August, 2019

Eight great business books for strategic Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

The trait that I admire most in exceptional leaders (think Oprah Winfrey and Brene Brown) is the time they dedicate to learning new things. I love that they read, take on new ideas and concepts and never stop growing. This is something that I always try to find time for, and I think it is […].

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What Is Your Success Meter?

Dumb Little Man

What does success mean for you? Here’s an interesting story. In 1983, a young talented guitarist was kicked out of his dream band. He was delirious with joy even just before the manager called him at his office to kick him out.

2019 271

What Does It Really Mean to Be Proactive at Work?

Eat Your Career

The word proactive is often tossed around in the workplace with little context. If you’re reading this article, it’s safe to assume you’ve heard it. Perhaps you’ve even been instructed to “be more proactive.” But you may be wondering what it really means to be proactive at work.

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Is Your Home Business Really a Small Business?

Tips From T. Marie

On September 7 th , 2019 I will have run a home business for 12 years successfully. Over that time, I’ve discovered that although my little one-woman show gets categorized as a small business, that moniker doesn’t always fit or benefit my home office operation.

2019 163

The Assistant as a “Center of Influence”

Office Dynamics

I created the above visual as an image of the ideal situation between an executive and their assistant, especially when it comes to communication. Because of all the technology today, assistants have a very hard time staying “in the loop.”

2019 242

4 Tips to Trap Your Inner Pack Rat

Ian's Messy Desk

The post 4 Tips to Trap Your Inner Pack Rat appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. A while ago, I got a new desk for my office. I figured that making room for new furniture was a good opportunity, to not only clean out my desk, but to go through everything in my office.

2019 167

What does it mean to be a collaborative Assistant?

Practically Perfect PA

Every business and organisation needs its employees to work together, to move projects forward and reach common goals. Collaboration is an essential skill for everyone. However, for Assistants, collaboration is vital. We have to work with other members of staff on projects and reaching common goals.

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Freelancers and Financial Well-Being

Small Business Labs

One of the ongoing questions around independent/gig work is its impact on the financial well-being of independent workers (freelancers, gig workers, self-employed, etc.). 

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How to Develop Executive Presence (Regardless of Your Role)

Eat Your Career

Join us for this month’s free webinar on the topic of “How to Develop Executive Presence (Regardless of Your Role).”. Presence is a tricky topic. It’s one of those things that’s hard to articulate, but you know it when you see it.

2019 160

Executive Assistants –Developing Your “Wow” Factor

Office Dynamics

Some executive assistants have it. Some executive assistants don’t. What is it, you ask? That intangible, invaluable “wow” factor. Here’s the good news: It’s a learnable trait! Anyone can develop their own unique wow factor.

2019 218

A simple template for a farewell speech

Ian's Messy Desk

The post A simple template for a farewell speech appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. A number of co-workers in our office are transferring to new opportunities in new regions. We had a luncheon today to say goodbye and make some presentations.

2019 167

How to work with a boss who wants everything done right now!

Practically Perfect PA

I was recently reading through the comments on one of the fantastic online networks for EAs when I saw an Assistant had posted a question asking if it was okay to take time off following a knee operation, even though her boss had assumed she would be back in the office the next day! As […].

2019 170

Sleep Hacking: How to Optimize Your Sleep for Success

Dumb Little Man

We spend a significant portion of our lives sleeping. Recharging, dreaming, and restoring are parts of everyone’s life no matter where you live or who you are. So, why do so many of us struggle with our sleep? And how can we change the way we think about sleep for success?

2019 258

What is a Business Creative?

Tips From T. Marie

Over the course of the last two posts, I’ve been talking about three new terms I’ve begun using here on my website and the Tips from T.Marie blog. They also happen to describe the type of businesses I provide services to.

2019 149

What to Do When You’re Put on a Formal Performance Improvement Plan

Eat Your Career

No one goes to work with the intention of performing poorly. Yet, it happens. Quite frequently, I hear from people who have been put on a formal Performance Improvement Plan (or PIP) and they’re wondering how to handle it. The process can be overwhelming and emotional.

2019 155

Proofreaders, Follow the Rules!

Business Writing

As someone who designed the course Proofread Like a Pro, I pay attention when a competitor offers a training program on proofreading. Today my inbox included an invitation to a session. Below is the graphic with the program title. Proofreaders, Proofreading

2019 211

What is a Meeting Planner Exactly?

Office Dynamics

A meeting planner by MY definition is the go-to person and should be a key member of the design (or planning) team within an organization — be it corporate, association or otherwise — charged with the responsibility of planning and executing a meeting or special event.

2019 202

How to build trust with your Executive

Practically Perfect PA

One of the most common challenges I hear from Assistants who want to push their career forward is that their Executive’s do not trust them enough to hand overexciting projects and tasks.

2019 166

7 Signs of Low Emotional Intelligence You Need to Watch Out For

Dumb Little Man

Emotional intelligence can make or break a relationship. People with high emotional intelligence have fulfilling and successful relationships with their friends, family, colleagues, and soulmates.

2019 241

The Rise of Independent Worker Teams: Fiverr's Studios and Upwork's Agency Experience

Small Business Labs

Fiverr this week announced a new service offering called "Studios" This service gives freelancers the ability to easily join forces to sell and tackle larger and more complex client assignments than a freelancer could do on their own.

2019 203

Positive Career Affirmation #26

Eat Your Career

I’m not afraid to ask for help when needed. To learn more about affirmations and how to leverage them for career success, check out this article. The post Positive Career Affirmation #26 appeared first on Eat Your Career. Positive Career Affirmations askingforhelp career advice professionalis

2019 148

ESL Instructors--Is This Book for Ewe?

Business Writing

Today is Book Lovers Day, an unofficial holiday celebrating the love of books. It's a great excuse to relax and read. I picked an easy book to enjoy, P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever, written by rapper. Best Picks Books Gems of Language Global Communication

2019 205

Successful Assistants Combine Left and Right Brain Thinking

Office Dynamics

Several years ago, I came up with Adminology. It was a formula for success for assistants. I still teach Adminology in our World Class Assistant™ certification and designation course because it never changes. Just bear with me as I explain this to you as it will all come together.

2019 190

Expanding your role

Practically Perfect PA

You worked for years to attain the top title in your job classification, and it felt great to finally achieve it. So, when review time rolled around, you didn’t think much about it. After all, you’d only held the title for a year.

2019 155

Ultimate Success Tips For College Students

Dumb Little Man

Going to college is a fun and exciting time for many people, and it’s usually the first step for complete independence for young adults. However, there is also a great responsibility that comes along with this, and our success tips for college students can help.

2019 238

What Control Means to the Self-Employed

Small Business Labs

Our article yesterday covered a study showing how work autonomy and control resulted in mental health benefits for the self-employed.    As a follow-up, the chart below (click to enlarge) is from the Freshbooks 2019 Self-Employment in America Report.

2019 196

How to Get Ahead at Work Without a College Degree

Eat Your Career

When I was growing up, there was never a question about whether or not I would go to college. The only question was, where ? I was very fortunate to come from a family with the financial means to make this my reality.

2019 148

Punctuation Advice for "Ask Amy"

Business Writing

Today I read "Ask Amy" in The Seattle Times. Amy was giving advice to someone who could not set boundaries for herself. I liked Amy's advice, but her punctuation--or lack of it--grabbed my attention. Which punctuation mark would you add. Punctuation Pointers

2019 198

Too Many Meetings!! – Managing My Executives Calendar – Ask an Admin

Office Dynamics

Ask an Admin was created by Office Dynamics to help administrative professionals with their problems through the help of their peers. We don’t always have an answer to each individuals problem but we know some of you might. Please read the question and comment below. April M.

Assistants should seek mentors

Practically Perfect PA

Regardless of your administrative title, industry or organisation size, you need to find a good mentor explains Joan Burge. Mentors save you time, energy, and even money. They reduce stress and make life easier.

7 Little-Known Tips For Effective Communication

Dumb Little Man

It’s easy to assume that as your relationship grows so will your closeness and ability to communicate with one another. That may be the case for some couples, but for many, this just isn’t true.

2019 227

The Positive Mental Health Effects of Self-Employment

Small Business Labs

A recent academic study found that self-employed gig workers in the UK score higher across a range of psychological well-being measures than workers in the mainstream economy.

2019 196

Positive Career Affirmation #25

Eat Your Career

What I do (and how I do it) matters. To learn more about affirmations and how to leverage them for career success, check out this article. The post Positive Career Affirmation #25 appeared first on Eat Your Career. Positive Career Affirmations integrity positivity

2019 148

How To Become A Sustainability Influencer Who Makes A Difference

Eco-Office Gals

Sustainability influencers offer their audiences information on how to live more eco-friendly lives. As an environmentalist who wants to make a big impact, becoming a sustainability influencer could be the answer to call other into action on a global scale.

2019 130

Why Certification and a Designation are Important for Executive and Administrative Assistants

Office Dynamics

Great administrators are known as those who do their best, work at the top of their game and who work like they are in a profession of choice. One of the strongest ways to send that message is when you choose to certify. Certification is a choice to complete a full program of study.

2019 195

What if all of your business travel was refundable?

Practically Perfect PA

How many times have you booked a work trip for you or your colleague, only for them to end up needing to change the date or time, or even cancel altogether? Of course, business trips get amended for endless reasons which are out of your control.

2019 148

5 Essential Tips on How to Overcome Burnout in the Workplace

Dumb Little Man

The modern working life is a complicated entity, with as many people thriving as there are those who struggle to get through their daily routine. Whether you’re the former or the latter, the fact is that everyone is susceptible to falling victim to workplace burnout.

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