October, 2011

Six Ways to Become More Self-Motivated

Dumb Little Man

Do you find it tough to work towards your goals – even when you know they’re worthwhile? Perhaps you’ve tried to push yourself forwards with willpower. but it hasn’t worked. Instead of willpower, you need more self-motivation.

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Customer Service Through Social Media: The game has changed

Customers Rock!

Today’s post is written by a guest blogger, Harry Rollason. Harry is with Useful Social Media , and I will be presenting at their New York Conference on Social Media and Customer Service next week.

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The Benefits of Chair Massage Therapy in the Workplace

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Productivity Bits. Visit the original article at [link]. Guest Post. I f a company is full of unhappy employees, there is a distinct possibility that the business is not thriving as it should. But how is an employer supposed to placate employees without blowing the bank? In response to this prevalent problem, businesses are more frequently turning to some form of massage therapy provided during regular work hours.

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Coworking at a Growth Inflection Point

Small Business Labs

Coworking facilities - shared, collaborative workspaces - are rapidly gaining traction as a work location option.    This is illustrated by several clear signals. Web traffic and activity related to coworking continues to surge. 

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Why lifestyle design will make you miserable

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

It doesn’t matter if you’re looking in the blogosphere or the book store – Lifestyle advice is all around you. Build a business to support your dreams! Lifestyle is the new black. Minimalism rules and pundits are trying to find the new definition of “enough”.

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What the Interviewer Wants to Know about You

Job Advice Blog

Interviewers have a specific function to perform. They need to go through a selection process that identifies which one of the candidates called in for interviewing is the best one. But what does best mean in this context? What are the criteria involved in making this complex evaluation? After all, people are complex too, and [.]. Interview Skills by Alex Freund

The Trend Towards U.S. Manufacturing Continues to Accelerate

Small Business Labs

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is forecasting a major uptick in U.S. manufacturing.    Key quote from their most recent study: "Over the next five years, a U.S. manufacturing renaissance in home appliances, car parts, and other sectors could accelerate—boosting output by $100 billion and adding 2 million to 3 million jobs." " There are currently about 11.7 million manufacturing jobs in the U.S. down from over 16 million in the late 1990s. 

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"You Can't Connect the Dots Looking Forward; You Can Only Connect Them Looking Backwards " Steve Jobs

Productive & Organized

Back when I was in college all things "geeky" was my focus.    I was studying for two degrees: computer science and human resource management. 

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5 Simple Steps to Getting More Clients

Office Organization Success

One of the biggest problems my clients tell me they have is getting more clients – or even getting their first client.

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7 Tips for Accomplishing your Goals in Bite Sized Pieces

Dumb Little Man

When it comes to accomplishing our goals we’re encouraged to reach for the stars and set big hairy audacious goals.

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Yes, I’m a Virtual Assistant. No, I’m not Siri. I’m better.

Tips From T. Marie

As if there wasn’t enough confusion out there regarding virtual assistants, along comes the iPhone 4S. The S, I’m guessing, stands for Apple’s version of a virtual assistant and ‘her’ name is Siri. Articles and blog posts have been singing her praises, absolutely amazed at the way she answers their questions and requests. I suppose some virtual assistants might be irritated.

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Work/Life Balance, Who says!

Office Dynamics

We’ve all heard it 100 times or we have all wanted it – work and personal life balance. We all know it does not exist. It is never balanced. I heard an executive say it best a few weeks ago at an event we were hosting: today, it is about work/life integration !

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Small Business IT, SEO and Social Media Trends

The Small Business Blog

I just read one of the best blog posts by Dion Hinchcliffe about “The Big Five IT trends of the next half decade“ In my opinion Dion is spot on, you should read his blog post to gain a valuable insight not only from an IT perspective. To get you interested here is his graphic…

Do You Speak for Your Business? Then You Don't Want to Miss This Time-Saving Trick

Productive & Organized

Do you deliver presentations for your business? When you are preparing those presentations, do you recreate a PowerPoint every time? The other day I realized that I have been using a time saving trick for years and have never shared it here. This technique has allowed me to prepare for an event very easily.    Since a 1/3 of my business is speaking (keynotes, workshops, etc.) it is important that I can be effective with my prep time!

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5 Simple Steps to Getting More Clients

Office Organization Success

One of the biggest problems my clients tell me they have is getting more clients – or even getting their first client.

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How to Write Like a Professional

Dumb Little Man

As part of your job (or your personal life), you’ll sometimes have to write more than a simple email. Chances are, you put off doing the writing for as long as possible. Writing can be incredibly hard, especially if it’s something you feel that you’re not very good at.

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5 Things Your Colleagues Really Don't Want to Know

On The Job

People at work often socialize. Socializing at work is good for our health, studies reveal, and may even help us live longer. It's fun to talk Fantasy Football or the latest music or even why anyone cares what the Kardashians do.

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50 Redundant Phrases to Avoid

Daily Writing Tips

In conversation, it’s easy in the midst of spontaneous speech to succumb to verbosity and duplication. In writing, redundancy is less forgivable but fortunately easy to rectify. Watch out for these usual suspects: 1. Absolutely certain or sure/essential/guaranteed : Someone who is certain or sure is already without doubt. Something that is essential is intrinsically absolute. A guarantee is by nature absolute (or should be). Abandon absolutely in such usage.

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Micro Biz Matters

The Small Business Blog

Sign My Petition Here’s my e-petition [link] If you’re a UK resident you can sign the government e-petition I’ve started. If you’re not in the UK you may still find this blog about our UK campaign, to get a better and fairer deal for micro business owners (less than ten employees), of interest. This e-petition…

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A Solopreneur’s Story: Ed Sabol of NFL Films

The Solopreneur Life

A s a sports-crazy boy growing up in America in the late 1960s and early 1970s, my daydreams looked like an NFL Films movie — my heroic deeds on the gridiron were in slow motion, with a soaring orchestral score, and the Voice of God narrating. Ed Sabol.

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How to Create a Simple Action System Using the SMEAD Stadium File Organizer

Productive & Organized

Do you have piles of paper all over your desk?    Would you prefer to have a clear space to get your work done? We frequently keep piles of paper all over our desk and other horizontal surfaces because we have things that we don't want to forget to do. 

How to Kill Your Painful Habit of Wishful Thinking

Dumb Little Man

Do you constantly hope that your situation will improve, but find yourself unable to start or finish projects that are going to contribute to your growth. If you do, you may be falling victim to the trap of “if only”.

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Is the Traditional Office the Least Productive Place to Work?

Small Business Labs

Last summer we did a lot of interviews (over 60) with members of U.S. coworking facilities.  One message we consistently heard was coworkers felt they were more productive at a coworking facility than they were working from home or from coffee shops. We heard this so consistently, we included several folks explaining why in our Voices of Coworking video.

15 Frequently Confused Pairs of Verbs

Daily Writing Tips

These similar-looking words below have dissimilar meanings. Make sure you’re using the write one in each pair. Amused/bemused : To be amused is to be entertained; to be bemused is to be confused. Appraise/apprise : To appraise is to evaluate; to apprise is to inform. Ascribe/subscribe : To ascribe is to attach an idea to a source; to subscribe is to hold belief in an idea. Attain/obtain : To attain is to reach; to obtain is to acquire.

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How Building Better Relationships with Your People and Your Customers Can Deliver Sustainable Growth

The Small Business Blog

I was thinking about what to write today and I couldn’t get my mind off something that I had written earlier in the year as a manifesto across at Changethis.com. This is quite a long post and is mostly the same as the manifesto but it’s message is simple and bears repeating, I believe. However,…

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Is Your Business Like The Krusty Krab, Or the Chum Bucket?

The Solopreneur Life

I n “SpongeBob SquarePants,” the immensely popular cartoon for adults kids, an ongoing storyline involves Eugene H. Krabs (Mr. Krabs) and Sheldon J. Plankton, Jr. The Krusty Krab. Mr. Krabs owns The Krusty Krab, a dining establishment in Bikini Bottom.

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Information Is Cheap, Action Is Expensive

Brilliantly Better

Tweet Remember how understandable it was to be late 20 years ago? It wasn’t like the world will collapse if you’re late 5 minutes. There were no cell phones. If we had to meet you, and you were late, we first assumed that you simply forgot. After more than 15 minutes, we simply decided that you didn’t want to meet us anymore and think of a way to solve this next time we meet. And then went on with our lives.

How to Deal With a Job You Hate

Dumb Little Man

Do you dread Monday mornings? It’d be great if we all had creative, fulfilling jobs with fantastic bosses and brilliant colleagues. The truth is, though, that an awful lot of people – some figures suggesting as many as 80% - are dissatisfied with their jobs. Maybe you’re one of them.

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Outlook Tip: Create Rules and Folders for Simple Email Management

Office Organization Success

Do you get a ton of emails each day? Does it take you nearly all day just to sift through them to find out which ones you need to deal with now, which ones can be dealt with later, or which ones are just junk?

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Punctuation Saves Lives!

Daily Writing Tips

It’s Saturday, so instead of our usual writing tip we’ll have some fun. The image below appeared on Deborah Ng’s Google+ (Google’s social network) stream yesterday. Nice huh?

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Top 5 Offline Marketing Tips for Small Business

The Small Business Blog

The weekly top 5 tips post is always full of helpful hints and advice for small, home and micro business owners. Do a little bit of research and identify the local business groups and events that take place in your area. These are great ways to establish connections and network with potential customers or…

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Green Pick of the Week: Caroma Showerhead

Eco-Office Gals

I was given the opportunity to try out the Caroma Flow Showerhead over the last few months and I have really enjoyed this addition to the master bath. It has a unique look and great pressure for being low flow. From the site: New Caroma Flow shower offers the ultimate shower experience.

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Consulting Firm Thought Leadership Sites We Follow

Small Business Labs

We get a lot of questions about what information sources we use in our trend analysis work.    A couple of months ago we posted on our favorite trends sources.    We also follow several of the major consulting firm thought leadership sites.      For example, yesterday's post on trends featured infromation from Bain and Company and tuesday's post had info from the Boston Consulting Group. 

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Steve Jobs' 10 Secrets to Building a Huge Empire

Dumb Little Man

Steve Paul Jobs was born on February 24th, 1955. He is known to be the Chairman, co-founder as well as the CEO of the Apple Inc. He was also the former CEO of well known Pixar Animation Studios. He was also represented among the Board of Directors of the Walt Disney Company. Not bad!

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