January, 2014

What can assistants expect in 2014?

Practically Perfect PA

I know I always say I can’t believe how the time flies but I seriously can’t believe how quickly 2013 past us by! It was quick wasn’t it!? I’m not just getting old!

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Can You Guess the 2 Most Powerful Words in Advertising?

The Solopreneur Life

J ohn Caples was a legendary ad executive and copywriter. Legendary ad executive and copywriter John Caples. He worked for 40 years at BBDO, one of the nation’s largest ad agencies, and he was BBDO’s vice president when he retired. He died in 1990.

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Infographic: Reasons for Starting a Business

The Small Business Blog

It is estimated that nearly 9,000 businesses are started each week in the UK and there are various reasons why someone would want to start being an entrepreneur in this country.

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How Your Drive for Success Can Derail Your Life

On The Job

Are you addicted to speed? You may answer in the negative, thinking this refers to a desire to drive over the speed limit. But many of us are addicted not to going faster in our cars but in our lives, says psychologist Stephanie Brown, an addiction specialist.

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Why People Choose Self-Employment

Small Business Labs

TD Ameritrade did a study late last year on retirement savings and the self-employed.  One of the questions they asked was why people chose self-employment over traditional employment.   The results, which are shown in the chart from the study below, will not surprise regular readers. 

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LinkedIn Q&A: What’s the Difference Between Endorsements and Recommendations?

Eat Your Career

By now, most of you probably know that LinkedIn is the gold standard for online professional networking. Regardless of your opinion of social networking in general, LinkedIn is a site you simply can’t afford to overlook.

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What should be in our job specs?

Practically Perfect PA

More often than not job descriptions for assistants are sketchy at best leaving us with more questions than answers. What does “and anything else that might be needed” actually mean? What are “ad-hoc duties’?

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Top Tips for Balancing Your Working Life

The Small Business Blog

For all our entrepreneurial readers that run their own businesses, the main priority in their lives is to ensure that their business is a success.

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Membership Drive has begun!

Step It Up VA Coaching

The VA Biz Success Academy Membership Drive is THIS WEEK! If you have been thinking about joining us to uplevel your business and get all the information, support, guidance, masterminding and networking as you do it – - NOW IS THE TIME!

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Economic Insecurity and the Decline of Babies

Small Business Labs

After declining for the last 4 years, the U.S. birth rate flattened out in 2012 relative to 2011 with just under 4 million babies being born in both years.  This maintains the number of U.S. births per 1000 women aged 15-44 at 63, its lowest level since records have been kept.

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5 Steps to a Green Recruiting Strategy

Eco-Office Gals

Organizations are becoming more and more aware of the importance of practicing sustainable development in the work force, both for the reputation it creates as an environmentally responsible company, as well as for the financial benefits that permeate throughout the establishment.

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Practically Perfect PA Visits: The Hay Adams DC

Practically Perfect PA

The Hay Adams has welcomed some very very famous guests over the years, including Amelia Earhart in 1928, just recently the press junket for the 3rd season of Homeland, not to mention the Obama family prior to the inauguration in 2009. Last week they welcomed me through their historic doors.

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Can Better Eating Help Your Career?

On The Job

You may start out the new year with the intention of taking better care of yourself. But then you go to work. In the break room is a birthday cake. The boss orders pizza when everyone is forced to work late. The vending machines have offerings that include chips, candy bars and sugared drinks.

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Do you shy away from the term Emotional Intelligence?

The Small Business Blog

As a convert to the idea of emotional intelligence; based on the realisation that I messed up a good few things because I didn’t get it, I now find that I have to exercise it the most when I meet people who are resistant to the concept.

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Get More Clients: A Simple Strategy for More Clients (It’s Not What You Think)

Office Organization Success

Clients are the backbone of every solo service professional’s business. If you don’t have any, or enough, clients then you’re going to struggle to grow and build a profitable business. Therefore business owners are always on the lookout for strategies, tools, resources etc.

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2014 Pet Industry Trends

Small Business Labs

I can think of no better way to start 2014 than with a look at 2014 pet industry trends.  Multibrief's Pet Businesses Will Prosper: Industry trends for 2014 and beyond  provides such an outlook.

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How to Overcome Stage Fright

Ian's Messy Desk

The post How to Overcome Stage Fright appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Along with the science behind stage fright. Do you get sweaty palms, weak knees, or heavy arms when speaking in front of an audience? You’re not alone.

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A great event idea for 2014

Practically Perfect PA

Keeping event ideas innovative and fresh can be an extremely difficult exercise. It’s a delicate balancing act of trying to push the envelope to keep things exciting, but not too radical that it fails to appeal to the majority of the workforce.

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How to Break the Procrastination Habit

On The Job

If you’re thinking you might put off reading this story, don’t even think about it. In this interview by Anita Bruzzese with Timothy A. Pychyl, author of “ Solving the Procrastination Puzzle ,” the issues of procrastination, its impact and how to change your ways are explored.

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Infographic: Startup Trademarking

The Small Business Blog

When your business starts to grow, there will inevitably be people who try and cash in on your success. That’s why it is so important for you to trademark your business name – a fact that many first-time entrepreneurs will overlook due to their inexperience.

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How To Develop Your Niche — 5 Quick Ideas Based on My Experience

The Solopreneur Life

T his week a solopreneur sent me this question by e-mail: “I’ve identified my niche; do you have any thoughts on how to develop it?” ” Here’s my reply. Position yourself as the “go-to” person in your niche.

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Brain Boosting Foods to Cheer Up Your Bad Mood

Dumb Little Man

There are plenty of reasons that we all get stressed out from time to time, and more often than not, we end up in a bad mood as a result. But what can we do about it? Well there are plenty of ways to cheer up when you're in a bad mood, and none of them are hard to do.

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Let’s chat TODAY!

Step It Up VA Coaching

I hope your new year is off to an amazing start! Mine is! Some pretty incredible women are stepping up and getting ready to make 2014 ROCK by working with me in the Make Magic & MONEY, 3-Month Coaching Program ! And you’re in luck, there is still a couple open spots! .

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Are you where you want to be on your career path?

Practically Perfect PA

Research suggests that the role of the PA is constantly evolving. Many of today’s PAs and secretaries are multi-skilled and work in complex roles; one minute being reactive and supportive, the next expected to have a proactive approach in a pressured environment.

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Are Your New Year’s Resolutions Realistc? [Infographic]

Ian's Messy Desk

The post Are Your New Year’s Resolutions Realistc? Infographic] appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. New Years Resolutions – By The Numbers [Infographic] by the team at Farfetch.com. You just finished reading Are Your New Year''s Resolutions Realistc? Infographic] !

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Top 5 Benefits of Cloud for Your Business

The Small Business Blog

“There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.” That’s what Ken Olsen said, back when his company DEC dominated the computer systems industry between 1960 and 1990. But, in the words of the wise proverb, there truly is nothing new under the sun.

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3 Simple Steps to Get Your Business on Track in 2014

Office Organization Success

As we sit here at the start of a New Year, many of you may be wondering what the heck you’re going to do this year in your business.

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How to Finally Get Started on Your Big Dream

Dumb Little Man

We all have those big dreams.

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Shoe Organizer: Creative or Just Weird?

Clutter Coach

Originally posted 2009-05-01 10:26:41. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Maximizing storage space is always a good idea. Shelves in the back of your closet, off-season clothes under the bed. This wacky shoe organizer caught my eye.

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An airline loyalty programme that benefits assistants too!

Practically Perfect PA

Most of us organise travel for our executives and most of our executives are considered frequent flyers. I’ve found over the years that it is always worthwhile getting my executives to sign up to an airline loyalty and rewards scheme.

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David Ogilvy’s First Commandment for Great Copywriting

The Solopreneur Life

D avid Ogilvy was widely regarded as the 20th century’s most sought-after advertising executive. Even though we’re 15 years removed from his death in 1999, his reputation and stature continue to grow.

2014 191

Running a business is not easy, because of CPAs and Accountants!

The Small Business Blog

You would have thought that running a business is easy. I have something you want, I sell it to you and you pay me for it – that’s it, right? Wrong – there are so many other things to deal with apart from the ‘business deal’!

2014 207

Nothing Comes From Nothing

Simple Productivity Blog

Just a quick thought for the day… When I don’t plan, when I drift along, when I don’t put in any effort… Is it any wonder that I don’t get where I want to go? The post Nothing Comes From Nothing appeared first on SimpleProductivityBlog.com.

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The 5 Minute Morning Success Ritual

Dumb Little Man

Do you want to wake up motivated, energized and productive each morning? The morning is the most critical part of ones day, especially in terms of being as productive as possible. Most people wake up each morning tired, lethargic, stressed, and even uninspired.

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Career Necessity: Key Accomplishments List (Free Template Provided)

Eat Your Career

Download my free Key Accomplishments List template here >> One of my favorite career development tools (and one I recommend on an almost daily basis) is the Key Accomplishments List.

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Why incentive travel works

Practically Perfect PA

Having been established in the incentive travel industry for over a decade now, I can state with confidence that we at First Event have seen it all; events to recognise success, reward achievement, inspire motivation, build relations and give back to communities.

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How to Make New Year’s Resolutions Stick

Ian's Messy Desk

The post How to Make New Year’s Resolutions Stick appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. By: Dr. Donald E. Wetmore.

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