June, 2015

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?

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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%.

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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.

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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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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.

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Green Building Principles That Will Make Your Home More Sustainable

Eco-Office Gals

Photo source: architektur.

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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.

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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.

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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

Why Worry About Ethics?

Virtual Moxie

Almost as soon as I created AssistU , I created the AssistU Standards of Excellence and Ethics pledge.

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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.

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25 Years Has Been Quite a Ride!

Office Dynamics

Welcome to June! While I don’t like the fact that 2015 is passing quickly, I am eager to welcome June because this is the official month of Office Dynamics 25th Year Anniversary.

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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

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

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

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.

2015 223

[Quick Tip] For a Successful Launch Campaign

Office Organization Success

What a busy couple of weeks it’s been. I’ve been working diligently behind the scenes for one of my clients getting everything set up for her to launch her live 3-day event in October … and we got it launched earlier this week. There was a ton of set up work to do in Infusionsoft to ensure that the campaign would work correctly and the attendees would get all the necessary information that they need.

2015 152

Welcome to Office Life (for administrative professionals)

Office Dynamics

Have you ever taken the time to go back through old pictures? Over the years, have you collected and packed away special mementos or souvenirs from places you visited? Do you have a box of letters or cards you received that were special and you just couldn’t throw them away?

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

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.

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

How to Start a Successful Online Eco Business

Eco-Office Gals

Starting an online business is the dream of many people. However, in a space that is already crowded, it is often difficult to find a niche that doesn’t have far too many players already. One niche that is not yet saturated is the online eco business niche.

2015 151

The Future of Cloud Computing

The Small Business Blog

Focussing exclusively on cost-savings is no longer sufficient when evaluating the benefits of cloud computing. Although there can be substantial cost savings, it is increasingly important that cloud services support businesses as a whole.

2015 214

Administrative Training Pioneer Celebrates Unlikely 25-Year Anniversary

Office Dynamics

ADMINISTRATIVE TRAINING PIONEER, OFFICE DYNAMICS INTERNATIONAL, CELEBRATES UNLIKELY 25-YEAR ANNIVERSARY.

Language evolution and preparing for Generation Z

Practically Perfect PA

Pete Bennett from the UK’s leading language translation and interpretation company, London Translations, identifies how the future workforce will become game-changers in the organisations. The way you and I communicate is going extinct; well, at least it is if you’re no longer a teenager.

2015 169

How to Fail, so you never Lose !

Dumb Little Man

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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

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 213

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

4 Ways To Get Noticed At Work

Office Dynamics

Don’t Get Lost In The Clouds … The Visible Assistant . Hello Monday Motivators! I hope you had a great weekend. To continue our travels through this special month of June, the official month of the 25 th year anniversary of Office Dynamics, I found more goodies to share with you!

2015 206

Is It The Breakdown Before the Breakthrough?

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. As an entrepreneur, part of the challenge is getting out of your comfort zone-and dealing with the fears that come up. For most of us starting a business is challenging, yet breakthroughs happen when we step out of our own way.

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Three Easy Ways to Drastically Improve Your Charisma

Dumb Little Man

Pause for 2 Seconds Before you Respond The vast majority of people cannot wait for their turn to speak. For a day, pay attention to your day to day conversations. Observe how often the person you are talking to cuts you off before you have finished your thought.

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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.

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