August, 2012

How to Handle Your Career Stress

On The Job

Five years ago you may have laughed if someone told you that you would not only take on twice your current workload, but be happy about it – and be willing to take a pay cut.

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5 Strategies for a Super Follow Up System

Office Organization Success

Having a super-duper follow-up system in place is a critical, if not the critical, system you need to grow and build your business. Let me ask you….

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Gen Y Delaying Adulthood

Small Business Labs

Those old enough to remember Alice Cooper will also remember his song Eighteen.  Released in 1970, it's about the confusing yet hopeful period of life when you realize you're becoming an adult.

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Customer-Obsessed Service

Customers Rock!

Social media has pushed customer service to the forefront for many organizations. Responses are often faster in social media than they are in traditional service channels, since social media makes everything extremely visible.

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Quiz: Are You a Team Player?

Eat Your Career

Let’s face it: Everyone wants to be a team player. And most people think they are. But we know that’s not true. Some people are so consumed with their own work; they forget to support their team—or they flat out don’t care. It isn’t always easy to be a part of a team.

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Olympic Sports for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

So the London 2012 Olympics is finally here! I absolutely adored the opening ceremony and revelled in the celebration of our British culture and traditions. As a local East Londoner I could also just about make out the fireworks and the Red Devils flew over my house so I was extra pleased.

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Can Your Career Survive a Political Discussion?

On The Job

I don't think I've ever worked anywhere that people didn't talk about politics. Of course, my jobs have always involved the news business, so that's pretty natural. But I know that for some people, discussing politics at work can be uncomfortable. Still, is there any way to avoid it?

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Update & Giveaway: #Cinchspiration

Eco-Office Gals

I have exciting news to go with my update this week. As you know I have been doing the Cinch Program for the past 2 months and I’ve slowly dropped my weight and inches, with little effort on my part. I can only imagine the results if I could get out of this computer chair once in a while!

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Six Simple Ways to Reduce Your Stress Levels

Dumb Little Man

Do you ever feel stressed? It’s a silly question, I know! Modern life brings so many worries and anxieties that you probably feel stressed at least occasionally … and perhaps a lot more often than that. Whether you’re facing a demanding boss, a difficult colleague, a mountain of debt, a rebellious teen, or a computer that’s crashed and taken all your files with it, stress often seems like an inevitable part of modern life.

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Keeping Things Picked Up With A Hostage Box

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. I’ll start by saying this isn’t my idea. I saw a picture of something similar on Facebook and decided that I needed to give it a try.

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Book Review: Running a Food Truck for Dummies

Small Business Labs

A good sign that a trend is reaching the mainstream is the publication of a Dummies book on the topic. So it comes as no surprise to those following the food truck industry that Running a Food Truck for Dummies was recently released.

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How to Build Rapport With Anyone

On The Job

I'm one of those people that loves to sit and people watch. Give me a nice, cold Diet Dr. Pepper and put me in a shopping mall or airport terminal, and I'm perfectly happy to find a nice seat and do nothing but watch people go by.

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Quiz: Are You a Professional Communicator?

Eat Your Career

Communicating professionally is an essential part of workplace etiquette. It can be difficult to keep your emotions in check , especially when things are busy and stressful. But how you communicate with co-workers and superiors can truly make or break your career.

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Serial Commas: Your Side, My Side, and Their Side

Business Writing

In business writing courses, people always take sides on the use of commas with series. Known as the serial comma or the Oxford comma, this comma keeps us from running together items in a series. Examples: He leads the symphonic. Punctuation Pointers

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#Cinchspiration Week #5-6

Eco-Office Gals

I didn’t drop off the face of the earth dear readers. I’ve just been beating myself up inside and I struggle when it comes to sharing the ugly truth. I haven’t done well lately, and I have no one to blame but myself!

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The Secret To Being Happy

Simple Productivity Blog

This post was written by a guest author. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guest post guidelines. In this post I want to ask you two key questions: Are you being yourself around people? Are you happy with your life?

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Lack of Time and the Rise of Personal Services

Small Business Labs

We've long been fascinated by the growing number of small personal services firms.  These are firms that provide life support services to increasingly harried, time-constrained and often affluent consumers.

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How Helicopter Parenting is Invading the Workplace

On The Job

I'm a parent, so I know that even when you vow not to hover over your children, you always do it to some degree. We tell ourselves that if we don't hover, our kids won't get into the right preschool and that will lead to the kid living at age 27 in a box somewhere with no dental health benefits.

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Featured Soloist Kathryn Vercillo: “I Feel Like I’ve Been True to My Heart”

The Solopreneur Life

T his is The Solopreneur Life’s “Featured Soloist,” the purpose of which is to give all of us a glimpse at how other solopreneurs operate their small businesses. Today we meet Kathryn Vercillo.

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Olympic Sports for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

So the London 2012 Olympics is finally here! I absolutely adored the opening ceremony and revelled in the celebration of our British culture and traditions. As a local East Londoner I could also just about make out the fireworks and the Red Devils flew over my house so I was extra pleased.

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Do First and Third Person Mix Well?

Business Writing

George, a regular reader of this blog, asked this question: "In describing a client's services on their website, I wrote something like 'Acme does A and B. We can also help with C and D.' The client said mixing the. Grammar and Usage Writing Tips

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Easy Ways To Clean The Shower

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. When my husband took over the housework, I stopped cleaning. Which got me out of a lot of work, but I realized about six months later that he was missing chores. Like cleaning the shower, for one. And by the time I realized it, it had become a big job.

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The Advantages of Truck-Based Commerce

Small Business Labs

ABC's Haute Wheel: Fashion Takes a Cue from Food Trucks covers several mobile clothing and accessory trucks.

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What to Consider Before Accepting a Counteroffer

On The Job

Once upon a time there was a manager who searched the job market far and wide for just the right job candidate. When the candidate was found, the manager was very happy and tendered a fair and just offer.

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Quiz: Are You Committed to Your Own Professional Development?

Eat Your Career

s easy to get so absorbed in our day-to-day activities that we forget to focus on our own professional growth and development. But this is such an important part of creating a satisfying career! After all, there?s s nothing worse than feeling stagnant or stuck in a dead-end job.

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Tea Maid

Practically Perfect PA

If there is one thing people know about me it is that I love a good cup of tea, I am English after all! I plan my tea breaks at work so that I get a chance to step away from my desk and, you know, load up on some caffeine while having a small amount of ‘me’ time.

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"Tie Me Over"--Not the Right Choice!

Business Writing

A reader named Max asked me to write about "tie over" and "tide over." Tide over" is the correct expression, at least in normal circumstances. Examples: We have enough letterhead to tide us over until our office moves. This food. Gems of Language Grammar and Usage

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Contest: Win Accomplist!

Simple Productivity Blog

I am very pleased to announce that Appsolutlee, the makers of Accomplist , are going to give the readers of SimpleProductivityBlog two chances to win copies of the Accomplist software for iOS. If you wish to enter, please leave a comment on this post with your biggest productivity problem.

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Big Name Chefs Starting Food Trucks

Small Business Labs

Good article on Zagat's on Hawaiin celebrity chef Sam Choy starting a food truck in Los Angeles. According to Zagat's his Pineapple Express truck will bring "poke, Kalua pork sandwiches and Mauie Wowie chopped salads to those starved for a taste of the islands."

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How to Convey Executive Presence Without Saying a Word

On The Job

I cannot believe the latest column I did for Gannett/USAToday seems to be sparking an online squabble over dog training techniques. Let me make one thing clear: This column is not about dog training techniques. Now, read on if you want to know how to establish your credibility through body language.

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Career Lessons from ABBA

Eat Your Career

Those of you who don’t currently subscribe to my enewsletter might not know this, but I recently celebrated a birthday of undisclosed number. Side note: WHY are you not getting my newsletter?? Sign up here! ).

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What do our clothes say about us?

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. Last week on the blog I wrote about how to dress down for work without looking unprofessional, particularly when the company allows for casual Friday. I received feedback that suggested a lot of companies have stopped casual Friday for one reason or another.

Top 5 Tips for Protecting the Online Reputation of your Small Business

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. Try not to overlook how important it is for you to maintain a positive reputation for your business online. Any negative things that people say about your business online are likely to…

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6 Ways to Simplify Your Finances This Year

Simple Productivity Blog

This post was written by a guest author. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guest post guidelines. Many people’s finances run amuck simply because they don’t take the time to properly manage them.

Adding Muscle to Your Messages

Business Writing

In honor of the 2012 Summer Olympics, the current issue of Better Writing at Work e-newsletter features ways to cut the fat from your writing. If you want to build "muscular," concise messages, apply these three tips, which I excerpted. Teaching Business Writing Writing Tips

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How to Get the Boss to Listen to You

On The Job

Have you ever offered your boss feedback? OK, let me rephrase that. Have you ever offered your boss feedback and lived to tell the tale? It’s not easy to talk to a boss about why you believe she bombed with a client or how she could improve her communication style.

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5 Essential Steps for Swapping Careers Successfully

Eat Your Career

This article was originally published on U.S. News & World Report. If you’re considering a career change—a move from one industry and/or one position to an entirely new industry and/or position—preparation is absolutely essential.

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