March, 2018

New ProAssisting coming in May 2018!

ProAssisting Blog

Please note that we have closed our training to new membership as we prepare to re-launch our company in May of 2018. Please come back then or enjoy our content from our blog posts below. We have been so thrilled to train so many assistants for the last 9 years and can’t wait for the next chapter. All our best, Stephanie and Ethan

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Digital Marketing for Business: Is It A Must?

Dumb Little Man

Why is content going digital? There are plenty of people who prefer going to movie theaters to see new movies. There are still lots of folks who enjoy a live musical performance over listening to the radio.

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20 ways to impress your Executive

Practically Perfect PA

A few years ago I had a really brilliant mentor. She started working for my organisation just a few months before I started, but she had been working for my Executive for a few years and had followed her from their previous firm.

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10 Etiquette Tips for Business Text Messages

Business Writing

Texting customers, colleagues, clients, and others is mainstream business behavior. But with regular use, there can be abuse. Don’t text just because you can. Text because people want or need to hear from you, and make the messages convenient for. Courteous Writing Etiquette

Study: Despite Uncertainty, Self-Employed Happier at Work Than Traditional Employees

Small Business Labs

A new academic study reports that the self-employed are happier and more engaged at work than traditional employees are. The reason, according to the study, is they have greater levels of autonomy than traditional employees. 

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A "Smelly" Career Problem

On The Job

Today is National Fragrance Day, which may mean diddly squat to you. Except if you're at work, and someone has decided to microwave last night's leftover shrimp scampi. Or, loaded on the Paco Rabanne cologne. Someone else decides to burn a wintergreen candle on their desk.

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The Secret to Motivation

Eat Your Career

I’m currently listening to the book, “The Motivation Myth” by Jeff Haden. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s been incredibly motivating! I’m only about halfway through and, already, I can confidently say it’s one of the best books I’ve read on the topic of goal achievement.

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More Trending

The Productive PA

Practically Perfect PA

Today I thought I Would share another session with you from last year’s Virtual Summit to give you a flavour of what to expect at our next Virtual Summit on the 22nd June.

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Recommended Book: Unleash the Power of Storytelling

Business Writing

I expect a book on communication—which is what storytelling is—to teach me something new or remind me of truths I had better not forget. Rob Biesenbach’s Unleash the Power of Storytelling: Win Hearts, Change Minds, Get Results surpassed my expectations, Best Picks Books

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Flying eVTOL Taxis Getting Closer

Small Business Labs

The Barron's Penta article  The Next Wave in Flight: Flying Vehicles You Can Summon With Your Phone covers eVTOLs, which are electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles. 

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This is Why Failure Can Be Good for Your Career

On The Job

Failure on the job can mean a lot of different things. It can mean that you failed to deliver a project on time, and the boss is ticked. It can mean you lost a huge client and the boss is livid. It can mean you failed to figure out how to create an app that was going to be a big deal for your career.

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Will Smart Circuit Breakers Monitor the Grid of the Future?

Eco-Office Gals

Many technologies in the energy sector are now getting modernized with “smart” and connected functionality that enables them to be both more efficient and more aware. Take the average electronic device, for instance, that employs ENERGY STAR® and similar certified ratings.

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Preventing Dog Attacks: Myths And Facts You Should Know

Dumb Little Man

There are ninety million dogs kept as pets in the United States. One of the most common breeds is the pit bull. Considered as vicious, this dog breed is chronically misunderstood. Pit bulls were bred in the 19th century from a mix of two breeds: the Old English Bulldog and the Old English Terrier.

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Thinking of Starting a VA business? The time is now…

Practically Perfect PA

There has never been a better time to launch your VA business.

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I.e. or E.g. -- Which Do You Choose?

Business Writing

Do you use the abbreviations i.e. and e.g. in your business writing? Do you use them interchangeably, or does each expression have its place? How would you define them if a child asked you what they meant? To think about. Grammar and Usage Teaching Business Writing

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Is Craft Brewing a Harbinger of a New Artisan Economy?

Small Business Labs

There have been a number of recent articles pointing out that despite having to compete with several giant beer companies, the craft brewing industry has dramatically expanded over the past decade.

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3 Dumb Moves That Kill the Careers of Smart People

On The Job

"Success is a lousy teacher," Bill Gates says. "It It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose." The working world is littered with the careers of people who didn't listen to Gates (or probably their mothers who offered the same advice).

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Archiving Email Off The Server With Outlook

Simple Productivity Blog

You might need to get email off of your server. The first is space. If your company has quotas on how big your email boxes can be (and they all do), you might find yourself in a situation where you have no more room, but you need to hang onto emails for legal or documentation reasons.

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Creating A Car Budget: 7 Things You Can Give Up For That Brand New Car

Dumb Little Man

Getting a new car is way cheaper than you think. In fact, buying a car on finance can even be less expensive than the monthly cost of a fancy new iPhone, broadband contract or your gym membership! So, ready to hit the open road? Here’s how to set your car budget by giving up some of your unnecessary expenses. Cut: Daily coffee fix. Get: Honda Jazz. It’s easy to fall into the trap of buying a latte on your way to work every day, especially when every other store is a coffee house.

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So, you’ve been asked to start a blog for your business… Where do you start?

Practically Perfect PA

It would seem that most businesses these days have a blog on their website and it is becoming a key skill for office workers to have. It makes sense, blogs are an effective way to get messages, content and news out to customers. It is a great way of marketing the products and services to […].

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Good Word to Know: "Polymath"

Business Writing

Reading yesterday's New York Times, I came upon the word polymath, and I couldn't confidently determine its meaning from the context. Can you define the word? Here's how The NYT used it: The debut season of "Atlanta," the FX series. Gems of Language

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The Post Millennial Generation

Small Business Labs

A fun demography fact is there aren't official definitions of generational cohorts*.    Making this even more fun, different people and groups often use different definitions and even different names for the various cohorts.

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How High Potentials Get Themselves Fired

On The Job

Perhaps you have highly sought after technical skills, or you're known for having such a creative mind that companies believe you can help propel their brands to new heights. The world is yours, right? You have so many calls from recruiters that you've lost count.

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Shareable: Email Postcard Rule

Simple Productivity Blog

For email, the old postcard rule applies. Nobody else is supposed to read your postcards, but you'd be a fool if you wrote anything private on one. Judith Martin. Email Shareable

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It’s Time To Find Your Unconventional Workout

Dumb Little Man

I grew up a thin waif of a blond child. A hamburger or two would have done me some good but luckily, I was raised in a family of vegetarians- mindful and meditative vegetarians (read: no hamburgers). I ate tofu and genuinely liked it. I played guitar and remember almost none of it. And I talked about my feelings all the time. I did not, however, play sports. I did not work out or go out for “the team.”.

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Is a PA job description worth the paper it is written on?

Practically Perfect PA

During the Future Assistant Conference we touched on the subject of job descriptions, which if truth be told, we talk about a lot at Practically Perfect PA events. It is a topic that never stops being hot.

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Everyday Leadership in Action

Eat Your Career

The word “leadership” is often misunderstood in the workplace. Most people think it requires a title of some sort. You’re a leader if you supervise others or if you have a few fancy letters after your name. I don’t think leaders are defined by position or organizational hierarchy.

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Financial Shocks Lead to Gig Work

Small Business Labs

One of the most important findings from our gig economy research is the role financial hardships and shocks play in the decision to become a gig worker. 

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Should You Ignore Weekend Emails from the Boss?

On The Job

I once had dinner with a friend who worked for a telecommunications company. In the middle of our conversation, she stopped talking and looked unhappily at her phone. I'm sorry," she said, looking at her vibrating phone on the table. But I've got to deal with this if it's my boss."

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Are You Human Spam?

Simple Productivity Blog

As I've been dealing with the topic of email this month, I have had plenty of time to consider the topic of spam. You know, that stuff that flows into your email that adds nothing of value to your life while taking up space and attention. But spam doesn't exist just in email.

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Betting on the Lottery: Is There a Strategy?

Dumb Little Man

Lotteries are among the world’s most favorite gambling pastimes, with hundreds of people made much richer because of them. So there’s no wonder lottery ticket sales are huge when there’s a massive jackpot on the line. With state and national lotteries all completely checked by third-party audits, people play knowing that the results of each draw are completely fair and random; and yet people still manage to concoct strategies for playing the lottery.

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Making the most of WhatsApp for business

Practically Perfect PA

At the recent Future Assistant Conference I asked our attendees how many of them use WhatsApp to communicate with their colleagues and their bosses. Many of them did, which didn’t surprise me in the least. It is a very simple app that pretty much everyone uses these days.

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ReVisited: SSL Certificates and the “This Website is Not Secure” Message

Tips From T. Marie

Less than a year ago I penned the post “What You Should Know About The “This Website is Not Secure” Message. The post discussed the message that some browsers display if a website SSL certificate is not being used. Today I’m revisiting it because things have changed. In my original post when posing the question. Read more.

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Pet Obsessed Millennials Pamper Their "Fur Babies"

Small Business Labs

Last week the online retailer Zulily celebrated their first annual pet week. In honor of this auspicious occasion, t hey released a set of survey results on pet owning millennials.

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Research Reveals the One Thing That Can Derail Your Motivation

On The Job

It's not unusual to hear people say that when they've been job searching for a while, they sort of lose their motivation. This loss of initiative can also be found when people are working on projects for work or trying to come up with an innovative idea. I've been through this myself, many times.

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Clean Your Old Email With Email Retention Policies

Simple Productivity Blog

You probably know that you have to hang onto certain paper documents for a given number of years. These documents are required by law, and only after a certain number of years of retention can you get rid of them. The same applies to email, though, which has been used in court cases.

3 Ways To Stop Your Bad Habits

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever found yourself saying, “I have plenty of time, I can work on this later” or, “What I do now doesn’t matter, again I’m young” ? If so, I’m here to say that it does matter, particularly when you’re learning how to stop bad habits. There’s a saying that I’ve been hearing a lot lately. Past performance is indicative of future returns.”. Now, although it’s usually said when discussing a financial institution, I believe that it can be applied to so much more.

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