March, 2017

Self-Employment and the Attributes of the Dream Job

Small Business Labs

Gallup's The Dream Job covers the key attributes employees look for in a job. These  These are: the ability to do what they do best. greater work-life balance and better personal well-being. greater stability and job security. a significant increase in income.

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Managing your boss’s schedule like a mega star

Practically Perfect PA

In my mind, the single most important aspect of our role is to save our Executive’s time. Saving our Executive time means they can spend that time on making the organisation more successful.

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How to Be Assertive, Not Pushy

Business Writing

If you write to customers, clients, employees, or almost anyone on the job, you have times when you need to assert yourself. You have to disagree, delegate, instruct, remind, and say no—in each situation coming across as clear and forceful. Courteous Writing Email Etiquette

Secrets Revealed

Office Dynamics

Every person has secrets. They may be secrets about their families, health, money, business, fears, or successes. Some things should be kept secret or within a very small group. But there are other secrets that we should be sharing with others. What are you not telling people that would help them do their job faster, simpler, or save your company money? What have you learned from years in the workplace that you aren’t sharing?

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If Your Office is Still Using These Two Things, Stop. Now.

Tips From T. Marie

Once upon a time small and medium sized businesses prided themselves on being at the cutting edge of office technology. They were the first to adopt things like electric typewriters, fax machines and yes, even computers. And then they weren’t. In fact, an amazingly embarrassing amount of these same sized businesses are still using ancient. Read more. Business Tips Technologically Speaking

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The $10 Million Serial Comma--Why Not Use It?

Business Writing

Please explain to me why people don't use the serial comma. When millions of dollars can be drained away in a lawsuit because of its absence, why would anyone not use it? To be clear, these examples show the serial, Proofreading Punctuation Pointers Teaching Business Writing

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The Top 3 Skills That Make Administrative Assistants Stand Out

Office Dynamics

Administrative professionals are always asking us what it takes to really stand out in the workplace. After all, it’s a competitive market out there! If you really want to make a name for yourself and get ahead, it takes more than just skimming the surface. You have to dive deep within yourself to develop that “World Class” status that executives are looking for in their assistants.

This $20 Business Investment Took Me from Struggling to Successful

Tips From T. Marie

One of the best investments I ever made for my business was “The Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude” by Jeffery Gitomer. It’s a book I don’t consider a business book, but a life book, yet it has probably made the difference between my success and failure. I bought the book on a whim in. Read more. Business Tips Featured

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Perceptions Matter on the Job

On The Job

Several years ago, I was in a meeting and had just given my report. When I was finished taking questions, I sat back in my seat and crossed my arms while I listened to others in my group provide their own reports. After the meeting, a co-worker I had known for many years stopped me in the hallway.

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The Multstage Life and Self-Employment in the On-Demand Economy

Small Business Labs

Recent research by future of work expert Lynda Gratton  suggests due to longer life spans the traditional life stages - education, work and retirement - no longer work.

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Branching out – moving on from being an EA

Practically Perfect PA

Being a personal or executive assistant is a career in itself, with the right drive and ambition you can carve out a highly rewarding working life as an invaluable support resource. But what if you don’t find it enough for you?

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7 Types of Punctuation Errors

Daily Writing Tips

Each of the following sentences below demonstrates a specific type of error involving internal punctuation, usually involving a problem with a comma. Discussion and revision following each example explains and illustrates correct use of punctuation in the sentence. Misplaced Punctuation.

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5 Ways To Bounce Back From A Big Mistake

Dumb Little Man

Everyone makes mistakes. The recent mistakes in the media with Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announcing the wrong movie for the Best Picture at the 2017 Oscars and Steve Harvey’s slip-up when he said the wrong name for Miss Universe 2015 are reminders that no one is perfect.

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10 Productivity Apps Every Small Business Owner should Use

Small Business CEO

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If You're Burned Out You're Not Alone

On The Job

Worker burnout is getting worse. In the last decade, I bet I've written some version of this sentence a dozen times or more. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like I will stop writing about it. I talk to people in their 20s who haven't worked less than a 10 or 12 hour day in years.

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How Trumpcare Will Impact Self-Employment

Small Business Labs

The quick summary is self-employed who are younger or have higher incomes will likely be better off under the Republican proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA, a.k.a. Trumpcare). Self-employed who are older or have lower incomes will likely be worse off.

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Are you wasting time?

Practically Perfect PA

So today I am sitting at my kitchen table hoping to write a few blog posts before my son wakes up from his morning nap. I have my laptop open, blog up and running, notebook and pen by my side and a cup of tea that has already started to go cold. I am ready to start working.

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Is It Ever Too Late to Change Your Personal Brand?

Office Dynamics

Designed by Freepik. Personal branding is a topic I’m personally passionate about, and one that’s very relevant in today’s business world—especially for assistants. Your role requires a certain professional presence after all. You need others to respect you and view you as a valuable contributor. Without the power of a positive personal brand, it’s much harder to get things done, influence others, and achieve success. Many people wonder if it’s ever too late to change your personal brand.

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4 Things Highly Successful People Do Differently

Dumb Little Man

If you are genuinely happy with your life and your career, it’s easy to consider yourself successful. Most of us can agree that Richard Branson and Oprah Winfrey are also successful people, even though we don’t know them personally.

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11 Tasks You Can Outsource as a Small Business Owner

Small Business CEO

With the rise of the new gig economy , more and more people are leaving their traditional workplaces to go into business for themselves. These include entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, freelancers, and small business owners.

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5 Ways to Enhance Your Professional Online Image

On The Job

Fifty-two percent of 52% of recruiters say they always search for social media posts during hiring, and what they’re seeing often isn’t flattering to job candidates: alcohol or drug use; a profile that links to an escort service and revelations about activities in a demonic cult.

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Psychographic Profiles and Working Yourself to Death in the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

A recent ad campaign by Fiverr  attracted a lot of attention, most of which was negative. But the ad and reactions to it nicely illustrates the risk and attitudinal profile differences between independent workers (freelancers, self-employed, etc.) and those who aren't. 

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Creating Powerful Presentations

Practically Perfect PA

At the Assist Conference a few weeks ago I did a session entitled ‘creating powerful presentations’ I wanted to share the slides and notes with you guys today… Here you go! At some point in an assistant’s career they will be asked to put together a slide deck for their Executive.

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Mobile Phone Recycling – Promoting Proper Disposal of Electronic Gadgets

Eco-Office Gals

Mobile phone recycling is the best practice to save the planet and also to generate money in the process. Improper disposal of phones only fills out the landfills. Not doing so, will only continue harming the planet and putting lives in danger.

Developing Your “Wow” Factor

Office Dynamics

Some assistants have it. Some assistants don’t. What is it, you ask? That intangible, invaluable “wow” factor. Here’s the good news: It’s a learnable trait! Anyone can develop their own unique wow factor. It has nothing to do with your title or pay grade; it’s about who you are as a professional. The wow factor is a term we use in the World Class Assistant™ certificate program to describe the powerful executive presence that the most successful administrative professionals exude.

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Structure Your Business With Kanban

Small Business CEO

Starting a new business? Want to increase your chances for success? Every company, regardless of its size, needs to plan and establish an internal processes.

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How Cognitive Bias Played Into The Most Divisive Election Ever

Dumb Little Man

When you went to cast your ballot in the fall, did you think through every possible implication of your vote? Chances are, if you are like most voters, your mind took some shortcuts.

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The Growing Importance of Interpersonal Skills Favoring Women in High Wage Jobs

Small Business Labs

A recent academic study, The End of Men and Rise of Women in the High-Skilled Labor Market , shows that women are rapidly gaining ground in a number of high paying fields.

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Creating Powerful Presentations

Practically Perfect PA

At the Assist Conference a few weeks ago I did a session entitled ‘creating powerful presentations’ I wanted to share the slides and notes with you guys today… Here you go! At some point in an assistant’s career they will be asked to put together a slide deck for their Executive.

2017 84

3 Cases Where One Word Makes a Difference

Daily Writing Tips

Often, the presence or absence of one word, or its location, can change the meaning of a sentence, or at the least affect the statement’s clarity. In each of the following sentences, inserting, omitting, or moving a word, respectively, improves its readability.

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4 Ways Businesses Can Approach the New Generation Gap

Office Dynamics

Designed by Freepik. According to Pew Research, millennials surpassed Gen Xers as the largest generation in the U.S. workforce. That may be good news for companies looking to diversify their employee talent but can create issues with a growing generation gap between millennials, Gen X and baby boomers. Many millennials think baby boomers are old-school and bad with technology, while baby boomers often complain about the entitlement of the millennial generation.

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Evergreen Content Marketing Strategies That Still Work in 2017

Small Business CEO

A lot of posts online define evergreen content marketing, but they don’t really offer any real strategies to use. Evergreen marketing at its core simply means using strategies that won’t go stale quickly.

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Importance Of Soft Skills: Why Grades Aren’t Enough

Dumb Little Man

When you were in grade school, you probably experienced getting threatened with your permanent record. Most teachers and parents would warn their students to behave properly and get good grades because they will be in their permanent records. Unfortunately, this isn’t really the case.

2017 48

Automation Helping the Self-Employed With Their Taxes - And Making Them More Productive

Small Business Labs

There's been a lot of discussion about automation and technology replacing jobs. But there's been much less discussion about the positive sides of automation and in particular how automation can improve productivity. 

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