Sat.Apr 09, 2016 - Fri.Apr 15, 2016

The Problem With Plastics

Eco-Office Gals

Since its invention in 1907, a giant environmental problem has been staring the world in the face, but we’ve done little about it. Plastic can be cheap to produce, so it is manufactured in high volumes. However, plastic is also usually discarded as litter.

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Technology of the week: Screencast-O-Matic

Practically Perfect PA

What is Screencast-O-Matic? Screencast-O-Matic is a brilliant web based tool that allows users to record and create videos of whatever is happening on their screen. What does it do?

2016 194

Etsy Makes it Easy for Sellers to Move Off Etsy

Small Business Labs

One of the challenges online marketplaces face is sellers often do their best to move their customers off the marketplace to their own ecommerce site. They do this for two main reasons. First, they want to avoid the fees associated with selling through a 3rd party marketplace.

2016 182

How To Set Up an Efficient Content Marketing System

Office Organization Success

Content marketing is the *hot* new online marketing strategy! Actually, it’s not really new … using your content (i.e.

2016 161

Why You Need to Get Emotional With Customers

On The Job

Most companies realize that customer emotions are key in purchasing decisions or brand loyalty, but it’s something based on gut reactions with little data or science to back it up. Until now.

2016 158

Quick, Practical and Dirty – How to Assess Your PA Brand

Practically Perfect PA

Imagine the scene, 100 highly professional assistants at Nicky’s Assist Conference 2016. All eager, hungry and demanding top notch speakers – ‘Give me knowledge!’ ‘ Give me practical tips!’ My job was to talk about What is your value? – so no pressure then!

2016 182

Which things you have to be ready to sacrifice to become a winner in life?

Dumb Little Man

Becoming a winner isn’t an easy task. We all want it, but we are hardly ready to pay the price required for it. In addition, we end up living a life that is just boring and dull. We stay there feeling upset for not getting what we want, but we want it the easy way. Sounds familiar?

2016 207

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How to Repair Bad Relationships at Work

On The Job

Even the nicest, most even-tempered person has difficulties getting along with everyone at work. (If If someone tells you they love everyone, they're either lying or taking some really nice meds.) When workplace relationships go bad, it can be really difficult because you're still required to work with the person. Ignoring him or her can not only hurt your ability to do your job, but puts colleagues in an awkward position between the feuding parties.

2016 133

Qbic Hotel, London

Practically Perfect PA

As a former East London resident I was very much looking forward to my stay at the Qbic hotel. Nestled in the corner of Whitechapel High Street and Commercial Road this hotel is in the perfect place to house East London trendies and city workers looking for something a little different.

2016 148

5 Ways To Deal With People Who Put You Down In Hard Times

Dumb Little Man

You have an ambition. You’ve pursued it for some time. You even feel like you’re steadily progressing. So you share your accomplishments with your friends and family, and you’re shocked by their responses. Why are you doing this?” they say, casting doubt. They make you insecure about your choice. “I

2016 205

7 Strategies to Speak Up to Get Results

Office Dynamics

The following post was originally published at ColetteCarlson.com and is shared with permission from the author. “I’ve I’ve lost my mojo and fear speaking up when I should,” confessed Janet who recently stepped into a new position.

2016 175

What is Platform Cooperativism?

Small Business Labs

Platform Cooperativism is the term being used to describe the combination of coop business structures with online platforms that delivers real-world goods or services. Coops are basically businesses owned and controlled by the members that they serve. This means that decisions made in cooperatives balance the need to be financially viable with the needs and interests of members and their communities.

2016 109

Sharing your Skills

Laughing all the Way to Work

Do you want to get better at what you do? Share it!! You wouldn't believe how much I learn each time I give a minute-taking or travel webinar. Because I am giving the webinar I have to review the material and make sure I know my stuff. The audience will certainly know it if I don't. The same can apply in your workplace. If there is sharing of information among the admins, then we can learn from each other and we all grow.

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Tips and Tricks for Buying Happiness

Dumb Little Man

How to Buy Happiness There are some things that I have purchased over my lifetime that have undeniably broken the rule that money can’t buy happiness. I can directly point to several things; my winter coat, my skis, and an old t-shirt, from which I get a real sense of happiness.

2016 204

I am proud to be an “EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT…because miracle worker is not a job title”!

Office Dynamics

Dear Joan & Jasmine: Since I picked up your book “Who Took My Pen…Again?!” in 2013, Office Dynamics has changed my life! I’ve been a professional assistant my entire life. I entered my career, in 1981 with no more than a pleasant personality, a sense of style and the ability to type quickly.

2016 170

The Panama Papers Breach: Don’t Blame WordPress

Tips From T. Marie

Last Thursday, WordFence revealed on their blog that the Mossack Fonseca data breach that resulted in the Panama Papers was possibly initiated via an outdated WordPress slider plugin. They have since done an update regarding the breach as it relates to WordPress. I’m sure many people are shocked that Mossack Fonseca wasn’t only running an old, vulnerable version of a slider plugin for WordPress but that they also were running a 3 year old version of Drupal as well. I’m not shocked at all.

2016 107

Organizing Computer Odds and Ends

Clutter Coach

by What do you do with all that stuff you acquire when you get a new computer? You're overrun with disks, manuals, cords, instruction sheets, warranties, adapters and packaging, all of which is different shapes and sizes. Years ago, I had a client who carefully slipped each disk into a plastic sleeve in a binder. A second binder with still more sleeves held the paper documentation.

2016 100

Four ways of effective Management : How to achieve Extraordinary results from Ordinary people

Dumb Little Man

As cliché as it sounds, we are all managers in our own rites. From the time we hit puberty a lot of things come under our own control. That means we have the power to make decisions, control events in our lives and by extension in the lives of others.

2016 201

How to Respond to Workplace Conflict

Office Dynamics

You might think talking about conflict is not very motivating, especially to kick off the week. However, Monday is the perfect time to talk about workplace conflict because we all have to deal with it. I’m not referring to full-blown, yelling at each other.

2016 166

The New Comedy Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

Wired's fascinating The Silicon Valley Boys Aren’t Just Brilliant—They’re Part of a Comedy Revolution  covers what they call the new comedy gig economy.

2016 100

Technology Made Easy

Clutter Coach

by I'm not a technology maven. I used to be, back when computers only did about five things. And I was the family genius who could fix the color balance on the TV set. But everything got more complicated and I didn't keep up. So I'm always happy when I can use technology without having to learn anything. Jott is a fantastic service that allows me to send myself emails via my cellphone, and it doesn't involve texting, which I have not been able to master.

2016 100

6 Steps to have a Stress Free Travel including Yoga.

Dumb Little Man

We all know that making a trip can be a little stressful, especially at the beginning. Vacation time is all about traveling. Here are some tips you can follow to have a great trip from the beginning to end. Book flights and accommodation with a couple months of anticipation.

2016 194

How to Optimize Your Career By Utilizing Your Talents

Office Dynamics

Love your career. Optimization is like administrative skills and attitudes on steroids (in a good way!). Optimization means to enhance the effectiveness of something; to make something function at its best.

2016 151

Excellent Definition of the Pet Humanization Trend

Small Business Labs

I just joined the LinkedIn Group Packaged Facts Pet Market Research & Trends. Great group for fans of pet trends. It's a private group. But they let me in, so they're willing to let in non-pet industry folks.

2016 100

Information Overload? Stop Moving

Clutter Coach

by I had the pleasure of hearing the charming and witty Karen Salmansohn speak the other night at the Ladies Who Launch monthly meeting. She's promoting her new book, The Bounce Back Book , about "how to thrive in the face of adversity, setbacks, losses, failures, illness, rejection – you name it." " Karen has a clever way with words. She likened having a case of information overload to being stuck in a snowglobe.

2016 100

How to Prepare for Retirement Emotionally

Dumb Little Man

“It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living.” – Eckhart Tolle Happiness and quality of life are something that many, if not all of us, strive for.

Teaching Your Assistant Yields Huge Return on Investment

Office Dynamics

Are you teaching your assistant? One of the most common challenges we hear from Administrative and Executive Assistants is this: “I’m underutilized.”. In our experience, Executives across the board fail to fully leverage the time and talents of their support staff.

2016 150

Roasted Red Pepper Soup Recipe

Professional Assistant Blog

1 Tbsp. Butter. 4 Large Red Bell Peppers. 1 Large Sweet Onion, chopped. 3-4 Cloves Garlic, minced. Dry White Wine. 1 1/2 cups Heavy Cream. Salt and White Pepper to taste. Optional: Cayenne Pepper to taste. Preparation: Roast the red peppers over a grill or stove burner until black on all sides.

2016 130

Password Hints

Clutter Coach

by I have 170 passwords in my Palm. Some are written in directly, the ones I use for sites where I don’t care about security, like reading the New York Times online. Others I use so often I have them in my head. But there too are many secure passwords for me to remember and those are listed with hints only. Mine your past to create easy-to-remember passwords with letters and numbers.

2016 100

5 Keys to Getting More Clients Through Video Marketing

Dumb Little Man

So you want to get more out of your video marketing tools? It’s possible, if you do it right. Follow the five steps here to ramp up productivity from your marketing videos today. KEY #1: Use the right kind of title.

2016 190

Own Your Story: Past, Present and Future

Office Dynamics

I’m preparing this post early but when you read this, I’ll have just given my presentation #OwnIt, How to Own Your Story and Win at Life at the Executive Secretary Live in London. My very first International speaking opportunity on behalf of Office Dynamics International!

2016 138

Why I decided to buy a bread machine

Professional Assistant Blog

After reading more reviews of the top bread machines, I was more than convinced that I should buy one of these appliances. For starters, I was tired of the taste of store-bought bread, and I wanted to control the ingredients that I use in my bread.

2016 130

Use a ripening drawer for paper management

Clutter Coach

Does paper management seem overwhelming? All those decisions to make! Here’s a way to get some control before you’re ready to make the decisions. I wrote about this concept several years ago. I discovered it in the excellent book ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life by Judith Kolberg and Kathleen Nadeau.

2016 100

Synchronize Your Email Manually (The Productivity Gem nobody talks about)

Dumb Little Man

Poor email usage is without a doubt the #1 time killer for white-collar workers. If you get this right you’ll be ahead of 50-90% of the other people dependent on your industry and level of seniority.

2016 184

Executive Assistants Celebrate Your Peers’ Success! [Admin Recognition]

Office Dynamics

Something interesting happened a few years back whereby a group of assistants won a special award from an external vendor. Instead of their co-worker assistants being happy for them, the assistants were wondering “Why didn’t they win the award?” “Why Why didn’t they get recognition?” (It’s

2016 135

The Value of Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

Small Business CEO

The term ‘emotional intelligence’ was first used by best-selling author Daniel Goleman. The idea behind the phrase was so compelling that his book of the same name remained on the New York Times best seller list for over a year.

2016 83

Movin' On Up!

Virtual Moxie

Today, a happy note. We're heading toward the end of a long rebrand, including the creation of not one, but two new sites! Included in the site for VAs, a new blog--well, a different version of this blog, really. Virtual Moxie will live on there, I'm happy to report. We just need to stop adding content here and focus on what has to happen to finish the new sites. So this will officially be my last post for a few weeks (best estimate). My next post will be from our new home!

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