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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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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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?

"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.

2018 205

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.

2018 189

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.

2018 163

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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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.

2018 191

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. 

2018 188

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

2018 158

Research: Workplace Incivility Has Ripple Effect

On The Job

When I am the most frustrated and angry, I wish I had a British accent. There is just something special when someone like Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham on "Downton Abbey" lets you know you're behaving like a jerk.

2018 151

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.

2018 216

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 173

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 171

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. 

2018 181

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.

2018 146

Test Yourself: Which Pronoun Is Correct?

Business Writing

There's a hit song titled "Him and I" whose ungrammatical title and lyrics drive me nuts. A correct title would be either "Him and Me" or "He and I"--never "Him and I." Because him is an object pronoun, and. Grammar and Usage Proofreading Teaching Business Writing

2018 141

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.

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 172

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 169

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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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.

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.

2018 141

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

5 Signs You Need to Start Removing Toxic People

Dumb Little Man

They say you become just like the company you keep. Therefore, picking and choosing friends is one of life’s most underrated skills. Friends make or break you. The right group of friends will help you get through life and succeed while the wrong ones will hold you down and potentially destroy you. Moving through life, you’ll encounter countless people, many of whom you will call your “friend” at one point in life. Unfortunately, not every friend stays.

2018 172

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 163

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.

2018 176

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.

2018 134

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.

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

4 Really Simple Yet Highly Effective Ways To Achieving A Goal

Dumb Little Man

Setting a goal is one thing that we must all consider in life. Whether you are a professional, a service provider, a student or an entrepreneur, you need to be able to set clearly defined goals. It encourages you to pursue and work harder. But what exactly is a goal? A goal is something you intend to achieve at all cost. It could be to increase sales, boost income or to reduce weight. Whatever that may be, you need to know exactly how to achieve your goals and dreams.

2018 166

Develop a Healthy Curiosity

Office Dynamics

I would like to focus on tips from my high-end boot camp for administrative and executive assistants called World Class Assistant. The topic is Develop a Healthy Curiosity.

2018 161

Expert Network Industry Big and Getting Bigger

Small Business Labs

The report The Rise of the Expert Economy is a interesting look at what it calls a "little-known, high-growth sector, made up of networks that connect experts with companies that need them." 

2018 178

Comments on Taking Notes by Hand or Computer

Business Writing

I accidentally closed the Comments section for last week's post on taking meeting notes. If you wanted to comment, please do so. I apologize for the problem!

2018 130

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.

2018 130

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.

5 Habits Of Successful People You Should Be Following Today

Dumb Little Man

Ever wonder how successful people are so successful? Habits play a crucial role in shaping our lives. According to a psychology study at Duke University, 45% of everything we do on a daily basis factors in daily habits. We all know that bad habits can be detrimental to your mental and physical well-being. They can hinder your road to achievement and success. Good habits, on the other hand, can help you rise above others and be at your best. The concept of success differs with each person.

2018 158