June, 2016

Ten Ted Talks every Assistant should watch

Practically Perfect PA

Hopefully you are familiar with Ted Talks , if not, here is a quick overview of what they are all about. TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).

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Why I Ditched My Newsletter … And What I Do Instead

Office Organization Success

About 18 months ago I decided to ditch my weekly newsletter (a.k.a. ezine). I’d been publishing it for about 10 years and realized it really was no longer an effective marketing tool.

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Self-Acceptance: The Key To True Happiness

Dumb Little Man

Do you need to learn how to accept yourself ? In middle school and high school I struggled with finding my identity. I was convinced that I was ugly, stupid, and worthless. I continually thought that to truly love myself and be happy, I had to basically become a different person.

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Employees of Large Corporation Not Happy at Work; The Self-Employed Are

Small Business Labs

PwC's  Work-life 3.0: Understanding how we'll work next  is a fascinating look at how workforce dynamics are changing.    The study covers a lot of ground, but what really jumped out at us was their their findings on worker happiness. 

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Revolutionary Insights Into Self-Leadership for Administrative Professionals

Office Dynamics

This is a replay of the free webinar offered June 2016 titled Revolutionary Insights Into Self-Leadership (for administrative professionals). Administrative professionals don’t typically think of themselves as leaders; even the most successful struggle with the idea!

Business Writing Truths and Myths

Business Writing

For the 25 years I have taught business writing classes, I have heard and rejected a few myths. And I have learned and applied some important truths. Is each of the five statements below a truth, a myth, or a. Teaching Business Writing Writing Tips

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A day in the life: Frances Hornsley, PA and Office Manager, The Corner London

Practically Perfect PA

What are the main aspects of your role? I am PA to the Four Founding Partners of The Corner and Office Manager. The Corner is an independent Advertising agency based in the heart of Soho it is where people meet and things happen.

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5 Practical Home Improvements To Sell A House

Dumb Little Man

Are you planning on selling your home? Before you do so, consider doing improvements and renovations on your home to raise the value of your property. Deciding on the right home improvements to sell a house can be a bit tricky.

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The Surprising Demographics of Small Business Owners

Small Business Labs

Because of the extensive media coverage of young tech entrepreneurs, most people think the average small business owner is a 20 something techie who needs a shower.    But as the chart below shows, the median American small business owner is a bit over 50 years old. 

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How To Practice Good Business Card Etiquette

Office Dynamics

I’m preparing to attend and present at the Admin Pro Forum event in Orlando, Florida next week. It reminded me that when we attend a major conference we have the opportunity to meet so many great people. We will be exchanging quite a few business cards at this upcoming event.

The Art of the Phone Interview

Job Advice Blog

What comes to mind when you think about a phone interview? For most people, the image of just a guy at home sitting at his desk, with his top half wearing a nice suit and tie, bottom half covered only by a pair of American Eagle boxers comes to mind.

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The future of recruitment for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

At the recent Assist Conference we held a great panel session about the future of the assistant role.

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How to Sell Something New to Team

On The Job

Gone are the days when men like Dan Draper in “Mad Men” leisurely sipped his Old Fashioned and slowly reeled in a customer with idle chit chat and charm.

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9 Ways We Can Reduce Our Stress Level

Dumb Little Man

Do you need stress relief tips ? We all encounter so many stressors on a day-to-day basis — work, kids, money, time. The list goes on and on. Keep your stress level at bay with these nine tips. Laugh It Up. Laughter really is the best medicine.

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Is the Declining Cost of Distance The Next Megatrend?

Small Business Labs

Bain's Spatial Economics: The Declining Cost of Distance  suggests that an array of new technologies "have pushed the cost of distance to the tipping point" - and will lead to major changes in business and society in the near future.

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How to Stay Your Professional Best During Summer

Office Dynamics

I hope you are staying cool. Last week the temperature in Las Vegas got as high as 115! Then dropped to 109 by Thursday, which is more our norm. Did you ever notice how when the temperatures rise or it is hot, humid and sticky, people are less patient?

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Why I ‘Cheated’ on Headway and What I Learned

Tips From T. Marie

Sometimes even though you are totally sold on a product or service and use it exclusively you start to wonder if something new has come along in the interim and you’re missing out. What if the next great thing has been discovered and you’re so stuck in your ways that you’re missing out. This was kind of how I was feeling about the Headway theme framework for WordPress. I’ve created and worked with Headway exclusively for a long time. I’ve been using Headway since it was launched. Headway.

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News from Assist Travel

Practically Perfect PA

With Assist Travel just a few month’s away, I thought I would share everything that I have been working on behind the scenes. We have been busy, busy, busy finalising the programme and speakers – I am so excited about this year’s line-up.

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How to Survive in the Digital Age

On The Job

Companies with leadership that is determined to do business the way it’s been done for the last several decades and focus only on selling more products to customers may be destined to fail.

2016 158

4 Smart Ways to Travel The World For Free

Dumb Little Man

Do you want to know our secret on ways to travel the world for FREE ? If you are a traveler, you certainly know that traveling can be far too expensive. The good news is that there are ways out there to travel cheaper and longer. You may even end up traveling for free!

2016 207

Attitudes Towards Freelancing Improving

Small Business Labs

One of the most interesting findings from the 6 years of data from the MBO Partners State of Independence study is the steady improvement in the attitudes about working independently (freelancing, independent contracting, self-employment, etc.).

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Three Ways To Be A Career Assistant

Office Dynamics

We’ve been having so much fun with Facebook Live. It’s a great way for us to connect with you in an instant. We can address your questions about the administrative profession and get your insights in the process. It’s a wonderful way of connecting with your peers, too.

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When it Comes to Providing Your Staff with Hot Water, You’ve Got Options

Eco-Office Gals

Your office’s kitchenette may be known as a beacon for salacious gossip, but it’s also the primary place your employees gather to prepare their morning coffee fix, afternoon tea, or their less-than-satisfying cup o’ noodles. As the size of your workforce grows, so too will your need for hot water; potentially putting a strain on an aging water heater.

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What to look for in a training room

Practically Perfect PA

I’ve written this “What to look for in a training room” post for a couple of reasons. The first is that I was thoroughly depressed when I read through the search results for “What to look for in a training room”.

Coach Workers in Only 10 Minutes a Day

On The Job

When asked about coaching employees, most bosses will claim a) they don’t have time to coach employees because they’ve got a million other things to do or b) they’ve tried coaching and employees ignore them.

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5 Easy Ways To Feel More Energized At Work

Dumb Little Man

If you need help on how to get more energized for work , read on. This is the story of my most embarrassing moment at work. I’m sitting in a toilet cubical and I can barely keep my eyes open. Before I know it, I have the cleaner knocking on the door, asking me if everything was okay.

2016 207

Strong Job Market Pulling Independent Workers Back to Traditional Jobs

Small Business Labs

The MBO Partners 2016 State of Independence in America report was released this week. This  This is the 6th annual edition of this study (Emergent Research works with MBO Partners on this study).

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How to Co-invest In Your Future

Office Dynamics

I can’t tell you the number of times people have told me they won’t attend a conference or training program if their employer will not pay for it. Additionally, many people will not even purchase a book or online program for themselves.

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Salary Negotiation 101

Job Advice Blog

Yesterday, my managing partner/mom Tara LeFevre and I went on a trip about an hour and a half down the road to visit two of our clients.

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Practically Perfect PA Giveaway: Samsung Galaxy Tab A7

Practically Perfect PA

This month we have a fantastic competition for you guys! The wonderful folks at The Green Hat People are offering one lucky reader the chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab A7. Here are the Green Hat People to tell you a little more about the competition and what they do… .

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How to Work with Colleagues You Don't Understand

On The Job

What happens when you ask a bunch of left-brain thinkers to work with a bunch of right-brain thinkers? If you answered chaos, mayhem and a whole lot of frustration, you might be right.

2016 158

The Role of Karma in Your Relationships

Dumb Little Man

The role of karma in relationships is real and we can see it play out in our daily lives and the people around us. By now we’ve all heard of karma, and we’ve gotten the impression that it’s some malicious force that punishes us for our bad deeds. Not so!

2016 207

Why Microsoft Buying LinkedIn is Good for Coworking

Small Business Labs

We were surprised to see that several of the reasons given for Microsoft's acquisition of LinkedIn relate to coworking.    At a very high level both Microsoft and LinkedIn execs are explaining the main deal driver is the opportunity of combining productivity applications and networking.

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Office Dynamics Recap From Admin Pro Forum In Orlando

Office Dynamics

Our team recently had the opportunity to fly to Orlando, Florida and participate in the inaugural Admin Pro Forum event hosted by our friends at Business Management Daily. We always enjoy traveling together and our opportunities to do so are few and far between.

2016 154

Clients’ Frustration with Recruiters

Job Advice Blog

Frustration with a recruiter can come in many different forms, one such way being a lack of candidates coming across the hiring manager’s desk. Many factors for this may be present but the biggest reason is the business model of the recruiting firm.

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Inside the Peterborough PA Network

Practically Perfect PA

Next up in our series of blog posts about regional PA networks, we have the Peterborough PA network. Launched by Bethany Fovargue in 2013 this network has gone from strength to strength and Bethany is now asked to speak and promote the role of assistants all over the world. .

Why You Need to Embrace Digital Operations

On The Job

It’s difficult to imagine getting through your day without using technology, whether it’s checking your email, downloading new music or tracking your fitness level.

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