October, 2016

Do you have what it takes to be Revolutionary? Admin Conference Recap

Office Dynamics

Do you have what it takes to be Revolutionary? Well, I have finally recuperated from hosting our big conference. It was a huge success and was worth all our time and energy.

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Is job hopping the only way up the career ladder for assistants?

Practically Perfect PA

Hi, I’m Nicky Christmas and I am a job hopper. There, I’ve admitted it. I’ve spent many years cleverly covering up the fact that I spent most of my career hopping from one job to another in an effort to climb the career ladder.

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Trending Sources

Does Office Design Really Affect Productivity?

Productivity Bits

As an active employee, you spend a significant part of your day at the office. During that time, you need to carry out tasks, meet deadlines, interact with co-workers, and still have complete insight into the impact of your work.

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7 Ways To Create a Presentation that Captures Attention

Dumb Little Man

Do you know how to create a presentation that grabs your audience and keeps them hooked althroughout? No matter who you are, whether a student or a worker, you need to deliver speeches from time to time in order to communicate messages, inform an audience, and share your thoughts.

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Intuit Future of Small Business Report

Small Business Labs

Last week Intuit released the Slideshare presentation  The Future of Small Business. It covers 5 broad trends that are driving the growth of the small business sector of the economy.

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Why You Need to Practice Saying "No"

On The Job

Not a big word, is it? Yet for many workers, saying "no" has become very difficult. Whether it's because they fear looking like a non-team player or worry about backlash from a boss, saying "no" has become a very big problem.

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5 Tips to Form New Habits that Stick – Train Yourself Like a Dog

Dumb Little Man

You’ll work out one day. You’ll learn Japanese. You’ll start meditating daily. Or maybe you won’t. Good habits have a bad habit of not sticking around. Maybe you tell yourself that you’ll just slip up for one day and that one day turns into a week, a month, never again.

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Educating Students for the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

Two interesting articles caught our eye last week and both had to do with the gig economy and education. HBR's Why I Tell My MBA Students to Stop Looking for a Job and Join the Gig Economy  is written by a MBA program lecturer at Babson College.

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A New Word That's Not a Word: Disconcerning

Business Writing

Lately I have been hearing the word "disconcerning." When it came up yesterday in an interview on NPR (National Public Radio), I knew it was time to write about it. Disconcerning" is actually not a word--at least not a correct. Gems of Language Grammar and Usage Proofreading

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Revelations from the Revolution at the Conference for Administrative Excellence

Office Dynamics

Just over a week ago, I had the honor of attending the Office Dynamics Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence. I was there both as a participant and a speaker, and the experience was, indeed, nothing short of revolutionary.

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Practically Perfect PA giveaway: The Brother winners are…

Practically Perfect PA

Last month, we teamed up with technology specialist Brother to give you the chance to win one of five state-of-the-art office labelling machines, the PT-D600VP.

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How Anyone Can Be More Innovative Every Day

On The Job

When a study was released earlier this year noting that procrastination can make you more creative, many people probably rejoiced. Instead of being thought of as slackers by co-workers and bosses, they can now claim they’re not goofing off – they’re being “creative.” To a certain extent, that’s true.

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8 Ways To Set Up An Awesome Home Office

Dumb Little Man

If you’re working from home, sweeten the deal even further by putting together the best home office setup you can devise. Here are 8 easy steps in setting up a home office you’d love to spend your working hours in. Get the essentials.

Peak Stuff and the Luxury of Less

Small Business Labs

J Walter Thompson Intelligence's The Luxury of Less suggests that "pared-down lifestyles" with less stuff are becoming aspirational for the well-off.

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Bullet Point Reminders and Greek Delights

Business Writing

I've been away from this blog while I traveled Greece for five weeks. As a way to tell you about my trip and Greece on this blog about business writing, I'll share with you seven reminders about bullet points and. Writing Tips

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Take Time to Say Thank You

Office Dynamics

Today, I want to talk about taking time to express your gratitude to others, whether you personally know them or not.

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Email Isn’t Dead. Here’s Why You Should Be Using It to Market Your Business.

Tips From T. Marie

The business experts agree, when it comes to marketing, the most effective avenue you can use is email. An email list gets 10 times higher conversions than social media and receives a 4300 percent return on investment (ROI) for US based businesses according to the Direct Marketing Association.

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Why Trust Matters

On The Job

About a month ago I visited a favorite local deli. It reminded me of that scene from "Animal House" when John Belushi yelled "food fight!" While food wasn't flying across the room, it certainly looked like the aftermath.

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7 Ways to Stop Overthinking

Dumb Little Man

Overthinking is very powerful. Although it’s based on fears, anxieties and guesses, it actually has the power to destroy you and your accomplishments. It can turn your life into a nightmare. If you are overloaded with negative thoughts, here are the best ways to stop overthinking.

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Most Americans Don't Want to Be Gig Workers, But 60 Million Do

Small Business Labs

Late in August Deloitte released survey results under the headline Deloitte survey finds 67 percent of Americans who have worked as independent contractors would choose not to do so in the future.    This led to a series of articles suggesting that this shows the gig economy is doomed because no one wants to be a freelancer ( click here for an example from Forbes ). More recently the Staffing Industry Analysts released their Gig Workforce study. They found about 60% of U.S.

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More presentations from Assist Travel 2016

Practically Perfect PA

As promised, for those of you that couldn’t make Assist Travel this year, here are the rest of the slides from our wonderful speakers. You can find the morning slides here. . How to avoid visa disasters.

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The Revolution Has Begun: Conference for Administrative Excellence

Office Dynamics

Tonight at 6:00 pm Pacific Time, Office Dynamics will kick off our 23 rd Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence tonight with our Welcome Reception at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. We are excited to welcome more than 450 administrative professionals from 11 countries.

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Case Study: 747 New Subscribers in 30 Days

Office Organization Success

… Over a 30-day period I was able to add 747 new subscribers to my list. … I collaborated with 14 other business owners and helped them build their lists in the process. … One business owner added 354 new subscribers to her list from this event alone.

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Why EQ Matters More To Some Employers Than IQ

On The Job

When emotional intelligence is mentioned, there may be agreement that it’s indeed a great thing for someone to be more relatable, more self- aware and better at controlling impulsive behavior. But does the emotional intelligence of a team really have bottom-line consequences?

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5 Lessons Every Millennial Needs to Learn About Success

Dumb Little Man

If you ask 100 people what they want most in the world, you can expect at least 90 of them to respond with happiness. For some people, it can be success. As a millennial who’s been taught that happiness comes from success, it’s no surprise to find a lot of people working hard to achieve both.

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The Institute for the Future's Profile of On-Demand Economy Workers

Small Business Labs

The Institute for the Future's (IFTF)  Workable Futures: People Transforming Work in the Platform Economy  describes 7 "archetypes" of on-demand economy (ODE) workers and their motivations for working in the ODE.

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Practically Perfect PA Survey 2016 Reminder

Practically Perfect PA

Thank you to everyone who has completed the Practically Perfect PA survey. So far we have received just over 350 replies and some great feedback, but we would love to hear from more of you so please do take ten minutes out of your day to complete the questionnaire.

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7 Reasons to Free Your Business from File Cabinets & 5 Tips to Help You Do It

Tips From T. Marie

One of the most popular excuses many businesses give for needing ‘in office’ personnel is access to files. Some businesses have whole rooms full of metal filing cabinets. Within those metal behemoths are file folders stuffed with paperwork that may or may not be needed in the daily running of the business. I say may not because I’ve worked in offices where at least two-thirds of the file cabinets in the office were never opened.

2016 35

3 Tips for Including Links in Your Small Business Blogs

Small Business CEO

Blogging for business is a great way to bring more visitors to your website, build fodder for your social media posts, create a network with your customers, and ultimately get yourself a larger revenue stream. However, blogging is a lot more than typing words out on your keyboard.

The Biggest Distraction in the Office May Be You

On The Job

If you're tempted to yell "Shut the $#% up!" to a colleague in a nearby cubicle, you're not alone. As it turns out, loud-talking co-workers are so annoying it has prompted researchers to study it.

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Top 10 Lifehacks Everybody Should Learn from Nurses

Dumb Little Man

Do you know that some nurse life hacks are also useful outside the medical practice? Nursing is a tough job. Over time, nurses developed their own life hacks that make daily patient care easier to accomplish.

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Stride Health's Study on Gig Workers and Health Insurance

Small Business Labs

Stride Health's Stride Study: Health Coverage in the Gig Economy  covers how gig workers access and use health insurance. 

The Future of Business Travel and the Millennial Traveller

Practically Perfect PA

At the recent Assist Travel event we were lucky to have Tae Lee, the founder and CEO of Travo talk to our delegates about the future of business travel and the millennial traveller. He covered a lot of interesting points and I thought it would be useful to share his video with you today.

How to Use Social Media and Stay Productive


Today’s guest post is by Rachel Bartee. Rachel is a professional content writer at EduGeeksClub dissertation service and her passion is expressing her thoughts as a blogger. Her life principle is “ Always do more than you can.” You can g et in touch with her on Twitter @rachel5bartee. . Let me start with a confession: I really like to use social media. I don’t like to use news websites or watch the news on TV, so social media is my main source of information.