December, 2018

Live Life to Its Fullest: 39 Ways to Live and Not Merely Exist

Dumb Little Man

“The proper function of man is to live – not to exist.” ” – Jack London. Too often we go through life on autopilot, going through the motions and having each day pass like the one before it.

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3 Ways to Handle Nosy Co-Workers

On The Job

Believe it or not, some people don't like to talk about their personal life. I know, I know, this seems bizarre in a time when people post photos of themselves sitting on the toilet or reveal every detail of giving birth.

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Client Gifting: 5 Ideas to Show Your Appreciation This Holiday Season

Tips From T. Marie

It's December, the time of year when our thoughts are drawn to holiday festivities and the purchase of gifts. As a small business owner, it's also the time when you need to think about what you are going to do about client gifting.

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Group booking… every travel manager’s nightmare!

Practically Perfect PA

Your boss comes to you and tells you that you need to book the travel for 100 people for a Winter getaway, and it needs to be done by next week… eek! Where do you even start? Well, there are two options: 1. Book it yourself. You could always waste several hours searching multiple websites […].

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Top Grammatical Error of 2018--Do You Avoid It?

Business Writing

When a newspaper makes the mistake on the front page of the sports section, you know an error has spread. The writer, copyeditor, and proofreader all missed it. Can you recognize it? When I saw that error in a Seattle. Frequently Asked Questions Grammar and Usage Teaching Business Writing

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Connecting Artisan Makers With Retailers and Customers a Rapidly Growing Industry

Small Business Labs

Two companies that connect artisan makers with retailers and customers announced large funding rounds last week. The wholesale marketplace Faire raised $100 million while the wholesale and licensing business Minted said they raised $208 million.

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16 Great Reasons to Meditate That’ll Convince You to Start Now

Dumb Little Man

Not only the monks or the devotees of Lord Shiva meditate. You don’t have to belong to a specific religion nor convert into an ascetic to meditate. There are many definitions of meditation by distinct people, but I feel this is where we are wrong.

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Switching To Deliberate Living

Simple Productivity Blog

Someone asked me recently why I have made this switch to deliberate living. He said it seemed like over-thinking and too much structure; why not just go with the flow? It’s been brought home to me that none of us live forever and we have limited time on this earth.

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How can you be heard when people don’t want to listen?

Practically Perfect PA

At some point, you will have been in a meeting and felt that no one was listening to you. Perhaps people were on their phone, looking confused, talking over you or ignoring you. It’s hard to continue speaking when it seems that people are switching off, disengaged or rejecting your ideas.

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Do You Need Fast Internet? The Answer May Surprise You

Eco-Office Gals

When it comes to speed, internet users are divided into 3 major camps: people who think they need the fastest internet, people who don’t think they need much internet speed, and people who have no idea what they need.

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JWT Intelligence's Top 100 Trends for 2019

Small Business Labs

The 2019 edition of one of our favorite trend reports - JWT Intelligence's annual forecast of 100 trends to watch in the coming year - is out.    Yes, it really covers 100 trends across 10 broad categories.

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If Your Goals Don’t Scare You, You’re Setting Them Wrong

Dumb Little Man

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” – Michelangelo. When I was six years old, my alcoholic mother forced me to drink saltwater, then laughed in my face as I vomited into the sink.

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3 Ways to Deal With a "Never Wrong" Co-Worker

On The Job

There are several annoying types of people at work, from the gossiper to the chronic procrastinator to the whiner. Today, let's talk about the person who is never wrong. This type of person really is pretty self explanatory -- he would rather cut off a toe than admit he's wrong.

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Deliberate Task Management: Responsibility

Simple Productivity Blog

One of the things about living a more deliberate life is that it means I have to take full responsibility for my decisions. It has been brought home to me that what I do is a choice, which requires a decision, and this has led me to consider more of what I am doing - and not doing - at any time.

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Key skills roundup for 2018

Practically Perfect PA

I hope you enjoy our key skills roundup for 2018. We focussed really heavily this year on increasing our content around the key skills Assistants need to develop in their role this year.

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Innovative Ways to Renovate Your Office Building

Eco-Office Gals

You don’t want your office building to look like a stereotype. The dismal aesthetic of gray on gray is a thing of the past, and you’re ready to embrace the future.

2018 130

Bouncing Back from Failure

Office Dynamics

Has it been another week of adventure? A lot can happen between Monday and Friday, can’t it? I’d like to focus today on Turning Failure into Success. Failure is a dirty word in the corporate world. And our success-oriented society often makes it difficult for those who fail to adjust.

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4 Unexpected Ways Playing Board Games Can Improve Your Well-Being

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever heard that you need to exercise your mind as well as your body? Play is an important part of human development, but adults are notoriously bad at making time for it. Finding time to relax is important to our health and even our sanity.

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How to Work for More Than One Boss -- and Stay Sane

On The Job

Many workers now have multiple bosses – the one who heads a specific project, the one who oversees a department or the one who works in another country. But conflicting requests and competing deadlines can make working for multiple bosses a real challenge.

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Deliberate Social Media

Simple Productivity Blog

Many people that I talk with are surprised to know that outside of the blog, I don’t use Facebook or Twitter. Some react with disdain (“How can you possibly know what’s going on?”) or frustration (“How can I reach you if you don’t read Facebook?”).

Competencies for Assistants roundup for 2018

Practically Perfect PA

During 2018 we delved into everything from influencing, productivity, resilience, rapport building and a whole load of competencies that Assistants need to thrive in the role. Here are just a few of our highlights from this year including videos from our recent Virtual Summit.

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Gig Workers and Economic Anxiety

Small Business Labs

Marketplace and Edison research recently released Americans and the Gig Economy, a survey of gig workers.    The survey covered a lot of ground, including finding about 24% of American 18 and older are gig workers. This works out to a bit more than 60 million. 

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Chiasmus: When Words Mirror Each Other in a Sentence

Office Dynamics

Using figures of speech in our business writing makes it fun for us and entertaining for our readers. Truly my favorite figure of speech is the chiasmus (ky-AZ-mus). That’s when words in a sentence mirror each other. Politicians have made them famous (e.g.,

2018 175

7 Killer Ways to Connect with your Audience During a Speech

Dumb Little Man

It’s probably your worst nightmare. You’re giving a speech, and you start to stumble. You mix up a few of your words, lose your train of thought, and then you can’t seem to get back on track. Sweat is forming on your brow and you’re starting to hyperventilate.

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How Texting Can Ruin Your Career -- and What to Do About It

On The Job

Everyone knows you shouldn't text and drive, and several cities (such an Honolulu) make it illegal to text and walk. The reason is clear: people driving or walking distracted are not only a danger to others, but to themselves.

2018 130

The Deliberate Task List: Controlling What I Do

Simple Productivity Blog

One of the things from Getting Things Done that doesn’t work for me is the long lists of tasks split into contexts. It encourages me to take on too much for a current day.

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Career development round up for 2018

Practically Perfect PA

Welcome to the career development round up for 2018. This year we have written a lot of blog posts dedicated to the career development of our Practically Perfect PA readers!

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Yet More on the Changing Nature of Retirement

Small Business Labs

We've covered the changing nature of retirement so often in our Baby Boomer section we feel like we're feeding a fed horse by covering it again. But it's an important trend and there continues to be a flurry of interesting articles on working in and/or delaying retirement.

Joan’s Naughty and Nice List for Assistants

Office Dynamics

During a Facebook Live event Joan Burge, Founder and CEO of Office Dynamics International, had discussed her Naughty and Nice List for Assistants. This discussion highlighted many great things that can be practiced in the office as well as actions that should be avoided.

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6 Strategies to Increase Productivity in the Workplace

Dumb Little Man

Happy and productive employees help a company to grow. Whereas, unproductivity at a workplace can make a company’s profitability suffer. Even the most dedicated worker can become unproductive.

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Why Jerks Still Get Ahead

On The Job

The rise of the #metoo movement in the last year and more attention to inequalities in the workplace has prompted a lot of discussions inside and outside of the workplace.

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11 Writing Exercises to Inspire You and Strengthen Your Writing

Daily Writing Tips

Whether you’re writing just for fun, for school, or with professional goals in mind, these exercises can all help you to improve your writing. Some will give you inspiration, others will help you avoid editing as you write, and many of them will help you pay closer attention to your word choices.

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Career development round up for 2018

Practically Perfect PA

Welcome to the career development round up for 2018. This year we have written a lot of blog posts dedicated to the career development of our Practically Perfect PA readers!

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Why We Aren't Doing a Coworking Forecast This Year

Small Business Labs

This is the time of year we normally release our annual coworking forecast. And this year would have been our 10 th annual forecast ( click here for our 2018 forecast ).    But after a great deal of deliberation, we've decided not to do one this year. 

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Things Assistants Do That Executives Appreciate

Office Dynamics

I am very fortunate in that I get to read fabulous letters from executives touting the behavior changes they see in their executive or administrative assistants after attending our Star Achievement Series® course.

2018 172

5 Ways to Stop Millennials From Killing the Workplace

Dumb Little Man

Millennials are accused of killing banks, breakfast cereals, and bars of soap. As they take on leadership roles in companies, how can they keep the workplace humming and thriving in the new gig economy? Short History of Generations at Work.

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Why Job Shadowing Can Give You an Advantage

On The Job

Job shadowing might sound a little creepy—does it mean you’re skulking around a workplace, spying on people? Well, part of that is correct—you will be in a workplace and there will be people. But far from skulking or spying, you’re given a front-row seat to how work gets done.

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