June, 2015

How to Communicate With Confidence

Ian's Messy Desk

The post How to Communicate With Confidence appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Listening well, speaking clearly and asking the right questions—these skills are vital to your success as a communicator.

An Amazing Pencil Sharpener

Simple Productivity Blog

Productivity is hampered by poor tools. This amazing pencil sharpener keeps productivity flowing. The post An Amazing Pencil Sharpener appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

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5 Things to Help You Ace a Phone Interview

On The Job

The minute you apply for a job, the preparation must begin. That means that once you hit "send" to email your resume or application to a company, you need to be on your toes.

2015 253

Take your boss’s business trip virtually

Practically Perfect PA

According to a recent survey conducted by PA Life assistants spend at least 20% of their time organising travel. That time will be taken up by meticulously planning trips with the hope that nothing will go wrong while their Executive is away from the office.

2015 247

When to Write a Memo, Not an Email

Business Writing

Before emails demanded everyone’s attention, people communicated internally through a medium called the interoffice memorandum—the memo. We typed and printed it, signed or initialed it, and distributed it through interoffice mail to people who read it to make decisions, take.

2015 236

How to Design an Office that Is Eco-Friendly

Eco-Office Gals

The amount of energy that is used by offices and other types of commercial buildings is staggering. This is why it is vital that the business world commits to energy efficiency. In so doing, they will reduce the tremendous environmental impact they have.

2015 232

Cloud Security a Plus for Small Businesses

Small Business Labs

The Wall Street Journal's Small Firms Shift Towards Cloud-Based Software covers the "fundamental shift" towards the use of cloud software and services by small businesses.

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How to Make Anyone More Excited About Their Job

On The Job

Brittle. Bureaucratic. These are the terms that Jason Jennings uses to describe the companies that have fallen by the wayside since the Fortune 500 was first published in 1955. In the last 60 years, the majority of those original companies are gone.

2015 236

5 Tips to Ensure Your Emails Get Opened (and Read)

Office Organization Success

It’s getting harder and harder to get your subscribers to open your emails… Let alone read and act on them! As a result, business owners are seeing plummeting open rates for their email newsletters (ezines) … some email open rates are being reported as low as 8.6%.

2015 206

Why You Shouldn’t Check Email On Vacation

Simple Productivity Blog

It should be a no-brainer. You're on vacation to get away from work. Therefore, having made a decision to be away from work, you should stay away from all things work. This includes email.

2015 203

Green Building Principles That Will Make Your Home More Sustainable

Eco-Office Gals

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2015 222

Millennials Pass Gen X as Largest Generation in the U.S. Workforce

Small Business Labs

Pew Research's Millennials surpass Gen X'ers as the largest generation in the U.S. labor force  reports that in Q1 of 2015 Millennials surpassed Generation X to become the largest share of the American workforce. The report chart below shows the generational shifts in the U.S.

2015 214

Do You Need to Quit Being a Perfectionist?

Dumb Little Man

Perfection is impressive, but if it’s taking over your life it’s gone too far. If you think you might be getting overwhelmed by your perfectionist ambitions, ask yourself these questions. Then decide if you should become a recovering perfectionist. Why Do You Aim for Perfection?

2015 285

The Science Behind Getting What You Want at Work

On The Job

When you were a kid, your mom probably asked you to say the “magic word” when requesting something. You quickly found out that saying “please” could get you what you wanted.

2015 236

When Writers Hide Details in Plain Sight

Business Writing

Have you ever read something once, maybe twice, only to learn later that the detail you needed was hiding in plain sight? I recently submitted travel reimbursement forms for an association's national conference.

2015 193

Are You A Productivity Evangelist?

Simple Productivity Blog

What do you think of when I say the word "evangelist"? Chances are you think religion. But evangelists aren't just for religion. Evangelism, according to dictionary.com, is "missionary zeal, purpose, or activity."

2015 201

Are you an ORC? I am & Proud of it.

Tips From T. Marie

Being young, urban and creative is great, but baby boomers aren’t dead yet. Apparently Hipsters are dead.

2015 189

The Rise of the Skills Training/Job Placement Industry

Small Business Labs

The current employment picture is quite interesting. The official statistics say we've got a great jobs market.

2015 202

7 ways I Dealt With My Depression

Dumb Little Man

Somewhere in life we all go through the deepest layers of depression. Some survive while others keep drowning from one layer to other. It is very necessary to come out from this phase as it affects not only your mental health as well as makes you physically unfit.

2015 285

Tips for Avoiding Distraction at Work

On The Job

You start the day with the best of intentions. You are not going to get distracted. Going. Distracted. Then you think you’ll just do a quick Gmail check to make sure you’re not missing anything critical. After that, you check your Instagram account – might as well while you’re already online, right?

2015 215

How Fast Can You Change Passive Verbs?

Business Writing

Passive voice verbs sneak into everyone's writing--at least in first drafts. When your grammar and spelling checker flags a passive verb, how quickly can you rewrite the sentence? My Microsoft grammar and spelling checker underlined 10 of the 11 passive.

2015 189

Productivity Tool Overview: Pomodoro

Simple Productivity Blog

I have long believed that true productivity requires a variety of methods. Some days you need to may need to focus on a specific task and power through. Some days you may need to sprint through a bunch of tasks. Some days you may need to focus on your energy.

2015 194

A day in the life: Saba Ali, Royal Academy of Dance

Practically Perfect PA

What are the main aspects of your role? I support both the Artistic Director and Director of Marketing, Communications and Membership. I provide extensive diary management including global travel arrangements, compile reports, agendas and for Committee and Board meetings.

2015 179

Three Charts on the Economy That Everyone Should See

Small Business Labs

The Great Decoupling is a term economists use to describe the economic decoupling of productivity, wages, jobs and GDP growth. These 4 factors used to move more or less in unison.

2015 198

10 steps to write the perfect elevator pitch

Dumb Little Man

Having an elevator pitch ready is very critical not only for entrepreneurs but also for those looking to take the next step in their career.

2015 285

6 Tips to Help You Get a Pay Raise

On The Job

It's time to ask for a pay raise. You know it, and I know it. You've been busting your butt for years now, telling yourself that the piddly 2% annual raise you've gotten for the last five years is OK. You're lucky to have a job, you tell yourself. You have benefits, you argue.

2015 203

Don’t Forget About Print Advertising! Three 3 Times Brands Made It Work

The Small Business Blog

Poster printing is everywhere. Despite shifts to Twitter ads, PPC campaigns and digital banners, we still see a lot of print based campaigns every single day. So, is print really dying or is it just reestablishing itself? London based poster printing company Ro-Am Posters say that despite digital trends they are still seeing numerous orders… Read the full article here: Don’t Forget About Print Advertising! Three 3 Times Brands Made It Work on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG.

2015 178

Productivity Tool Overview: Energy Management

Simple Productivity Blog

I have long believed that true productivity requires a variety of methods. Some days you need to may need to focus on a specific task and power through. Some days you may need to sprint through a bunch of tasks. Some days you may need to focus on your energy.

2015 194

Taking a mum break

Practically Perfect PA

A close friend of mine is due to welcome her first baby to the world any day soon.

2015 169

The Personal Services Boom

Small Business Labs

Back in 2008 we forecast that personal services would be one of the key small business growth sectors over the next decade. We described their appeal as: Personal services firms. provide life support services to increasingly harried, time-constrained consumers.

2015 196

3 Simple Ways to Change the World for the Better

Dumb Little Man

So you want to change the world. You’re not alone. Deep down, I think most people want to have a positive impact on society and make the world a better place for themselves and others. But it can seem like you need a lot of money to make significant changes, like Bill Gates or Elon Musk.

2015 285

Marcus Buckingham: The 2 Questions Every Leader Needs to Ask

On The Job

It seems a little odd when Marcus Buckingham states emphatically that leadership is “going away.” It’s quite a statement from a man who is billed as a leadership expert when being interviewed by Oprah or being quoted in numerous national publications.

2015 194

How to Get Out of the House More Quickly in the Morning

Productivity Bits

Even if you love the mornings and bound out of bed as soon as your alarm rings, there’s a good chance your sunrise routine could use some refining. Many people find they feel flustered trying to figure out what they need to bring with them before leaving the house, which results in them getting out the door later than planned. If that sounds familiar, the tips below should help you get ready to go more efficiently. Thank you for subscribing! Please grab my free productivity ebook!

2015 164

Productivity Tool Overview: Autofocus

Simple Productivity Blog

I have long believed that true productivity requires a variety of methods. Some days you need to may need to focus on a specific task and power through. Some days you may need to sprint through a bunch of tasks. Some days you may need to focus on your energy.

2015 190

Technology to make events simpler

Practically Perfect PA

Assistants are using technology to help them manage their events and also to make their events better.

2015 169

Mobile Ad Spending Booming

Small Business Labs

Not surprisingly given the growth of mobile computing, spending on mobile digital advertising is booming. As the chart  below shows, eMarketer is forecasting that in 2016 digital ad spend will surpass $100 billion and account for more than 50% of all digital ad expenditure.

2015 190

How to increase productivity while doing ‘Work from Home’?

Dumb Little Man

Nowadays most of the companies allow their employees to do work from home. Companies want their employees to avoid time spending on travelling and make that time more productive. Work from home is always a win-win situation for both sides.

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