Sat.Jun 29, 2013 - Fri.Jul 05, 2013

Plain English for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

A few years ago I was working with a number of consultants who had been brought in to improve processes across our organisation.

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The Most Important Tool for Accelerating Your Career Growth

Eat Your Career

So, you want to get ahead at work. Who doesn’t? Almost everyone has dreams of career advancement, whether in the near or distant future. That’s part of the reason the workplace is so competitive. Everyone wants more money , more fulfillment , and more recognition.

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Infographic: Twitter Interaction

The Small Business Blog

If you are having problems using social media to promote your small business (in particular, on Twitter) then today’s infographic might help.

Set goals like Ben Franklin

Ian's Messy Desk

Ben Franklin became a prolific inventor once he learned to set goals and prioritize. Here’s how: Spend 10 minutes each morning prioritizing your tasks. Spend 20 at the end of the week reviewing work for the next week.

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Most Americans Plan to Work Past 65

Small Business Labs

Transamerica Insurance released their 14th annual retirement survey. This is a comprehensive online poll of over 3000 Americans aged 18+ working for for-profit companies with 10 or more employees.

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10 Ways to Reduce Stress at Work That Could Save Your Life

Dumb Little Man

Let’s face it. Many of us have felt the miserable feeling that stress and tension related to our jobs can cause on a daily basis.

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Infographic: Email Marketing

The Small Business Blog

Email Marketing still has a lot of value, especially for small businesses that need to keep in regular contact with their clients. However, email marketing is an ineffective tool if it isn’t used correctly.

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How Innovation Spurs Productivity

Productivity Bits

Innovation is the cornerstone to any successful endeavor. Innovation is necessary in almost every successful achievement. We need a vibrant influx of ideas to market target niches and make our brands stronger. Innovation can result in breakthrough changes to new or fundamentally changed products and services that can radically alter what companies sell and generate major gains in revenue and profits. Examples of radical innovation include Facebook, the Internet, penicillin, ATM and iPad.

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Live Healthier! You Need To Read This Before Picking Up Another Soda, Energy Drink or Soft Drink.

Dumb Little Man

Summertime is perfect for relaxing in the shade with a cold drink, but some of the most popular soft drinks aren’t so great for your health. This wouldn’t be so bad if sugary soft drinks were consumed as an occasional treat, but many of us are totally hooked on them!

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Infographic: Home Businesswomen

The Small Business Blog

The great thing about the internet is that it makes almost everything easier for businesses. It was of course possible to run a business from home before the internet – but it is nowhere near as simple and widespread as it is today.

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L'Oreal Encourages Employees to Embrace Entrepreneurial Spirit

On The Job

I consider myself really lucky because if I have a good idea, I run with it. Sometimes that idea doesn''t always work out, but I think the excitement that comes from being creative and exploring new options can''t be beat.

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Think Before You Reply: Email Best Practices

Business Writing

You have probably seen a slogan beneath email signatures that says something like this: "Please consider the environment before printing this message." Many people are tired of that suggestion, and a few readers joined me in creating whimsical email slogans. Email Etiquette

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Your Time is Money: What if You Were Worth $300 an Hour?

Dumb Little Man

Last winter was a frantic time for my company. The entire team was being pulled in a thousand different directions. I could barely keep my head above the flood of emails, calls, and meetings — each one was more urgent than the last.

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Top 5 Tips for Working With Difficult People

The Small Business Blog

Last week in my Top 5 Tips column we talked about how you can add the right people to your team. But what if you add someone to your team and it turns out they aren’t much fun to work with?

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Applying The Four Laws Of Simplicity To Task Lists

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. After bumping into the Four Laws Of Simplicity, I realized that they can be applied not only to physical stuff, but also the aspects of every productivity system. In this series, we have already talked about applying it to “stuff” , as well as calendars. Now we’ll take a look at how to apply them to task lists. The Four Laws Of Simplicity. Let’s start out with a review of the four laws: Collect everything in one place.

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The Dark Side of the Temp Economy

Small Business Labs

ProPublica's The Expendables: How the Temps Who Power Corporate Giants are Getting Crushed covers the dark side of temporary work. Key quote on the life of low paid temps: Many get by on minimum wage, renting rooms in rundown houses, eating dinners of beans and potatoes, and surviving on food banks and taxpayer-funded health care. They almost never get benefits and have little opportunity for advancement. The article focuses on temps working in low skill industrial or supply chain jobs.

Tips For Success: How to Create a Face-to-Face Networking Plan

Dumb Little Man

Networking is one of those activities that everyone loves to hate. And for good reason. Most of us would rather spend an evening relaxing at home or playing with our kids instead of drinking watered-down cocktails and making small talk with strangers.

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Quote of the Week: Career

The Small Business Blog

“Your career is literally your business.”

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What to consider when choosing and laying down your new lawn

Eco-Office Gals

There are certain times of year that are best for laying down your new lawn. Turf will quickly establish itself on soil that is warm and moist. Autumn happens to be perfect as your new turf will be regularly nourished by winter rain.

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Free Ecourse Sign Up Page

Clutter Coach

Originally posted 2010-02-26 18:51:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter So, you want to get organized but you’re not quite ready to hire an organizer. Or maybe you know you can do it yourself, but you need a little guidance and hand holding.

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How You Can Instantly Improve Your Productivity and Focus Using Agile Results for Extreme Productivity

Dumb Little Man

I work in a complex, high stress environment with a lot of moving parts as I'm sure many of you do too. Everybody needs to do more with less. There’s always more to do than there are hours in a day. There’s always information overload.

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Infographic: Inconvenience

The Small Business Blog

Now more than ever, consumers expect to be able to get what they want and they don’t want to have to wait for it. This has even extended to include customer service.

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How Introverts Can Harness Social Collaboration

On The Job

If you’re someone who considers yourself an introvert , workplaces today are probably a big pain in the behind. Open concept floor plans, collaboration areas and even a coffee shop smack dab in the middle of the office generates lots of noise, commotion, interactions and all the other stuff that wears down an introvert and plays havoc with concentration.

Open Loops 7/5/13: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are open loop days at SimpleProductivity blog. A great article about Warren Buffett and how he is stingy with time…and what it gets him. From Lifehacker’s “Why Some of the World’s Most Productive People Have Empty Schedules” This is a great run-down on the different types of pain medication. It is thorough, and has good information. Although it does not cover the specific uses of naproxen for women’s issues…check with your doctor for that).

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Boost Your Interpersonal Relationship Skills With These Tips For The Art of Making the Deal

Dumb Little Man

Few things strike fear in a person more than the thought of sitting across the table from someone negotiating. Whether it’s at the car dealership, convincing a toddler to take a nap or navigating through an argument with your spouse; life is all about negotiations.

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Top Tips Anniversary

The Small Business Blog

Yesterday I posted the 199th “Top 5 Tips” article on The Small Business Blog. These tips are written on a weekly basis (except for a few breaks for Christmas etc.) and the very first one was published on July 29th 2009, meaning the series has been ongoing for nearly four years now.

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Four Ways to Banish Boring Meetings

Office Dynamics

In the American office, "who called this meeting?" is usually voiced as an accusation rather than an honest inquiry. If you manage a team of professionals who meet regularly, you have, no doubt, experienced your share of aimless, unproductive and boring meetings.

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Are You a Moderator or an Abstainer?

Virtual Moxie

There are many labels we can take on that help us understand ourselves better, and I''m all for it when it''s done from that place—of wanting to understand and free ourselves—rather from a place of wanting to close down or box in. Two labels I love, probably because I see them so often in coaching, are “ moderator ” and “ abstainer.”. Most of us are good at doing nearly anything we want—because we have the ability to moderate it.

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Shopping For A New iPhone or Smartphone? Consider These 10 Important Questions Before You Make A Purchase

Dumb Little Man

Twenty years ago, hardly any of us had cellphones, because they were big, heavy and expensive. Now they’re tiny, light and can do lots of things beside make calls.

How Important are Business Exhibitions to Small Businesses?

The Small Business Blog

Although marketing techniques have changed in recent years, there is no denying the important role that an exhibition plays. Grouping together a range of companies into a public space is perfect for both networking and selling.

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5 Steps To Fixing Negative Reviews In Google Places aka Google Plus Local

Small Business CEO

Every business loves targeted, organic traffic from the search engines. Your potential clients eagerly punch in those buying keywords to actively seek your business and make their next purchase.

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Monday Motivator: No More Leave It To Beaver

Office Dynamics

Hello, Monday Motivators! I want to thank all of you who participated in our contest in June. I loved reading your posts and your views on spirituality. As I was reading your thoughts, it dawned on me that this truly was a needed topic to address with people.

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A Day On The Set

Brilliantly Better

“Do every day at least on thing that scares the s**t out of you.” I think I heard this a thousand times by now. And, to some extent, I’m religiously follow up. Meaning I do try to do every day at least on thing that scares the s**t out of me. From this series, ladies [.].

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The richest U.S. entrepreneurs ever

The Small Business Blog

It might surprise you to learn that in a list of the top ten wealthiest United States entrepreneurs of all-time, only one of them (Bill Gates) was actually born in the twentieth century and is still alive today.

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CRM and The Ecosystem – External Collaboration System Coexistence

Small Business CEO

Companies using CRM and MA systems to engage in ecosystem collaboration have not been able to achieve the desired target as these are customer-centric sales and marketing tools. Deploying a PRM system, though a good compromise, has not produced the desired results since the technology is outdated.

How do you deal with the ‘lesson-teaching’ co-worker?

Office Dynamics

by MARY ELLEN SLAYTER on JULY 3, 2013 7:46AM. in ADMIN PRO FORUM. Question: "On our admin team we have ''Karen''—a good worker except when it comes to helping out others if they haven''t met her precise expectations.

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20 Strategies for Writing in Plain Language

Daily Writing Tips

The increasing popularity of plain language, the concept of writing clear, simple prose, is making it easier for people to understand legal documents and government forms.

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