April, 2016

Using social media to empower Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

When Nicky approached me to speak about my top tips for beginners at The Assist Conference I was truly honored. I’m a huge fan of Practically Perfect PA and am loving the new look site.

6 Tools to Increase Your Self-Employed Productivity

Dumb Little Man

The benefits of being self-employed are stunningly obvious to those who have decided to take the plunge. The freedom and flexibility it creates and the sense of being in control of your own destiny are a dream come true.

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Truck Based Commerce Continues to Expand - Financial Planning & Books

Small Business Labs

The use of trucks as mobile commerce platforms continues expand. Just in the last week the press have reported on two interesting examples. The Forbes article Financial Planner Takes Tough-Love Money Advice On The Road  reports on the first financial planning truck I've heard of. 

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Hosting Your Own Teleclass? 6 Dos and Don’ts for a Successful Outcome

Office Organization Success

Hosting teleclasses is one of my absolute favorite list building strategies. . Apart from being easy to do, it’s a great way to interact with my audience and get to know them, and also let them get to know me. But as with anything new there’s always a learning curve involved.

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The Problem With Plastics

Eco-Office Gals

Since its invention in 1907, a giant environmental problem has been staring the world in the face, but we’ve done little about it. Plastic can be cheap to produce, so it is manufactured in high volumes. However, plastic is also usually discarded as litter.

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Tips for Planning Someone Else’s Travel

Office Dynamics

Planning travel for others is no simple matter and administrative professionals know this better than anyone else! Each traveler has personal preferences and unique quirks that make travel planning a true art form.

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A day in the life: Laura O’Malley, Team Lead and Executive PA, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust

Practically Perfect PA

What are the main aspects of your role? I provide PA support to the Director and Deputy Director of Operations and the Director of HR. I am also the Team Lead for the Corporate PA Team, so I coordinate the teams work, ensure cover is arranged for annual leave, sickness etc.

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Low Wage Workers Not Who You Think They Are

Small Business Labs

The Economic Policy Institute's (EPI) article Low-Wage Workers Are Older than You Think  provides a good, demographic snap shot of low wage workers in the U.S.    Their infographic (below) shows that surprisingly relatively few (11%) are teens and most (57%) work full-time.

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5 Ways to Effectively Manage Your Business for Successful Business Growth

Office Organization Success

If you feel like your’re constantly running on the proverbial hamster wheel when it comes to growing your business… It could be because you’re doing things in the WRONG order!

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Ignoring Digital Could Doom Your Career

On The Job

When it comes to digital transformation , companies are spending millions to ready their workforces for the future. Presentations and training sessions to employees stress how critical this transformation is if an organization wants to serve the customers and compete in a fast-paced marketplace.

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Why Being An Executive Assistant Is A Rewarding Career

Office Dynamics

In honor of Administrative Professionals Day, I want to share my thoughts on why I believe being an executive assistant is a rewarding career. When people tell me, “Anyone can do that job,” it bothers me. It tells me that person doesn’t really know what it takes to be a great assistant.

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Always make a great first impression

Practically Perfect PA

Looking back on my career as an Assistant I can pinpoint a few occasions where I definitely made a great first impression.

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3 Fresh Productivity Hacks to Get More Done

Dumb Little Man

Do you want to tackle your to-do list, but you’re just not sure how? I share your passion for productivity, but sometimes I get stuck in a rut feeling like my productivity has stagnated.

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Etsy Makes it Easy for Sellers to Move Off Etsy

Small Business Labs

One of the challenges online marketplaces face is sellers often do their best to move their customers off the marketplace to their own ecommerce site. They do this for two main reasons. First, they want to avoid the fees associated with selling through a 3rd party marketplace.

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How To Set Up an Efficient Content Marketing System

Office Organization Success

Content marketing is the *hot* new online marketing strategy! Actually, it’s not really new … using your content (i.e.

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Data Reveals Secrets of Great Public Speaking

On The Job

Whether you like it or not, people make judgments about you every time they see you or hear you. That's why it's so important for your career that you make a good impression whenever you have a chance to speak publicly.

2016 158

5 Reasons Why Office Admins are the New Power Job

Office Dynamics

Author: OfficeNinjas. Editor’s Note: This is a revised version of an original post from the OfficeNinjas blog. You connect the dots between departments, have mastered the art of juggling competing work priorities, all while keeping the lights on and often acting as director of first impressions.

2016 207

Technology of the week: Screencast-O-Matic

Practically Perfect PA

What is Screencast-O-Matic? Screencast-O-Matic is a brilliant web based tool that allows users to record and create videos of whatever is happening on their screen. What does it do?

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19 ways to get motivated to exercise

Dumb Little Man

Even though we know that exercise is good for us, it can still be hard to maintain a regular exercise plan.—or or even start one! It’s tough to make the switch from ‘thinking about working out’ to actually working out. So what can we do?

2016 207

Consumers Embracing the On-Demand Economy

Small Business Labs

The Harvard Business Review's The On-Demand Economy Is Growing, and Not Just for the Young and Wealthy  covers research showing the on-demand economy is attracting more than 22.4 million consumers annually and $57.6 billion in spending.

2016 169

3 Valid Reasons for Not Having a Website for Your Business

Tips From T. Marie

In light of my recent post admonishing businesses for relying on Facebook as their online presence the title of this post may sound a bit strange. For those of you who thought I was being a bit harsh about the need for a website I decided to see if I could find any reasons at all not to have one for your business. This is what I came up with: You are fine with someone else owning your business name domain and using it instead of you.

2016 106

Why You Need to Get Emotional With Customers

On The Job

Most companies realize that customer emotions are key in purchasing decisions or brand loyalty, but it’s something based on gut reactions with little data or science to back it up. Until now.

2016 158

Why The Administrative Profession Is A Career Of Choice

Office Dynamics

In honor of Administrative Professionals Day, I want to share my thoughts on being an executive or administrative assistant. When people tell me, “Anyone can do that job,” it bothers me. It tells me that person doesn’t really know what it takes to be a great assistant.

2016 206

Core soft skills: Diplomacy

Practically Perfect PA

Next up in our series of blog posts on core soft skills I am going to look at diplomacy and tact for assistants. Assistants have to possess a number of soft or interpersonal skills. Some are essential, some are nice-to-haves and others can be handy but not always necessary.

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EARTH DAY – Earth VS Man? No, Let Us Join Hand in Hand

Dumb Little Man

It was like something out of a movie. The small boy sat, gazing in awe at the numerous sign boards and infographics that littered the main streets of Karachi City. What did it all mean? Earth Day’ was what they called it.

2016 206

Gig Economy Declining in Rural America

Small Business Labs

The Daily Yonder's (tagline: Keep it Rural) ‘GIG ECONOMY’: WHILE U.S. GAINS, RURAL SHOWS NET LOSS  covers an interesting study that shows rural areas of the country are seeing declines in gig economy employment. The is based on an examination of  non-employer data by U.S. county. 

2016 164

The Panama Papers Breach: Don’t Blame WordPress

Tips From T. Marie

Last Thursday, WordFence revealed on their blog that the Mossack Fonseca data breach that resulted in the Panama Papers was possibly initiated via an outdated WordPress slider plugin. They have since done an update regarding the breach as it relates to WordPress. I’m sure many people are shocked that Mossack Fonseca wasn’t only running an old, vulnerable version of a slider plugin for WordPress but that they also were running a 3 year old version of Drupal as well. I’m not shocked at all.

2016 106

Is Your Boss Stealing Your Ideas?

On The Job

One of the ways to get ahead in your career is to offer new ideas or come up with innovative solutions. But what if you do that -- and then the boss takes credit for your idea? First, don't take any action until you've had time to think it through.

2016 151

Administrative Professionals Week Instagram Challenge #AdminProud

Office Dynamics

We are having a ball with you this month as you have engaged in the #AdminBlogathon daily with some really incredible comments, questions, challenges and connection points. We are more than thrilled with this event and hope that you have been as well.

Quick, Practical and Dirty – How to Assess Your PA Brand

Practically Perfect PA

Imagine the scene, 100 highly professional assistants at Nicky’s Assist Conference 2016. All eager, hungry and demanding top notch speakers – ‘Give me knowledge!’ ‘ Give me practical tips!’ My job was to talk about What is your value? – so no pressure then!

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How To Change Careers Without Losing Your Mind

Dumb Little Man

You hate your job. The economic outlook in your field is grim. You’ve moved and there are no openings in your area of expertise. You’re still too young to retire though.

2016 206

The 3 Technologies That Will Define Our Future - For Good or Bad

Small Business Labs

Inventor, entrepreneur and thinker  Ray Kurzweil is legend in Silicon Valley. While probably best know for inventing the first music synthesizer, the Kurzweil K250 , his inventions and achievements are too numerous to list here. 

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The One Thing Small Businesses Need to STOP Doing

Tips From T. Marie

Are you an author, coach, restaurant, or other small business? Listen up. I need to tell you something. Stop Using Facebook as Your Website! I’ve written about it before. The dangers of using Facebook as your business website. Sadly instead of seeing a decrease in the number of businesses taking part in the practice, here we are a year later, with more small businesses than ever believing they can get away with using Facebook as their business website.

2016 106

3 Ways to Overcome Imposter Syndrome

On The Job

A confident stride, a firm handshake and a calm demeanor in a crisis will more than likely ensure that you are seen as a real pro at work, someone who is competent and skilled in her job. But before work every morning, you're a mess.

2016 151

Today’s Admin Needs to Become a Mobile Office Pro

Office Dynamics

Mobile has become the way in the daily operations of both our personal and business lives. It is increasingly important to know how to work productively from anywhere, anytime. It’s all in the apps.

2016 206

Let’s talk team bonding

Practically Perfect PA

A bonded team is a happy team, and happy teams are engaged, motivated and ready to do their best work. Did you know, when employee engagement is high, revenue growth is 2.5 times higher, employee turnover is 40% lower and customer satisfaction is 12% higher?

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How to Study Online Courses : 7 Best Study Methods

Dumb Little Man

Most colleges are now offering online courses, ranging from a single elective course to a full online degree program. There are thousands of degree programs that you can finish without ever visiting a college campus.

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