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Connecting Artisan Makers With Retailers and Customers a Rapidly Growing Industry

Small Business Labs

Two companies that connect artisan makers with retailers and customers announced large funding rounds last week. The wholesale marketplace Faire raised $100 million while the wholesale and licensing business Minted said they raised $208 million.

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7 Killer Ways to Connect with your Audience During a Speech

Dumb Little Man

It’s probably your worst nightmare. You’re giving a speech, and you start to stumble. You mix up a few of your words, lose your train of thought, and then you can’t seem to get back on track. Sweat is forming on your brow and you’re starting to hyperventilate.

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Expense Management Process

Practically Perfect PA

Collecting and processing expenses is not fun. There I’ve said it – call me controversial if you like but I stand by my statement! In fact, I’ll go further as to say processing expenses can be an absolute time zapper for Assistants.

5 Daily Habits That Will Make You A More Positive and Happy Person

Dumb Little Man

As we grow older and gain more wisdom through the years, we realize that money or popularity by themselves do not spell success. Rather, it is the presence of happiness in our lives that makes it all worthwhile.

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Client Gifting: 5 Ideas to Show Your Appreciation This Holiday Season

Tips From T. Marie

It's December, the time of year when our thoughts are drawn to holiday festivities and the purchase of gifts. As a small business owner, it's also the time when you need to think about what you are going to do about client gifting.

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How Texting Can Ruin Your Career -- and What to Do About It

On The Job

Everyone knows you shouldn't text and drive, and several cities (such an Honolulu) make it illegal to text and walk. The reason is clear: people driving or walking distracted are not only a danger to others, but to themselves.

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Group booking… every travel manager’s nightmare!

Practically Perfect PA

Your boss comes to you and tells you that you need to book the travel for 100 people for a Winter getaway, and it needs to be done by next week… eek! Where do you even start? Well, there are two options: 1. Book it yourself. You could always waste several hours searching multiple websites […].

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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.

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Innovative Ways to Renovate Your Office Building

Eco-Office Gals

You don’t want your office building to look like a stereotype. The dismal aesthetic of gray on gray is a thing of the past, and you’re ready to embrace the future.

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How can you be heard when people don’t want to listen?

Practically Perfect PA

At some point, you will have been in a meeting and felt that no one was listening to you. Perhaps people were on their phone, looking confused, talking over you or ignoring you. It’s hard to continue speaking when it seems that people are switching off, disengaged or rejecting your ideas.

2018 151

20 Questions to Know Yourself Better and Unlock the Immense Potential Within

Dumb Little Man

“Know Thyself”. All of us have heard this aphorism. Most of us acknowledge that unless you know yourself first, you really can’t achieve much in life. We also realize that we each have immense potential to create amazing things and find lasting happiness.

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Why Jerks Still Get Ahead

On The Job

The rise of the #metoo movement in the last year and more attention to inequalities in the workplace has prompted a lot of discussions inside and outside of the workplace.

2018 130

Deliberate Social Media

Simple Productivity Blog

Many people that I talk with are surprised to know that outside of the blog, I don’t use Facebook or Twitter. Some react with disdain (“How can you possibly know what’s going on?”) or frustration (“How can I reach you if you don’t read Facebook?”).

How to Make and Break Habits

Eat Your Career

Ah, ’tis the season of inspiration , my friends! Every December, I find myself spending a lot of time reflecting on the past year and planning for the new one. As I’ve shared many times before, I am a total geek for goal setting.

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20 websites that will help any business

Practically Perfect PA

There are loads of brilliant websites out there that are so hidden in the depths of the internet they are impossible to find, but when you stumble upon them they change your life! This is what today’s blog post is all about.

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10 Answers You Should Know Before Your Job Interview

Dumb Little Man

Passing a job interview is not as easy as before. Today, you need to do more than just offer a firm handshake to your interviewer, make eye contact, and nod pleasantly now and then. You need to prepare a dynamic application letter and resume and research the company.

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Why Job Shadowing Can Give You an Advantage

On The Job

Job shadowing might sound a little creepy—does it mean you’re skulking around a workplace, spying on people? Well, part of that is correct—you will be in a workplace and there will be people. But far from skulking or spying, you’re given a front-row seat to how work gets done.

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The Deliberate Task List: Controlling What I Do

Simple Productivity Blog

One of the things from Getting Things Done that doesn’t work for me is the long lists of tasks split into contexts. It encourages me to take on too much for a current day.

2018 130

Bouncing Back from Failure

Office Dynamics

Has it been another week of adventure? A lot can happen between Monday and Friday, can’t it? I’d like to focus today on Turning Failure into Success. Failure is a dirty word in the corporate world. And our success-oriented society often makes it difficult for those who fail to adjust.

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JWT Intelligence's Top 100 Trends for 2019

Small Business Labs

The 2019 edition of one of our favorite trend reports - JWT Intelligence's annual forecast of 100 trends to watch in the coming year - is out.    Yes, it really covers 100 trends across 10 broad categories.

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6 Strategies to Increase Productivity in the Workplace

Dumb Little Man

Happy and productive employees help a company to grow. Whereas, unproductivity at a workplace can make a company’s profitability suffer. Even the most dedicated worker can become unproductive.

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How to Respond to a Demotion

On The Job

Have you ever been demoted? If so, you're not alone. A survey finds that 46 percent of human resource managers say their company has demoted an employee. Most of those demotions hit male professionals and those ages 18 to 34.

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Setting Rules in Outlook 2016

Laughing all the Way to Work

I like to set a rule for the messages I receive from my boss. I have a new boss so had to figure out how to do this again and thought I should just write it down for the benefit of anyone else who may need it or for myself for the next time. I want any emails sent from my boss to go into a special folder. I also want it to make a sound when the email arrives. I chose a ring tone so it is different than the default email notification.

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Decision Making

Office Dynamics

Why is it that at the time we make a decision we believe it is the best, right answer or choice. Then days, weeks or months later, we regret the decision we made. We say to ourselves, “What was I thinking? However, based on the information I had at the time, I felt I made the best choice.”

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Yet More on the Changing Nature of Retirement

Small Business Labs

We've covered the changing nature of retirement so often in our Baby Boomer section we feel like we're feeding a fed horse by covering it again. But it's an important trend and there continues to be a flurry of interesting articles on working in and/or delaying retirement.

When I Give Someone Flowers, What Message is the Color Sending?

Dumb Little Man

A lot of people use flowers to express their feelings. Men, for example, declare their undying love to the women of their dreams by sending flowers. Whether it’s Valentine’s day, anniversary, birthday, a women will surely receive a bouquet of carefully arranged flowers.

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3 Ways the Office Party Can Help Your Career

On The Job

Whether it's an office potluck or a nice dinner at a fancy restaurant, most workplaces have some type of holiday gathering. You may look forward to these events as you sneak extra cookies into your pocket -- or you may dread them and plan to fake a case of malaria to get out of it. Bad idea.

2018 130

Simple, No-Cost Gifts to Give

Business Writing

In many parts of the world, December is a month of giving gifts. On the job, you can give simple gifts this month and every day of the year with very little effort and no cost. Like the smile that. Courteous Writing Etiquette

2018 141

Things Assistants Do That Executives Appreciate

Office Dynamics

I am very fortunate in that I get to read fabulous letters from executives touting the behavior changes they see in their executive or administrative assistants after attending our Star Achievement Series® course.

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GM's Restructuring Illustrates Multiple Trends

Small Business Labs

GM recently announced a restructuring plan that includes laying off about 14,000 employees and halting production at five of its North American auto plants. The announcement got a lot of attention, most of it rightly focused on the impact on workers and what it might mean for the broader economy. 

2018 160

10 Areas of Your Life That May Need A Boost

Dumb Little Man

If you’re like most people, you probably have your annual New Year’s resolutions. And just like most people, you probably had a hard time making the leave the drawing room. The good news is that you don’t have to wait for the start of a new year to make things right.

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How to Stand Out When it Comes to Your Career

On The Job

What makes you unique? If you ask your nana, it’s the fact that you have the cutest little dimples ever. Your friends might say you’re special because you can burp the alphabet. But do those things really mean anything to an employer? Probably not.

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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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Joan’s Naughty and Nice List for Assistants

Office Dynamics

During a Facebook Live event Joan Burge, Founder and CEO of Office Dynamics International, had discussed her Naughty and Nice List for Assistants. This discussion highlighted many great things that can be practiced in the office as well as actions that should be avoided.

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Why We Aren't Doing a Coworking Forecast This Year

Small Business Labs

This is the time of year we normally release our annual coworking forecast. And this year would have been our 10 th annual forecast ( click here for our 2018 forecast ).    But after a great deal of deliberation, we've decided not to do one this year. 

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10 Tips for Better Work-Life Balance

Dumb Little Man

Work, hobbies, family, alone time, fitness, romance, personal growth — people need time and mental energy to incorporate all of these things into our lives. The problem is that most of us don’t. We spend too much time on one or two of these at the sacrifice of everything else.

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Another Sign for You to Proofread

Business Writing

My friend Eric W. sent me a sign that needs your proofreading eye. What would you change? Please share your recommendations in a comment. If your company or organization has a sign-making department, suggest that one of its team members. Proofreading

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