Sat.Jan 14, 2012 - Fri.Jan 20, 2012

22 Secrets to Discovering Your Dream and Living It

Dumb Little Man

One of the most important rules of happiness in life is to do what you love. But discovering that dream job and what you are meant to do in life isn't always so easy.

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Punctuating Bullet Points

Business Writing

In business writing courses, the most common question about punctuation involves how to punctuate bullet points. It's important, since these days we write as many bullet points as paragraphs. Let me tell you how I punctuate them, and then I. Punctuation Pointers

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12 Quotes that Get Them to Take Action

Productive & Organized

I have been collecting quotes since I was in grade school.    In fact, when I worked in corporate, I had my interior windows plastered with quotes. They worked to eliminate distractions of people walking by too.)    Quotes from others have a way of resonating with our psyche. 

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How the Illogical Process of Hiring Can Help YOU

Job Advice Blog

So, finally, you receive a call to schedule an interview. All your efforts have paid off. A person calls you to schedule another interview. This is a huge compliment! You were selected from dozens or, at times, hundreds of people who applied for the very same position. You typically feel elated on one hand and [.]. Interview Skills by Alex Freund career advice career management interview Job Advice Job Search networking Winning Interview Strategies

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Is Your Mindset Secretly Making You Miserable? Here’s How to Fix It

Dumb Little Man

Is your mindset secretly ruining your life? And if so, is there a way to fix it? Michael Jordan wasn’t considered the best basketball player of all time when he was starting out. In fact, he was cut from his varsity team when he was a sophomore.

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75 Synonyms for “Angry”

Daily Writing Tips

Are you angry? At the risk of infuriating you, or making you apoplectic or exasperated, here are dozens of words to use to describe your choleric condition more precisely: 1. Acrid : extremely harsh (also refers to an unpleasant taste or smell). Acrimonious : harshly unpleasant. Aggravated : angrily agitated. Angered : made angry. Annoyed : angry about being disturbed or harassed. Antagonistic : angrily opposed. Antipathetic : expressing antipathy, or aggression or aversion.

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Crowdfunding – could it work for your business?

The Small Business Blog

Crowdfunding is becoming an increasingly popular method for small businesses and social ventures to raise much needed funds. The map below gives you some idea of the scale of growth in Crowdfunding over recent years. Interestingly, the same source indicates that 46% of all UK Crowdfunding platforms were launched in 2011 alone, so with the…

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Why You Need to Grab for Training Opportunities at Work

On The Job

You may be so busy at work that you're lucky to hit the bathroom once a day and find time to grab a sandwich to eat at your desk. When your boss offers you more training, your immediate response may be to decline. More training? Who has the time?

Featured Soloist Nea Joy Justice: “My Fallback Position Is My Resourcefulness and Commitment”

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 Nea Joy Justice.

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Brain picking and other mentoring benefits

Practically Perfect PA

In a recent survey conducted by Robert Walters it emerged that 32% of support staff do not think they would benefit from taking part in a formal mentoring programme and a further 76% have never been part of a mentoring programme. They are high statistics but not surprising.

SOPA: It only went as far as we let it!

Eco-Office Gals

We made noise and they listened! “On January 18th, 13 million of us took the time to tell Congress to protect free speech rights on the internet. Hundreds of millions, maybe a billion, people all around the world saw what we did on Wednesday.” ” This was unprecedented.

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Casual Friday Has Gone Too Far

On The Job

Last Friday I took a couple of hours off to run some personal errands. I wish I had stayed home, because my retinas are forever emblazoned with the visions I saw in "casual Friday" workplaces as I went to take care of my business.

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To Stay Productive Beyond January, Use Signs

The Solopreneur Life

I n last week’s Blog Talk Radio interview with productivity expert Claudine Motto — How To Stay Productive Beyond January — she said that productivity for solopreneurs often falters after the first month of the year because we lose sight of the new goals we have set. I told Claudine that recently I printed and placed next to my computer a copy of Stephen Covey’s “quadrants” as a way to help me prioritize my time.

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Keeping Your Small Business Customer Payments Secure

Small Business CEO

Your small business customers trust you with their most valuable information. Whether it’s their bank account information or their credit card information, they’re trusting you to keep it locked up tight.

5 Confused Word Pairs

Daily Writing Tips

The similarity of the letters e and i leads to frequent confusion between similar-looking and similar-sounding pairs of words. Here are five such word pairs with their respective meanings and tips for keeping each word in its place: 1. Elicit vs. Illicit. Elicit , meaning “draw forth,” comes from the Latin term lacere , “to entice or lure.” Illicit means “unlawful”; the root word stems from the Latin term licere , “to be allowed,” from which license also derives.

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How Achieving Your Goals Kills Your Motivation

Men With Pens

Heard you need constant improvement to become a master? Heard you need those 10,000 hours of practice ? It’s hogwash. A goal of ‘constant improvement’ won’t lead to success. I learned this when I signed up for Damn Fine Words , James Chartrand’s writing course. Signing up excited me.

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High Productivity from Modern Workplace Design

Productive & Organized

There was a time that "open office design" was a new term, but it was a way of organizing your facilities that was reserved for large corporations. I remember, back when I worked in corporate the move we made from traditional offices to "open space." 

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I Was iPhished! How This Geek Got Hacked!

Tips From T. Marie

I pride myself on internet security. I can spot a phishing e-mail in a flash, know how to build and use strong passwords and have security on my network that makes my ISP techs proud. So how in the heck did I manage to have $284.22 stolen from my PayPal account? That’s what I asked myself at 7:00 am this morning when I received an e-mail from PayPal telling me my account had been limited due to some suscpicious charges.

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Best Buy customer service still at odds

Service Untitled

Best Buy just can’t get it right, and customers continue to complain. Even the company’s promotion on used videos this weekend piled up consumer complaints as customers couldn’t find what they wanted in either the stores or online.

Why Emotional Decisions Aren’t Always Bad

Eat Your Career

Okay, listen up guys. I don’t say this often but here goes…. I was wrong. Well, maybe not completely wrong. But a little wrong. You see, I’ve written a lot in the past about why letting emotions guide you in the decision-making process is a dangerous thing.

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7 Negative Prefixes

Daily Writing Tips

What determines which prefix is attached to a word to form that word’s antonym? Why unlawful , but illegal ? Why infirm , but impaired ? You may be surprised that there’s a method to this madness: Negative prefixes come in forms that vary not only according to language derivation but also depending on meaning, and variations occur according to the letter that follows. Here are the ins and outs of in- and un- and their like, and details about their distinctions: 1-2. A-/An-.

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Do You Have Useless Website Content?

Men With Pens

Your website content may be utterly useless. Sure, it’s interesting. It’s often funny. It’s accurate and informative. But it’s probably repetitive. Your website content most likely repeats several sentences throughout your site. Worse, it might even repeat sentences on the same page.

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Corporate Social Responsibility and the Corporate Meeting

Professional Assistant Blog

Image by Engin Erdogan. T his is a guest post from Maureen Santoro from Atlas Meetings + Incentives. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an emerging segment of corporate meetings that is likely here to stay.

Top 5 Tips for Small Business Logo Design

The Small Business Blog

The top 5 tips weekly post is always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. The most memorable business logos are often just icons. Text on a logo is not always necessary if you can come up with a strong enough visual concept. Many logos use only…

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A Hyphenation Quiz

Daily Writing Tips

Yes, I hype correct hyphenation , but proper treatment of the little line enables clear communication, so on this site, I repeatedly attach importance to the attachment tool. In the following sentences, excessive or insufficient use of hyphens clouds rather than clarifies. Correct the connective calamities below, then check my answer key at the bottom of the page: 1. The program offers student-directed and student-initiated research- and discovery-based learning opportunities.”.

I’ll show you how to get new subscribers EVERY DAY!

Office Organization Success

Did you know that by just spending 20 minutes per week updating your online marketing system, you can add new subscribers on a daily basis? Yep that’s right! It’s what I do, and have been doing for years. And I continue to get new subscribers on a daily basis. When you know exactly what to do and how to do it, just about anyone can build their list in this way. And I’ll show you exactly how on this live, virtual workshop.

Outsourcing Blog: The Good and The Bad

Productivity Bits

T he past year 2011 has been good to me in general. There are a lot of good things to remember from last year. I experimented with few things on this blog – I outsourced the blog to guest writers. With that, the blog’s Alexa Ranking and number of RSS subscribers have increased dramatically. But I am not happy with that improvement. Here’s why: 1. Losing my personal voice.

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Benefits of Storage for Small Business

The Small Business Blog

Not long ago it was significantly more costly to set up a small business. Advances in resources for working from home, such as high speed broadband among others have played a huge part in the changes. Factors such as lower priced technology and the increasingly cheap and more flexible options offered by storage companies also…

2012 16

How to Find Time to Write: A Casual Conversation with Laura Vanderkam

Men With Pens

You’re invited to a very exclusive event. How to find the time to write. That’s one of the biggest complaints I hear from busy businesspeople, freelancers and entrepreneurs. Even writers complain they can’t find the time to write!). There aren’t enough hours in a day.

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Winter has finally arrived!

Office Organization Success

Winter has finally arrived in our little corner of North-West Ohio! This morning we woke up to high winds and drifting snow … but I have to say, we’ve got off relatively lightly with bad weather so far this year. This week I had the pleasure of hosting two virtual workshops; one of which was for my Business Planning Inner Circle clients. We mapped out their business plan, defined their ideal client profile, did a fabulous Know Your Numbers exercise, and so much more!

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SOPA What is it? Why should you care?

Eco-Office Gals

If you come to Eco-Office Gals on January 18th – we won’t be here, along with many others in an effort to Stop SOPA. Here is a video with the basics. Click through to post if you are viewing this in your feed). So, what should you do?

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Coworking 2.0

Small Business Labs

Jessica Stillman's Get Ready for Coworking 2.0  in GigaOm covers an interview with me on the shifts we're seeing in the coworking space.    She uses the analogy of the waves of change in the feminist movement to help describe the evolution occurring in coworking. I have to admit I don't know much about Feminist Theory , but based on what little I know I think the analogy is accurate.    Coworking was founded as a social movement. 

Best Empowering Tools

Brilliantly Better

Yeap, I know. This is a very generic title. But, if you clicked through it, you’re gonna be in for a treat. Every once in a while, I get to be involved in specific online events. Sometimes it’s about collective projects , sometimes it’s about some interesting memes and sometimes it’s about specific sales events. This post is about one of these sales events. How are these are working?

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12 Evocative Words That Include “Ae”

Daily Writing Tips

There’s something about the digraph ae that lends it a dignity and an aura. Perhaps it’s the vowel combination’s ubiquity as a plural marker taken directly from Latin ( antennae , nebulae , and so on). Maybe it’s the frequency of its appearance in classical nomenclature ( maenad , praetor , and the like). Whatever the reason, words in which ae appears are often vivid in their evocations. Here are some of my favorites: 1.

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