January, 2019

7 Hacks I Learned From James Bond

Dumb Little Man

Not everybody can be a globetrotting super-spy who saves the world every few years. In fact, almost nobody can. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t view James Bond as a role model. No, we’re not talking about the rampant murder and womanizing.

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How to Benefit When You Get Blindsided by Criticism

On The Job

One day when I was on deadline frantically trying to complete a story, my instant messaging app popped up with something like: "Anita didn't check the database and now I'm having to recreate this work. sigh*" The IM was from my direct editor to another editor.

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BCG on the New Freelancers

Small Business Labs

Last week the Big 3 strategy consulting firm BCG released THE NEW FREELANCERS: TAPPING TALENT IN THE GIG ECONOMY , a study on "those who find temporary work through digital labor-sharing platforms."

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The EA competencies you will need in 2019

Practically Perfect PA

Well, that is us in 2019 folks! Happy New Year. Firstly before I start this blog, I want to say a huge thank you to all of the Practically Perfect PA readers who are joining us for another year on the blog. We have been going now since 2011, and I can’t wait to see […].

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Five Ways to Clear Up Fuzzy Writing

Business Writing

When writing is fuzzy, perfectly clear ideas come across as vague, illogical, or ambiguous. Don’t let fuzzy writing undermine your brilliant ideas! Great ideas deserve clear expression. Avoid the five don’ts below to communicate clearly with your audience. Don’t.

2019 191

7 Ways to Position Yourself as an Admin Leader

Eat Your Career

As a proud former administrative professional , I’ve always enjoyed being a part of the admin community. In fact, from the moment I got involved in the field, I wanted to be an admin leader. I felt called to it from day 1.

2019 170

5 Ways to Overcome Mental Blocks

Dumb Little Man

We’ve all been there- staring at a blank screen, throwing endless drafts in the trash, pulling out hair, scrolling through Facebook photos, re-ordering music libraries and even wiping the computer clean. We do anything to pass the time and avoid admitting the painfully obvious – we’ve hit a block.

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Academic Studies Show Gig Economy Larger Than Government Data Suggests

Small Business Labs

Several papers related to the gig economy presented last week at the American Economic Association annual meeting caught our eye. 

2019 208

Ten podcasts every PA should listen to

Practically Perfect PA

I don’t think I’ve shared this before but I love podcasts, and I have for years. They are more popular than ever, and there are loads of podcasts that can help you with your personal and professional development.

2019 218

6 Signs You’ve Fallen Into The Employee Mentality Pit

Tips From T. Marie

As the instructor of a best-selling online course teaching individuals how to work from home as a virtual assistant, I get plenty of questions. A recent one reminded me of one of the pitfalls to avoid when starting and running your own business.

2019 170

What Is Passive Income?

The Solopreneur Life

What Is Passive Income and How Do You Do It? Basically, it’s the opposite of trading dollars for hours. Most people have been raised on the concept of trading dollars for hours and so they try to find jobs that just increase the hourly rate.

2019 161

20 Simple Tips to Increase Your Productivity When You Work From Home

Dumb Little Man

So, you work from home. Nothing wrong with that. You’re your own boss and you can set your working hours as you want. You can also make more money than from a classic job. But even with these advantages, you still have a problem: It’s hard for you to be productive.

2019 263

Research: Brainteaser Interview Questions are Harmful

On The Job

I've never been a fan of "crazy" interview questions, such as asking: "If were a salad dressing, which kind would you be and why?" New research shows why I might feel this way.

2019 163

Study Says Over Half of Older Workers Suffer Involuntary Job Loss

Small Business Labs

ProPublica's If You’re Over 50, Chances Are the Decision to Leave a Job Won’t be Yours covers a fascinating study looking at the job paths of workers aged 50 or older. The study used data from the University of Michigan Health and Retirement Study.

2019 207

5 ways to improve your leadership skills

Practically Perfect PA

There are now quite a few of us in the Assistant world running around shouting that you, lovely Assistant, are a leader within your organisation! You may not manage a team, but you do work in a management role.

2019 204

Administrative Assistants and Ongoing Status Updates

Office Dynamics

As administrative assistants and executive assistants, we all know there are a hundred moving parts in business. There is constant change, new projects and ideas, rework, barriers, coordinating multiple people and meetings, travel, and more.

2019 227

5 Job Search Red Flags to Watch Out For

Eat Your Career

Job seekers are notoriously eager to believe things. They’re not necessarily gullible or naïve, but they often want to think optimistically about every “opportunity” that crosses their path.

2019 153

Will CBD Change Modern Pain Management?

Dumb Little Man

Today, CBD is used to treat a myriad of conditions and its effects are reflected in both controlled scientific studies and personal accounts.

2019 270

Over Their Heads and Far From Their Comprehension

Business Writing

Marcia Yudkin's excellent "Marketing Minute" arrived in my inbox today. It included an important reminder about jargon. Marcia gave me permission to share this guest post with you. Over Their Heads and Far From Their Comprehension By Marcia Yudkin. Teaching Business Writing Writing Tips

2019 151

Accountants Save Small Businesses Time, Money and Stress at Tax Time

Small Business Labs

According to a recent Intuit survey , about 60% of small businesses with fewer than 20 employees use outside accountants to help them with their taxes.    And as the study chart below shows, this saves the vast majority of them time, money and stress.

2019 197

How to keep a positive attitude at work

Practically Perfect PA

Let’s face it, being an Assistant can be pretty challenging and not every day are you going to be walking around your office with your glass half full beaming from ear to ear. Some days you will be massively p*ssed off and want to hide under your desk until you can leave at 5 […].

2019 194

How to be the best Executive Assistant? Ask an Admin

Office Dynamics

Welcome to another question for Ask an Admin. This is where the executive assistant and administrative assistant can submit any question they have and their peers will answer the question based on their previous experience.

2019 223

Forget Resolutions, in 2019 I’m Going to Reach…What About You?

Tips From T. Marie

Welcome to 2019. To be completely honest, I’ve never been much of a “New Year’ fan. All the hoopla about making resolutions that wind up broken before winter winds stop blowing.

2019 153

How To Know What Changes You Should Actually Make In Your Life

Dumb Little Man

These days, the internet is full of confusing mixed messages. There is the message of “Be yourself! You’re beautiful no matter what you look like!” Then, there is the message of “You must look this exact way in order to be considered beautiful.”. Neither of those are necessarily true.

2019 267

Incarcerated but Not Hyphenated

Business Writing

I received an invitation to a professional meeting focused on hiring "formerly-incarcerated talent (FIT)." FIT--that's a catchy acronym. But what caught my attention more was the unnecessary use of the hyphen. Did you notice it? These are formerly incarcerated (not.

2019 151

32 Million Americans Say They Will Start a Business in 2019. Most Won't.

Small Business Labs

According to a recent Job Creators Network Foundation survey , "Sixteen-percent of Americans say they are likely to start a new business in 2019." "   This works out to about 32 million Americans. Most won't. 

2019 186

Not got much to do? Here are a few ideas!

Practically Perfect PA

We all have certain points at the office when we just don’t have much to do. I know some of you will be laughing your asses off right now, and thinking yeah right!

2019 192

Communicating In Style, With Style

Office Dynamics

The word communicate is derived from the Latin word, communis , meaning commonness. When we are communicating, we are trying to establish commonness with others.

2019 230

How to Build a Powerful Professional Network

Eat Your Career

Join us for this month’s free webinar on the topic of “How to Build a Powerful Professional Network.”. February is the month of love! While most people think love doesn’t have a lot to do with business, I disagree. In fact, business is all about people and relationships.

2019 130

How to Overcome Emotional Abuse

Dumb Little Man

Emotional abuse isn’t the easiest thing to deal with. Compared with physical abuse, it leaves pain that lasts for a longer time. It creates a lot of grief and unhappiness that tend to torture the victim every single day.

2019 264

Cuba Is Complicated, But Writing Should Not Be

Business Writing

Cuba is complicated. That's what our guides told us when we asked questions about how things work in the country: Es complicado. Salaries, food, ownership, restoration, politics, global relationships--Todo es complicado. But writing about Cuba should not be complicated. Writers.

2019 141

Ride Sharing Continues Rapid Grow

Small Business Labs

Pew Research recently did a study on the use of ride sharing services by Americans. Key quote on their findings: "The share of Americans who use ride-hailing services has increased dramatically. Today, 36% of U.S.

2019 171

How to send a fax in 2019

Practically Perfect PA

Hands up. Who has been asked to send a fax in the last year? I see a few of you nodding, some of you are rolling your eyes thinking – fax? What is it 1989? Some of you are wondering what I mean by the word ‘fax’ Yes, I know this is old technology, but you […].

2019 200

Tips to Get Rid of Stress

Office Dynamics

Life is too short to let things get to you, but sometimes it happens. Sometimes things are going so fast and so much is happening we all of a sudden think, “Whoa, what just happened?”. Then comes the stress and we quickly become one of the “office dragons” that we don’t like very much.

2019 223

What Is Passive Income?

The Solopreneur Life

What Is Passive Income and How Do You Do It? Basically, it’s the opposite of trading dollars for hours. Most people have been raised on the concept of trading dollars for hours and so they try to find jobs that just increase the hourly rate.

2019 130

Fake Productivity vs Real Productivity

Dumb Little Man

Putting in work or “hustling” is the most widespread maxim for success in the world of entrepreneurship. But the question is this: Are you really being productive with your time or is your work merely a heightened form of procrastination?

2019 266

Why Most Task Advice is Worthless

Simple Productivity Blog

As part of my quest for productivity, I read a lot of articles and books on the various aspects. I get frustrated from time to time, because I think a lot of the authors miss the points. For example, I have been reading a lot about building a better task list.

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