July, 2017

Day in the life from Cressida Ford, PA at Cardiff University

Practically Perfect PA

This month we have a day in the life from Cressida Ford, PA at Cardiff University. Cressida recently spoke at the Assist Conference. She was full of useful tips and very charismatic on stage.

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Small Business Labs - Untitled Article

Small Business Labs

Amazon’s Treasure Truck program is expanding across the U.S. Amazon started testing the Treasure Truck last summer. It cruised around Seattle, stopping for people to pop in and buy a limited number of sale items.

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Business Spotlight: How Cox Enterprises Successfully Promotes Sustainable Employee Behavior

Eco-Office Gals

At Cox Enterprises , conservation is more than a corporate priority. It’s a mindset we encourage every employee to adopt and apply to their lives.

10 Places to Ignore Your Grammar and Spelling Checker

Business Writing

You check your documents electronically to try to catch every error. But your grammar and spelling checker may be giving you bad advice. Because it's a software program, it can't read your mind or know your intentions. Also, it can't.

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The 4 Questions That Could Make You Invaluable

On The Job

Recently the New York Times staff protested cuts to the copy editor staff, saying in a letter to management that they believed such a move would damage the quality of the product.

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Downsize and Organize Your Digital Clutter

Office Dynamics

Physical clutter can damage your health.

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How the Best Hotels Win Repeat Bookings

The Small Business Blog

Follow these golden rules to build a reputation as a caring bed and breakfast, boutique hotel or national chain, to win repeat bookings. Convincing guests to stay at your hotel for a second or third time is up to eight times cheaper than winning a brand new customer. Here’s how to do it….

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5 Signs You're Ignoring That Show Your Job is in Jeopardy

On The Job

You can't exactly put your finger on it, but somehow your job has started sucking the life force out of you. Every day you feel a little more depressed , a little more like maybe you should just call in sick and sit home and binge watch "Friends."

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Simple Guide To A Green Roof

Dumb Little Man

Green roofs are roofs covered with vegetation. Before, vegetation growing on a rooftop was mostly due to neglect. Today, however, growing greens on a roof are making a trend. And for good reason. Green roofs have many benefits for the environment and the home itself.

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Who is attending the Virtual Summit?

Practically Perfect PA

I thought today would be a good time to give you all a quick update on where we are with the Virtual Summit. Being the first event of its kind for Personal Assistants there is a lot, lot, lot of planning going on! So, who is attending the Virtual Summit?

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The Taylor Review: The British Government Looks at the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

Last October the British government asked Matthew Taylor , the CEO of the Royal Society for the Arts (RSA) , to lead a study on the future of work with a focus on self-employment and the gig economy. The study - Good Work: The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices - was released last week. 

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Finding and Fixing Passive Verbs: Test Yourself

Business Writing

Yesterday I updated a collection of articles I had written years ago. I made the examples fresher, changing dates like 2009 to 2017 and updating acronyms like TARP (Troubled Assets Relief Program), which no one thinks about anymore. I also. Grammar and Usage Teaching Business Writing Writing Tips

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Podcast 065: The junk drawer

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! I know you have one. Everyone has a junk drawer. It’s okay to confess because, drum roll please, it’s perfectly okay to have one! Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways.

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Survey: Unhappy Workers = Unhappy Customers

On The Job

Companies like Zappos often are seen as the standard bearers of the top-notch customer experience , but some companies trying to emulate them may find they fall short because they are missing a key component: an equally top-notch worker experience.

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8 Easy Make-Ahead Dinners for Working Dads

Dumb Little Man

Finding a suitable work-life balance is tough for working dads. According to the 2017 Modern Families Index , half of fathers find it a growing source of stress. And when you’re walking the tight-rope between extra hours at work and quality time at home, it’s easier to order delivery than to make a healthy meal in the evening. This, however, doesn’t mean that you have to slave over the stove each night to feed your family well. You just have to find a few easy meals for dads to make.

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How to nail a video interview

Practically Perfect PA

According to tech giant Cisco, 80% of all internet traffic will be video by 2019.

Many Working in the On-Demand Economy Are Business Builders

Small Business Labs

The online platforms like Upwork, Uber, Lyft and WorkMarket are not just used to provide hourly or project work. For many, they function as platforms on which people can construct, test, build, and run small businesses.

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Frugal Ways to Improve Remote Team’s Productivity

Productivity Bits

Many organizations tend to neglect team collaboration in remote workers, and that is a concern. Those kinds of team members never see each other face to face, and sometimes even work in different time zones, which obviously means that it’s that much harder to stay in sync. With each year, the number of telecommuting workers rises drastically. Now, there are times when distance between teams is something that can’t be avoided.

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Podcast 064: Time travel

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! If you’ve been listening to this podcast or reading the book, you know I love tricks. I love to think up sneaky ways to get people to do things they don’t want to do, although they want to HAVE DONE them. You know that feeling. So, here’s your trick for the week. Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play.

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Why Your Workers Think You're a Bad Boss

On The Job

I don't think anyone sets out to be a bad boss. Most managers I meet are really decent people. They work hard, try to help the people who work for them and really want to make a difference for their company and their team. But somewhere along the way, bad bosses happen.

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4 Career Management Lessons You Can Learn From Playing Golf

Dumb Little Man

The game of golf can teach us a lot about what it means to manage a successful career. Golf takes practice, confidence, optimism and most importantly, patience. Beginner golfers are typically encouraged to focus on their swing before they hit the green.

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Feeling like a fraud at work

Practically Perfect PA

A few years ago I was working as a PA within a large team of highly qualified, talented and very very confident project management consultants. I was asked by one of my colleagues to come along to a meeting to discuss how the organisation could communicate more successfully with staff.

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Indoor Farming Startups Raising Plenty of Money

Small Business Labs

The indoor farming startup Plenty recently raised $200 million in venture funding. The round was led by Softbank's Vision fund and also included investments by tech billionaires Jeff Bezos and Eric Schmidt. The advantages of indoor farming are clear.

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Video for Cause Marketing – Event Marketing – SECOR 1st annual Parker 1K Marathon

Andrea Kalli

Video for Cause Marketing – Event Marketing – SECOR 1st annual Parker 1K Marathon – “6 Blocks for SECOR” I was approached by SECOR to do a promo video for their 1st annual marathon in Parker Colorado coming up next month. The cause is to raise awareness and money for families in need locally in Douglas County. Check it out at www.sixblocksforsecor.org. In particular, I was excited to finally be able to use the Human Typeface at the end.

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Email for your to do’s?

Clutter Coach

by Should you use your email as a to do list? There are pros and cons, as there are to most other organizing issues. . The cons: .

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This is What You Have to Do to Be Invaluable

On The Job

We often over-estimate our worth at work. Just look at the number of people who lose their jobs because of layoffs or downsizings or mergers, and you'll find a lot of them thought there was no way they would be let go. Maybe Slacker Suzy or Psycho Phil would be let go, but not them.

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Seven Mindfulness Steps To Build Self-Esteem

Dumb Little Man

It’s no secret that a lot of what we think and do are the products of our habits. These habits are often carried out unconsciously and they lead to our emotions and beliefs. These emotions and beliefs then lead to certain actions. These actions can reinforce our beliefs or have consequences that start the cycle all over again. What exactly is mindfulness? Mindfulness has been defined in many ways.

How to deal with the office downer

Practically Perfect PA

I was recently watching a brilliant interview with the former Assistant to Mark Zukerberg, Anikka Fragodt.

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Direct Selling Industry Employs More People Than the Online Gig Economy Platforms

Small Business Labs

According to the Direct Selling Association (DSA), 20.5 million Americans were involved in direct selling in 2016. Of those, 5.3 million are what the DSA calls "business builders" These are people actively managing and selling products to a customer base (think Avon, Mary Kay, etc.).

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15 Signs It’s Time to Quit Your Job

Eat Your Career

As a career coach , I hear a lot of the same questions. While human beings are endlessly unique, they’re also surprisingly similar. Many people struggle with the same career and workplace challenges. One of the most common questions I hear is this: “How do I know when it’s time to quit?”.

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Podcast 063: The big declutter, part 2

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! What’s next with that big decluttering project? I’ll talk about ways to develop criteria and make decisions so you can make your vision a reality. Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website.

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What's Worth the Effort in Job Searching -- and What's Not

On The Job

It can be exhausting looking for a job. There's the old saying that "looking for a job is a job." In addition to writing a resume and cover letter, you're now supposed to monitor social media and look for ways to "brand" yourself to prospective employers.

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How Your Car Can Affect Your Personal Branding

Dumb Little Man

We all have a personal brand. If you think you don’t, you should probably look further into it. How you present yourself on a regular basis becomes your personal brand, like it or not.

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World Administrators Summit and finding your tribe

Practically Perfect PA

For those of you who don’t know the World Administrators Summit is taking place on 24th and 25th October 2018 in Hamburg. The summit brings together leaders from the various PA Associations around the globe to discuss issues facing the industry as a whole.

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