Sat.Mar 22, 2014 - Fri.Mar 28, 2014

The Top 3 Mistakes People Make in the Face of Fear (and what to do instead)

Dumb Little Man

I was in a small, dark, enclosed space. I couldn''t see. I was moving, but I had no control over it. It felt like the walls were closing in. I could barely breathe. Just when I couldn''t stand it another second, the car wash ended.

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Video Conferencing With Dogs

Small Business Labs

A startup company, PetChatz , is about to release a video conferencing system that allows remote dog owners to video chat with their dogs. It also allows the dog owner to remotely release treats and scents. But the best part is the dog can call their owner by barking at the system.

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Booking a flight for the boss

Practically Perfect PA

For any assistant booking a flight for the boss can be a daunting task. Where do you start and how do you make sure they are happy with your choice? Here are my top tips on booking a flight for your boss… . 15 questions to ask your manager about their flight. What is the purpose of the trip?

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Outline of time management principles

Ian's Messy Desk

The post Outline of time management principles appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. I’ve yet to find a pithy quip that summarizes time management. Until that time, here’s my outline of time management principles. Identify time over which you have control. Set systems for routine tasks.

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Stand on the Edge of Your Comfort Zone If You Want to Get Past It

Dumb Little Man

The more you''re willing to try new things, the more you''ll evolve and grow as a person. As kids we embrace this fully.

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If You Need Systems And Don’t Know Where To Start … Try Here

Office Organization Success

“Help! I need systems and I don’t know where to start.” ” is something I’ve heard many times from business owners over the years … and I get it!

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Which secretary skills are worth keeping?

Practically Perfect PA

I was reading a brilliant article by Lynn Peril the other day called Secretaries: glorified servant or canny career move? Although it is a little old it is well worth a look. Lynn writes about the history of the profession and her experiences as a secretary.

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The 5 Commandments for Saving Time and Reducing Stress

Dumb Little Man

I know lots of people who would give anything to get more done and in less time. They typically respond by being rushed and harried everywhere they go and with everything they do. Such a stressful existence isn''t the answer.

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Create a Simple Stay-in-Touch Strategy

Office Organization Success

Many business owners face the problem of putting out regular newsletter/ezine. They think in order to communicate with their subscribers and potential clients they need to write a full-on article … and so many get stuck.

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Saying ‘no’ nicely

Practically Perfect PA

A short and sweet blog post today. I was going to write about setting boundaries and saying ‘no’ nicely but then I found this article – and it is better than anything I could have written so I thought I would share it with you.

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Why it's Smart to Ditch the Pay-as-You-Go Pricing Model

Virtual Moxie

When I formalized the Virtual Assistance industry by founding AssistU , I created what’s now commonly accepted in the industry as the more “standard” pricing model. That model has two levels: pay-as-you-go (PAYG), and retainer. It’s the PAYG I want to address today.

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Present Like The Pros, With Confidence and Grace

Dumb Little Man

“Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory.”

Are Non-Profits the Future of Business?

Small Business Labs

The Rise of Anti-Capitalism is a fascinating essay by economist Jeremy Rifkin. He predicts the non-profit sector will play an increasingly important role in the world’s economic future.    This is not the first time Rifkin has suggested this. His 1995 book End of Work  also suggested that non-profits were the future of business.

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Hotel @ The Lafayette, Buffalo NY

Practically Perfect PA

Hotel @ The Lafayette is filled with character from its stuffed animals to its open fires and gold elevators – it is a beautiful building.

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Productive Workspaces

Simple Productivity Blog

A recent article I read touted the benefits of a messy workspace as a sign of creative genius. To me, a messy workspace is just distraction waiting to happen. If you don''t feel like doing what you need to, you can always shuffle around the papers.

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5 Ways To Eat Your Vegetables Without Trying

Dumb Little Man

The basic tenets of healthy living are simple. You need to eat more plants. Sounds easy, right? You’d think so, but as you know, it takes an act of concerted will to do the right thing. The world certainly doesn't do you any favors.

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How much is anyone worth? How much are you worth?

The Small Business Blog

With apologies to all of you who have no interest in football: did Wayne Rooney justify his £300,000 per week pay check with one kick of the ball? If you didn’t see it you can by clicking here. Why is this relevant in a blog about personal effectiveness for small business owners?

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Airbnb, Hotels and Disruption

Small Business Labs

Sharing economy poster child Airbnb got a lot of attention last week with the news they are raising a new round of financing at a $10 billion valuation.   This makes them worth more than most large hotel chains including Hyatt and Wyndham.   Of all the coverage I found Fast Company's What Hotel Operators Really Think of Airbnb  the most interesting. Quick  Quick summary: the hotel industry isn't worried about Airbnb.

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RollerMouse Winners!

Practically Perfect PA

Thank you to everyone who entered the RollerMouse competition! I can now announce the two winners… drum roll please… they are: Winner of the RollerMouse FREE2. Venetia Roper. Winner of the RollerMouse RED. Barbara Tiffany . Congratulations! Competition Terms and Conditions can be found here.

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Videos Are Not My Favorite Thing!

Office Organization Success

This week I’ve ventured into the world of video again and recorded this week’s article for you. I knew there was a reason why I don’t do many videos … I don’t like it! I’d happily do teleclasses and teach to live groups all day long, but put me in front a video … and I just don’t enjoy it! Still, I guess if I practice a bit more often I may just get comfortable with it.

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Infographic: Big Data

The Small Business Blog

Big Data is increasingly having an impact on all of our lives. As the amount of data that is being generated continues to expand exponentially, the types of things that we can do with all that information also changes and evolves.

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How to Manage People You Can't Stand

On The Job

It’s bad enough if you have to work with people you can’t stand – but what if you manage them? Well, one quick solution is to just fire an obnoxious twit.

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The Future of Museum's TrendsWatch 2014

Small Business Labs

One of our favorite trends publications, the annual TrendsWatch report  from the Center for the Future of Museums , has been released.   There are 2 key reasons we think so highly of this report.   First, the Center looks at trends from a very different perspective than other trend watchers. This often results in insights not found elsewhere.  The second reason is the authors are museum folks, which means the report is extremely well curated and written.

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Open Loops 3/28/2014: 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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Top 5 Tips for Presenting Your Business

The Small Business Blog

You never know when you might have to pitch your business to someone at short notice. You could be on holiday and meet a potential investor by the pool or in the doctor’s surgery when you find a possible customer.

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4 Ways to Spend Less Time On Your Personal Finances

Productivity Bits

Thank you for subscribing! Please grab my free productivity ebook! If you''re not reading this from Productivity Bits - Smart Productivity and GTD Hacks , please read the original post here 4 Ways to Spend Less Time On Your Personal Finances. Thank You! ~

How To Make The Don’t Break The Chain Ritual Work


The “Don’t Break The Chain” ritualization technique, popularized by Jerry Seinfeld , seems to be something that’s written as a hard and fast system. Do a particular thing every day and make sure you always keep at it every day so that you don’t break the chain.

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BIG ENERGY: Create More Balance

Office Dynamics

Happy Monday! I hope you are starting your work week with BIG energy. I know that is a rather optimistic approach to a Monday morning, but an important way for us to approach Monday. Why spend 1/7 of your life dreading a day of the week? Executive and administrative professionals expend a tremendous amount of energy. I know because I worked in the field for 20 years. And I also know because I have observed and coached executive assistants at their workspaces for 23 years.

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Top 5 Tips for Online Publicity

The Small Business Blog

There’s nothing worse than having a small business that nobody has ever heard of. You work hard every day to provide people with a great product or service and yet when you type your company name into Google it doesn’t even get to the front page.

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The Welcome Package – Turning New Clients Into Loyal Clients

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. In order for your business relationships to be successful for the long-term, you have to get the relationship off to a good start from the very beginning. When you’re marketing to a potential ideal client, you want to prove to them that you care about their business. You want to show them how you can help their business grow and prosper, and convince them that partnering with you is a solid business decision for them to make. That’s all good stuff, and important, of course.

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Donations bag for easy decluttering

Clutter Coach

Originally posted 2013-06-14 12:13:29. Republished by Blog Post Promoter You know that pile of clothes on a shelf in your closet that you’re going to give to the Goodwill? But it keeps staying on your shelf? It needs an easier, simpler way to get out of the house. Here’s your tip: .

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How To Make The Don't Break The Chain Ritual Work


The "Don''t Break The Chain" ritualization technique, popularized by Jerry Seinfeld , seems to be something that''s written as a hard and fast system. Do a particular thing every day and make sure you always keep at it every day so that you don''t break the chain.

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Taking on the Big Guys

The Small Business Blog

Sixteen years after he first went to court to try and salvage his credit rating, Richard Durkin has finally won his battle against HFC Bank. Despite the spiralling legal costs and time investment, Durkin has won a personal moral and legal victory that will also protect other consumers in the future.

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More than One Kind of Irony

Daily Writing Tips

Irony and its adjective ironic have joined the class of carelessly used words–like literally and awesome –that drive many language lovers wild. As early as 1926 H.W. Fowler decried the use of irony and ironic to refer to happenings that are merely coincidental or odd.

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Unclutter that table

Clutter Coach

I forgot my sunglasses this morning. What a drag! I hate when that happens. As I was driving, I saw my front entry table in my mind’s eye and I knew what happened. I had let it pile up with things, so the sunglasses didn’t call my attention. Usually, this table hold my purse, keys, sunglasses and a small box containing dog poop bags, extra keys, business cards and other occasional necessities.

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Using the 3P’s (People, Process, Product) to Make Your Business Successful

Small Business CEO

I’m sure many of you have heard this standard uttered lately by billionaire entrepreneur, Marcus Lemonis of NBC’s “The Profit” Perhaps you mistakenly think he coined the phrase?

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Procrastination – Quote of the Week

The Small Business Blog

“Most companies don’t die because they are wrong; most die because they don’t commit themselves. They fritter away their momentum and their valuable resources while attempting to make a decision. The greatest danger is in standing still.” ” – Andrew S. Grove, US entrepreneur. Inertia is often a big killer of businesses. The problem is that… Read the full article here: Procrastination – Quote of the Week on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG.

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