing here, anymore.all signs of the move. . Moxie will be in its new home, and there will be a new post there next Tuesday! Our URL will remain the same. you will always be able to find us at Until next week!

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What to look for in a training room

Practically Perfect PA

I’ve written this “What to look for in a training room” post for a couple of reasons. The first is that I was thoroughly depressed when I read through the search results for “What to look for in a training room”. I assumed this would be a pretty common search for those new to event organising and I had hoped to see that Google was pointing our new event organisers to some recent, useful and dynamic content.

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Cooking Hacks – Hack It!

Professional Assistant Blog

Rebecca Tan shows you how to cut onions with no tears, defrost meat in minutes, and more! The post Cooking Hacks – Hack It! appeared first on The Professional Assistant. Cooking

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8 Success Habits of Wealthy People That Cost Nothing

Dumb Little Man

Do you know the habits of wealthy people ? Have you ever looked at rich and successful individuals and wanted to be like them one day? There are eight habits most wealthy people share that have helped them enormously along the way. Find out what they are. They Wake Up Early. Most, if not all, wealthy people are early risers, and that is no coincidence. Successful people recognize the value of waking up early.

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June Planner Forms Released

Simple Productivity Blog

In 2014 I decided I wanted to release a monthly planner form with a seasonal theme. In 2015 and now 2016 I decided to continue this tradition. Fun tools make it more likely I will use them, and honestly, I get bored with the plain old print and line forms. So to that end, I will be releasing a new set of planner forms every month. They are free…all you have to do is sign up for the mailing list here.

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3 Things to Avoid as a New Employee

On The Job

By now, many recent graduates have hung up their bedazzled mortar boards and have begun their first days as new employees in a brand spanking new career. When you're a new employee, you may be excited and scared, or a little or both. That's perfectly natural, and most of the other more experienced employees will understand and cut you a break. Until they don't. I wish I could consult my magic ball and tell you exactly when that might be, but every workplace is different.

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Work-life Integration vs Separation: How to Find the Perfect Middle Ground

Office Dynamics

Many aspects of modern life and the hustle and bustle that is 21st century life have all led to a more fast-paced work life for many. Today, it is often thought that the person who can work the hardest, fastest, and the longest hours is the most successful one. This is not necessarily the case, though, and too much focus on work for any individual can actually be detrimental. According to Forbes , being a workaholic is a very specific thing.

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Suprapubic Catheter Care: Health and Bladder Management

Dumb Little Man

Do you need a guide to suprapubic catheter care and bladder management? This post will talk about the essentials of suprapubic catheter care. What is a suprapubic catheter? Via A suprapubic catheter is a thin tube that is inserted straight into the bladder to drain urine. This type of catheter is used by patients who are not able to use a catheter that is inserted into the urethra.

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Questioning The Interviewer!

Job Advice Blog

Picture yourself getting ready for your first ever grown-up job interview. You’re in your late teens or early twenties, you’ve got some college experience under your belt, and you’re wearing the best formal-wear a college student can afford. You hear your mother’s voice echo in your head from a few weeks ago when you called […]. The post Questioning The Interviewer! appeared first on JTL Services Inc.

How to Work with Colleagues You Don't Understand

On The Job

What happens when you ask a bunch of left-brain thinkers to work with a bunch of right-brain thinkers? If you answered chaos, mayhem and a whole lot of frustration, you might be right. But as more companies begin to merge the creative thinkers in a company with the technical side, they’re finding that if done correctly, such a working relationship doesn’t have to be frustrating or chaotic. In fact, it can lead to higher productivity, efficiency and more innovative solutions.

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5 Words Often Mistakenly Used in Place of Others

Daily Writing Tips

When writers, amateurs and professionals alike, employ words or phrases they have heard spoken but not seen written, they often mistakenly use a homophone or near homophone of the intended word. Each of the sentences below includes a word that is often used erroneously. A discussion and revision accompanies each example. Given punk rock’s innate tendency to flaunt convention, the style fits the subject matter in its own roughshod sort of way.

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How to Use Snapchat Like a Boss

Dumb Little Man

Do you want to learn how to use Snapchat ? I had heard of Snapchat but never paid much mind to it. Then I saw a bunch of people in my Twitter feed talking about it, using it and having fun with it. My interest was piqued and I decided to give Snapchat a whirl. At first, I had no idea what to do or how to use Snapchat. Now I’m using it like a boss. You can too. I’m giving you the inside scoop. I’ll explain and show you how to use Snapchat, so let’s get started. Set up Snapchat. Via

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Questioning The Interviewer!

Job Advice Blog

Picture yourself getting ready for your first ever grown-up job interview. You’re in your late teens or early twenties, you’ve got some college experience under your belt, and you’re wearing the best formal-wear a college student can afford. You hear your mother’s voice echo in your head from a few weeks ago when you called … Continue reading Questioning The Interviewer!

The Power Of Quarterly Goals


Recently I had to start a small decorating job in our house that involved clearing a room. I had to take all of the waste that was created to the local rubbish dump. There was a metal cabinet that needed to be disposed of in it’s own recycling container that was for scrap metal only. When I reached the container, I was quite surprised at what I saw inside. I counted four exercise bikes. This sight made me stop and pause.

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The Story Of My First DNF

Brilliantly Better

Last weekend I attended the 220km Ultrabalaton, probably the longest point to point continuous running event in Europe (except for Spartathlon, of course). It was my second participation in this event, if you want to read more about my first… The post The Story Of My First DNF appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development

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How To Make Your Own Standing Desk and Save $600

Dumb Little Man

Do you need to learn how to make your own standing desk ? A few years ago a friend of mine bought one of the first standing desks. I fell in love until I heard how much it cost him. His desk was over $600. Today I’m going to show you how you can make a standing desk for less than $20. Yes, I did say $20. The standing desk is a Godsend for those who are doing their best to shy from the sedentary lifestyle.

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6 Problems with Punctuation

Daily Writing Tips

Six categories of punctuation errors include missing, extraneous, misplaced, excessive, incorrect, and inconsistent punctuation. Each of the following sentences illustrate one of those errors in that order, accompanied by discussion and revision. One man jumped on a police car, leaving its front and rear windows smashed and the top dented in and other protesters sprayed graffiti on another law enforcement vehicle.

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The Productivityist Podcast: Good to Greatist with Derek Flanzraich


In this episode I speak with Derek Flanzraich, the founder/CEO of Greatist. We talk about the idea of planning, time chunking, and many other things that allow us to push our intentions forward (and allow him to embody the term “greatist”). This is definitely more of a conversation than an interview, as Derek and I exchange ideas and thoughts on making choices, being productive, and how we make sure we allocate attention to push our intentions forward.

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How to Ensure Your Business is Effective at Time Management

Small Business CEO

Time management can seem like the simplest organisational skill in the world to some people, yet others struggle with it. For businesses as a whole it is incredibly important that their time management is on point, in order for it to run as efficiently and effectively as possible. Good time management within a business comes from the top. If you run a start-up, small company or big business, then you’ll want to review and improve the time management of it.

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5 Ways to Combine Sentences

Daily Writing Tips

Writers and editors should be alert to opportunities to improve the flow of content by combining consecutive truncated sentences that refer to a single topic. Here are five approaches to folding one one sentence into a preceding related statement. A gray Cadillac hearse pulled into the ranch Saturday afternoon and left about 5 p.m. The hearse came from the Alpine Memorial Funeral Home.

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The Joy of Vocabulary Acquisition

Daily Writing Tips

As a word nerd, I find it pleasurable to discover words I had not heretofore known about. Being introduced to utilitarian technical and scientific terminology generally doesn’t do much for me, but almost invariably, stumbling on a word that is new to me brings a smile to my face. The most recent joyful addition to my word-hoard is anagnorisis , adopted into English from Greek by way of Latin.

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5 Faulty “Not Only. But Also” Sentences

Daily Writing Tips

Often, when a sentence expresses a point and a counterpoint with the phrases “not only” and “but also,” writers have difficulty constructing the sentence in the correct syntactical order. Each of the following sentences demonstrates various erroneous ways the “not only. but also” construction can be misused; discussions, followed by revisions, explain how to repair the damage. Moving to the cloud had not only improved security but had also reduced the risks they faced prior to implementation.

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Oppose and Opposed To

Daily Writing Tips

A reader questions the use of the preposition against to follow the verb oppose in this example from an entertainment site: [Madonna] wanted to be the only female voice of the band, and opposed against the introduction of another female vocalist. The reader asks, “Isn’t opposed enough?”. In this sentence, the meaning of opposed is “objected to” or “was against.” ” The transitive verb is sufficient: “She opposed the introduction of another female vocalist.”

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Trembler and Tremblor

Daily Writing Tips

A reader who has seen a common synonym for earthquake spelled more than one way asks, Your guidance, please. “Trembler” or “Tremblor”? Of the two, trembler is the acceptable choice. “Tremblor” is a misspelling that conflates English trembler with Spanish temblor. The word temblor entered English from American Spanish in 1876. The Spanish noun temblor derives from the verb temblar , “to tremble.”

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Lessons in Car Finance: Key Benefits of Taking Out a Chattel Mortgage Over a Car Loan

Small Business CEO

For business owners or managers that need to purchase vehicles to operate their business, paying for the asset upfront can have a huge impact on their financial resources. With second hand vehicle prices starting from $3000 and brand new vehicles starting from $14,000, the cost to purchase the vehicle (or several outright) might require the business to part with tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in funds.

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Customer Knowledge Leads to Targeted Marketing

Small Business CEO

The basics of marketing include having a memorable and distinctive brand, including your logo, colors, slogan, and so forth. But a successful marketing campaign requires more than just a great image or even a great product. photo credit: Emilio Kuffer / Flickr. The best that Madison Avenue can dream up for you is worthless if it doesn’t reach the people who are most likely to buy your product. That’s why targeted marketing is so important to your success.

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Can You Do Business From A Phablet? 4 Reasons To Choose A Mid-Size Device

Small Business CEO

A few years ago, we couldn’t have imagined the phablet as a device format. The device, which is somewhere between a smart phone and a tablet in size – hence the moniker – developed in response to the expanding functionality of the smartphone. Smartphones could do a lot, but the screens weren’t quite big enough. At the same time, tablets were larger than many people wanted to drag around.

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Content Marketing – Optimise your Article for Search Engines

Small Business CEO

Writing articles and posting them to your website can be extremely valuable to your business. Some of the benefits of content marketing include: It keeps your network and current customers informed of what’s happening. It engages new customers as news about your company is shared and liked on social channels. It creates an active and busy website which can lead to higher engagement and conversions from your visitors. it can improve your rankings on Google when done correctly.

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First Impressions Matter: The Importance of Effective Signage

Small Business CEO

When we first look at another person, commonly we will look at their face first. A person’s face is where emotion, mood and feeling is communicated, and can tell us a lot about a particular person. Signage is the face of your business. It’s where customers gain their initial impression, and decide if they want to buy your goods and/or services. To break it down, we’ve put together the top 5 reasons that indicate the importance of effective signage. Brand awareness.

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3 Tips for Opening Your First Store Location to Accompany an Online Business

Small Business CEO

Many businesses who started out as purely online business are now branching out and trying their hand at opening physical locations to accompany their already successful online business. However, just because you’ve found success online doesn’t mean that opening your first brick and mortar store is going to be a walk in the park for you. photo credit: Yahoo!

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