October, 2015

Email Management: 5 Top Tips for Managing Your Emails

Office Organization Success

“Help! I’m in email overload.” ” When I asked my subscribers recently what their biggest office headache is, email is right up there with the rest of them! Comments such as: “Emails – yikes!”

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Working with an introvert

Practically Perfect PA

The key to a successful relationship between an assistants and their Executive is having a good understanding of how each other operate. Actually let me rephrase that… the assistant should have a good understanding of how the Executive operates and adjust their style accordingly.

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To Cc or Not to Cc? That Is the Question

Business Writing

Do you know when to copy people on the emails you send? Or do you cc a bunch of people and hope to offend no one? This post will reduce your cc doubts. Should you cc or not? To answer. Email Etiquette

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Is the Sound of Your Voice Hurting Your Career?

On The Job

You may be surprised the first time you hear your own recorded voice. Who is that person who sounds like Daffy Duck? Why didn’t anyone ever tell you that your voice makes you sound like a third-grader? Is your voice really so high-pitched it’s a wonder dogs aren’t howling for miles around?

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Minimum Wage Versus On-Demand Economy Jobs

Small Business Labs

Critics of the on-demand economy say the jobs aren't good. The main reasons given are lack of security, lack of benefits and low pay. When I hear these complaints, my reaction is compared to what? 

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9 Simple Tricks to Supercharge Your whole Day

Dumb Little Man

Some of us are morning people, able to get up full of energy and charge into the day with nothing but a quick bite to eat and a cup of coffee. Others of us need to build up to the point where we no longer long to return to bed for another hour.

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List Building: Get Your First 1,000 [Fill-in-the-Blank]

Office Organization Success

Build your list! The money is in the list! That’s what the experts tell you do when you’re just starting out in your business. And it makes sense.

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Should a Company Be "It" or "We"?

Business Writing

In the past week, two clients have written to ask whether they should refer to their company or division using the singular it or a plural pronoun. Below are their examples, slightly disguised. The underlining indicates the pronoun they doubted.

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Did Someone at Work Just Steal Your Idea?

On The Job

Have you ever had someone steal your idea? If you've been in the workplace for any amount of time, the answer may be "yes." But as Daniel Solis points out , there really isn't a way to steal an idea, because someone else has probably thought of it first.

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18 Million Americans Work in Multi-Level Marketing

Small Business Labs

The Economist article  Pharaonic creations covers the growing multi-level marketing industry and the various legal battles around whether or not they are illegal pyramid schemes. 

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4 Reasons Why We Never Give Ourselves the Advice We Would Give to a Friend

Dumb Little Man

I mostly found myself giving people the best advices ever. I always try my best to leave the person feeling better and inspired. But when I fall into the same situation, I never treat myself the same.

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5 Signs You Are Out Of Balance

Simple Productivity Blog

We all get busy. Busy is something we can expect from time to time. But when we start giving too much of our energy and focus, we can get out of balance. Today we will look at the 5 signs you are out of balance, and then look at the consequences, and what you can do. The 5 Signs.

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The hidden world of London’s Livery Halls

Practically Perfect PA

In the city of London there is a rich history and tradition of Livery Companies, unbeknown to most Londoner’s but at the forefront of politics within the capital for the past 800 years, London’s Livery Companies play a very important role in the history of our great city.

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21 Ways to Shrink the Email Monster

Business Writing

Are you haunted by too much email appearing nonstop, lurking in your inbox, and raising your anxiety level? If you are like most people at work, you get too much unnecessary email. If you need to keep your email open, Email Etiquette Tips on Microsoft Office

Being a Good Helper May Be Bad for Your Career

On The Job

It's often advised that those seeking to make their mark at work should be willing to stick up their hand and volunteer for a project, lend a helping hand to others when it's needed and generally be the person who is willing to do what it takes to help the team succeed.

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8 Traits of Millennial Independent Workers

Small Business Labs

Millennial Independents in 2015: 8 Things the "Work to Live" Generation Wants You to Know , from MBO Partners, summarizes detailed information on Millennials (born 1890 - 2000) from the MBO Partners 2015 State of Independence study.

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Reaching a Goal? Here’s 10 Common Fears that May Derail You

Dumb Little Man

There are 2 kinds of fears – instinctive and unnecessary. Instinctive Fear: This is immediate and temporary – the type of fear when you have a near-miss accident. Your fear impulse notifies your brain that then pumps a bunch of adrenaline into your system.

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This Is The First Step In Your Online Marketing System

Office Organization Success

When creating your automated online marketing system, the very foundation of your system should be your Content Marketing System – from there you are able to build out your system and incorporate many different online and offline marketing strategies. But it all starts with your content.

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Finding the perfect space to celebrate the festive season!

Practically Perfect PA

London has lots to offer when it comes to venues to celebrate Christmas and the end of a successful year. Many companies highly value this informal time once a year to socialise with colleagues and show appreciation for all the year’s achievements.

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Guess What? Lack of Focus is a Good Thing

Tips From T. Marie

In the midst of my conversation with my business buddy, Vicki Voisin last Thursday she mentioned that I was always branching out. She couched the compliment in one of those ‘don’t take this the wrong way’ disclaimers.

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This May Be the Reason Your Team Doesn't Have Enough Good Ideas

On The Job

It’s much more fun – not to mention a heck of a lot less stressful – to get along with your colleagues at work. It’s even better when you’re friends with co-workers , because who doesn’t want to work with friends, right?

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Study: Self-Employed Have Higher Lifetime Earnings Than Salary Workers

Small Business Labs

It's long been accepted as fact in academic and government circles that the self-employed earn less than people with traditional jobs.    It turns out, this accepted fact could be wrong. Bloomberg View's You Don't Have to Be Nuts to Start a Business covers an academic study that shows becoming self-employed or starting a business: "  is a form of experimentation that can boost your prospects later in life, even if the business fails."

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7 Ways to be More Productive and Less Busy

Dumb Little Man

It can be hard to see the difference between being productive and just staying busy. But there is a difference – a big difference. It’s possible to be busy all day long and at the end of the day feel like you haven’t accomplished much.

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5 Steps To Adjust Your Balance

Simple Productivity Blog

Last week we looked at how you can know if you are out of balance. Today we will give you 5 steps to get your life back into balance. Know Where You’re Headed. Too often being out of balance is just sense of something being out of whack. We know that things aren’t like we want them to be.

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Using social media to empower assistants

Practically Perfect PA

If you are reading this post it is more than likely that you are involved in some sort of social media platform be it LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook (I´m not sure how else you would have found this blog!).

Why You’re Not Getting What You’re Expecting

Tips From T. Marie

As some of you know creating handcrafted things is what I do in my ‘spare’ time. I find it not only relaxing, but it keeps my creativity fresh and flowing. Recently, on one of the crafting groups I belong to, someone posted a story with a moral about the pricing of handcrafted items.

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How to Get More Done in Meetings

On The Job

No matter how many cell phones you ban from meetings, or how many meetings you have while walking or standing or whatever you try to do to make them shorter, meetings just don’t seem to get better.

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The Continued Rise of the Collaborative Economy

Small Business Labs

Crowd Companies has released their 2nd annual report on the collaborative economy - The New Rules of the Collaborative Economy.    It's full of interesting information and data on why consumers are participating in the collaborative economy.

How a Healthy Lifestyle Affects Your Career

Dumb Little Man

Any kind of job requires you to have healthy not just physically but as well as mentally and emotionally. Unfortunately, not everyone has a healthy lifestyle.

Welcome to Whole Life Productivity

Simple Productivity Blog

Welcome to a blog that is going to have a major influence on how you do things. Productivity systems have been around for ages. Planners became really popular in the 80’s and 90’s, helping people organize their time and track their tasks.

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Maximising your productivity and dealing with interruptions

Practically Perfect PA

Most assistants find that they are the absolute centre of their office, they are the fountain of all knowledge and the keeper of all secrets. This is generally a brilliant place to be and one of the main reasons assistants love their job.

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Focus on Value So Others Don't Fix on Costs

Business Writing

The other day in the supermarket I picked up a box of reclosable sandwich bags. Its cost: $3.59. Then another brand caught my eye: $2.39. A smart shopper, I checked the number of bags: both 50. And the bag dimensions. Teaching Business Writing Writing Tips

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Does "Niceness" Belong in the Workplace?

On The Job

Does it pay to be nice at work? In the "Power of Nice: How to Conquer the Business World With Kindness," authors Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval contend that it does.

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The Rise of Online Lending

Small Business Labs

The Rise of Online Lending is a new entry in Intuit's Dispatches from the New Economy report series.

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3 Reasons Why Most Entrepreneurs Drop Out Of The Race, Here’s How To Prevent It.

Dumb Little Man

It is so easy right now to start a business working out of your home but it is not actually quite so easy to make that business, start making you money. And this is where a lot of entrepreneurs find themselves. And this is why a lot of entrepreneurs quit.

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New Productivity Forms: October 2015

Simple Productivity Blog

In 2014 I decided I wanted to release monthly productivity forms with a seasonal theme. Fun tools make it more likely I will use them, and honestly, I get bored with the plain old print and line forms. In 2015 I decided to continue this tradition.

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A review of Assist Travel 2015

Practically Perfect PA

We held our first Assist Travel conference and exhibition on Friday 25th September at the Hilton Bankside and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the day. I hope those that came along enjoyed it too. It was particularly brilliant being the first event to take place at the Hilton Bankside.

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