November, 2017

The 5 questions you need to ask before you minute a meeting

Practically Perfect PA

Love it or hate it minute taking is part and parcel of the day to day role of the PA/EA for the most part. Personally, I have always found them slightly painful, but through experience and training I have made my peace with them and gotten my technique down to a fine art! Having worked […].

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5 Reasons Why You Need To Start Learning From Mistakes

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever wondered why most successful people speak of their achievements and avoid talking about their unsuccessful attempts? This is quite logical since we all aim to achieve more and love to brag about our success. However, this doesn’t mean that we won’t make mistakes along the way or that successful people did everything right from the beginning. As a matter of fact, most successful people put emphasis on why learning from mistakes is important.

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Test Your Proofreading Skills

Business Writing

Get your proofreading game on! Three challenges await you. A hint about the number of errors, followed by the solutions, appears at the end of the tests. Test 1: The Note of Thanks Dear Krista; Thank you very much for. Grammar and Usage Proofreading Punctuation Pointers Teaching Business Writing

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Black Friday through Cyber Monday 2017: WordPress Deals Your Website Will Love!

Eco-Office Gals

I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving! I have so much to be thankful for, including Eco-Office Gals. I could never ask for a better gift then the ability to be my own boss and work with some of the most amazing clients.

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SCORE's Small Business Jobs Report and the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

SCORE , a nonprofit association that provides mentoring services to small businesses, released their fall Small Business Jobs report recently.    It has some very interesting data on small businesses and their use of gig workers. 

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Is Your Job Title Hurting Your Career?

On The Job

When you decide to change jobs, you may have certain criteria in mind about what jobs you will take and the ones you will dismiss. Some of your criteria may be based on salary, location, company culture or perks. One area that often is overlooked is the job title.

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Day in the life: Gillian Aitken Snr Business Admin & PA, Price Jones Ltd.

Practically Perfect PA

Today’s day in the life: Gillian Aitken Snr Business Admin & PA, Price Jones Ltd. Gillian is PA to Pat Price and proud owner of Arch the pug (more on that in that in a bit)… What are the main aspects of your role?

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How to Write When You Can't Change Things

Business Writing

I led a class for a group of writers who respond to citizen complaints about airplane noise. The writers cannot make the planes quieter, and they can't make them go away. What can they do? They can respond in ways. Courteous Writing Etiquette Positive Language

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5 Common Writing Mistakes to Watch Out For

Office Dynamics

by Barbara McNichol. What can professional editors tell you about improving your business writing? Consider these five mistakes every conscientious administrator should watch out for as you craft and revise your messages (especially your emails and marketing copy). Mistake #1: Addressing readers as readers (plural) rather than a single key person whose interest you want to capture. Reading is a solitary pastime that occurs one person at a time. The fix?

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The New Multinationals: Small, Micro and Solo Businesses Driving the Next Wave of Globalization

Small Business Labs

Globalization and international trade was once driven almost exclusively by large multinational corporations. No longer.

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How the Holiday Season Can Help Your Career

On The Job

The holiday season is beginning to ramp up, and your thoughts may be consumed by Black Friday deals or how to make your nana's pecan pie. Amidst all these celebrations, however, it's time to also do a little career celebration.

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Top productivity tech to help you take back Monday

Practically Perfect PA

Sometimes it can be hard to find that extra dose of #MondayMotivation, especially when you’re faced with a myriad of emails first thing in the morning and your to-do list becomes longer than your arm. We know nobody has a to-do list longer than a PA, EA, admin assistant or office manager.

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6 Sleeping Tools To Help You Sleep Better And Alleviate Back Pain

Dumb Little Man

Friends, are you searching for ways on how to sleep better? Check our list and see if you’re actually equipped for a good night’s sleep. Fact: Back pain is one of the most common reasons why people miss work and visit doctors. It’s an extremely common complaint with at least 80% of Americans experiencing it once in their lives. If you belong to that statistic, you know how defeating back pain can be. It can affect your mobility, mood and even your sleep.

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Podcast 078: The iterative process

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! This is podcast 78 and it’s about the iterative process. In the design world, an iterative process is one in which a prototype is tested to see if it fulfills its purpose. Feedback from users can show flaws and shortcomings that the designers didn’t notice or didn’t anticipate. They can be fixed for the next iteration.

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Magic Trick to Cut Down on Wordiness

Office Dynamics

Want a Magic Trick to Cut Down on Wordiness? by Barbara McNichol. Ever wonder how to make your sentences less verbose and more direct? Here’s a trick that works like magic: Change long nouns to short verbs. Consider the differences in these three examples from a nonfiction manuscript I edited: “They remain in contradiction with themselves” vs. “They contradict themselves.”. “He He made an acknowledgment of her success” vs. “He acknowledged her success.”. “We

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The Digitialization of Jobs

Small Business Labs

Brookings recently released an interesting study on Digitalization and the American workforce.    The report: " presents a detailed analysis of changes in the digital content of 545 occupations covering 90 percent of the U.S. workforce in all industries since 2001.

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Why It's Time to Push Back Against Industry Norms

On The Job

Since he was a university student in the Netherlands, it has bothered Freek Vermeulen that newspapers are printed in the broadsheet format, which he contends is awkward and flimsy to read.

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10 qualities of a truly great Assistant

Practically Perfect PA

Assistants bring many, many amazing qualities to their roles. We are often described as a ‘jack of all trades’ which means we have a lot of skills and can take on lots of different tasks. Yay us! Today I thought I would have a look at the 10 qualities that make a truly great Assistant.

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3 Simple Ways To Improve Your Piano Skills

Dumb Little Man

I have been a pianist all of my life. I took lessons when I was about 13 and have never regretted it. By learning the basics of music and the piano at such an early age, I was able to build a foundation for music that lasts a lifetime.

2017 206

The killer app for productivity

Clutter Coach

by One of my clients sent me a list of focus and productivity apps. Some of them sound pretty intriguing. . Forest gets you to focus on your project for 30 minutes. At the beginning of your work time, you plant a tree. As you continue working, it grows. If you stop, all the leaves fall off and it dies. You’ve selfishly killed off an innocent digital tree!

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7 Tips for Coming Down the Home Stretch

Office Dynamics

Welcome to November—the 11th month of 2017! With just less than two months to go, how are you going to wrap them up? Are you going to fizzle out as the weeks pass or are you going out with a bang? Do you feel like you are running out of steam or taking one big, deep last breath to push through the next eight weeks? Many of you might be thinking, “Thank goodness this year is over. It was a horrible year; a stressful year; a depressing year.” Yet look around and most of us are still standing.

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The Rise of Coworking Lifestyle Brands

Small Business Labs

Coworking has always been about much more than just a place to work.    In the early years of the coworking, for example, the industry's tagline was "come for the space, stay for the community." 

How to Handle Uncertainty and Be More Creative

On The Job

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield says that the first nine minutes of a space mission account for at least 50% of a mission’s risk, which is why the crew spends so much time asking themselves how they will react if there’s an inadvertent engine shutdown or a loss of staging rockets. “A

2017 141

Modernising the ‘bring up’ folder

Practically Perfect PA

Today I thought I would write about a system I used to use to keep my Executive organised everyday – the ‘bring up folder.’ ’ I think most of you are familiar with the bring up folder system and many of you use it to also keep your Executives on track throughout the day.

2017 207

The 3 Secrets To Successful Small Businesses

Dumb Little Man

The United States has over 27 million entrepreneurs. People chasing the dream. The American dream of wealth, success and world domination. Ok, maybe not world domination but the pride and prestige of having your own business and people looking up to you. But, what does it take to be a successful entrepreneur and run a small business? Are tenacity and impeccable work ethic enough? Or do you need insider knowledge?

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Podcast 077: Stories we tell ourselves

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! This is Podcast 77 and it’s about stories we tell ourselves to excuse our behavior. We think they’re helpful because they explain ourselves to us. And that’s true. But these stories can be dangerous too because they prevent us from moving forward and changing things we want to change. The story I come across most often is The Great Depression story.

2017 100

5 Must-Have Learning Management Systems (LMS) Features for Employee Training

Small Business CEO

Picking a learning management system for employee onboarding and training can be a stressful affair. There are more than 180 sophisticated learning management systems in the market today and each one of them offer unique features and tools to make elearning fun, engaging and productive.

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The Cities With the Most Self-Employed

Small Business Labs

A new report from the Stephen S. Fuller Institute at Virginia’s George Mason University shows that Miami has by far the most non-employer businesses per capita in the U.S. click on chart to enlarge). New York, not surprisingly, has the largest total number of non-employer businesses. 

2017 192

Why Today's Workplace Needs You to Be Fast on Your Feet

On The Job

You know those picky and demanding customers who drive you nuts? Or, those employees who endlessly complain that things could be done better? Instead of running away from those you may consider annoying, it’s time to start listening to them, says Amanda Setili, a strategy consultant who has worked with Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines and Home Depot. That’s because those who complain – whether employees or customers – are doing so because they have ideas about how things can be done better.

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The tech savvy assistant: What does it really mean?

Practically Perfect PA

Most of us that have been working in the PA industry for a while now will have heard of the phrase ‘the tech savvy assistant’ It might have cropped up on your job specs and been discussed during your most recent job interview. But what does it actually mean?

2017 207

Using The New LinkedIn For Personal Branding And Career Success

Dumb Little Man

Are you making the most of the new LinkedIn? If you’re like most people, you log in to LinkedIn whenever you need to update your resume, click “like” on your colleagues’ work anniversaries and maybe post a link relevant to your field.

2017 202

A Capitalization Cheat Sheet

Daily Writing Tips

Capitalization is a bewilderingly complex issue, with many rules and exceptions. This post outlines the basic, most common guidelines for capitalization, with examples.

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I Tried To Juggle Life, But This Is Better


Today’s guest post is by Nick Snapp. Nick is an engineer, p odcaster , and recovering perfectionist. He is also in charge of innovation at Snappier , a platform designed to train you to become a Finisher.

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Are There More Gig Walkers Than Uber Drivers?

Small Business Labs

When most people hear the term "gig economy, they think of Uber. But Uber is hardly the only gig economy company. In fact, it may not even be the largest, at least in terms of the number of independent workers using its platform.

2017 191

Research Shows Why You May Make Bad Decisions

On The Job

If you are under persistent, long-term stress, be aware that any decisions you make will tilt toward higher-risk options -- such as accepting a job that might be a mistake.

2017 130

Should you say no more often?

Practically Perfect PA

When I talk to people about some of the traits that are typical in an Assistant there are two that come up quite often. They are people pleasers and pretty agreeable types. They are doers who take on lots of different projects and manage lots of different tasks.

2017 207

6 Ways To Live Well With A Chronic Illness

Dumb Little Man

Living with chronic illness comes with its own set of unique challenges but it doesn’t mean that life has to be one terrible ordeal. Often, we don’t look ill and we can still manage to hold down a job. We have families and a bit of a social life. Despite these things, we still feel terrible. It’s like having the flu every day, with maybe an odd hour or two of relief.

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