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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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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.

2018 175

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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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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4 Ways to Handle a Passive-Aggressive Colleague

On The Job

There are always different personalities at work, and that's what can make your day strange, fun, interesting -- and maddening. One of those different personalities can be the passive-aggressive colleague.

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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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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.

2018 151

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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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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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.

2018 156

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.

2018 141

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.

2018 141

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.

2018 151

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?

2018 144

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.

2018 143

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 […].

2018 130

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

2018 130

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.

2018 157

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.

2018 147

The Rise of Small "Speed Factories"

Small Business Labs

2018 148

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.

2018 130

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

2018 142

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.

2018 148

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?

2018 130

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. 

2018 143

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.

2018 130

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

2018 130

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.

2018 154

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.

2018 130

The Strong Job Market's Impact on Independent Work

Small Business Labs

July was another solid jobs month for the U.S. The economy added another 157,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell slightly to 3.9%. As the chart below  from the Washington Post  shows, U.S. employment has grown consistently since 2013.

2018 139

Discretion at work for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

Look at any job description for Assistants, and you will see the word discretion. It is a crucial skill for Assistants and something that we have to practice on a daily basis.

2018 130

Always Be Aware of ROI

Simple Productivity Blog

Return on investment is not just about manufacturing. If we are going to be at a good productivity level, we have to be aware of our time ROI. The post Always Be Aware of ROI appeared first on Laura Earnest. Time Management

2018 130

Millennials Still Go To The Movies?

Dumb Little Man

Over the last 20 years, nearly 1 in 4 movie theaters have closed. Many people feel the days of the movie theater are behind us, with streaming services like Netflix and Hulu providing premium content from the comfort of home.

2018 154

Microsoft Finds the One Thing That Matters Most to New Hires

On The Job

As the competition for workers heats up, employers are offering better benefits and pay in an effort to attract job candidates. The problem is that once a new worker is on board, then things may start to fall apart -- often within the first week.

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