August, 2012

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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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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How to Find (and Utilize) the Best Virtual Assistant For Your Solo Business

The Solopreneur Life

S olopreneurs frequently ask me questions about virtual assistants. I turned to Amy Wright, CEO of AmyWright.biz for answers. Amy Wright. Larry Keltto: What kinds of services do virtual assistants typically provide?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Reducing Your Company Carbon Footprint On The Road

Eco-Office Gals

There’s nothing more frustrating than being stuck in traffic – no matter where you’re going. Similarly, there’s nothing worse than having your employees stuck in traffic, whether they’re simply late for work, or late with a delivery.

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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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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Writer's Block Stinks: 4 Steps for When Your Get-Up-And-Go Has Gone-Up-And-Went

Productive & Organized

In the last few weeks I have had a number of clients share their frusteration with writer's block.    Interestingly enough, I found myself in a similar slump! 

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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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Renewable Energy Sources for Sustainable Living 2012 and Beyond

Eco-Office Gals

Over the past 20 years, worldwide energy consumption has increased by a massive 46%. Stephens Scown solicitors renewable energy solicitors in Devon and Cornwall are stressing the importance of renewable energy , as energy needs increase in the region.

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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.

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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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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5 Tips for Solopreneurs for Successful Project Management

The Solopreneur Life

W hen you enter the self-employed, solopreneur life, one of the hardest obstacles you’ll need to overcome is project management. In the corporate world, there is often a chain of command and a list of policies and procedures to manage tasks. Structure often varies depending on the business — is it time, effort, cost, or quality that dictates the timeline for completion? As a solopreneur, you need to incorporate every aspect in order to successfully manage projects.

How To Set Up Your Online Systems [Registration Now Open]

Office Organization Success

Woohoo … I’m so excited. School’s not only back for my boys, but for you too! I’m thrilled to announce that registration is now OPEN for the first workshop of the 2012-2013 school year!

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Environmentally Friendly Web Hosting

Eco-Office Gals

The world is full of people who care about the environment and who are willing to do everything that they can to help the environment. Recycling, reducing energy consumption, changing purchasing habits, driving less; the list goes on and on.

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Casual Friday Fashion

Practically Perfect PA

During the month of August myself and my colleagues are allowed to dress in a more casual manner than in any other month throughout the year which means that the guys in the office aren’t wearing ties and the women look pretty much the same.

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Is it Possible to be an Outgoing/Extraverted Introvert?

Productive & Organized

Earlier this week, one of my readers commented on a post I wrote about ADHD.    Her comment was such a good question that it sparked this post.    She said: I love Janet's question!    Let's talk about that today.

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The Sacred Process of Growth

Eat Your Career

I was ready to quit. I had my email message all typed up. Yes, I was going to cancel via email. That’s how unprofessional I was ready to be. I was in full-blown meltdown mode. There was no way I could manage a call at this rate. I had just gotten off the phone with one of my mentors.

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Coworking Facilities as Mini-Industrial Clusters

Small Business Labs

We've noticed that a growing number of coworking facilities are starting to look and act like mini-industrial clusters. Industrial clusters are geographic concentrations of firms that broadly serve the same industry and have common needs for talent, technology and business infrastructure.  Firms within a cluster may be competitive or cooperative and are often reliant on other firms in the cluster as suppliers and/or customers.   Some of the best known large U.S.

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How to Set Up a Home Communication Centre

Ian's Messy Desk

It’s getting close to back-to-school time in this part of the world. Another couple of weeks and the summer lull will be over. You’re going wake up on the Tuesday after Labour Day and realize you have three more people to get out the door in the morning.

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