Improve Your Listening Skills by W.A.I.T.ing

Ian's Messy Desk

It is axiomatic that you can’t listen while you are talking. Unfortunately, most of us spend more time talking that we do listening. Why do we talk so much? To communicate with purpose. Because everyone else is talking. We have an urge to talk. We want attention. Sometimes, we just don’t know. Are one of those who needs to dominate a conversation ? Do you jump in and interrupt or block other’s attempts to talk? If these are habits you need to break, you have to W.A.I.T.

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5 Steps to Improving Your Time Management Skills

Simple Productivity Blog

Improving your time management skills takes practise and experience in experimenting with different ways to find which work for you. However, there are 5 steps to improving your time management skills you can follow to get you moving in the right direction. RAM Tracking has recently been shortlisted as a finalist for The Croner Employer of the Year Award at the National Business Awards 2012. This post was written by a guest author.

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Executive Assistant Best Job of 2012

Office Dynamics

News on February 27, 2012 of the best jobs in 2012 and as one of the best jobs this profession was cited to see "significant growth over the next decade." The Best Jobs of 2012: Executive Assistant. See The Best Jobs of 2012.]. Many organizations (such as the International Association of Administrative Professionals) offer certifications in office skill proficiency. Do you see this being one of the best jobs in 2012 You already knew this, right?

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Minute-taking webinar, August 14, 2012

Laughing all the Way to Work

I find if you have these twos things, along with the necessary skills of an admin, you will be much more confident to take on this role. It is time again for another minute-taking webinar. My goal for these webinars is to make minute-taking not seem so scarey by breaking down the steps you should take before, during and after the meeting. To take good minutes you need to be prepared and informed.

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I Invite You to Make 2012 Different - Take a stand and say YES with me.

Productive & Organized

    Starting January 18, 2012 and running through February 29, 2012 You can Fire Up Your Business! This no cost live program was created because I found that there were a number of professionals that had great skills in their delivery area, but were struggling in one way or another in building or growing their business.  LET'S FIRE IT UP IN 2012!  Warning - this message may be a bit more harsh than you are used to reading from me. 

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Decision Making Skills

Office Dynamics

Decision-making skill is key for productivity and growth. Welcome to the Who Took My Pen. Again? Annual Blog-a-thon for Administrative Professionals. If you are just tuning in, here's the scoop! We are holding 4th Annual Blog-a-thon for the Administrative Profession.

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Communication Skills Development for Executive Assistants

Office Dynamics

Use Good Listening Skills. Welcome to the Who Took My Pen. Again? Annual Blog-a-thon for Administrative Professionals. If you are just tuning in, here's the scoop! We are holding the 4th Annual Blog-a-thon for the Administrative Profession. We hold this blog-a-thon each April and the goal is to make assistants aware of the resources available to them and build a community of administrative assistant and executive assistants who want to learn and grow and flourish in their career of choice!

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The most neglected entrepreneurial skill

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

James Chartrand, my good friend and co-conspirator, is here to tell us all about this neglected skill. And yet… There’s a crucial skill that can jolt your ambitions into powerhouse impact. You may not even be aware of it or worse, you just don’t think this skill is important. Ignore this skill and you’ll work harder than the competition, struggle longer to get your business off the ground and probably never reach your entrepreneurial dreams. Work on your skills.

Tips on good minute taking

Practically Perfect PA

As we all know writing minutes is a basic skill for assistants and we have probably written more over the years than Stephen King has writing novels. Skills Tasks admin administrators Business Executive Assistant Meeting minute taking Minutes PA Personal Assistant Virtual AssistantPin It. I had a job a few years back that provided support for twelve Committees who had four meetings a year, which meant I was writing a set of minutes practically every week.

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How to organise your office and keep it that way!

Practically Perfect PA

The PMs all had tools and techniques in their skill set which allowed them to identify key issues and then resolve and improve the process. Office Space Skills 5S admin administrators Executive Assistant PA Personal Assistant ProductivityPin It. A few years ago I worked in a department with a dozen or so Project Managers who were all highly qualified Six Sigma professionals.

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Olympic Sports for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

So the London 2012 Olympics is finally here! I’ve been glued to my TV screen watching all the different sports and cheering on Team GB, the skills these athletes have are incredible and it is a pleasure watching them compete at the highest level. It got me to thinking about the skills we as assistants have… if we were competing in the office Olympics what events would we excel at? Yes this is an equestrian competition but with our event skills we would ace this sport!

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4 Easy Ways to Make Your Career Better in 2012

45 Things

Here's some ideas to make 2012 better: 1. There are dozens of professional writing associations -- and gaining diverse contacts and skills can really pay off. I know a lot of people say you shouldn't make resolutions because you're just setting yourself up for disappointment. But I feel just the opposite -- when I make a resolution, I feel hopeful. I think that's because I do a gut check as I make a resolution.

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How do you make your boss successful?

Practically Perfect PA

As I had a few drinks and wasn’t really in the mood to talk through my CV and current skill set my off the cuff response was ‘I make my boss incredibly successful’. Career Skills Tasks admin administrators Education and Training Employment Executive Assistant gatekeeper PA Personal Assistant Productivity Time management Virtual AssistantPin It. I was chatting to a friend of a friend the other night and was asked that all important question ‘what do you do?’

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Tips on good minute taking

Practically Perfect PA

As we all know writing minutes is a basic skill for assistants and we have probably written more over the years than Stephen King has writing novels. Skills Tasks admin administrators Business Executive Assistant Meeting minute taking Minutes PA Personal Assistant Virtual AssistantI had a job a few years back that provided support for twelve Committees who had four meetings a year, which meant I was writing a set of minutes practically every week.

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How to negotiate when planning an event

Practically Perfect PA

As we all know being an assistant means that our super organised skills are second to none. We are the most organised profession there is available to the working world and our skills can be transferable to many different tasks, including managing an event from start to finish. Events Skills admin administrators Business Event Organisation Executive Assistant Negotating with suppliers negotation skills PA Personal Assistant Tasks Virtual Assistant Virtual Assistant training

Learn How to Manage Your Boss

Ian's Messy Desk

For example, participate in meetings, volunteer to sit on important committees and welcome delegated tasks as a way to increase your skills. The workplace requires you keep up-to-date about developments in your field and improve your work skills through ongoing learning. Be creative, share ideas and develop problem-solving skills. Practise time management skills and schedule time each week for networking.

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How to negotiate when planning an event?

Practically Perfect PA

As we all know being an assistant means that our super organised skills are second to none. We are the most organised profession there is available to the working world and our skills can be transferable to many different tasks, including managing an event from start to finish. Events Skills admin administrators Business Event Organisation Executive Assistant Negotating with suppliers negotation skills PA Personal Assistant Tasks Virtual Assistant Virtual Assistant training

The Lost Art of Encouragement

Dumb Little Man

You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life." - Zig Ziglar, salesman, author, and motivational speaker Encouragement is a Skill Learning to be encouraging is a skill that comes more naturally to some of us than others. We've all heard of American literary great Walt Whitman. But did you know that Whitman struggled through years of obscurity to get anyone interested in his poetry?

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Olympic Sports for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

So the London 2012 Olympics is finally here! I’ve been glued to my TV screen watching all the different sports and cheering up Team GB, the skills these athletes have are incredible and it is a pleasure watching them compete at the highest level. It got me to thinking about the skills we as assistants have… if we were competing in the office Olympics what events would we excel at? Yes this is an equestrian competition but with our event skills we would ace this sport!

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12 Ways to Fail in Goal Setting

Dumb Little Man

Goals that are too big are those beyond your skills, knowledge, and capabilities, or even beyond your control and influence. Not taking time to develop and gain new skills. Skills are necessary to achieve your goals. List down the skills you need to accomplish a certain goal, identify the skills you are confident about and spot those that need improvement. Also, think of other skills you need but presently do not have and find ways to gain those skills.

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Job Interview Tips for Mature People

Job Advice Blog

Interview Skills by Alex Freund Career Transition Coaching Individual Career Counseling Mature job seekersTo start with, here are some statistics: Only 28% of workers 55 and older find jobs within one year versus 71% of those aged 25 to 35, reports Career Builder. 63% of workers 55 and older applied for positions at lower levels than their previous jobs. 48% of workers 55 and older found positions at [.].

Disaster or Opportunity? 4 Simple Steps to Transforming Life’s Catastrophes

Dumb Little Man

My website started making money as soon as I put it up because my small business skills enabled me to create the right marketing mix for the content that my writing skills created. I lost the use of my arms in a traffic accident. No one could understand why I laughed my way through surgeries and convalescence. How about you? Have you experienced any of life’s difficulties? Has job loss, divorce or losing a home happened to you? I’ve experienced all of the above.

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Next Level Living: How To Have A Happier New Year

Dumb Little Man

But in reality until we master a skill set, we will never cross the threshold of extraordinary. No doubt we have all heard the masses preparing for the huge New Year’s rush of resolutions. Many of our peers, friends and family members will be highly motivated for all of five days past January the 1st. So the question remains; how do we go past a feeling into an intentional transformation ?

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How do assistants get promoted?

Practically Perfect PA

In terms of my career I have had to leave a company to enhance my skills, choices, salary and overall career progression. Pin It. Here is a brief history of my career to date – After University I landed my first job as a Team Administrator at Deloitte, after a year and a half I left to join the Institute of Chartered Accountants where again I worked as an Administrator and Assistant to a department manager.

5 Quotes from Marcus Aurelius on Developing an Invincible Attitude

Dumb Little Man

Many times, we are unaware of the valuable skills our network possess. Some are better at certain skills like time management than we are. Stoicism is a school of Philosophy that intrigued me at a time where my self-defeating behavior was at its peak. I had trouble dealing with frustration, failure, stress, and fear.

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How to Fall in Love with Negative Feedback

Dumb Little Man

This collision is inevitable, when your expectations of your work, your skills or yourself are out of sync with the external expectations of you. You have been working hard to create a sales report to give to your boss. As soon as you return the report to her, she calls you and wants you to visit her room for a couple of minutes. The topic of the meeting is your report and why your boss is not happy about it.

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7 Simple Ways to Never Be Happy

Dumb Little Man

When was the last time you picked up a new skill? Make sure that you have a core group of people who don’t believe in you, your skills or your potential. Everyone is always telling you how to be happy, how to achieve your dreams, and how to change your life for the better. It can be easy for your eyes to glaze over as you read lists of the same basic advice, over and over. Today, you’re going to have to pay close attention because we’re flipping the tables.

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4 Ways Making Assumptions Can Ruin Your Life

Dumb Little Man

He was seriously underestimating his skills and abilities. I remember a date I had back in college. We talked, ate a great dinner and had a few drinks. Things were going very well and I thought this girl and I were making a great connection. Then it started to get late so we called it a night. Before we parted, I went in for the good night kiss and was stopped cold. She made it clear it wasn't happening. In my head, I went over all the things that must have gone wrong.

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The Elevator Pitch Checklist

Job Advice Blog

Interview Skills by Alex Freund "Career Change" Career Transition Coaching checklist Elevator pitch interview preparation interview techniques interview tips job interview preparation Winning Interview StrategiesA recent article of mine covered most people’s lack of efficacy in practicing their elevator pitches at job search networking meetings.

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Six Simple Steps to Better Time Management

Dumb Little Man

Being able to manage your own time is a crucial skill in the workplace. If you know your time management skills aren’t quite up to scratch, try these simple steps to improve: #1: Use an Organizer It doesn’t matter what kind of organizer you use – some people like a paper diary, others use Google Calendar, and others have a favorite software program.

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The 3 Simple Reasons Why Goals, Diets and Relationships Fail

Dumb Little Man

When establishing a new habit, skill or relationship, we need consistency. You’ve set a plan with your goals in mind. You’ve chosen a new diet. Or you’ve started a new relationship, filled with hope that this time it will work out. And then soon enough you’ve slipped back into old ways. You’ve jacked in the diet, quit pursuing a goal, or have decided that it wasn’t going to work anyway with this person.

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Is Your Job Getting You Down? Job Happiness Quiz

Eat Your Career

I am supported and encouraged to learn new skills. Get a new job, learn some new skills, do whatever it takes. I once read an interesting statistic about how work effects overall life happiness. It basically said that a good job won’t make you happy, but a bad job will make you unhappy. I think this says a lot about how we view jobs. If we hate our work, that frustration and annoyance rules our lives. If we like it, it sometimes goes unnoticed.

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Six Simple Ways to Reduce Your Stress Levels

Dumb Little Man

5: Improve Your Time-Management Skills If you’re often stressed because you’re always racing to meet deadlines (or you’re missing them altogether), or if you never have time to get through all your work, the problem might lie with your time management skills. Do you ever feel stressed? It’s a silly question, I know! Modern life brings so many worries and anxieties that you probably feel stressed at least occasionally … and perhaps a lot more often than that.

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6 Ways to Get Yourself to Achieve Anything

Dumb Little Man

So, how do we create an environment that will allow us to develop these constantly fleeting skills instead of taking the more compelling option of watching reruns of Seinfeld all day? We all have some crazy goals or aspirations that we would love more than anything to achieve. The question is - how do we achieve these seemingly impossible aspirations? Unless you have a foolproof way to win the lottery (please contact me immediately if you do).

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Eight Tips to Decrease Public Speaking Anxiety

Dumb Little Man

She teaches listening skills to her business communication students and is also working on a book about the therapeutic benefits of journaling. Let’s face it: Many of us would rather dive into a vat of boiling oil than give a speech. Public speaking is one of the major phobias. But it doesn't have to be that way. By following the eight tips below, you can decrease your public speaking anxiety and give an effective speech. Let's start with the first one, which is to be adequately prepared.

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13 Warning Signs that What You've Delegated Won't Get Done (And How to Fix Them)

Dumb Little Man

In defining what needs to be done for the successful completion of a task, take the extra step to identify what skills and abilities are needed to succeed in it as well. Here's the bottom line “Getting things done through others is a fundamental leadership skill. Yes, you know you're doing too much. Way too much! And, yes, you know you need to give things to other people to do. But you've tried delegating, and it doesn't work.

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The 5 Stages of Handling Deep Emotions

Dumb Little Man

I had to keep the line tight and above all I had to use every skill I had learned over years of fishing not to lose this turtle. Deep emotions can be difficult to deal with. But I have good news for you. Even the worst emotions aren’t you, and they aren’t yours. They are experiences that make us stronger , more open more compassionate and more loving. If we can embrace them we can embrace anything. Several years ago my son and I were fishing in Northern Wisconsin.

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How To Be Smart

Dumb Little Man

Just like swimming, cooking, dancing, and just about anything else, being smart is a skill that requires training. Critical thinking is an invaluable skill – without it, we all become gullible and easily manipulated. Too many people think that intelligence is a gift of nature and that there is little anyone can do to improve theirs. IQ tests have managed to confuse many of us, leading us to believe that intelligence is largely fixed. It is not.

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3 Keys to Life You Can Learn from Shawn Johnson

Dumb Little Man

Sometimes You'll Want to Quit There were days were my daughter would get aggravated over the complexity of not getting a skill or that she was in pain from new rips and tears from the bars. Say the word gymnastics around my household and we get excited. We are a family that loves the beam, bars, vault, floor, flips and twists. So viewing the London Olympics each night the past couple of weeks has been a family affair. It all started when our oldest daughter flipped like crazy in the womb.

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Time to Dig in and Get It Done

Dumb Little Man

You’ve learned new skills, or developed existing skills fur ther. What do you do when you put loads of time and energy into a project … and you still don’t get any results? It’s often tempting to just give up. Even if you normally find it easy to stay motivated, there’s nothing encouraging about feeling like you’re running hard and going nowhere.

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Are You an Effective Job Search Networker?

Job Advice Blog

Interview Skills by Alex Freund networking Networking StrategiesLoads of people network during their job search, but very few are effective at such networking. Certainly, some are better at it than others, but in general, the majority of people not only dislike networking but also are simply not good at it. Based on a survey they conducted, Ivan R. Misner, Ph.D., and Don [.].

6 ways to maximize your talent with motivation

Ian's Messy Desk

You see two equal teams competing, playing with similar skills, and having breaks and mistakes on both sides. If you want the edge that makes a difference in your personal success , you’ve got to use motivation to get the most out of your skills. Whether it’s adding to current skills or completely re-inventing yourself, personal challenges can motivate you. Everybody loves it when the underdog wins.

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How to Keep Your Competitive Edge in the Workplace

Eat Your Career

Develop Your Skills. You should always be looking for ways to expand your existing professional skills and develop new ones. Look for opportunities to practice different skills, implement new processes, take on new responsibilities or try out new technology. Hone Your Leadership Skills. Any person in any position at any level in any industry will benefit from leadership skills.

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