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Study Finds Middle Aged Professionals Moving to the Countryside

Small Business Labs

A study out of the University of Minnesota found that in Minnesota while the younger adults were leaving small, rural towns, people in their thirties, forties and fifties were returning.    The chart below shows the key findings from the study.

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8 Reasons To Set Up An Active Workstation ASAP

Dumb Little Man

Have you heard the buzz about active workstations? Active workstations allow you to be less sedentary while you work.

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How to Find Happiness Within Yourself?

Dumb Little Man

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your actions.”. ? Dalai Lama XIV. Happiness is a state of mind. We can keep ourselves happy in every situation; we only need to make up our mind. There are people who have a limited income and simple lifestyle and yet, they are happy.

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A Conversation with Joan

Office Dynamics

Over the past 20 years, I have attended several conferences ranging in topics from fiction writing to motivational to professional training and even a full weekend trying to become a more educated outdoor woman.

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Technology of the week: Envoy

Practically Perfect PA

Today’s Technology of the week: Envoy. Here are the details: What is Envoy? Envoy is a cloud-based visitor management system for your office or reception area. It is compatible with iOS and usually runs from an iPad. What does Envoy do?

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Free Chapters From Joan’s Book: Who Took My Pen…Again?

Office Dynamics

Thank You! It’s not very often that Office Dynamics can celebrate another book release by Joan but when we do, the amount of support shown is truly amazing. Joan’s new book, Joan’s Greatest Administrative Secrets Revealed , is set to be released in Septemeber, 2018.

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Picking Things To Stink At

Simple Productivity Blog

Most of us are not experts at everything. You might know someone who claims to be - and aren't they annoying?) The real deal is that we all have to pick the things we're going to work on being good at. As a consequence, we end up having things to stink at.

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Day in the life: Sheri Meyer Executive Assistant iDrop

Practically Perfect PA

Today’s Day in the life: Sheri Meyer Executive Assistant iDrop. What are the main aspects of your role? The central aspect of my role is to ensure that all components of the business work well together, that also means that I have an idea of what everyone’s part of the business is.

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3 Really Crucial Steps To Help You Solve Any Problem In Life

Dumb Little Man

These days, everyone is busy. And with lives overburdened by hectic schedules, people are no longer able to see through their problems. They feel so weak that they just give in to the situation and don’t exert effort in knowing how to solve any problem.

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How Coworking is Changing Commercial Real Estate

Small Business Labs

Coworking has reached the size and scale where it's starting to have second order impacts on the broader real estate industry.    Farthest along is coworking's impact on office design.

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Adapting to Change

Office Dynamics

There can never be too many discussions about change. It’s constant, it’s inevitable, unexpected at times, but it can be extremely rejuvenating. No matter how many times change occurs in life, expected or not, it can seem as if you are not in control.

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Research: Workplace Incivility Has Ripple Effect

On The Job

When I am the most frustrated and angry, I wish I had a British accent. There is just something special when someone like Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham on "Downton Abbey" lets you know you're behaving like a jerk.

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6 things to stop doing in your one to one

Practically Perfect PA

For Assistants, the time they spend with their Executive in a one to one setting is so necessary and enables them to get on with all the tasks that require just that little bit of input from their boss. But, as I’ve heard many many times, there are lots of you out there who do […].

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Famous Cryptids: Are They Real?

Dumb Little Man

Do you believe in monsters, fairies or supernatural creatures? Around the world, nearly every culture has stories of cryptids: beings which are commonly thought to be made-up stories.

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189 Coworking Spaces Opening in August

Small Business Labs

According to Coworking Resources , a site that provides information for coworking space owners, 189 coworking spaces are opening around the world this month. As their chart below shows, over half of these openings are new, independent coworking spaces.

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Joan’s 5 Favorite Inspirational Quotes

Office Dynamics

Merriam-Webster defines inspiration as “a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation.” ” But what does inspiration mean to you? Where do you draw it from?

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5 Everyday Habits That Can Quickly Derail Your Career

On The Job

It's often the simple things at work that can really cause the most problems for your career. While you may be sweating over the big presentation you're giving next week, it's really something else that has caught the attention of others in your workplace. Your feet.

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The top five alternative conferencing platforms

Practically Perfect PA

How often do you organise a video conference for your Executive or team? All the time, right? Well, today I thought I would share with you the top five alternative conferencing platforms that are available online.

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Smart Tactics to Resolve and Stay Out of Entrepreneurial Debt

Dumb Little Man

Debt is a part of every business and every entrepreneur knows that. However, not all entrepreneurs are aware of the difference between a bad and good debt and that makes it hard to learn how to avoid the debt trap. All good business debts are credit lines, mortgages, and loans.

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The Data Behind the 5 Signs You Were Meant to Work for Yourself

Small Business Labs

The CNN Money article  5 signs you were meant to work for yourself caught our eye for several reasons. First, the five reasons listed in the article are consistent with our research findings on the self-employed. The second reason is the article had no data backing up the five signs.

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Creating A Friendly Work Atmosphere

Office Dynamics

Create a Friendly and Approachable Atmosphere. In our fast-paced world, people are becoming detached and desensitized. We are more transaction-based, unfocused on how our interaction is affecting other people. When you have that style of interaction with others, the world becomes decidedly colder.

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Test Yourself: Which Pronoun Is Correct?

Business Writing

There's a hit song titled "Him and I" whose ungrammatical title and lyrics drive me nuts. A correct title would be either "Him and Me" or "He and I"--never "Him and I." Because him is an object pronoun, and. Grammar and Usage Proofreading Teaching Business Writing

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How to make your desk space more efficient

Practically Perfect PA

Recently I have been spending a lot of time trying to get my home office into a state of total perfection, where I have everything I need to hand, and the atmosphere is one of calm efficiency. Obviously, this is a dream but one I aim to achieve one day. Anyway, I was thinking about […].

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The Rise of Small "Speed Factories"

Small Business Labs

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8 Things To Consider When You Get a Job Offer

On The Job

Congratulations! After a lot of hard work, an employer has extended a job offer to you. But before you go out for a celebratory dinner, there’s more hard work ahead. Here’s what to do when you get a job offer: 1. Use your manners. What do when you get a job offer?

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An Awkward Request Phrased Beautifully

Business Writing

Scenario: Imagine that you run a classy beachside hotel. Many of the hotel rooms have balconies that face the beach. Everyone walking from the beach toward the hotel can see the balconies. When guests hang wet bathing suits, towels, and. Courteous Writing Global Communication Positive Language

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How to set up an ideal week calendar and why it’s a must have

Practically Perfect PA

Why am I here? How am I going to get through this? Shouldn’t I be doing something else with my time? Will I ever eat again? These are the questions executives ask themselves while sitting in meetings they don’t need to be in.

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5 Lesser-Known But Highly Effective Hacks to Achieve Sales Success

Dumb Little Man

Sales is one of the most crucial aspects of a business and the art of selling is a sought-after trait. In fact, as competitive individuals, humans go through a continuous process of selling.

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Purina Survey: Dogs are Part of the Family

Small Business Labs

Dog food manufacturer Purina recently  released the results of a survey of dog owners.    Not surprising to anyone who has followed the pet humanization trend , 95% of dog owners say their dog is part of the family. 

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Don't Go to a Job Interview Without Doing These Things First

On The Job

When you get a job interview, the worst mistake you can make is just trying to “wing it,” no matter your level of experience or the skills you possess. Interviewing requires preparation and practice, and those that put in the effort are much more likely to get the job they desire.

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Do You Give Readers the "Why" They Need?

Business Writing

The other night I was traveling from Boston to my home, Seattle. When I arrived at my connection city, Denver, at 7:15 p.m. I received this text message: Your Flight on August 6 from DEN now departs at 11:55. Courteous Writing Email Etiquette Teaching Business Writing

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5 Books for Executive Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

If you have been reading the Practically Perfect PA blog for a while, you will know that I often tell Assistants that they have to read EVERYTHING, which includes emails, reports, the intranet, the internet, business guides, your Executive’s magazines and newspapers.

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Best Rewards Cards For Funding Your Family’s Next Vacation

Dumb Little Man

Family vacation costs can add up quickly, especially when the number of mouths to feed seem to grow with each big trip. Sooner than you realize, the cost of a big family trip can seem like a vacation experience straight from the movies.

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Biofabrication - Manufacturing With Mushrooms

Small Business Labs

Biofabrication is the use of biomaterials such as cells, proteins and organisms as building blocks in a manufacturing process. Probably the best known example of biofabrication is the use of 3D printers to create tissue used in treatments for damaged joints and organs.

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