Sat.Sep 27, 2014 - Fri.Oct 03, 2014

A day in the life: Lorna Cowan, Visit Belfast

Practically Perfect PA

One of the great benefits of running Practically Perfect PA is the chance to meet some extraordinary assistants either face to face or through social media. I continue to be completely amazed by what these assistants achieve and how they continue to push our industry forward.

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Craft Brewers Continue to Gain Market Share

Small Business Labs

Back in 2006 we reported that craft brewers - also known as microbrewers - had captured almost 6% of U.S. beer sales, up from effectively 0% a decade or so earlier.   We revisited the industry in 2010 and found craft brewers 2009 revenue share of the U.S. beer market had grown to about 7%.

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Productivity Boost: The Minimal Desk

Simple Productivity Blog

Having a minimal desk can lead to a boost in productivity. How much more would you get done with only the basics? The post Productivity Boost: The Minimal Desk appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

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What Is the Best Flooring Option for Your Commercial Kitchen?

The Small Business Blog

The flooring in a commercial kitchen needs to withstand far more punishment than in a domestic setting. The heavy traffic created by the constant coming and going of kitchen and waiting staff can take a heavy toll over time, so commercial flooring needs to be hard-wearing.

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A guide to networking

Practically Perfect PA

We don’t necessarily want to spend our spare time schmoozing, but it’s becoming an increasingly important part of career development. Whether you’re networking online or face-to-face, it can play a vital role in securing your next job opportunity.

Half of Americans Single

Small Business Labs

For the first time since the government started keeping these stats, more than half of adult Americans are single.  There are about 125 million single Americans, which is just a bit over half of all Americans aged 16 and older.   Bloomberg's Is Everyone Single?

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Set It And Forget It Calendar

Simple Productivity Blog

Wouldn''t it be nice if you could set items in your calendar and forget about them? You can. Here are some tips on how to turn your recurring appointments into something you don''t have to think about. The post Set It And Forget It Calendar appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

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Why You're Off Base About How Others View You at Work

On The Job

In the workplace, it can be tough to find that middle ground between being pushy and being a pushover. But you figure you do a pretty good job, right? Just the right amount of assertiveness so that you’re not a jerk or a wimp?

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When Messaging Is Mindless

Business Writing

The customer service representatives at XYZ Company include the sentence "Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you" at the end of every email--at least on every email they send externally. When Ashlee, one of XYZ''s customer service. Courteous Writing Email Etiquette

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Open Loops 10/03/2014: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Simple Productivity Blog

On Fridays I pull the best of my blog readings to share with readers. Topics can come from anywhere, and cover anything.

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Better Eating vs. Exercise – Do You Really Need Both?

Dumb Little Man

When people are trying to get healthy, there are two main ways in which they generally go about doing it: through diet, or through exercise. In fact, when we think healthy lifestyle, we think of something based around those two subjects.

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Chronic Complaining Creates Negative Energy for Your Business

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. A couple of days ago, I sat down to take a well-deserved break from my work day and relax for a few minutes. I sank in to my favorite comfy chair and switched on the TV right in the middle of the mid-day news.

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Remember to visit CTI at the Office* Show next week

Practically Perfect PA

I can’t believe the Office* Show will be 5 years old next week! If you haven’t been before, it is a fantastic exhibition for PAs, EAs, VAs, Office Managers and Administrators, which brings together lots of great training and really relevant suppliers for office professionals.

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Ideas – Business Quote of the Week

The Small Business Blog

“Ours is the age of substitutes; instead of language, we have jargon; instead of principles, slogan; and, instead of genuine ideas, bright ideas.” ” – Eric Bentley, British writer. Too often as business owners there is the temptation to talk in a language that is only understood by you and the people who are part of… Read the full article here: Ideas – Business Quote of the Week on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG.

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5 Ways To Get Busy At Work – Boost Your Productivity Now

Dumb Little Man

It’s no secret that when you’re in a positive emotional state of mind everything just seems to seamlessly fall into place. “If If you smile when you wake up, even if you have to force it, you will be happier for the rest of the day” we’ve all heard this somewhere before!

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Local Services Marketplaces Booming

Small Business Labs

It seems like everyday there's another funding announcement from a startup creating a local services marketplace.  Companies raising money in the last few months include: , a site that helps homeowners get quotes for their home improvement projects and find professionals in their areas to do the job,  raised $14 million. Thumbtack , a site that connects customers to a wide range of contractors, raised $100 million.

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Three Smart Ways to End Burnout

Virtual Moxie

I''m just back from nine days with the AssistU VAs.

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Have You Created Your Final Quarter MAP?

Office Organization Success

It’s hard to believe, but we’re heading into the final quarter of 2014. So this week, I whipped out my 90-day MAP and created my plan for this final quarter. Like many of you, I too have a ton of ideas floating around in my head. I needed to get them down on paper and see how everything fits together, and creating a 90-day MAP lets me do that.

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How to Deal With a Jealous Friend (7 Things You Desperately Need to Know)

Dumb Little Man

A friend ruined my date night with my wife! Let me show you the picture I was in. One night, while me and my wife were dining in a restaurant, a friend dropped by our table. Little did I know that he came to sabotage our evening.

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Millennials Like Experiences (So Do Others)

Small Business Labs

According to  Fueling the Experience Economy , a research report released by the events company Eventbrite, the average millennial (aged 18-34 in their study) prefers live experiences over material things.   Key millennial findings from the study: 77% say their best memories come from experiences. 69% say that their experiences make them feel more connected to their communities, other people, and the world. 

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Should I Save or Should It Go?

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2008-06-26 10:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter People who are collectors love to tell me that things they've held onto for years and years have actually come in handy, so it was worthwhile to keep it. There's often a note of triumph in their voices when they come to the story's punchline, "and I had one!" " They assume that I'm against keeping things and they want to head off any suggestions I might have for downsizing.

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The 5 Zeros You Should Achieve Every Day to Give You Peace of Mind


I''m lining up guest posts during my travels over the next two weeks. This post is written by Timo Kiander. Timo is a blogger , author and speaker who helps work-at-home professionals get stuff done fast so that they have time for living.

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Next Marathon Goal – Under 4 Hours

Brilliantly Better

Let’s start this very short post by sharing that I’m not a very goal driven person lately. But that doesn’t mean I gave up goals … The post Next Marathon Goal – Under 4 Hours appeared first on Dragos Roua. Blogging Personal Development Running marathon goal running

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How Developers Can Secure Their Apps in the New Age of Web Attacks

Small Business CEO

Ensuring app security is a basic necessity for app development and should not be just an afterthought. Cyberattacks on mobile devices have increased over the years with the growing popularity of web-enabled smartphones and tablet computers. As such, there is a clear need to actively protect apps from various types of web attacks. There is also a need to be dynamic with the kind of security measures to implement.

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Confused Words #2: Past and Passed

Daily Writing Tips

Two words that many English speakers confuse are past and passed. The confusion between past and passed is understandable because they sound the same: [past].

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Book Review: Give and Take


As I continue my travels, I''m offering up a guest post from a regular contributor to the blog, Mike Dariano. Mike offers up book reviews here at Productivityist , and he writes about other things he''s learned at People Smarter Than Me. You can connect with him on Twitter at @MikeDariano.

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11 Circle Expressions

Daily Writing Tips

A circle is a perfectly round plane figure. The fact that a circle may be drawn from beginning to end without a break makes it a powerful symbol. The word circle occurs in many English idioms, often as a symbol of wholeness or repetition.

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One of Few Who Are

Daily Writing Tips

Each of the following quotations contains a grammatical error: 1. This process is one of several that is required to maintain nuclear SREBP1-c at very low levels… –Yeshiva University website. A study designed by Drs.

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Inflecting OK

Daily Writing Tips

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Take in Stride

Daily Writing Tips

A reader is curious about the expression “to take in stride”: What exactly does it mean and where does the expression come from? The verb stride is one of those lovely old words to survive from Old English. As an intransitive verb, stride means “to walk with long or extended steps.”

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Daily Writing Tips

This odd use of the verb venerate occurs on a funeral home website: Prior to the age of photography, death masks were used to venerate the death. The use is odd because the transitive verb venerate means “to regard with feelings of respect and reverence.”

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