April, 2017

Best tips on working with multiple managers

Practically Perfect PA

Last month I asked everyone on the Practically Perfect PA social media platforms to give me their best tips on working with multiple managers. Here are the results. Enjoy… There are some brilliant tips here! Here are my best tips on working with multiple managers.

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55 Bulletproof Productivity Hacks – Do You Know Them All?

Dumb Little Man

What do Mark Zuckerburg, Arianna Huffington, Jerry Seinfeld, and The Terminator have in common? They’ve all been ridiculously successful by hacking their productivity, often in super simple ways. And they’ve all been generous enough to share their methods so that you can benefit, too.

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The Rise of Coworking and the Variable Cost Economy

Small Business Labs

A key reason we started following coworking back in 2007 was it provided a flexible alternative to the traditional long term commercial office lease. Coworking turned a fixed cost (long term lease) into a variable cost (month to month membership). 

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4 Steps for Dealing With a Hated New Job

On The Job

When you accepted the job, you were excited about the new opportunities chance to enhance your skills. But three months later, all you can think of, is “ What was I thinking?” You now believe you’ve made a mistake when you accepted a new job. Something doesn’t feel right.

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Everything You Need to Know About Passive Verbs

Business Writing

Awhile back, I taught a friend all about passive verbs. I thought she understood. But her thank-you email said, "Much appreciated!" I hope she was teasing me. How about you? Do you understand the difference between passive and active verbs. Teaching Business Writing Writing Tips

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Creating a unique office space

The Small Business Blog

Designing your office right is a vital part of creating a well-functioning business. To help you get it right from the outset, we talk you through some workspace design tips for your office. Designing around a theme.

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Using networks to get stuff done

Practically Perfect PA

Just last week I was reminded how brilliant PAs are at using networks to get stuff done. I’m lucky to be a member of a direct messaging group on Twitter made up of some very awesome and proactive assistants.

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The Well Traveled Dog

Small Business Labs

Thanks to the pet humanization trend , it comes as no surprise a growing number of people are traveling with their pets. The Washington Post's Hotels that offer over-the-top amenities — for your pets  covers this trend.

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Science Shows Why Trust in the Workplace is Critical

On The Job

A decade ago, Paul Zak began measuring brain activity from people while they worked and he soon made an important discovery: There are scientific reasons why some organizations perform at high levels while others flounder.

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Follow Your Solopreneur Dreams

The Solopreneur Life

John Greenleaf Whittier said “Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been.”. It’s interesting that 5 of Inc.com’s 12 regrets deal with not following your dreams. Don’t wish away your life. Follow your Solopreneur dreams.

2017 155

How to Use Videos for Building Your Business and Brand – An Ideas Checklist

Andrea Kalli

A Quick Guide to Video Marketing for Small Business. How confident are you in your video content marketing strategy? If you aren’t sure about how to get it right, you aren’t alone. You don’t have to be a “natural” to have success in this area.

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Career development for Assistants: 5 common problems and how to solve them

Practically Perfect PA

Recently, the OpenMeet team had the pleasure of participating in the annual Practically Perfect PA Assist Conference 2017 , where we ran a few workshops on career development for assistants: 5 common problems and how to solve them.

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Get To The Grind: Hop on, Hop off Treadmill Sprinting

Dumb Little Man

The federal government encourages 150 minutes or five, 30-minute sessions, of moderate-intensity exercise each week. If you live somewhere with great year-round weather, such as California, walking might be a viable option.

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Growing Direct Selling Industry Employs Over 20 Million Americans

Small Business Labs

According to the Direct Selling Association (DSA), about 20.2 million Americans are involved in direct selling the U.S. This is up from 15.8 million in 2010.    Also known as multi-level marketing, retail sales by direct selling companies increased from $28.6 billion to $36.1 billion.

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5 Critical Steps to Take When You Quit a Job

On The Job

If a great opportunity comes along, you might jump at it. It could be because it offers more money, but it also might be because you feel it gives you a chance to do something you feel passionate about, or perhaps because you feel it's a more stable position.

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Solopreneur Mentors

The Solopreneur Life

The Best Solopreneur Mentors Are The Ones You Can Model. Modeling is the key to shortening the learning curve. The old saying “it takes 5 years to get a new business off the ground”, is certainly true, but there is a HACK to this timeline.

Business Event Promo Video Demo 1

Andrea Kalli

Here is an example of a really nice colorful and professional business event promo video. This is the basic version. Then there is another version coming with additional segments for multiple pricing, discount information, location/map, partner page, and optional text segments.

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How to make a bad first impression better

Practically Perfect PA

Last year I wrote a blog about how assistants should always try to make a really great first impression. You never know who you will end up working with, or for, so it is important that you take the time to make that first contact memorable for all the right reasons.

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9 Stats About Small Business Digital Marketing in 2017

Dumb Little Man

In order to help small business digital marketing agencies and SEO professionals effectively forecast this year’s online marketing trends, white label SEO company HubShout conducted a survey which collected data on the digital marketing investments of small- to mid-size agencies. This report details the online marketing data for 2017 and compares it to the data taken from HubShout’s 2016, 2015, and 2014 surveys.

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Manufacturing Joining the On-Demand, Collaborative Economy

Small Business Labs

Estimates are that most manufacturing equipment in the U.S. sits idle about 50% of the time.

4 Ways to Stop Being the Office Doormat

On The Job

One complaint I hear fairly often is from those who feel they are not appreciated at work. These workers often feel that they've become human doormats, with colleagues and bosses treating them as if what they do doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things. Baloney. Everyone's job matters.

2017 151

Can You Improve Your Solopreneur Mindset?

The Solopreneur Life

Some people are naturals at Solopreneurship. They know how to generate business as easily as eating their breakfast. They seem to have a great business mindset. For others, they struggle with business and it could be because they don’t have that same mindset as the superstars.

2017 139

Tasty Tidbits: Professional Development News & Views (April 2017)

Eat Your Career

This post is part of a series in which I share some of my recent work related to career advancement and professional development from the past month. Enjoy! From U.S. News & World Report. 3 Ways to Develop Executive Presence Regardless of Your Title.

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Have you missed this month’s content?

Practically Perfect PA

We don’t want you to miss out on the great Practically Perfect PA content… Here is a round up of this month’s posts and newsletters. April’s Blog Posts. 3rd April 2017: How to make a bad first impression better. 6th April 2017: Using networks to get stuff done.

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What’s Behind America’s Lagging Life Expectancy?

Dumb Little Man

American life expectancy is on the decline for the first time in decades and there are a number of factors that come into play. Today, let’s talk about two important variables that are affecting our normal life expectancy — obesity and opioids. The Greatest Threat Comes From Obesity.

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Coworking's Expanding Niches

Small Business Labs

From coworking spaces with TV studios or biolabs, to spaces that target lawyers or musicians, there's a wide and growing range of niche coworking spaces. Allwork's 15 Niche Flexible Workspaces You Need To Follow  covers, well, 15 of them. 

2017 151

Have You Become a Toxic Sponge?

On The Job

I have banished sponges from my kitchen. You may think this has nothing to do with the workplace, but stay with me for a moment. According to WebMD, sponges are the No.

2017 141

3 Quick and Easy Ways To Keep Your Office Green

Eco-Office Gals

Keeping your office environmentally friendly isn’t just the right thing to do, it can save you money and improve your business’s reputation. If becoming a green office sounds daunting to you, start small with these three quick and easy ways for your office to go green. Have A Thermostat Policy.

2017 130

Career Success A to Z: U is for Utilize

Eat Your Career

This article is part of a series. Learn more about it and access links to other articles in the series here. This week’s article is all about using what you’ve got! If you want to achieve career success, it’s not enough to just show up.

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The Practically Perfect PA Advisory Panel

Practically Perfect PA

Practically Perfect PA has now been up and running for 5 years. Over that time, I have seen the blog grow and grow and grow! There are now over 11,000 of you signed up to the blog posts and newsletters and we attract over 90,000 visitors each month on the website. That’s a lot of people!

2017 161

A Guide To Guilt-Free Daydreaming

Dumb Little Man

You probably feel guilty, irresponsible, and unproductive when you catch yourself daydreaming during an important task. In the words of Harvard psychologist Matthew Killingsworth and his colleagues: “ A wandering mind is an unhappy mind.”. On the surface, the source of this guilt and despair seems obvious. Daydreaming implies you are procrastinating — and nobody likes to waste time or be off-task. Yet, if you look more deeply at the reasons for this guilt, the scene becomes much more complex.

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NPR on Side Gigs

Small Business Labs

One of our favorite radio programs,  NPR's On Point Radio , had an interesting show last week on side hustles (gigs).    The Necessity of the Millennial Side Hustle  described side hustles as: Everybody has to hustle in this economy.

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The Solopreneur Life Membership

The Solopreneur Life

2017 130

Leave a Note to Surprise and Delight Customers

Business Writing

I received a delightful note when I found my seat at the Arena Stage Theater in Washington, D.C., last week. I was on vacation and visiting the theater for the first time. An envelope addressed to Ms. Lynn Gaertner-Johnston lay. Courteous Writing Positive Language Teaching Business Writing

2017 130

Career Success A to Z: T is for Tenacity

Eat Your Career

This article is part of a series. Learn more about it and access links to other articles in the series here. Choosing the topic for this week’s article was a tough decision for me. Originally, I thought “T” might be for talent. After all, it certainly plays a role in career success.

2017 130

Launching the Practically Perfect PA Virtual Summit

Practically Perfect PA

Today I am very, very excited to be writing this blog post. Today I am launching the Practically Perfect PA Virtual Summit. Hurrah, some of you might be thinking, ‘whhhhaaaattt???’

2017 161

11 Simple Ways To Make Yourself Happy Again

Dumb Little Man

Every morning feels like the start of another boring day. Each day, you realize how difficult it is to find ways to make yourself happy again. You get ready, go to work, come home and the boring cycle repeats the next day. Oh, and let’s not forget the daily lines of traffic that make commuting feel like a chore. You just want to escape from it all by curling up under a blanket. You’re overwhelmed with the crap that you have to deal with every day, and it’s turning you into a miserable person.

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