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The road to strategic thinking

Practically Perfect PA

In today’s blog post I’ve adapted the presentation I gave at the Future Assistant Conference back in February. The title of the session was ‘The road to strategic thinking’ Over the last 7 years I’ve followed how the PA industry has changed, publications have come and gone, new thought leaders have stepped up…. How we […].

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The 3 Important Rules For Happiness You Should Be Following

Dumb Little Man

The sun is shining, your friends are over for a barbecue and the wine has mellowed your mood. With those things, it is not so hard to be happy. Unfortunately, the sun doesn’t shine every day, at least not in my place. And as your friends get families, they won’t have so much time for your barbecues anymore. And wine, well, it is both your best friend and your worst enemy. Those afterdays, remember? There must be better ways to be happy, right?

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Most Millennials Think Starting a Business is Risky

Small Business Labs

According to a report from the global financial giant UBS , 72% of Millennials say starting a business appeals to them. But at the same time, most say it's too risky to do. The chart below, which is from the same UBS report, shows most Millennials see starting a business as riskier than older cohorts do. This is a theme we've covered in the past in our article Risk Profiles of Freelancers Versus Non-Freelancers.

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Podcast 094: Know your end point

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ? Stitcher ? Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play. You can leave a review here! This is podcast 94 and it’s called “Know your end point.” ” First, I’ll share with you what we’re working on in my coaching group. In case you haven’t heard, I now offer group coaching for productivity, time management, prioritizing, procrastination and decluttering. There’s a different theme each month.

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20 career experts to follow on Twitter

Practically Perfect PA

Social Media is the place to start when you are thinking about boosting your career in 2018.There are loads of fantastic articles, advice and free training on all the different platforms. So, today, I thought I would share my top 20 career experts you should all be following on Twitter. Of course, there are loads […]. Career Development Social Media admin administrators assistants Career EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Twitter VA Industry

How to Successfully Get Back Together After A Break Up

Dumb Little Man

Karen felt hopeful when she and her ex-boyfriend initially got back together. After a stormy breakup and a painful month apart, they gradually began to communicate with one another. It was healing for her to be able to finally get all that was unsaid out into the open. For the first time in a very long while, Karen felt listened to. It also seemed that her boyfriend was open, honest, and that they were figuring things out.

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Americans Still Listen to the Radio and Listen A Lot

Small Business Labs

You might think with all the media options around today Americans wouldn't still be listening to the radio that much. If you did think that (we did), you'd be wrong. According to Nielsen - and as their chart below shows, "Each week, more Americans tune into AM/FM radio (93%) than watch television, or use smartphones, tablets or computers." "   Radio's massive reach extends to every adult age group.      Gen X has the largest reach with 80.5

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Assistant Resources: Your Excellency Limited

Practically Perfect PA

We are delighted to be welcoming Lindsay Taylor, Director of Your Excellency Limited to the Virtual Summit on 22nd June 2018. More details of her beneficial session will be shared soon. In the meantime, I asked Lindsay to introduce herself and share details of the learning and development Your Excellency provides to the PA and […]. Featured Sponsored posts Training admin assistants EA Education and Training Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

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7 Easy Ways To Spring Clean Your Health

Dumb Little Man

Spring isn’t just the best time to clean your home. To ensure that your body stays in great shape, you should also take it as a time to take a good look at your health. To help you get started, here are 7 ways to spring clean your health. Get Outside. Most Americans (as much as 50% of us) spend way too much time indoors. As we age, our outdoor time tends to decrease even more. A lot of that time is spent in front of TVs, computer screens, and other unhealthy activities.

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Samaschool's "The Future of Work is Independent" Report Series

Small Business Labs

Samaschool is a nonprofit focused on preparing low to moderate income job seekers to succeed as independent workers. Their flagship program is an 8 hour course on how to succeed as a freelancer.    They've recently released the first two of a three part series of white papers called The Future of Work is Independent. 

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Why Workplace Friendships Go Wrong -- and How to Deal With It

On The Job

Most of us develop friendships at work, but sometimes these relationships go off the rails. When that happens, it's often a slippery slope because having a disagreement with a friend at work can cause you professional problems, as well. Andrea Bonior, a licensed psychologist, offers some potential friendship pitfalls and how to deal with them in her book, "Friendship Fix." Among her tips: 1. Your friend is using something in your personal life against you at work.

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Top tips for a productive flight

Practically Perfect PA

With all the extra queuing involved these days, having to fly for business doesn’t always seem like the great adventure it once did. However, with a little preparation, the time you spend in the air can be some of the most productive of your working week. There can be a lot of standing around, waiting, […]. Core Skills Sponsored posts Travel admin administrators assistants business travel EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

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How to Get Out of Credit Card Debt Fast

Dumb Little Man

Credit cards come with a sense of power. There is nothing you cannot buy using that piece of plastic. With its power, however, comes the illusion that you can easily buy everything. Because of that, more and more people are finding themselves drowning in credit card bills. And the less they are able to pay those bills, the more their finances suffer. The average American household has a credit card debt of around $4,400 as of the first quarter of 2018.

Multigenerational Communication & Cross-mentorship

Office Dynamics

By Dana Buchanan. The professional world of administrative and executive assistants and support staff is an exceptional melting pot of backgrounds, experience, knowledge, gender, age, education and personalities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 there were 22 million administrative support occupation positions recorded in the United States alone! Worldwide the number rises to make the profession one of the largest groups ever!

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This is Why Your Co-Workers Don't Trust You

On The Job

We all have those people at work who we don't quite trust. Maybe we can cite specific reasons behind such feelings, or maybe we can't. But what if you heard from others that the person they don't trust is you? Would you be offended? Confused? Most of us don't want to think of ourselves as being untrustworthy. Not only can it hurt personally, but professionally it can cause problems.

2018 109

How To Become A Self-Employed Permanent Makeup Artist

The Small Business Blog

Ever contemplated permanent makeup artist as a career choice? Congratulations! You have just begun the journey towards being a specialist in the permanent cosmetics industry-an exciting and rewarding profession. And, for your information, did you know that you can become not only a permanent makeup artist but also a self-employed one? Yes, you can learn the trade and employ yourself! Are you a self-starter? Do you have a passion for the permanent makeup artist job?

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Best Art Hotels Around the World You Need to See

Dumb Little Man

If you’re an art enthusiast traveling and exploring the world, you don’t need to drag yourself through long queues and tons of people. Many hoteliers are now bringing fine art collections inside their lobbies. This means you can set your eyes on really awesome artworks with less stress. Here are nine of the best art hotels you need to include in your list: XVA Art Hotel, Dubai. Via xvahotel. The XVA Art Hotel in Dubai has 14 unique bedrooms and each one is a masterpiece.

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Personal Tune-Up

Office Dynamics

A Personal Tune-up for Peak Career Performance. If you’re feeling more energized than usual these days, that’s because it’s Spring. As humans, we’re hard-wired to feel the boost that comes with warmer temperatures and fresh, new beginnings everywhere! Even in the cities, there are blooming flowers and baby birds. Life bustles – and we can’t avoid responding. To me, Spring is a wonderful reminder that I am not just a “mind” that thinks and focuses on work.

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The Link Between Personal and Professional Productivity with Mark Lavercombe


It’s time for another podcast episode and this week, I am joined by Dr. Mark Lavercombe – a respiratory and sleep medicine physician from Melbourne, Australia. He is also a senior lecturer at The University of Melbourne and writes about productivity, clinical education, and leadership at The Productive Physician. We spoke about habits, mindset, deep work, and more in this episode. It was a great conversation that I’m sure you’ll get a lot out of.

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A Guide to In-Line Lists

Daily Writing Tips

This post describes how to organize in-line lists, those that occur within a sentence, as compared to vertical lists, those organized by setting the items on the list apart from each other, distinguished by numbers, letters, or other symbols, on consecutive lines. Vertical lists will be described in a separate post.). An in-line list may consist of a set of words, phrases, or clauses, or a combination of the three.

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Top Reasons to Take The King’s Cross Walking Tour

Dumb Little Man

King’s Cross used to be a grotty red-light district. Now, after a multi-million-pound regeneration project, the area is one of the coolest spots in the capital. It’s a destination in itself, with plenty of fun and exciting things to eat, see and do. While London is famed for its rich history, much of which is housed in its marble-floored museums, there has been plenty of work done over recent years.

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3 Methods Small Businesses are Using to Save Money

Small Business CEO

Bootstrapping a small business is difficult. Every penny that comes in and goes out needs to be properly managed to ensure your business stays afloat. The same money-saving savviness that business owners exhibit when they’re just opening their business seems to slowly fade over time. Every industry has their own tips to save money, but there are options for every business owner to reduce their expenditures.

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How I Added Flexibility and Freedom to My Weekends


“About those weekend daily themes, Mike…”. That’s what my wife interjected with as she drove me to the airport while I talked about plans for some weekends in the future. I was heading off to a speaking engagement for a few days. Once I got home, she’d be heading out of town for a few days. The weekends throughout the month were going to be out of the ordinary with only one of us would be home with the kids.

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Compounds Based on “Port”

Daily Writing Tips

This post lists and defines compound words in which the second element is the word port , derived from the Latin word portare , meaning “carry.”. Airport , carport , heliport , and seaport refer to locations where the vehicles and vessels implied by the respective prefixes embark and return (and remain between uses). To apport (literally, “carry to”) is to move or produce something through supernatural means, and an apport is something so moved.

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Cryptocurrency Trading for Beginners: How Can You Get Started?

Dumb Little Man

Cryptocurrency has been a hot topic lately and a lot of people are getting interested in cryptocurrency trading for beginners. Now, how do you even go about buying it? Much like stocks, many cryptocurrencies are also traded on exchanges. You input your preferred fiat currency and use that capital to buy, sell or trade various forms of cryptocurrency. You can either own a coin directly or you can trade in a contract for difference, owning a position with a broker.

2018 112

Building a Business Blog That Works for You

Small Business CEO

Creating a well-written business blog is one of the most inexpensive ways to promote and market your business establishment. A blog with great content can be a strong driving force behind a boosted web traffic on your business website. Too often, small business owners remain in the dark when it comes to the power of a blog. Don’t sell your creation short, and boost your business website with a creative blog design. Here are a few helpful tips towards building a business blog that works for you.

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Protecting Your Business’ Intellectual Property Around The World

Small Business CEO

Imagine setting up your business abroad, only to find six months later that somebody else is selling your product and you’re powerless to prevent it. Without protecting your intellectual property (IP) when trading overseas, a scenario like this could become a reality. Preventing others from being able to copy and sell your inventions, product designs and ideas, or use your trademark is fundamental to the success of your business.

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Why Your business Should Really Consider Operating Internationally

Small Business CEO

You have worked tremendously hard to start-up your business and elevate it to a level where you have built up a loyal consumer base as well as gained enough capital to make your next substantial investment. Before you distribute this capital on operations domestically, consider your current position. Can you gain more consumers? Are there more competitors than ever before? Are your products and services consistently selling well?

Dealing with Workplace Negativity: 6 Tips

Small Business CEO

In your office environment, what are the attitudes and behaviours of the people you manage? Does employee morale seem to be high or low? Do your employees seem happy, connected and passionate when they show up to work? These are questions to ask yourself, as an employer, when conducting health checks on your workplaces culture. How to Spot Workplace Negativity. Take a moment to do a quick assessment of your business.

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Amazing Places to Promote Your Blog or Website

Small Business CEO

About two billion users are currently on the Internet. The number of users turning to the Internet for buying goods or ordering services has increased significantly and the trends are accelerating. Some of those visitors may be your ideal customers. If you achieve even a tiny fraction of them, your business will be capable of working successfully. Marketing on the Internet is more affordable and effective with greater reach than traditional one as people spend more time in the virtual world.

Diversifying Your Assets with Real Estate

Small Business CEO

Diversifying your assets is very important in this day and age. With a diverse portfolio, one can ensure that their investments are not one-dimensional. This gives you some financial security since if one area of your investment fails it is not the end of the world, and your other investments can keep your financial situation afloat. One of the best ways to diversify your assets is to get into the real estate market.

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Ways Trucking Companies Can Prevent Large Trucking Accidents

Small Business CEO

According to the latest data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were 4,311 large trucks and buses involved in fatal accidents in 2015. This is an 8 percent year-over-year increase. There were 88,000 large trucks involved in injury crashes. Any collision with a large truck is a serious one for other drivers. Data reported by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows most fatalities in large trucks in 2016 were those in passenger vehicles, or 66 percent.

2018 46

5 Tips for Making Your Virtual Company a Success

Small Business CEO

It’s believed that virtual businesses will one day be the norm, whereas traditional brick-and-mortar enterprises will eventually fade in popularity. There are a lot of factors at play with this digital shift, but it mostly comes down to the desire of entrepreneurs wanting to take their business global — without the financial and time-management constraints of managing a fixed physical headquarters and/or storefront. Virtual storefronts, in particular, are fast becoming the norm.

2018 43

5 Business Practices that Can Transform Your Company

Small Business CEO

The most successful individuals in business, and in life, embrace change. After all, change is inevitable. Resisting innovation and new practices will eventually lead to obsoleteness, and no business can properly grow without constantly looking for ways to improve their operation. With that in mind, today we’re going to analyze five business practices that can transform any company.

2018 43

Workers’ Compensation in Arizona and Employee Rights

Small Business CEO

Like all states across the country, Arizona has workers’ compensation rights that protect employees in case they are injured on the job. Employers have a responsibility to cultivate a safe working environment, prevent accidents, and provide proper medical assistance to employees who are hurt while working.

2018 43

4 Vital Sections On Your New Business Website

Small Business CEO

Designing your new business website is exciting. Entrepreneurs now have a much more level playing field when it comes to business due to the vast social nature of the internet. Your business website is a valuable tool for success, and it must be properly designed for maximum effect. If you are not really sure where to start, take in a few foundational design aspects first. Here is a quick breakdown of a few of the most vital sections you should include on your new business website. Contact Us.

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Don’t Get Blocked: How to Create a Trustworthy Marketing Event

Small Business CEO

It’s game day. Picture yourself as a diehard Green Bay Packers fan. You’re heading to Lambeau Field to root on your favorite team against bitter rivals: the Chicago Bears. Thanks to heavy traffic and the stress of finding the right parking lot, it’s now only 20 minutes before kickoff, and you’re aching to get to your seat.

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