October, 2016

How to Be Adaptable in 11 Simple Steps

Dumb Little Man

The ability to adjust to different environments, unexpected changes, people and circumstances is highly important for your personal growth and success. Thanks to a high level of adaptability, leaders stay strong, relevant and optimistic during hard times. These hard times including periods of failure, financial problems, family or work issues, and bankruptcy. Regardless of the situation, leaders aim to shape their new environments and turn their failures into opportunities.

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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. Prior to running Practically Perfect PA, the longest time I spent in any one organisation was 4 years and in that time I took on two different roles.

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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. What was this amazing list building event? A Joint Venture Giveaway! What is it?

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How Paperless Meetings Can Help the Environment and the Office

Eco-Office Gals

Paper-based meetings are becoming a major inconvenience at the office and in the environment. Offices spend a lot of resources on paper, while the environment suffers from the carbon that paper usage emits. Fortunately, paperless meetings have come to take those nuisances away. Paperless meetings are conducted in digital rooms that provide tools and online document repositories to simulate face-to-face meetings through different computer devices.

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. Our event this year was much bigger (in numbers) than 2015 and we were in a much larger convention space area than ever in the history of Office Dynamics so it took a tremendous amount of mental and physical energy on my part for 4 full days and nights.

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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. However, what you are unaware of (most of the time) is how your office affects the way you work. Whether you work at home or in a large company building, office design can impact your mood, your ability to concentrate and stay focused, and your ability to be productive.

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5 Ways to Balance Work and Family Time Even if You’re a Workaholic

Dumb Little Man

There is nothing as fulfilling as reaping the fruit of your labor. All those long hours at work, and countless meetings, phone calls and emails may have made you successful in your career but your family had to pay the price for it. You hardly spend time with your wife anymore. And your kids are growing up knowing less and less about you. Striking a balance between work and your family can be a challenge but, as it is with everything challenging, there is a way out.

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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. In fact, many business leaders will tell you that email out performs all other marketing channels they’ve tried. I know, you’ve heard the rumor that email is dead. Some rumors are just that, a rumor.

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Why the University of Liverpool is the Most Environmentally Aware University

Eco-Office Gals

Over the past six years the University of Liverpool have been in partnership with a company named Vital Energi Networks. Together they have been working towards a goal that essentially aims to reduce the amount of carbon emissions and energy being released from the University. In order to achieve the goal of reducing co2 output by 30% by 2017 various strategically important projects have been delivered.

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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. This has come to light for me because, in the past 2 weeks, Jasmine and I have received personal handwritten notes, little gifts, cards, letters and emails of gratitude from people whose lives we have touched and didn’t even know it.

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Annual List Building Plan – Explained In 3 Simple Steps

Office Organization Success

As I’m sure you already know, there are a ton of different list building strategies, and equally as many differing opinions on which one(s) work best. So when I first started purposefully list building (back in 2004), I would try all of these different list building strategies … and none of them really worked! Well, they didn’t work consistently, anyway. It wasn’t until I took a step back and looked at exactly what I was doing that it all started to make sense for me.

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8 Fitness Hacks That Will Make Your Life Better

Dumb Little Man

To stay fit and motivated at the same time in a world full of wonderful distractions is simply not an easy task. Moreover, we all already know how tough it is to stay on track with fitness goals. There are simply those moments when one needs to literally struggle to find the strength to eat clean and hit the gym regularly. We know how difficult it is so here are some genius health and fitness hacks to make your life better. Begin The Day With Lemon Water.

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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. I just want to give you a bit more of an introduction to the video.here is what Tae covered in his session: A new generation of business travellers are quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with.

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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.

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Smart Waste Management: The Future is Here

Eco-Office Gals

Perhaps nothing is so routine as garbage day. At least once a week in neighborhoods around the world, garbage trucks hit the streets to empty waste and recycling bins at homes and businesses. Although these routes are carefully scheduled based on time and geographic location, they are not always the most efficient. The trucks come whether the bins are empty or full. Bins get lost or stolen, and they need to be replaced.

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Webinar Replay Helping Your Executive Maintain a Competitive Edge

Office Dynamics

Our webinar replay for Helping Your Executive Maintain a Competitive Edge is now available for viewing. Leverage your skills and help your Executive achieve his or her goals by creating a positive reputation both inside and outside the organization. Learning Highlights. As an attendee, you will learn…. What “being competitive” really means (for you and your Executive) and why it’s so important to long-term professional success.

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Podcast 027: How to beat procrastination

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. In this episode, I’ll offer a bunch of solutions to overcome procrastination. Determining which ones will work for you depends on what type of procrastinator you are. Here are some highlights: What type of procrastinator am I? What are the best tips for beating procrastination? But there really isn’t time for everything! Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play.

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7 Ways to Make Your Angry Wife Happy

Dumb Little Man

Happy wife, happy life. If you’ve heard this before, you know that if you pissed off your wife royally bad, you have to make her happy again. Even though each woman is different, some traits are common to all including feeling happy when showered with kindness and appreciation. Let her know how much you think about her, how glad your wife makes you with her existence and how much you care for her. If you’re getting the cold shoulder, here are some ways to turn it around: 1.

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The Practically Perfect Business Traveller’s guide to Boston

Practically Perfect PA

Founded in 1630, Boston is one of the oldest and most illustrious cities in the U.S. It’s where the pilgrims landed and the Red Sox play and with its many educational institutions, stands as a modern-day Athens. Culturally and historically rich, this enchanting metropolis is the capital and largest city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and stands as a crossroads, where colonial history meets contemporary innovation. Getting from the airport to the city centre.

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13 Ideas for How to use Halloween in Marketing

Andrea Kalli

Using holidays as inspiration for marketing campaigns is a great idea. For Halloween, there is no shortage of marketing concepts that can be conjured up (see what I did there?) that play off of each other quite well. Here are 13 Marketing Concept Starter Ideas – How to use Halloween in your business content marketing: — Don’t be scared by xxx. — Cleaning out cobwebs. — It’s frightening how xxx. — Ghouls disrupting your xxx.

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Then or Than?

Laughing all the Way to Work

I have always had trouble knowing when to use the words 'then' or 'than'. Sometimes it is easy to figure out, but other times I struggle to figure it out. Well, today I came across a sentence where the person used 'then' and I was pretty sure it should have been 'than', but wasn't positive.

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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. As a proud former administrative professional, I consider myself intimately familiar with the unique challenges—and unique rewards—of the field.

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Podcast 026: Why do we procrastinate?

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. In this episode, I’ll talk about the dreaded procrastination. Why do we do it, when we know it’s against our best interests? Here are some highlights: Why can’t I estimate my time better? I need to be inspired to do good work! I can’t get focused unless the deadline is looming. Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play.

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Snapchat for Small Business: A Guide for Beginners

Dumb Little Man

Snapchat is the best example of a breakaway innovation that’s taken social media by storm. With more than 200 million active monthly users, Snapchat is a rapidly growing platform businesses need to take note of. But what exactly is Snapchat for business? A good place to start would be to look at how the market uses it in the first place. Statistics show that 76% of Snapchat users buy their products online making it in ideal platform for sales and marketing campaigns.

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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. The labeller, which won an iF Design Award for outstanding design quality earlier this year, is the perfect partner for any PA and can bring a touch of colour to your office. Thank you to everyone who entered the Brother and Practically Perfect PA giveaway. I can now announce the winners… drum roll please… are: Raquel Ruiz. Mandy Towell.

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Starting a workday with easy tasks? Top reasons why it kills your productivity

Productivity Bits

Let’s be honest – we’ve all done it once or twice. We came to work early in the morning, especially on Monday and then decided to settle down a little bit by doing some easy tasks first. Seems pretty normal. However, if you are starting off your day with the easiest tasks on your list, you could be killing your productivity levels for the rest of the day. This could seriously harm your output, leaving you with a lower task completion rate than you should be able to achieve.

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How to Use Social Media and Stay Productive

Productivityist

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.

Most Small Businesses Have Less Than $400,000 in Annual Revenue

Small Business Labs

According to data from the  2014 U.S. Annual Survey of Entrepreneur s, the median U.S. employer small business (those with paid traditional employees) generates less than $400k in revenue. As the chart below shows, in 2014 the median small business had receipts of about $390,000 and  about 4 in 10 (39%) had less than $250,000.  Only about one quarter (26%) of small businesses generated more than $1 million in revenue. Economic Decentralization Small Business Economy

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Podcast 025: Knock that task out quick

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. In this episode, I’ll talk about how to get tasks off your list faster and how to choose which tasks to speed up. Here are some highlights: Should I write it on my list or not? What’s the surprising benefit of knocking out a task quickly? What’s the important skill that will help with this? Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play.

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4 Signs That You’re Making Positive Progress in Life

Dumb Little Man

Whether you’re hoping to start a successful business or simply looking to live a fulfilling life, progress is an important indicator of current and future success. But what’s progress to one person may not be progress to the next, so how can you know for sure that you’re making true progress in your life? Fortunately, there are a few solid indicators that you’re making progress. Outlined below are five of them. You’re Able to Look to Your Mistakes and Learn From Them.

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Inside the Guernsey PA Network

Practically Perfect PA

Firstly, can I have a little background about you…. What is your career background? I started my working life as a Chef. When I left Catering College it was obvious to me that I wanted something with more regular hours. The hotel where I was working part time to obtain my catering qualification asked me to stay on. When I told them what I was looking for, they asked me to become the receptionist.

Breast Cancer Awareness video #2

Andrea Kalli

Here’s another great video for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. fightlikeagirl. Stop by my video Showcase page to see what else I’ve been creating lately! Andrea Kalli. Video Virtual Assistant, Video Editing Services. The post Breast Cancer Awareness video #2 appeared first on Video Editing Service & Internet Marketing Virtual Assistant. Video Marketing

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How To Tackle Your To Do List When You’re Tired

Productivityist

This piece originally appeared in The Productivityist Weekly newsletter. If you’d like to receive first-run and exclusive content delivered to your email inbox every week (and receive additional bonus offers and a free copy of my manifesto The Way of The Productivityist), sign up here. The start to my year (which begins for me in September) has been hectic to say the least. Between travel and working on projects, I’ve barely had a chance to collect my thoughts – let alone relax.

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Flurry of New Studies on the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

Lots of recent studies on the gig economy. So many that one article says you can't swing a cat these days without hitting one. We're dog fans here at Small Business Labs, but we still wouldn't swing a cat. But if we did, we'd likely hit one of these recent gig economy studies: Upwork's 2016 Freelancing in America study - We briefly covered this study last week. The key finding is there are 55 million freelancers in the U.S., up from 53 million in 2014.

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Podcast 028: The to do list that gets done

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. In this episode, I’ll talk about how you can reclaim your to do list. There are some specific guidelines to follow to make it really work. Here are some highlights: How can I actually get through my list? Why just six items? What if I don’t get to everything? Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play.

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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. Don’t attempt to read people’s minds. We tend to guess what other people are thinking.

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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. Assist travel Avoiding Visa Disasters for Practically Perfect PA from Practically Perfect PA. Travel Apps and Technology. Apps and technology at Assist Travel for Practically Perfect PA from Practically Perfect PA. Travel and Accommodation Search Engines.

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