January, 2012

5 Ways to Establish Friendly Relationships at Work

On The Job

One of the most difficult things about starting a new job is trying to become friendly with your colleagues without making yourself seem like a total dweeb. Be too friendly and you come off as a bit of a stalker or maybe a motormouth. Be more reserved and you might be perceived as snooty or weird.

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Women-Owned Small Business Opportunities in Federal Contracting

The Solopreneur Life

B y: WinBiz Proposals, LLC. Author: Jennifer Adeli, Owner and Senior Proposal Manager. WinBizProps and @SoloBizAdventur.

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Doing A Time Audit

Simple Productivity Blog

In knowing how you are spending your time, you can find the places for improvement. As we reboot our lives, we need to have an accurate assessment of how you are spending your time. Why Do A Time Audit?

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Using Social Media to Build Relationships

Customers Rock!

A lot of businesses love social media because they feel it helps them spread the word about their organization and what they do. And it does.

Smart Marketing = List Segmentation

Office Organization Success

How many times have you registered for a teleclasses – and the teleclass teacher has continued to email you to register for the teleclass? How many times have your purchased a product – and the product creator continues to email you to offer you the product?

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4 Reasons to Love the Boss You Hate

Eat Your Career

I’m not a big fan of the word “hate” but let me be honest: I’ve definitely felt some very, VERY strong negativity toward a few of my superiors in the past. Hey, I’m only human. This is probably one of the most common challenges I hear from professionals.

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Casual Friday Has Gone Too Far

On The Job

Last Friday I took a couple of hours off to run some personal errands. I wish I had stayed home, because my retinas are forever emblazoned with the visions I saw in "casual Friday" workplaces as I went to take care of my business.

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3 Habits That Will Destroy Your Productivity

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Last week we talked about 5 Habits That Will Boost Your Productivity. Today I’m going to look at the flip side. Lack of Clarity. Being productive is a combination of doing the right things in the right way.

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Measuring the Impact of Social Media

Customers Rock!

This post is part of the Social ROI Blog Carnival at Think Customers: the 1to1 Media blog. Visit the blog carnival post “ Calculating the ROI of Social Media ” to check out the full list of posts from numerous well-known social media thought leaders.

Punctuating Bullet Points

Business Writing

In business writing courses, the most common question about punctuation involves how to punctuate bullet points. It's important, since these days we write as many bullet points as paragraphs. Let me tell you how I punctuate them, and then I. Punctuation Pointers

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Why Emotional Decisions Aren’t Always Bad

Eat Your Career

Okay, listen up guys. I don’t say this often but here goes…. I was wrong. Well, maybe not completely wrong. But a little wrong. You see, I’ve written a lot in the past about why letting emotions guide you in the decision-making process is a dangerous thing.

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4 Easy Ways to Make Your Career Better in 2012

On The Job

I know a lot of people say you shouldn't make resolutions because you're just setting yourself up for disappointment. But I feel just the opposite -- when I make a resolution, I feel hopeful. I think that's because I do a gut check as I make a resolution.

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Top Ten Small Business Trends for 2012

Small Business Labs

Below is our fifth annual Top 10 Small Business Trends list.    Links to our prior lists are available here.      Our overall economic outlook is for continued moderate growth with U.S. GDP increasing 2.5%-3.0%.    While we expect hiring and the job market to improve, unemployment will remain high, finishing the year around 8%.    Social Trends.   1. 

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5 Habits That Will Boost Your Productivity

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Who doesn’t like that feeling of being productive while expending little energy? I sure love feeling like I’ve gotten a lot done without feeling like I’ve been through the wringer.

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8 Characteristics of a Good Team Leader

Ian's Messy Desk

Image via Wikipedia. Effective teamwork is one of the most important aspects in the corporate world. Team members should be completely comfortable while working with each others in order to give their best professional touch to whatever they do.

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Featured Soloist Nea Joy Justice: “My Fallback Position Is My Resourcefulness and Commitment”

The Solopreneur Life

T his is The Solopreneur Life’s “Featured Soloist,” the purpose of which is to give all of us a glimpse at how other solopreneurs operate their small businesses. Today we meet Nea Joy Justice.

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How to Deal with Difficult People and Have Constructive Conflict

Dumb Little Man

Life and relationships aren't always perfect. Take a minute to think of some difficult people you have to deal with in your life? These may be people you work with, the in-laws that come to town throughout the year, or your neighbor who can’t seem to take a hint.

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How Do Others Perceive You?

On The Job

My friends in college used to tease me because they said when someone walked into a room, I looked them up and down, from head to toe. I wasn't aware I was doing this -- until I realized that I could later remember everything the person was wearing.

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U.S. Exports Continue to Grow

Small Business Labs

The New York Times Economix blog post The Quiet Driver of Economic Growth: Exports covers the steady growth in the percent of U.S. GDP generated by exports.  The chart below is from the article.

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Review: The 7 Secrets of the Prolific

Simple Productivity Blog

Did you ever feel stuck? Unable to move forward or blocked? Or did you make a New Year’s resolution to tackle a project that has been laying dormant for some time?

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10 tips for busting stress

Ian's Messy Desk

Do you have trouble remembering things? Are you having trouble sleeping or is your stomach in knots? Are you sleeping too little or too much? All of these can be symptoms of stress. A certain amount of stress is good –or. Image via Wikipedia.

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Creating A Marketing Calendar: Your Essential Business Planning Tool

Office Organization Success

One thing that kept cropping up for me when I was teaching at a recent event was the fact that so many of you are getting overwhelmed with your marketing; not so much with the list building or connecting with potential clients, but your actual marketing planning.

22 Secrets to Discovering Your Dream and Living It

Dumb Little Man

One of the most important rules of happiness in life is to do what you love. But discovering that dream job and what you are meant to do in life isn't always so easy.

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What References are Really Saying About You

On The Job

I remember the first recommendation an editor wrote for me. It was glowing. It was wonderful. It told editors they would be idiots not to hire me. I still have copies of that recommendation.

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Use Online Calculators to Reduce Emissions and Save Energy

Eco-Office Gals

Going green isn’t exactly easy to do by your lonesome. Few of us are experts in the fields of energy innovation, nor do we have the skills to assess our individual circumstances and lifestyles and come to practical conclusions about how to save energy.

How To Plan A Month

Simple Productivity Blog

Many productivity systems focus on the task list. You might have a calendar, but that would be only for fixed appointments. If there aren’t any fixed appointments, the calendar gets ignored so you can focus on your task list.

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Shoot for the Moon

Eat Your Career

Here’s a little bit of trivia about me you probably didn’t know: I was the senior speaker at my high school graduation ceremony. Now, let me be clear: I went to a very small, independent study high school where most of the students attended just one day of class per week.

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6 ways to maximize your talent with motivation

Ian's Messy Desk

Everybody loves it when the underdog wins. The theme crops up regularly in movies: whether The Absent Minded Professor or the latest version of The Bad News Bears , something feels right about a group of misfits pulling it together for an eleventh-hour victory over the perennial champs.

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Is Your Mindset Secretly Making You Miserable? Here’s How to Fix It

Dumb Little Man

Is your mindset secretly ruining your life? And if so, is there a way to fix it? Michael Jordan wasn’t considered the best basketball player of all time when he was starting out. In fact, he was cut from his varsity team when he was a sophomore.

2012 286

Why You Need to Grab for Training Opportunities at Work

On The Job

You may be so busy at work that you're lucky to hit the bathroom once a day and find time to grab a sandwich to eat at your desk. When your boss offers you more training, your immediate response may be to decline. More training? Who has the time?

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SOPA: It only went as far as we let it!

Eco-Office Gals

We made noise and they listened! “On January 18th, 13 million of us took the time to tell Congress to protect free speech rights on the internet. Hundreds of millions, maybe a billion, people all around the world saw what we did on Wednesday.” ” This was unprecedented.

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How To Remember To Prep Food

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. Eating at home is one of the healthiest and inexpensive ways to eat. The problem with eating at home, though, is that there is usually some prep work to be done.

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Forecast Lessons from Past Small Business Trends Lists

Small Business Labs

Last week we released our Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2012 list.    This is the 5th year we've done a public top 10 trends list (we've been doing small business forecasting for about a decade). 

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Benjamin Franklin – 13 Virtues

Ian's Messy Desk

Image via Wikipedia. Benjamin Franklin developed this plan when he was 20. Based on Philippians 4:8 , he reviewed one of these virtues each week, cycling through the list four times per year.

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8 Out of the Ordinary Approaches to Defeating Your Food Cravings

Dumb Little Man

Do you feel like you can’t lose weight because you struggle with cravings? Has a gnawing, insatiable want hijacked your healthy eating plan? Chocolate, candy, potato chips, pizza, steak, coffee, ice-cream, salt or what have you —most of us battle these cravings. But we don’t have to.

2012 285

When You Make a Fool of Yourself in Front of Colleagues

On The Job

Let's say that despite all the good advice out there (including, ahem, my own) you decide to go out with some people after work and hit happy hour. And once again, despite the good advice (did I mention my own?)

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In the NFL and In Solopreneurship: Winning and Losing Turns on the Strength of the Gameplan

The Solopreneur Life

I n his book, Take Your Eye Off the Ball: How Watch Football By Knowing Where to Look, (Amazon Affiliate link) Pat Kirwan explains how a National Football League team constructs its gameplan each week.

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