Sat.Feb 16, 2013 - Fri.Feb 22, 2013

How to Never Take Life for Granted

Dumb Little Man

It's common to sit and contemplate how life is constantly fleeting away. The fact that every situation, mood, and even the feeling of permanence itself is always suspect to withering away. Nothing lasts forever. There is a proverb in which Solomon wants to humble his minister.

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Is your small business prepared for disaster?

The Small Business Blog

Anybody who watches the news cannot have failed to notice the chaos that has been caused by extreme weather over the last few years.

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Using social media when organising an event

Practically Perfect PA

Yesterday I attended the BNC Global Event Show and on a number of occasions I was asked if I work in the event industry. I do not work in the events industry but a strange voice irrupted from my month with the answer ‘yes…well sort of… I’m an EA’.

Is a Solar Water Heater the Right Choice for Your Home?

Eco-Office Gals

Electricity bills are constantly increasing on what seems as a monthly basis and because of this, many home owners are searching for an alternative to save money with any energy usage. One way to do this is with the water heater in the home.

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50 Ways to Strive for Excellence in Life

Dumb Little Man

The society in which you grow up determines by and large how you perceive excellence and the goal of getting the very best out of your life. Some cultures might attribute excellence to a few brilliant, hard-working, exceptional cases.

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Top 5 Tips for Staying Positive in Business

The Small Business Blog

Top 5 Tips posts from the SME Blog are always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. Preparation can help you stay positive in your business because it allows you to cope with whatever the world throws at you.

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Using your social media skills at work

Practically Perfect PA

Over the last few weeks I’ve been writing about social media and how best assistants can use it for their professional lives. This week I want to look at how we can use our skills in this area to add value for our companies and mangers.

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The Subtle Art of Starting Over?

Dumb Little Man

I don’t know about you but I’m a sucker for a good beginning. The opening chapter of a book. A beautiful sunrise. The bride walking down the aisle. The father holding up his infant son. The 18-year old heading cross country on a road trip. It’s that fresh smell of a new car.

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Understanding the New Social Resume

Eat Your Career

Perhaps you’ve heard the term “social resume” floating around. Well, I addressed this very topic in my recent interview on Fox 31 Denver’s Good Day Colorado.

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How to Create a New Client System in 5 Steps

Office Organization Success

Did you know that for EVERYTHING you want to do in your business you need to create a system for it? The real secret to a successful business is having the right systems in place that support and grow that business. And this comes down to getting new clients too.

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Many Americans Planning to Go Freelance

Small Business Labs

As part of the MBO Partners State of Independence study a national, statistically significant survey of adult (ages 21+) Americans is conducted.

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Lose an Hour and You Will Hunt for it All Day

Dumb Little Man

"Early to bed, early to rise; use time right or be ready to die," says the clock. Remember the times when you were growing up. You were always taught to wake up early and you were also made to make it your motto. I remember the nursery rhyme.

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Benefits of a multi-day conference

The Small Business Blog

Time and money have always been a major consideration for businesses, even more so in the current financial climate. With budgets tight, many companies are looking to trim back expenditure by reducing travel costs, slashing marketing budgets and even downsizing the number of staff.

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Green Your Laundry

Eco-Office Gals

Yes Green – not red, or more recently I turned everything a dark blue jean wash, but green as in less chemicals and waste in your washing routine. That’s what I did last weekend – DIY laundry soap.

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The Ins and Outs of Ezines

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. Marketing your business takes on all forms, doesn’t it? Between articles, e-newsletters, blogs, social media, and in-person networking, it’s a never-ending, time-consuming, necessary part of your business.

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Help! I’m Under Utilized!

Eat Your Career

Here’s a question I get all the time: “I feel unchallenged at work. I keep looking for new things to do and new responsibilities to take on, but I’m having trouble. How do I get my superiors to better utilize me and my skills?”.

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Think Big, Start Small: How to Save Money on Technology

The Small Business Blog

For most small businesses, the phrase ‘think big’ is an often used mantra. As a result, the temptation to overspend on company computers and state-of-the-art technology can be huge.

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Why Some Employees Love Their Jobs More Than Others

On The Job

Thoughts of love are in the air around Valentine’s Day, but Cupid’s arrow may be absent from many workplaces this year as employees feel anything but gaga over their jobs or employers.

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Night Owl Strategies for Successful Mornings

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. There are many articles out there about how to successfully start your day. Most of them assume that you are chipper and wide awake as soon as your feet hit the floor. In other words, they assume you are a morning person. I am not a morning person. And I don’t believe that you can necessarily become one (see Why Being A Morning Person Is Not Essential ).

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Shall We Go Further, or Farther?

Business Writing

My friend Elizabeth wrote to me the other day asking for a clarification of the words farther and further. I am happy to oblige. Let's start with a quiz so you can recognize your use of the two words. Grammar and Usage

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Be very careful what you say

The Small Business Blog

Twitter, Facebook, websites, blogs – just how many choices are there nowadays to get your business message across, your opinions aired? What an extraordinary publishing age we are living through which is light and dark at the same time. There are so many soapboxes to choose from and we can all be heard. But a word of caution. Use it very wisely. I was trained as a journalist in the seventies, when every spit and comma was pawed over by at least one sub-editor before it was printed.

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Grill Your Way to Network Success

On The Job

I once lived next door to an engineer and it was nearly three years after I moved in before he said hello. That's why I think the latest story I did for Gannett/USA Today provides so many great lessons.

Office Software is Evolving, Are You Ready?

Tips From T. Marie

Office suite software is changing! If you haven’t heard, Microsoft is really pushing the new Office 365 , which is all of our old standbys from the Office Suite now delivered on a subscription basis, rather than purchasing that familiar box with the software on CD in it.

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Good News for You!

Office Organization Success

As you may have read in last week’s ezine, the How To Discover Exactly What Your Clients Want Using Market Research workshop had technology problems and I ended up having to abandon and reschedule.

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SEO Tips for Small Business

The Small Business Blog

Stretching your budgets into the realms of SEO and online marketing can often be tricky. That being said you don’t have to spend a penny on your online marketing efforts if you don’t want too, with just a little time and some creativity you can do wonders for your online presence and overall visibility within the search engines. Here are my top tips for small business SEO that are of course free! Tip 1: Start a blog.

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Is Freelancing More Secure Than Traditional Employment?

Small Business Labs

One of the more interesting data points from the MBO Partners State of Independence surveys is how independent workers (freelancers, temps, self-employed, etc.) look at job security.   In our 2012 survey, 39% of the respondents said independent work is more secure than traditional employment.  This is up from 33% who said independent work is more secure in 2011.

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Skyrocket Productivity With A Simple Program: Breevy

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. One of the best things you can do for personal productivity is to automate repetitive tasks. If you can do something in one keystroke that before would take you 10, you have just given yourself a 90% boost in efficiency. Text replacing programs, like Breevy , are the way to make that happen. I am often asked to review software as a part of this blog.

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The Organizer Sees It Differently

Clutter Coach

Originally posted 2008-05-27 09:27:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter I went clothes shopping last week with a friend who had volunteered to help me upgrade my image. I haven't been completely happy with my professional look and she has a great eye for clothes.

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A Formula for Drama-free Client Communications

Virtual Moxie

After Moxie Tip 318 , Etta wrote a comment. I didn't publish it because it was the perfect lead in for today's post. She wrote: Anastacia, you said it's ok to be vulnerable, say what I need, and go take care of myself.

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Managers, Can You Hear Me Now?: Hard-Hitting Lessons on How to Get Real Results

Ian's Messy Desk

The foundation of our managers’ philosophy relies on one main, undeniable point: a manager’s number-one priority is to deliver results.”. – Denny F. Strigl. Are you delivering? For managers, behavior is the real key to achievement. In order to stop struggling and start delivering, you need to close the gap between what you know and what you do. That’s been Denny Strigl ’s method, and now it can be yours, too.

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Open Loops 2/22/2013: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are open loop days at SimpleProductivity blog. Guilt is a powerful motivator. Lifehacker shares some apps that guilt you into doing the stuff you need to do. From “The Most Sadistic Apps That Force You to Get Stuff Done” This is a great little article,and the graphics are great!

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My Technology Disaster!

Office Organization Success

It’s been another great week of setting up systems for clients … and a week for a technology disaster too! Last night I was out and about watching my oldest play indoor soccer. I really enjoy watching him and his team play; it’s such good fun. And also a great way for them all to keep active during the Winter months. I had my first technology disaster on Wednesday.

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7 Deadly Entrepreneurial Networking Mistakes

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

A great network is the foundation of every successful entrepreneurial career. As tempting as it sounds (especially for introverts) big business wins don’t happen from years of slaving alone in your basement. A bit of that is always required but as always, it’s about who you know.

Love Your Career: Demonstrating Your Worth & Selling Yourself

Office Dynamics

Whether you work in a large enterprise or small company, you always need to establish your worth. Let’s assume that you have a great position, work for a great leader, like your environment. you probably think you can just rest on your laurels and continue to do a good job.

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My Top 100 Self-Improvement Posts

Brilliantly Better

At the moment of writing this post, there are more than 650 articles on this blog. Some of them are about business, some of them are about digital nomading, but most of them are about self-improvement.

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3 Simple Questions Your Website Should Answer

Men With Pens

Are you aware that your website may be costing you fistfuls of money? An eye-catching website design will set the stage for your business, obviously. But that powerful first impression only buys you a few seconds of attention.

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Moxie Tip 319: Demonstrate Your Knowledge

Virtual Moxie

If you want your clients to believe you know a thing or two about a thing or two and can help them, share freely. Brainstorm in a consultation, for instance, and show them you’ve got the goods. Don’t be as concerned with what you’re giving away or about impressing them… just give and impress. Moxie Tips

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