The Do’s and Don’ts of Managing Up

Eat Your Career

Though the term “managing up” is often thrown around in the workplace, few people really know what it means or how to do it effectively. This session will help you master the delicate art of managing up and avoid the potential pitfalls in the process. . SIGN UP HERE.

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Career development round-up 2019

Practically Perfect PA

Welcome to the career development round-up for 2019. Career development round-up 2019 Here are some of our highlights and a video from How to set goals for your career that you can stick to […].

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Key skills round-up 2019

Practically Perfect PA

I hope you enjoy our key skills round-up 2019. We focused really heavily this year on increasing our content around the key skills Assistants need to develop in their role this year.

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The Mel Robbins Guide to Screwing Up


In her book, The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success , Megan McArdle explains that we gain skills by practicing things because we’re strengthening the connection between the action and the reward. Strike up a conversation with a complete stranger.

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Modernising the ‘bring up’ folder

Practically Perfect PA

Today I thought I would write about a system I used to use to keep my Executive organised everyday – the ‘bring up folder.’ ’ I think most of you are familiar with the bring up folder system and many of you use it to also keep your Executives on track throughout the day. For those […].

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Opportunities And Building Up

Brilliantly Better

The post Opportunities And Building Up appeared first on Dragos Roua. Every time we think about money, or about having access to relevant amounts of money, we think in terms of a unique event. Like, oh, what if I would suddenly have 10x my net-worth, right now.

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Coworking Industry Competition Heating Up

Small Business Labs

As the co-founder of the well known DC coworking space 1776 point out in her essay What's up with 1776 and Benjamin's Desk , coworking is not easy. Rent, overhead, staff, events, programming all add up quickly. The coworking industry is getting more competitive. 

2017 153

Shake It Up!

Office Dynamics

It’s time to shake things up. This week I’d like you to really step out of your comfort zone—shake it up! I dare you to shake yourself up this week. The post Shake It Up! Career Management Motivators Projects Self Development 9 ways to enjoy life more shake it up shake things up at work tips for changing up your ho-hum routine Okay, Monday Motivators, it is the last week of February 2015.

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Meal Delivery Heating Up

Small Business Labs

  The company reported $795 million in revenue for 2016, up from $341 million in revenue for 2015. It reports having $390 million in revenue in 2016, up 71% over 2015. Blue Apron , a meal kit delivery service company, has filed for an IPO.  It lost $55 million in 2016 compared to $47 million in 2015. There's been a lot of press coverage recently on the failure of VC-backed food delivery businesses.

2017 115

Getting Tangled Up Managing Unrealistic Expectations

My EA Career

We gave up after a number of failed attempts to get Slinky to ‘walk’ down the steps. We are human beings, not human doings and I know that you can get just as tangled up as a Slinky when you’re being stretched beyond your capacity.

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Picking It Up From Where You Left

Brilliantly Better

The post Picking It Up From Where You Left appeared first on Dragos Roua. Last two-three days were rather hectic. A whirlwind of news and developments, both in business and personal life, hit my relatively stable routine, and threw me a bit off course.

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Career development round up for 2018

Practically Perfect PA

Welcome to the career development round up for 2018. Career development round up for 2018 Here are some of our highlights and a video from our first Virtual Summit – Developing your business acumen on […]. This year we have written a lot of blog posts dedicated to the career development of our Practically Perfect PA readers!

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5 Tips to Help You Get Up Earlier

Productivity Bits

W aking up early is probably one of the hardest things to do. There are so many late nights filled with studying, partying and socializing, it is near impossible to get up early. And getting up early is one big concern also of those who are after the quest of productivity in general. Getting up early has many benefits: You are more functional and you are able to get more done. You must have a goal when you are getting up earlier.

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Time to Break Up?

Step It Up VA Coaching

It’s break-up time. Establishing boundaries with clients early in the relationship AND becoming clear on who is an ideal client for you will help to eliminate having difficult clients but some will sneak through on occasion, and these difficult clients will eat up your time, energy and passion for your business…but only if you let them. You’ll be freeing yourself from negativity, and opening up an opportunity for better clients to come in.

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The Bottom Up Economy

Small Business Labs

Homebrew is a new seed-stage VC fund focused on investing in what they call the bottom up economy.   They go on to explain the drivers of the bottom up economy are technology and the shift to the business of one, meaning solopreneurs. They define this as "the idea that technology is now helping individuals and small businesses drive economic growth and innovation." 

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The Shut Up Strategy


A few weeks ago, I shared a post from Austin Kleon called Just shut up and write the book. The Shut Up Strategy that I’m talking about is keeping certain things quiet to yourself. So for me, The Shut Up Strategy involves the bigger things that you have a sliver of hesitation to share. Try to incorporate The Shut Up Strategy more often. The post The Shut Up Strategy appeared first on Productivityist.

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We have to raise each other up

Practically Perfect PA

Happy International Women’s Day you AMAZING readers. I want to start today’s post by telling you a little bit about me over the last few years. I started Practically Perfect PA while working as an EA for a whole number of reasons, but mainly because I had a lot to share. I’d learnt and I’d […]. Editor's notes Featured Mentoring admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

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Bottom Up

The Small Business Blog

Keep up won’t you – most websites that promote ‘how to successfully start and run your own business’ are sponsored by big companies and government bodies and written by people that are in jobs and have never started their own business.

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Movin' On Up!

Virtual Moxie

Today, a happy note. We're heading toward the end of a long rebrand, including the creation of not one, but two new sites! Included in the site for VAs, a new blog--well, a different version of this blog, really. Virtual Moxie will live on there, I'm happy to report. We just need to stop adding content here and focus on what has to happen to finish the new sites. So this will officially be my last post for a few weeks (best estimate). My next post will be from our new home!

2016 109

10 tips to tidy up your inbox

Practically Perfect PA

Recently I have been doing a lot of research on how to maximise my time, be more productive and generally kick ass during the hours I can dedicate to work (the rest of my time is taken up with making meals that my kids don’t eat, tidying up Lego and my other half’s dirty clothes that never quite make it to the laundry bin and binge watching Orange is the New Black). So today, I am sharing my 10 tips to tidy up your inbox.

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Personal Tune-Up

Office Dynamics

A Personal Tune-up for Peak Career Performance. But if you don’t feed your body with food (fuel) and exercise (tune-ups), then the machine begins to gum up or break down. To remain a star at work, here are some “personal tune-up” tips to put into practice daily for peak career performance: Eat breakfast. Walking is the no-cost, easy way to keep your energy up and lose weight at the same time. The post Personal Tune-Up appeared first on Office Dynamics.

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Pump Up the Jam

Virtual Moxie

I got about the same benefit, in terms of waking up and getting more bang out of my work day, but I certainly had more fun dancing than napping (if you know me, you know what a HUGE statement that one is!), And just that fast, Wake Up Your Day was screaming at me to be created. Set up the Tumblr blog that would make it easy for me to contribute to the booty-shaking cause.

2011 168

Should young people join start-ups?

The Small Business Blog

The obvious answer to this question is “yes, of course” but the reality of the matter is that getting young people (and particularly graduates) to come aboard an actual start-up can be a tough sell. When faced with the uncertain path of start-up employment or a straightforward trek up the career ladder, it is understandable… Read the full article here: Should young people join start-ups?

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5 Strategies for a Super Follow Up System

Office Organization Success

Having a super-duper follow-up system in place is a critical, if not the critical, system you need to grow and build your business. What system do you have in place to follow-up with them and turn them into a paying client? This is where you need a super-duper follow-up system in place so that you can continue to connect with them and, when they’re ready to purchase, you’re top of mind. Here are my top 5 strategies for creating your follow-up system.

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What’s tied up in the executive?

The Small Business Blog

Now, I am no stranger to this phrase as for many years I ran one of the… Read the full article here: What’s tied up in the executive? Small Business / SOHO Start-Up start-up in business business startup getting started start your business Starting a Business where to start young entrepreneurs Young people I heard on the radio recently something about the number of Young Entrepreneurs rocketing since the recession started.

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Charter Memberships Being Snapped Up

Office Organization Success

The Charter Memberships are being snapped up. This week I attended a fabulous leadership training program in Toledo — I am a member of a local BNI (Business Networking International) Chapter, and as from October 1st I’ll be President of our Chapter. The training was to teach me how to step into this role. This training is absolutely critical (and is mandatory) if I am to take on this role, and without this training I know I wouldn’t be able to fulfill the position.

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Podcast 022: Close up shop

Clutter Coach

The post Podcast 022: Close up shop appeared first on Clutter Coach by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. In this episode, I’ll talk about why you need to budget in time to put things away to keep clutter from getting out of control. Here are some highlights: What are the three phases of a work session? Why can’t I just leave stuff out if I’m using it again tomorrow? What are the best practices for putting things away?

2016 109

Career development round up for 2018

Practically Perfect PA

Welcome to the career development round up for 2018. Career development round up for 2018 Here are some of our highlights and a video from our first Virtual Summit – Developing your business acumen on […]. This year we have written a lot of blog posts dedicated to the career development of our Practically Perfect PA readers!

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Thrasio's "Platform on a Platform" Rolling Up Fulfillment by Amazon Small Businesses

Small Business Labs

   Thrasio's success will likely lead to others following its roll-up approach.  Thrasio is a large and fast-growing acquirer of small consumer product companies that are part of Amazon's Fulfillment by Amazon program (FBA). 

2020 163

When was the last time you spruced up your LinkedIn profile?

Practically Perfect PA

This is a guest post from Jenna Potter, the Social Media & Content Executive at CHS Group. Jenna sends out a Weekly Roundup email series where she selects her favourite 4+ resources every week that help PAs, EAs and VAs advance their career and life. Get it sent to your inbox here.

2020 188

How Fast Are You Waking Up?

Brilliantly Better

The post How Fast Are You Waking Up? As an early riser, I’ve always been a big fan of the first few hours in the morning.

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Start-up funding: Private and public funding opportunities for your start-up business

The Small Business Blog

Leading public funding expert Barrie Dowsett, CEO of Myriad Associates outlines the most common sources of funding and tax breaks that are available to start-up businesses. Equity financing sources include: Venture capital funds, which are professional groups looking for start-ups to fund. If you want to work with a venture capitalist, you will need to be flexible and willing to compromise, as you may have to give up more control of your business.

2017 201

How Assistants can keep up in a fast-paced working environment

Practically Perfect PA

In a recent survey we conducted with the Practically Perfect PA readers we found that many Assistants struggle with the huge amount of work they have to get through in a day. The fast-paced environment, the never-ending deadlines and demands on their time seems to have become the norm.

2020 179

7 Customer Service Books to Help You Level Up Your Business


Good customer service will help you level up your business. Level up your customer service online. Published in August 2021, DeLisi and Michaeli provide the most up-to-date information for company executives and customer service leaders to improve their online game.

Leveling Up: Why Eric Siu Treats His Life Like a Video Game


Each decision he makes and step he takes is akin to leveling up—the stakes are just a little bit higher in real life. The ability to pull levers and then all of a sudden, traffic comes in, or even partnering up with other people… it’s fun,” he says.

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10 Powerful Ways to Stand Up for Yourself in Any Situation


Learning to stand up for yourself will help you take charge of your life, believe in your own power and embolden you to reach for your dreams. Learn to stand up for yourself in any situation with these 10 simple yet powerful steps. Stand up for your time.

2021 101

Showing Up For 100 Days, Every Day

Brilliantly Better

Until now, I showed up every day. The post Showing Up For 100 Days, Every Day appeared first on Dragos Roua. Today is the 100th day of my 365 daily bogging challenge. I started it on January 1st this year, and I intend to carry it on until December 31st.

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Should You Follow Up After an Interview?

On The Job

Should you follow up? But if a week goes by and you've heard nothing, now is the time to follow up. If you feel like you didn't mention something that makes you right for the job, you can mention it in your follow-up. If you get the elusive "we're still considering candidates" response from the hiring manager, then you're going to have to wait another week to follow up or just be more patient and await the decision.

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Top 5 Tips for Following Up

The Small Business Blog

Here are… Read the full article here: Top 5 Tips for Following Up on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG. Top 5 Tips following up promoting your business By now you will be aware about whether or not your efforts to make Small Business Saturday into a successful event for your business were actually successful. But, assuming that you managed to draw people into buying from your online store or in person, how are you planning to capitalise on that momentum?

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How To Up Your Sales In-store

Small Business CEO

… The post How To Up Your Sales In-store appeared first on SMALL BUSINESS CEO.

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