January, 2017

How can assistants add value in the workplace?

Practically Perfect PA

Firstly, happy New Year! Last year was a mixed bag wasn’t it?! I hope you all had a lovely break and are looking forward to the year ahead. As usual, we have a packed schedule for 2017, starting with the Assist Conference in February.

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Why Coworking is Booming

Small Business Labs

Back Channel's The “Work from Home” Dream Doesn’t Work  provides an excellent overview of the trends and shifts driving the coworking movement. Simply put, the article explains why coworking is working.

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4 Faults You Can Easily Avoid in Your Slide Presentations

Business Writing

I recently attended a dinner meeting whose featured speaker told about her life in a foreign country. Her story inspired everyone, but her slides frustrated and confused us. You can easily avoid her presentation faults, pleasing your audience, if you. Presentations Teaching Business Writing

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Are You Sleep Deprived? 8 Health Risks Of Poor Sleep

Dumb Little Man

No energy drink can invigorate you more than a good night’s sleep. Sadly, our society has become too proud to acknowledge that sleep is as important as proper nutrition and regular exercise. This is evident in our overworked culture and amplified by technology that keeps us connected 24/7.

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5 Ways to Make a Great First Impression

On The Job

I want you to think back to the last person you met for the first time and name as many details about the person as you can. Now, look at your list and consider the first three items. Do they look something like this? Limp handshake. Rarely made eye contact. Awkward conversationalist.

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Better Eco Friendly Choices for Your Business in 2017

Eco-Office Gals

Making your business more eco-friendly (green) is a wise move to make. By doing so you’re doing your bit towards cleaning up the environment, while also helping your company’s bottom line because going green saves money.

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Getting buy in from the boss

Practically Perfect PA

“Succeeding in business is all about making connections. Business is all about personal contact. No matter how heavy your workload is… Everyone can and should be a Networker.” Richard Branson. Generation Y makes about 50% of the current workforce.

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More Trending

Can You Find The Errors? Try These Error Quests

Business Writing

Each of the three short passages below has one error. Can you find all three? Test your skills. Passage 1: I just saw the schedule for the conference, and I am frustrated because Caren and Priya's presentations take place at.

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Why Do We Procrastinate?

Dumb Little Man

Procrastination: Putting off from day to day, directly from Latin “procrastinationem” (pro “forward” + crastinus “belonging to tomorrow”).

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Why Soft Skills are So Important to Your Career

On The Job

Perhaps you've worked very hard to learn the technical skills necessary to get the job you want or succeed in your current position. Despite your diligence, however, you don't get the job or the promotion. What just happened? Was someone else really more qualified?

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Virtual Assistant…10 Years Later

Tips From T. Marie

Although I won’t celebrate my 10 th year of being a #girlboss until September of this year, January 2017 does mark an equally important point in my life as a female entrepreneur. It was 10 years ago, this month that I first stumbled across the term ‘virtual assistant ’.

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5 Ways to Slay Small Talk with Your Boss

Practically Perfect PA

You’ve got an event coming up and your boss suggests that you meet and travel together. You know that this is a great opportunity to have one to one time with her, but are not sure if you have anything in common.

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The Rise of Solopreneur Manufacturing Companies

Small Business Labs

The Wall Street Journal's Big Growth in Tiny Businesses nicely covers a trend we'e been following for years - the growth of solopreneur, non-employer manufacturing businesses.

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How to Introduce Two People in Writing

Business Writing

Deb Arnold of Deb Arnold, Ink. is a terrific businesswoman and one of my favorite people. We met a few years ago through an introduction from our mutual friend, consultant Ron Scott. Ron introduced us by email like this: Subject: Courteous Writing Etiquette Teaching Business Writing

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5 Habits to Make The New Year Your Best Year Yet

Dumb Little Man

A new year is now ahead of us. Every year, people make goals and resolutions to better themselves only to fail. Rather than making big resolutions, how about just adding a new habit to your life? Make this new year your best year yet by developing these five habits. Have fun being active.

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How to Get Colleagues to Trust You

On The Job

When you buy your popcorn at the movies, you probably don’t have more than a fleeting thought about the concession clerk, which is why such a relationship is referred to as transactional. You hand over the cash, and the clerk hands over the popcorn.

2017 151

Why It’s A Good Thing To Delete Your Subscribers

Office Organization Success

Over the past few weeks I’ve been going through my subscriber database and cleaning it up — deleting subscribers, products, and autoresponders. I ended up deleting over 3,000 subscribers!

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The keywords to help you land your next PA role

Practically Perfect PA

If you are anything like me, the new year brings a lot of soul searching and a nostalgic look back at the 12 months past. I have spent many a January reading self help books, joining gyms, going on diets and making resolutions that are generally forgotten around the middle of the month.

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Obamacare's Impact on Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment

Small Business Labs

There's no doubt the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or better known as Obamacare) has been a good for freelancers, the self-employed and other independent workers.

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Bulldog Reporter publishes my article about Video Marketing in 2017

Andrea Kalli

Another great publisher picked up my article – “ Why All Businesses Should Be Using Video in 2017 to Grow Their Business ” was picked up by Bulldog Reporter – https://www.bulldogreporter.com/why-all-businesses-should-be-using-video-in-2017-to-grow-their-business/. A few key points about the article are: Short-form video of less than 30 seconds is likely to garner more views and might even be shared more on social media. Video is terrific for branding and audience recall.

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3 Unique Things That Successful People Do Differently

Dumb Little Man

Are you already wavering on your New Year’s resolutions? It’s okay, you’re not alone. If you want this new year to be the year that they stick, you are going to need some proven routines to keep you going. Where better to look than at the habits of highly successful people?

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It's Time to Stop Mindless Collaboration

On The Job

It certainly seems to make sense that collaborating can lead to better results, but it’s the sort of touchy-feely subject that many senior leaders don’t believe can lead to real bottom-line payoffs.

Career Success A to Z: I Is For Initiative

Eat Your Career

This article is part of a series. Learn more about it and access links to other articles in the series here. This week, I want to talk about one of my favorite topics: Initiative. This is a critical part of being proactive—another topic I’m passionate about.

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Announcing the Assist Conference Programme

Practically Perfect PA

With just over a month to go until the Assist Conference we are hard at work making sure that we put together the best conference for our amazing readers. I’m so happy to share the following updates with you!

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Accenture Says Independent Work is the Future (and Soon)

Small Business Labs

We just read Accenture's Technology Vision 2017 report  and they strongly suggest independent work is the future of work. 

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Video Budgeting and Spending Tip

Andrea Kalli

Video Budgeting & Spending. Video Tip: Not all videos have to be big production deals with big price tags. Actually, most don’t. I think not a lot of people realize that. Most of your videos can be simple with a little editing, strategically placed branding elements, and call-to-action.

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5 Tips to Learn Languages by Reading Foreign Books

Dumb Little Man

Language is the mirror of our culture. It reveals a nation’s secrets, shows a people’s everyday, and expresses their attitude to life. If you want to easily speak a foreign language, you need to get to know it better. And it’s not about grammar.

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Why It's Time to Stop Suffering in Your Job

On The Job

There you sit, at the pinnacle of your profession. Successful, well-respected, making good money. It took lots of hard work, a little bit of luck and many personal sacrifices. Still, it was worth it. Wasn’t it? Unfortunately, many people in this exact position are saying “no.”

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Career Success A to Z: H is for Honesty

Eat Your Career

This article is part of a series. Learn more about it and access links to other articles in the series here. My goal in this series is to talk about important concepts related to career fulfilment in a fun and unusual way. So today’s topic of “honesty” is a very important one indeed.

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Win a free place at the Assist Conference 2017

Practically Perfect PA

We have a very special giveaway for Practically Perfect PA readers this month. We are offering one lucky reader the chance to attend the Assist Conference for free. Yes, that is right – a whole day of fantastic training specifically for assistants – completely for free!

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Forecasts: 2017 the Year Corporations Embrace the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

Based on the 2017 trends forecasts we've been reading, corporations are going to actively expand their use of contingent labor in 2017.

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Lioness Magazine publishes my article on Business-to-Business Videos

Andrea Kalli

January is really shaping up! Publisher, Lioness Magazine , picked up my article – “ How To Use Video To Drive Business–To-Business Sales ”, at – [link]. A few key points about the article are: Before you create content, define your purpose or your message.

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10 Best Skin Foods For Healthy Glowing Skin

Dumb Little Man

Beauty doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, with the right food, you can boost your skin’s natural glow without having to rely on creams, serums, and lotions. And because these natural foods don’t contain the chemicals and preservatives most skin care products have, they are also a lot safer.

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How to Deal With Employees Who Drive You Loony

On The Job

When managers get really, really fed up with a team member, they often a) explode at them in a crazy, bug-eyed, spit-spewing way or b) walk away and hide in their offices, wearing camouflage clothing and trying to blend in with a ficus. Neither strategy works.

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Free Coaching Call:January 2017

Eat Your Career

In case you missed it, I hosted my first monthly free coaching call of 2017 earlier this week! This call is exclusively for members of the Free Career Resource Library. Members can ask questions of their own, attend the call live and access the recorded version.

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Tech of the week: TransferWise

Practically Perfect PA

What is TransferWise. TransferWise is an online money transfer service. It allows users to move foreign money from one bank account to another while avoiding high bank fees. What does it do? Using peer to peer technology, TransferWise is 8 times cheaper than transfering money via a traditional bank.

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Is Social Video the Next Big Thing?

Small Business Labs

BI Intelligence , one of our favorite analyst groups, has a fascinating presentation on online social video being "the next big thing" Because they are a paid subscription site, we can't link to the presentation.    But we can provide the highlights.

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