Sat.Jul 09, 2016 - Fri.Jul 15, 2016

Saying No As Much As Yes To Enjoy Life More

Dumb Little Man

Most of us, women in particular, have a hard time saying no. We don’t want to disappoint anyone, especially not the people we love. As a result, we end up putting everyone else’s needs ahead of our own. When put on the spot, we feel like we have to give an answer immediately. We get flustered and end up saying ‘yes’ when we really shouldn’t. This leads to us cancelling at the last moment and then having to deal with the inevitable guilt that follows. Saying ‘no’ isn’t easy.

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So the Big Questions happened…

Practically Perfect PA

I’m just back from a week in the UK where we held the first of our regional events in Edinburgh and Leeds. The PA Big Questions took place at The George in Edinburgh and Horizon in Leeds. I was really pleased that we had 50 assistants at the events, all there to discuss the issues that face assistants and the industry as a whole.

2016 136
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Pokemon Go and the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

Unless you've been living in a cave for the last week or so, you know about the Pokemon Go craze. In just 8 days it has become almost as widely used as Twitter and the most popular smartphone game ever. Not surprisingly, entrepreneurs are responding to this craze by offering a wide range of services to help Pokemon Go players capture and train their Pokemon. Almost overnight an entire mini-industry of gig workers supplying support to Pokemon Go players has sprung up.

2016 109

The Powerful Business Secret That Can Change Your Life

Tips From T. Marie

[ There will be an accompanying video for this post on the Clerical Advantage Facebook Page. When you look at your business to-do list what does the little voice in your head say? Does it go down through the list and point out the things that you can’t get done today? Are there excuses running through your thoughts as to why things can’t be done. Maybe you tell yourself you don’t have time. Maybe it’s the right software or equipment.

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4 Habits That Will Improve Your Focus And Destroy Procrastination

Dumb Little Man

Admit it. You’re frustrated. You’ve got this great new idea that you’ve been dying to work on, but your progress has been stop and go at best. Every time you sit down to work on it, something comes up. You just need to look this one thing up so you know how to do it. Then you’ll get to work. And how annoying is that fan blowing your hair around? You should go turn that off so you can actually focus.

2016 159

A business case for Assist Travel 2016

Practically Perfect PA

With just under two months to go until Assist Travel kicks off on Friday 9th September at The Grange Tower Bridge, London I am putting the final touches to the event. I must say I am really looking forward to the day. We have fantastic speakers and the programme is packed full of thought-provoking, relevant and informative content. We have great networking opportunities for all of the delegates and we are adding a few creative details to make the conference fun and engaging.

2016 109

Podcast 010: Where does it go?

Clutter Coach

In this episode, I’ll talk about how to put things away. Everything you own needs its own place to live in your home. Here are some highlights: I don’t know where this goes! How do I pick the best spot? Why do I need to put a label on it? Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube. This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways.

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3 Things You Need To Stop Doing To Live The Life Of Your Dreams

Dumb Little Man

Do you want to know how to live the life of your dreams ? One goal that nearly all people have in common is living a wonderful life. The word wonderful may be interpreted differently by each person, but still, it always has something to do with how you imagined you would live your life. Unfortunately, only a few amongst us will actually live the life they wanted for themselves. It’s not that other people don’t want to live the life of their dreams badly enough.

2016 159

4 Reasons You Should Get Out Of The Classroom

Office Dynamics

It’s time to get out of the classroom. I have been training assistants for more than 25 years. Most of my work is conducting onsite seminars for executive assistants and administrative professionals. I love onsite training because I really get to know the organization, their mission, goals and the people I will be teaching. Most of my classes are held in a training room or conference room at the organization’s offices. Some of them are beautiful; but many are plain and simple with 4 walls.

2016 109

Podcast 009: The 10 minute tidy up

Clutter Coach

In this episode, I’ll talk about how to stay on top of the clutter by doing a little tidying every day. Here are some highlights: What are the most important spots to tidy up? It’s only 10 minutes. Why do I have to schedule it? When’s the best time to fit this into my day? Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube. This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website.

2016 100

How to Ensure Collaborations Thrive

On The Job

Innovation and business strategy experts are urging more companies to collaborate with outside partners to stay competitive, but research shows the risk can be great if the contribution level isn’t carefully considered. While companies like Apple can thank outside collaborative partners for products such as the hugely successful iPhone, there are unfortunately many collaborative efforts that have failed.

15 Budget Worthy Smart Home Improvements

Dumb Little Man

Make affordable smart home improvements that will make your family feel safer. Giving our homes a makeover is often limited to a paint job, changing the drapes, or reupholstering the couch. But a facelift should not be reduced to a beautification project. Renovation should also be about making homes safer and smarter. Times have indeed become more dangerous, and home security is something all homeowners should take very seriously.

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6 Ways to Bring Your Lifetime Dreams to Fruition

Office Dynamics

Have you ever had a dream or desire to do something, go somewhere special, create something, or attain a material item or career move but held off making it a reality? I’m sure you have—whether it be to take your family on a special vacation, purchase a bigger home, attain a new position, or get that new fishing boat. I have had a dream for 25 years that I am finally making a reality in 2017.

2016 104

5 Ways to Make a Sentence More Concise

Daily Writing Tips

Expressing oneself clearly and concisely in speech is a challenge because one has so little time to order one’s thoughts and choose one’s wording carefully, but writing is easily improved with even the briefest review. Always read over what you have written (whether it’s a tweet or a book manuscript) before you distribute or publish it—not only to adhere to the mechanical basics of grammar, syntax, usage, and style but also to check for narrative flow and conciseness.

2016 63

The Productivityist Podcast: Avrum Nadigel

Productivityist

On this episode of the podcast I chat with Avrum Nadigel. He is an author and relationship therapist. He co-produces “It’s the anxiety, stupid!” – a podcast about relationship angst, and draws a comic about intimacy called “Ball and Change”. His new book, Learning to Commit (The Workbook): Becoming Your Best Self to Find Your Best Match, will be published by Self-Counsel Press in November 2016.

2016 50

Hope Is In The Air

Dumb Little Man

How does one find hope? Where does hope come from? My head? My heart? My faulty logic? Some survival strategy? I am not sure how hope manifests but I am sure that as I observe it, it becomes infectious, viral and creative. Can I just keep my dim eyes open and wait for hope to walk across my path or am I charged with some responsibility to seek the hopeful moments, situations and individuals who are occupying my small piece of the world? I do a bit of both — chase and wait.

2016 155

When Outsourcing Goes Wrong: What Not To Do

Small Business CEO

Outsourcing is undeniably a useful option for small and growing businesses. As the main operator at your business, you can’t possibly handle every task and role. You might be a one-man or one-woman show, but quickly you’ll realize that certain tasks are taking too much of your time without delivering the needed ROI. Enter outsourcing to solve all your business challenges. Outsourcing can be the best business decision you’ve ever made, or it can be the worst.

2016 61

When to Abbreviate, Etc.

Daily Writing Tips

When is it appropriate to abbreviate words? The answer to this question, as with many matters in writing, is not a simple one: It depends on type of content and the degree of the content’s formality. In technical publications and scholarly journals, abbreviation of statistical information or references to dimensions and durations abounds. Furthermore, the American Medical Association’s manual of style dictates that periods be omitted in many abbreviations.

2016 59

3 Cases of Complicated Parenthetical Punctuation

Daily Writing Tips

Inserting additional information into a sentence without careful consideration of sentence organization can create barriers to comprehension, especially when the parenthesis is complicated. Here are several sentences in which complex parenthetical phrases are not treated with care, followed by discussion and revision. Consumers have the right to speak out or complain, and to seek compensation—payment or a replacement item—or redress—have a wrong corrected.

2016 56

Adjectives Synonymous with “Best”

Daily Writing Tips

A recent post discussed nouns employed to refer to ultimate achievement. Here, you’ll find details about adjectives that describe something that is the best, highest, or most important. Cardinal is from the Latin term cardinalis , meaning “essential” or “principal.”

2016 55

Words Ending in -aire

Daily Writing Tips

A small class of English words derived from the Latin suffixes -arius / -aria / -arium , meaning “connected with” or “pertaining to,” can be identified by the French descendant -aire. Here is a summary of those terms as used in English. The primarily British English term commissionaire refers to someone who performs commissions. That word is used in the sense of “tasks.”)

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Writing Quiz #2: Job and Office Titles

Daily Writing Tips

Correct any capitalization errors in the following sentences. Faith Hope is Executive Director at the Charity Foundation. John Doe is the Roberta Roe Professor of Anthropology at Oxford. Former Vice President Al Gore is an author and an environmental activist. The evening’s highlight was a talk by Economist Adam Smith. The first lady will attend the event. Solutions. Original: Faith Hope is Executive Director at the Charity Foundation.

2016 49

Why Use VoIP for Your Small Business?

Small Business CEO

VoIP is an up and coming internet-based communication method. Often touted as a replacement for traditional land telephone lines, VoIP’s many features beyond traditional voice calls are making it the choice for many small businesses. What is VoIP? VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, is a technology developed to allow users to place voice and video telephone calls over IP networks.

2016 58

5 Unusual Business Funding Sources to Tap

Small Business CEO

When your back is against the wall and you find you need some significant cashflow, which you don’t have, for your business to make it in the next 30 days or so, often times conventional funding sources just aren’t an option. When the wolf’s at the door and/or you need money to launch/expand quickly, there’s simply no time to seek out bank loans, commercial mortgages, venture capitalists, angel funding, family loans, etc.

2016 58

How to Start a Blog for Your Small Business

Small Business CEO

Starting a blog for your business takes a slightly different approach than starting a personal blog. Your business blog can be a marketing vehicle, but rather than a constant sales pitch, it should be a source of credible information for your customers. Done right, it can showcase your brand and increase customer engagement. Business blogger. Establish Your Goals. Before you start blogging, establish your goals. What is it you hope to accomplish? Some common goals include: Increasing sales.

2016 57

Business And Marketing: Local, National and Global Considerations

Small Business CEO

When it comes to a topic as broad as business and marketing, it’s smart to approach the topic from several perspectives in order to achieve the maximum potential for success. One set of decisions that you’ll have to make thoughtfully include the ideas of local, national, and global reach. Because the internet, through various online means, connects the entire world, your reach is essentially unrestricted.

2016 56

Dan Anton: SEO CEO Birthed in the Fires of Iraq

Small Business CEO

The transition from employee to CEO is typically engineered out of mental necessity, protection of the ego; whether it’s being disrespected, unappreciated, underpaid, the gamut of reasons is extensive and certainly valid in the eyes of the employee, turned would-be CEO. What if you loved your current role, and never had plans on leaving? This was the mindset Dan Anton embodied when he, serendipitously was confronted with a decision to become a small business owner. source: DanAnton.com.

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3 Ways User Reviews Can Impact a Small Business’ Local SEO

Small Business CEO

Some 88% of online users read reviews to determine the quality of a local business. If your businesses’ customer reviews are not visible on Google and the other various online platforms relevant to marketing your business, that one glaring fact alone should be all the inspiration you need to get started – PRONTO!

2016 48

Compelling Benefits of Going for a New Launch Condo Instead of Old Property

Small Business CEO

As a business owner, you should always find ways to make money works for you. Investing in financial markets is great, but real estate remains one of the most reliable form of investment, especially in growing region like Singapore. With influx of entrepreneurs and expats who want to live and work in the city-state, demand on real estate – especially affordable ones – remains high. Now, buying a property requires plenty of considerations.

2016 48

How to Support Data-Driven Decision Making in Your Organization

Small Business CEO

Today’s IoT-driven landscape requires you to make data-driven decisions quicker than ever before. While companies have been collecting customer data for some decades, they’ve only recently realized that insights from big data can help them make predictions and identify trends that lead to long-term success. However, cultivating such a data-driven mindset is an obstacle for several organizations, particularly the ones that are just beginning to unlock and analyze the data accessible to them.

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