December, 2014

The Keys to making Lasting, Meaningful Changes in One’s Life

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever considered making changes in certain areas of your life? Have you attempted to make changes in the past, experienced minor successes, but wound up where you started?

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A day in the life: Michelle Smith, Financial Times

Practically Perfect PA

What are the main aspects of your role? A lot of time is taken up with diary planning and liaising with the various companies that Ben works with.

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The Lean Years

Small Business Labs

Rarely do I read an article that captures and describes the impact of economic uncertainty on personal decision making as well as The Lean Years. 

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Top Three Writing Errors of 2014

Business Writing

In my work as a business writing teacher, I read samples of writing from managers and employees at all levels around the country and the globe. In 2014 I repeatedly saw three errors. Two of them are punctuation mistakes; one. Frequently Asked Questions Grammar and Usage Punctuation Pointers

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The Solopreneur Life’s Review of the New Rainmaker Platform

The Solopreneur Life

O n Sunday morning I was sitting on the sidelines inside a domed athletic facility in the Twin Cities. I was watching my 16-year-old daughter play lacrosse. Sitting next to me was a good friend whom I’ve known for more than 20 years. He and I became solopreneurs in the same year, 1993.

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Collecting Client Testimonials Using the Before/After Template

Office Organization Success

I’m going to share with you a really simple way for collecting your client testimonials. This is an important aspect of building your business. But many business owners overlook this important step simply because they don’t know how to implement it.

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5 Helpful Tips for Adjusting to Change

Dumb Little Man

Whether we are talking about a business or an individual, change is necessary for growth and improvement, but many of these have difficulties adjusting to change or resist it altogether. It goes without saying that change requires a great deal of faith.

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More Trending

2015 Travel Trends

Small Business Labs

There are already  lots of 2015 travel trend lists out.  Here are a few of the trends from these lists I found interesting.

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John Hopkins' Apology: How It Fell Short

Business Writing

You may have read The Washington Post story about John Hopkins University sending early-acceptance emails to 294 students who had not been accepted. Here''s the story in brief: Nine of the 294 students had already received deferrals to the regular. Courteous Writing Email Etiquette

2014 231

5 Tips for Dealing with Personal Crisis as a Small Business Owner

Tips From T. Marie

There is no shortage of information and advice for small and micro business owners when it comes to dealing with the ins and outs of running your business. Articles and posts on the subject of money management, marketing, dealing with uncertainty and growth are abundant, if not consistent.

2014 208

CyberWeek Deals: WordPress Maintenance

Eco-Office Gals

CYBER WEEKEND DEALS CONTINUE! Just like buying a house, your website needs maintenance. You need a good foundation and you want to protect your investment. You don’t want all that hard work bogged down by slow servers or worse hijacked by a hacker bot.

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The Only Habit You Need to Accomplish All Your Goals for 2015

Dumb Little Man

We all know the disappointment of unachieved goals. With each new year, we set a number of goals to make this year the best, only to forget what goals we’ve set come December. For many of us, the story of passionate goal-setting followed by disappointing results is one we’re all too familiar with.

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15 social media and technology trends for 2015

Practically Perfect PA

Wearable technology. Google Glass and the Apple iWatch really do seem like something out of a sci-fi film but they will be available in 2015. If my Executives are anything to go by your Executives will also want to try out the latest technology and incorporate it into their working day.

Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2015

Small Business Labs

Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2015. Below is our 8 th annual Top 10 Small Business Trends List. Click here to see last year’s list and for links to the lists from prior years.    2015 Technology Trends. The ongoing technology platform shifts to Cloud and Mobile Computing will continue as long term drivers of change in 2015.

2015 219

UAs Make You Look Bad

Business Writing

How did you feel when you read that title? Puzzled? Curious? Irritated? Perhaps I lost potential readers who did not recognize UAs, didn''t want to take time to figure it out, and moved on to another website. UAs = undefined. Etiquette Teaching Business Writing Writing Tips

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5 Things to Remember in a New Job

On The Job

As the economy improves, many people are starting new jobs and learning how to work for a new company and a new boss.

2014 273

Some Business Building Freebies For You

Office Organization Success

We all love a giveaway event … especially around the Holidays. So I’m thrilled to have partnered with 18 other business coaches and service professionals who support business owners just like you.

2014 184

What to Do When There Are Too Many Things to Get Done

Dumb Little Man

You know that feeling of having way too many things to do. When you don’t feel like starting to work on them any time soon, and just the thought of all the tasks, projects, housework, school assignments, or else, is overwhelming you. Most of us do know how this situation looks like.

2014 286

5 reasons every assistant should attend external training

Practically Perfect PA

There have been so many times over the years that I have received an email about a fantastic training course or conference that I would love to attend.

2014 231

Truck-Based Commerce Continues to Expand

Small Business Labs

The New York Times article Shops on Wheels, but the Goods aren't Sold From the Trunk covers the growing trend towards trucks being used as mobile retail/service outlets.

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Do Bullet Points Belong in Letters?

Business Writing

This month I worked with a team of people who often write letters to the public. Their letters include a variety of helpful details. When you have a lot of information to communicate in a letter, do you use traditional. Frequently Asked Questions Teaching Business Writing Writing Tips

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Are You Putting Your Talent to Good Purpose?

The Solopreneur Life

T oday my “household” to-do list read: • Buy champagne. Wrap gifts. Mail phone. Vacuum. • Buy gas. “Mail phone” meant returning my daughter’s broken iPhone 5s. She dropped it on the floor last Sunday and the screen shattered.

2014 183

When Time Matters, Old School Rocks!

Virtual Moxie

Rose wrote to me about a problem with a client. The client was readying for an event that Rose was helping with. Two days before the event, the client asked Rose to get the answer to an important question (logistical) from the venue''s coordinator.

2014 259

3 Questions You Need To Ask To Overcome Your Fears

Dumb Little Man

Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation. I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure. Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and the downward spiral begins.

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Practically Perfect PA Giveaway: Airport meet and greet service

Practically Perfect PA

We have a fantastic competition for you this month! One very lucky assistant will win a free airport meet and greet service courtesy of DiamondAir International.

2014 228

The Mobile Explosion in 2 Charts

Small Business Labs

The use of mobile devices and mobile data  continues to grow at a very rapid clip. BI Intelligence explains why this happening in great detail in their 138 slide presentation The Future of Mobile: 2014.

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Here’s What I Do At This Time Of Year

Office Organization Success

For those of you in the US, I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving break. Even though this isn’t a traditional holiday for us, we’ve embraced the Thanksgiving Holiday — it’s like Christmas but without all the hassle!

2014 181

How to Change the Text on Mailchimp’s “Subscribe to List” Button

The Solopreneur Life

M ailChimp’s default text on sign-up buttons says “Subscribe to list.” ” That’s not what you want the user to see when she’s registering to receive an e-book, white paper, or other product.

2014 179

Debunking The Myth of the 2 Minute Rule

Simple Productivity Blog

One of the standard pieces of productivity advice is "if it will take you less than two minutes to do the task, do it now." Unfortunately, this can actually be counter-productive. Today we will look at the additional conditions you need to assess before applying the 2 minute rule.

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3 Habits Surprisingly Killing Your Productivity

Dumb Little Man

Yesterday about 6:30 p.m. a gaping sense of panic set in. Did I send that article? Wait, did I finish that article? Hey, did I eat today? Why are the lights off? Did everyone leave? How did this happen to me, again? I was content with my accomplishments that day, never leaving my workstation.

2014 285

Great venues for your 2015 events

Practically Perfect PA

It goes without saying that the venue is a crucial part of an event, there are a lot of factors that need to be considered before you book the venue but the number one priority is that the venue suits the event that you are holding.

2015 221

Drones, 2nd Order Effects & Technology Forecasting

Small Business Labs

The New York Times article Now, Anyone Can Buy a Drone.

2014 190

Ten Small Business Trends You Need to Embrace in 2015

Tips From T. Marie

This week we will say goodbye to 2014 and welcome a new year. As a business owner there are a few trends that experts say will be important for success in 2015.

2015 159

How to Change the Copyright Date on Your Website

The Solopreneur Life

H appy New Year! Now, go and change the copyright date on your website. Visitors to your site judge you on everything, and the details matter to them. The copyright date is one of those details.

Innovative Ways to Be Greener in Any Industry

Eco-Office Gals

Business owners, whether they are part of the restaurant, hospitality or retail industries, are always looking for ways to save money, especially during tough economic times. Going green is one of the many ways you can do that, no matter what industry your business is in.

2014 158

Why Simple Living is the key to Finding your Life Purpose

Dumb Little Man

I am meandering in an old town following the road that will take me to my ultimate destination: Home. I know the road although I have never walked its full length before.

2014 286

Networking with ACE Connects

Practically Perfect PA

Back in November I had the pleasure of speaking to 50 assistants who were attending a networking event organised by ACE (Assistant Community EMEA), an internal networking group set up by assistants at BlackRock.