January, 2018

Video: Developing business acumen on a shoestring budget

Practically Perfect PA

I wanted to share with you another session from last year’s Virtual Summit to give you a flavour of what you can expect at the Future Assistant Conference in February.

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Amazon's High Tech, Checkout Free Grocery Store Opens Today

Small Business Labs

Amazon opened their brick and mortar, cashier-less store of the future today in Seattle. Called Amazon Go , it looks like a very high-tech version of a 7-11 convenience store. It has a selection of salads, sandwiches and beverages (including beer and wine), ready-to-eat meals, produce and meats. 

2018 222

‘Icarus Six Sixty Six’ VR Music Video Is A Heavy Metal Masterpiece

On The Job

Take a thrilling journey through a dangerous cosmos in an adventure set to a soundtrack from the musical mastermind behind Adult Swim’s Dethklok. Titmouse is one of those companies that seems genuinely committed to breaking the status quo in every project they produce.

2018 191

How to Make Your Writing Flow

Business Writing

Do people tell you that your writing is choppy or difficult to follow? Do they say it doesn't flow? Or maybe you've noticed that your team's writing doesn't flow. Good flow in writing is method, not magic. When writing doesn't. Teaching Business Writing Writing Tips

2018 186

How Can a Green Lifestyle Lead to a More Successful You?

Eco-Office Gals

Going green is a real way of life. Although you can go about introducing eco-friendliness into your daily life, the only way to fully go green is to embrace it with open arms. Becoming kind to both the environment and the people around you is a good way to get a head-start.

2018 173

Your Professional Development Plan: 3 Surprising Truths

Eat Your Career

As a career coach , one of my main roles is to help my clients develop the professional skills and abilities required to achieve their goals. It’s a process that takes time and planning, but I love helping people figure out what needs to be done, how to get started and how to stay on track.

2018 141

4 scheduling tools to try in 2018

Practically Perfect PA

Well, we are a few weeks into 2018 and I have seen a ton of articles, opinion pieces and social media messages about technology, specifically Artificial Intelligence, taking over the role of Assistants.

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What Crying at Work Can Do to Your Career

On The Job

When I appeared on the Today show many years ago, one of the female newscasters and I were chatting before my interview. At the time, she told me that she had recently had a disagreement with a high-powered female business executive over whether it hurt a woman's career to cry at work.

2018 153

Be Nice and Make Less Work for Your Reader

Business Writing

The other day at my health club I asked an employee what time the bank parking lot was available for club members' use. I knew I could use the bank lot when the bank closed, but I wasn't sure what. Courteous Writing Email Etiquette

2018 141

How to Become Successful: The Real Secret No One is Talking About

Dumb Little Man

Hustle. Work harder. Sleep less, do more. Quit whining and get to work! All of these lines are terrible pieces of advice. I know because I’ve tried them all for myself. I worked 16 hours per day, killing myself to try and grow my business. At the end of the day, my only accomplishment was massive burnout and exhaustion. And then something happened… I discovered the real “secret” to high performance. No one’s talking about it while others laugh at it.

2018 189

Can’t Keep a Job? Here’s Why

Eat Your Career

Every week, I get a ton of emails from blog readers with career questions they want me to answer. Typically, I don’t provide career advice via email—that’s why we have the monthly Q&A (“Ask the Career Coach”) video sessions. Anyone can attend for free and submit questions of their own.

2018 130

Event Management for PAs – how to create the basic plan

Practically Perfect PA

As a PA/EA you already regularly organise meetings and minor events. You probably organise the social aspects too, certainly the office Christmas party! However, event management is a skill that is a little, ok a lot more specialist.

2018 222

Euromonitor's Top 10 Global Consumer Trends for 2018

Small Business Labs

Euromonitor International recently released their 2018 Top 10 Global Consumer Trends list,  which are listed in the chart below.

2018 209

3 Ways to Set Meaningful Career Goals

On The Job

A recent survey by Accountemps finds that 93% of workers say that goal setting is important to their on-the-job performance. Makes sense. But here's the part that doesn't make sense: While 51% say they talk to their managers about their goals -- 11% never even bring up the subject.

2018 153

Amount ? Quantity: A Cautionary Tale

Business Writing

The other day my fitness coach went online to pay a $250 deposit on her daughter's high school trip. She found the website and the correct trip, clicked the link to pay $250, and then faced a cell marked Amount. Gems of Language Grammar and Usage Teaching Business Writing

2018 130

7 Secrets To Help You Make 2018 Super Successful

Dumb Little Man

There are many ways to be successful. As we move into the new year, you are starting to think about how you can make this your most successful year ever. Well, you’ve come to the right place. You’re going to learn seven practical tips for reaching your goals and improving your life in 2018. Each of these tips will focus on the following aspects of your life: Mind. Relationships. Business and career. Personal finances. Personal limits.

2018 188

How to Turn Your Career Goals Into Reality (Free Webinar)

Eat Your Career

I often tell people I’m a firm believer in the power of goal setting. But I’ve come to realize that this statement oversimplifies the matter. Goal setting, in and of itself, is certainly powerful.

2018 130

10 things to consider before becoming a VA

Practically Perfect PA

Starting your own VA business and becoming a VA may currently be a dream for you, but you can easily make it your new reality, if you’re willing to put in the focus, time and effort. However, before you make the decision to make a leap to self-employment and your new VA business, you need […].

2018 207

The New Tax Law: Freelancers Win on Taxes, Lose on Healthcare

Small Business Labs

The new tax law contains a major benefit for many freelancers. It allows them to deduct 20% of their revenue from their taxable income. This is the "pass-through" provision.

2018 206

Don't Reveal Too Many Personal Details in Interview

On The Job

I'm battling a virus today and am going to take my own advice and go back to bed instead of trying to work. With that in mind, here's a column I wrote earlier and feel like it's worth repeating. I've heard many horror stories over the years about job interviews gone wrong.

2018 151

What’s Your One Word Mantra for 2018?

Office Dynamics

It’s amazing the power one word can have! It was proven to me January of 2017, I decided instead of writing a bunch of goals, I would select one word to be the overarching umbrella of everything I wanted to achieve in 2017. My word was “abundance.” I scribbled this in big letters on an 8 /12 x 11 sheet of paper and then wrote words all around it. Where did I want abundance to show up in my life? Some of my words were: learning, energy, gratitude, business, fun, warmth, generosity, and laughter.

2018 147

8 Instagram Trends In 2018 You Need To Know

Dumb Little Man

Instagram offers a wealth of possibilities when it comes to reaching your customers and effectively distributing your content. It is a convenient platform for brands since it’s where your audience already engage with other brands and users. As you look ahead to 2018 and begin planning your social media strategy, it is essential to monitor trends. With that, here are 8 Instagram trends you need to watch out for this year. Rise of Instagram Stories. Via TechCrunch.

2018 181

Podcast 088: Not seeing what’s in front of you

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ? Stitcher ? Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play. You can leave a review here! ?. This is Podcast 88 and it’s about not being able to see what’s in front of you because of how it’s defined or named. Naming and defining are important. They help us differentiate things from each other. We assign them attributes that contrast them with other things.

2018 100

The Future Assistant full programme is live and kicking

Practically Perfect PA

Today, I’m so excited to share the news that the Future Assistant full programme is live and kicking! I’m so excited to share the final programme with you.

2018 200

Romancing the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

According to research by Chris Larsen, a professor at the University of Colorado, the median income for romance authors has tripled during the e-book era.

2018 202

Why You Keep Getting Overlooked at Work

On The Job

Take a minute and look at what you're wearing right now. Are they the same clothes you wore in college? Or similar enough that you could have worn them in college? Now, take a look at your work area.

2018 141

How Do I Increase My Brand Value? PART 1

Office Dynamics

By Anel Martin. Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room” – Jeff Bezos. I have to thank Jeff, as I have not found a better way to explain personal brands in all the years I have been exploring the subject. There are a few things we need to understand ( from my point of view and experience ) when it comes to brand: Your brand already exists (whether you know it or not). Your brand has value attached to it (actual financial and opportunity based benefits).

2018 139

How to Find Your Dream Job: 5 Tips You Can Use Right Now

Dumb Little Man

Everyone has a dream job in mind. However, finding and actually getting that job isn’t that easy. You may need to send out countless resumes and cover letters. You may need to go to interviews that don’t really guarantee any good results. There will be times that you won’t get any response, no matter how persistent you are. You’ll face a lot of competition and rejection that will really affect your confidence.

2018 181

Podcast 087: Design thinking, part 2

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ? Stitcher ? Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play. You can leave a review here! This is Podcast 87 and it’s about the other three stages of design thinking: ideate, prototype and test. This carries on from the previous podcast. Ideate means coming up with ideas to address the problem you identified in phase 2. This is the time to go wild and think up as many ideas as you can. There are lots of ways to approach this and to get your creative thinking going.

2018 100

Technology of the week: Rev

Practically Perfect PA

Today’s Technology of the week: Rev. Here are all the details… What is Rev? Rev.com is a service website that transcribes video and audio into text, they add captions to video and translate documents into any language, which can be certified for an additional fee. What does it do?

2018 185

U.S. Coworking Forecast: 2018 to 2022

Small Business Labs

Our U.S. coworking forecast projects continued growth for the U.S. coworking industry over the next 5 years.    Our forecast average annual growth rate for U.S. spaces over the forecast period (2017 to 2022) is, by coworking's standards, a relatively modest 9%. 

2018 198

Here's How to Kill Negativity at Work

On The Job

While looking at the social media comments as 2017 came to a close, I was struck by how many people were glad to see the end of the year. They lamented the negativity, the divisiveness and the general unhappiness that seemed to infect the country. That negativity also has shown up in the workplace.

2018 141

Give Yourself Permission to Live a BIG Life

Office Dynamics

Do you take care of others and have nothing left for you? Has life kicked you with a wallop or two and you wonder if you’re woman (or man) enough to get up and get going again? Women juggle so much. We keep a mile-long list of must-dos; want to be there for everybody even when we can’t! Many women care for young children and aging parents at the same time. Women juggle pregnancy with job deadlines and soccer schedules.

2018 132

5 Everyday Things That Will Disappear Really Soon

Dumb Little Man

What happens to the world around us is called exponential growth. The most powerful processor, the fastest connection, the highest video quality— all of them double in performance each time a new module is out. If you hear someone complaining how everything sucks, remind them that this is the best we’ve been off since forever. And no matter what it seems like, the facts prove that it gets better each year.

2018 179

Podcast 086: Design thinking

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ? Stitcher ? Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play. You can leave a review here! ?. This is Podcast 86 and it’s about design thinking. I got reintroduced to this concept by Chris Wilson, the founder of Unstuck School, at a workshop he gave recently. He leads a program called Design Your Year that uses many creative ways to define and achieve your goals, one of which is not calling them goals.

2018 100

What’s the Biggest Blocker Holding You Back in Your Job Search?

Practically Perfect PA

It’s that time of year, when we start reflecting on what we have achieved, question if we are on the right path and possibly asking ourselves if we are adding value or creating an impact in any way. Even if it’s just on a small scale. Now normally I’m not a big advocate for choosing […].

2018 184

Book Review: The Million-Dollar One-Person Business

Small Business Labs

We really like the tagline for the book The Million-Dollar One-Person Business. It's "Make great money; work the way you want; have the life you want." " This pretty much sums up the advantages of being successfully self-employed. 

2018 197