March, 2016

40 Outlook hacks for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

In the next series of posts on tech hacks for assistants we are going to look at MS Outlook. Outlook is the absolute key piece of software for assistant and all of us should be advanced users on this one. As an assistant juggling a number of diaries and inboxes I was practically on Outlook all day.

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Top 6 Reasons to Buy Her Flowers, and What Every Man Should Know

Dumb Little Man

Despite the common belief that women are very complicated creatures, it’s the smallest acts of giving – like the right bunch of flowers – that can make even the most intricate female melt. It’s a simple, thoughtful and loving deed that can brighten up your boo’s world in a matter of seconds.

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It’s OPEN – Spring Business Building Giveaway Event

Office Organization Success

The Build Your Brilliant Business: Spring Giveaway is now OPEN! I’m excited to be one of the business professionals participating in this special spring giveaway.

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10 Steps to Survive a Business Disaster

The Small Business Blog

In business, it sometimes pays to take a risk. But in the face of natural disasters, like floods and fires, or criminal activity like cyber hacking, your Recovery Procedure Plan needs to be as safe as houses. After all, everything is on the line.

2016 204

A Step Forward for the Auto Industry – Sustainability through Airless Tires

Eco-Office Gals

From high levels of carbon emissions to absurd amounts of waste production, the auto industry is often associated with rampant disregard of environmental concerns.

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New Resource for College Instructors

Business Writing

I'm pleased to announce a complete new communications curriculum for college instructors. The curriculum works as a standalone course or as a supplement to business writing classes. The course, Business Writing That Builds Relationships, developed out of my long-standing interest.

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A day in the life: Bethany Burns, First Mate to the Captain at Brewdog

Practically Perfect PA

What are the main aspects of your role? As First Mate to the Captain, my primary responsibility is to maximise his efficiency. If James isn’t working at full capacity, then the business isn’t being driven at full capacity.

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Don't Let Hiring Managers Intimidate You

On The Job

I once had a hiring manager tell me that the best job interviews are really "conversations." While I don't doubt that she was sincere, I don't think those who are searching for a job feel like job interviews are "conversations."

2016 173

Benefits of corporate hospitality for small businesses.

The Small Business Blog

For some small businesses corporate hospitality can often be overlooked as an unneeded jolly. In this article we will be examining how in fact this can be an easy preconception and that corporate hospitality can actually bring a wealth of benefits to any small business.

2016 175

Eco Domain Names Are Finally Coming This Year

Eco-Office Gals

The fight to bring.ECO domains to the general public began as far back as 2009 when Al Gore, the former US vice president, backed the efforts of the company Dot Eco LLC to allow ecologically friendly businesses to enjoy the new TLD.

2016 130

Clinton's and Sanders's Apostrophes

Business Writing

Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders have differences. But according to the editors at The New York Times, one of them is not the way their names are made possessive. The Times forms the possessive the same way for both of. Frequently Asked Questions Punctuation Pointers Teaching Business Writing

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The future Assistant

Practically Perfect PA

2016 206

8 Hustle Tips for Introverts and Creative Souls.

Dumb Little Man

As an introvert and creative I have found hustling to the biggest challenge of being an entrepreneur. I love people and I want to help them as best I can, but I get exhausted from attending social events, meet ups, conferences, and doing what it takes to “get my name out there”.

2016 207

Tips on Staying Focused and Disciplined When Working From Home

Office Dynamics

For many people, working at home is a dream come true. In addition to saying farewell to long commutes in bumper-to-bumper traffic, remote workers can pretty much wear whatever they want and often schedule projects around their families.

2016 172

How to Banish Procrastination, Wasting Time, and Crappy Productivity (Not to Mention Drama and Guilt!)

Virtual Moxie

A good one, this! Maquisha, a new VA, wrote to ask: "Some days I feel like I get nothing done! It’s so wasteful. I start the day with a plan, and somewhere, I find something else that catches my attention and I do that, instead, procrastinating on everything else and blowing up my whole day.

2016 170

6 Ways Office Architecture Design Can be More Eco-Friendly

Eco-Office Gals

The world is a big place. From it, we have derived everything we, as a species has ever owned, sold, built, and demolished.

2016 130

Help Proofreaders Stay Sane and Efficient

Business Writing

Good proofreaders catch errors that would embarrass, torment, and diminish us if those errors appeared in print or online. But their jobs aren't easy. Those valuable workers often put up with tense deadlines, continual interruptions, and unrealistic expectations. Are you. Proofreading

2016 130

How to create an assistant handbook

Practically Perfect PA

2016 201

3 simple and effective practices to deal with pressure and stress

Dumb Little Man

3 Simple and Effective Practices to Deal with Pressure and Stress When someone asks you “What is the essential part to leading a life?”, ”, the answer would be “oxygen” from anyone.

2016 207

It's Time to Figure Out When Your Boss is Lying

On The Job

There are common lies that many people tell, whether it’s about receiving an email or how much they love your new haircut (they actually hate it). Such fibs are usually designed to prevent hurt feelings or to dodge a disagreement, and there’s often not a lot of repercussions beyond annoyance.

2016 164

5 Communication Rules to Improve Your Client-Virtual Service Provider Experiences

Tips From T. Marie

I’ve heard a lot of sad tales about failed attempts to work with a virtual assistant or other virtual service provider. In some cases they are valid, perfect examples of why you shouldn’t just trust some virtual assistant service to find the right kind of help for your business. In other cases, bad experiences could have been avoided with attention to one thing. Communication. It’s important in any working relationship, even traditional in office situations.

2016 111

Be Bold Enough To Be An Owner

Office Dynamics

Do You Have An Owner’s Mentality? Hello from my office to yours. Did you know that you do not have to own your own business to have an “owner’s” mentality? Did you know there are benefits to thinking like an “owner” vs. an employee? Do you know the key characteristics of owners?

2016 154

Nordstrom Signs Lose Sales and Customers

Business Writing

I vacationed in beautiful Honolulu last week. To stay away from the sun's rays for a few hours, I traveled to the fashionable Ala Moana shopping center. I was curious to see whether Nordstrom, one of my favorite stores, would. Teaching Business Writing Writing Tips

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Practical Project Management

Practically Perfect PA

After speaking at the Assist Conference Heather Dallas from Dallas Development has written a great follow up blog on her popular Project Management for Assistants session… Taking on a project is a great way of raising your visibility and getting you the recognition you deserve.

Be The Solution, Not The Problem

Dumb Little Man

If I were to ask you what you want in life, you might say you want more money, a better love life, or better health. That is the answer most people would give. But I want to go deeper than that. What it really comes down to is happiness. We all want to live a long, happy life.

2016 207

How to Turn Down Ideas Without Bruising Egos

On The Job

Managers often are told their teams need to be more innovative, but sometimes the ideas a team proposes just, well, stink. Experts advise how leaders can kill bad ideas without demoralizing the team or impeding new ideas.

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Simple Productivity Blog

Missions

2016 153

Small and Independent Brewers Continue to Gain Share

Small Business Labs

According to the Brewers Association , small and independent craft brewers continued to gain share on beer industry giants in 2015. Key quote from their press release: In 2015, craft brewers produced 24.5

2016 151

4 Ways to Increase Professional Effectiveness

Office Dynamics

I spend a lot of my time in the training room with administrative professionals all over the country, I am often taken by the words of wisdom that are shared by the savvy assistants in my classes. In fact, I was struck by the words of one particular assistant who seemed savvy beyond her years.

2016 148

Why Double Denim Could Affect Your Performance

Practically Perfect PA

After Jonathan’s fantastic motivational keynote at the Assist Conference I was keen for him to share his knowledge and experience. Here is his take on how unconscious bias can mean you miss out on the best personal and professional relationships.

2016 182

Be the Change You Want To See in the World

Dumb Little Man

So you’re addicted to success. Right now, take a minute to imagine you’ve got it all. Everything you want. Now imagine you’ve got it all, but in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.

2016 206

Why the Lone Wolf Mentality Won't Work Anymore

On The Job

No other group in the workplace operates quite the way that the sales department does. Human resources doesn’t ring a cow bell and jump around when they sign up an employee for benefits. A product development worker doesn’t get a commission when he or she has a new idea.

2016 151

He's a User. You're a Fool.

Virtual Moxie

I’m a fan of Dan Savage , a brilliant author and sex-advice columnist. He’s smart, and incredibly fun to read. Late last week I was reminded of an old column of his that clearly impacted me (when I say old, I mean I must have read it three-or-more years ago, so remembering it means something).

2016 148

The Stunning Growth of Small Business Globalization

Small Business Labs

Every so often a report comes across our desk that makes us go "wow!" " McKinsey's Digital Globalization: The new era of global flows is such a report. It claims that "soaring flows of data and information now generate more economic value than the global goods trade."

2016 151

Leading Administrative Training Company Donates Program to Deserving Organizations

Office Dynamics

Office Dynamics International awarded two organizations its Star Achievement Series ® training program (Level 1) in support of Administrative Professionals.

Five top tips for using a unique event space

Practically Perfect PA

Event Management is now one of the main tasks for assistants – practically every assistant I talk to has organised something! Be it the office Christmas party, team building events, off site board meetings and committee to large scale global conferences. We are doing it all!

2016 180

5 WAYS TO FIND YOUR TRUE SELF

Dumb Little Man

It’s quite common that the advice we all get from our elders most of the time is to be yourself and we try to do that. But nobody tells us how exactly we should do that. I tried to solve the mystery of who I really am, but realized that my brain is a very noisy place.

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