July, 2018

50 Chrome extensions for business

Practically Perfect PA

If you use Google Chrome as your browser, then I am sure that you are aware of all of the brilliant extensions you can download to help with pretty much anything that you need to do on the world wide web. I use Chrome all the time and have a whole suite of extensions that […].

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3 Ways to Better Connect With Co-Workers

On The Job

If you could spend 40 to 50 hours per week with a handful of (living) people, who would you pick? Chances are you are going to say your significant other, best friend, some famous actor or actress and possibly even your favorite bartender.

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Mastering Self-Management: How to Gain More Autonomy at Work

Eat Your Career

This month, here in the U.S., we celebrate Independence Day. Technically, the fourth of July commemorates our founding fathers’ declaration of freedom from British rule. But practically speaking, it’s just an excuse to barbecue and watch fireworks.

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It’s COOL to be an Administrative Professional

Office Dynamics

It’s COOL to be an Administrative Professional because you have a pulse on how people feel. It seems that most people in a workplace confide in administrative professionals. How many times have your executive’s direct reports talked to you in confidence?

Why effective lead management can help small businesses grow

The Small Business Blog

Growth and expansion is important in any business, but it is especially true for small business who might only just be starting out in their industry. It’s important to hit the ground running and lay strong foundations in the market for your business to build upon going forward.

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"Everything, it seems, is a shared office these days"

Small Business Labs

The title of this post is a quote from the NY Times article  Sorry, Power-Lunchers. This Restaurant Is a Co-Working Space Now. The article covers Spacious , a startup that transforms unused space - especially restaurants outside of meal times - into shared workspaces.

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5 things to do when starting a new PA role

Practically Perfect PA

Starting a new Assistant role can be a pretty nerve-wracking experience. We have to form productive working relationships pretty quickly, build rapport, learn new systems and hit the ground running within a few weeks (if we are lucky!).

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More Trending

13 Ways to Get More Reading Done (Even If You Don’t Have the Time)

Dumb Little Man

Are you valiantly seeking new ways to get more reading done? No matter how busy your schedule is, making more time to read and improving at it is simpler than you think. Discover this detailed list to help you make more time to explore the world of words in a variety of ways.

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Social Media: Use It or Lose It

Tips From T. Marie

At this point, you should know that using social media to grow your business and/or brand is a smart move. There is a reason that just about every business guru out there recommends it. It works. Well, it works if you know what to do and are ready to do it.

Word Alert! Pompous Phrases Can Set an Arrogant Tone

Office Dynamics

With the spoken word, we have the privilege of adding voice intonation, hand gestures, and emotion with our vocal cords. That doesn’t happen as easily in writing. You might leave readers guessing about your intended meaning and risk setting a tone that can be misconstrued.

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How business support services can help small businesses grow

The Small Business Blog

When you stake your claim in a market for the first time as a small business – whether as a sole trader or with a couple additional staff members – it’s always immensely gratifying to watch your business grow and expand. Growing as a small business isn’t always so cut and dry, however.

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A Simple Tool for Leading Productive Meetings

Practically Perfect PA

I hate meetings. Long or short, large or small, food or no food, outside or inside, morning or afternoon — it doesn’t matter. Meetings drain the life out me, and I’m guessing most of you feel the same. There’s even a book called, Meetings Suck by Cameron Herold.

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3 Ways to Stay Connected to Hiring Managers

On The Job

One trend I've noticed with more and more hiring managers is that they have an ongoing list of potential candidates for a variety of jobs. Some of that is because of "ghosting," which is a trend where candidates don't show up for job interviews -- or even new jobs.

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How Long Should a Job Search Take?

Eat Your Career

This is a question I get quite frequently in my monthly “Ask the Career Coach” sessions. It’s not surprising; people who are in the midst of a job search are always anxious. They want the process to be much faster than it (usually) is. The longer it takes to land that new gig, the more self-doubt starts to creep in. So, at what point should you start to worry? How long should a job search take on average?

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Independent Workers Feeling More Secure

Small Business Labs

One of findings that most surprised us when we first started researching independent workers was how many think independent work is more secure than traditional jobs. 

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5 Things To Do On Sunday To For A Calm Week

Simple Productivity Blog

I see Sunday evenings as the jumping board to a successful week. While some people bemoaned that their free time is coming to an end, I use Sunday evenings to make sure that I will have a good start and continued success throughout the week.

2018 130

Most Eco-Friendly Coasts on the Planet

Eco-Office Gals

The several islands that make up the Caribbean Islands have some of the most beautiful natural features surrounding them.

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Why should an Assistant have a mentor?

Practically Perfect PA

Over the last few years, I have often written and spoken about the benefits of having a mentor. The relationship really can bring lots of fantastic benefits for both the mentor and the person receiving their advice.

How to Avoid Being a Job-Hunting Jerk

On The Job

The working world seems much more casual these days, with technology executives wearing hoodies to meetings and employees drinking beer in the break room on Friday afternoons.

Can You Benefit From Eastern Medicine?

Dumb Little Man

Traditional Eastern medicine is practiced by 60% of people around the world. Yet, most of Western medicine still looks down on these ancient practices as “unscientific”. A new scientific discovery, however, may soon show a scientific explanation for the effectiveness of traditional therapies.

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Survey: Almost 4 in 10 Americans Have a Side Hustle

Small Business Labs

Bankrate recently released a survey showing that 37% of Americans have some sort of side job.    The survey was of adult Americans , of which there are about 250 million. This means the survey found about 92 million Americans have side hustles. 

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Infographic: 15 Ways To Improve Your Memory

Simple Productivity Blog

I learned quite a bit about memory and how we remember things during my teacher training. I saw enough in the classroom to see that these things were actually true. But most people aren't aware of what it takes to remember things.

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Intentional Word Choice: Did You Write “Feel” When You Meant “Believe”?

Office Dynamics

Much of the spoken language slides into our writing, but at times the words we say aren’t the exact fit for what we mean. Check your intention every time! Consider these sentences from an article about education: How many principals do what they feel will win approval?

2018 175

New resources for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

Over the last few months, you might have noticed that I have been adding some new sections to the Practically Perfect PA website. Haven’t noticed? Don´t worry I know you are busy! So, today, I thought I would let you know what we have going on. Here are our new resources for Assistants.

2018 151

Techies: Are You Willing to Embrace a Stupid Idea?

On The Job

Techies may believe they have nothing of value to learn from Lady Gaga when it comes to their careers, but they would be wrong. Gaga is adept at taking smart risks , says Whitney Johnson , an expert on disruptive innovation and personal disruption.

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How to Declare Business Independence

Tips From T. Marie

With the July 4 th holiday tomorrow here in the U.S. it only seemed fitting that I pen a post about independence. Specifically, independence as it relates to your business. And yes, I know I’ve written about it before, but it’s a subject worth repeating. If your business is coming between your life, liberty and pursuit of happiness keep reading. It’s time to claim your business independence. Start With The Pursuit Of Happiness.

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Staying Unbiased in These Partisan Times

Small Business Labs

Since the founding of Emergent Research nearly two decades ago, our mantra has been follow the data to where it leads us. This requires us to minimize the impact of potential biases in our work.

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The Benefits of Hypnosis for Sleep Disorders

Dumb Little Man

Having trouble sleeping? You aren’t alone. In fact, 35% of adults don’t get the doctor-recommended 7 hours of sleep per night. That is startling and sadly, many people live their lives in perpetual drowsiness without doing anything to alter their sleep habits.

2018 162

The Secret Is Out!

Office Dynamics

The secret is out! Finally, the secret we have been building up to for several weeks is out. I am very pleased to announce the title of my new book, Joan’s Greatest Administrative Secrets Revealed.

2018 173

Dealing with awkward situations at work

Practically Perfect PA

Throw a load of random people together, and you are bound to get some awkward moments, especially if you are forced (as you often are at work) to spend a lot of time with each other.

2018 151

8 Ways to Avoid Job Scams

On The Job

Sometime during your career, you may try working from home and take on independent gigs even if you have a stable job. The reasons may vary, such as wanting to earn some extra cash (hello, Bahamas vacation!) to "trying out" a new skill such as writing or graphic design.

2018 130

Which Mistakes Do You Make on Purpose?

Business Writing

If you can write a catchy sentence using I when the wording really demands me, do you choose I or me? If fewer fits your meaning but less sounds breezier, do you go with the correct fewer or the rhythmic. Grammar and Usage Teaching Business Writing

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Google's Shadow Workforce

Small Business Labs

Bloomberg's Inside Google's Shadow Workforce covers the use by Google of what they call TVCs, or “temps, vendors and contractors" According to the article about half of Google's workforce is comprised of TVCs. 

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Is Technology Good Or Bad?

Dumb Little Man

In recent years, fewer Americans feel that the internet has been a good thing for society. While the web provides us greater access to information and more ways to connect to one another, the reality is that social media tends to make us feel more alone.

2018 158

Getting the Most Out of Your Next Performance Evaluation

Office Dynamics

Scheduling a performance evaluation meeting and setting measurable goals can be stressful or even seem unproductive to some.

2018 172

Supplier of the Month: Travel Counsellors

Practically Perfect PA

Travel Counsellors is an award-winning independent travel company that’s seeing increasing growth in its corporate travel division due to clients recognising the benefits of having their own personal travel manager available to them 24/7 when required.

This May be the Smartest Move for Any Wanna-Be Entrepreneur

On The Job

Should you quit your day job to launch your new start-up? Some experts will say "yes" because they believe it's the only way you can devote the time and attention to your new venture that it requires. Giving it a halfhearted effort, they say, means you won't be successful.

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