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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. Despite my passion for social media I haven’t always been adept at it and was a twitter virgin until The Assist Conference 2015. It is never too late to add a new string to your bow and social media seems to be the way forward for the future Assistant.

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. For many, one of the challenges of finishing an online course or degree program is the studying. Without physically being in a class with fellow students, professors and even study assistants, some students struggle with studying at home.

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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. We know being an Office Ninja is no easy feat—more often than not, you’re the nerve center of the business.

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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.

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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. For example, there was that time I absolutely nailed a first interview and later that day I got the phone call to say the Exec didn’t need to interview anyone else and if I wanted it the job was mine. There was another time I had just started at an organisation and was invited to their awards dinner where I would be sitting on a table with five board level directors.

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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. We spend our time tackling the items on our to-do lists, the things that seem the most pressing, ignoring our bigger goals for ourselves.

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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. I was going to be gone for a few days to conduct an administrative training program. I was giving her a quick update on something I had to do when I got back in town.

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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. The session is called Proactive PAs: Business Travel Case studies and Panel Session and the second session is called Top 5 business destinations uncovered.

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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. It’s people meeting in a green space outside; it’s informal discussions taking place in any of the numerous “food and watering holes;” it’s the open space and the happiness. You may not have an organization this large, but you do have an organization. And that organization can take a lesson from these giants.

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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. But if you’re willing to learn a person’s preferences, and not foist your own on him or her, you can help this person develop systems to stay organized by following these tips.

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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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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. A place to come, learn and realise that there was at least one other PA that felt the same way you did and was facing the same every day issues you were (and some of the triumphs too!) Jump forward nearly five years – where the heck has that time gone!??! – and things have certainly changed.

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. If you develop any health problems, then they will be caught and treated in a timely manner. These are the four essential checkups you should have each year.

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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. While this is completely normal at the Executive level, it’s less standard in the Administrative world.

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Consumers Embracing the On-Demand Economy

Small Business Labs

The Harvard Business Review's The On-Demand Economy Is Growing, and Not Just for the Young and Wealthy  covers research showing the on-demand economy is attracting more than 22.4 million consumers annually and $57.6 billion in spending. More interesting is the data on who these consumers are. Consumer use of on-demand services is widespread and has entered the mainstream.

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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. Are your kids eating you out of house and home during the summer? I made the mistake of buying him an egg salad sandwich, even though in my heart of hearts I knew he wouldn’t like or eat it.

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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. After a short ten-minute walk you decide to do some stretching, but as time passes you contemplate making a swift move back to the change room, leaving unnoticed. How do you avoid the unenviable? How do you stay motivated without spending a fortune on a personal trainer there to push you through the hard times? Look no further.

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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. I can usually tell when I’m in the middle of one! Ethics in the workplace is a unique topic. The situations that present themselves to us don’t deal with easy, black and white answers or solutions. They live in the gray area.

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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. While there are a variety of business directory websites that offer customer reviews, none have received the acclaim and influence that Yelp has.

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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. Each of the three qualities of successful fashion designers must be preceded by a verb, or they all must share one—or the first two must be connected by a conjunction in order to share one.

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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. Before jumping out there and going into debt, you need to ask yourself a few questions. Making sure you can take on a loan is just as important as the approval. Can My Income Justify This Loan?

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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. Convey the ideas more quickly and directly than passive sentences. Frequently require fewer words than passive sentences when space is limited.

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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. Transferring large amounts of money abroad can be very expensive and complicated – especially if you decide to do it through your bank. A number of fees could exist, not just for you as a sender, but for the recipient too.

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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. Here is a list of idioms that originated in boxing and were subsequently extended to the world outside the square ring. bare-knuckle : fierce or determined (from boxing done without gloves).

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5 Techniques To Beat Work Overload

Productivityist

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.

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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! Las Vegas truly is an exciting place to live and visit and not only because of the Strip. We went out to Red Rock Canyon which is breathtaking. We saw the Michael Jackson ONE Cirque du Soleil show which is lively and eye-catching.

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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. There are many times when it’s OK to venture away from your destination. If you’re staying in a hotel, like most travelers do, it’s easy to get “stuck” inside those walls.

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3 Types of Quotation Errors

Daily Writing Tips

In the following sentences, something about the treatment of a quotation interferes with comprehension. Discussion of the error, and a revision of the sentence, follows each example. We are seeing our efforts having some effect on their financial flows.

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Ignoring Digital Could Doom Your Career

45 Things

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. Yet in reality, many employees and those in the C-suite are simply nodding their heads while secretly thinking: “This really has nothing to do with me. IT will figure it all out.”

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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. To live this life to the fullest and to always be ready for the challenge (because that’s where the cool stuff happens). What will you do today to challenge your comfort zone? Share in the comments below. Want more on this subject?

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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. He can produce the goods and services he likes. Finally, he is able to try to be responsible and creative. Small business is very important for the economy of every state. Small entrepreneurs contribute into the state budget a lot.

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The Name of the Rose

Daily Writing Tips

Spring is in the air so I feel like writing about flowers. One of my all-time favorites is the rose. Most people can quote Juliet’s comment about the name of the rose: What’s in a name? that which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet. And there’s Gertrude Stein’s “A rose is a rose is a rose.”. Sometimes, however, a “rose” is not a rose. The rose family (Rosaceae) includes about 2,930 species in 95 genera.

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Data Reveals Secrets of Great Public Speaking

45 Things

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. While it may be a presentation in front of five team members -- or a public speech in front of 100 people -- you need to understand that there are specific steps you can take to make a good impression.

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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. He’s rude, condescending, argumentative and sometimes just plain mean, but he seems to get away with a lot because he’s apparently terrific at bringing in profits.

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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. Many promotional items are typically used by business owners at trade shows and are given to family, friends and neighbouring businesses to create awareness.

Promptly Acknowledge Affiliation to Provide Context

Daily Writing Tips

I was slightly put off by a newspaper article that referred to the recent appearance before a US Senate subcommittee of philanthropist Paul David Hewson. Because the article, after introducing Hewson by his better-known moniker, Bono, identified him simply as “the U2 frontman.”. The article, however, had nothing to do with Bono’s membership in one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed rock bands of all time.

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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. Alert readers will remember we covered this topic back in 2013 in our article Low Wage Workers Getting Older.

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