February, 2016

40 PowerPoint hacks for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

Here is the next blog post in my series of tech hacks for assistants. Yup, we are looking at PowerPoint today. I LOVE PowerPoint. There are so many wonderful things you can do with PowerPoint and the software really does allow you to be incredibly creative.

3 Keys to Getting a Job When You're Overqualified

On The Job

When you're out of work, it's tempting to apply for anything just to be able to get a job and pay your bills. But when you apply for jobs where employers believe you are overqualified, you greatly diminish your chances of getting a call for an interview.

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3 Simple and Low Cost Marketing Ideas to Create Visibility

Office Organization Success

When it comes to building your list, it is not a one-and-done activity. Marketing your business is one of the biggest challenges for any solopreneur – it’s a task we all find quite daunting, and are simply overwhelmed by all the information that’s available.

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Startups are Everywhere in the U.S.

Small Business Labs

CB Insights The United States Of Startups: The Most Well-Funded Tech Startup In Every US State  illustrates that there are tech companies all across America. The article chart below (click to enlarge) shows the tech startup that has raised the most money by state.

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8 Tips To Make Better Decisions in Your Life

Dumb Little Man

Making a Better Decision in your Life is something that each & every one of us comes across in our daily lives.

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How Eco-Friendly is your Furniture?

Eco-Office Gals

This probably isn’t a question that you ask yourself often, but: just how eco-friendly is your furniture? As a matter of fact, what is eco-friendly furniture anyway?

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Three reasons why food should be part of every business and team meeting

Practically Perfect PA

Has anyone ever been happy about a mandatory meeting at work? Many people feel that they are not productive at all and that meetings are in fact keeping them from doing their actual work. They might even seem obsolete in times of digital communication.

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More Trending

List Building Teleclass

Office Organization Success

List building! It’s something we, as business owners, obsess over. It doesn’t matter whether your list is on a hand-written piece of paper with all of your contacts & colleagues information on it.

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Landlords Rolling out the Red Carpet for Dogs

Small Business Labs

Regular readers know we love pet trends here at Small Business Labs.

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How to Look Your Best Without Changing Your Eating, Sleeping or Lifestyle Habits

Dumb Little Man

It’s the one comment that we all hate hearing: “You look tired today.” These four little words can swiftly and deftly demolish your self-confidence, especially when you’re not actually tired.

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Flint Water Crisis – Business Impact and Mitigation

Eco-Office Gals

To many, the water crisis that is currently afflicting the residents of Flint, Michigan is nothing short of shocking.

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A day in the life: Katrina Wardell, EA at Dropbox

Practically Perfect PA

I’m originally from San Diego, California, but I have been living in Dublin, Ireland for the past six years. I have a Bachelor’s degree from Mills College in International Politics & Economics and a Master’s degree from Trinity College Dublin in International Development.

What do Do If You Love Your Job But Hate Your Boss

On The Job

When you love your job, but hate your boss, it can be tough. While you may look forward to doing your job every day, the thought of dealing with your boss is enough to make your morning latte curdle in your stomach. It's often said that people don't leave jobs -- they leave bosses.

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Meeting Notes: What Would You Include?

Business Writing

Most meeting note-takers work too hard. They record too much information--information that no one wants or needs beyond that moment in the meeting. And their work will not be rewarded. People won't read those long, detailed meeting minutes. At the. Meeting minutes Meeting Notes and Minutes

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The Five Faces of the On-Demand Economy

Small Business Labs

Last week Intuit released The Five Faces of the On-Demand Economy , which covers 5 common profiles of on-demand workers.

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4 Sure-Fire Ways to Motivate Yourself to Reach Your Goals

Dumb Little Man

No matter how big or small your goals are, they are very important, since achieving them can bring you closer to what you want to have in your life.

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Why Your Home Office May Not Be as Secure as You Think It Is

Productivity Bits

Even if you’ve never had thieves break into your home, you probably know someone who has experienced this. And now that we can take our computers to the coffee shop or the library or elsewhere and access the internet, you don’t even need to have thieves break into your home.

A staff away day that worked

Practically Perfect PA

Many of us will have no doubt at some level been involved in the Staff Away. Love it or loath it, they are events that we need to support. I’ve actually in the past run the entire event and it is such a large challenge.

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Why You're Not Getting Hired -- and How to Fix It

On The Job

In the days leading up to the Oscars, many movie critics ran articles about "who should win" and "who will win," which is sort of an attempt to hedge their bets and say, "Who knows what Hollywood will do?" That's sort of the same case with employers when it comes to hiring new workers.

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Take Control of Your Jargon

Business Writing

If you are an expert in your field or industry, you have probably learned a lot of jargon--and you've earned the right to use it. But you don't want runaway jargon to get in the way of successful communication. Gems of Language Positive Language Teaching Business Writing Writing Tips

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Virtual Reality Hype Hits New Highs

Small Business Labs

We too believe virtual reality is going to be big - eventually. But the hype around virtual reality seems to be getting ahead of the actual reality these days. A big driver of the excitement around VR is Facebook's Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.

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8 Principles to Manage Emails in No Time

Dumb Little Man

How much time do you spend checking emails? If you answered “a lot”, you’re almost right. On average, we spend 2.5 hours a day in our inbox every day. Assuming we don’t check emails during the weekend…THAT’S STILL OVER 28 DAYS A YEAR.

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There’s Beauty In A Healthy Heart

Office Dynamics

“You’re heart looks beautiful. The valves look great and everything is functioning exactly as it should.”

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Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society – Edinburgh

Practically Perfect PA

The Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society are Golf’s great wanderers. The fourth oldest Golf Society in the world their Society dates back to 1761.

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Yes, You Need to Dress Better at Work

On The Job

In today's Wall Street Journal there is a story about how to dress for success. This is a topic I've been writing about for years, but many people have decided they can ignore such advice because of Mark Zuckerberg. After all, Zuckerberg is a bazillionaire and he dresses like a 17-year-old.

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How Would You Revise This Sign?

Business Writing

This signed appeared today on the door of my local post office. Oh no! The lobby of the post office is closing? How will the people with post office boxes get their mail? But wait. maybe

2016 130

Interesting Academic Paper Deep Dives on Coworking

Small Business Labs

You rarely sees the words "interesting" and "academic paper" in the same sentence. But despite its title, Coworking: A Transdisciplinary Overview  is one of the best and most interesting articles I've read on coworking.    Key quote from the paper's abstract on what it covers: It argues that coworking is a complex social phenomenon that can be differentiated from other spatial concepts that relate to work, learning and social interactions.

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30 Inspiring Quotes By Rumi

Dumb Little Man

Rumi, also known as Mawlānā, is one of the world’s greatest poets of all time. Born in the city of Balkh, located in Northern Afghanistan, this mystical man was heavily influenced by Sufism and had a deep love for humanity.

2016 207

Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should

Office Organization Success

As exciting as working from home can be when you first start out, after a while it can become very isolating. Even though I’ve been doing this for over 14 years, there have been times where I’d wished for the office environment again just so that I can be with people and have face-to-face conversations. Over the years I’ve developed some tricks and strategies to help combat the isolation that we can sometimes feel: 1. Get dressed for work every day.

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A team away day with a difference

Practically Perfect PA

Many of us are often asked to find venues for team days or to organise corporate events. Sometimes these tasks can give us sleepless nights! Waitrose can offer a venue with a difference, at one of their three Cookery Schools.

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Digital Progress Critical to Employee Retention

On The Job

If companies want to retain talent, they need to realize that being seen as technologically savvy is critical to workers.

2016 130

10 Things NOT to Tell Your Email Readers

Business Writing

Sometimes people say things in email that would be better left unsaid. This list of 10 examples will alert you to statements that can weaken your messages and your business relationships. My manager told me to handle it this. Email Etiquette

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1 Billion Digital Nomads by 2035?

Small Business Labs

I ran across a really fun and interesting presentation on digital nomads. It  It was created by the founder of Nomad List , which is a site catering to digital nomads. 

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Must-have apps for women who love to travel alone

Dumb Little Man

According to surveys, in today’s modern corporate world, women are proving to be more adaptive in nature than men. They are open to frequent business travels, are able to manage both house and job and are super efficient when it comes to multitasking.

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It’s Healthy to Have High Self-Esteem

Office Dynamics

Love yourself. In honor of the month of love, I am going to offer some great info I wrote a few years ago with my BIG Life project. People often describe their self-esteem like a thermometer. It goes up and down.

Practically Perfect PA giveaway: The Assist Conference winner…

Practically Perfect PA

Thank you to everyone who entered the Assist Conference giveaway! I can now announce the winner … drum roll please… is: Cheryl Bennett. Congratulations…! We will contact you to get your details and we will see you at the Assist Conference!

2016 139

Project Puts Productivity Tips to the Test

On The Job

There is a lot of advice these days about how to be more productive , such as getting up earlier to start your day, meditating, cutting out sweets and caffeine and dumping your smartphone. But do any of these strategies really work? Chris Bailey decided to find out.

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