March, 2013

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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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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The Power of Playing Make Believe

Dumb Little Man

Albert Einstein once wrote , "Imagination is more important than knowledge." For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand."

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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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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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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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5 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Action

Dumb Little Man

You're lying on the couch and Teen Mom is on TV. You don't even care, it’s just noise, because you are procrastinating a task you know has to be done. This could be a number of things such as a paper, home work, cleaning, or maybe it's a goal you want to accomplish.

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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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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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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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Buy recycled for environmentally-friendly home printing

Eco-Office Gals

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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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The Little Things in Life

Dumb Little Man

It’s funny how at times it’s so hard for things to cheer us up from a terrible day. Your friends can try their best to diagnose the problem but you know that you’re not going to budge or respond to their attempts.

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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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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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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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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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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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What to Do When Others Try to Kill Your Dream

Dumb Little Man

You’re a dreamer. But you’re also a dream-chaser. You make your dreams happen – one goal at a time. Sometimes, a lot of times, you may be filled with doubt and uncertainty. Is this for real? Are you really in the middle of the Saharas teaching English to African children?

2013 285

3 Systems to Set Up When You Don’t Know Where to Start

Office Organization Success

Recently I held a laser consulting call with a client, and she basically came on the phone and said to me, “Tracey, I’m surrounded by paper. I don’t even know where to start to get organized.”. Sound familiar? I know for many of you this is a big issue.

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Motivation For Solopreneurs From Football Coaches: “What Are You Waiting For?”

The Solopreneur Life

F ootball coaches are some of the world’s best motivators. They have to be motivators, because football is a violent, painful sport that requires extreme sacrifice and dedication. You have to be a little nuts to be a football player, just like you have to be crazy to be a solopreneur.

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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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WordPress Spring Cleaning Sale!

Eco-Office Gals

Waking up to 29 degrees this morning doesn’t make me think of Spring, but the daily allergy headaches from the blooming flowers are a sure reminder! Your WP site knows no seasons, it runs days and night to bring branded awesomeness to your readers, but it needs your help!

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The Geographic Expansion of Food Trucks

Small Business Labs

I was out riding my bike today and ran across the Twister Food Truck. It was serving lunch at an event at our town's Veterans Hall.   The location was a good one for a food truck. In addition to the folks at the event, the Hall is on a popular walking and biking route.

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10 Reasons Why You're Enough Just the Way You Are

Dumb Little Man

Since you’re reading this post, you’re probably drawn to personal development in some way. Maybe you’re going through something heavy right now or maybe it’s just your daily mental multivitamin. It’s been many years since I first felt drawn to the self­help genre.

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It’s About Progress, Not Perfection

Office Organization Success

“Strive for progress, not perfection!” ” That’s a quote I’ve heard several times over the past couple of weeks, and I think it’s a brilliant summary of what we, as business owners, need to do. (I I really don’t know who said this, by the way.).

2013 176

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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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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Is it an Opportunity, a Challenge or a Problem?

Productive & Organized

Have you ever thought about the words you choose when presented with a situation that you don't really care for?    Have you thought about the emotions that you release?        Oftentimes a problem is also an opportunity. 

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Are Food Scooters The Next Big Thing?

Small Business Labs

Businessweek's Food Trucks are Stale. Line Up for Food Scooters  covers Food Trikes and Scooters , a new LA startup.    They are trying to ride the food truck wave by providing low cost food scooters.

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How to Release the Energy of Your Potential

Dumb Little Man

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Want My Website That Works Healthy Website Checklist?

Office Organization Success

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