June, 2014

21 Questions to Ask Yourself When All You Seem to Do is Fail

Dumb Little Man

Am I grateful? Gratitude is a great balancing force. It allows us to be kind to ourselves and have a greater perspective of where we REALLY stand. Find something to be grateful for and remind yourself of it everyday! Are my expectations/goals realistic?

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Improve your attention to detail

Practically Perfect PA

A few years ago an interim manager praised me on how much work I could churn out within a short amount of time (I was getting in to the office at 7am so the short amount of time wasn’t actually that short!) but he wanted me to improve the quality of my work. I had to agree with him.

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"Enclosed Please Find" Means You Lost It

Business Writing

Sandra wrote today asking about the expression "enclosed please find": I took a business letter writing class in 1988 and was told NEVER to say "enclosed please find" because it''s redundant! I see correspondence from lawyers using "enclosed please find.".

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How to be an Effective Employee

Ian's Messy Desk

The post How to be an Effective Employee appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Sometimes being an effective employee is easy and sometimes it’s not —work responsibilities and circumstances vary, as do relationships with co-workers.

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How to Take the First Step Toward Building New Business Relationships

The Solopreneur Life

Below is an excerpt from the book Relationship Marketing for Solopreneurs: How to Build Rewarding Connections in Work and Life, written by Jim Sheard, Ph.D., and Larry Keltto. Relationships are the foundation for marketing your solo business.

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The $11 Billion Workspace-as-a-Service Industry

Small Business Labs

The 1st Annual Local-Mobile Workspace-as-an-Industry conference was recently held in San Jose. The CloudVo site provides an excellent summary of the event, including links to the conference presentations.

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6 Smart Habits for Effective Morning Routines

Dumb Little Man

Is it common practice for you to hit the snooze button on your alarm? Maybe twice? Or even three times? You’re not alone. For many, waking up is the worst part of the day. You just want to keep sleeping, but reality is banging loudly at your door. Do mornings always have to be such a drag?

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What's New in AP Stylebook 2014

Business Writing

The AP Stylebook 2014 just came out, and my copy arrived in the mail on Wednesday. I have studied it searching for changes you might want to know about (if you don''t subscribe to the AP''s tweets), and they appear. Best Picks Books

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The R’s Of Employee Motivation

Ian's Messy Desk

The post The R’s Of Employee Motivation appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. If you think your employee’s poor performance is costing you profit, instead of overhauling your employee roster, why not try motivating them to become better employees ?

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5 Simple Procrastination Busters

Simple Productivity Blog

We''ve all had days where we have had trouble getting things started. Perhaps it is just a general disinclination; or perhaps we are dawdling. The end effect is we are not getting done what needs to be done. Today we will look at five procrastination busters to get you started on your tasks.

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Don't Disappoint by Being Unwilling to Disappoint

Virtual Moxie

Over the years, I’ve had experiences with contractors that never should have happened. With the one, she just wasn’t jazzed by the work she was doing. The other was overcapacity and unable to handle everything on her plate.

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5 Lesser-Known Must-Read Books For Entrepreneurs

Dumb Little Man

As any entrepreneur will tell you, starting your own business is like giving birth to a child; only much more painful and demanding. Despite that, it’s an addiction that aspiring entrepreneurs just can’t let go of.

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Tips for booking entertainment at your events

Practically Perfect PA

Over the years I have booked many different types of entertainment for events I have been asked to organise. I once booked a caricaturist that pretty much offended everyone he drew.

2014 229

Test Yourself: Subject-Verb Agreement

Business Writing

Subject-verb disagreement is one of the commonest errors I see these days in business writing. People who have mastered punctuation, pronouns, and challenging word pairs still miss the occasional agreement problem. Sometimes a plural verb is incorrectly paired with a. Grammar and Usage

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2nd Annual Pay What You CAN Day – - for the next 24 hours!

Step It Up VA Coaching

Announcing: PAY WHAT YOU CAN DAY!! For the next 24 hours, until 11:59 am EST, you can purchase a private, one-hour strategy session with me — and you pay whatever you can. No strings. No upsells. No gimmicks. Just you-and-me. Strategy. Growth. Success. Just one conversation can dramatically improve your business! And today you pay whatever you can. . HERE’S HOW IT WORKS: 1. Use this link to make your “Pay What You Can” payment. link].

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7 Ways To Regain Your Focus

Simple Productivity Blog

We all have those days where we seem to easily get off track. We head for the kitchen to do the dishes, and an hour later find ourselves in another room with another task - and the dishes are still not done.

2014 229

What to Consider When Seduced by Possibility

Virtual Moxie

We all want what we want. And the more seductive something is, the more we sometimes want it.

2014 237

These 5 Every Day Distractions Will Suck Your Life Away if You Let Them

Dumb Little Man

We live in a world where almost everyone is in a rush – whether it’s getting to a meeting venue on time, submitting work notes on schedule, beating traffic so as not be late to work or school – these are just some of the common scenarios that mirror how hectic our schedule have become.

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A guide to online job searching

Practically Perfect PA

Where to search.

2014 219

Watch Your Buttons: An Online Editing Step

Business Writing

We just ordered the new version of a prestigious style manual. The last step in placing the online order had these instructions: Please confirm your order and click "Complete this order" to submit your order. We looked for the "Complete. Writing Tips

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Infographic: Marketing Automation

The Small Business Blog

Small business owners only have a limited amount of time to do everything in their business. That’s why marketing automation has greatly increased in popularity as newer technology makes it possible.

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Simplifying Multiple Calendars

Simple Productivity Blog

Back in the day, it used to suffice to have a single calendar for the family, and everyone''s activities got written in. These days, with interest groups, volunteer commitments, work seminars, sports practices, music lessons and everything else, one calendar is barely sufficient for one person!

How to Find Time to Think Strategically

On The Job

We often lament we’re busier than ever at work, running from meeting to meeting, firing off e-mails and trying to get something done without an interruption every five minutes. In other words, who has time to think anymore?

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How to Nail a Job Interview Before You Even Step Into the Room

Dumb Little Man

Oh how I used to hate interviewing. I would lay awake the night before dreading the whole thing and really not wanting to even go. I remember there were moments where I would try and convince myself that if I didn’t go, I could take the whole morning off and do something I really wanted to do.

2014 285

Becoming a Social Media Specialist

Practically Perfect PA

‘We don’t have a choice on whether we do social media; the question is how well we do it?’ ’ Erik Qualman, author of Socialnomics.

Copy What Works

Business Writing

A new instructor led our water aerobics class at the local pool yesterday. Unfortunately, every choice she made showed her lack of experience. She led us in doing the same exercise for minutes (boring). She had us work on our. Teaching Business Writing Writing Tips

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Collaborate with young entrepreneurs at London Tech Week

The Small Business Blog

Collaboration is one of the best ways for a business to grow and develop, especially when it involves various young entrepreneurs teaming up to tackle problems as a collective force. The trouble is that it can be difficult to make the right connections with other like-minded entrepreneurs.

You Are Not Responsible For Other’s Expectations

Simple Productivity Blog

It is easy to do something because someone expects it. But that doesn''t account for whether we want to do it, or if we even should do it. But that doesn''t mean we should continue to do what is expected, if it doesn''t work for us.

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How to Know if You're a Workaholic and What to Do About It

On The Job

We all put in more time at work these days, complaining that we feel we must check in with the office when we’re on vacation or find it impossible not to look at emails on the weekends. But when has that commitment to our jobs crossed the line into something unhealthy?

2014 219

Downtime? 25 Alternatives to Reaching for Your Smartphone

Dumb Little Man

You may not realize it, but you’re a drug addict. The drug I’m talking about is your smartphone. You can’t deny it. The first moment you have a second free, what do you reach for? You’re waiting for the train or the bus. Or you’ve just gotten out of a meeting.

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Get the best corporate hotel rates

Practically Perfect PA

It can be quite a daunting task asking assistants to negotiate corporate rates with hotels. It is obviously a lot easier booking hotels either through a 3 rd party website like booking.com or just accepting the hotel’s rack rate.

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Caring Too Much Isn't Actually Helpful to Anyone

Virtual Moxie

Wowser—I''ve clearly hit a nerve or two on the topic of providing coverage for clients during your absence. After my last two posts ( here and here ), Belle wrote to say: “I absolutely feel responsible to provide for my clients in my absence. After all, It’s not their fault I’m going on vacation.

2014 213

Infographic: Teaching Entrepreneurship

The Small Business Blog

An “entrepreneurial mind” is something that we often hear about as being a requirement for business success. But is it something that can be acquired through formalised learning processes or is it just a personality trait that you are born with?

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Why Doing Non-Productive Things Are Necessary To Productivity

Simple Productivity Blog

Stress injuries are not just of the body. They can happen to our minds, requiring spurts of non-productive time to maintain our overall productivity. The post Why Doing Non-Productive Things Are Necessary To Productivity appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

2014 218

Here’s Why I’m Glad I Didn’t Jump on the Infusionsoft Bandwagon

Office Organization Success

A quick note from me today as tomorrow is graduation day! It’s a big day for all of us, and I can’t honestly say that there won’t be a few tears shed. This week I wrapped up the final week of the Your Systems For Success Six-Week Challenge and I took my students through creating their own 90-day strategic business & marketing action plans (MAP). Over the next week or two I shall be putting my own 90-day MAP together for July, August, and September.

2014 147

Passion is Not Enough – How to Stay Hungry and Accomplish Anything

Dumb Little Man

It starts with passion. We find the thing inside of us that lights us up every single day, and we begin our journey to greatness riding on a wave on excitement and enthusiasm. But this passion can only take us so far. Eventually, the excitement starts to wane and our motivation weakens.

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Summer of Senses BMA House Venue Showcase

Practically Perfect PA

Join the BMA House team on Wednesday 18 June from 6pm for an evening of refreshing bubbles, sizzling barbecue bites and entertainment. Click here to book your complimentary place at this summer party ! The outlook on summer parties this year is looking bright for London.

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