May, 2018

5 online courses every Executive Assistant should take

Practically Perfect PA

I took my first online training course probably around 15 years ago now. It was a live webinar and we had to listen to the speaker via the phone on my desk while watching the slideshow on my computer screen. It was a bit of a novelty and funnily enough, a lot of my colleagues were […].

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Co-Living Startups Continue to Attract Funding

Small Business Labs

According to Crunchbase , an "analysis of residential-focused real estate startups uncovered a raft of companies with a shared and temporary housing focus that have raised funding in the past year or so."

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How Google Classroom is Reshaping Learning

Dumb Little Man

The job market is always changing but new technology and globalization are driving change at a faster rate than ever before. Working habits are changing as well with more industries embracing work-from-home.

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Even More Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint in the Office

Eco-Office Gals

Climate change is becoming an increasingly real subject for businesses and consumers across the globe. As a way to combat or prolong the issue, many organizations have opted to go green by creating more eco-friendly working environments.

Interacting with the World and Work

Office Dynamics

During a class I was teaching, a high-level executive assistant that I admire said to her peers, “At our company, we insulate ourselves. We think we are the best executive assistants alive, but we are not. We have much to learn.”

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Overwhelmed by GDPR & those notices? What do they mean for you?

Tips From T. Marie

The past few days my inbox has been filled to overflowing with privacy policy and opt in notices. I’d be willing to bet yours is too. It’s all because on Friday, May 25 th the new GDPR regulation takes effect. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by GDPR and what it means to you, keep reading. What is GDPR? . GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation and it’s essentially a data and privacy protection law that applies to the European Union and its residents.

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Technology of the week: Scanbot

Practically Perfect PA

Today’s technology of the week: Scanbot. Here are all the details… What is Scanbot? Scanbot is the easiest and fastest way to create high-quality scans with your iPhone, iPad or Android device. It is free to use, although there is a pro version which enables users to produce edit-ready documents.

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5 Tips for Creating A Wedding Budget

Dumb Little Man

Are you nearing your wedding day and still have not figured out the best ways in creating a wedding budget? If yes, then you have to be smart while planning your budget and just go for the essentials that will not force you to break your bank. If you are curious to know what those ways are, check out the following amazing tips you can start using now. Make Your Reception Private Yet Grand. One of the most common things that bother couples the most during their wedding planning is the guest list.

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Ten Simple Ways to Go Green On A Budget

Eco-Office Gals

Most people associate “going green” with buying expensive products like organic vegetables, environmentally friendly cleaning products, and electric cars. However, there are some really simple techniques you can use to go green without spending much money.

2018 163

Life Reframed

Office Dynamics

As we come upon Memorial Weekend, I thought I would share something very personal and deep with you but with a happy ending. For 10 years, I have not enjoyed Memorial Weekend. Why is that when throughout my life I always enjoyed every holiday?

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Top Career Killers that Sabotage Your Professional Growth (and How to Avoid Them)

Eat Your Career

In my work as a career coach, I meet a lot of promising professionals who feel professionally stuck. They complain of being overlooked, unappreciated, passed over, undervalued and ignored. Many of these people feel like victims.

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Five restaurants to recommend in the City of London

Practically Perfect PA

As Personal Assistant’s we book hundreds of restaurants every year for our colleagues, our executives and let’s not forget ourselves. I am Paula Gibson, a Personal Assistant and Founder of JLT’s Global PA Network for over 100 PA’s.

The Rise of Occupational Licensing

Small Business Labs

In the 1950's about 5% of full time U.S. workers had a professional, occupation license. Today about 23% do.    This data comes the interesting HBR article  More and More Jobs Today Require a License. That’s Good for Some Workers, but Not Always for Consumers.

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A Quick Look at Motorcycle History

Dumb Little Man

The motorcycle, an icon of freedom on two wheels, has an interesting story. If you are an enthusiast or you simply like traveling on your big bike, here’s a really catchy motorcycle history you need to hear. The Start. The bike’s humble beginnings date back to 1867 when bicycle inventor Pierre Michaux came up with the first steam-powered bicycle. Soon after, in 1885, Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach invented the first diesel-powered engine the world had seen.

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5 Innovative Green Building Ideas For New Architecture Projects

Eco-Office Gals

Since the early 2000’s, the green revolution has been underway. Especially in the last 10 years, we have seen countless commercial projects realign their sustainability priorities.

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Avoid Burnout by Creating Your Own Utopia

Office Dynamics

Avoid Burnout. In Utopia, burnout would be a term no one ever used or heard of. Everyone would be matched perfectly with the career they not only enjoyed but knew exactly how to succeed at.

2018 207

There Are No Shortcuts to Success

Eat Your Career

I’m back again writing another article based on the wisdom I’ve gained from Jeff Haden’s amazing book, “The Motivation Myth.” If you missed my previous article, you can read it here. This concept is not a new or revolutionary one, but it still strikes me as important given our world today.

2018 130

What to do when your day completely sucks

Practically Perfect PA

We’ve all been there. Totally unproductive day, conflict in the office, lost your keys and your wallet, train delayed, crappy email from the boss. Whatever the problem, we’ve all had those days that completely suck.

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The Top 15 Cities for Specialized Freelancers

Small Business Labs

Fiverr's Understanding the Impact of the Freelance Economy study focuses on what they call "specialized freelancers" These are independent workers who provide professional, technical, or creative services.    As the report chart below shows, there are about 2.5

2018 204

Are You Ready For The New Rosé?

Dumb Little Man

Are you ready for the rosé revival? Once associated with sticky sweetness, today’s rosé ranges from dry to sweet and everything in between. You can get it with bubbles, without bubbles, and from just about every major wine-producing region of the world.

2018 200

How to Say "No" to a New Position? Very Carefully

On The Job

Is it ever OK to turn down your boss when he or she offers you a new position? I was in this situation once. I had been hired to run a medical magazine, but within the week my new boss took me out to lunch. "I I have a proposition for you.

2018 163

A Story of Inspiration for all Administrative Professionals

Office Dynamics

The Gillie Watson Story. May 21, 2018. I will never forget Gillie Watson. Gillie attended my World Class Assistant certification and designation course in Las Vegas many years ago. I was impressed with Gillie the minute she walked in the meeting room as she was polished, professional, and friendly.

The F-ing Meeting

Productivityist

My wife and I have a lot going on. We work together on this business of mine, and Anne has her own business dealings as well. We also have two kids, so we have other people in our household that require our time, attention, and focus.

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How to chase requests at work without annoying people

Practically Perfect PA

Picture the scene. You’ve asked somebody that you work with to do something for you or your Executive. You need their input on the task before you can move on with your work.

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Cigna's Loneliness Index and Coworking

Small Business Labs

The large, global health services company Cigna recently released their U.S. Loneliness Index , which found loneliness in the U.S. is at "epidemic levels" The key findings include: Nearly half  of Americans report sometimes or always feeling alone (46 percent) or left out (47 percent).

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HSA or FSA: Which One Do You Really Need To Maximize Your Savings?

Dumb Little Man

If you have an FSA, chances are you just had to use it or lose it before tax season was up. If you have an HSA, chances are you have no idea why anyone would put money into an account that they couldn’t get back. So, what’s the difference? Should you get an HSA or FSA? About FSA.

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This is the Problem With Workplace Friendships

On The Job

I'm sure you've experienced this in your career: There are people you become friends with on the job, and feel so grateful to have found such relationships. Then, there are the people you work with who you wish would get a job on Mars. Having friends at work can be a blast.

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Forever A Student

Office Dynamics

I am so jazzed! Yesterday I flew to San Diego (with Jill and Brian from ODI), to attend the ATD International Conference and Exposition for 3 days. This is the training industry’s premier event with about 10,000 attendees, 300+ breakout sessions, and more than 600+ exhibitors.

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Common Pitfalls Small Businesses Face and How to Avoid Them

Small Business CEO

Starting up a business is, without a doubt, an exciting venture. If you’re not excited about your new small business, then you just aren’t doing the right thing. However, it’s also a nerve wracking one and even the most seasoned of business owners will come across struggles along the way.

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First Impressions Online: How PAs Virtually Greet Business 

Practically Perfect PA

I am a keyboard warrior. Not necessarily by choice, but rather by circumstance. I’ve worked as a PA and Office Manager across the Pharmaceutical, Healthcare and now Foodservice industry since 2011.

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Uber Unveils Flying Taxi Prototype

Small Business Labs

Uber unveiled a flying taxi eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) prototype at its recent  Elevate conference. The prototype (below) is a cross between a really big drone and a small airplane.

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7 Highly Effective Tips On How to Stay Productive

Dumb Little Man

Most people have a hard time staying productive throughout the day. If you work the typical 9 to 5 job, you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s that feeling when your brain becomes so exhausted that you grab that extra afternoon cup of coffee to just keep going. It’s physically impossible for you to continuously engage your brain in intense activity and concentration for more than a couple of hours at a time. Despite that, you still push yourself until you experience fatigue.

2018 191

This is How New Employees Can Help Your Career

On The Job

It's pretty annoying when a new colleague -- who has been on the job for only a week or so -- challenges the way things are being done. This doesn't seem efficient," she says. Why don't we do it another way?" Or, she might say something like, "Wow, this seems like a total waste of time.

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Insights from a “Rock Star”: A Conversation with Joan Burge

Office Dynamics

OSU Administrative Professionals Hosted Joan Burge. Ohio State University Administrative Professionals Group hosted Joan Burge April 23, 2018, in an informal session called Insights From a Rock Star: A Conversation with Joan Burge.

2018 201

Podcast 097: Sorting

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ? Stitcher ? Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play. You can leave a review here! ?. Podcast 97, this one, is about sorting. Back in podcast 61 I talked about general sorting principles. I find sorting to be easy and even kind of fun. Do you remember the Sesame Street recurring sketch called “One of these things”? In the sketch, there were four objects and one of them was different from the others.

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10 team bonding ideas for remote workers

Practically Perfect PA

Working remotely is becoming more and more common these days and it is pretty likely that many Assistants will have some if not all of their team working from home or other locations. They may even have Executive’s who live in other cities around the world.

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Pew's Demographic Trends That Are Shaping the World

Small Business Labs

Not everyone agrees that demographics are destiny. But demographic trends are key drivers of change and also one of the few things we can project into the future with decent accuracy. Pew Research's  7 demographic trends shaping the U.S.

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