August, 2017

Managing meeting rooms

Practically Perfect PA

Ahhhhhhhhhh!!! Was pretty much the sound I made when I was asked to take on the task of managing meeting rooms for my office.

2017 219

Drone Sales Taking Off

Small Business Labs

Over 3 million drones are expected to be sold in the U.S. 2017, with 4.45 million forecast to be sold in 2018. This data comes from The Consumer Technology Association via the Axios article Demand for Drones is Exploding. The chart below (click to enlarge) is from the article.

2017 195

Online Accounting Among Top Tips for New Entrepreneurs

The Small Business Blog

Starting a new business is more than just coming up with an idea and pitching it to customers. There is a tonne of planning that goes into a new enterprise, followed by convincing financing sources to get behind the idea.

2017 195

How to Unintentionally Diminish Others

Business Writing

The other day I met my friend Barb for lunch. She arrived at the restaurant first, and the server asked, “Just one?” Barb often eats out alone, and she frowns when she hears that question. This time she replied, “Here. Courteous Writing Etiquette Positive Language

2017 191

Tips and Tricks for Making Your Business Greener

Eco-Office Gals

Going green seems to be all the rage with businesses recently, with everyone from Coca-Cola to SC Johnson launching widely publicized environmental initiatives.

2017 190

5 Ways to Become a Better Listener

On The Job

Are you a good listener? Hello? Are you there? OK, put down your smartphone, stop staring at someone across the room and let me try this again. Are you a good listener? Most of us would say "Yes, of course!" Then, we might follow that up with, "Wait a minute.what did you say?"

2017 164

Is running your own VA business the new career progression for PAs?

Practically Perfect PA

The roles of Personal and Executive Assistants are changing. For many, that means increased responsibility and a role that’s evolved from the traditional one they first stepped into.

2017 204

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Are There Benefits to Implementing Business Intelligence for Small Business?

Dumb Little Man

Business Intelligence (BI) is a process for analyzing data and presenting relevant information to business executives. It’s meant to help them make better business decisions and improve their overall performance. There are many benefits to using Business Intelligence for every business.

2017 217

10 Ways to Break Through Writer's Block

Business Writing

Time clicks by on your phone and wristwatch. Your article, letter, report, email reply, or blog post is due at noon. How do you get around the obstacles that block your writing flow? Try these techniques. Imagine you are. Teaching Business Writing Writing Tips

2017 181

5 Amazing Ways New Farming Methods Will Save Our Fresh Water

Eco-Office Gals

There isn’t a lot of fresh water on earth and 50 percent of the total amount lies in half a dozen countries. It means billions of people are currently living without enough clean water. How much do you think that number will increase by due to population growth?

2017 164

Is Your Vocabulary Holding You Back?

On The Job

It doesn't matter if you work remotely, in an open office or on a assembly line.The way you speak can have a big impact on your career. Because a limited vocabulary may prompt you to stay quiet in meetings.

2017 164

5 Ways People Dislike Your Emails (And Possibly You)

Practically Perfect PA

An interesting bit of research came to my attention recently, courtesy of the BBC website.

2017 201

42% of Young Small Businesses Use Contract Workers

Small Business Labs

The U.S. Federal Reserve released the their Report on Startup Firms. This is the second in a series of reports based on their 2016 small business credit survey. 

2017 193

Should You Have Friends at Work?

Eat Your Career

I’ve long believed that friendships and work don’t necessarily mix. However, in the past few years I’ve refined my stance on the topic a bit. The Argument Against Friends at Work.

2017 151

How NOT To Breathe When You Feel Anxious

Dumb Little Man

‘If you feel nervous, just take a few deep breaths. In, then out. In, then out.’. This feels like an obvious advice. Everyone knows that slow, deep breathing can calm the heart rate and lower feelings of anxiety.

2017 215

How to Make a Small In-Home Office Work for You

Productivity Bits

Working from home offers many benefits to those that simply don’t want to drag themselves to the office every day. For instance, you can create any type of office you want, maintain control over your schedule, and even be your own boss.

Why that Toxic A**Hole Gets to Keep His Job

On The Job

When you hear the word "toxic," are you filled with the warm fuzzies? Certainly not. When you hear the word, you think of poison. Maliciousness. But guess what?

2017 153

Skills required to be a good minute taker

Practically Perfect PA

Nobody readily puts up the hand to take minutes and those of us who do sometimes fear the job because of the expectation that is put on us to produce discussions accurately.

2017 200

Tech Jobs Moving to the Midwest

Small Business Labs

companies have long moved work overseas to save money. But a long emerging trend of moving work to lower cost areas of the U.S. instead of overseas appears to be gaining steam.

2017 192

27 Ways to Re-Energize Your Career Without Changing Jobs

Eat Your Career

You know that feeling you have when you first start a new job? It’s a mixture of excitement and challenge, nervous energy and high hopes. Everything is new, and opportunity seems to live around every corner. At some point in your career, you may experience a deep desire to recapture those feelings.

2017 151

Neglecting Self Care: The Biggest Mistake I Made (And How You Can Avoid It)

Dumb Little Man

Whether it’s lack of capital, economy or just a bad idea, each business has its own reasons for failing. And even though I’d agree that those reasons are common, there is another insidious reason that can cause a business to fail. It’s neglecting self-care.

2017 209

How to Keep Your Readers' Attention

Business Writing

Someone who was starting a new business asked me to review a marketing piece he had written. It was approximately 350 words long, yet not one of those words was you. Although it kept the writer's attention--after all, it was. Teaching Business Writing Writing Tips

2017 130

How to Become One of the Boss's Favorites

On The Job

I'm all for work/life balance and making sure that you're not headed for burnout by working too much. But that doesn't mean you go to work and just warm a chair every day, doing just enough to make sure you keep your job.

2017 141

Day in the life: Torsten Maerz, PA at Deutsche Bank

Practically Perfect PA

Today’s Day in the life: Torsten Maerz, PA at Deutsche Bank for Dr. Ulrich Stephan, Global Chief Investment Officer of Private & Commercial Clients in Frankfurt, Germany. What are the main aspects of your role?

2017 199

Small Business Owners Getting Older and Not Planning to Fully Retire

Small Business Labs

According to Barlow Research, the average U.S. small business owner is 60.3 year old. As the Barlow chart below shows (click to enlarge), 57% of small business owners are over the age 60, up from just 38% a decade ago.

2017 188

Career Lessons Learned from the 2017 Solar Eclipse

Eat Your Career

Those of you who have read my blog for a while know that I’m always looking for career lessons in the strangest of places. This past Monday, I found a few in the sky. Here in the U.S., we experienced our first total eclipse of the sun since the 1970’s.

2017 130

Pet Boarding Video for Come Sit Stay in Parker Colorado

Andrea Kalli

It was fun creating a special video for a local Pet Boarding place – Come Sit Stay in Parker Colorado. They wanted to promote their special VIP boarding service. Designed and edited by [link] – Andrea Kalli – Video Design. Video Editing Services. Video Marketing.

2017 130

Create Your Own Eco Bedroom for Summer 2017

Eco-Office Gals

Summer has officially begun! School’s out on summer break, so it’s time to spend and spend some outdoor fun with the kids—pool parties, picnics, barbeques, you name it!

2017 130

Why You're Not as Influential as You Think

On The Job

When Stacey Hanke begins working with leaders to boost their effectiveness, she knows that at least 95% of these people are going to overestimate their influence on others.

2017 130

Your invitation to a very special event this September

Practically Perfect PA

Do you organise meetings, away days, conferences, private dinners, summer parties, teambuilding or other events? As a PA or EA, finding the perfect venue can often be tough – especially when you’re simply asked for ‘something different’!

2017 176

Book Review: Thriving in the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

"How to capitalize and compete in the new world of work" is the tagline for the book Thriving in the Gig Economy. This nicely summarizes this useful guide to the shift to independent work.    The book starts with an excellent overview of the gig economy.

2017 177

Happiness Techniques From Around The World That Can Change Your Life

Dumb Little Man

When we look back across our lives, it is often the most prominent of events and landmarks that we remember: a kiss, a birthday party, a new job, or a sporting achievement. Yet it is the way we live our day-to-day lives that truly defines who we are and how we feel. Happiness breeds happiness, and it is important to start with the fundamentals. All around the world, ordinary people and famous achievers alike have developed ways to buoy their daily experience for thousands of years.

2017 184

The Importance of a Positive Workplace Culture to Enable High Performance

Productivity Bits

The environment or culture within a workplace has a lot to do with how well or how bad the performance of the employees is. There are some qualities that must be present within a healthy work environment in order to perk up the progress and help the organization to evolve into something better. The person in charge within any organization, whether it’s big or small, is the leader who sets a standard for the rest of the people who work under them – notably, the employees.

2017 126

Podcast 068: Start somewhere

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! This podcast is about a trick you can use if you’re having trouble starting something. Back in podcast 24, called Baby Steps, I talked about a similar thing, how you can make progress on a project by taking the smallest possible step; the least intimidating, easiest step. Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play.

2017 100

Why You Can't Remember Stuff at Work -- and How to Get Better at It

On The Job

I'll be the first to admit that my memory isn't what it was when I was 20-years-old, and I bet many of you would say the same even if you're only 25-years-old. That can become a problem in the workplace, where you may have to recall a client's name you met two years ago or remember exactly why a project ran into manufacturing turbulence last quarter. With so much information coming at us, it can be difficult to hang onto everything in our brains.

2017 122

Lots of new speakers added to the Virtual Summit

Practically Perfect PA

We are almost there with the final programme for the Practically Perfect PA Virtual Summit and I will release all of the details next week, but in the meantime I thought I would introduce you to our next group of speakers. Here they are! Leni Miller, Founder and President of EASearch LLC.

2017 173

What's a Good Job and How Many Are There?

Small Business Labs

The Georgetown Center on Education the Workforce has started a project on "good jobs" , with a focus on good jobs that don't require a university degree.    According to their first report, there are 30 million American workers without a college degree who have a good job.

2017 176