2018

New ProAssisting coming in May 2018!

ProAssisting Blog

Please note that we have closed our training to new membership as we prepare to re-launch our company in May of 2018. Please come back then or enjoy our content from our blog posts below. We have been so thrilled to train so many assistants for the last 9 years and can’t wait for the next chapter. All our best, Stephanie and Ethan

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Why Independent Work and Coworking Increase Mental and Physical Well-Being

Small Business Labs

McKinsey's  The overlooked essentials of employee well-being focuses on how companies can improve the well-being of their employees. But it also explains why the self-employed - and especially those that work in coworking spaces - report higher levels of wellness and work satisfaction than traditional employees do. It covers two critical factors - job control and social support - that foster physical and mental well-being.

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Kick start your motivation

Practically Perfect PA

A few years ago I was working as an EA in a large insurance firm. I’d been there a few years, I know the job inside out, I liked my colleagues and the work was okay. I would go into work every day, do my thing and leave at 5.30pm without a backwards glance. Good […]. Career Development Featured administrators assistants Career EA Executive Assistant motivation Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

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7 Tips for Administrative and Executive Assistants

Office Dynamics

Being an Administrative or Executive Assistant is not always a walk in the park. There is always a fire to be put out, there is the juggling of 9,000 different tasks, and sometimes you are an assistant to more than one executive or manager. Simply put, not everyone can handle the position of Administrative or Executive Assistant. With that said, there are tips and tricks out there that are being used by assistants to make life a little less hectic.

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‘Icarus Six Sixty Six’ VR Music Video Is A Heavy Metal Masterpiece

On The Job

Take a thrilling journey through a dangerous cosmos in an adventure set to a soundtrack from the musical mastermind behind Adult Swim’s Dethklok. Titmouse is one of those companies that seems genuinely committed to breaking the status quo in every project they produce. Whether it be television, film or games, the popular animation studio injects a unique flair into everything they touch, resulting in some of the most creative and memorable pieces of animated content in recent years.

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5 Tips to Help You Make a Winning First Impression

Eat Your Career

As the saying goes, a first impression is a lasting impression. Those precious first few moments of interaction with a new contact can have a major impact on how that person sees you for the entirety of your relationship. A bad first impression can be difficult (and sometimes impossible) to overcome, while a good one can help you stand out in a positive and memorable way.

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How Can a Green Lifestyle Lead to a More Successful You?

Eco-Office Gals

Going green is a real way of life. Although you can go about introducing eco-friendliness into your daily life, the only way to fully go green is to embrace it with open arms. Becoming kind to both the environment and the people around you is a good way to get a head-start. Sometimes, it is the smallest changes that can end up having the biggest difference, but how can going green help you become happier, more confident and more successful? Increased Confidence.

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Podcast 101: Stop acquiring

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ? Stitcher ? Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play. You can leave a review here! This is podcast 101 and it’s called stop acquiring. Last time I talked about completion, that is, including time to put away whatever you just brought home or got in the mail or used for some purpose or that’s out because someone else didn’t put it away. Sure, blame someone else. It stands to reason that the more stuff you have, the more completion you need to do.

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On to the next task.

Laughing all the Way to Work

The way I work is to get things off my plate as soon as possible and move on to the next task. The problem is it is now filed in the back burner of my mind. It is still hovering in the background somewhere, but I've completed the work, done whatever I had to do with it and diarized whatever needed to be diarized and moved on until I need to know it again. My boss may come out a month or so later and ask me questions about it and sometimes my mind draws a blank.

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5 surprising ways clutter in your home hinders your productivity (and what to do about it)

Productivity Bits

Think your productivity could do with some improvement? You’re certainly not alone. There are a huge number of people looking for ways to increase their productivity every day, but very few of them think to look to their home as a way to do it. Clutter can be a serious hindrance on your efforts at work – and here’s how. Messy home, messy mind There is a saying that anyone who can live or work in a messy environment must have a messy head themselves. This often rings true.

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Before You Get Booked as a Guest, be Ready to Say “Yes!”

Stephanie LH Calahan

One of the best ways to attract amazing clients and customers for your business is to powerfully demonstrate your knowledge, expertise and problem-solving abilities. Being a guest expert on podcasts, radio shows, and web shows is a great way to do that. Are you ready to say “Yes!”

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Coworking is Disruptive Innovation

Small Business Labs

The term disruptive innovation was coined by Harvard professor Clayton Christensen and popularized by his classic 1997 book  The Innovator’s Dilemma. According to Christensen : Disruptive innovation describes a process by which a product or service takes root initially in simple applications at the bottom of a market and then relentlessly moves up market, eventually displacing established competitors. The Christensen Institute adds that a disruptive innovation.

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Network like a CEO

Practically Perfect PA

It goes without saying that networking is essential for your career development. For a whole load of reasons, that I’m not going to write about in this blog, because we have lots of other blogs that talk about the benefit. So what am I going to write about today? Well, if we know networking is […]. Career Development Networking admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Networking tips Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

Office Dynamics Top 10 Blogs For Administrative Professionals

Office Dynamics

Last week Office Dynamics sent an email to all of our subscribers saying, “Thank you,” and we also provided the Office Dynamics Top 10 Blogs For Administrative Professionals. We would like to make that message available to our social media and blog followers as well because you are part of this great family we have. Enjoy and once again, THANK YOU! Office Dynamics International has and always will be focused on YOU.

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3 Steps to Take When You No Longer Like Your Job

On The Job

Sometimes you accept a job and are really excited about it. But as you spend more time in that job, you start to lose some of that enthusiasm. Before long, you feel stuck. It can be difficult to finally admit to yourself that you're not happy with a job you thought was a good fit. You feel a bit guilty because you know about the time and effort the employer has put into hiring and training you.

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How To Bring More Love Into Your Work

Eat Your Career

Love isn’t something most of us think about at work. We’re professionals after all. But, with Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. You see, love doesn’t have to be about romance. I actually believe the essence of love is much more profound than that. I also believe we can bring the spirit of love with us everywhere we go, including to the workplace—and when we do, I believe we have the power to change our experience of work.

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Even More Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint in the Office

Eco-Office Gals

Climate change is becoming an increasingly real subject for businesses and consumers across the globe. As a way to combat or prolong the issue, many organizations have opted to go green by creating more eco-friendly working environments. Not only does reducing their carbon footprint helps the environment, but it also helps business. Companies who are environmentally-conscious save money and improve their brand reputation amongst consumers.

Yes, You Need a Website. Here’s 7 Reasons Why.

Tips From T. Marie

Look, I get it. I know that starting and running a business means a constant evaluation of what to spend money on. Maybe that’s why so many new business owners ask, “Do I need a website?” The answer is, “Yes.” Not maybe, not it depends, it’s just a simple, “Yes, you need a website.”. Period. Those same new business owners are inevitably going to follow up with a big, old, “Why?”. Here’s why you need a website: Your Clients/Customers Expect It.

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Podcast 109: Delegating

Clutter Coach

by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play You can leave a review here! Hi, gang! It’s almost the end of the year. I’ve been doing this podcast for two and a half years now. When I look at my stats I see that people are listening to the whole thing! Excellent. I purposely make it short and cut out the fluff so you won’t want to turn it off. I’m also excited about how many great reviews and ratings I have on itunes.

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Introducing Boomerang Virtual Assistants

Laughing all the Way to Work

I finally launched my new website and am open for business. Well sort of. The website is awaiting a small final touch, but if you want to take a peek here is my URL address Boomerangvirtualassistants.com It's very exciting, even at this stage. Sometimes you just have to do it and quit trying to figure everything out. My esthetician, who opened her own shop about a year ago, said she is learning the business side as she goes.

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Featured Solopreneur Mel DePaoli: “Always Ask for Honest Feedback”

The Solopreneur Life

This is “Featured Solopreneur,” a feature that is published on The Solopreneur Life. The purpose of “Featured Solopreneur” is to give all of us a glimpse at how other solopreneurs operate their small businesses. This week we meet Mel DePaoli of Seattle.

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When You’ve Been Off Kilter: Returning to a Business That Fits Your Goals & Energy Levels on the Awarepreneurs Podcast

Stephanie LH Calahan

Life is filled with ups and downs. Getting off kilter can be caused by many things: health challenges, breakups/divorce, technology crashes, caring for elderly parents, feelings about political events and a lot more.

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A Look at Non-Employer Businesses from the SBA

Small Business Labs

The U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Office of Advocacy recently released A Look at Non-Employer Businesses , a one-page summary of key data on non-employers businesses. "Non-employer" "Non-employer" is the terms used by government agencies to describe businesses that have a business owner, but no traditional (W2) full or part-time employees. The data is collected by the U.S. Census and comes from tax data. Most

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Video: Developing business acumen on a shoestring budget

Practically Perfect PA

I wanted to share with you another session from last year’s Virtual Summit to give you a flavour of what you can expect at the Future Assistant Conference in February. Today, I thought I’d share my session ‘developing business acumen on a shoestring budget’ Business acumen is a fundamental requirement for the modern-day assistant. Assistants […].

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Assistants Must Excel at the Fundamentals

Office Dynamics

From Joan Burge’s new book, Joan’s Greatest Administrative Secrets Revealed (2018). I know many seasoned executive assistants who think they do not need to focus on or pay attention to their basic skills, what is also known as the fundamentals. They feel they have been managing calendars or planning meetings forever so why pay attention. This is not smart.

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3 Ways to Handle Nosy Co-Workers

On The Job

Believe it or not, some people don't like to talk about their personal life. I know, I know, this seems bizarre in a time when people post photos of themselves sitting on the toilet or reveal every detail of giving birth. In the workplace we often form friendships -- some of them very close -- and as a result we share details of our lives. The woman in the next cubicle, for example, knows that your teenager is getting into trouble and your husband lost his job last week.

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How Long Should a Job Search Take?

Eat Your Career

This is a question I get quite frequently in my monthly “Ask the Career Coach” sessions. It’s not surprising; people who are in the midst of a job search are always anxious. They want the process to be much faster than it (usually) is. The longer it takes to land that new gig, the more self-doubt starts to creep in. So, at what point should you start to worry? How long should a job search take on average?

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Ten Simple Ways to Go Green On A Budget

Eco-Office Gals

Most people associate “going green” with buying expensive products like organic vegetables, environmentally friendly cleaning products, and electric cars. However, there are some really simple techniques you can use to go green without spending much money. In fact, some of these techniques can even help you save money! Without further ado, here are ten simple ways to go green on a budget. . Reduce your plastic use.

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Adopting Remote Work Options for Businesses

Tips From T. Marie

In November of 2017 I launched a program for local businesses to help them adopt remote work options for their office staff. Living in Maine, when winter weather hits it can have a huge impact on office productivity. Winter weather, school cancellations and sick children can leave the office looking like a ghost town. Read more. The post Adopting Remote Work Options for Businesses appeared first on T.Marie Hilton's Clerical Advantage Online Business Technology Services.

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Podcast 108: Passive attention

Clutter Coach

by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play You can leave a review here! This is Podcast 108 and it’s about passive attention. Back in podcast 83 I talked about paying attention, about mindfulness. It’s a critical skill for being more effective and getting things done. It’s related to focus, but it’s a little different. Focus is goal-oriented and active. Mindfulness is more passive.

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Having an assistant

Laughing all the Way to Work

Recently, my sister (a long-time assistant) retired. We were doing some work together and because she knew how busy I was at work, she immediately took over and started to do the small tasks she knew I didn't have time to do. I appreciated all over again how nice it can be to have an assistant, and not only just an assistant, but a very experienced one. I didn't have to worry about a thing because I knew she was taking care of it. It took a real burden off my shoulders.

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Featured Solopreneur Marlene Caroselli: “Think Big But Spend Small”

The Solopreneur Life

This is “Featured Solopreneur,” a special feature at The Solopreneur Life. The purpose of “Featured Solopreneur” is to give all of us a glimpse at how other solopreneurs operate their small businesses. This week we meet Marlene Caroselli.

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Overcoming Success Blockers on the How to Become an Obstacle Buster Podcast

Stephanie LH Calahan

How do you approach the obstacles that stand in the way of your dreams? Some pretend they don't exist and keep doing the same thing every day, hoping that something will magically change. Some give up and change their dreams. Obstacles are really opportunities to look at life a bit differently.

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Coworking Doesn't Need a New Name, But the Office Space Industry Does

Small Business Labs

There's a mini controversy going on around whether or not coworking needs a new name.    The recent Allwork article Why Coworking Needs a New Definition covers the new name side.

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5 online courses every Executive Assistant should take

Practically Perfect PA

I took my first online training course probably around 15 years ago now. It was a live webinar and we had to listen to the speaker via the phone on my desk while watching the slideshow on my computer screen. It was a bit of a novelty and funnily enough, a lot of my colleagues were […]. Assist Events Career Development Training Virtual Summit admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager Online Courses PA Personal Assistant training Virtual Assistant

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6 Free Training Sources for Administrative and Executive Assistants

Office Dynamics

It is no secret that Joan Burge and the Office Dynamics team believes in continuous education and training so we wanted to provide you with several resources that give you access to free education and training. Educational Video Library. Office Dynamics has a library of over 60 educational videos for administrative professionals. You’ll gain access to past webinar recordings as well as the 26 Weeks to Administrative Excellence, Now is the Time, Adminology, and Reality Check courses. link].

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What You're Getting Wrong When You Apologize

On The Job

Today, social media is sure to blast the news far and wide when a top leader makes a mistake, whether the person is in the private sector or public life. Recently, a discussion about leaders who benefit from showing genuine remorse when things go wrong prompted me to think about how we can all learn from such a situation. I'm not saying you have to apologize on Twitter or post a remorseful 600-word apology on Facebook when you screw up at work.

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