Sat.Jan 11, 2014 - Fri.Jan 17, 2014

7 Killer Ways to Connect with your Audience During a Speech

Dumb Little Man

It’s probably your worst nightmare. You’re giving a speech, and you start to stumble. You mix up a few of your words, lose your train of thought, and then you can’t seem to get back on track. Sweat is forming on your brow and you’re starting to hyperventilate.

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What should be in our job specs?

Practically Perfect PA

More often than not job descriptions for assistants are sketchy at best leaving us with more questions than answers. What does “and anything else that might be needed” actually mean? What are “ad-hoc duties’?

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Can You Guess the 2 Most Powerful Words in Advertising?

The Solopreneur Life

J ohn Caples was a legendary ad executive and copywriter. Legendary ad executive and copywriter John Caples. He worked for 40 years at BBDO, one of the nation’s largest ad agencies, and he was BBDO’s vice president when he retired. He died in 1990.

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Economic Insecurity and the Decline of Babies

Small Business Labs

After declining for the last 4 years, the U.S. birth rate flattened out in 2012 relative to 2011 with just under 4 million babies being born in both years.  This maintains the number of U.S. births per 1000 women aged 15-44 at 63, its lowest level since records have been kept.

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10 Reasons Not to Eat Fast Food

Dumb Little Man

If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to lose weight, a good way to start is by cutting back on fast food. Those burgers and pizzas may be quick, convenient and cheap, but they’re also loaded with things that can defeat your diet plans.

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Practically Perfect PA Visits: The Hay Adams DC

Practically Perfect PA

The Hay Adams has welcomed some very very famous guests over the years, including Amelia Earhart in 1928, just recently the press junket for the 3rd season of Homeland, not to mention the Obama family prior to the inauguration in 2009. Last week they welcomed me through their historic doors.

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Membership Drive has begun!

Step It Up VA Coaching

The VA Biz Success Academy Membership Drive is THIS WEEK! If you have been thinking about joining us to uplevel your business and get all the information, support, guidance, masterminding and networking as you do it – - NOW IS THE TIME!

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2 Simple Ways to Change the Way You Think and Feel

Dumb Little Man

Law of attraction states what you think about you attract. In a sense this is true, but what is really creating your reality are your unconscious beliefs. Beliefs are repeated thoughts about someone or something even if they are not true. What you believe to be true, you attract into your life.

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An airline loyalty programme that benefits assistants too!

Practically Perfect PA

Most of us organise travel for our executives and most of our executives are considered frequent flyers. I’ve found over the years that it is always worthwhile getting my executives to sign up to an airline loyalty and rewards scheme.

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How To Develop Your Niche — 5 Quick Ideas Based on My Experience

The Solopreneur Life

T his week a solopreneur sent me this question by e-mail: “I’ve identified my niche; do you have any thoughts on how to develop it?” ” Here’s my reply. Position yourself as the “go-to” person in your niche.

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Rural Populations Continue to Shrink

Small Business Labs

Is Rural America Struggling? provides an excellent summary of the economic and population issues facing rural America.  Key quote: rural America’s job growth is stagnant and the population is in decline.

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Emotional Control in 2014

Dumb Little Man

There’s a big difference between our reactions and our responses, but for many people out there, they are one in the same. For example, this is the underlying issue for those in need of anger management or for those that seem to go off the deep end when a small negative event happens.

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Washington DC for foodies: Brussels Sprouts are back!

Practically Perfect PA

Washington DC is after another title. With what seems almost like a collective will it has set its increasingly softening heart on being the No 1 restaurant city in the US. It’s gone from being the nation´s crime capital to the place where residents murder a Carolina Shrimp Tempura.

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Eight Ways to Eliminate Paper and Clutter in Your Office

Ian's Messy Desk

The post Eight Ways to Eliminate Paper and Clutter in Your Office appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Working at a regional head office, we see a lot of paper. We were recently involved in a capital project to build a new program facility. When the HVAC system was installed, someone thought we might want the user manual for the system: a 400 page PDF document.

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Whenever You See Two Options, Choose the Third

Virtual Moxie

Some time ago, there was a client who came through the Registry at AssistU for a referral to our fabulous Virtual Assistants.

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The 3 Step Framework That’ll Get You Meetings With High Value People

Dumb Little Man

If you haven’t heard yet, email is the most effective way to get in touch with any busy or hard to reach person.

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How to manage your boss while they are on the road

Practically Perfect PA

Business travel is tricky for everyone involved. Our boss actually has to make the trip but we have to organise them remotely and sometimes in a different timezone.

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Introducing CallPlease; An App For The Executive Team

Office Dynamics

Interview with Gregg Fienberg, Executive Producer of HBO’s True Blood, and Founder of CallPlease. Gregg Fienberg, Executive Producer of HBO’s True Blood, set out to solve one of the most common problems assistants and their bosses face together in Hollywood and beyond: managing phone calls.

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Visibility Blocks that Keep You From Having a Great Podcast

Productive & Organized

A few weeks ago we started talking about visibility blocks.    Visibility blocks are those sometimes conscious, but often unconscious, things that keep us from really showing our true brilliance.    Visibility blocks keep us from fully serving our ideal clients. 

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How to Get the Most out of your Smart TV

Dumb Little Man

If you’re thinking about buying a smart TV with your holiday bonus, read this first. According to the NPD Group , few users are really getting the most out of their smart TVs. In fact, most people are using their smart TVs in a pretty old-fashioned way – for viewing video, and not much else.

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Do you shy away from the term Emotional Intelligence?

The Small Business Blog

As a convert to the idea of emotional intelligence; based on the realisation that I messed up a good few things because I didn’t get it, I now find that I have to exercise it the most when I meet people who are resistant to the concept.

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Your Sales Figures Will Continue to Disappoint, If You Keep Making This Mistake

The Solopreneur Life

T he Secret of Selling Anything: A Road Map to Success for the Salesman Who Is Not Aggressive, Who Is Not a Smooth Talker, and Who Is Not an Extrovert is a little-known gem of a book written by sales expert Harry Browne and published after his death in 2006.

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Boomers and The Life Reinvention Myth

Small Business Labs

The Dangerous Myth of Reinvention is a fascinating essay by Marc Freedman, CEO and Founder of Encore.org.   For those not familiar with Encore, here's how they describe themselves: Encore.org is building a movement to make it easier for millions of people to pursue second acts for the greater good. We call them "encore careers" – jobs that combine personal meaning, continued income and social impact – in the second half of life.

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Staying Healthy on the Road

Dumb Little Man

The beginning of a new year marks the beginning of a new set of resolutions, and many people commit to making healthier choices in diet and a new exercise regimen.

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The Pros and Cons of the 4 Major Green Certifications

The Small Business Blog

Green certifications are useful in promoting a business’s green credentials to your customers, prospective clients and employees. But which one is right for an SME? In this article I have summarised the pros and cons of four mainstream green standards and environmental certifications.

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Building Your First Team – How Do You Know You’re Ready?

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. Building a team to support you and your business can be a pretty overwhelming idea. Where do you find good team members? Will you have enough work coming in to keep them busy, and to pay them fairly for their time? All reasonable questions; and all have reasonable answers.

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Almost 1 in 10 Cubans Self-Employed

Small Business Labs

Cuba, one of the last bastions of communism, is experiencing a self-employment boom.   In 2010 Cuba liberalized a number of laws and made starting a business easier and more appealing. This led to a three fold increase in the number of self-employed Cubans over the last 3 years. 

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Recruiting With Social Media Can Backfire

Office Dynamics

This is a guest post submitted by Mariel Norton & Rachael Pegram in collaboration with Lakestar McCann. . Why using social media as a means of recruitment can backfire. Last year it was reported that 4.2

Why new recruits should paint fences

The Small Business Blog

Last week three guys who recently established a business in London wanted my thoughts on the recruitment of their first member of staff. Whilst they were naturally concerned about the costs associated with employment, greater uncertainty surrounded the management of the new recruit?“We’ve

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How One Bank Invests in Millenials

On The Job

Many businesses today have expressed frustration with younger workers. They claim they lack the proper business skills and other professional abilities that will help make them good employees.

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What’s On Your Calendar?

Simple Productivity Blog

Calendars are such a common productivity tool that everyone thinks they know how to use them; yet just about every time I ask to see someone''s calendar, I find stuff on it that shouldn''t be there. So I ask you, what''s on your calendar? Today we will look at what should go on a calendar, and where all that other stuff should live. The post What’s On Your Calendar? appeared first on SimpleProductivityBlog.com. More great content can be found on the site at SimpleProductivityBlog.com.,

A Lesson In Thinking BIG!

Office Dynamics

Hello Monday Motivators ! I imagine many of you are just getting back to work after the BIG freeze in the Midwest and east. I hope you will take time to read this Monday Motivator as I delve into this month’s theme, BIG thoughts.

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Why You Should Invest in a Reliable Email Service

The Small Business Blog

Could you imagine how your company – or any other company, for that matter –would run in today’s world without email? Just trying to imagine such a world would give most people migraines. Email systems are critical to the operation of just about everything today, particularly businesses.

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Organizing and Creativity

Clutter Coach

Originally posted 2012-12-04 20:19:52. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Creative people often shun organizing. Putting their supplies away and having a clear desktop are for accountants, not artists. Inspiration can strike anytime and materials must be out and ready (all of them).

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Open Loops 1/17/2014: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Simple Productivity Blog

On Fridays I pull the best of my blog readings -- my open loops -- to share with readers. Topics can come from anywhere, and cover anything. This week I highlight articles on effective change, choosing to be stressed, women''s weight loss mistakes, gratitude, going from ''no'' to ''yes'', cleaning mobile device screens, and important gifts to yourself. The post Open Loops 1/17/2014: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along appeared first on SimpleProductivityBlog.com.

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Mood vs. Tense

Daily Writing Tips

Judging by comments I’ve read on this and other language sites, many people are not quite clear as to the difference between the grammatical terms mood and tense. For example, I’ve seen such expressions as “subjunctive tense” and “progressive mood.”.

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Work – Quote of the Week

The Small Business Blog

“The most important motive for work in school and in life is pleasure in work, pleasure in its result, and the knowledge of the value of the result to the community.” ” That quote was by the legendary physicist Albert Einstein. His work gave him great pleasure, but the benefits of the things he did eventually… Read the full article here: Work – Quote of the Week on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG. Small Business / SOHO business quotes

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