January, 2009

40 Ways To Relax and Recharge Your Batteries - by Dumb Little Man

Dumb Little Man

2009 219

Time Management Success – Implementation

Office Organization Success

Once you’ve set some basic systems in place such as deciding on HOW you want your work week to look, created a project planner, and/or created a timeline, the second key is implementation. Transfer you new work week schedule to your diary or online planner i.e. block out the times. Tell your clients and colleagues that you are only available on particular days of the week/times for certain types of appointments.

2009 174

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Five Ways to Handle Being Personally Attacked at Work

On The Job

"Excuse me, Brianna, but I was reviewing this report and it looks like there's an error in the numbers. I need you to look them over and see what you can find so I can go ahead and submit this to the client today." "Gee, Gee, Jennifer, I doubt there are errors, but I'll look it over.

2009 207

The worst business start-up mistakes | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

The Small Business Blog

The worst business start-up mistakes. by Stefan Töpfer on Jan 29, 2009. Although many people decide to try and realise their dream of starting their own business, unfortunately it often turns into a nightmare for them

2009 191

Taking Care of Each Other

Loosely Speaking

These times provide lots of opportunities for extending simple kindnesses, and taking care of “our chother,” as my children called it when they were tiny. After a weekend of exploring Social Media with my bro-ski, our Mom and I loaded

2009 130

Administrative Assistant Skills for the Future- 2010 and Beyond

Office Dynamics

I had such fun last week in California. In addition to meeting with CEOs Executive Assistants, I was observing an on-site Star Achievement Series® Certified Trainer* teach one of the modules from my Series.

2009 141

5 Simple Steps to Clearing the Clutter (painlessly) - by Dumb.

Dumb Little Man

2009 218

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Learn How to Handle Those Tough Questions

On The Job

Many of us are more comfortable sending e-mails or memos at work, never having to directly face other human beings who — gasp! want to ask us questions. But sometimes you have to speak with people face-to-face, and sometimes it can get uncomfortable.

2009 130

Training On-line

Laughing all the Way to Work

Recently someone asked me a question about training on-line so I thought I would share the answer in a post. The good thing about on-line courses, is anyone can do it from anywhere. I use a place based in Toronto, Canada called Last

Can Virtual Assistants provide social networking support?

Loosely Speaking

While many Virtual Assistants already do offer these services, some vas and clients may actually be wondering, SHOULD they? Social networking became the trendiest way to stay connected in 2008. As a result, clients in many industries

2009 130

Administrative Assistant Skills for the Future- 2010 and Beyond

Office Dynamics

I had such fun last week in California. In addition to meeting with CEOs Executive Assistants, I was observing an on-site Star Achievement Series® Certified Trainer* teach one of the modules from my Series.

2009 130

How to Keep Your Business Writing Clear And Up To Date - by Dumb.

Dumb Little Man

2009 215

How to Plan for YOUR Success

Office Organization Success

In my recent Office Organization Success ezine I talked about the importance of planning for your long-term business success. This article generated a lot of responses from my readers, and here’s one question in particular that I thought applied to a lot of solopreneurs, and I’ve included my reply to: Great article. Actually I did a plan for 2009 for the first time ever, thinking it’d help to get everything out of my head and onto paper.

2009 128

Obama Has His Cabinet in Place -- Do You?

On The Job

As Barak Obama begins his first days in office, he'll be surrounded by trusted advisers. Before he makes a decision, he's likely to consult members of his Cabinet. He'll probably ask their opinions on everything from foreign policy to domestic issues.

2009 130

"Mom, I'm sick!"

Laughing all the Way to Work

I love that commercial where the woman is obviously very sick and miserable, but she is trying to get ready for work. She hesitates between yes, she will go to work, to no she can't go in, until finally she just crashes fully dressed on

2009 130

Roundup #4, Prescott Style: wordpress

Loosely Speaking

A look at some good posts related to my favorite blogging platform, wordpress. Have you considered combining blogging forces with colleague or other simpatico soul? Here's a good piece on how-to merge your existing WP blog with another

2009 130

Getting Kids to Apply Themselves

Office Dynamics

It’s often next to impossible to get youngsters to understand that applying themselves to the tasks before them (especially schoolwork) is important for their own good. So how to get your kids to try harder without resorting to short-lived bribes? A few tips: Get to the heart of the problem.

2009 130

Could You Achieve More By Doing Less? - by Dumb Little Man

Dumb Little Man

2009 214

Teleclass ~ How to Use Social Networking to Build Your List

Office Organization Success

Topic: How to Use Social Networking to Build Your List. . Date: Thursday, February 12, 2009 at 11:00 am EST. . Led by Tracey Lawton. . Social networking is now becoming a must-do business-building activity. It’s an effective and proven way to grow your list and your network base; however the downside is you can easily fritter away several hours a day just on social networking activities…. .

2009 106

Creativity Can Help Save Your Job -- Here's How to Find Yours

On The Job

Be creative. These are the words being echoed in workplaces across the world. Be creative in coming up with new ideas to grow the business. Be creative in finding ways to outsmart the competition. Be creative in finding ways to work more efficiently. Be creative in coming up with ways to cut costs.

2009 130

Happy New Year! Now don't forget to put the correct year on your.

Laughing all the Way to Work

As we head into the New Year it will be easy to forget and put 2008 instead of 2009. After all, we've been doing it for a whole year now. An easy way to never go wrong is to insert the date from your computer. In Word, choose Insert

2009 130

Take control of the economy; darn your socks

Loosely Speaking

Mending clothes, making basic automotive repairs, fixing plumbing leaks, and the ability to “mcgyver” amazing contraptions all may seem like they are too challenging for people raised in this techno era. Tapping into your inner grandpa

2009 130

Getting Kids to Apply Themselves

Office Dynamics

It’s often next to impossible to get youngsters to understand that applying themselves to the tasks before them (especially schoolwork) is important for their own good. So how to get your kids to try harder without resorting to short-lived bribes? A few tips: Get to the heart of the problem.

2009 130

How Neuroscience Can Teach You To Lie - by Dumb Little Man

Dumb Little Man

2009 214

Teleclass ~ De-Clutter & Organize Your Office Space

Office Organization Success

Topic: De-Clutter and Organize Your Office Space. Date: Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 11:00 am EST. Led by Tracey Lawton. On this call I’ll be sharing with you simple tips for organizing your office space – whatever the size! And I’ll be teaching you how you can get rid of the paper piles lying around, what to keep, what to throw away, and how to organize it all so that you can find information quickly and easily.

2009 106

Is Your Definition of Success Making You Miserable?

On The Job

Is your definition of success a fatal mistake? For some, success is defined in terms of the dollar amount on a paycheck. For others, it's the title on their business card. Others may define success in terms of the accolades and awards they have won.

2009 130

Housecleaning in Word 2007: Customizing your Dictionary

Laughing all the Way to Work

Something you should do every once in awhile is to clean up your dictionary in Word. You would be surprised how many misspelled words get in there by mistake; for example, instead of pressing Change you press Add to Dictionary when you

2007 100

Chicago Seen & Heard

Loosely Speaking

On the streets of Chicago, lurching from one chilly January adventure to another. Just a few of our stop offs: Quick stop at the Green Mill, where we enjoyed an Irish Coffee and channeled the filming of High Fidelity and some jazz

2009 100

9 Steps to Quickly Increase Team Productivity

Office Dynamics

Do you touch base with your assistant every morning (face-to-face or by telephone) to discuss the day’s priorities, appointments, meeting preparation, department issues, phone calls, and project updates. Have your assistant place your hard copy mail in assorted color files to speed your reading and determine priority items. An example is a red file for urgent mail and faxes, yellow for interoffice reports, green for general mail, blue for junk mail, etc.

2009 109

7 Simple Time Management Rules For the Super Busy - by Dumb Little Man

Dumb Little Man

2009 201

For the Organized, yet Suspicious, Brown Bagger

Clutter Coach

2009 100

It's Time for Managers to Get Weird

On The Job

I feel for managers these days, I really do. Or, at least I feel for the good managers. The evil troll managers I don't really think about too much, because they're going to get theirs one day no matter what I think about them. But the good managers -- those men and women who are trying to hold it together when it feels like the entire workplace is a huge Titanic without Leonardo DiCaprio to at least provide a distraction from the looming iceberg -- I feel for what they're going through.

2009 100

Some People see Roadblocks -- Others see Hurdles.

Laughing all the Way to Work

Did you ever notice that some people seem to see a problem as a roadblock and they just stop! They don't search for a solution, but they see it as a stop sign, instead of a yield sign. Then there are others who encounter a problem but

2009 100

Calling all Northern Arizona Virtual Assistants: Is there anyone.

Loosely Speaking

Northern Arizona Virtual Assistants unite! Join Katie Baird, Loose Ends, and Tara Fort, versatility4u, next month for an informal group get-together in Prescott. If you reside in Northern Arizona and your VA practice meets the

2009 100

A Secretary vs. An Executive Assistant

Office Dynamics

I’ve been fortunate to work side-by-side with CEOs, Presidents, and Vice Presidents for more than 35 years. I highly respect and admire these individuals. I always learn a great deal from them. One aspect I love about them is that they have a way of sharing important insights in a unique way. Here is an example of what I mean.

2009 101

How to Become a Great Public Speaker (with No Stress) | Dumb Little Man

Dumb Little Man

2009 198

Mail-Free Tuesdays?

Clutter Coach

2009 100