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40 PowerPoint hacks for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

Here is the next blog post in my series of tech hacks for assistants. Yup, we are looking at PowerPoint today. I LOVE PowerPoint. There are so many wonderful things you can do with PowerPoint and the software really does allow you to be incredibly creative. As most of you will be asked to put together a slide deck for your Executives it is important that you are pretty confident on PowerPoint – hopefully these hacks will help.

3 Simple and Low Cost Marketing Ideas to Create Visibility

Office Organization Success

When it comes to building your list, it is not a one-and-done activity. Marketing your business is one of the biggest challenges for any solopreneur – it’s a task we all find quite daunting, and are simply overwhelmed by all the information that’s available. However, list building is something that should be happening year-round in your business via a mix of online and offline marketing strategies.

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You're Not Mother of the Universe

Virtual Moxie

Two weeks ago, I answered a question Anastasia posed about charging for "rush" work. As a follow-up to my response, she sent me this: "The situation I found myself in is when a new potential client contacted me and she turned out to be a really nice lady who was working with someone else and it didn't work out and she needed someone urgently to help her (with a potential for a long term relationship). .

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The On-Demand Economy Coming to Many Professions

Small Business Labs

Work intermediation platform expert Andrew Karpie has a series he calls the WIP of the week.    Regular readers know Small Business Labs is G Rated, so no worries - Andrew's articles are not on that kind of whip.

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Three reasons why food should be part of every business and team meeting

Practically Perfect PA

Has anyone ever been happy about a mandatory meeting at work? Many people feel that they are not productive at all and that meetings are in fact keeping them from doing their actual work. They might even seem obsolete in times of digital communication. Nevertheless, they probably won’t be disposed of altogether, but luckily there are ways to make them worth your time. You can even turn them into greatly anticipated events by including something everybody loves: delicious food!

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There’s Beauty In A Healthy Heart

Office Dynamics

“You’re heart looks beautiful. The valves look great and everything is functioning exactly as it should.” ” These were the magnificent words I heard from my cardiologist on February 3, 2016 when I had gone for my 5 month follow-up visit after having open heart surgery August 14, 2015. Yes, I said open heart surgery! This was necessary surgery to repair a Mitral Valve Prolapse that had worsened.

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3 Keys to Getting a Job When You're Overqualified

On The Job

When you're out of work, it's tempting to apply for anything just to be able to get a job and pay your bills. But when you apply for jobs where employers believe you are overqualified, you greatly diminish your chances of getting a call for an interview. The reason is because the employer looks at your experience and job titles and says, "Whoa. I can't begin to pay this person what she was making in those other jobs. This person must be desperate, and will leave when a better job comes along."

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Why Your Home Office May Not Be as Secure as You Think It Is

Productivity Bits

Even if you’ve never had thieves break into your home, you probably know someone who has experienced this. And now that we can take our computers to the coffee shop or the library or elsewhere and access the internet, you don’t even need to have thieves break into your home. Imagine if someone stole your computer. What would you lose?

Is it the Gig, Sharing, Access, 1099, Freelance or On-Demand Economy?

Small Business Labs

KQED's The Movement to Kill the Phrase ‘Sharing Economy’ points out an issue that has many perplexed, including us. This is what do we call what continues to be commonly called the  "sharing economy""? As the article points out, there's broad agreement that most of the sharing economy companies - Uber, Airbnb, etc. have nothing to do with sharing. 

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HR How-To: Tips to Handle Common Workplace Controversies

Office Dynamics

Whether you’re teacher or an HR Manager, you will encounter high-tension moments in the workplace that require deescalation skills. It is important to know how to effectively handle controversy so that the work environment can remain pleasant and productive.

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Decision Making: Brain vs. Gut

Clutter Coach

by Yesterday I wrote about the value of writing it all down when. you’re trying to figure out what to do first. This technique works for other. kinds of decision making too. If you have a big decision to make that you can give. a yes or no answer to, you can make a list of the pros and cons. Examples are: Should. I take this job? Should I buy that particular car? Should I move? The interesting thing about this method is that even if your.

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Project Puts Productivity Tips to the Test

On The Job

There is a lot of advice these days about how to be more productive , such as getting up earlier to start your day, meditating, cutting out sweets and caffeine and dumping your smartphone. But do any of these strategies really work? Chris Bailey decided to find out. After graduating from college and receiving two full-time job offers, he instead opted to spend a year trying out various productivity advice to see what worked. His conclusion: Much of the productivity advice out there is bunk. “I

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10 Types of Apostrophe Errors You Should Avoid

Daily Writing Tips

Even considering how many ways the apostrophe can be employed, erroneous use of punctuation mark is endemic. Here are brief discussions of ten categories of apostrophe abuse (including one writers and editors must let stand, even though it may pain them to do so). With Plurals. Writing the plural form of a noun in which an apostrophe precedes the plural s , such as when taxi’s is written instead if taxis , is a common error.

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The Productivityist Podcast: ADHD Productivity with Ryan McRae

Productivityist

This week I speak with Ryan McRae, better known as The ADHD Nerd. We talk about how ADHD has affected his productivity, what time management tips he recommends to those who have ADHD, and how anyone should combat the perils of procrastination. Relevant Links. The ADHD NERD. World Domination Summit. Workflowing #11: An Unfocused Look at Focus | 5by5. You’ve Just Been Diagnosed With ADHD. Now what? | The ADHD NERD. The Ultimate ADHD Guide to Time Management | Medium.

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How to be messy and organized

Clutter Coach

by How to be messy and organized. At the same time. A contrarian view, perhaps. Organizers get sick of having to inform people that being organized and being tidy do not necessarily co-exist. The organized part refers to an underlying system that helps you function. It can be more or less detailed, depending on how much effort you’re willing to put in and what kind of results you need. The tidy part is about looks. It’s also about how an environment feels to you.

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How To Save Your Startup – One Toilet Paper Roll At A Time

Brilliantly Better

Two years ago I started a business called Connect Hub. It’s a coworking and event venue, functioning as a business accelerator for freelancers and entrepreneurs. If you read my blog constantly, you already know abut it, but if you’re here… The post How To Save Your Startup – One Toilet Paper Roll At A Time appeared first on Dragos Roua. Business Productivity and Effectiveness

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5 Types of Phrasal Adjectives That Require Hyphens

Daily Writing Tips

Hyphens, for the most part, have been relieved of their duty to connect prefixes to root words (though many people persist in unnecessarily hyphenating such terms as nonprofit ). The primary function of the hyphen now is to indicate the interdependence of words that modify a noun, and many writers remain confused about or ignorant of their application in phrasal adjectives. The following sentences illustrate the types of errors that often occur.

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Why I Stopped Doing GTD: Part 2

Productivityist

This is a piece that was originally published in The Productivityist Weekly newsletter. I wanted to share it with you on the blog as well to explain why Productivityist no longer writes or focuses on the GTD methodology. If you would like more updates, Click here and you’ll get it delivered to your inbox every week. In my previous post , I began a three-part series on why I’ve left GTD – David Allen’s popular Getting Things Done methodology – behind.

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Don't Put Off Shredding

Clutter Coach

by Here's chapter three of my new book. Every Wednesday there's a new chapter. You can read them here, or buy the ebook here. Simple Way #3. Shred. Almost every day you get mail. that’s got sensitive information in it that should be shredded. Don’t. stack it up somewhere to shred later! Shred. it right away. Otherwise, you end up with a shopping bag full. and the idea of sitting next to the shredder for an hour is not very.

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Setting Up A Meeting With Your Future Self

Brilliantly Better

Did you ever sifted through your high school photos? Only to feel the goosebumps when you saw your image as it was twenty years ago? I’m sure you did. We all did this. But what we didn’t do is to… The post Setting Up A Meeting With Your Future Self appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development Relationships & Society

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Accost, Assail, Assault, and Attack

Daily Writing Tips

The other day I noticed what I view as a nonstandard use of the verb accost in a news article about a man who “accosted” his wife when he returned home from prison. Because the woman received bruises in the incident, accost seems to me to be the wrong word. The literal meaning of accost is “to travel along the coast.” The verb was used to describe the practice of drawing up alongside an enemy coast or ship with the intent to invade or to board.

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Why I Stopped Doing GTD: Part 2

Productivityist

This is a piece that was originally published in The Productivityist Weekly newsletter. I wanted to share it with you on the blog as well to explain why Productivityist no longer writes or focuses on the GTD methodology. If you would like more updates, Click here and you’ll get it delivered to your inbox every week. In my previous post , I began a three-part series on why I’ve left GTD – David Allen’s popular Getting Things Done methodology – behind.

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A Blackberry is Just a Tool

Clutter Coach

by Having information is not the same as knowing what to do with it. Sometimes more is just … more. Will a Blackberry make you better at your job? Are you sure about that? In an interview with CIO Insight magazine, David Allen said, " If you are unproductive to begin with, technology will add something else you are unproductive about." " Having great tools is wonderful, but they don’t automatically bestow the skills needed to use them.

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Why I Stopped Doing GTD: Part 2

Productivityist

This is a piece that was originally published in The Productivityist Weekly newsletter. I wanted to share it with you on the blog as well to explain why Productivityist no longer writes or focuses on the GTD methodology. If you would like more updates, Click here and you’ll get it delivered to your inbox every week. In my previous post , I began a three-part series on why I’ve left GTD – David Allen’s popular Getting Things Done methodology – behind.

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3 Types of Capitalization Errors in Styling Quotations

Daily Writing Tips

Confusion sometimes ensues when writers are deciding whether a quotation merits capitalization. Here are three ways capitalization errors can result. As someone once told me, “successful companies have multiple founding moments.”. Occasionally, a writer will not capitalize the first word of a complete quoted statement preceded by an attribution, perhaps because of the assumption that the quotation, as part of a larger sentence, is not grammatically complete.

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Compounds with “Heart”

Daily Writing Tips

Heart appears as the first element in a couple dozen compounds, but the nouns are divided between open compounds (like “heart attack”) and closed compounds (as in the case of heartache ), and a couple of adjectives are hyphenated (as with heart-healthy ). Is there any method to the madness for these differing styles? Generally, terms associated literally with the central component of the circulatory system are closed compounds, while those with figurative meanings are open.

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“Locution” and Etymologically Related Terms About Speech

Daily Writing Tips

Locution , meaning “style of speech” (in the sense of the art of speaking), stems from the Latin word loqui , meaning “to speak.” Here are the other words in English based on the Latin term, and their meanings. A colloquy (literally, “speaking together”) is a conversation or a conference; the related term colloquium refers to a formal meeting consisting of one or more addresses by experts followed by a question-and-answer session.

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Liquid and Other Types of Lunch

Daily Writing Tips

Until recently, I’d assumed that lunch was a clipping of luncheon. Come to find out, the words originated separately. According to the OED, luncheon is of uncertain origin, but lunch is thought to have come from Spanish lonja , “a slice.” Both luncheon and lunch first referred to a thick piece of something, such as “a hunk of bread.” In time, both words came to mean “a light repast between mealtimes.”.

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Why Theming My Days has Made Me a Better Dad

Productivityist

One of the reasons I do what I do is to have the freedom to spend more time with my kids. I work from home, so I either say goodbye to them as they leave for school or I walk with them to school. On three days of the week when they come home, I’m the only parent there as my wife works on those days. Before establishing my rule of ending my workday at 2:30 pm on those days, I’d let them do their thing when they got home while I did mine.

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Why Theming My Days has Made Me a Better Dad

Productivityist

One of the reasons I do what I do is to have the freedom to spend more time with my kids. I work from home, so I either say goodbye to them as they leave for school or I walk with them to school. On three days of the week when they come home, I’m the only parent there as my wife works on those days. Before establishing my rule of ending my workday at 2:30 pm on those days, I’d let them do their thing when they got home while I did mine.

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Why Theming My Days has Made Me a Better Dad

Productivityist

One of the reasons I do what I do is to have the freedom to spend more time with my kids. I work from home, so I either say goodbye to them as they leave for school or I walk with them to school. On three days of the week when they come home, I’m the only parent there as my wife works on those days. Before establishing my rule of ending my workday at 2:30 pm on those days, I’d let them do their thing when they got home while I did mine.

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The Productivityist Podcast: ADHD Productivity with Ryan McRae

Productivityist

This week I speak with Ryan McRae, better known as The ADHD Nerd. We talk about how ADHD has affected his productivity, what time management tips he recommends to those who have ADHD, and how anyone should combat the perils of procrastination. Relevant Links. The ADHD NERD. World Domination Summit. Workflowing #11: An Unfocused Look at Focus | 5by5. You’ve Just Been Diagnosed With ADHD. Now what? | The ADHD NERD. The Ultimate ADHD Guide to Time Management | Medium.

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The Productivityist Podcast: ADHD Productivity with Ryan McRae

Productivityist

This week I speak with Ryan McRae, better known as The ADHD Nerd. We talk about how ADHD has affected his productivity, what time management tips he recommends to those who have ADHD, and how anyone should combat the perils of procrastination. Relevant Links. The ADHD NERD. World Domination Summit. Workflowing #11: An Unfocused Look at Focus | 5by5. You’ve Just Been Diagnosed With ADHD. Now what? | The ADHD NERD. The Ultimate ADHD Guide to Time Management | Medium.

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Why I Procrastinate

Clutter Coach

by Why do I procrastinate? Yes, I do it too! I distinguish between taking personal time and actual procrastination (which is an essential skill for solopreneurs), but procrastination does happen. When I'm procrastinating it's usually because I think I won't do a good job or I think I'll outright fail at something. So, it's fear, mostly.

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Power Napping for Productivity

Clutter Coach

by I love reading articles about the benefits of napping and its increased acceptance as a productivity tool. It helps me feel less guilty when I take a nap (napping is not slacking!). My mom is a champion napper. When I was in high school, I’d come home and tell her about my day, then she’d settle herself in the big living room armchair for a nap. She’d say, “Honey, wake me up in 15 minutes, would you?”

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