Sat.Apr 20, 2019 - Fri.Apr 26, 2019

15 Signs That Show Someone Is a Real, True Friend

Dumb Little Man

Friends are very important in our lives. If you have a true friend and find love in someone special, then you are one of the luckiest people in the world. Essentially, true friendship is an expression of a type of love. Whether you find friendship in a lover or someone you are just friends with, there may be a time when you question if this person is a true friend or not — and that’s ok. Even well-established relationships need reviewing once in a while.

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More Small Businesses Turning to Online Lenders for Financing

Small Business Labs

The Federal Reserve recently released its 2019 Small Business Credit Survey.    A key finding is the use of online lending sources by small businesses is rapidly expanding.    As the study chart below shows (click to enlarge), in 2018 32% of small businesses seeking credit applied to an online lender. This is up from just 19% in 2016.

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These are the tasks you should be doing instead of your Executive

Practically Perfect PA

The most important aspect of the Assistant role is saving our Executive time. It is their most valuable resource, and everything that we do should be geared up to protecting and nurturing their time. In this post, I want to share some advice that I gave a few years ago around some of the areas […]. Core Skills Featured Task Management admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Management Office manager PA Personal Assistant Tasks Virtual Assistant

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Admin Tip: How to Get Your Boss to Give You More Control

Eat Your Career

April is Admin Appreciation Month, so today I’m sharing some tips specifically for all of you hardworking admins. As a proud, former executive assistant, I know how challenging your role can be. One of the most common frustrations I hear from admins goes something like this: “How am I supposed to be a true partner for my executives when they are so hesitant to release control?”.

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The Most Overlooked Secret to Dealing with Life’s Problems

Dumb Little Man

How many times has life slapped you in the face with something unexpected? Well, most of us have experienced that a lot of time. We all have problems and they will never go away. They will just change form. At one point, you may be struggling with health and then money. And the next thing you know, you’re having problems with your relationships. That is both the curse and blessing of life. However, you don’t have to suffer because everything isn’t perfect in your life.

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GCUC 2019 - Coworking's Surge Continues

Small Business Labs

The 2019 U.S. version of the Global Coworking Unconference Conference Series (GCUC) happened last week in Denver. Over 500 attendees showed up to discuss the state of the coworking industry and learn from one another. It was clear from the discussions and presentations that the state of the coworking industry is excellent. The industry continues to grow at a rapid pace, niche and independent coworking spaces are thriving, and the big coworking chains continue to expand. 

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10 books to read to improve your public speaking

Practically Perfect PA

I write a lot on Practically Perfect PA about how Assistants should speak-up, have confidence and represent themselves and their Executives in meetings. This is often easier said than done, because, as we all know, speaking in public (whether that is in a session or a larger public setting) is hard. Most people don’t do […].

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10 Tips to Manage Your Time Effectively Under Pressure

Dumb Little Man

Do you ever feel the need to be more productive and organized in order to accomplish much more than what you are doing right now? Time management is one of the most important skills that you need to develop in life. With effective time management, you enable yourself to become more productive at achieving the goals and objectives assigned to you at work. You also get better in achieving the ones you assign to yourself in daily life.

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Free or Low-Cost ways to reward employees

Ian's Messy Desk

The post Free or Low-Cost ways to reward employees appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Everyone likes to be appreciated! This sounds like it should be common sense, but it doesn’t always translate to common sense. This is especially true in non-profit organizations. There is something of an assumption that using rewards to show employee appreciation costs money. And money is generally in short supply in a non-profit.

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The key hard skills to include on your EA CV

Practically Perfect PA

We all know that it is getting more challenging to get your CV past the recruitment algorithms that are employed to filter applications and we also know that in a crowded market we need our CV to stand out. My advice has always been to tailor your CV depending on the role, which you should […]. Career Development Featured Job Hunting admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Interviews Job hunting Office manager PA Personal Assistant

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Top 9 Communication Tips for Executive and Administrative Assistants

Office Dynamics

Establishing rapport is critical to attaining successful business and personal relationships. While everyone must competently use today’s information technology tools, too many of us are ignoring the proven importance and effectiveness of interpersonal communication skills. That is why we’ve put together a list of the top 9 communication tips for executive and administrative assistants that are pulled from our certification and designation course. Try being more specific in what you say.

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16 Simple Ways To Build Confidence From The Inside Out

Dumb Little Man

Imagine how different your life could be with a little more confidence. Would you finally approach that girl you’ve been eyeing? Would you go after that promotion you deserve? Could you get more out of life than you are right now? When it comes to confidence, most of us could use a boost. Think about how many opportunities you’ve missed out on as a result of not having enough. Your life could be in a much better place if you had more of it to back you up when you need it.

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Gartner says Half of All Job Postings Target Just 39 Roles

Small Business Labs

Gartner's Most Competitive Roles 2019 provides an interesting look at the jobs big companies are hiring for.    The key finding is there is a lot of demand for a relatively small number of critical jobs.    According to the report, "49% of all job postings by S&P 100 companies in 2018 were for just 39 roles. The remaining 51% were for 872 other roles." " The report chart below (click to enlarge) lists some of the high demand roles. 

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4 Ways to Handle Distracting Coworkers

On The Job

We all spend a lot of time at work, and some days it feels like a family get-together gone horribly wrong. You're tired of hearing about your colleague's bratty daughter. You don't want to be pulled into any more conversations about "Game of Thrones." You don't want to have 10-minute debate about the best font for email. But unlike bad family times where you can go to your bedroom and slam the door -- or at least get in your car and drive away -- you're stuck at work.

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Administrative Professionals Day 2019 – A Message from Dana

Office Dynamics

I recently received an email from Joan in her trademark professional encouraging style. I realize many of you received this email and maybe additional emails celebrating Administrative Professionals Day and our profession. Joan stated – Expand your mind; add to your skill set; challenge your thinking; look at your day in a new way; be a life-long student. You will amaze yourself! Who you are today is not all of what you are capable of becoming. Trust me.

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How To Prepare For Home Improvement Projects

Dumb Little Man

In 2016, a couple in Ohio made a startling discovery behind the ceiling of their basement. A suitcase stuffed with $23,000 in cash was hidden just beneath the surface. Though it was unclear who put it there or why, they used the funds to help pay off their mortgage. A few years later in 2018, construction workers in Georgia made another discovery hidden behind the walls of another building. Over one thousand human teeth lined the inside of the walls.

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Podcast 118: What to do when you’re overwhelmed

Clutter Coach

Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ? Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play You can leave a review here! This is podcast 118 and it’s about what to do when you’re overwhelmed. Sometimes, “just do it,” the subject of my previous podcast, isn’t going to work. There are days when stressful situations pile up to the point where you really can’t function, or you can see that you’re operating way below normal and really not getting anything done.

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Technology of the Week: Airtable

Practically Perfect PA

This week’s Technology of the Week: Airtable What is Airtable? Airtable takes the best aspects of spreadsheets and databases and puts them together. Using Airtable you can create visually appealing spreadsheets to calculate data, store information and make lists but also use it as a Customer Relationship Management tool, task tracker or project planner. What does […].

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15 Groovy, Awesome, Swell and Cool Words

Daily Writing Tips

What’s your favorite word of compliment or admiration? How do you express approval? These are important questions for each generation of young people, who want their vocabulary to distinguish them from previous generations. It’s not fool-proof: a slang expression of approval is often fashionable in one place or time but not another, and may even coming back into fashion later. A word that is fashionable in one school might be considered outdated in another.

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How Social Media Seriously Harms Your Mental Health

Dumb Little Man

Social media forms a major part in the lives of millions of people all over the world. It has become a platform that connects the whole world and we attribute many other wonderful benefits to it. However, despite all its advantages, social media still has ways of harming our mental health. Various studies have shown social media to be a leading cause of depression and all sorts of emotional trauma all over the world, among other negative effects.

Research Shows Why Young Workers Need to Take More Risks

On The Job

As the world's economy begins to slow, there is more talk that a recession is around the corner and economists predict it will hit in 2020. If you're a young worker, this news could impact you more than any other age group. That's because when a recession hits, it can affect young employees for a lifetime. A new study by the University of Hong Kong and the University of Michigan finds that those age 21-25 experience an unemployment rate twice as fast as those age 25-54 when a recession hits.

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Learn from the experts in TravelPerk’s webinar for Assistants and Admins

Practically Perfect PA

Being an Administrator or Assistant is a tough job—managing all your tasks (as well as your team’s), while you’re expected to do, fix, and know everything, AND be available at all times when needed! How does anyone do it? You might wonder. Well, unless you’re going to turn into a fully-fledged octopus, you’re going to […]. Core Skills Featured Sponsored posts Travel admin administrators assistants business travel EA Executive Assistant PA Personal Assistant TravelPerk Virtual Assistant

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The Sound of Sixty Seconds


During the workshops and talks I deliver I’ll often ask the attendees (or audience) to do absolutely nothing for an entire minute. I time that minute and to this day I still get fidgety at around the forty second mark. Sixty seconds is both a short and long time. Many moments can happen during that minute. One way to identify them is to take note of every sound you hear over the sixty seconds.

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How to Be Adaptable in 11 Simple Steps

Dumb Little Man

Whether it involves your work, family, relationships or life in general, changes are bound to happen. And to be able to live with those changes, you need to be adaptable. You need to be able to face the changes head on and accept them for what they are. If you are having a really hard time making the necessary adjustments, below are some tips on how to be adaptable you can totally try. Stop whining. What do you do when something terrible happens?

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How To Better Strategize For Your Small Business

Small Business CEO

Starting a small business isn’t easy, but can be made less confusing with the right strategy in place for success. Below are a few simple ways you can properly plan for the growth of your business and avoid common issues that might arise with ineffective strategizing. Be Organized. Begin strategizing for your small business by first getting organized, whether that be with your physical space and office setting or simply with the way you function throughout the day.

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APW 2019 - Tuesday

Audacious Admin

For Administrative Professionals Week 2019, I'm digging up some of my favorite Admin related articles. The following was written by Carol Kleiman and was published September 7, 1992 in The Chicago Tribune.

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Episode 241: What Sports Can Teach Us About Greatness with Don Yaeger


On today’s episode, I spent time with Don Yaeger. Don is an award-winning keynote speaker, business leadership coach, eleven-time New York Times best-selling author, and longtime Associate Editor for Sports Illustrated. He has fashioned a career as one of America’s most provocative thought leaders. As a speaker, he has worked with audiences as diverse as Fortune 500 companies and cancer survivor groups, where he shares his personal story. This episode is brought to you by TextExpander.

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7 Simple Exercises For Improving Your Posture

Dumb Little Man

Your posture can affect not only how you hold yourself but your overall health as well. It helps prevent injuries as you work out and allows you to have better balance. It results in a greater range of motion and reduces chronic pain, too. If the way you’re holding yourself isn’t quite how you want it to be, here are seven exercises to improve your posture. Doorway Stretch.

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Branding Made Easier with Instagram

Small Business CEO

Branding is an essential part of establishing and maintaining the identity of your company. Choosing a business name, creating a logo, manipulating a color palette, and fine-tuning your mission statement will all go a long way in making your company easily identifiable by your consumers. But there is more to branding than simple and singular decisions.

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How to Write a Winning Graduate School Resumé

Dumb Little Man

When you want to take your studies to the next level, there’s no better place to head to than grad school. The best and brightest from around the world will be put through their paces and come out with a qualification that sets them up for a great career. So, how do you join them? As well as knowing your subject, you need a great resumé. It’s the foot in the door that every bright student needs. Take a look at the following hints and tips on how to write a graduate school resume.

2019 153

How to Keep Business Data Secure When Transitioning to a New Office?

Dumb Little Man

Moving to a new office is not easy. More so, you have to ensure that none of the office hardware gets damaged. Additionally, the responsibility to keep the data secure is also on your shoulders. People can secure devices and things, but they often ignore the security of the data. It is indispensable to take necessary measures to protect your business data as well. In this information era, any data leak can be detrimental to your business.

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Tor vs VPN – What is Your Preference?

Dumb Little Man

No one can expect to be 100% secure online where internet freedom is becoming scarce, and cyber attacks are lurking in every direction. It is important to seek the right tools to protect your online security and not live in a fool’s paradise. Keeping that in mind, users globally are suffering at the hands of geo-restrictions and are not able to surf the web freely. Multiple victims and organizations are suffering because of government espionage.

2019 143

What Happens If You Delete A Paid App On Your Iphone or Ipad?

Dumb Little Man

At times, you may download a new paid application to your iPhone or iPad. You try to make it work, but it just doesn’t function like you hoped it would. What happens if you delete paid apps on iPhone or iPad? How To Restore a Paid Application. People make mistakes. That is a fact of life. When you toggle around your electronic device, you might hit the wrong button, key or open the wrong screen. You might accidentally delete a paid app on your iPhone or iPad.

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8 Tips for Starting a Home Staging Business

Small Business CEO

The benefits of staging a home when trying to sell it are clear. According to the 2018 HSR Survey , which studied 4200+ homes, 85% of the staged homes sold for 6-25% more than unstaged homes. The real estate market has long been aware of the power of staging, but now, there’s statistical data to back up this theory. That’s why now is one of the best times to become a home stager. If you love decorating and see every room as a canvas, then that’s why you’re here.

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How to Keep Your Business Safe From Cyberthreats

Small Business CEO

If you think your company is too small to be vulnerable to cybercrime, think again. It’s not just big companies like Target and Experian that face cyberthreats to information security and assets. Companies of all sizes are vulnerable. But, unlike Target and Experian, your small business likely doesn’t have the resources to recover from a data breach or other cybercrime. Sixty percent of small businesses that suffer a cyberattack are forced to close their doors within six months as a result.

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Agio Knows the Who, What, Why, and How of Hedge Fund Cybersecurity

Small Business CEO

Cyber threats are said to be the most critical issue in today’s open world. It is great to have access to the internet and information, but along with that comes increased risk of break-ins and lost identity. When criminals hit financial entities, such as hedge funds, the results can be devastating for their clients and business. Not all losses can be measured in dollars and cents; some are documents or confidential information.

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