Sat.Apr 16, 2016 - Fri.Apr 22, 2016

Using social media to empower Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

When Nicky approached me to speak about my top tips for beginners at The Assist Conference I was truly honored. I’m a huge fan of Practically Perfect PA and am loving the new look site.

How to Study Online Courses : 7 Best Study Methods

Dumb Little Man

Most colleges are now offering online courses, ranging from a single elective course to a full online degree program. There are thousands of degree programs that you can finish without ever visiting a college campus.

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5 Reasons Why Office Admins are the New Power Job

Office Dynamics

Author: OfficeNinjas. Editor’s Note: This is a revised version of an original post from the OfficeNinjas blog. You connect the dots between departments, have mastered the art of juggling competing work priorities, all while keeping the lights on and often acting as director of first impressions.

2016 205

Low Wage Workers Not Who You Think They Are

Small Business Labs

The Economic Policy Institute's (EPI) article Low-Wage Workers Are Older than You Think  provides a good, demographic snap shot of low wage workers in the U.S.    Their infographic (below) shows that surprisingly relatively few (11%) are teens and most (57%) work full-time.

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Always make a great first impression

Practically Perfect PA

Looking back on my career as an Assistant I can pinpoint a few occasions where I definitely made a great first impression.

2016 195

Solving Workplace Problems with a Culture of Creativity – 10 Strategies

Dumb Little Man

If you ever have the opportunity to visit Google or Facebook headquarters, you will “smell” it. You will smell it, taste it, hear it and feel it. It is the vibe of creativity all around you.

2016 200

How to Impact Your Work by Rephrasing What You Say

Office Dynamics

8 Little Words Make a BIG Difference. What can I do to get this started?” I will never forget how my life changed as an executive when Jasmine Freeman, Chief Executive Assistant, asked me that question. I was standing outside Jasmine’s office on my way out the front door.

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Do you want to speak at Assist Travel 2016?

Practically Perfect PA

So a few weeks ago I told you guys that we are organising Assist Travel again this year. The programme looks particularly awesome (I know I’m biased but it does!), you can check it out here. We have two key sessions that require speakers who are assistants.

2016 155

2 Strategies to Get Your Business Unstuck

Dumb Little Man

Is your business stuck, paralyzed, not moving forward? You know where you want to be 5 years from now, do you feel like you’re on the right path to achieving it, or does it seem like the days tick by without you getting any closer to those dreams? For most of us, the second one is our reality.

2016 199

3 Tips for Organizing Your Executive & Team Members

Office Dynamics

By Julie Perrine. You can’t make others work the way you work. This is the first thing you have to accept if you want to help someone, such as your executive or team member, get and stay organized, is chances are the person you’re trying to help doesn’t have the same style preferences as you do.

2016 163

Ignoring Digital Could Doom Your Career

On The Job

When it comes to digital transformation , companies are spending millions to ready their workforces for the future. Presentations and training sessions to employees stress how critical this transformation is if an organization wants to serve the customers and compete in a fast-paced marketplace.

2016 158

Inside the Edinburgh PA Network

Practically Perfect PA

One of the reasons I started Practically Perfect PA back in 2011 was because I wanted to create an online community for assistants.

4 Essential Checkups You Should Have Each Year

Dumb Little Man

It can be difficult to get yourself to regularly visit the doctor, but it is an essential process to ensure that you are healthy. Getting the right checkups and screenings will allow you to stay in the best physical shape possible.

2016 190

Email Expectations: Getting Executives and Assistants to See Eye-to-Eye

Office Dynamics

In the modern business world, email is a constant force pressing upon us. For many Executives, it’s a primary mode of communication. You send and receive it all day and night, weekends included. Email isn’t restricted to typical working hours.

2016 159

Data Reveals Secrets of Great Public Speaking

On The Job

Whether you like it or not, people make judgments about you every time they see you or hear you. That's why it's so important for your career that you make a good impression whenever you have a chance to speak publicly.

2016 158

Why the Office is Still Important and Coworking is Growing

Small Business Labs

One of the most interesting trends we follow is the paradox of place.    The paradox is place and location have become both more and less important. Place is less important because high fidelity connective technologies allow people to communicate with anyone, anywhere. This is why telecommuting is growing (although not as fast as many predicted), work forces have become more distributed and mobile work much more common. 

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How to Stay Motivated at The Gym

Dumb Little Man

You walk into the gym, throw on your gym shoes, and you are off to the races. Starting with a brisk walk on the treadmill, every second feels like an eternity.

2016 181

Handling Ethical Issues in the Workplace

Office Dynamics

Author: Lisa Olsen. Have you ever thought about your responsibility and power to improve ethical standards in the workplace? Assistants have touch-points at many levels in the organization and we often find ourselves encountering ethical dilemmas in the office.

2016 155

How to Increase Your Productivity by Embracing Conscious Procrastination

Productivity Bits

Procrastination can be defined in many ways. Some procrastinators constantly change the dates of all their tasks, in the end not doing anything at all, while others put off working on small, negligible projects in order to concentrate on big stuff, achieving great results. The former is called unstructured or passive procrastinating – and as much as the passive procrastinators deny it, it’s basically laziness. The latter, however, is nothing of the sort.

2016 109

Organizing as a Practice

Clutter Coach

by I've been trying to start two new practices recently (I know I shouldn't say "trying;" am I afraid to commit?). One is meditating and the other is writing. Since I used to write fiction I know a practice is important but somehow I didn't think that also applied to non-fiction writing. My friend Deborah assures me that it does (and she gave me some great tips!). So I'm using an online timer and putting in 10 minutes (for now) a day.

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Should I Get a Loan? : Ask Yourself These Questions

Dumb Little Man

Getting a loan is serious business. Nearly everything in life requires a financial backing to make a large purchase unless you have plenty of money. A loan will allow you to build a new home, buy a car or build a building that will benefit hundreds of people.

2016 160

Why Use Active Verbs Instead of Passive?

Office Dynamics

This is part of a series by editor Barbara McNichol to provide tips that help you write like a pro. You’ve probably been urged to use “active” verbs when you write but do you know why? Because sentences written with active verbs: Clearly spell out the action being performed and who is doing it.

2016 154

Yelp Ratings and Review: You Are in Control

Small Business CEO

Consider these facts: 98% of Yelpers have made a purchase from a business they found on Yelp, 89% of consumers make a purchase within a week of visiting reviews sites and 29% will visit a business within a day. photo credit: Yelp Inc. Flickr.

2016 75

Four Common Idioms from Shakespeare

Daily Writing Tips

What do the following examples from the Web have in common? Changing my mind is not something that happens often. It’s a simple case of me stating my point and refusing to budge an inch from it. . US Recovery Cold Comfort for Unemployed.

2016 74

The Productivityist Podcast: Focusing on Memory with Brad Zupp


In this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, I speak with Brad Zupp. Brad is an entertaining motivational speaker and memory improvement expert from New York. Brad shows people how to supercharge their memories to improve many aspects of their lives (including productivity) and to have a better memory at any age. And that’s exactly why I wanted to talk to him. I trust my memory…to a point. And for good reason.

2016 58

Tactfully Voicing Your Opinion

Office Dynamics

Happy Monday. I hope you had a great weekend. I’ve had a wonderful 6 days of vacation. I actually had a staycation. My daughter was visiting me and I had a great time playing tour guide and tourist in my own town, Las Vegas!

2016 154

Buying Property Overseas? Why you Should Use a Specialist Money Transfer Company

Small Business CEO

Are you considering buying a property abroad? Once you’ve found the perfect plot, managed to decipher the multitude of complicated rules that often accompany a foreign purchase and had your offer accepted, it’s time to start thinking about funds.

2016 72

3 Parallel-Structure Problems

Daily Writing Tips

Each of the following sentences has an organizational flaw. A discussion of each is followed by a suggested revision. People who are successful at careers in fashion design are hardworking, detail oriented, and love apparel.

2016 63

5 Techniques To Beat Work Overload


Linda Craig is a senior content specialist and writing expert at Assignment Masters. She also enjoys talking about productivity and optimizing all areas of business. You spend the entire day working hard at the office, sifting through the pile of documents on your desk. You know you still have more work to do, but the mere thought doing all of this work is overwhelming. For many, the approach toward work is very peculiar: the more work you have, the less you want to start doing it.

2016 40

All Progress Takes Place Outside Your Comfort Zone

Office Dynamics

I’ve learned many things in working closely with Joan Burge over the last 9+ years. But my favorite thing is this…All progress takes place outside the comfort zone. I’ve learned to say yes to things that scare me.

2016 150

Work-Life Balance: How To Afford To Have some Fun On Your Next Business Trip

Small Business CEO

All work and no play makes for not such a fun day – or trip. Even on business trips, you need some downtime. So, here’s how to keep calm and still get your work done. Don’t Be Afraid To Get Away From Your Travel Destination.

2016 71

55 Boxing Idioms

Daily Writing Tips

Despite the waning popularity of pugilism, or the sweet science, as boxing is also called, the sport has contributed a number of colorful words, phrases, and expressions out of proportion to its current stature among athletic endeavors.

2016 61

How do you work for someone you dislike?

Office Dynamics

Question: “Five months ago I was hired as an admin at a telecommunications company. Recently I’ve come to realize that while my boss and I do get along, he’s kind of a classic jerk—and everyone warned me about it.

2016 145

I feel like I’m Wonder Woman! [Appreciation Letter]

Office Dynamics

Jasmine –. With April being Administrative Professionals Appreciation Month, I thought I would write a short note thanking you , Joan and the Office Dynamics team for all you do in promoting and supporting administrative professionals around the world!

2016 143

Essay on Starting a Small Business

Small Business CEO

Starting a small business is the best way to gain freedom. Although this statement is disputable, it has sense. Why do people decide to become entrepreneurs? They are longing for independence. Small business helps one manage his time in the way he wants.

2016 70

Lessons in Marketing: How to Use Promotional Items to your Advantage

Small Business CEO

Every business should incorporate promotional products as a part of their marketing campaign. When implemented well, promotional items can generate a stream of leads and referrals; as well as increasing the brand awareness for the business.

What Are Merchant Cash Advance “Double Fees”- and How Can You Avoid Them?

Small Business CEO

If your company does a considerable amount of its business in credit card and debit card sales, the chances are that you’ve already heard about merchant cash advances.

2016 69