May, 2017

25 ways to get noticed on LinkedIn

Practically Perfect PA

Congratulations! You have an ‘All Star’ LinkedIn profile. You must be doing something right. Before you become too complacent, please ask yourself the following questions. Am I really leveraging LinkedIn to its full effect? Am I using LinkedIn strategically to grow my Personal Brand?

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Building customer loyalty for small businesses

The Small Business Blog

Building customer loyalty is an important process for a small business. It helps encourage first-time customers to come back, builds a strong customer base, and can make you stand out from your competitors. So how should you go about achieving customer loyalty in a small business?

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Trending Sources

The Rise of Smart Farms

Small Business Labs

Tech startups are increasingly targeting agriculture. This is leading to a range of new companies and technologies focused on improving farm efficiencies and creating smarter farms.

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6 Questions To Ask When Designing A Business App

Dumb Little Man

App development for businesses and brands is on the rise. Many companies are waking up to its benefits and are now working to design and build their own. When in the process of mobile app development, there are so many variables and so many things to think about that if you are not careful — or if you lack experience — you might just miss a trick or two. To make sure you get the most out of your app, here are six questions you have to ask during design and development. How Can Your App Add Value?

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Choosing Excellence Every Day

Office Dynamics

I absolutely loved Joan Burge’s article, Core Admin Skills Always Need Improving ! As John D. Rockefeller noted, “The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well.”. The principle she discussed of renewing and improving core skills is closely related to what Steven Covey calls “Sharpening the Saw”: the deliberate improvement of our tools to help us become more effective.

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More Trending

The Expanding High Skill Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

More and more professions that require advanced degrees or highly specialized skills are joining the gig and/or on-demand economy. A good example is law.    Crain's The gig economy comes to law  covers the expanding use of contract lawyers.

12 Desk Hacks To Make You More Productive At Work

Dumb Little Man

Whether you work from your home or a busy office, your desk and everything around it should be carefully arranged to make you feel as creative, energized and stress-free as possible. You see, when you treat your desk as an obligatory layover between your breakfast counter and an evening on the couch, you fill it with things that eventually pile up. As a result, you don’t get much done. Show that desk a little love and it’ll show a lot of love back.

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How to Do Much More With What You Have

On The Job

Many of us remember growing up and hearing the admonishment from adults to “turn off the lights” or “clean up that plate” because wasteful habits – whether with food or electricity – were not OK.

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Email That Works: Best Practices for Truly Busy People

Office Dynamics

How would you describe your e-mail situation lately? Are you getting so much that it’s sometimes impossible to manage it properly and still be productive? Do you worry you’ll hit the “send” button too soon, and deliver a message before its ready? Take heart….You’re You’re not alone! E-mail technology has been great – but it has also wreaked havoc on the way we communicate. For example, you can shoot back a reply to an e-mail in lickety-split time. The question is, should you?

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Minute taking template

Practically Perfect PA

Assistants have come a long way, we are all asked to do lots of different things as part of our role. However, nearly every assistant I know at some point will be asked to write a set of minutes. Love them or hate them – minute taking is never going to go away!

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Working from Home. Is It Just a Dream?

Tips From T. Marie

The sound of the alarm reaches your brain and you open one eye to look at the clock in the gray light that announces the coming of morning. Groaning inwardly (perhaps outwardly too) you mentally calculate just exactly how much time you really need to get ready for work and hit the snooze button…again. Read more. Business Tips

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The Need for More and Better Future of Work Data

Small Business Labs

There's long been a need for our government agencies to collect more timely and better data on the the forces impacting jobs and work.

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The Profound Effects Of Meditation On The Mind

Dumb Little Man

Life can feel like it’s moving at a VERY fast pace. Sometimes, it can be exciting and all-encompassing, like you’re riding an energetic wave of creativity and excitement. At other times, it can feel overwhelming and frantic. Which side of the coin are you currently on? Do you feel stressed and burnt out trying to keep up? Or do you feel energized, fresh and ready to take on the day? Hopefully, it is the latter of the two.

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How to Answer Weird Interview Questions

On The Job

By now, most job applicants know that when they get an interview, they need to prepare. Some of the most common interview questions go something like this: What are your greatest strengths? What are your biggest weaknesses? Where do you see yourself in five years? Why should we hire you?

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The Power of One

Office Dynamics

Welcome to May! Such a lovely time of year. I hope everyone has recuperated from an exciting Administrative Professionals Week. We did a lot of celebrating at Office Dynamics. On Wednesday, April 26 I hosted a Facebook Live where I spoke about what I love about the administrative profession and gave tips on how to shine in the profession. In case you missed it, you can access it here. Well, last week was very exciting for me because once again, I witnessed The Power of One.

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Day in the life: Tracy Reid

Practically Perfect PA

This month’s Day in the life is from Tracy Reid, PA to two directors at Arup. Tracy recently attended the Assist Conference and has a very busy role supporting two directors and their teams at the world famous architect firm. Here is a day in the life: Tracy Reid. . Day in the life: Tracy Reid.

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7 Money Saving Tips for the Small Business Owner

Small Business CEO

If you’re a small business owner, you already know how important it is to save some money however you can – and the best answer isn’t cutting your employees’ healthcare plans because that’s bad for everyone involved and makes you seem more miserly than thrifty.

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Aging Baby Boomers Providing and Utilizing On-Demand Economy Services

Small Business Labs

Older Americans are increasing turning to the on-demand economy for both work and access to services.

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How To Improve Your Self-Discipline

Dumb Little Man

You’re an intelligent person, right? You work hard and you’re driven to succeed in your professional and your personal life. You have great ideas that you believe can improve things for yourself and those around you. But, if you frequently find yourself at the end of the week wondering where the time has gone and why your results do not match up your intentions, you have a problem. You are likely missing out on one key element for your success: self-discipline.

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How to choose a business bank account

The Small Business Blog

Business banks accounts can offer a wide variety of features and incentives that can make the day-to-day operation of your business that much more smooth and hassle-free. Here we take you through some of the things to consider when choosing your business bank account.

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How to Avoid Burnout at Work? Practice More Self-Care

Eat Your Career

So, I’m currently preparing for a full weeklong vacation to Disney World with my boyfriend and his two teenage daughters. As you might expect, I’m unbelievably excited. I feel like a kid myself as I struggle to fall asleep at night in anticipation.

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Organising your Outlook folders

Practically Perfect PA

If you are anything like me, you will live your life by Outlook. Sad but true, right? I literally wouldn’t know what I was doing without my inbox and calendar organised just so. For me, Outlook is key to the work that I do – it was even more important when I was working as an EA.

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The Importance of Measuring Your Average Customer Lifetime Value

Small Business CEO

Customer retention has the greatest effect on the amount of revenue a company receives. This means that the most pressing challenge for any subscription-based business is keeping their customers subscribed to their services.

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The On-Demand Economy Driving Growth of Nonemployer Businesses

Small Business Labs

The U.S. Census  released their 2015 data on non-employer businesses last week.    Overall, the number of U.S. nonemployer businesses continued it's steady growth, increasing by 2.1% to 24.3 million from 2014 to 2015. Since

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5 Hardcore Business Lessons Growing In a Broken Home Taught Me

Dumb Little Man

According to statistics , about fifty percent of children will experience the pains of divorce before their 18th birthday. Unfortunately, I happened to be among those who made up that statistic. The common fear of those coming from a broken home is a lack of motivation. Don’t get me wrong. I have learned to retrieve some hardcore business lessons from my broken home that could motivate even those with the faintest of hearts.

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5 Ways to Nail a Surprise Phone Interview

On The Job

I think anyone can do well in a phone interview if they're prepared, but what happens when you get an ambush call? I know some recruiters like to do this -- call you during the dinner hour when the kids are screaming and the meatloaf in burning and the dog has just eaten a sofa cushion. You scream, a "dammit!" into the phone as you step in dog barf (the dog didn't like the cushion so much) and suddenly your career is teetering on the abyss.

Tips To Keep Your Millennial Employees Committed and Engaged

Office Dynamics

It’s important that companies take into account workforce demographics, so they can effectively manage and utilize their talents for future growth. By 2020, 46 percent of your employees will be millennials. This new generation of workers are similar to older generations, as they desire adequate compensation, growth opportunities and challenging work.

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The world’s very first virtual summit for PAs

Practically Perfect PA

I am so incredibly excited to announce that this week we reached the target for our crowdfunding of the world’s very first virtual summit for PAs! You clever bunch! What does that mean? Well, it means that we are definitely going to organise the summit for you.

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3 Professional Services Marketing Questions Answered

Small Business CEO

Professional services marketing is ever-changing. There’s a lot that goes into marketing, and when a business is small, it’s not uncommon for mistakes to be made and questions to go unanswered.

GM Drives into the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

General Motors recently announced a program called "Gig" that rents their new all electric car, the Bolt, to freelance drivers for $229 per week. 

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The Art Of Effective Visualization

Dumb Little Man

There’s a difference between thinking about something and experiencing effective visualization. When you look at a person living a lifestyle you envy and say ‘That’s cool’ , that’s basically just thinking about it. When you envy their lifestyle and your inner thought goes ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if that was me?’ and you proceed to picture yourself in that person’s shoes and how it feels to be like him — that’s effective visualization.

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3 Errors Involving Prepositions

Daily Writing Tips

You are attempting to describe an action, but you can’t remember whether one, say, goes in to the breach or into the breach, or whether one, for example, walks on to the next trail junction or onto the next trail junction. This post explains the respective roles of the operative words and phrases.

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7 Productivity Mistakes You Are Probably Making Every Day

Productivityist

Today’s guest post is by Gloria Kopp. Gloria is a digital marketer and a business consultant from Manville city. She is a content manager at Australian help. Gloria is a regular contributor to such websites as Engadget, Academized , HuffingtonPost, etc. Everyone wants to be more productive; that’s why lists of productivity tips are so popular online. If you just follow them all, you’ll get more done every day.

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Organising the best team building event ever

Practically Perfect PA

Organising team building events seems to be one task that most assistants are asked to manage, which is not much of a surprise considering we are pretty awesome at organising events! However, team building is actually pretty tricky. There are many elements to consider. Think about it.

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