Sat.Mar 10, 2012 - Fri.Mar 16, 2012

Stop procrastinating! How to Overcoming and Avoid Procrastination - 30 Tips

Productive & Organized

Procrastination is the #1 reason business owners find that their business stalls.

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Time to Kill Your Mental Boundaries

Dumb Little Man

What do you believe about yourself? It is remarkably easy to become convinced of your limitations. Frequently, people discuss what they would love to have or do but “can’t” for one reason or another.

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Top 5 Tips for Small Business Work-Life Balance

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. Make sure that you are able to prioritise your workload in order to tackle it in the most efficient way possible. Your entire schedule should be based around ‘most important tasks first’…

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4 Basic Types of Speeches

Ian's Messy Desk

The four basic types of speeches are: to inform, to instruct, to entertain, and to persuade. These are not mutually exclusive of one another. You may have several purposes in mind when giving your presentation. For example, you may try to inform in an entertaining style. Another speaker might inform the audience and try to persuade them to act on the information.

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25 Russian Words Used in English (and 25 More That Should Be)

Daily Writing Tips

Many Russian words have been appropriated by the English language. Some, like mammoth and sable , are easily assumed to be from a more closely related language. Others were originally specific to Russian culture but can be applied to analogous Western concepts, such as a reference to an American politician retreating from Washington, DC, to his dacha, or to a comment about a troika of conspirators.

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Why You Should Invite Your Customers to a Campfire Storytelling Session

Men With Pens

Why do those ancient cave paintings, with their crude renderings of animals and people and symbols, intrigue, draw us in, and provoke a sense of wonder? Because they tell a story. They tell of deaths, births, times of feast or famine—the gritty and sometimes grace-filled stuff of life.

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21Tips For Building the Body of Legend Bruce Lee

Dumb Little Man

Bruce Lee had one of the most iconic bodies in the film industry. Even the big-shots of bodybuilding like Joe Weider and Arnold Schwarzenegger have nothing but praise for him.

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The Future Of Education Is Online

Productivity Bits

How to teach kids more effectively? The school environment is the most important portion of that. There is no doubt about it. There is an urgency that school children need to learn more math and science. That is specially true here in the US. What if the parents can utilize a cool tool to augment their kids’ learning? What if the hardest part of this tool is convincing kids to sit down and watch videos (I guess, that is not hard at all)? This is the future of education.

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Why It’s a Bad Idea to Air Your Grievances Publicly

Eat Your Career

Remember on Seinfeld , when George Costanza’s dad decided to rebel against the commercialism of the winter holidays and celebrate a holiday called Festivus instead? One tradition was to stand around the Festivus pole and air your grievances.

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Study Shows Proximity-Based Coupons Work

Small Business Labs

Knowledge@Wharton's Mobile Marketing - Location Matters - But How Much?  covers a study done in Germany on the effectiveness of delivering customized coupons to users, based entirely on their location. The quick summary is location-based coupons proved proved to be very effective.

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The Bribery Act – what do assistants need to know?

Practically Perfect PA

Last week I went along to Confex 2012, for those that don’t know Confex is a large exhibition aimed predominately at event organisers. During this year’s event the powers that be put on a PA day which along with the exhibition including specific training sessions for PAs.

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The Questions I Would Ask If I Were Marketing Your Business – Comment and Part 1

The Small Business Blog

About a month ago I read the following post: The Questions I Would Ask If I Were Marketing Your Business on the MarketingProfs site. It’s a pretty interesting article and worth a read, particularly where it pushes for more data and real examples to be used to back up all the advice and information that…

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Ethics vs. Morals

Daily Writing Tips

No, there’s no cage match between the two terms, but there is a distinction: Although the words can be considered synonyms, morals are beliefs based on practices or teachings regarding how people conduct themselves in personal relationships and in society, while ethics refers to a set or system of principles, or a philosophy or theory behind them. Principles , however, is itself is a synonym for morals.) One lives according to one’s morals but adheres to one’s ethics while doing so.

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Create Simple Systems

Office Organization Success

A system simply describes HOW you do something i.e.: How do you create a new client file? How do you handle client enquiries? How do you monitor receipts/expenses? How do you track contact data? How do you stay in touch with your clients/prospects? If you want to manage your business more efficiently & effectively, change your thinking around running your business – think in systems/steps/processes. Quick Biz Tip

What customers need to do in order to get companies to listen to their complaints

Service Untitled

Even nice customers get angry. It can happen to any organization, and figuring out the best ways to respond and satisfy your customers can mean loyalty and continued business.

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How Your Gaming Habit Could Earn You a Big Payday

On The Job

Recently I've noticed there are a lot fewer screaming kids while I'm running my weekend errands, and I think I've figured out why: All the kids are plugged in. Even kids who can barely walk are holding mommy's cellphone or daddy's iPad.

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Get More Free Time By Batching

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Even when exhausted, do you tell yourself you can do one more thing that’s on your list? Always doing more is a good way to eat up all your free time and turn into a crispy critter.

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LAST DAY Today for the Superlicious Leap Day VA Giveaway

Office Organization Success

Unfortunately today is the last day for this Massive Giveaway Event. If you have not already taken advantage of it, do it now. Don’t hold it for another day. It will not be there tomorrow: [link]. Just to recap: A whole bunch of top VAs, OBMs, trainers, coaches, and others have teamed up to give you TONS of Products at no cost to you: training. e-books. audios. videos. tools to help you build your virtual support business. ebooks and audios on personal development. Don’t miss this one [link].

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How to Smash Writer’s Block Forever

Men With Pens

Lack of confidence. Blank-page syndrome. Insecurities. Writer’s block. These are the writing idea killers. Cater to them, and you’ll run out of words, live in doubt and constantly fight with your writing confidence.

7 Things I Learned From My 6 Year Old Daughter

Brilliantly Better

Today is my daughter’s birthday, she is 6 year old. First and foremost, I wish her joy, because life is filled with joy, even in its darker moments, I wish her power, because sometimes life may be unfair, and you need a lot of inner power to overcome the struggles and, last, but not least, I wish her happiness. As some of you may know, I think happiness is a process, not a goal, so, in fact, I wish her to live with happiness, not to search for it. Anyway, she knows better than me.

Brilliant Communications Advice From a Sixth-Grader

The Solopreneur Life

O n Tuesday night, my wife and I attended the parent-teacher conference for our sixth-grade daughter, Clare. She showed us the “World Peace Pledge” that she signed early in the school year. It reads: Before I speak, text, or post, I will ask myself, • Is it true? • Is it kind? • Is it necessary? Related posts: The Solopreneurship Self-Assessment Test. Quick Advice For Solopreneurs on Applying For a Trademark. Golf-Swing Tips and Small-Biz Advice: They’re Irrelevant.

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What is the Post-PC Era?

Small Business Labs

During Apple's recent iPad announcement CEO Tim Cook made several references to the "post-PC era" This led to a flurry of articles on the topic. At the simplest level, the post-PC era refers to the growth of computing devices that are not traditional PCs.

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The Function of “The”

Daily Writing Tips

I found it interesting, when researching this topic, that the definition for the in Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary is nearly as long as this post — and that’s for just one set of functions for the word, as a definite article. The also functions, less often, as an adverb (“I like that one the best”) and, rarely, a preposition used in place of per (“Those cost ten dollars the dozen”). And why should anyone feel the need to look the up in the dictionary? Isn’t it obvious?

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Something to Add to Restaurant Training Manuals

Business Writing

Standing in line at a famous fast-food restaurant the other day, I overheard the person in front of me asking the counter clerk for advice. She wanted to know which was the best salad. The first clerk said she had.

Best practices for better meetings


"If we want to do something creative, outside the box, innovative and un-traditional I am doubtful that sitting in a traditional meeting room, having a traditional meeting and following a traditional meeting script is going to move us toward that vision".

Tips For Cutting Small Business Costs

Small Business CEO

We’d all love to save money if at all possible. I don’t know anyone who’d prefer to pay more when they could pay less. If you find that your business is strapped for cash and you need to trim some expenses, here are 10 Ways To Control Business Costs.

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Eco-Options: Shaklee

Eco-Office Gals

I’ve had the opportunity to try several Shaklee products in the past. I’ve enjoyed cleaning with Basic H , a super concentrated cleaner which can be made into all-purpose, glass or degreaser based on the number of drops you add to good old water. I love their laundry line as well.

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The Shifting American Family

Small Business Labs

Excellent article from the Hartbeat Newsletter on the rapidly changing American family.  According to the article, the quick summary is: the iconic nuclear family of the 1950s is kaput. They go to say there "really is no more a generalizable American family" and American families are effectively as diverse as America is.   The shifting American family is comprised of a series of inter-related trends that are powerful in their own right.

Astute Labs: Community Engagement through Mobile Apps


Astute Labs is an exciting Belfast-based software start-up in the mobile app building space with a particular emphasis on large communities such as schools.

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A Quiz About Combining Sentences

Daily Writing Tips

One of the most useful techniques for tightening flabby prose is to concentrate more information into fewer words. This can be done with parenthesis and subordination. The result is that two or more sentences are combined into a single statement.

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Tips For Qualifying Marketing Help

Small Business CEO

We all know how important marketing is for our small businesses. But sometimes we don’t have the know how or time to do it effectively. That’s when hiring someone with marketing knowledge can come into play.

Days of Freelance Fear

Small Business Labs

Liz Elcoate has a great article on her blog on her days of fear when she first started freelancing.      I love the picture below - it's from the article; and yes she's a designer.

How Far Are You Willing To Go To Get Your Brain Work Better

Productivity Bits

$99 can get you the chance of increasing your “learning rates.” ” But are you willing to spend that if it involves sending your brain “increased amount of electrical current”? The DIY Kit, Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), as described in a BGR report , is “a safe and effective means of increasing cognitive performance.”


Daily Writing Tips

How do you represent various sounds in writing? The term for vocal (and written) imitation of sounds, onomatopoeia , means “to make names.” (The The word, a Latinization of a Greek word, consists of the term that is also the origin of name , nominal , and the like and the one from which poem and poet are derived.) But making names is complicated by the fact that spelling of sounds is arbitrary. Various languages represent common sounds with uncommonly assorted words.

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