April, 2008

Takeover Disasters | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

The Small Business Blog

Takeover Disasters. by Stefan Töpfer on Apr 22, 2008. The process of taking over another company can be a very exciting time for you and your business, but it can very quickly turn into an unpleasant experience with serious lasting

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Just Say Yes!

Laughing all the Way to Work

When I turned 40 I decided to say “Yes!” There were so many things I wanted to do, but I would let my fear of doing them stop me. I decided the next time someone asked me to do something that I normally would shy away from I would say “Yes” and do it. Public speaking was one of those things.

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Gossiping in the Workplace

On The Job

Gossip in the workplace is about as common as the daily arrival of UPS. Workers gossip about their families, their friends and whether Miley Cyrus should punch Annie Leibovitz in the face for that Vanity Fair photo. But, workers also gossip about the boss. They gossip about co-workers. Sometimes it's not mean-spirited ("Did you know Daniel and Heather in accounting are dating?") but other times it is ("She's sleeping with the boss to get that job.")

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Blogging Here and There - Part 2

Professional Assistant Blog

As you may have noticed, I haven't been posting any articles for quite some time now. I do apologize for this, but my life has been really busy lately and unfortunately, could not share my thoughts with you during this time

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Small Business Start-Up Idea – T-Shirt Design | THE SMALL BUSINESS.

The Small Business Blog

Small Business Start-Up Idea – T-Shirt Design. by Stefan Töpfer on Apr 02, 2008. There is always a great demand for custom-made T-shirts, ranging from sports teams in need of new kit to event organisers wanting promotional shirts to

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Small Business Start-Up Idea – Sign-Making Service | THE SMALL.

The Small Business Blog

Blogging about small business, working from home, self-employed, contractors, business start-up using online eco-friendly software combined with bootstrapping techniques and social networking

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Small Business Start-Up Idea – Weight Loss Consultation | THE.

The Small Business Blog

Blogging about small business, working from home, self-employed, contractors, business start-up using online eco-friendly software combined with bootstrapping techniques and social networking

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Teaching Your Boss to be the Boss

Laughing all the Way to Work

I read an interesting article in Canadian Lawyer Associates magazine called "Here to Help" by Helen Burnett. It brings up the subject of young lawyers needing to be taught how to make the most of having an assistant. I think it would apply in all offices. It quotes some very forward thinking law firms who run seminars for new associates on how to work with an assistant. What a great idea for the executive and the assistant.

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Bosses Feeling the Strain

On The Job

I've been traveling a lot for business lately, and I've just got to get some pet peeves off my chest: * If you've got a big case, stuffed with a heavy laptop, do not fling that thing over your shoulder without checking to see if someone is behind you. Chances are, if you're standing in line or on a crowded flight, there is someone close by and you could cause potentially cause serious bruises and/or brain damage when you whack them with it. * Two words: Anti-perspirant. (Or

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Spring Cleaning Time

Laughing all the Way to Work

This is the time of year for spring cleaning and your office probably needs a good clean up too. Make your desk clutter free inside and out. You should have as much working space as possible. Have a place for everything and use it. Keep your drawers neat and tidy. Recycle extra staplers, scissors, highlighters and pens that you do not need. Use a drawer organizer so you can separate items and make things neat. This is a good time to close out old files and fix up some of the current ones.

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Interview Question and Answer Series: #4 Questions YOU can ask in the interview

Laughing all the Way to Work

So many people recommend asking questions at an interview. What are some of the questions you can ask? A good interview is one that turns into a conversation, with them asking questions of you, but with you also asking questions of them. It will be more relaxing for both parties and by your questions you will give them a good idea about your expectations and capabilities and how you will fit in.

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Revealing Salaries Favored by Young Workers

On The Job

In a live radio interview last year about my book , the host asked me: "So, Anita, how much do you make writing your syndicated workplace column?" Thankfully, you couldn't see my reaction, because I have a feeling my face sort of resembled a landed halibut. But after a moment's hestitation, I answered him in a round, ballpark-figure-sort-of-way.

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E-mail Management: Managing your Boss’s Inbox

Laughing all the Way to Work

More and more executives require their assistants to manage their e-mail accounts for them. The problem I have with this request is managing a busy executive’s e-mail account can be a full-time job in itself, but many executives are asking for it. Here are some things that I have found: Meet with your executive and get on the same page as to what they are expecting you to accomplish when going through their e-mail account.

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Demands for Administrative Professionals to Increase

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This is definitely good news for our profession. Here is an article from the Wausau Daily Herald where they quote Department of Labor statistics on the future growth of our profession. Click here to read the article. For a direct link to the Department of Labor report click here.

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Using Autocorrect in Word

Laughing all the Way to Work

I am always looking for shortcuts and I found a neat way to speed up my typing using AutoCorrect. For example, here are a few I have created. If I type sbc and press the spacebar (or press enter) it automatically types SENT BY COURIER. Here are some others I use: sbf - SENT BY FACSIMILE sbr - SENT BY REGISTERED MAIL p&c - PERSONAL & CONFIDENTIAL Your Autocorrect shortforms are case sensitive, so choose whether they will be lower case or upper case.

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Will that be one sugar or two?

Laughing all the Way to Work

I’m a Secretary, but “I don’t do coffee”. Let me explain. I am not talking about being liberated and not being willing to make coffee. I can’t make coffee period. I am not a coffee drinker and those who have had one made by me, have quickly learned not to ask for more. I remember years ago wanting to impress a friend who was a coffee connoisseur. I got up early and quietly went about making the coffee. It was a 12-cup carafe and I assumed that meant you put 12 scoops in the coffee maker.

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Scoring Dream Job Takes Persistence

On The Job

Alexandra Levit is a career coach, author and speaker, and has a new book, "How'd You Score That Gig." I recently asked her a few questions about her book. What inspired you to write "How'd You Score That Gig?" The idea originated as a result of several conversations I overheard at friends’ dinner parties. It seemed that someone at every event always had a job that totally intrigued the rest of the group.

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Hear ye, Hear ye. Read all About it.

Laughing all the Way to Work

Here are a few articles I wanted to pass along that I thought were very appropriate during Administrative Professionals' Week. Secretary Jobs Evolving Into Something More by Karen Robes in the dailybreeze.com In Celebration of Administrative Assistants by Jenny May in The News-Herald.com This blog post by Ellen Bloom from Los Angeles is my Beat is worth looking at just for the first photo. Hilarious. Click here to see what I mean. Have a great day everyone.

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Stop Saying "When I Was Your Age"

On The Job

This is a frightening time for everyone in the workplace, when fears abound about what latest economic downturn will result in layoffs. One of the most vulnerable groups of employees are the experienced workers with their higher salaries and richer benefits. Older workers need to understand that this is the time to ratchet up their game. They need to be seen as vital by going after new clients, taking on new projects and just being seen as a dynamic voice in the future of a company.

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Admins in the Spotlight: Administrative Professional of the Year Award

Laughing all the Way to Work

Christie Phillips was named 2008 Administrative Professional of the Year by the Hager Chapter of IAAP. Congratulations Christie. Click here to read the article.

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Out-of-Office Blog Assistant

Laughing all the Way to Work

I am on vacation the rest of this week so I will be blogging only occasionally during that time. I will be back at it starting on Tuesday, April 29th. Enjoy the rest of the week wherever you are. Patricia.

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Going Green At Work

On The Job

In honor of Earth Day, we're going to deal with all things green in this Tidbit Tuesday post: * One of the job sectors expected to grow is anything that has to do with the environment. If you're interested in "green collar" jobs and what that means, check out this report. * Co-op America and Treehugger.com both offers ways to make your office green in 10 easy steps. * For the first time since the Sept.

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"I Can’t Sleep" - Going to Work When you are Tired

Laughing all the Way to Work

“I am so tired”, I hear myself saying again and again. I am one of many who have trouble sleeping. It can be difficult to do a full day’s work on less than eight hours of sleep? I have had sleep problems since 1988. That’s the year my mother became ill and I became her primary caregiver. As a single mom I was the obvious choice in my family to do the job, but between caring for a young child and a seriously ill mother, I developed poor sleeping habits that have plagued me since then.

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Women Bullying Other Women Not New

On The Job

Was I the only one NOT shocked by the YouTube video of several girls beating another girl and videotaping the incident? Of course, it was horrible. Of course, we should all condemn it. Of course, the girls who assaulted the other girl should be punished. But women who gasp in horror and express their disbelief that females would be capable of such acts aren't being honest. Because the truth is, girls do beat up other girls, and it's not just a recent phenomenon.

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Administrative Professionals' Organization

Laughing all the Way to Work

I went through most of my career unaware that we as admin assistants had a professional association. Since I have become a member of IAAP I don't know why I didn't join before. What a great place to network with our peers and a place we can learn and grow as a person and as an assistant.

Does anyone know what day it is?

Laughing all the Way to Work

Wouldn’t it be nice if we all followed the same numerical dating standard. It can get very confusing when we date differently. For instance, can anyone tell me what this date is - 06/11/03? Is it June 11, 2003? Is it the 6th of November 2003? Or is it 2006 November 03? Well, it depends on which country you are in and if the person writing the date is aware of the standards in their particular country.

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I'd like to introduce you to ????

Laughing all the Way to Work

I have a bad memory. I admit it. Depending on how much sleep I get can determine if it will be better or worse. I jokingly told a friend of mine that sometimes it feels like the information I am looking for is in the archives and the door has been locked and I don't have the key. At work I compensate by writing things down. I write down any instructions I get from my boss, phone messages or anything I will need to remember to either pass on or do.

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The Power Behind the Executive. All in a days work.

Laughing all the Way to Work

Today starts Administrative Professionals’ Week. The whole week is set aside to acknowledge what we do every day. The first time I realized the importance of our job was when I was working as a young secretary in my first job. I was creating some organization charts for my boss and noticed that the secretary was listed beside the director of our department. The other executives were then listed with their respective secretaries beside them.

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Your Success Is Tied Directly to the Boss

On The Job

Ask anyone who really enjoys going to work every day, and you’re likely to hear that one of the reasons they like the job is because of the boss. A good boss, it seems, can make even the really bad days bearable. But a bad boss — well, a bad boss makes every day unbearable, no matter how good it is. And while you may be miserable day in and day out working for a bad boss, it actually gets worse. Because if you’re working for a real jerk, it’s likely that you’re putting career success at risk.

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Interview Question and Answer Series: #3

Laughing all the Way to Work

Practicing your answers to some possible interview questions really helps you to prepare. They won't always ask this question, but for an administrative assistant's job it would be a good question to ask. We certainly know pressure. This is the answer I normally give to this particular question. Do you work well under pressure? I handle working under pressure by being organized. I prioritize what I need to accomplish and as I complete it I cross it off my list.

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Good Boss/Bad Boss

Laughing all the Way to Work

I found an interesting post on Anita Bruzzese's blog 45 Things. She wrote an article called Your Success is Tied Directly to the Boss. Click here to read the article. It is an interesting read. She suggests that if you have a bad boss you could be putting your career at risk. Fortunately, I have always gotten along well with my bosses, but I have known people who have had difficult working relationships and it hasn't been pretty.

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More Professionals Vulnerable to Addictions

On The Job

She was at the top of her game. She was a lawyer who traveled all over the country, handling big shopping mall real estate deals. She had four young children, a terrific nanny, an easy-going husband, and a family proud of her achievements. But what no one knew was that she was an addict. That is, until she was arrested by an undercover narcotics officer when she tried to buy cocaine.

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Personal Admin Horror Stories

Laughing all the Way to Work

I came across this article on personal admin horror stories that I thought you might get a kick out of reading. Some of my memorable moments are. I remember making travel arrangements for my boss who was travelling to New York City for a meeting. I was not aware there were three main airports that he could fly to: JFK, LaGuardia and Newark International Airport. I had him flying into LaGuardia but his hotel room and meeting were right across town closer to another airport.

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Working Abroad an Intriguing Idea for Many

On The Job

As the economy takes a nose dive, and many of us experience burnout as never before, the attraction of working overseas becomes greater. After all, if Brad and Angelina can travel the world and work, why not you? Still, if you’re considering working overseas there are some practical matters to consider such as work permits and visas.

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Remember April 17, 2007? The Day the Berry Went Black

Laughing all the Way to Work

April 17, 2007, one year ago today, was the day service was down and all our bosses were frantic because their wireless hand-held devices didn't work. I wrote this after observing their reactions on my way to work and at work and from speaking to others about this new past-time. The 24/7 Executive: Wireless Hand-held Devices are the new Corporate Addiction A young lawyer puts his wireless hand-held device under his pillow so he won’t miss that all-important call or e-mail.

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Ideas for Administrative Professionals’ Week

Laughing all the Way to Work

what do I think would be a good gift idea for an assistant on AP Day? I know it's gotten commercialized just like every other special day, but I love getting presents so as long as we're celebrating I'm going to enjoy it.

"Don't be messy. Be on time."

On The Job

The income tax has made liars out of more Americans than golf. -- Will Rogers (1879-1935) Let's not even think about taxes anymore today, and instead focus on Tidbit Tuesday: * Bring on the Rogaine: Sometimes you have to be really creative in promoting your business and your professional abilities, and a guy with a blog on balding has done just that. He recently sent me some information that pointed out we haven't had a bald president since Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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