February, 2019

How Weight Training Will Affect You In The Long Run

Dumb Little Man

I never had major struggles with my weight, but there was definitely a period of time where I was somewhat out of shape, lazy, unhealthy and unhappy. Not knowing a whole lot about fitness, I just decided to hit the gym and hope for the best.

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Purpose and a Paycheck and the New Retirement

Small Business Labs

Purpose and a Paycheck is a new book from Chris Farrell, a leading expert on retirement and workforce issues facing people over the age of 50. 

What are interpersonal skills?

Practically Perfect PA

‘Must have good interpersonal skills’ is a phrase that you will often see on job descriptions for Assistants, but what does that mean? What are interpersonal skills and why are they so crucial for Assistants? Interpersonal skills, or soft skills or people skills are the same thing.

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Does Humming Attract Birds? A Punctuation Problem

Business Writing

My friend Eric W., a great sign spotter, sent me this photo for your enjoyment. He asks, "What does it hum?" I ask you, "What is the problem with the heading below?" It's an easy problem for a snowy Monday. Punctuation Pointers Teaching Business Writing

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Teach Your Executive How to Work with You

Office Dynamics

Today, I thought I’d take a little different spin and share with you an excerpt from a chapter in my newest book for assistants, Joan’s Greatest Administrative Secrets Revealed. In my early days as a secretary I didn’t know how to teach my executives how to work with me or what I needed.

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24 Online Collaboration Tools That Let You Leave The Office Space Behind

Tips From T. Marie

Location-less offices, remote employees, virtual assistants , and online service providers. This is the changing face of today’s small business offices. Business is becoming less and less tied to a location for various reasons. Reducing the cost of running a business is at the top of that list.

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10 Tips to Develop Both Sides of Your Brain

Dumb Little Man

Each side of the brain performs certain functions. The right side focuses on the visuals and the “big picture” of something. It’s the side from which creative thought springs. The left brain, on the other hand, is the linear, detail-oriented, and logical part.

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Dealing with personal issues at work

Practically Perfect PA

You might be the most professional Assistant in the biz, someone who works hard to keep their personal life as far away from their professional life as possible, but throughout your career (of all our careers) inevitably something will happen to make the two collide.

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How Can I Earn Extra Income For Less than $100?

The Solopreneur Life

What if I told you there’s a way to earn extra income for less than $100… You might be thinking to yourself that this is flat out impossible. You might be thinking that I’m trying to pull a fast one. You might even be under the impression that I’m delusional.

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A Large Amount of Mistakes

Business Writing

Today I was reading an article online in Forbes. I expect Forbes to produce error-free articles, but an error popped out in this sentence: When you stop to think about it, the sheer amount of websites can also confuse and. Grammar and Usage Proofreading Teaching Business Writing

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Losing Sleep Over Your Business? Here are 9 Ways to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Tips From T. Marie

In the early days of my business I lost a lot of sleep. Sometimes it was due to working into the wee hours, other times an inconsistent income kept me awake and other times a multitude of to-do lists insisted on rotating through my brain like a revolving door of tasks I couldn’t slow down.

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5 Tips to Convince Your Overprotective Parents to Let You Travel Alone

Dumb Little Man

A lot of parents aren’t comfortable with the idea of their children traveling abroad, particularly if they plan on going alone. They think it is unsafe and simply a waste of time and money.

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Results from the European Freelancers Study

Small Business Labs

The European online talent marketplace Malt and the European Forum for Independent Professionals recently released Freelancing in Europe , a study based on a survey of close to 1,000 European freelancers.    The results are generally consistent with studies of U.S. freelancers.

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Day in the life: Amy Franklyn, EA at Bird & Bird

Practically Perfect PA

Enjoy today’s Day in the life: Amy Franklyn, EA at Bird & Bird which is full of Executive Assistant Tips and Tricks. What are the main aspects of your role? I manage a team of PAs and Administrative Assistants and I support the firm’s Head of Corporate and General Counsel.

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3 Ways to Handle a Negative Coworker

On The Job

It seems like everywhere I turn, someone is always talking or writing about "times like these." Usually, it's not "times like these are so great." It's usually something like, "Times like these are so horrible."

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A New York Times Lesson for Business Writers

Business Writing

As an online subscriber and recipient of Sunday delivery, I enjoy the excellent writing in The New York Times. The paper often uses a powerful technique to meet readers' needs: listing and answering the readers' questions. For decades I've been. Teaching Business Writing Writing Tips

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How do I Deal with an Executive that Always Says Yes? – Ask an Admin

Office Dynamics

Welcome to Ask an Admin! This is where any administrative assistant or executive assistant can submit any question they have and your peers can weigh in on the conversation with their advice. There is more than one way to approach a situation or problem so we would love to hear your input!

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Top 7 Ways To Achieve Legendary Level of Leadership

Dumb Little Man

You must’ve had the pleasure of leading a team or a small group of people at some point in your life. Be it a project or a small campaign, you know how difficult it sometimes get to keep all of your team members on the same page and make them working toward your (common) goal.

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Colliers on Coworking - It's "Established, Expanding and Evolving"

Small Business Labs

Colliers International, a global real estate services and investment management company, recently released their 2019 U.S. Flexible Workspace Outlook Report.

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The top five alternatives to Microsoft Office

Practically Perfect PA

Although most organisations are still using Microsoft products to run the business, there are other alternatives on the market that are becoming more popular with small to medium-sized companies.

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4 Steps to Being Happier

On The Job

When my children were babies, I knew exactly what I would do if I won the lottery: Hire a nighttime nanny. That's because my kids couldn't seem to get the hang of sleeping through the night, and I was beyond exhausted.

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Acronyms and SMEs--Help!

Business Writing

Tim wrote today with an acronym situation he would like to resolve. What do you think about his desire to spell out acronyms and initialisms, even when writing for SMEs (subject-matter experts)? Here is his message: I read your blog. Teaching Business Writing Writing Tips

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Las Vegas Restaurants and Attractions to Visit While Attending Our Conference for Administrative Assistants

Office Dynamics

Hello Office Dynamics friends and family! Ernan here and I’m very excited to share with you a little interview I had with Joan Burge.

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3 Reasons to Ditch Your Leather Wallet and Go Digital

Dumb Little Man

Despite the cool factor, Americans have been slow to make the switch to digital wallets. As you might expect, younger consumers lead the way: Fifty-four percent of Gen Z consumers use digital wallets.

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"Job Crafting", Independent Work and the American Dream

Small Business Labs

"Job crafting" describes the ways in which employees redesign and customize their jobs to foster greater work satisfaction and engagement. This is done by breaking a job into tasks and then deciding what to do less and more of. 

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Technology of the week: the RoWrite Smart Writing Pad

Practically Perfect PA

This week’s Technology of the Week: the RoWrite Smart Writing Pad What is the Rowrite Smart Writing Pad? The RoWrite, by Royole, brings the traditional notepad into the digital age to capture ideas, notes, and drawings.

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Do You Provide Virtual Services? It’s Time To Stop Using The Term Virtual Assistant.

Tips From T. Marie

Back in June of 2010 I penned a blog post asking if virtual service providers needed something more than the name virtual assistant. 9 years later I’m here to say, if you provide virtual services, stop using the term virtual assistant to describe what you do. In my 2010 article, my concerns with the term had everything to do with how the media and the general public were interpreting the term Virtual Assistant.

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3 Ways to Feel Better About Failure

On The Job

I'm not sure I know many people who get up every morning and say, "Gee, I can't wait to fail today!" Failure. Failing. Any of those words are drilled into us from childhood to avoid. No teacher or parent wants us to fail. We don't want to fail in front of friends or coworkers.

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Face-to-Face Time with Administrative Assistants

Office Dynamics

SURPRISE! It’s me, Joan Burge. Those of you who have followed me for a while know I am a big fan of face-to-face time for executives and assistants. Face-to-face time is also beneficial for any manager who meets on a regular basis with their direct reports.

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Coffee Culture: The Origins of Your Morning Cup of Joe

Dumb Little Man

In 1699, the East India Trading Company set up the first commercial exports of coffee from Java, Indonesia. As Europeans became fascinated with the strong beverage, its demand only grew stronger.

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Most CFO's Use Non-Employee Labor for Major Initiatives

Small Business Labs

New research from Robert Half Management Resources found nearly seven in 10 CFOs (69 percent) use non-employee labor for major one-time business initiatives, such as an acquisition or system implementation.

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The Future Assistant Conference 2019: What went down?

Practically Perfect PA

I can’t quite believe I am writing about our 5th conference!

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4 Productivity Lessons From A Matching Game

Simple Productivity Blog

There are productivity lessons everywhere, if you just look. Here are four lessons I learned from a video game my daughter got me into, "We Bare Bears Match 3 Repairs.".

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Research Shows What Can Help You Survive a Toxic Boss

On The Job

If you have a horrible boss, you know that each day seems to get longer and longer, it gets harder and harder to get out of bed and you start to develop physical ailments like headaches and stomachaches.

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How to Balance Life as an Administrative Assistant? – Ask an Admin

Office Dynamics

Welcome to another question for Ask an Admin. This is where the administrative assistant and executive assistant can submit any question they have and their peers will answer the question based on their previous experience.

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8 Methods to Eliminate Credit Card Debt

Dumb Little Man

Huge credit card debt can feel like a crushing, impossible burden that you need to carry for months, years, or even a lifetime – but it doesn’t have to be. With a few simple steps and a good deal of discipline, credit card debt can be whittled down, paid off, and eventually eliminated for good.

Rig Up and the Growth of B2B Niche and Specialty Gig Talent Marketplaces

Small Business Labs

Rig Up , an online talent marketplace that connects oilfield workers who are looking for a job with oil and gas companies, recently announced it had raised $60 million in VC funding. 

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