March, 2012

15 Grammar Goofs that make you look silly

ProAssisting Blog

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Stop procrastinating! How to Overcoming and Avoid Procrastination - 30 Tips

Productive & Organized

Procrastination is the #1 reason business owners find that their business stalls.

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Time to Kill Your Mental Boundaries

Dumb Little Man

What do you believe about yourself? It is remarkably easy to become convinced of your limitations. Frequently, people discuss what they would love to have or do but “can’t” for one reason or another.

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Expand Your Wi-Fi Signal At Home And Make Your Internet Faster

Productivity Bits

S ometimes being productive means having the right tools at the right time. Sometimes having the right tools means having to shell out extra dollars just to get them. I wanted to do stuff over the internet when I am at home during the weekend.

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Top 10 Signs Coworking is Growing Up

Small Business Labs

The recent Global Coworking Unconference Conference left many with the same impression it did Shareable's Neil Gorenflo - that " coworking's all grow'd up "   GigaOm's Jessica Stillman echoes this view, writing in her article The conversion to coworking 2.0 continues : "Coworking, it seems, is growing up and moving out of its original geographic and industry-specific enclaves, penetrating the consciousness of more mainstream institutions."

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Your Willingness to Fail Will Determine How Often You Succeed

Dumb Little Man

Learning how to surf was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I have zero natural athletic ability, and I’ve never been good at sports. To add to that, the conditions are different every single time you paddle out. But, I persevered.

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How to force yourself to succeed without using willpower

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

We want to do things that we don’t really want to do. It sucks. Cold calls. Exercise. Writing. Tax returns. Saving. The list goes on. Humans struggle. It feels like being torn in two directions.

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The Rise of High-End Personal Services

Small Business Labs

According to the New York Times , high-end nannies in New York City are garnering salary and benefit packages that take their total compensation to well over $200,000 per year.  A related Huffington Post article points out that high-end nannies in Europe are also hansomely rewarded.

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Travel Tips for Your Administrative Professionals Conference or Training Event

Office Dynamics

The Savvy Admin’s Guide to Travel! Tips for the Tourist in All of Us. I have been hosting the Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence for 19 years. I also host a high-end training program for executive assistants and administrative assistants called World Class Assistant , in Las Vegas.

Focus more of your marketing on customer retention

The Small Business Blog

In my previous post (The Questions I Would Ask If I Were Marketing Your Business – Comment and Part 1) I posed two questions: How much of your current business comes from existing clients and how much comes from new clients? How much of your marketing efforts are focused on generating new clients and how…

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If unemployed hiring managers will like this!

Job Advice Blog

If you have been unemployed for some time now or a recent victim to this economy, there is one thing that you can do to keep your resume current. Instead of having a gap from your last job to your current status, how about volunteering and adding that to your resume? It will make a [.]. Interview Advice by Jeff LeFevre Jeff LeFevre Job Advice Volunteering

Five Surefire Ways to Kill Your Marriage

Dumb Little Man

I don’t have to tell you that marriages and lifelong partnerships are tricky and unfortunately, many fail. However, most of us dream of the one woman or man to spend the rest of our days with, blissfully happy until we take our last breath.

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Answers to YOUR Biggest Challenges to GETTING IT ALL DONE - Managing Guilt

Productive & Organized

Sometimes not getting a task done really is okay and other times it is a symptom of something going awry in your business.    Recently, Debra shared the following comment to me on Facebook : " I echo what Gina and Michelle shared - I'm still here at the computer.

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3 Techniques to raise prices sky high without losing customers

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

You should raise your prices. It’s a business cliche. Those five words of advice are so frequently dished out by successful entrepreneurs, it hurts. If you’re on the receiving end, it’s the most frustrating tip imaginable. Because you can’t just put up your rates.

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What Would They Do Without the Administrative Assistant?

Office Dynamics

Hello! I hope you enjoy today's Monday Motivator. What would they do if you weren’t there? Any professional should do this but I highly encourage administrative professionals to: Create a set of guidelines about how to do your job when you’re not there.

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Top 5 Tips for Small Business Work-Life Balance

The Small Business Blog

Top 5 Tips posts from the SME Blog are always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. Make sure that you are able to prioritise your workload in order to tackle it in the most efficient way possible. Your entire schedule should be based around ‘most important tasks first’…

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Why Use Social Media While in Transition?

Job Advice Blog

Starting around 2008, many organizations’ human resources departments needed to eliminate their own staffs, and thus many of the traditional human resources functions got bounced over to the respective hiring managers. Unfortunately, those discrete departments couldn’t always afford expensive job boards, so they needed to think out of the box in order to meet their [.]. Interview Skills by Alex Freund Alex Freund Career coacing Facebook landingexpert LinkedIn Social Media Twitter

Do You Have Too Many Goals? Here's How to Prioritize Them

Dumb Little Man

How many goals are you chasing right now? There's a good chance that you've got too many. It's a classic productivity mistake – and an understandable one. We all want to achieve the best we're capable of, and experts advise us to set challenging, even "audacious" goals.

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Weed Out Low Paying Clients

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. As a VA, one of your most valuable assets is your passion for helping people, and one of the great sources of job satisfaction is seeing your clients happy and their businesses growing. Yes, most VAs are ‘helpful’ in nature and we want to do what we can for people. But are you doing too much, for too little? If you are holding on to low paying clients, you are hindering your own business growth. Time to tend your garden, and do some weeding!

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Is WordPress Secure…is it Safe?

Tips From T. Marie

Those of you that have been reading here for awhile know that I’m a believer in building your business website on the WordPress framework (and strongly recommend the Headway theme). But articles like this one that I read this morning always prompt people to ask, “Is WordPress Safe…is it Secure?” ” My answer ? Yes, absolutely. So how do I explain 30,000 websites being hijacked as the above mentioned article described?

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4 Basic Types of Speeches

Ian's Messy Desk

The four basic types of speeches are: to inform, to instruct, to entertain, and to persuade. These are not mutually exclusive of one another. You may have several purposes in mind when giving your presentation. For example, you may try to inform in an entertaining style. Another speaker might inform the audience and try to persuade them to act on the information.

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We may have got the T shirt but it’s still to be earned.

The Small Business Blog

We don’t know what we don’t know I always chuckle to myself when big companies that sponsor awards to start up and existing small business give, as part of the prize, mentoring or advice from a senior executive in their company. Perhaps it is no laughing matter. Firstly, it’s arrogant to assume that starting and…

Bob Chandler and Bigfoot: A Monster Example of “Niche Creation”

The Solopreneur Life

S olopreneurs are frequently encouraged to “find your niche.” ” I disagree with that advice. Don’t find your niche. Create your niche. As an example of what niche creation looks like, consider the story of Bob Chandler, the St.

10 Ways to Find More Hours in Your Day

Dumb Little Man

We all wish we had just a bit more time. Just think what you could do with an extra hour or two each day: you could finally stick to an exercise routine, or spring-clean the house, or write your novel, or learn the guitar, or get a new qualification. I can’t magically make all your days 25 hours long. But I can help you find more hours in your day for the things that really matter. Get Out of Bed Earlier If you normally get up at 7.30am, try getting up at 7am.

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Do You Have Unrealistic Career Expectations?

Eat Your Career

So, you’re not happy at work. But,” you wonder, “is anyone?”. Maybe you expect too much. Maybe you have some unrealistic idea of what career fulfillment looks like. Maybe this is as good as it gets. Maybe. After all, no job is perfect. But, there might be one that’s a little closer to perfect.

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Who Do You Trust?

Small Business Labs

The Edelman 2012 Trust Barometer is out.  Edelman is a large public relations firm and they've been conducting an annual trust survey for 12 years. They cover a lot of ground.  The survey is global and they look at trust levels for media, government and corporations.   The key data for small businesses, I think, is their data on who is credible.  The groups they asked about the and the percent who felt they are credible are: Academic or Expert - 68%.

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How Much Training Do You Really Need?

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. Is it really true that the more technical training and certifications you receive, the more valuable you are to clients? There are many classes and services readily available, but is it really necessary to do it all? In reality, this approach could backfire because it’s impossible to be everything to everyone. There is a good reason why Virtual Assistant specialists are more valuable than generalists who try to know and do everything.

Gurus with Forked Tongues

The Small Business Blog

Today, I want to offer some advice to all my start up and micro-business owner fans on what advice not to take from silver tongued experts and gurus. I’m on the train. I’ve been at my publishers in London checking on new cover designs for the third edition of ‘Stripping for Freedom’ and before that…

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25 Russian Words Used in English (and 25 More That Should Be)

Daily Writing Tips

Many Russian words have been appropriated by the English language. Some, like mammoth and sable , are easily assumed to be from a more closely related language. Others were originally specific to Russian culture but can be applied to analogous Western concepts, such as a reference to an American politician retreating from Washington, DC, to his dacha, or to a comment about a troika of conspirators.

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21Tips For Building the Body of Legend Bruce Lee

Dumb Little Man

Bruce Lee had one of the most iconic bodies in the film industry. Even the big-shots of bodybuilding like Joe Weider and Arnold Schwarzenegger have nothing but praise for him.

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How to Make a Good Impression in Video Conferences

On The Job

I remember the first time I saw myself on Skype. Holy cow! Where did those bags under my eyes come from? And why did my hair look so hideous? Thankfully, I was just chatting to my 2-day-old niece, so she didn't seem to mind. But I sure did.

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Gen Y, Women Connected

Small Business Labs

Nielsen's State of the Media: U.S. Digital Consumer Report, Q3-Q4 2011 (free, registration required) describes in detailed the digital connectedness of Gen Y, which they describe as 18-34 year olds. None of the data is surprising - everyone knows Gen Y is a wired generation.  But it's very useful to see hard data supporting this.  Key quote from their blog post on the report : The latest Census reports that Americans 18-34 make up 23 percent of the U.S.

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Your Personal Style at Work

Office Dynamics

If you’ve read Monday Motivators for any length of time, you know I often encourage professionals to remember that their workspace is a reflection of their desire to succeed. Others in the office do take notice, and they judge your effectiveness and advancement potential upon what they see. Today I'll be talking about: Adding a 'Touch of the Personal' in Your Workplace.

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Yes, Ex-Minister,#MicroBizMatters!

The Small Business Blog

Question Time Just before I flew home to Canada I was asked by my inept agent, Tony Robinson OBE, to chair a ‘Question Time’ type debate at a large micro business conference in his home town of Scarborough. Micro businesses (0-9 employees) are, apparently, quite important to the UK. There are 4.5 million of them…

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