October, 2010

Tips for Being a Good Boss & An Update

ProAssisting Blog

A member of ours recently read our white paper, “Defining Assistant Excellence” (.pdf pdf format) and suggested that we create a white paper for bosses entitled “Defining Executive Excellence” that might help bosses create a better working relationship with their assistants.

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How to Know When to Quit

Dumb Little Man

How would you feel if someone called you a "quitter"? My guess is – not good. You might feel hurt, guilty or upset. You almost certainly wouldn't feel proud of yourself. Quitting gets a bad rap.

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Earth Talk: Building a Green Economy

Eco-Office Gals

EarthTalk®. From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine. Dear EarthTalk: What does it mean when one uses the phrase, “building a green economy?” I’ve heard it repeated a few times lately and would like to have a better understanding of the concept. – Rosie Chang, Islip, NY.

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Five Essential Steps to Create Career Fulfillment

Eat Your Career

Career fulfillment (or, as I like to call it, career nourishment ) can often seem like an elusive beast. Figuring out what it is and how to find it is a difficult process for many.

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Featured Soloist Revka Stearns: “Don’t Wait For Perfection”

The Solopreneur Life

T his is “Featured Soloist,” a feature that appears every Tuesday at The Solopreneur Life. Revka Stearns. The purpose of “Featured Soloist” is to give all of us a glimpse at how other solopreneurs operate their small businesses. This week we meet Revka Stearns, who builds Web sites for solopreneurs.

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Learn to Communicate With WARMTH

Ian's Messy Desk

Wear a smile – A smile is one of the strongest communication tools. You don't have to spend the entire time grinning like an idiot, but there is nothing quite as infectious as sharing a smile. Dale Carnegie said, “It costs nothing

Tips for Being a Good Boss | Online Executive and Admin Assistant.

ProAssisting Blog

A member of ours recently read our white paper, “Defining Assistant Excellence” (.pdf pdf format) and suggested that we create a white paper for bosses entitled “Defining Executive Excellence” that might help bosses create a better working

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5 Different Ways to Reduce Waste in an Average Office

Eco-Office Gals

The easiest way to reduce office waste is to avoid creating it in the first place. Of course, the advent of electronic communication has helped businesses decrease waste substantially, but there’s always room for improvement. Stay Up-to-Date.

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4 Reasons to Stop Thinking and Start Doing

Eat Your Career

I’m a compulsive over-analyzer. Rarely am I able to just “let things go” when I should. Instead, I dwell. I pick apart. I dissect until whatever it is no longer resembles itself. I think way too much. The human brain has a remarkable ability to find order in chaos.

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Featured Soloist Diana Guerrero: “Find What Sets You Apart”

The Solopreneur Life

T his is “Featured Soloist,” a feature that appears every Tuesday at The Solopreneur Life. Diana Guerrero. The purpose of “Featured Soloist” is to give all of us a glimpse at how other solopreneurs operate their small businesses.

2010 214

My Flyer Is Your Flier

Business Writing

Dan sent me an email recently to tell me I had misused a word. He said: "Just a friendly tip: You used the word flyer on your website. It should be flier." I appreciate friendly tips, but I resisted Dan's.

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Plan your personal development with a “To Be” list

Ian's Messy Desk

How many of you begin your week by writing a to-do list to track the things you want to accomplish over the next seven days? How about writing a weekly 'To Be' list capturing the kinds of personal characteristics you would like to

2010 205

7 Powerful and Amazingly Motivational Quotes from Zig Ziglar

Dumb Little Man

Zig Ziglar was born in 1926 in Coffee County, Alabama, United States. He is an American author, salesperson and a motivational speaker. He is over 80 years old and still travels around the world attending motivation seminars to help people get stuff done.

2010 286

Influenster: Green VoxBox Review

Eco-Office Gals

Twitter is a game changer for new blogs. By far, it is the easiest and cheapest way to get readers to your blog. However, effectively using twitter to get noticed is more art than science. When I started, I made some embarrassing goofs.

2010 224

On the Selling of Souls: Where Do YOU Draw the Line?

Eat Your Career

A good friend of mine once told me that every soul is for sale. He said it’s just the way the world works, that we do what we can to stay whole but sooner or later, we let pieces of ourselves go in exchange for what we need. It’s a matter of survival, he said.

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How to Prospect, Using Social Media

The Solopreneur Life

T his column was written by Eric Ralph, who has dedicated himself to helping freelancers succeed. He is a former freelancer and now he is president of Milton, which offers the ability to manage contacts, projects, and finances together in one application. Follow him on Twitter @YourMilton. Social media is growing by leaps and bounds, but it can be difficult to get a handle on it, and how it can really impact your business.

Do Email "Thanks" Please or Provoke You?

Business Writing

In the Email Intelligence classes I teach, a hot topic for discussion is email replies that say only "Thanks." Some people complain that "Thanks" emails waste their time. They have to stop what they are doing, click open the emails.

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10 Tips for Taking Effective Phone Messages

Ian's Messy Desk

In today's computer-orientated business world, the telephone is still an important tool for connecting with your customers. There are few things more annoying than being handed a half crumpled piece of paper with semi-legible scrawl on

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8 Great Mind Mapping Tools For Effective Brainstorming

Dumb Little Man

A mind map is considered a great way to brainstorm and generate more ideas. It helps you create a number of small ideas from one big idea, see how different ideas could be connected together and create a plan of action.

2010 285

Free Services to Green Your Holidays!

Eco-Office Gals

The holidays are coming up quick and it’s time for Eco-Office Gals to get in the giving spirit. Many of you will have printing needs for the season. Christmas cards or holiday catalogs may be on the holiday horizon.

Career Fulfillment: Why It Matters

Eat Your Career

I consider myself very fortunate: My career gives me a deep sense of purpose. Luck is definitely part of it, but it also took a lot of work to get to this point. Like everyone, I’ve had jobs that left me feeling empty at the end of the day.

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How Your Handwriting May Impact Your Job

On The Job

What does your handwriting say to your boss? You might be surprised to learn just how much. A story in today's Wall Street Journal discusses how forming letters is key to developing the brain. It quotes an education professor noting that messy handwriting can have "ramifications."

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The Solopreneur Life “Friday Bits” Column #25

The Solopreneur Life

I t’s the end of the week, and just like every Friday at The Solopreneur Life, I have some tasty, mostly-healthy, bits of information to share with you. This week’s menu is huge and includes: • A legendary high school football coach and the lesson you can learn from him.

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Memory Makeover: Tips to Spruce Up an Absent Mind

Ian's Messy Desk

It's Monday morning. You have one minute before you have to leave for work, but can't find your keys. Ransacking your home in a frantic search, you finally locate the keys—right where you left them—on the kitchen counter

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7 Amazing Success Lessons from Thomas Edison

Dumb Little Man

Thomas Edison was a very successful inventor, scientist, and businessman whose inventions significantly impacted the world. Inventions such as the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting everyday electric light bulb were all the result of Edison’s work.

2010 286

What’s In Your Trash? A Review

Eco-Office Gals

Over a year ago I posted about starting a compost pile in my back yard. I started out with several biodegradable lawn bags full of leaves and added kitchen scraps as I went along. Eventually, we made an area for the pile and put it all together.

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5 Sure-Fire Ways to End Up With a Career You Hate

Eat Your Career

I spend a lot of time sharing information on how to love your career. I talk about making thoughtful decisions , establishing a path and actively managing your goals. But, equally important, is avoiding those roads that will lead to inevitable career unhappiness. Sometimes, they’re hard to spot.

2010 206

Getting Clients-Building Trust

Tips From T. Marie

I hear you out there. Those unspoken responses to my previous post. You know, the one where I said that getting clients wasn’t about price ? Yeah, that one. And you’re thinking, “Those points are well and good if you have clients already, but how do you build trust in the beginning.

2010 176

The #1 Cause of Unhealthy Business Relationships

The Solopreneur Life

I n the past year, have you: • Pursued and landed a piece of business that you knew—deep down—would make you miserable? Stayed in a business relationship in which the other person had all the power and used it at your expense? Agreed to do work for a client who was a bad risk for paying you in a timely manner? Decided to provide services that you knew would not deliver high value to a client?

2010 176

8 Steps Toward a More Satisfying Life

Ian's Messy Desk

Psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky, of the University of California, has conducted considerable research in the area of personal satisfaction. The following eight points summarize her findings. There's a lot of common sense wrapped up in

2010 176

Are You A Slave to Your Email?

Dumb Little Man

When did you last check your email? I'd bet it was within the last hour. Quite possibly within the last ten minutes. You might well have your inbox open right now , with message alerts jumping up at you. Almost everyone I talk to feels that email takes up too much of their time.

2010 285

Green Halloween Round Up

Eco-Office Gals

Sending the kids out to panhandle for candy tonight? Here are few green Halloween reads to send you scary ghouls on their way! 10 Easy Ways to Green Your Halloween – Busy Mommy Media. Cheapskate’s guide to a green Halloween – MNN. Green Halloween decorations – MNN.

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Crazy, Foolish, Ridiculous

Virtual Moxie

In just a few days, I'm going to attempt something ridiculous: Raise $100000 in a single day to fight child trafficking. I think that's moxie, right? My goal for this Sunday, October 10, is 10000 people each giving $10 on 10/10/10 to

2010 250

Getting Clients-Price isn’t your Problem

Tips From T. Marie

Since my post on virtual assistant rates continues to be discovered and enjoyed almost two months after I first published it, I thought perhaps it was time for another post on pricing for service related businesses. Yes, that includes virtual assistants.

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The Solopreneur Life “Friday Bits” Column #23

The Solopreneur Life

I t’s the end of the week, and just like every Friday at The Solopreneur Life, I have tasty, mostly-nutritious items for you. This week’s menu includes: • What you can learn from the marketing acumen of my daughter’s orthodontist. •

2010 172

ABC's of Self-Improvement

Ian's Messy Desk

This has been floating around the Internet for some years now: A – Achieve your dreams. Avoid negative people, things and places. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams

2010 174

Why You Should Learn By Doing

Dumb Little Man

Do you enjoy learning new things? I certainly do. In particular, I enjoy about learning new ways to better myself and my relationships with others. When I first started on this quest I couldn't get enough. I read about it all the time on blogs, online magazines and in books.