February, 2013

How I Lost More Than 150 Pounds

Dumb Little Man

The picture to the right summarizes what my thoughts were one day, but of course the weight didn't just melt off after that, it took work. What started the journey was the DECISION to make a lifestyle change which entailed a major diet change and adding exercise to my life.

2013 285

Social Media Do’s and Don’ts for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

Do you think assistants should use social media for professional purposes? Now I think a lot of you might have guessed where I stand on this question?

5 Best Email Management Practices

Office Organization Success

With all the different rules and regulations governing list management, it’s getting harder and harder to not only get your emails delivered to the recipient’s inbox – think all those spam filters – but to actually get your recipient to open and read your email.

Email 263

Green Colleges in the US Lead the Way in Sustainability

Eco-Office Gals

Environmental issues have finally and permanently come out of the shadows, with everyone from politicians to scientists to pastors admitting that climate change is a real issue that must be addressed.

2013 246

The Rise of Coaching as a Business

Small Business Labs

Regular readers know we've long been fascinated with the growing number of personal services jobs and businesses.  These are firms and people that provide life support services to increasingly harried, time-constrained and often affluent consumers.

2013 222

What Does Your Workspace Say About You?

Eat Your Career

Some of you aren’t going to like this article. I can hear you now: “Chrissy, who cares that my desk looks like a tornado hit it? I can find everything I need and that’s all that matters.”. I’ve got a sobering newsflash, my friend. Brace yourself. My response to that argument? Wrong. Not true.

2013 217

6 Ways to Keep Your Relationship Fresh and Exciting

Dumb Little Man

If you’re in a long term relationship or marriage , you know that it’s not always easy to keep that warm glow of freshness and excitement alive in your relationship. After the first bout of heady romantic love is gone, everyday sameness settles into any relationship.

2013 285

More Trending

3 Critical Areas to Include For a Successful Market Research System

Office Organization Success

Having worked in a high-end management consultancy practice for many years (in my previous career), I’ve discovered a thing or two about market research, and how critical it is to your business success.

2013 234

Is a Solar Water Heater the Right Choice for Your Home?

Eco-Office Gals

Electricity bills are constantly increasing on what seems as a monthly basis and because of this, many home owners are searching for an alternative to save money with any energy usage. One way to do this is with the water heater in the home.

2013 228

What's a Cicerone? (hint - it involves beer and coaching)

Small Business Labs

A cicerone is the beer industry's equivalent of a wine sommelier. Cicerones provide expert advice on the selection, food pairing and serving of beer.   There's even a professional certification program for these beer experts.

2013 199

Understanding the New Social Resume

Eat Your Career

Perhaps you’ve heard the term “social resume” floating around. Well, I addressed this very topic in my recent interview on Fox 31 Denver’s Good Day Colorado.

Resume 204

How to Never Take Life for Granted

Dumb Little Man

It's common to sit and contemplate how life is constantly fleeting away. The fact that every situation, mood, and even the feeling of permanence itself is always suspect to withering away. Nothing lasts forever. There is a proverb in which Solomon wants to humble his minister.

2013 286

Great resources for assistants on Twitter

Practically Perfect PA

Earlier this week I wrote a piece on Social Media Do’s and Don’ts for assistants so I thought I would carry on with that theme and try to convince you all to join Twitter! Twitter really is a great place for learning as well as being social.

How Big Is Your List? 3 Numbers You Need To Know

Office Organization Success

One of the mistakes I see many, many business owners making is being so focused on the size of their list (i.e. the total number of subscribers) that they’re not paying attention to actually what’s going on in their list.

2013 203

The World’s Greenest Office Building to Open in Downtown Seattle

Eco-Office Gals

When it comes to business practices, the pendulum often swings one way before it swings the other, and since the beginning of the industrial revolution, commerce has tended to lean towards the pursuit of profit at the expense of the environment.

Many Americans Planning to Go Freelance

Small Business Labs

As part of the MBO Partners State of Independence study a national, statistically significant survey of adult (ages 21+) Americans is conducted.

2013 195

The Ins and Outs of Ezines

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. Marketing your business takes on all forms, doesn’t it? Between articles, e-newsletters, blogs, social media, and in-person networking, it’s a never-ending, time-consuming, necessary part of your business.

2013 193

50 Ways to Strive for Excellence in Life

Dumb Little Man

The society in which you grow up determines by and large how you perceive excellence and the goal of getting the very best out of your life. Some cultures might attribute excellence to a few brilliant, hard-working, exceptional cases.

2013 286

Using social media when organising an event

Practically Perfect PA

Yesterday I attended the BNC Global Event Show and on a number of occasions I was asked if I work in the event industry. I do not work in the events industry but a strange voice irrupted from my month with the answer ‘yes…well sort of… I’m an EA’.

How to Create a New Client System in 5 Steps

Office Organization Success

Did you know that for EVERYTHING you want to do in your business you need to create a system for it? The real secret to a successful business is having the right systems in place that support and grow that business. And this comes down to getting new clients too.

2013 201

The Use of Sustainable Materials in Promotional Products

Eco-Office Gals

Running a business not only requires a lot of hard work and dedication, but also a responsibility to take care of an organization’s employees and the planet.

Corporate Training Exploding and Changing

Small Business Labs

Interesting article on Bersin by Deloitte's site on corporate training.  As the chart below (from the article) shows, after a steep decline during the recession U.S. spending on corporate training has strongly rebounded.

Help! I’m Under Utilized!

Eat Your Career

Here’s a question I get all the time: “I feel unchallenged at work. I keep looking for new things to do and new responsibilities to take on, but I’m having trouble. How do I get my superiors to better utilize me and my skills?”.

2013 191

The Subtle Art of Starting Over?

Dumb Little Man

I don’t know about you but I’m a sucker for a good beginning. The opening chapter of a book. A beautiful sunrise. The bride walking down the aisle. The father holding up his infant son. The 18-year old heading cross country on a road trip. It’s that fresh smell of a new car.

2013 286

Assistants! Get the most out of attending an event

Practically Perfect PA

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one that gets a little bit apprehensive about attending events, especially large exhibitions that are set up like a gauntlet that you have to navigate through while avoiding overzealous sales people pulling you from one badly designed stand to another.

2013 221

Video: 5 Steps to Setting Up Your Online Systems Quickly and Easily

Office Organization Success

So many times I’m asked, “where do I start” when it comes to setting up your initial marketing systems. So I thought I’d share my quick and dirty guide to getting started with online marketing. Enjoy! Online Marketing

2013 182

The Green Benefits of Hiring a Virtual Workforce

Eco-Office Gals

If you’ve been thinking about starting up a virtual office or transitioning the business that you already have into one, now more than ever, it’s actually a really wise thing to do.

2013 213

Successful Businesses Are Built on Passion and Fueled by Excitement

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. Remember the passion you felt when you started your business? Do you still feel that same drive and ambition you felt when you first opened your doors or hung out your shingle?

2013 181

Being #1

The Small Business Blog

Comes with enormous responsibility. The failure, the success, or a somewhat tacky mix of both- whatever result that your team achieves, they say, is a direct result of your leadership.

2013 253

Lose an Hour and You Will Hunt for it All Day

Dumb Little Man

"Early to bed, early to rise; use time right or be ready to die," says the clock. Remember the times when you were growing up. You were always taught to wake up early and you were also made to make it your motto. I remember the nursery rhyme.

2013 285

Using your social media skills at work

Practically Perfect PA

Over the last few weeks I’ve been writing about social media and how best assistants can use it for their professional lives. This week I want to look at how we can use our skills in this area to add value for our companies and mangers.

Do Buy Local Programs Work?

Small Business Labs

Interesting study done by the Institute for Self-Reliance shows that buy local programs are effective, or at least that's what the local businesses who responded think.

2013 175

University Cuts $1 Million Off Electricity Bill With Wind Power

Eco-Office Gals

It is reasonable to assume that the majority of states support their local universities.

2013 208

Why Lateral Moves Can be a Smart Career Strategy

On The Job

Does you career resemble one of those crazy paths in the children's game "Chutes and Ladders?" If so, you're not alone. No longer does a career have a straight upward trajectory, and that can be OK. Read this latest story I did for Gannett /USA Today to understand why.

2013 247

Is your small business prepared for disaster?

The Small Business Blog

Anybody who watches the news cannot have failed to notice the chaos that has been caused by extreme weather over the last few years.

2013 248

Building Your Career Around Your Lifestyle

Dumb Little Man

There is a belief in our society that people should work hard for their entire lives, sacrifice themselves in order to earn a living, and then, when they have stored up enough money, they can live the life they want. This belief is the cause for much of our unhappiness, dissatisfaction, and pain.

Shall We Go Further, or Farther?

Business Writing

My friend Elizabeth wrote to me the other day asking for a clarification of the words farther and further. I am happy to oblige. Let's start with a quiz so you can recognize your use of the two words. Grammar and Usage

2013 172