October, 2017

9 Hacks to Help You Write Killer Content

Dumb Little Man

Knowing how to write quality content is not easy. Most writers are not able to create good content which can hold readers’ attention. Some writers are too bothered about writing perfectly.

2017 228

Dealing with confidential electronic documents

Practically Perfect PA

A few years ago I wrote a really detailed blog about dealing with confidential electronic documents and paperwork. This is obviously an important subject for assistants because we have to, have to, have to, keep our Executive’s confidence.

2017 208

Upwork's 2017 Freelancing in America Study

Small Business Labs

Upwork and the Freelancers Union released their 2017 Freelancing in America study last week. This is the 4th year of this study. The key finding is the estimated number of freelancers continued to grow in 2017, reaching 57.3 million, up from 53 million in 2014.

2017 202

Which Renewable Energy Source Has the Most Promise?

Eco-Office Gals

For years, there has been a push to find alternative energy sources that will replace the use of fossil fuels. However, there really has not been a lot of movement towards making the replacement permanently on a large scale.

2017 188

Things Changed--Is Your Style Guide Up to Date?

Business Writing

While you have been busy working, some of the rules of writing evolved, and the University of Chicago Press released a new Chicago Manual of Style. Take a look at the changes below to determine which ones you need to.

2017 188

How to Get More Out of Professional Development Training: [PART 3] Leveraging Learning

Eat Your Career

This is part three of a three-part series where I’m covering the following topics: Part 1: Getting Leadership Approval. Part 2: Retaining Information. Part 3: Leveraging Learning. In this article, I’ll share some strategies to help you use what you’ve learned in training.

2017 130

Top Destinations In Europe for a Long Weekend on a Budget

Dumb Little Man

Romantic break for two? Long weekend with the guys? Europe offers so many different and interesting destinations. Whether you want to embrace your inner foodie in France, run with the bulls in Spain or traverse Italian city canals, there is something for everyone in Europe. For those on a budget, long weekend trips can mean exciting experiences. You can get away for a few days, explore a new destination, and save more money than you would if you go on a longer holiday.

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Coworking Industry Competition Heating Up

Small Business Labs

The coworking industry is getting more competitive.    Recent examples include stories about coworking spaces  offering of a year's free rent to prospective tenants , reports of coworking spaces spying on competitors and coworking spaces closing down due to growing competition.

2017 196

Love Your Office Space Series: Just Add Personality

Tips From T. Marie

You spend a lot of time in your office. It could be a corner of your living room, a dedicated room in your home or even a small, rented space. No matter where your office is, a key to making work enjoyable (and productive) is creating an office space that you love. Over the next. Read more. Business Tips The Home Office

2017 127

Whistler's Apostrophe Challenge

Business Writing

I visited beautiful Whistler, British Columbia, last week and loved everything about it--except perhaps for its free-spirited use and avoidance of apostrophes. Its businesses' signs kept my writing teacher's mind spinning. Here's a challenge for you: See if you can.

2017 169

How to Get More Out of Professional Development Training: [PART 2] Retaining Information

Eat Your Career

This is part two of a three-part series where I’m covering the following topics: Part 1: Getting Leadership Approval. Part 2: Retaining Information. Part 3: Leveraging Learning.

2017 130

Best Tips For Young Entrepreneurs

Dumb Little Man

Entrepreneurship is growing at an extremely fast rate among Gen Z and it’s easy to see why. Entrepreneurship grants people greater freedom in addition to generating new jobs within the economy. When entrepreneurs aren’t starting new companies, the economy stagnates.

2017 206

Tech of the week: WeTransfer

Practically Perfect PA

Today’s Technology of the week : WeTransfer. Here are all the details…. What is WeTransfer? WeTransfer is a really simple website that allows the user to send big files to other people. What does it do? The website really is simple.

2017 188

LinkedIn's CEO on the Future of Work

Small Business Labs

LinkedIn CEO, Jeff Weiner, recently shared his list of the 3 trends that will shape the future of work. These are: AI and Automation. The Skills Gap. Independent Workers. None of these are particularly new or surprising. They're all well known to anyone who has been following the future of work.

2017 193

4 Ways to Avoid Working With Jerks

On The Job

The good news is that as the job market improves, more workers are able to leave jobs -- or bosses -- that make them miserable. The bad news is that some are taking jobs that are going to make them just as miserable in a very short amount of time.

2017 164

I'm Sorry You. Did It to Yourself

Business Writing

The other day I participated in an online chat about cats being allowed to roam free in our neighborhood. Opinions for and against piled up minute by minute, with some people expressing strong views. Reading the comments, I noticed this. Courteous Writing Etiquette

2017 150

Love Your Office Space Series: Just Add Personality

Tips From T. Marie

You spend a lot of time in your office. It could be a corner of your living room, a dedicated room in your home or even a small, rented space. No matter where your office is, a key to making work enjoyable (and productive) is creating an office space that you love. Over the next few weeks I’m going to give you some ideas for starting a love affair with your office.? We will cover everything from chairs to décor and a bunch of stuff in between. We are currently on week 3 of the series.

2017 100

15 Tips On How To Live A Fulfilling Life

Dumb Little Man

You despise yourself because of your imperfections. You loathed your skin color, your monolid eyes, your body shape—almost everything about you. That’s why you try really hard to get rid of them. However, although a lot of people are already appreciating you, you still can’t be happy. It’s because you don’t know your real flaws, the flaws that you have within you. They are those things that make you feel like you don’t belong in your own body.

2017 206

10 tips to tidy up your inbox

Practically Perfect PA

So it goes without saying that you get tons of emails, oh and your Executive probably gets tons of emails too! These days, we are all swimming in the sea of digital communications and most of us are drowning!

2017 186

The New Migrant Workers: "Workampers", "Vanlifers" and Digital Nomads

Small Business Labs

The nature of migrant work is rapidly changing. A combination of technological enablement coupled with social, demographic and economic shifts is resulting in growing numbers of migrant workers.    But these new migrants aren't like the old ones.

2017 186

Why You Cannot Neglect Emotional Intelligence if You Want to Be Successful

On The Job

Anthony Mersino was 39-years-old and had already been a successful project manager for more than 17 years when a therapist asked him: “Do you have any idea how dangerous it is not to be in touch with your feelings?”

2017 151

Timber! (or Timbre?)

Business Writing

I just finished reading another excellent mystery by Louise Penny: The Beautiful Mystery. Penny's series of Inspector Gamache mysteries, which take place in Québec, gets better and better with each volume. I'm always looking forward to the next one. Gems of Language Grammar and Usage

2017 130

Why Reflection is Critical to Your Personal Productivity

Productivityist

I have a question for you: When was the last time you looked back at what already happened today instead of looking forward to tomorrow? Most of us tend to look ahead because that’s the direction we’re moving.

2017 87

Top 5 Strategies To Maximize Your Online Casino Profits

Dumb Little Man

Imagine carrying your casino in your pocket. This is exactly what technology has done for us. We no longer need to travel out of the comfort of our houses to place a wager. Computers and mobiles have brought them all home and that too, on the tip of our fingers.

2017 205

A sneaky peek at the Future Assistant programme

Practically Perfect PA

As you guys can imagine with two weeks to go to the Virtual Summit I am literally up to my head in videos, online event technology, marketing and social media. I’m not going to lie, it is pretty intense BUT, it is going to be so awesome!

2017 181

Need for Agility and Skilled Talent Driving Growing Corporate Use of Contingent Workers

Small Business Labs

Ardent Partners recently released their 2017-2018 State of the Contingent Workforce Management report. Ardent Partners is an analyst firm focused on corporate procurement and supply chains.

2017 182

How to Avoid Being Blindsided in Your Career

On The Job

I've written before about how to know when your job is in trouble: The boss avoids you, there are meetings that you used to attend that are now excluding you and your job duties are being trimmed.

2017 141

How to Improve Your Presentation Skills

Office Dynamics

As you climb the corporate ladder, delivering a business presentation becomes one of the most important skills that you need to learn. A business presentation has to be informative, engaging, influencing, and entertaining at the same time. If one of these four key objectives are not covered well, the effectiveness of the presentation falls down immediately.

Skills 119

The Daily CT Scan: The Best Way To Start Your Day

Productivityist

A scan is defined by Merriam-Webster as “…to examine by point-by-point observation or checking.” However, the definition goes deeper into that: – to investigate thoroughly by checking point by point and often repeatedly. – to glance from point to point often hastily, casually, or in search of a particular item. Scanning, whether using either of those definitions, can give you the information you need to make a decision.

2017 81

Simple Yet Effective Tips To Win Online Slot Games

Dumb Little Man

Who doesn’t like to win in an online casino game with a huge winning potential? Everyone wants to do good with online slot games and earn the maximum while dreaming about what to spend their winnings on.

2017 203

Dealing with confidential paperwork

Practically Perfect PA

As much as we all want to work in paperless offices it still seems like something that is way way into the future. Yes, I think most of us have cut down a whole bunch on our paper consumption, however, we still have to print things off, get people to sign things and work with paper documents a lot.

2017 179

Silicon Republic's Future of Work Series and Being Human

Small Business Labs

Silicon Republic's Future of Work Week has an interesting set of articles on this topic. It covers pretty much all the standard future of work topics like AI, digital transformation, the changing nature of careers, etc. 

2017 182

Vocal Habits That Like, Hurt, Like, Your Career

On The Job

Vocal fry. Upspeak. Like, you know, those things are so, like, annoying? In recent comments about whether or not "vocal fry" hurts women in the workplace, readers weighed in on the story and said that yes, it does drive them crazy. (If

2017 141

Tap into the Power of “3” in Your Writing

Office Dynamics

by Barbara McNichol. Our society loves “3”; we remember things in “3s”; we’ve learned it from kindergarten when we were told to hop, skip, jump and stop, look, and listen. Businesses gravitate toward “3” when they create marketing taglines. Look at these examples: Reduce, reuse, recycle (recycle guide). Buy it. Sell it. Love it. eBay). Grace, space, pace. Jaguar). How can you improve your writing by tapping into the power of “3”? Consider this example from a newsletter.

2017 109

Why I’ve Stopped Saying That You Shouldn’t Check Email First Thing In The Morning

Productivityist

For a long time, I’ve believed that you should not check email first thing in the morning. As a matter fact, I still don’t. But the truth is, that advice won’t work for everybody. So I’ve stopped saying it.

2017 74

3 Things That Can Help You Start Being Your Best Self

Dumb Little Man

I did a video yesterday for a challenge that I’m doing and I was talking about something that I’m working on in the challenge. A comment from the leader came back and said that what stood out for her was how I’m constantly in “should”: “I should have done…”, “I should have been able to…” and “I should…” Always “I should…”.

2017 203

Facilitating Group Planning Sessions

Practically Perfect PA

Administrators will no doubt at some stage in their careers be the one leading and facilitating a planning session. When you’re that person a lot is at stake – mainly credibility.

2017 165