June, 2017

Can a PA help their employer be more enterprising?

Practically Perfect PA

Can a PA help their employer be more enterprising? Today’s organisations require their employees to be more enterprising, more aware of the needs of customers and more involved in developing their products and services.

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How To Make The Gig Economy Work For You

Dumb Little Man

Fifty years ago, the expectation was that you would be in the same job until you retire. Today, 34% of the U.S. workforce are freelancers and that number is expected to reach 43% by 2020. The shift is being driven by a few different factors.

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What are Smombies?

Small Business Labs

According to the Macmillan dictionary, a smombie is a smartphone zombie: someone who is so busy looking at their phone that they do something stupid like stepping out into traffic.

2017 191

Renewables Vs. Coal: What’s the Score

Eco-Office Gals

When you travel through South Australia, you’re greeted by beautiful vistas and amazing ocean views. Another thing you often see are large solar power systems and wind farms strewn about. These renewable energy farms have been providing energy to South Australia for years.

2017 164

How to Answer "Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years?"

On The Job

Job interviews can be stressful, but as I've said before, the more you prepare for them, the more stress you can eliminate. Part of that preparation is understanding there are going to be standard interview questions and even a few weird ones.

2017 158

Brighton: The Silicon Valley of the United Kingdom?

The Small Business Blog

We are all aware that the digital revolution has been fully embraced throughout the United Kingdom. As the digital age continues to evolve, there are always some locations which tend to stand out from the rest.

2017 156

The benefits of working abroad for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

As many of you will know, I moved to Barcelona a few years ago to work as an assistant and marketing manager for Gallus Events. I must say, looking back, I was pretty brave. Moving to a new country where I didn’t know the language or many people.

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More Trending

Despite Strong Job Market, Economic Uncertainty Still High

Small Business Labs

We consider the trend towards rising levels of economic uncertainty and insecurity to be one of most powerful trends we follow. We also think it's one of the least studied and understood. A combination of factors drive economic uncertainty.

2017 189

Small Steps to Cut Down Your Meat Consumption

Eco-Office Gals

Vegetarianism and veganism seem to be everywhere at the moment. You’ve tried to ignore it, but at the back of your mind, you can’t help but feel swept up in it.

2017 163

How to Overcome Resistance to Your Ideas

On The Job

Companies like Google and Amazon expect every employee to come up with new ideas, no matter how outrageous they may seem. But what if you don't work for such a company, and even your suggestion to try new paper towels in the break room is met with resistance?

2017 153

Managing Your Time (Part 1 of a 4 Part Series)

Office Dynamics

I have been in the business world for 47 years now and one thing that never changes is managing our workload and setting priorities. Everyone I talk to is trying to keep up with the accelerated pace of business and change. At Office Dynamics, we always seem to be in a flurry of activity throughout the year but certain seasons are busier than others. Plus we always have to be thinking 6 – 12 months out because of being in the training industry.

2017 150

Launching the Future Assistant 2018

Practically Perfect PA

I thought I would start the day by launching the Future Assistant 2018! Hurrah!

2018 204

Benefits Of Meditation: How You Can Change Your Life In 10 Minutes

Dumb Little Man

It takes time to develop and master any skill, and meditation is no different. The ability to calm the mind on demand can be a phenomenal tool to have at your disposal.

2017 207

The Business of Work/Life Integration

Small Business Labs

A growing number of firms are offering services and products based on the trend towards work/life integration. This is the shift towards work, home and life becoming increasingly blended.

2017 171

Eco-Friendly Buildings Found All Over Globe

Eco-Office Gals

Because our planet is faced with finite resources and problems with pollution, opportunities to erect eco-friendly buildings must be embraced whenever possible.

2017 158

5 Ways to Make Better Career Decisions

On The Job

When it comes to making a decision about our career -- such as whether to take a new job or jump into a new project -- we often are in a state of anxiety.

2017 151

Emotional Intelligence Meets Travel Planning

Office Dynamics

What do emotional intelligence and travel planning have in common? Plenty. I have been traveling extensively for business (and a little pleasure) for 3 straight months. To be honest, it is wearing on me. Several of my trips involved being gone for 5 days; only to come home for 3 or 4 days and leave again for a week. I have been a business traveler for 27 years. While the typical person thinks traveling is glamorous, the business traveler has a different perspective.

Travel 149

New speakers for the Virtual Summit

Practically Perfect PA

I’m so excited to share with you the first group of new speakers for the Virtual Summit and their session details. We have a really varied group trainers from all over the world for the Summit who are truly inspiring.

2017 197

7 Tips in Choosing Perfect Toys for Your Kids

Dumb Little Man

When a birthday or holiday rolls around, no doubt your kids will present you with a wish list of the toys they want. And every time a toy commercial comes on TV, your child is probably pointing to everything they see, asking you to buy it. While you’ll want to fulfill some wishes, there are some more things you should think of when buying toys for your kids. Here’s how to make the right choice for finding perfect toys for your kids. Choose Brand Names.

2017 192

VCs Investing Heavily in AI and Machine Learning

Small Business Labs

VC investments in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning more than doubled in 2016, according to the National Venture Capital Association.

2017 165

3 Simple Strategies to Get New Clients Over the Next 30 Days

Office Organization Success

If you’re struggling to get more clients, there are three simple strategies that you can implement that will help. But, more importantly, taking consistent, daily action is the real answer to getting more clients.

2017 144

3 Ways to Deal With a Blame Shifter

On The Job

Many workplace cultures encourage employees to make mistakes as a way to learn and push toward innovation. Unfortunately, there are still many workplaces today that also have little tolerance of missteps and end up breeding employees who become very adept at shifting the blame.

2017 151

How to Be Proactive at Work: My Updated Strategies

Eat Your Career

Back in 2010, I wrote an article called How to Be Proactive at Work: My 5 Step System. Much to my surprise, it immediately became the most popular post on my website and remains in that coveted position to this day.

2017 141

Day in the life: Tess Keppe

Practically Perfect PA

This month’s day in the life is from Tess Keppe who is a private PA. Tess has a varied role with lots of different aspects of her day. She has some great advice for other assistants, here is the day in the life: Tess Keppe. . What are the main aspects of your role?

2017 189

Achieving The Perfect Balance Between Studying And Working Full-Time

Dumb Little Man

Balancing work and school can be difficult. If you are looking for ways to make the best of your time, here are a few tips you can use. Review class syllabi. Class syllabi are those small documents created by your instructors, teachers or professors to assist with your studies in the course of the semester. Make a point to go through the syllabi for all your classes.

2017 188

Despite Their Problems, Uber Will Likely Continue to Thrive

Small Business Labs

To say there's been a lot of recent bad news about Uber is, of course, a massive understatement.    Rarely has a firm had as many problems, miscues and crises as Uber has had so far this year. Recode even calls it Uber's no good, very bad 2017.

2017 165

What Some Got Right About My Birthday: The Comma

Business Writing

I celebrated my birthday last month. Southwest Airlines got it right. TIAA did too. And a few good people on LinkedIn did as well. My dentist was among those who got it wrong. What some got right was the comma: Punctuation Pointers

2017 141

Why Others May Not See You as Reliable

On The Job

Reliability. Everyone wants to work for someone who is reliable, and every boss wants an employee who is reliable. This isn't an earth-shattering revelation, yet it's one that can fall by the wayside as you become busier in your career and in your life.

2017 141

7 Ways to Get Control of Your Day (Part 2 of 4 Part Series)

Office Dynamics

In case you did not read part 1 , I am writing a 4-part series around the topics of managing your day and time. I promise to keep these short and to the point. #1: 1: Early in the day, clarify your top 5 priorities for the day. Instead of thinking about the 10 things or more you have to do today, narrow your list to your top 5 priority items that you must get done today. This will help you feel like you have control vs. feeling like you are being controlled by everything that pops up.

2017 130

Business Travel Safety in a Volatile World

Practically Perfect PA

We live in a volatile world where threats and risks to personal security are an unfortunate reality. Whether travelling domestically or internationally, corporations have a Duty of Care to employees visiting other cities and locations for business.

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Cryptocurrency Is On The Rise: Are You Prepared?

Dumb Little Man

Americans are using less cash than ever before and this trend is happening worldwide for a multitude of reasons. According to Gallup , “ As technology and consumer preferences evolve, companies will constantly seek ways to make retail payments more efficient to gain an advantage with customers. The economy has become more internet-oriented, and it is already becoming easier to make purchases using mobile technology.

2017 186

Cyclical and Structural Forces Behind the Growing Independent Workforce

Small Business Labs

MBO Partners released their 2017 State of Independence report today. In 2017, the total number of independent workers (self-employed, freelancers, independent contractors, etc.) in American rose to 40.9 million, up 2.8 percent from 2016.

2017 157

Experience Is Not Enough. You Must Do the Work.

Business Writing

I wasted time and money recently when I went to a talk by an expert whose topic interested me. She had over 20 years of experience. But other than scribbling down a few phrases before she got up to speak, Teaching Business Writing Writing Tips

2017 141

IT and Managed Services Provider animated video about Cloud Backup and File Recovery

Andrea Kalli

Watch this IT and Managed Services Provider animated character video with voice sync for MSPs and IT Support Providers. Follow the story of Bob.

2017 130

Reducing Information Overload (Part 3 of 4 Part Series)

Office Dynamics

To continue my series on better managing your day and work, today I am focusing on information overload. I’m sure you can relate. If you missed the prior parts of this series, you can read part 1 here and part 2 here. There’s just too much information out there! In fact, information processing accounts for half the gross national product—and most of it ends up on paper that someone has to read. You don’t have to fall prey to information overload.

2017 130

Did we make the Virtual Summit happen?

Practically Perfect PA

So, did we make the Virtual Summit happen? I just wanted to write a very quick blog post today to let everyone know that we did indeed raise all of the money we needed for the Practically Perfect PA Virtual Summit to happen!

2017 184

10 Energy-Boosting Snacks To Eat Before The Gym

Dumb Little Man

The will to go to the gym and work your heart out usually gets trumped by the lack of energy to give it all you’ve got. You may be pumped up and hyped but you do not get the most out of your time in the gym. You lose steam easily and you wrap up and throw in the towel early. Our daily food intake has a lot to do with the energy in our body or the lack thereof. There are pre-work out food that are very ideal to give you that boost you need to make sure you get the workout you have in mind.

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