March, 2013

Global Coworking Conference Recap

Small Business Labs

The 3rd Annual Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) was held March 5th and 6th in Austin, Texas.    Reflecting the strong growth of the coworking industry , there were well over 300 attendees this year - more than triple the number attending two years ago.

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33 Unwritten Rules of Management

Ian's Messy Desk

These rules are credited to Bill Swanson. In a news story several years ago , it was revealed not all the rules are original. Whatever the source, they are useful aphorisms for life management. The handbook has become an underground hit among senior executives and management thinkers.

So you’ve been asked to organise an event… now what?

Practically Perfect PA

How often do you organise events? Considering this task is not the staple part of our profession I can still imagine your answer to be ‘quite often’.

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Is working from home really more energy efficient?

Eco-Office Gals

There are some pretty conflicting opinions on this subject. On the one hand, working from home can reduce your carbon emissions through a lack of commuting. But, on the other hand, around 17% of the US workforce is now at home all day, every day, causing an increase in energy consumption.

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5 Questions to Ask Before Recommending Someone for a Job

Eat Your Career

Your “stamp of approval” is precious. When you recommend someone for a job—whether a friend, family member, colleague or anyone else—your professional reputation is on the line. Your contacts trust you and you’re essentially asking them to transfer that trust to another person.

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How to Become More Influential No Matter Your Job Title

On The Job

If you sometimes feel powerless at work – even if you’re in a position of authority – you’re not alone. You may have tried pleading with others to cooperate, or even issued more than a few subtle threats.

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List Building: 5 Reasons Why Your List Isn’t Growing

Office Organization Success

I’m sure you’ve heard this a ton of times already – that the gold in your business is in your list. And what this means is that if you’re going to run a successful business then you need to have people who are ready, willing, and able to buy your products, programs, and services.

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More Trending

20 do’s and don’ts for team building events

Practically Perfect PA

Over the years I’ve organised a variety of team building events from week long forums to after work drinks in the local pub. I would imagine that most assistants have been asked to arrange something for their team as we do tend to be the focal point for social activities in the office.

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Top 5 eco-friendly office supplies

Eco-Office Gals

Being eco-friendly is at the top of the list for a lot of entrepreneurs at the moment, as lowering their carbon footprint can help them to save money in the long run. Being green can boost brand image as well, especially as a lot of people are choosing to only work with eco companies these days.

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Habits That Limit Your Productivity

Productivity Bits

We all have our little habits; the routines and rituals that we adhere to on a daily basis, or the day itself just doesn't feel right.

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Why poor spelling and grammar hurt your career

On The Job

A couple of years ago I played the game Cranium for the first time. When the challenge was for my team to correctly spell "pharaoh," of course they chose me to take it on. That turned out to be a mistake as I confidently spelled it "pharoah."

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The 3-Step Business Success Formula

Office Organization Success

Many business owners just starting out get caught up in the glamour of having an info product, or group training program, available for the clients and customers to purchase or register for.

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Getting Gobby To Rock Government and Big Business

The Small Business Blog

It’s getting hot in the Enterprise Rockers kitchen Last Friday I had an article published in Business Zone online where I dared to criticise the House of Commons for showing itself up on Budget Day as being clueless about small businesses.

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The wonderful world of events – roundup

Practically Perfect PA

Over the last few weeks I’ve been writing a series of blogs on events, well more specifically how assistants can organise and run great events within the context of their role.

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Solopreneur Motivation Month: How to Choose Work That Will Continue to Motivate You

The Solopreneur Life

T his article is part of Solopreneur Motivation Month here at TheSolopreneurLife.com. The video below, “The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us,” featuring author Daniel Pink, is a fascinating explanation of motivation.

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Buy recycled for environmentally-friendly home printing

Eco-Office Gals

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What color is your personality?

On The Job

I'm blue with a little gold thrown in. If you want to know what I'm talking about, read this latest story I did for Gannett/USA Today. There's a reason you probably don't get along with some of your co-workers. They're different from you. And the boss likes it that way.

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5 Reasons to Automate and Streamline Your Business

Office Organization Success

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had a conversation with a business owner who has wanted me to help them set up their systems, whether that’s: Creating an automated system to deliver their free report. Having a system in place so that attendees can register for their teleclasses.

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Largest Cyber Attack in history taking place now

The Small Business Blog

Five national cyber-police-forces are investigating the biggest Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack in history, according to the BBC. The ongoing attack is causing global internet slowdown.

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Joining instructions for company events

Practically Perfect PA

Most of us will be involved in organising an event at some point in our career particularly if your company does not have a dedicated events department.

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Part-Time Employment Keeps Growing

Small Business Labs

Last fall our article Are We Becoming a Part-Time Nation covered the trends leading to the growing number of part-time workers in the U.S.   The recent New York Times article The Rise of Part-Time Work covers some of the same ground.

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How to Quit Without Burning Bridges

Eat Your Career

Ready to quit your job? Don’t make any sudden moves! Your number one concern should be protecting the professional relationships you’ve been building with your colleagues.

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Why Multitasking Makes You Less Productive

On The Job

I recently had to get rid of my computer keyboard because the Super Glue I spilled on it made it difficult to use. So did the red fingernail polish that covered the letters “L” “I” and “9.” (OK, OK, I don’t use the 9 very much, but still.) I destroyed the keyboard because I was multitasking.

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The Simple IKEA Charging Station

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Reader Rachel asked for a picture of the IKEA charging station I mentioned in 8 Productivity Stations Every Home Should Have. Here is my simple charging station, with explanations of how I made it. Supplies: The Box and Extension Outlet.

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When the music fades…

The Small Business Blog

The flow of the rhythm… the rush of the beat… the adrenaline pumping! Oh, the thrill of dancing! True music lovers really appreciate the swell of emotions they have when they find a new song. It would seem at first that you could never get tired of it.

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Event objectives and the questions you should be asking

Practically Perfect PA

Earlier this week I wrote about the initial stages of organising an event , specifically the first meeting you should have with your colleagues involved in the event. One of the issues I said you should discuss are the event objectives.

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The 5 Eco Gadgets That Will Save Your Money

Eco-Office Gals

Saving the planet is a noble goal, but who says you can’t put some cash back in your wallet at the same time?

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Coworking Boom Continues

Small Business Labs

Last week Deskwanted released their annual global coworking census.  It shows there are 2498 coworking spaces across the globe, up 87% from a year earlier.  The chart below, from Deskwanted, shows where these facilities are located.   The U.S.

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Quiz: Are You a Slacker?

Eat Your Career

Every office has one: The slacker who seems to weasel his way out of anything that even remotely involves work. We pick up after him. We cover for him. In general, we all think he’s a waste of space. But, as I said, every office has one. What if—dare I say it— you’re that slacker?

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Could March Madness Be the Secret to Better Workplace Relationships?

On The Job

My family and I usually get a pretty friendly rivalry going over the NCAA tournament. A bracket is posted on the refrigerator with various picks and there is lots of trash talking via texts. It can be fun, and no one takes it too seriously.

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3 Feisty Questions For Your Start Up Adviser

The Small Business Blog

Django Unchained. What a week it’s been. World Book Week and International Women’s Day and what the heck is the use of having the inept Tony Robinson OBE as your agent?

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Event Schedules and Speakers

Practically Perfect PA

Organising an event is a tricky tricky thing with lots of moving parts and details that have to be well managed. In this blog I want to share some tips on two aspects of the event management process. Here are my top 5 tips on putting together an event schedule and dealing with speakers.

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A Better Way to Stop Negative Self Talk

Dumb Little Man

Admit it. You’ve tried everything and still your inner gremlin is destined to outlive your earthly existence. You’ve tried resisting it. You’ve tried ignoring it. You’ve tried to replace it with a more positive, cuddly gremlin. You’ve even tried intimidating it.

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3D Scanner Turns 3D Printers Into Replicators

Small Business Labs

Makerbot , a leading 3D printer manufacturing company, announced a new 3D scanner prototype at the big tech trade show South by Southwest last week. It's called the "Digitizer" that can scan small objects and create a 3D digital design.

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Use a ripening drawer for paper management

Clutter Coach

Does paper management seem overwhelming? All those decisions to make! Here’s a way to get some control before you’re ready to make the decisions. I wrote about this concept several years ago.

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Getting Things Done By Making Tasks Ridiculously Simple

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. One of the issues I ran into when I was trying to get my time choices back in sync was that my target list seemed too daunting. My task list needed an overhaul in conjunction with my time schedule. Do-Able Tasks. The first step in any effective list is to make sure the tasks are do-able. “Fix siding” is not a do-able task unless you have the materials on hand and you are going to climb the ladder yourself. “Work hours?”

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Top 5 Tips for Young Entrepreneurs

The Small Business Blog

Top 5 Tips posts from the SME Blog are always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. Bootstrapping is the realistic method of financing for any young entrepreneur these days hoping to keep their fledgling business afloat.

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