Sat.Apr 02, 2016 - Fri.Apr 08, 2016

A day in the life: Laura O’Malley, Team Lead and Executive PA, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust

Practically Perfect PA

What are the main aspects of your role? I provide PA support to the Director and Deputy Director of Operations and the Director of HR. I am also the Team Lead for the Corporate PA Team, so I coordinate the teams work, ensure cover is arranged for annual leave, sickness etc. and line manage the two administrators and our reception staff. What is your morning routine before you get in to the office?

2016 159

19 ways to get motivated to exercise

Dumb Little Man

Even though we know that exercise is good for us, it can still be hard to maintain a regular exercise plan.—or or even start one! It’s tough to make the switch from ‘thinking about working out’ to actually working out. So what can we do? Here are 19 ideas you can try to get round any obstacles you have and start working out: 1. Tell a friend when you plan to work out and what activity you’ll be doing. Ask them to check in with you afterwards to see if you did it.

2016 159

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Hosting Your Own Teleclass? 6 Dos and Don’ts for a Successful Outcome

Office Organization Success

Hosting teleclasses is one of my absolute favorite list building strategies. . Apart from being easy to do, it’s a great way to interact with my audience and get to know them, and also let them get to know me. But as with anything new there’s always a learning curve involved. Over the years I’ve developed my own style for hosting teleclasses and found some shortcuts that allow me to present my content so that everything flows smoothly.

2016 155

The One Thing Small Businesses Need to STOP Doing

Tips From T. Marie

Are you an author, coach, restaurant, or other small business? Listen up. I need to tell you something. Stop Using Facebook as Your Website! I’ve written about it before. The dangers of using Facebook as your business website. Sadly instead of seeing a decrease in the number of businesses taking part in the practice, here we are a year later, with more small businesses than ever believing they can get away with using Facebook as their business website.

2016 101

Let’s talk team bonding

Practically Perfect PA

A bonded team is a happy team, and happy teams are engaged, motivated and ready to do their best work. Did you know, when employee engagement is high, revenue growth is 2.5 times higher, employee turnover is 40% lower and customer satisfaction is 12% higher? Team Bonding is just one part of Employee Engagement. When a team is aligned, energized and working together towards a common goal, nothing can stop them!

2016 128

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 and is the side from which creative thought springs, while the left brain is the linear, detail-oriented, and logical part. Many people do tend to have a left or right brain dominance, a factor, for example, in what they might choose for their life’s work. Thus, the artist would never consider accounting for a career, and vice versa.

2016 156

How to Master The Art of Supporting Multiple Managers

Office Dynamics

The article, Juggling: The Art of Supporting Multiple Managers by Stacy Leitner was originally posted at AGreatDaysWork.com. This article has been shared by permission from the author. . If you are an assistant who works with multiple managers or executives, you know the work can be overwhelming at times. For nearly a decade, I primarily supported one person—the CEO.

2016 143

More Trending

Launching Assist Travel 2016

Practically Perfect PA

In last year’s Practically Perfect PA reader’s survey I asked you lovely lot “What area of your role do you think you need to learn more about? ”. Business travel was a pretty clear winner. From this Assist Travel was born. We ran our first conference and exhibition for business travel booking assistants last September and I’m very excited to announce that we will be running Assist Travel again this year. It will be held in London on the 9th September. The aim of Assist Travel.

2016 122

Best Motivation Whatsapp Status Quotes

Dumb Little Man

It’s time to get motivated by some of the greatest words ever spoken throughout history and then share them with the world by using them in a Whatsapp status or as a Facebook status. 15 Motivation Whatsapp Status Quotes 1) Change yourself – you are in control. 2) Good things come to those who wait… greater things come to those who get off their ass and do anything to make it happen. 3) Be the change that you want to see in the world. 4) Live as if you were to die tomorrow.

2016 154

How Administrative Professionals Can Prepare for the Office of the Future

Office Dynamics

by Brandi Britton, district president, OfficeTeam. This article was originally published in Executive Secretary Magazine and shared with permission by OfficeTeam and it’s author. Today’s administrative professionals have anything but an easy and boring job. Over the years, their roles have moved well beyond circulating memos and taking dictation. They are being asked to become involved in and even take charge of areas such as social media and corporate responsibility.

30 Minutes to Less Clutter

Clutter Coach

by Want less clutter on your desk? Can you spare half an hour? What if it would make the following half hour twice as productive? And the hour after that too? Spending time on organizing is a great investment because it always gives you a high return (unlike many investments these days). Starting. Figuring out how to start is often the hardest part of decluttering. The big secret is that it really doesn’t matter, just make a decision and do it.

2016 100

How do You Know That You're the Best?

Virtual Moxie

Kathy came to me to ask me to review her business in the hopes that I would tell her where I think she fits in the overall landscape of Virtual Assistants. She told me that if I thought she was one of the best, it would absolutely do wonders for her business, proving she was great and helping her compete for clients. I took a deep breath and shared that in my view, the fact that she wants someone to tell her she's one of the best means that she doesn't believe she is.

2016 113

SWITCHING HABITS: To Smoke Or To Vape?

Dumb Little Man

Smoking is a pastime we humans have been practicing and enjoying ever since the beginning of time. Such an activity has greatly evolved through both time and different generations. It has come from being a part of important rituals (in the Americas, circa 5000 BC), to being loosely used as a medicine (remember the opium craze in Europe?),

2016 139

Assistants Are Simply The Best

Office Dynamics

The team at Office Dynamics International is ecstatic to work with administrative professionals around the globe every day of the year. It’s one of our favorite things! Assistants are simply the best. This year we’re celebrating the administrative profession with our annual blog-a-thon in honor of administrative professionals. Marathon blogging right here at www.officedynamics.com.

2016 124

Organize your bedroom

Clutter Coach

by Wouldn’t it be delightful to walk into a serene, welcoming bedroom after a hard day’s work? It would invite you to relax and nothing else; nothing to put away, nothing to distract you from chilling out. The way it is now: The bed is unmade, clothes are slung over chairs and doorknobs, newspapers and magazine are on the floor, the bureau and nightstand are littered with stuff. People, this is not a room conducive to relaxation!

2016 100

Is an Espresso Machine Good for You?

Professional Assistant Blog

Espresso machines produce highly concentrated ,dark and rich brew that are mostly found at the coffee shops. The coffee beans must be finely ground and packed to produce strong coffee which some people prefer to take as shots. Espresso machines can also be used to make milk-based beverages such as lattes and cappuccinos, where milk is heated separately using the machine’s frothing tube which blow steam into the milk whipping it to froth. Drinking Espresso.

2016 100

This is How To Show Employers You Have The Skills They Want

Dumb Little Man

In your mind, you’re the perfect candidate for every job you’ve ever applied for. You’re certain you fulfill every requirement in the job description, but after each application or interview you never receive that job offer. Maybe employers aren’t seeing all you really have to offer.

2016 139

Better Writing: When to Use “Like” vs. “Such As”

Office Dynamics

Have you ever wondered about the distinction between “like” or “such as” in your writing? Here are two phrases to consider: the answers that so-called geniuses like / such as Newton seem to embody. centuries of innovations like / such as the airplane and the space shuttle have resulted. In these examples, “such as” is preferred over “like” because the word “like” implies comparison while “such as” implies inclusion. That means being like something doesn’t include the thing itself.

2016 113

11 Top Tips for Time Management

Productivity Bits

Wake Up Early Are you a morning or a night person? When you’re busy all the time, waking up early essentially adds an extra hour or two to your day. Although it can be difficult at first, waking up early can boost your time management skills, simply because you have more time to get things done. It is also reported that waking up early can leave you feeling more refreshed and energised for the day (providing you get enough sleep).

2016 100

How To Spend More Time On Focused Work

Productivityist

This guest post is by Paul Minors. Paul decided to write this post after hearing from so many people how hard it is to find the time to get any focused work done. You can listen to Paul discussing these ideas on his podcast. You can also sign up to Paul’s free email course, the 7-Day Productivity Plan and learn how to supercharge your productivity. I’m sure you know the feeling where you have a big project or a task that’s going to require a decent amount of your energy and attention.

2016 63

Protect Your Breakable Items By Following These Packing Tips

Dumb Little Man

Delicate items usually have financial and emotional values attached to them. To treasure them for years it is essential to take care of the, when planning to move your house by accepting help from packers and movers. You should pack the fragile pieces with a packaging material that will keep them safe from bumps, vibration and shocks of any kind. Different types of material require a different type of packing. Your fragile items can break due to common hazards like vibration and shock.

2016 135

Silvia isn’t just an admin, an appreciation letter

Office Dynamics

An appreciation letter to Joan Burge, CEO and Founder, Office Dynamics International. We receive letters from executives and assistants about the impact of our work. In fact, we have hundreds of letters stored away here that we’ve never shared with you before. Why not take a few moments during our blog-a-thon for the administrative profession to highlight YOUR stories and why we’re here?

2016 110

Truck Based Commerce Continues to Expand - Financial Planning & Books

Small Business Labs

The use of trucks as mobile commerce platforms continues expand. Just in the last week the press have reported on two interesting examples. The Forbes article Financial Planner Takes Tough-Love Money Advice On The Road  reports on the first financial planning truck I've heard of.    Charlotte, N.C., financial planner Marsha Barnes cruises around in a refurbished school bus dispensing financial advice. So far she's advised over 4,000 people on her bus.

2016 63

Why it’s Important to Find Joy in Your Work

Productivityist

This piece originally appeared in The Productivityist Weekly newsletter. If you’d like to receive first-run and exclusive content delivered to your email inbox every week (and receive additional bonus offers and a free copy of my manifesto The Way of The Productivityist, sign up here. As I wrote this I was flying at 30,000 feet en route to Austin, Texas for the Think Better, Live Better event in January of 2016.

2016 63

How To Get Back a Normal Life After a Loss

Dumb Little Man

When someone close to you dies, it often seems like life can never be the same again. Yet loss is a natural part of life, and it is also something we all have to face. Of course, it is never easy, but there are ways to prepare yourself and ensure that things can return to normal in time. To help you through these difficult times, here are a number of factors to consider. Prepare For Deaths As grim as it sounds, death is an inevitable part of life, so you should always be prepared for it.

2016 121

Expectations of Today’s Assistant

Office Dynamics

Welcome to April! We are into the 4th month of 2016. How is it going for you so far? Office Dynamics is all a buzz with the anticipation and excitement of Administrative Professionals Week the end of this month. But we don’t just celebrate assistants the last week of April, we love to celebrate the profession the entire month. Because administrative professionals are the backbone of every organization.

2016 104

The “Ancestor Syndrome” – Or Why You Don’t Have Enough Money

Brilliantly Better

There is this saying that, from a financial point of view, you are the average of the top 5 people you spend time with. While I find this to be completely true in real life, I think it’s incomplete, though.… … The post The “Ancestor Syndrome” – Or Why You Don’t Have Enough Money appeared first on Dragos Roua. Money and Wealth Personal Development

2016 56

The Productivityist Podcast: Making Better Meetings with John Poelstra

Productivityist

On this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, I speak with podcast producer and meeting facilitation expert John Poelstra about how we can go about making better meetings. We dive into the “MAP” you need to make your meetings better, how to improve your meeting facilitation skills, how to deal with latecomers and attendees who take over meetings, and much more. Relevant Links. Webinar Ninja. The True Cost of Meetings | ReadyTalk. The Upsell Podcast.

2016 61

Vehicle Moving Process Made Uncomplicated by Proficient Car Packers movers in Delhi

Dumb Little Man

Delhi is the silicon city of the nation and also one of the cities in India with the largest number of cars. So, the car owners here in Delhi sometimes may need to move their cars from Delhi to another city like Karnataka, Kolkata or Noida. To do this job, they require a company which does car transport in Delhi, within the city and also in outer cities. There are several agencies operating here which have customized solutions and efficient services for car transportation in Delhi.

2016 113

How to Present Data to Your Executive

Office Dynamics

Business is becoming increasingly complex and data is becoming extremely important in order for companies to be able to stay ahead of the curve; remain current and be competitive. Executives need to make decisions that ensure the success of the entire company. Conveying data in a meaningful and clear way is not is as easy as it sounds.

2016 100

Running For Beginners

Brilliantly Better

One of the fundamental building blocks of my online business is a short page called Contact, on this very blog. You wouldn’t believe the amount of feedback, constructive criticism, profitable ideas and partnership proposals I get through that tiny page.… … The post Running For Beginners appeared first on Dragos Roua. Running

2016 44

Testing Isn’t Only for the Technical Team: The Tests Your Business Needs to Be Doing

Small Business CEO

Frequently, when we talk about testing, we are talking about tests done by a dedicated testing team. More recently, development have also had to think about developer testing. There are many different types of testing: development testing and automated testing such as unit testing, integration testing and regression testing; as well as manual testing performed by dedicated QA staff. One important type of testing that is frequently overlooked is business process testing, such as UAT. What is UAT?

2016 61

5 Resources That Help You Answer “What’s That Word?”

Daily Writing Tips

You’re trying to think of a word, but it stubbornly refuses to materialize. Oh, well. You’ll think of it—when it’s too late. What do you do in the meantime? Plenty of books and websites are available to bridge the gap between your brain and the word it seeks. Bowing to the convenience of the Web, however, few new word-finder books have been published in some time.) Here are summaries of five of these resources. Bernstein’s Reverse Dictionary. This book by language maven Theodore M.

2016 59

Expect More Internet Connected, Quantified Dogs

Small Business Labs

Based on our site stats, we have a loyal core of readers who love pet trends as much as we do.    So this group will no doubt want to be updated on the acquisition of Whistle, a maker of "Fitbit for dogs" devices, by consumer products giant Mars. The dog below is wearing one of these devices. Tech Crunch recently reported Mars acquired Whistle for north of $100 million. 

2016 40

3 Ways to Overcome Imposter Syndrome

45 Things

A confident stride, a firm handshake and a calm demeanor in a crisis will more than likely ensure that you are seen as a real pro at work, someone who is competent and skilled in her job. But before work every morning, you're a mess. Your stomach may even cramp at the thought of putting in another day in a job where you feel like a fraud. You worry that everyone is going to find out that you're really not qualified and the job and your life are going to crumble into a million pieces.

2016 46

Back to Basics – How Talking to Customers is Making a Comeback

Small Business CEO

It may sound obvious, but talking directly to a potential customer is one of the most effective ways to promote what you do. By talking directly, I don’t mean crafting a personalised email to a carefully curated mailing list. I’m talking about having a conversation face to face. photo credit: Jon Crel / Flickr. That’s where pop-up marketing comes in.

2016 60

3 Cases of Sentence-Composition Confusion

Daily Writing Tips

It’s not only quite possible but also quite common for what initially appears to be a well-written sentence to turn out to fail to express what the writer intended. Readers may be able to understand that intent, and may not even notice the error, but confusion is likely. Here are three sentences that don’t quite say what the writer thinks they say, followed by discussions and revisions. Jones teamed up with another future Hall of Famer named John Smith.

2016 57