June, 2012

How To Be Smart

Dumb Little Man

Too many people think that intelligence is a gift of nature and that there is little anyone can do to improve theirs. IQ tests have managed to confuse many of us, leading us to believe that intelligence is largely fixed. It is not.

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Email Opt In: 3 Simple Strategies to Higher Opt In Rates

Office Organization Success

How to opt in to your email list should be a relatively easy process for a new subscriber.

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The Different Types of Green Hosting

Eco-Office Gals

Most people don’t know, but the Internet is a major contributor to Global Warming. How so? The Internet is really just a bunch of interconnected computers, and those computers need energy, a lot of energy.

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How to Be Proactive about Career Success

Eat Your Career

Here’s something that happens to me at least several times a month: I get an email from a blog reader. It usually contains a very long, very elaborate description of his or her career problem. And then, at the very end, the person says something along the lines of, “What do you think I should do?

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Is Going Public Obsolete?

Small Business Labs

An interesting academic paper (yes, that's possible) - Where Have All the IPOs Gone -  suggests that the main reason for the decline in initial public offerings (IPOs) is small, high growth companies are finding it harder to compete with big firms.

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Effective Communication – What does this actually mean?

Practically Perfect PA

I was having a look through my CV recently, just adding a few bits and bobs and generally updating it and I noticed I tell my would-be employer how well I communicate both effectively and efficiently. As I was reading this I thought to myself, ‘what does that actually mean?’

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8 Lies You’ve Been Told About Following Your Passion

Dumb Little Man

Are you doing what you truly want to do? Are you following your passion to the best of your ability? If you’re reading this post, the answer is most likely no. Time and time again, I see people who can follow their passion, but they don’t, because they hold themselves back.

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LEED: Changing the face of green business

Eco-Office Gals

Once upon a time, the only way to go green at the office was to employ paperless practices and energy-conscious efforts.

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Google+, Is it Worth the Effort?

Tips From T. Marie

Google+ vs Facebook? I’m currently in the process of creating a Learning Module on social media for Virtual Assistant Survival School , so the infographic to the left immediately grabbed my attention yesterday.

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Tablets Taking Over at Work - And at Home

Small Business Labs

Marketing Charts - one of our favorite sites - has an interesting post on tablet computers at work.  It covers an IDG Connect study showing that 71% of 3000 IT and business professionals they recently surveyed owned tablets.

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Help Desk

Practically Perfect PA

A few days ago I was getting ready to go home after a long day in the office when it dawned on me that I had been at my desk all day.

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The 5 Commandments for Saving Time and Reducing Stress

Dumb Little Man

I know a lot of people who would give anything to get more done and in less time. They typically respond by freaking out, being rushed, and living a high stress life. This stressful existence isn't the answer. Instead, here's a chance to have both productivity and freedom from stress.

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Secrets of Body Language

Ian's Messy Desk

An interesting documentary from the History Channel on body language. Body language is a form of non-verbal communication, which consists of body posture, gestures, facial expressions, and eye movements. Humans send and interpret such signals almost entirely subconsciously.

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5 Ways Proper Power Management Can Make for a Greener Office

Eco-Office Gals

There’s a lot of big ideas for how to make an office greener, from uploading your office onto the cloud to biking your way to work. With all the outlets you have for making a greener office, there may be a (literal) outlet you’re overlooking. Your surge protector.

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6 Ways to Become a More Independent Thinker at Work

On The Job

One of the reasons I went into journalism was because I didn't want to rely on someone else to tell me the facts of a situation. I wanted to find them out for myself. Yet things have changed since I entered the media industry.

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Our Food Truck Project

Small Business Labs

Emergent Research  (that's us) just kicked off a new project on the economic impact of food trucks in San Francisco.   On the off chance you haven't noticed, the food truck phenomenon has taken the nation by storm. 

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Start Sentences With Any Word You Want!

Business Writing

This week two people who subscribe to my e-newsletter emailed me to question a word I had used to start a sentence. One individual was polite; the other was not. The polite individual, who works as a field representative for. Frequently Asked Questions Grammar and Usage

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Do You Know What "Success" Means for You?

Dumb Little Man

It’s a pretty good bet that you want to succeed in life – whether that’s at work, in your relationships, with your hobbies, or in any other domain. But how will you know when you get there? Have you thought about what success really means to you? It might seem like a silly question.

2012 285

Introduction to Evernote

Ian's Messy Desk

Friends frequently ask me for advice on buying a camera. I invariably ask a couple of questions, budget and use for the camera. I give them a range of suggestions, with links to related product reviews, and let them make up their own minds.

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Three Eco-Friendly Office Products That Make A Difference

Eco-Office Gals

If your office needs a “green makeover”, it can be difficult just knowing where to start. With so many eco-friendly products on the market, the choices can be overwhelming. To cut through the noise, I’ve chosen three of my favorite eco-friendly office products.

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Creating the Perfect Week

Simple Productivity Blog

This post was written by a guest author. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guest post guidelines.

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7 Business Ideas That Could Change the World

The Solopreneur Life

V enturebeat.com explains in this article how investor Peter Thiel has set up a program to give 20 teens and young adults the chance to have $100,000 for building a business. Now in its second year, The Thiel Fellowship has announced the members of the new class. Thiel’s Fellowship selects 20 promising students, no older than 20, with grand ideas to change the world or start a new business. Thiel then gives them $100,000 over two years of the program and surrounds them with mentors.

2012 161

How to Avoid Unethical Behavior on the Job

On The Job

The image most of us have had of the U.S. Secret Service is one of stern-looking agents, whispering into their shirt cuffs and ready to throw their bodies in front of the president or other important officials to protect them from harm.

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Stand on the Edge of Your Comfort Zone If You Want to Get Past It

Dumb Little Man

The more you're willing to try new things, the more you'll evolve and grow as a person. As kids we embrace this fully.

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Lovely Jubilee!

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. This weekend is the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee which means all of the assistants in the UK get a lovely long bank holiday weekend to celebrate and enjoy all that Great Britain has to offer. I live in London so I’m extra excited about all of the events that are taking place in the Capital!

2012 151

Eco-Friendly Mobile Web Tools

Eco-Office Gals

In today’s society, more people are starting to become aware of the importance of reducing their impact on the environment. In the business world, there are a number of different mobile Web tools that can help your business be more eco-friendly.

2012 205

What You Don’t Know About How To Use A Calendar

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. You probably have a calendar. Whether it is on your phone, email program, desktop, or tacked to a door, there is generally a calendar around. But the question is: are you using it well? What A Calendar Is For.

Why Solopreneuers Should Balance Creativity with Analytics

The Solopreneur Life

T his is a guest post written by Erin Palmer of Bisk Education. Erin writes about business education, including business intelligence certification. Her work helps students learn about business analyst training options. Solopreneuers are typically innovative and idea-driven. They are creative problem-solvers, multi-taskers, and wearers of many hats because they simply have to be.

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This is Your Brain on Information Overload

On The Job

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7 Rules of Listening, Really Listening

Dumb Little Man

A few days ago, I got a message from one of my best friends. She asked if we could meet and maybe have a little chat. I didn’t hesitate and said yes. It was great way to catch up. When we saw each other inside the quiet little café we agreed on, she immediately went onto a sort of rant right after the usual pleasantries. She lamented about how she had this huge problem with a co-worker and how the situation was upsetting her and disrupting her work life.

2012 220

To Get Email Results, Know What You Want

Business Writing

The Rolling Stones sang, "You can't always get what you want." It's true in email. You cannot make people reply, approve, agree, buy, or call you through a simple email. But you are more likely to get what you want. Email Teaching Business Writing

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WordPress 3.4 “Green” is here!

Eco-Office Gals

What do I love about WordPress? It’s open source which means super talented people are always putting their brilliant minds together to make it better everyday! However, In order to keep up with the latest and greatest of WordPress you have to perform updates to your site.

2012 204

Managing Family Schedules Using Google Calendar

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. One of the challenges of having a family with activities and schedules is that it can be difficult to coordinate things. Even in my small family, it can be difficult to keep track of where everyone needs to be.

Showrooming is Just Beginning

Small Business Labs

Showrooming is the trend towards shoppers visiting stores to see a product, but then buying it online or from some other store.  The reason they go elsewhere is usually price and they often use their smartphones to compare prices. There's been a number of recent stories on showrooming with varying points of view of it's impact. CNN's Will Showrooming Kill Businesses takes the view the trend is quite damaging to brick and mortar stores.

2012 146

How to Feel Better About a Job You Hate

On The Job

I think we've probably all had jobs we didn't like. We dreaded going into work, and huddled miserably at our work stations, wondering why everyone else seemed to be OK. Couldn't they see how horrible the place was? I've certainly had a couple of those jobs in my life.

2012 219

How to Stay Focused When You’re Tempted to Slack Off – in 3 Simple Steps

Dumb Little Man

Do you ever find yourself staring at web comics or news sites (or even blogs on personal development…) when you’re supposed to be working? We all do, right? We all lack focus at times – especially if we’re struggling with a hard or boring task. And with computers / tablets / phones close to hand, we’ve got a world of distractions at our fingertips. Don’t feel bad if you don’t always concentrate as well as you’d like.

2012 219

Personal Organizer

Ian's Messy Desk

5 Advantages of a To-Do List. One of the fundamental personal-organizer tools is the list of things you need to get done daily. It consolidates all your tasks in one place. From there you can prioritize them and tackle the important ones first. There are 5 key advantages to maintaining a to-do list: 1) A to-do list doesn’t forget. Your brain is not the most efficient memory tool and will only trust systems that it knows works.

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