May, 2012

Seven Lessons to Reboot Your Life

Dumb Little Man

In 2008, I was like most dynamic women: running on life’s treadmill, overbooking myself, pursuing all my passions at once. Trying to “live my best life” almost stole it from me. I almost died from a brain aneurysm. My husband found me on the floor, collapsed and unconscious.

2012 286

How to Choose "Affect" or "Effect"

Business Writing

People in business writing classes have been asking for ways to know whether affect or effect is correct. Here are my best tips for choosing the appropriate word. If you are choosing a noun, your correct choice will be effect. Frequently Asked Questions Grammar and Usage Teaching Business Writing

2012 214

6-Step Checklist for a Successful Sales System

Office Organization Success

So, your brand-new product or program is all ready to go. You’ve done all the hard work in creating it and getting it ready to sell on your website; the one job that remains to be done is to actually get it out there so your clients can purchase it … you need a Sales System!

2012 209

Ghana – A Community Devastated by E-waste

Eco-Office Gals

Few things can galvanize a neighborhood quite like trash. It’s a classic community problem—everyone creates lots of garbage on a daily basis, but no one wants a trash dump next to their neighborhood, or anywhere near them for that matter.

2012 199

Featured Soloist Derek Peterson: “Always Work to Fill the Glass”

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 Derek Peterson. If you would like to be the “Featured Soloist,” please send me an e-mail, Larry@TheSolopreneurLife.com.

2012 192

Increase Your Productivity By Touching It Once

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. One of the underlying fundamentals of productivity is to only expend as much energy as necessary, but no more. Yet most of us break this principle many times every day. It’s because we touch things more than once.

2012 268

How to Make Each Day a Downhill Stroll Instead of an Uphill Struggle

Dumb Little Man

Back in college, I came across a life-changing personal development concept. It made an immediate difference to my academic work – and it’s still something that helps me every day.

2012 285

More Trending

PA Confidential

Practically Perfect PA

As assistants we are trusted with confidential information on a regular basis, we see our boss’ emails, we open their post and we often hear private details about other members of staff.

2012 177

How to get your Employee’s to be Eco-Friendly

Eco-Office Gals

You have decided to make a big work decision and go green. That means you have taken the time to turn your office into an office that tries it’s hardest not to harm the earth. You know it’s a great decision but you may have a hard time convincing your employees otherwise.

2012 198

The Glamorous Life of the Solopreneur, Example No. 83

The Solopreneur Life

T he solopreneur life — it’s so, so glamorous! The home on the beach, the 4-hour work weeks, the world travel, the wealth and riches! If you’re a regular reader of my columns, you know that I’m kidding. Griffin. This week our dog Griffin had, ahem, bowel issues.

2012 177

Paper + Pen = Magic at Work

Eat Your Career

At various points in my career, I’ve been in managerial positions where I directly supervised people. I’ll be honest; it’s not my favorite thing to do (hence the one-woman show I run now).

2012 169

One Uncomfortable Difference Between Successful and Unsuccessful People

Dumb Little Man

Are you one of those people who jealously adore successful people and think, “Why am I not successful? Why haven’t I reached fame - even if I’ve worked hard every day? What’s wrong with me?”

2012 286

How to Break the 24/7 Work Habit

On The Job

First, let me apologize to those of you who tried to read this story I did for Gannett/USAToday in an earlier blog post. No matter what I tried the post ran together, refusing to mark paragraphs, bullets, etc. Well, today is a new day, so I'm trying this again.

2012 241

Social CRM: An Idea Whose Time has Come?

Customers Rock!

Social Media CRM, or Social CRM, is getting a lot of air time these days. But where does it fit? Today’s post is by Laurie Shook. Laurie is a technology marketer creating solutions that help people communicate and collaborate more effectively.

2012 239

Going Green to Save Green: 3 Money-Saving Office Solutions

Eco-Office Gals

The new eco-centric business model isn’t a fad to be canceled out by the next trend. While the environmental implications of the green business are obvious, the fact that going green can actually save your small business serious money may not be as well known.

2012 194

Surviving the open plan office

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. Over the years most of my roles have been based in large open plan offices where I sit in amongst dozens of other colleagues, all working away at a common cause… well presumably!

2012 163

How to Boost Morale When Things Are Grim

Eat Your Career

It’s no secret that times are tough. The economic outlook seems to change by the minute and the only thing certain is that things are still uncertain. That’s why I thought this recent question from my free coaching call was worthwhile sharing with others. No matter what your situation, you just never know what the future holds, so hope for the best but prepare for the worst.

2012 161

How To Use Food To Keep Off Of The Energy Roller Coaster

Dumb Little Man

Does this sound like your day?

2012 285

How to Toot Your Own Horn Without Annoying Others

On The Job

I participate in several LinkedIn groups, and one question that caught my eye the other day was whether journalists should have a blog as a way to promote their personal brand.

2012 240

Using Dreamboards

Simple Productivity Blog

“Out of sight, out of mind” It’s not just true about people and things we are trying to avoid. It’s also true about our goals. Thoreau once said, “Our life is frittered away by detail.”

2012 224

Steps to Becoming an Environmental Office Hero

Eco-Office Gals

Changing the environment for the better will often be triggered by the behavioral change of one person, acting as the catalyst that will trigger mass change.

2012 164

Grim Job Market Continues for Young Americans

Small Business Labs

Although the overall labor market continues to improve, there isn't a lot of good job news for young Americans.  The Economic Policy Institute's The Class of 2012 lays out how the job situation is for those 25 and younger.

2012 221

Customer Experience Food for Thought

Customers Rock!

I want to eat there! As many of you know, I have been doing quite a bit of traveling lately, speaking about my book and sharing the Customers Rock! message all over the world – most recently in Bogota, Colombia!

2012 221

Are You In Control of Your Life?

Dumb Little Man

A sentence that our cycling instructor told us a while back made me think. She reminded us that we are in control of our workout. She could be there to motivate us to push harder and try to keep us from giving up, but ultimately it was completely up to us to perform.

2012 285

If you're a student, what you should be doing this summer

On The Job

2012 234

File Sharing

Practically Perfect PA

Last week I was on annual leave and as I’m sure you can imagine on my first day back in the office I was confronted with a shed load of emails and a pile of paperwork **cough cough junk cough** that had been left on my desk.

Filing 154

The Use of Paperwork in Business and the Importance of Recycling

Eco-Office Gals

There has been so much controversy about the importance of converting traditional offices to paperless offices. The fact is the majority of businesses today are still living in the past. The move to the futuristic paperless workplace is not as difficult as some business owners believe it to be.

2012 164

Recognizing Burnout

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Normally on Mondays I try to give tips and methods to make you more productive. This week I am going to share something about myself and hope that it may help others. I am on the verge of burnout.

2012 215

Surprising Reaction to "Sorry to Bother You"

Business Writing

When I teach business writing classes, I often ask attendees about their pet peeves as readers. These are things that slow them down or drive them nuts as readers. The other day I heard a pet peeve for the first. Email Etiquette

2012 146

7 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Triathlon

Dumb Little Man

Triathlons can be intimidating. The mere mention of one conjures up images of genetically perfect athletes speeding through race segments so fast that they're blurry. Fortunately, you don't have to be a genetic freak in order to be able to run your first triathlon.

2012 285

Big BUZZ – Big Giveaway?

Office Organization Success

The 4th Annual Done4You Giveaway of the Century is on fire! If you haven’t gone over there yet to see all the business and marketing services that are being given away…well, it’s time to do. so now! More than 50 contributors (including me!) have joined together to give away more than $1,000,000 in ACTUAL business services and other done-for-you products. (I’m I’m giving away a Cash Flow Toolkit ). Check it out now: www.Done4YouGiveaway.com.

2012 143

How to Get Along Better With Your Boss

On The Job

I thought the manager’s face would explode. I was at lunch with a high level finance executive the other day when his cell phone rang. He looked at the number displayed on the screen and his face turned beet red – I think I even saw a couple of purple splotches mixed in.

2012 204

Starting Your Own Environmental Consulting Firm

Eco-Office Gals

Environmental issues abound nowadays with global warming, and government regulations are becoming more complicated. The need for an environmental consultant is rising , and now is a great time to start. Education Credentials.

2012 151

Stop Avoiding The Elephant In The Room! It’s ENUFF!

Simple Productivity Blog

Every now and then I run across a gem of a book that inspires me, entertains me, and motivates me to get up and do something. ENUFF: Eliminate the Needless, Useless, Foolish, and Frivolous by Kate Carpenter is one of those books.

2012 211

No Doubt About It: You Can Be Great

The Solopreneur Life

I f you ever have doubts about your ability to make a difference in the world, remember this quote: “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” ” –Martin Luther King, Jr.

2012 141

Turn Your Home Office Into A Productivity Zone

Dumb Little Man

Sure, having an office at home sounds practical on the surface. If you can telecommute, that’s less time in the car, more time to devote to your work and more time with your family. Plus, you can ditch the tie or pantsuit and set your own hours. So why does your home office drive you crazy?

Do you have a process for working with new clients?

Office Organization Success

Having a clear client intake system in place makes it really easy to bring new clients on board. So, next time you’re having a conversation with a potential client (whether that’s in-person, over the phone, or via email) and they express an interest in working with you, you can say, “Great! The next step is to …” and tell them what happens next. Quick Biz Tip

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