February, 2018

Study Finds U.S. Has 27 Million Square Feet of Coworking Space

Small Business Labs

Yardi Matrix , a provider of real estate industry data and research, has released an interesting coworking study.    They've also written an article - Shared Space: Coworking's Rising Star - summarizing their results. 

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3 Steps to Take When You No Longer Like Your Job

On The Job

Sometimes you accept a job and are really excited about it. But as you spend more time in that job, you start to lose some of that enthusiasm. Before long, you feel stuck. It can be difficult to finally admit to yourself that you're not happy with a job you thought was a good fit.

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"They" Pulls Ahead in the Language Game

Business Writing

Our six-year-old neighbor brought his Pokémon card game over for a playdate the other night. As our daughter read aloud the instructions on a card, the grammar caught my attention. Do you notice it too? Your opponent puts a card. Etiquette Grammar and Usage

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Assistants are their organisation’s influencers

Practically Perfect PA

Over the last few weeks I have spent quite a bit of time reviewing my social media strategy for 2018 which basically means I’ve been reading a lot about how to be an influencer on all the different platforms.

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Protecting Yourself From Fake Social Media Accounts

Dumb Little Man

Fake news. You’ve probably been hearing a lot about it lately. What is fake news and why is it so important that you know how to spot it? Fake news is not someone saying something you don’t agree with. It’s not one political party pointing out facts that happen to be inconvenient to the opposition.

More Trending

British vs. US Spellings

Business Writing

I traveled (travelled?) around the Big Island of Hawaii the last two weeks and found that--even at Volcanoes National Park--I could not escape thinking about writing. This text grabbed my attention on the Sulphur Banks trail: It appeared on this. Books Proofreading Spellchecking

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Business travel without the stress

Practically Perfect PA

Business travel can be a stressful experience. Unfamiliar surroundings, time and performance pressures, networking in a second or third language, and a confused body clock all contribute to rising stress levels.

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It’s Not What You Have But How You Feel That Makes You Rich

Dumb Little Man

One day, while riding the train, I overheard a cry for help. Sure, the young lady sitting across from me was literally crying. “If only I was rich,” she said. “If only I was rich!” ” “I know, Babe. I know,” responded her friend in hopes of consoling her. What started out as watching from afar, as if I were some nosy neighbor peeking from a window, turned into full-blown observation.

2018 189

Fighting Office Dragons

Office Dynamics

I have been speaking about office dragons for years and how to professionally deal with the dragons. Dragons were huge, dominating, fictitious creatures. Medieval writers had vivid imaginations for big, scary things. For many people, work is like a dragon. It can be overwhelming and certainly dominates well over half of our waking hours. Sometimes the people we work with can be pretty “fiery” creatures to deal with, too. Please join me on Thursday, March 1, 2018 | 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

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Why Startups Fail

Small Business Labs

The Top 20 Reasons Startups Fail from CB Insights is based on their postmortem review of 101 failed startups. Their infographic below lists the 20 reasons. Their research brief goes into detail on each reason. 

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The One Thing That May Lead to Better Hires

On The Job

I spend a lot of time talking to business experts and leaders and the one thing I know for sure: No one knows for sure what the future will bring.

2018 142

How to Refer Readers to a Map

Business Writing

I got an email yesterday from the organizers of a literary festival I'm going to attend. It shared reminders about parking and registration. I knew where to park, but I needed to know where registration was. So I went directly. Global Communication Teaching Business Writing Writing Tips

2018 141

The Future Assistant Conference: What went down?

Practically Perfect PA

I have just arrived back in Barcelona after a pretty roller coaster week in the UK, which included running the two day Future Assistant Conference in Camden and an overnight stay at the Royal London Hospital with my one year old. He is fine, me not so much!

2018 187

10 Possible Reasons Why You’re Always Not Good Enough

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever felt like you’re not good enough? Have you ever questioned yourself why you’re not appreciated and valued for who you are? Well, let me tell you what I think. You’re constantly comparing and measuring your standards of success against others. “So what If I’ve graduated with a Bachelors degree, people are graduating with Masters and PhDs, I’m just not smart enough; I’m never gonna get a good job.” ” 2.

2018 186

When Is The Last Time You Thanked Your Assistant?

Office Dynamics

When is the last time you thanked your assistant? Expressing your gratitude could increase your productivity. I was in California speaking to a group of administrative assistants at a large corporation when one of the assistants told me how much a compliment from her executive means to her. She said, “When my executive tells me I’m doing a great job, I want to do even more for him.” “I I want to go the extra mile; produce quality work; take things off my executive’s plate.”.

2018 135

CIPD Reports 1 in 7 UK Self-Employed

Small Business Labs

CIPD is sort of the UK version of the U.S. trade group the Society for Human Resource Management ( SHRM ). They recently released More selfies? UK self-employment continues to rise , a new report in their megatrends series.

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3 Ways to Brag Without Being Obnoxious

On The Job

Recently I was talking to a young job seeker who went completely slack-jawed when I mentioned she needs to promote her accomplishments to others. I was not surprised by her reaction, because I'd gotten the same one from another job seeker -- this one a bit older. I get it.

2018 141

Adopting Remote Work Options for Businesses

Tips From T. Marie

In November of 2017 I launched a program for local businesses to help them adopt remote work options for their office staff. Living in Maine, when winter weather hits it can have a huge impact on office productivity. Winter weather, school cancellations and sick children can leave the office looking like a ghost town. Read more. The post Adopting Remote Work Options for Businesses appeared first on T.Marie Hilton's Clerical Advantage Online Business Technology Services.

2018 131

Come meet your tribe

Practically Perfect PA

One of the main reasons to attend any conference is to network. But not every conference offers the same networking opportunities.

2018 180

The Truth About What Makes A Great Leader

Dumb Little Man

Leaders are essential to any group or organization. They are the people that guide, control, and manage others so that they can be more productive and efficient in meeting their goals. However, not all leaders are great ones. Some of them are just wearing the title and don’t live up to their position. If you’re curious to know what makes a great leader, here are some points to highlight their traits.

2018 180

Can Businesses Leverage Blockchain to Sell Excess Green Energy?

Eco-Office Gals

Cryptocurrencies are incredibly popular right now, and for good reason. But they are only possible through a technology called Blockchain, which is essentially a digital ledger.

2018 130

Coworking, Differentiation and Segmentation

Small Business Labs

Kansas City's Laya Center  (pictured below) is the  the first coworking spa in the U.S.   In addition to having the only natural cryotherapy chamber in the Midwest, the Laya Center also offers chromotherapy as well as yoga and other traditional spa treatments and services.

2018 190

The Best Ways to Answer "Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?"

On The Job

"Where do you see yourself in five years?" This is a pretty standard interview question, but it's also often asked during performance reviews. Many people are a bit stumped by this, since they're not sure what they're doing this weekend, let alone five years from now.

2018 142

How To Bring More Love Into Your Work

Eat Your Career

Love isn’t something most of us think about at work. We’re professionals after all. But, with Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. You see, love doesn’t have to be about romance. I actually believe the essence of love is much more profound than that.

2018 130

Technology of the week: Focus Keeper

Practically Perfect PA

Today’s Technology of the week: Focus Keeper. Here are all the details… What is Focus Keeper? Focus Keeper is a free app that helps you keep your productivity high while helping you avoid burnout. What does it do?

2018 175

How to Rest Well: 7 Things You Shouldn’t Do When You’re Tired

Dumb Little Man

When you’re exhausted, your brain becomes slower and your body becomes less productive. Forcing yourself to work when you’re in such state can only spell trouble for your health. Unfortunately, since most of us have tons of things to do, we often overlook the importance of getting proper rest and sleep. We force our eyes to remain open so that we can complete our tasks. We ignore our body’s signal to take a break just so we can accomplish our to-do lists.

2018 178

Meetings, Meetings, and More Meetings

Office Dynamics

I bet that like many people you thought meetings would go by the wayside because of technology or at least there would be fewer meetings. Not true! The reasons meetings. have increased are due in part to the rise in teams and requisite team meetings and technology such as video-conferencing accommodating slashed travel budgets. Approximately 11 million meetings occur in the U.S. each day!

2018 126

Quantum Computing Getting Closer

Small Business Labs

Intel recently announced they've developed a quantum computer chip. There's also been a number of other recent quantum computing breakthroughs and companies like Google, IBM, Microsoft and others are investing heavily in the space. So are the Chinese.

2018 190

You're Always Being Watched

On The Job

Years ago I was volunteering at a community fun fair, which is another way of saying that kids were running around juiced on too much soda and candy, and parents were paying $10 for a hot dog. All of it was in good fun since it was aimed to raise money for a local community project.

2018 130

How to Fall in Love with Work Again

Eat Your Career

February is the month of love, so in honor of St. Valentine, let’s talk about love at work. No, I’m not referring to workplace romances. That’s not my area of expertise. But, if you’re looking for my advice on the topic—DON’T DO IT. I’m actually more interested in talking about love FOR work.

2018 130

Project Management 101: Getting to grips with MS Project

Practically Perfect PA

At the recent Future Assistant conference we held a session on Project Management for beginners.

4 Important Things To Consider When Changing Jobs

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever been so burnt out at work and sick of all the corporate politics that you are thinking of quitting your job? Or maybe you are only working hard enough to get a paycheck and make it to the weekend? Week after week. Month after month. Year after year. You meant well when you first accepted the career position. Now, you’re no longer sure if you’re feeling the same way. And you’re not alone. Some statistics say up to 85% of people hate their jobs.

2018 178

Be Impeccable with Your Emails

Office Dynamics

“Be Impeccable with Your Word”—one of the four agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz in his book The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom. Here’s a twist on this agreement. In business, being impeccable with your “word” sent through email counts for a lot. After all, you want more than replies; you want results. To give you a greater chance of receiving what you need from each email you send, apply these five tips for composing messages impeccably.

2018 126

LinkedIn's Deep Dive on VanLifers and Digital Nomads

Small Business Labs

LinkedIn's From van life to careers, figure it out as you go covers a couple who have spent several years as VanLifers.    It includes an excellent video that is the most professionally done of any VanLife video we've seen and is well worth watching.

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