December, 2011

Are You Making These 7 Productivity Mistakes?

Dumb Little Man

You want to get things done. You're keen to be efficient and effective. Productivity" is your favorite word – and you're working really hard at it. The problem is, if you're going about being productive the wrong way, you might just be setting yourself up to fail.

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New Year's Wishes for 2012

Business Writing

People from around the world have been writing to me in search of the correct wording for new year's messages to their English-speaking friends and associates. To help them, I have composed these brief messages as models. I hope you. Courteous Writing Email Global Communication How to Write

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Trending Sources

Women On Top

The Small Business Blog

Women On Top London Calling As you all know my collaborator in writing the ‘funniest’ book on enterprise, ‘Stripping for Freedom’, (available from Amazon ) is the very unfunny Tony Robinson OBE. Robinson is my utterly incompetent UK agent. From time to time I visit him to check he hasn’t destroyed my livelihood and life …

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End Your Multitasking Addiction in 30 Seconds

On The Job

I'll admit I multitask. Not all the time, but sometimes. But I may have really curbed my impulse to do it while working while taking a 30 second test in a story I did for Gannett/USAToday.

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Interview Questions and Answers for PAs, EAs and Administrators

Practically Perfect PA

Over the last few years I’ve changed employers a number of times and so have had to face quite a few interviews. After finishing university in 2003 I was lucky because there were plenty of jobs available in London. I went for one interview at a global accountancy firm and had a full-time permanent role as a team administrator straight away. However, this just isn’t the case anymore.

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Top 5 Small Business Tips for the New Year

The Small Business Blog

The top 5 tips weekly post is always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. Look at your competitors and see how their product offering has changed over the course of the year and examine what they’ve done right and wrong. Try to get the year off to…

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What a Rapper Can Teach You About Finding a Job

On The Job

There are some days when I think I possibly have the coolest job in the world. Because I'm a journalist, I've attended presidential inaugural balls, I've been with cops as they raid a drug den and I now have interviewed a rapper.

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So Tell Me, What Are Your Weaknesses?

Job Advice Blog

This is one of the most dreaded interview questions, but if you understand the reason interviewers ask it and what they’re looking to uncover, you’ll see that you can certainly prepare for it. The question about your weaknesses comes fairly soon after the interview begins and typically after such a question as, What are your [.]. Interview Skills by Alex Freund

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Why You Should Never Write Like You Talk

Men With Pens

The worst piece of writing advice I ever heard was to write the way I talk. The next time you have a conversation, listen to yourself. If you wrote the way you talked, your writing would be riddled with space-filler words and phrases such as “like” and “um” and “you know what I mean?”.

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6 Ways to Start Your Day Off on a High Note

Dumb Little Man

I’m an early riser and I have been most of my life. It’s a habit my parents instilled in me ever since I was a kid, and nowadays I actually look forward to the morning. But for the first part of my life, my mornings used to be a bit chaotic.

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To Be CEO – Let Go!

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. You are a successful Virtual Assistant with a thriving business. You have a highly-skilled, competent team in place. Then, why are you still holding on to a certain client, or administrative tasks, when you could be using your time to grow your business and claim your post as CEO? Maybe, you are harboring one of these limiting beliefs: “It’s just easier to do it myself.”

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Five Ways Flexible Working Can Boost Productivity

The Small Business Blog

Research and case studies show that flexible working can increase people’s productivity. Flexible working ensures people are on top form and have the scope to put in the best work, when it matters most. General improvements in mood and health also means less days lost to absenteeism. Flexible working is increasingly popular, especially for smaller…

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7 Ways to Stay Sane During the Holidays

On The Job

I carry a list in my purse that if lost, would mean the end of my sanity. The list contains all the presents I have bought so far for Christmas, what I have left to buy and all the things I need to do before I take time off for the holidays.

2012 Is a Time for Success!

Office Dynamics

As this years winds down to a close I wanted to share some thoughts with you. Did you know that opportunity comes to everyone? People often handle life as they do bad weather. They while away the time waiting for it to stop. Opportunity knocks all the time, but you have to be ready for it. When your chance comes, you must have the equipment to take advantage of it. The race is not to the swift of the battle to the strong. For time and chance happen to everyone.

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Is It Time to Clean Up Your Tribe?

Men With Pens

This quote has been stalking me for weeks now: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” - Jim Rohn. It gets me. It really gets me.

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Whose Goals Are You Really Chasing?

Dumb Little Man

Do you have a big goal for the next year – or perhaps a three-year or five-year plan?

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Last Minute Tips to Generate Business During the Holidays

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. The week between Christmas and New Year’s is generally accepted as “down time” But, your business doesn’t have to lose momentum because folks are sipping eggnog and opening gifts. Here are a few last-minute tips so your business doesn’t stall while you and everyone else — are enjoying the holidays. Have an end-of-season sale. Offer a limited-time-only discount on products and/or services if they sign up by December 31.

Top 5 Tips for Avoiding Business Hiring Mistakes

The Small Business Blog

The top 5 tips weekly post is always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. Be aware that just because a candidate looks good on paper, it doesn’t mean they will be suitable in practice. Consider a structured assessment test to see if their skills meet your expectations. …

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New Manager’s Survival Guide: 8 Manager Mistakes to Avoid

Productivity Bits

W hen you step into your first management position, it can be quite a challenge. You’re worried about how others will perceive you as a leader, and you want to be an effective leader who does the job well. Even if you’ve been a manager for years, you may have these same concerns when you first begin at a new company. Whatever the case, being the “new manager on duty” can be stressful. It is important to step cautiously into your new role.

Words of Advice on Life

Office Dynamics

Here are some more wonderful words of wisdom. DO NOT GIVE UP! Never give up fighting for what you believe in. God is able to do anything – far above all that you can ask or think. Keep praying and believing. Listen to your inner voice (“higher power”, “soul”) and trust it…because spirit is true and ego is false. Your soul won’t steer you wrong. Figure out how to be happy. If you are not happy, don’t waste another moment. Make a change, even a small one, to bring you closer to achieving happiness.

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Favorite Books on Productivity and Business Growth

Productive & Organized

There are 1000s of books that you could read to grow your business, but how do you know which ones are good for where you are in the life cycle of your business?

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How to Lose Weight. By Snacking

Dumb Little Man

Many people make this mistake of thinking that they can't snack at all if they're trying to eat healthily or lose weight. But it's not only okay to snack – it's beneficial. Snacking keeps the cravings down. You don't get over-hungry – so you don't eat as much at mealtimes.

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AP StyleGuard and the Death of Editing

Daily Writing Tips

Thanks to a new software program called AP StyleGuard, human intervention in improvement of written content is no longer necessary. All editors, please clean out your desks and report to Human Resources for your exit interview in five minutes; HR staff will provide information about career-change counseling on request. That’s a joke, folks. (So’s So’s the headline.). But StyleGuard is fact, not fiction: The Associated Press announced it last week in a press release.

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Mirror Mirror on the wall…’tis the season to reflect

The Small Business Blog

I have often been quoted as saying you need more than just a good idea to get a business off the ground. I’m sure over the festive season many people taking a rest from work will be hearing the cogs whizzing as they take some time out to ponder on a new business idea, and…

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The REAL Cost of Not Having a Business Plan

Office Organization Success

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What is the best way to handle and minimize office gossip?

Office Dynamics

by ALICE BUMGARNER, MODERATOR on NOVEMBER 11, 2011 11:48AM. in ADMIN PRO FORUM. Question: “I work in a small organization and often say that I find out things about myself from co-workers before I even know them! I have stopped socializing after work hours, especially when alcohol is involved, because of the rampant gossip of co-workers. What is the best way to handle—and minimize—office gossip?” —Not Not a gossip

How to Choose a Career Coach

Job Advice Blog

I am a practicing career coach, and at every year-end, I summarize my annual accomplishments as measured by how many people I helped and what percentage of them landed. In practicing Six Sigma principles in my career coaching, one of the ones I especially take to heart is CIP, which stands for Continuous Improvement Process. [.]. Interview Skills by Alex Freund

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Trying to Improve Your Willpower is a HUGE Mistake - Here's What to Do Instead

Dumb Little Man

When we're failing to reach our goals, we often blame a lack of willpower: I've gotta try harder. If only I could stay focused. I need to be more determined. I have to be self-disciplined. The problem is, willpower alone won't get you far.

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5 More Tips for Cleaning Up Your Writing Right Now

Daily Writing Tips

Last week, I offered some simple advice for immediately improving your prose , including suggestions having to do with punctuation, capitalization, and the like. Here are more recommendations, this time dealing with more qualitative issues: 1. Avoid cliches like the plague : You can’t omit them altogether — and you shouldn’t try — but take care when recasting a tired word or phrase into something fresh and new.

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Top 5 Small Business Xmas Tips

The Small Business Blog

The top 5 tips weekly post is always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. Use the Xmas period as an excellent excuse to conduct marketing activities. Contact all of the people who have purchased from you in the past. Prepare for the festive season well in advance …

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Top Tips and Tools For Managing Emails

Office Organization Success

Earlier this week a client email me asking, “Do you have 2 separate email accounts, one for business and one for personal. That’s what I have right now, but I am wondering if I should merge my email into one account, my business account. What do you suggest?”

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Alternative Legal Structures for Social Entrepreneurs

Small Business Labs

Social entrepreneurs create organizations that operate like a business, but with a social mission.    This makes them different from the traditional non-profits, with the main difference being they attempt to create organizations that scale and become financially self-sustaining instead of relying on a non-stop stream of donations. It's an exciting, growing field and a key reason the non-profit sector managed to grow through the Great Recession.  

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How Mind Mapping can Improve Creativity and Productivity

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. In our daily lives, we all face challenges and accomplish difficult tasks to meet our goals, whether they are personal, educational, or work-related.

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More Than 50 Percent of U.S. Private Workforce Will Be Independent by 2020, Report Says

The Solopreneur Life

M ore than 50 percent of the U.S. private workforce will be independent by 2020, according to a report published today by MBO Partners. The MBO statement is one of five predictions that the consulting firm makes in its 2012 Independent Work Preview. The report says: One is the New Majority. The US is entering the fast lane on the road to the independent majority. By the year 2020, MBO Partners predicts that 70 million people, more than 50 percent of the private workforce, will be independent.

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