Sat.Feb 21, 2015 - Fri.Feb 27, 2015

7 Reasons successful people have mentors and you should too

Dumb Little Man

Does this sound familiar? You have a big dream. It’s what you were meant to do. It motivates you. It has you getting up early and staying up late. But none of your effort seems to make a dent. Even though you’re doing all you know to do, at the rate you’re going, you will never get where you want to be. Maybe you are called to be a great parent or spouse. Or, maybe you aspire to create a successful business that kicks money in your direction while you travel the world.

Cats Drive 15% of All Internet Traffic

Small Business Labs

Regular readers know we like pet trends. But I admit our coverage has been slanted towards dogs, mostly because I like dogs.    But cats are more popular with online audiences. In fact, according to Bloomberg's The Magazine Trying to Bring the Web's Cat Obsession Offline , cats drive almost 15 percent of all Web traffic.

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Understanding your boss

Practically Perfect PA

One of the best things about being a PA is the challenge of building relationships with each new boss you support. But it’s never easy – with each new boss comes new work styles, quirks, habits and expectations. This guide looks at how you can get on to your boss’ wavelength quickly and easily. Start by getting a one-on-one meeting booked in. At this meeting: Find out your boss’ priorities and goals. Get a sense of their personality (although this will become clearer over time).

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Follow-Up Is Simple – So Why Isn’t It Easy?

Office Organization Success

Doing a good job at follow-up is a piece of cake. You just capture every lead or potential referral partner you run across, then place a call or send them something, or both. If you don’t make a sale right away, you calendar them for the next follow-up and do the same thing again. Pretty straightforward, isn’t it? So why is follow-up such a problem? Here are the four most common reasons: 1. Prioritization.

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5 Secrets For Becoming More Productive

Dumb Little Man

Our lives are filled with stress. Spending long hours at work, in traffic, never having enough time to eat properly and then coming home exhausted to drop on the couch and turn on the television. This is the daily routine for a large percentage of the people on this planet. It sometimes feels as if there is not enough time to do anything. People want to accomplish many things, but the general perception is that there is a lack of time.

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Thursday from the Trenches Episode 9

Simple Productivity Blog

In this episode I talk about lapses to important things in my life, and how I countered this with habit stacking. The post Thursday from the Trenches Episode 9 appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog., or you can find me on Twitter ( @SmplProdBlog ) and Facebook ( ). Productivity

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Refuse to Hold Others Down No Matter Who Seems to Benefit

Virtual Moxie

My friend Shannon is a content strategist and fellow writer. The other day on Facebook, she posted this image, along with her thoughts about how people get what they pay for. click to enlarge). That’s one view, of course. And although that ad is for a writer, there''s no shortage of people who want the help of VAs, and all other sorts of knowledge workers, on the cheap.

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How to get rid of stress and anxiety in 10 minutes?

Dumb Little Man

I don’t know about you, but I see a lot of people, who have two daily companions – stress and anxiety. They wake up together, go to studies or work together, make decisions together and even try to relax and have fun together. Seriously, these bad emotions are taking our energy, health and happiness away. In this crazy world we are living now, we have find a way to get rid of these emotions. And great news, there is a way to do that!

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Ten Additional Things You Didn’t Know About Me

Simple Productivity Blog

I''m taking a writing vacation this week. Over the life of this blog, I have written two articles on the theme "10 Things You Don''t Know About Me." I thought I would toss a third into the bucket. The post Ten Additional Things You Didn’t Know About Me appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog., or you can find me on Twitter ( @SmplProdBlog ) and Facebook ( ). Out Of The Box

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How to Avoid Canned Responses to Interview Questions

On The Job

Job seekers often worry that if they practice responses to interview questions too much, they will come off as insincere, their answers having that "canned" quality. I think that''s partly true, but you also don''t want to use it as an excuse not to prepare for an interview. So how do you strike a happy medium so that you''re prepared for anything, but don''t sound like a robot? Here are some ideas: Think about the general questions most interviewers will ask. What are your strengths?

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The Backlash Against Sharing Economy Jobs

Small Business Labs

Over the past month or so there's been a crescendo of negative press on the sharing economy, with sharing economy jobs being the primary target. The negative press tends to focus on Uber, which has established itself as the company everyone - except Uber users - hates due to their rough and tumble business practices. Adding to the negative press is a growing litany of complaints by sharing economy "providers", which is the industry's term for their workers.

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3 Rarely Used Tricks for Feeling Happier In A Heartbeat

Dumb Little Man

Everybody has this moment every now and then. We feel like everything is just fine, going in the right direction, and we should feel happy. But there’s something missing… I experience this on a daily basis. And although for the last three years of my life I’ve been living the way most people could only imagine, I’ve felt this lacking almost every day. Sometimes you just want to feel the emotion of happiness more deeply. You want to embrace it completely and have that sense of fulfilment.

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2014 Best of

Simple Productivity Blog

I''m taking a writing vacation, so I thought I would share the top posts read on in 2014. The post 2014 Best of appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog., or you can find me on Twitter ( @SmplProdBlog ) and Facebook ( ). Getting Started Out Of The Box

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How to Organize Your Wallet

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2008-06-12 10:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter It may be small, but your wallet can be chock full of clutter. You don't want to be one of those people who holds up the line trying to find her preferred shopper card, do you? Or the guy with the unsightly rectangular growth on his backside (because we know it's not all money)? Of course not.    So, empty your wallet and let's see what's in there. Coupons :   Are they still good? 

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Do You Feel Lucky? You’d Better Be If You’re Using a Social Media Page as Your Business Website.

Tips From T. Marie

“You’ve got to ask yourself one question. Do I feel lucky?…Well …Well do you punk?”- Dirty Harry. I see it a lot these days. Businesses who are using a Facebook Page rather than their own website. I know it must seem like such a good choice, after all, we’ve all heard about the sheer numbers of people on social media sites right? So why not focus on a great Facebook page or active Instagram or Pinterest account? And by the way, those social media pages are free.

4 Factors that Will Determine Your Potential for Happiness

Dumb Little Man

The older we get, the greater the sense of urgency we feel to find ourselves “happy”. No matter how we define it, it is happiness that is the end all and be all of life. So, what I’ve learned as I wade into my fifties is, even though immediate and short term happiness has its place, there are 4 fundamental factors that will help to determine our potential for long term and meaningful happiness, which is the foundation on which we build whole and healthy lives.

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On Vacation

Simple Productivity Blog

On Fridays I normally pull the best of my blog readings to share with readers. I''m taking a writing vacation this week. Check back next week for more great links from across the web! The post On Vacation appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog., or you can find me on Twitter ( @SmplProdBlog ) and Facebook ( ). Blog Business expires

2015 132

Assistant Certifications, what’s the deal? A Free Webinar

Office Dynamics

Have you been curious about the various assistant certifications? In today’s competitive workplace, it’s easy to get lost in the crowd. Employers want admins with more than experience. They want true professionals—people who are committed to the administrative profession as a career choice, willing to invest in their own growth, and eager to go the extra mile to expand and prove their capability. How can you do that? Getting a professional Certification is one powerful way.

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How to Create Lead Magnets That Convert

The Solopreneur Life

E very online-marketing pro talks about the importance of growing your list. They’re right, of course. But if you’re a solopreneur who provides client-facing services, how do take your website traffic and turn it into new business? Specifically, how do you create lead magnets that yield high-value leads and ideal clients? Impact Branding and Design, an inbound-marketing agency, has faith in the power of lead magnets. Impact has 53(!) in the Learning Center on its website.

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9 simple steps to becoming an assassin

Dumb Little Man

There you are, sitting at your computer, cranking out a great report or blog post. Then suddenly it hits you, the dreaded distraction. Now you can’t seem to concentrate. That YouTube video of fighting ninja cats becomes more important than finishing your work. You fight to stay on course, but the struggle is just too much. Unfocused and scattered thoughts are perhaps the most annoying type of distraction. They pop into your mind without warning. Leaving low production in their wake.

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Ready to Take Your Startup to the Next Level? Consider Outsourcing These Services

The Small Business Blog

Outsourcing sometimes gets a bad reputation as it can conjure up images of workers being paid low wages while a company’s profits soar. While that certainly happens in some instances, outsourcing can also be a really savvy way for business owners to take their startup operations to the next level. Below you’ll find a list… Read the full article here: Ready to Take Your Startup to the Next Level? Consider Outsourcing These Services on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG.

2015 167

Give Your Clients Options

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. The abundance of available methods of delivering information and services these days means savvy customers and clients will demand options. Technology has evolved to serve people’s many preferences; and if you want to be effective (and successful), you must offer a variety of choices – in your marketing, in your products and services, and in your payment methods – to cater to those needs and be competitive. Here are a few tips to consider: Get rich. Is your website rich?

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How to Become Better at Delivering Feedback

On The Job

If you Google “performance review phrases” you will turn up more than 4 million sources offering advice such as how to deliver “good” feedback (the employee “is ready for any challenge”) to the “bad” review (the employee is “hostile to feedback or criticism.”) The reason that millions of these sites exist is because delivering criticism to any worker often feels like handling a rattlesnake – a manager is never sure that it’s not going to turn around and bite him or her at some point.

2015 133

4 Steps To Overcoming Your A.M Overwhelm

Dumb Little Man

This morning, I felt on edge. It ‘s just two days before I make the biggest move of my life and I’ve got so much to do. I’m facilitating my first online class for over thirty extraordinary individuals on overcoming imperfections and there’s also a book launch that I’m helping a friend with that will be released early next week. Oh, and there’s also the packing thing.

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How to Create Lead Magnets That Convert

The Solopreneur Life

Every online-marketing pro talks about the importance of growing your list. They’re right, of course. But if you’re a solopreneur who provides client-facing services, how do take your website traffic and turn it into new business?

2015 130

Five Obfuscating Business Verbs

Daily Writing Tips

I’ve just learned five new business verbs: onboard , level-set , operationalize , descope , and action-plan. One meaning of to onboard is “to train new employees.” The expression is so common that many professional sites actually use the labels Onboard and Onboarding in their menus to direct new employees to relevant information. Most of the time, the expression seems to refer to employee training, but it is also used with the meaning “to recruit supporters.”

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How Preparing For Vacation Can Lead To A Proactive Life


I’ve spent the last couple of weeks planning for an extended vacation with my family. This is the first time in over four years that we’re doing something this big (or extended) and it’s the first time I’ve taken any sort of vacation since starting to work for myself. It’s a bit nerve-wracking. But I need the time away and I need it to be restful, so I knew I had plenty to do beforehand that would allow me to really take the time off and enjoy the trip with my wife, children, and extended family.

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“Month of Love” Prize Winner Announcement

Office Dynamics

Thank you to all who entered our “Month of Love” contest this month by attending one of our Wednesday Webinars. Congratulations to our prize winners: 30 min private coaching session with Joan Burge: Jana Reffel. 2014 Conference On Demand: Lori Bules. Mastering Exceptional Self-Leadership On Demand: Tracey Hall. The post “Month of Love” Prize Winner Announcement appeared first on Office Dynamics. Uncategorized contest drawing prize winners

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Analysis of the Cloud Computing Market: Trends in 2015

Small Business CEO

According to Business Insider, the price war on cloud computing rages on. Described as “the race to zero” by some tech experts, the competition seems fierce in the coming year and the market continues to be a vicious battle ground for cloud service providers. Mark Mahaney of RBC Capital published a chart to show the changes between Oct 2013 to December 2014, and this trend shows no sign of stopping.

2015 81

Verb Review #8: Passive Voice

Daily Writing Tips

The way some writing coaches slam Passive Voice, one might imagine that its use constitutes a grammatical error. It doesn’t. In the context of grammar, Voice refers to the relation of the subject of a verb to the action of the verb. In English, there are two possibilities: 1. The subject performs the action. The action is performed upon the subject. Compare: A swarm of angry wasps attacked an unwary hiker.

2015 81

3 Ways To Break The Email Habit And Improve Mental Focus


I have a confession to make—I’m a bit of an email addict. As a self-employed freelance writer, checking email is directly connected to my work. My thoughts would scream, “Do I have another job to do? Is there an update on that project?” As a result, the first thing I would do every day is check my email. Then I’d check again twenty minutes later. And then follow up many more times during the day. Finally, I noticed things were actually getting worse.

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Shake It Up!

Office Dynamics

It’s time to shake things up. Okay, Monday Motivators, it is the last week of February 2015. What did you do last week that demonstrated you “living your life on purpose” ? Please comment at the blog to share.). This week I’d like you to really step out of your comfort zone—shake it up! What are some ways you can do that? Take on a new task or project. See what your manager is working on and ask that they delegate a piece of that project to you.

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Get Ready to Show Proof of Health Coverage in 2015

Small Business CEO

By now, you should know the law: As of last year, all Americans – both individuals and businesses – are required to carry health insurance coverage under the terms of the Affordable Health Care Act of 2010. If you don’t have at least the minimum amount of health coverage, you could face penalties on your 2014 tax bill. Because this is the first year that taxpayers have to provide proof of health coverage, many people are confused about what they actually have to do.

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Prepositions to Die With

Daily Writing Tips

A reader wonders about prepositions used with the verb to die : Just recently when a prominent politician passed away I saw and heard various reports that he had died – FROM cancer, WITH cancer, and OF cancer. Do you have a view on which may be better? Preposition use is one of the most rapidly changing aspects of traditional English usage. For example, many speakers now say, “excited for ” instead of “excited about ,” and “alerted of ” instead of “alerted to.”.

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Review – Mail Pilot 2 for iOS


Mail Pilot has been a popular email management application since it was released as a Kickstarter web application in September 2012. It is the brainchild of Alexander Obenauer and Joshua Miles who wanted to find a way of being able to reimagine how email is handled within our modern workflows and uses. It has evolved gradually since then and is now available on all of our Apple devices.

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You Are My Love

The Marq

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine You make me happy when skies are grey you never know, dear, how much I love you Please don’t take my sunshine away I''ve always loved this song and saw it for a love the author had for another, but saw out of his reach. It has such an earthy tone and quality to it. In the last year, as I''ve begun to learn to play the harmonica, this is one of the songs I gravitated towards.

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Suit or Jacket: How to Play it Right for Your Game Company Job Interview

Small Business CEO

Businesses in the tech industry in general, and in the gaming industry in particular, tend not to go by the same ideas as businesses in other industries. It’s well known, for instance, that casualwear rules at companies like Apple and Facebook. At companies that develop hit games, the complete absence of dress codes is the only code there is. Coders are known to arrive at work in the same unwashed pair of shorts and T-shirt for days.

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