May, 2014

10 Universal Truths That Will Set You Free

Dumb Little Man

From a very young age everyone conspires to hide the truth about life and themselves from us.

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Coworking Forecast: 1 Million Coworkers in 2018

Small Business Labs

We released our 2014 to 2018 global coworking forecast last week at the Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) in Kansas City. The number of global coworking facilities has been growing quite rapidly over the last 5 years, basically doubling in number each year. 

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10 ways assistants can improve their productivity

Practically Perfect PA

Over the last few years I’ve written quite a bit about minimising disruptions at work, which for assistants is a particularly tricky activity.

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3 Ways to Generate Cash Flow … Fast!

Office Organization Success

The summer months are approaching and, for some of you, that means business may slow down a little … you might even be feeling a little panicked at the thought of your income dropping.

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MEMORIAL DAY SALE! WordPress Updates

Eco-Office Gals

All of our wordpress sites are under constant attack from hackers looking for loopholes into our websites. Hackerbots don’t care about traffic or ranking, they are programed for one thing only – to find weak spots in our platforms.

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7 Deadly Sins of Public Speaking

Ian's Messy Desk

The post 7 Deadly Sins of Public Speaking appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. It takes a lot of preparation to craft the kind of speech or presentation that is going to grab your listener’s attention.

2014 198

6 Ways to Deal with Burnout

Dumb Little Man

The going gets tough. The rubber hits the road. And the euphoria and adrenalin rush you once had when you concocted that dream of yours is now gone. What’s left is you hitting the wall or rock bottom, and every single step forward feels like an eternity.

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How to succeed as an assistant

Practically Perfect PA

Do you find more and more is demanded of executives and senior managers’ time? There is one key individual who is critical to their success, both on a professional and personal level, and that person is the Personal Assistant.

2014 263

1ShoppingCart’s New Features

Office Organization Success

I am so glad I didn’t jump on the Infusionsoft bandwagon and instead stuck with my trusted 1ShoppingCart account! I’ve always maintained that 1ShoppingCart is a great all-in-one ecommerce system; you can do so much more with the system than most people realize.

2014 198

Executive and Administrative Assistant Skills That Are Important to Executives

Office Dynamics

While administrative and executive assistants have a very good feel for the skills they need to do their job effectively, I like to hear from executives and get their perspective, which is important.

Skills 273

Tips for Communicating with Angry or Violent People

Ian's Messy Desk

The post Tips for Communicating with Angry or Violent People appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. A number of years ago I was involved in the termination of an employee. He was about eight inches taller than me and had 70 or 80 pounds on me. His supervisor delivered the bad news, we reviewed the termination process and documents and then stood to leave. Suddenly, he was standing toe to toe looking down on me. His fists were clenched at his side as he yelled.

2014 181

You Precious Angel (Moms and Dads Know)

Dumb Little Man

“Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth.

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What Small Businesses Want from their Accountants

Small Business Labs

The Sleeter Group recently released a study looking at what small businesses want from their accountants. You need to be registered on the Sleeter site to get the full report.

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How to organise a fantastic social event for your organisation

Practically Perfect PA

I would imagine that most assistants have been asked to arrange a social event for their team or organisation as we do tend to be the focal point for social activities in the office. It is such a great achievement when we manage to create something that works well and everyone has a great time.

2014 262

Lots Going On = High Productivity

Office Organization Success

First of all, welcome to the 300+ new subscribers that have come from the 6th Annual Done-For-You Giveaway Event. I’m thrilled that you’re a part of the Business Success community, and I do hope you enjoy your time here.

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Must-Have Skill for Executive and Administrative Assistants At All Levels

Office Dynamics

The shift into a new age. America is moving out of the Information Age and into the Conceptual Age, where creative thinking will become as essential as logical thinking. The must-have skill for executive and administrative assistants at all levels going into this conceptual age? Creativity.

2014 254

Drilling Concrete

Loosely Speaking

I can do a fair amount of home repairs, as long as there’s no plumbing, electricity, or leveling required. I like to think that my projects are well conceived, but sometimes brutishly executed. I’m ok with that.

2014 176

3 Paths to Squash Your Negative Attitude

Dumb Little Man

Many of us are champions of maintaining bad moods. For some, it’s even a default mode. Unfortunately, it can be incredibly easy to trade in your vigor, dreams, and self-worth for wages, traffic jams, and mindless meme-browsing. Sometimes it’s even expected of us.

2014 285

Millennials and the Shift to Apartments

Small Business Labs

Are millennials (born 1980 to 2000) turning the U.S. into a nation of renters? That is a hotly debated question in the housing industry.   As the U.S. Census chart below shows, home ownership rates peaked just before the start of the Great Recession and has been falling since.

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Knowing your value

Practically Perfect PA

What do you enjoy? In some cases, the things you’re good at will correspond with the things you like doing – we all tend to put more energy into the tasks that we enjoy. So, it’s worth initially considering what you enjoy at work, as this may help to piece together your unique skill-set.

2014 257

Simplifying Getting Things Done Collection Buckets

Simple Productivity Blog

In conjunction with the articles that I have been writing about revisiting Getting Things Done, I want to present ways to simplify some of the concepts. Today we will look at how to minimize collection buckets with a broad overview.

2014 251

WOW! Free Business and Marketing Services Giveaway

Office Organization Success

The most highly anticipated GIVEAWAY event of the year is underway – and it’s bigger than ever before. I’m talking about the “Done4You Giveaway of the Century” Get your free stuff now !

2014 173

Enhance Your Langauge Skills for Successful Public Speaking

Ian's Messy Desk

The post Enhance Your Langauge Skills for Successful Public Speaking appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Another essential skill for successful speakers is using the correct form of the language. Being limited to English, I can’t say what equivalent errors might exist in other languages. However, nothing can destroy your credibility as a speaker than the misuse of the language.

2014 168

6 Reasons Why People That Annoy You Can Make You Happy

Dumb Little Man

I hate to admit it, but people annoy me pretty regularly. Not only strangers and acquaintances, but those dear to me, as well! What’s wrong with everyone?! That’s what I used to wonder – what’s their problem? Now I know better. hourselves that we are not fully aware of.

2014 285

Take the Freelancers Union Live and Work Survey

Small Business Labs

The Freelancers Union is conducting a survey on how freelancers work and live. The goals of the survey are to better understand how freelancers are changing the definition of success and how they are working with one another to improve their business outcomes.

2014 197

Technology to help with minute taking

Practically Perfect PA

About 10 years ago I used to manage 12 Committees as part of my role at the time. I absolutely loved the job but it did mean that I had to write 48 sets of minutes each year.

2014 256

Interview With a VA: Amy Kazor

Virtual Moxie

This month, I was fortunate enough to catch up with Amy Kazor, the 2013 AssistU VA of the Year award recipient. Enjoy the interview, and getting to know this bright, talented VA! . Meet Amy Kazor. Interview With a VA

Communication Skills That Have Impact…Choose The Right Medium

Office Dynamics

In the 21 st century, we have so many ways to communicate. Is each communication medium interchangeable? Should you use whichever one is fastest or most convenient for you? Does it make any difference whether you IM or phone someone? And when should you use letter correspondence?

Skills 236

Deconstructing Getting Things Done: The Workflow

Simple Productivity Blog

For this month, plus into June, I will be looking at how to deconstruct Getting Things Done to get it to the basics of the tools: how they work, when to use them, and the reasoning behind them. Today we will look at the second chapter, which lays out the workflow.

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Embrace These 15 Qualities And Success Is Yours

Dumb Little Man

My friends think I achieved a lot. I’m a full-time blogger and I just moved to London from South India. I can live where I want, and I spend my days pretty much how I like.

2014 286

What is Botsourcing?

Small Business Labs

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What to do when your boss has been sacked

Practically Perfect PA

So picture the scene. You walk into your office one day to find that your boss is no longer there. They have been fired and escorted off the premises. Now, how you feel about this largely depends on how you feel about your boss.

2014 224

Clients are 100% Responsible for Their Retainer Hours

Virtual Moxie

I was recently asked how responsible a Virtual Assistant should be for making sure that clients use their retainer hours, so none of them go to waste. In my view, although most VAs will feel responsible, in actuality, the responsibility for it belongs entirely to the client.

2014 232

The Skill Every Assistant Needs

Office Dynamics

The shift into a new age. America is moving out of the Information Age and into the Conceptual Age, where creative thinking will become as essential as logical thinking. The must-have skill for executive and administrative assistants at all levels going into this conceptual age? Creativity.

Skills 229

Simplifying Getting Things Done: Projects

Simple Productivity Blog

One of the things about making a productivity system that fits how you work is to understand the concepts of other systems. Today we are going to look at simplifying the concept of a Getting Things Done project.

2014 227

How to Stop Wasting Time on Social Media (no willpower needed)

Dumb Little Man

It’s possible to spend a great part of your life wasting your time on social media, and then find out in the end you could have done so much more with your time. I’m not exaggerating!

Book Review: Baby Bust

Small Business Labs

Baby Bust: New Choices for Men and Women in Work and Family is a short (88 pages), easy read. But it fully covers a very important topic - declining birth rates  - and the growing numbers of young adults choosing not to have children.

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