September, 2017

Day in the life: Diana Brandl, Senior EA at Mister Spex

Practically Perfect PA

Today’s Day in the life: Diana Brandl, Senior EA at Mister Spex, Founder and CEO of The Socialista Projects, Head of IMA Berlin and National Social Relations Officer, speaker, coach and mentor and all round superstar EA! What are the main aspects of your role?

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EY Embraces the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

The "Big 4" accounting and consulting firm EY recently announced GigNow , an advanced technology platform that sources and matches qualified independent workers with projects at EY.

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18 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Becoming Your Own Boss

Eat Your Career

Self-employment isn’t for everyone. As a career coach and a business owner myself, I’ve seen it go very, very wrong at times. It just doesn’t suit everyone’s career needs.

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Navigate Controversial Topics In The Workplace

Office Dynamics

Imagine this scenario: You wander into the break room at lunch time to heat up your leftovers and perhaps grab a few minutes with a book or on social media. And then you overhear two co-workers, their voices rising a bit, talking about a controversial subject of the day, or week, or year.

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The Skill You Must Have No Matter Your Job

On The Job

Many people believe that if they just get that college degree or industry certification, they will have no trouble finding a job. They also believe that once they get their foot in the door, then they will continue to climb the ladder if they work hard. If you believe the same, you are wrong.

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How to Get More Out of Professional Development Training: [Part 1] Getting Leadership Approval

Eat Your Career

As a professional development trainer , I take a lot of pride in my work. My number one goal is to help ensure that participants get a TON of value from their training. In this 3-part series, I’ll be addressing some important topics to help you do just that.

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Make Educated Decisions When Choosing an Administrative Conference (Part 1 of 6)

Office Dynamics

Since there are so many administrative conferences being offered, I would like to walk you through a series of blogs on how to select the conference that is right for you, gain approval and how to get the most for your investment. I am keeping these blogs to the point. A conference should feed your brain and soul! Start with the end in mind. What is your goal or goals for going to a conference? Education wise? What skills do you need to grow? What new skills do you need to learn/develop?

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Ammar Jali, Pittsburgh Entrepreneur, Explains Your Climb to Success Starts with Your Passion

Small Business CEO

Everyone dreams of something big in his life. If you talk to a child, they often envision themselves with what they would like to be when they grow up.

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How Not To Give Up When Your Head Tells You to Quit

Dumb Little Man

Most people have to work hard in order to live their dreams. However, all we see and celebrate is their success because the hard work is usually not done in public. So, when you are struggling in the shadows, wondering why success is not coming fast enough, it’s easy to want to quit. Don’t. The successful people you admire are there because they resisted the temptation to quit.

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Assistants as information managers

Practically Perfect PA

Back in 2013 HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki, Finland released the Management Assistant 2020 report , which detailed how the role of an Assistant will change by 2020. It is a fascinating document and many of the suggestions are coming into fruition four years on.

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The Gig Economy Pivots to the Enterprise

Small Business Labs

Over the past few months there's been almost a stampede of gig economy companies talking about the corporate market and/or announcing new services, products or initiatives aimed at serving large corporations.

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Are You Overly Invested in Work?

Eat Your Career

The philosophy behind Eat Your Career is that work can be a nourishing , enriching life experience. That’s a tall order, I realize. I really do believe that work is a very important part of life. When you’re not happy with your career, it can impact all other areas of life.

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A Collage of Success Tips

Office Dynamics

I just got back from a great 2 day event called Success Live. Maybe you saw my Facebook post … or not. This event was hosted by Success magazine. I have been reading Success magazine for years and find every issue is packed with valuable information and tons of inspiration! Well, the live event was the same.

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3 Simple Things You Must Do to Create a Rock-Solid Business Plan

Small Business CEO

Many people dream of becoming an entrepreneur — and making the millions that can come with owning a business. The only problem: There’s a huge gap between dreams and what it takes to make them a reality.

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How to Increase Your Productivity in a Coworking Space

Dumb Little Man

Public coworking spaces and shared office spaces have become increasingly popular in the last decade. In fact, in over six years, the number of shared office spaces available has jumped from 1,130 to 13,800 — a leap of 12,670 spaces. This popularity is due to the undeniable benefits of shared working spaces, especially for freelancers and independent contractors. Factors such as energy level, professional ambiance and mingling lend a hand to the success of this office style.

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How to go from a PA to a VA

Practically Perfect PA

Are you currently a PA, dreaming of having your own VA business? Maybe you’re an Admin Professional, who craves having the control and freedom of running your own business? If you’re currently employed and looking to make a career change to VA, it’s a simpler process than you think.

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The Staffing Industry Analyst's Human Cloud Framework and Taxonomy

Small Business Labs

Last week the Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) released The Human Cloud, the Gig Economy & the Transformation of Work. It nicely covers the topics mentioned in the report title.

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3 Easy Ways to Write More Concisely

Daily Writing Tips

Writers can employ various categorical strategies to make their writing more active and concise. Here are three simple types of unnecessary wording to keep in mind (and out of one’s writing). Extinguish Expletives.

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When “Start to” and “Decide to” Creep into Your Writing

Office Dynamics

by Barbara McNichol. Do you have a habit of starting a sentence with the word “start” or “begin”? In a 5,000-word document I recently edited, those two words appeared 14 times, while only five were deemed necessary to the meaning. That’s a lot of extra words! To be more direct in your writing, skip the “start/begin” part and employ the phrase Nike made famous: Just do it!

Choosing The Right Chemical Supply Company

Small Business CEO

Whether you are working within the construction industry, the mining industry, or the water treatment and remediation industry, you will need chemical solutions to do your job effectively. Finding a reliable supplier is important to ensure that you receive high-quality chemicals for your needs.

The New Brand Loyalty

Dumb Little Man

In the pre-industrial days, people were loyal to whichever brands were of the best quality.

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The Virtual Summit programme is up and running!

Practically Perfect PA

I always think of my conferences and events as my work babies, they take about 9 months to create, they are as time consuming as my actual babies, they cause as much sleep deprivation and worry but they are ultimately worth all the hard work and bring me a lot of joy!

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3D Printing Moving Past Prototyping to Large Batch Manufacturing

Small Business Labs

After literally several decades of hype and hope, it appears 3D printing may finally be starting to deliver on its promise to change manufacturing.

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3 Examples of How a Comma Can Change Meaning

Daily Writing Tips

Omission of a lowly comma often alters the intent of a sentence, as demonstrated in the following examples, each followed by discussion and a revision.

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Love Your Office Space Series : Make Typing Fun

Tips From T. Marie

You spend a lot of time in your office. It could be a corner of your living room, a dedicated room in your home or even a small, rented space. No matter where your office is, a key to making work enjoyable (and productive) is creating an office space that you love. Over the next. Read more.

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5 Things Your Accountant Should be Doing

Small Business CEO

Is your accountant giving you more than just tax advice? If not, it may be time to find a new one. Your accountant should be helping you with these five important things: 1. Helping You Prepare for Tax Season – Well in Advance.

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10 Working From Home Tips That Are Guaranteed To Make You Extra Productive

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever had one of those days when you wake up promising yourself that you’ll have a successfully productive day…but you end up sitting in front of the television all day instead? This used to happen to me quite a lot when I first started working from home. I’d lounge around in my pajamas all morning, trying to find the motivation to do something. And, well, I never found it. Then, one morning, I decided that enough was enough! I needed to change my routine.

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The Strategic Executive Assistant

Practically Perfect PA

Jan Jones is the author of “The CEO’s Secret Weapon” and keynote speaker at the Practically Perfect PA Virtual Summit in October. In November she will be the special guest speaker at Adam Fidler’s groundbreaking one-day program “ The Strategic Executive Assistant ” in Milan and Paris.

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After a Decade of Strong Growth, Craft Brewing Industry Shows Signs of Slowing

Small Business Labs

In 2016, a new craft or micro brewery opened in the US on average every 11 hours. Pretty amazing. Also, the roughly 5,300 U.S. craft and micro breweries produced 24.6 million barrels of beer in 2016. This was about 12.3% of the beer industry's 2016 volume. 

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3 Cases of Incomplete Parallel Structure

Daily Writing Tips

In each of the sentences below, an action or result is described in comparison or contrast to another, but the phrasing that expresses the parallel between the two phenomena is faulty. Discussion after each example explains the problem, and revisions illustrate solutions.

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Can You Really Be Authentic in Your Business- Part 3: Conclusion

Tips From T. Marie

For the past two weeks I’ve explored the question of what happens if you can’t separate your personal convictions and beliefs from your business. In part two I did a bit of research and talked about mixing politics with business and some examples of those that do and don’t. I can honestly say even with. Read more. Business Tips

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How to Find Finance Without Calling Your Bank

Small Business CEO

Accessing finance at key moments is very often absolutely critical for small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) and for obvious reasons. Whether the aim is to get started, to pursue growth opportunities or simply to stay in business, getting your hands on the cash you need as an SMB is essential.

The Surprising Success Strategy That Will Empower Your Next Steps

Dumb Little Man

You’ve developed some goals- serious, life-changing goals. You’re feeling pretty bad-ass about the future. When you think about making these things happen, you feel exhilarated and energized. But, perhaps, you are a little intimidated, too. If that is the case, you could read another self-help book and listen to yet another podcast to get motivated. Or you could try something a bit different by time-traveling to the past to gain wisdom and plan your next move. Dwelling in the past?

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Introducing the Virtual Summit Partner

Practically Perfect PA

Today, I am absolutely delighted to announce that the International Management Assistants (IMA) are the official partner for the Practically Perfect PA Virtual Summit. As many of you will know, IMA is Europe’s largest Association for Management Support Professionals.

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