Sat.Sep 20, 2014 - Fri.Sep 26, 2014

Do you really “get” emotional intelligence?

The Small Business Blog

Over the last couple of months I have been running a series of workshops on emotional intelligence and from them I am now running a further series of six workshops going deeper into different aspects of EI.

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Leaving Effective Voicemails

Simple Productivity Blog

It is a great thing to be able to leave a message for someone if you can''t get them on the phone. But do you know how to leave an effective voicemail that gets results? The post Leaving Effective Voicemails appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

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How to organise the “best ever” Corporate Christmas party

Practically Perfect PA

It’s that time of year again: the first robins and reindeers are infiltrating the shop displays and all over the country bosses are delegating the task of organising their company’s Christmas ‘do’ to their thinly-stretched assistants.

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How a Virtual Assistant Can Save Your Sanity

On The Job

Technology has helped us be so self-sufficient that it can feel old-fashioned or sort of elitist to think we need someone to help us keep our calendar, book a flight or research a new customer.

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Generation Recession: a small business evolution

The Small Business Blog

There’s a new breed of start-up – they’re younger, more optimistic and ready to innovate.

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My Golf Watch & Forrester's Wearable Computing Forecast

Small Business Labs

One of my favorite toys is my Bushnell golf watch. It uses GPS technology to give me the distance to the front, back and center of greens - and a bunch of other golf data - for over 30,000 golf courses across the globe.   It's incredibly easy to use.

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Practically Perfect PA Survey 2014

Practically Perfect PA

Practically Perfect PA is nearly three years old. The blog has come a long way since October 2012 and I’m really excited about what we have planned for next year, including our first event (more details to follow in the next few weeks!).

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National Punctuation Day Test

Business Writing

Do you think you are a punctuation pro? Take this 10-item test, which contains the most common punctuation errors I see in business writing classes. Each item is either correct or has one punctuation error. Find and correct the errors. Punctuation Pointers

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Purlin' J's Mobile Yarn Truck

Small Business Labs

Purlin's J's Roving Yarn Company caught my eye in the Globe and Mail article Canada's Ten Most Remarkable Small Businesses.    It's a truck that sells yarn. In the article the owner says the secret sauce of this is business is: The truck at the very least is a curiosity.

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Top tips for hiring meeting rooms

Practically Perfect PA

I can’t begin to tell you the amount of conversations I have had over the years about meeting rooms. In practically every organisation I have worked in meeting rooms are like gold dust.

2014 202

6 Lessons Learned From Over 200 Hours of Therapy

Dumb Little Man

“You can stay in therapy your whole life, but you’ve got to live life and not talk about life.” Tracey Gold I’ve been to over 200 hours of therapy. These are the some of the things I’ve learned from all that time and money spent.

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Open Loops 9/26/2014: 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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1 in 4 Employees Regularly Work With Temps

Small Business Labs

The GigaOm Research report The modern workforce part 3: a changing culture of work  (paid subscription required) covers the shift to what they call the "3D Workforce" They describe this as a decentralized, discontinuous and distributed workforce.

Hotel N’vY, Geneva

Practically Perfect PA

I had never been to Geneva before so I didn’t quite know what to expect – except obviously a big lake. I have, however, booked many many business trips to Geneva over the years so I had the impression that most of the hotels would service businessmen and women.

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3 Powerful Ways To Boost Your Self Confidence

Dumb Little Man

“Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.” ” – Samuel Johnson There’s a lot of truth to the quote above by Samuel Johnson. Almost everything great starts with self confidence.

3 Things to Consider When You've Been Demoted

On The Job

Few events in your career are as difficult as being demoted. It may be that you saw it coming – verbal and written warnings from the boss indicated you were not meeting expectations – or it may totally blindside you.

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6 Advantages Your Small Business Has Over Bigger Competitors

Small Business Labs

It's nice every so often to get back to basics.  Openview's article David vs. Goliath: Your Startup's Guide to Giant-Killing does just that by describing 6 advantages small businesses have relative to bigger competitors. These are: You're closer to your customers. You can turn on a dime. You can tightly focus on a niche market. You can go after smaller opportunities. You can innovate more quickly. You can run on next to zero sales and marketing costs.

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Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill, Glasgow

Practically Perfect PA

There’s no finer pleasure than visiting a restaurant during its opening week. It’s never the hustle and bustle of TV restaurant opening night; it’s only on the fantasy Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares that you would launch or relaunch a restaurant and decide to pack the place.

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The Secret Technique to Get What You Want From Difficult People

Dumb Little Man

Last week I was in Silicon Valley and I was meeting with one of my consulting clients, a CTO at a high growth startup. During our conversation, we started talking about one of his engineering managers.

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Book Review: Fresh Thoughts on Clichés

Business Writing

Before you discount all clichés as weak, lazy writing, consider a few ideas from Orin Hargraves'' new book, It''s Been Said Before: A Guide to the Use and Abuse of Clichés (Oxford University Press, 229 pages, $24.95 in hardcover). Best Picks Books Gems of Language Teaching Business Writing

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Avoid Group Email Mistakes With This One Easy Trick

Simple Productivity Blog

We have all done it.we send an email to a group of people, and either leave someone out, or even worse, add someone with a similar name that shouldn''t get the email. There is a really easy trick to keep you from making these types of group email mistakes. The post Avoid Group Email Mistakes With This One Easy Trick appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

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Ethics – Business Quote of the Week

The Small Business Blog

“To run this business… you need… optimism, humanism, enthusiasm, intuition, curiosity, love, humour, magic and fun and that secret ingredient – euphoria.” ” – Anita Roddick Anita was talking about her very unique business The Body Shop, but in reality these are qualities that any entrepreneur will need to run their own business successfully.

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5 Ways To Add Spark to Your Cup of Coffee (and Life)

Dumb Little Man

Is your coffee just something you grab as a take-out from the faceless coffee shop on your way to the office? Or is it worse, some grey watery liquid dispensed from a machine. Could you be getting more from your coffee and indeed life? Pause just a moment and do it well.

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Why it’s Smart to Offer Paypal as a Secondary Payment Option

Office Organization Success

I get a lot of questions from business owners around whether they should get a merchant account or just stick with Paypal.

2014 154

When Screaming is Good

Loosely Speaking

Clearly, if you are in dire straits, a scream might be good. I can now report that screaming combined with maniacal laughing and tears can be incredibly cathartic.

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Looking for New Clients? You Need an Affiliate Program!

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. One of the principal ways I created a business so quickly and successfully was by creating an affiliate program. What is an affiliate program? It is a reward system for referrals to your business.

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If You Always Do What You've Always Done.

Virtual Moxie

I can''t tell you how many times I hear VAs lamenting something that''s happening with a client.And often, the latest lament is just a refrain of an earlier one I''ve heard from the same people. For those of you who feel frustrated or pissed off even once a month….tell

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Charter Memberships Being Snapped Up

Office Organization Success

This week I attended a fabulous leadership training program in Toledo — I am a member of a local BNI (Business Networking International) Chapter, and as from October 1st I’ll be President of our Chapter. The training was to teach me how to step into this role. This training is absolutely critical (and is mandatory) if I am to take on this role, and without this training I know I wouldn’t be able to fulfill the position. And it’s the same for your business too!

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5 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Nonprofit Partner

Small Business CEO

Glancing at most news reports doesn’t exactly inspire confidence on the subject of corporate social responsibility (CSR). Stories often detail companies cheating consumers, running scams, and fattening CEOs’ wallets while leaving employees and consumers to pick up the pieces.

2014 114

Meditating Improves Concentration

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2009-08-13 15:54:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter My meditation practice is coming along. I don't do it everyday, but I'm still getting some benefits out of my semi weekly sessions. One of the benefits is that I'm getting more used to the idea that I will be distracted while I meditate. The goal is not to remove distractions , but to gently set them aside. Thoughts pop into my head and I acknowledge them and release them.

2014 109

The Story Of My First Mountain Half Marathon

Brilliantly Better

On September 20th I finished my very first mountain half marathon, on the most beautiful road in the world, Transfagarasan, in a race called Transmaraton. … The post The Story Of My First Mountain Half Marathon appeared first on Dragos Roua.

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Making BIG Changes: Don’t Blow It, Deal With It

Office Dynamics

Hello, Motivators! I’m taking a break from writing the weekly Monday Motivators to nurture my Wellness Pillar. Thank you for understanding and it is my hope you’ll enjoy today’s throwback message. Communication is key, have you heard that one? The truth is, it really is.

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Top teams understand the 4 different types of Teamwork in Nature


What do we mean by "Teamwork"? We often talk about Teamwork as if its a singular thing however in nature there are 4 different types - each of which have a very precise meaning. I call these Solowork, Crowdwork, Groupwork and Teamwork itself.

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Australia’s Finest: My Favourite Graphic Designers from Down Under

Small Business CEO

The world is full of amazing design talent, and they don’t all hail from the UK, Europe, Asia, Canada, or the United States. Here is a collection of my homegrown heroes!

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Life After One Million Words

Brilliantly Better

Somewhere along the lines of this post I will reach an important milestone: one million words written on this blog. One million. Written. Words. I confess … The post Life After One Million Words appeared first on Dragos Roua. Blogging Personal Development blog one million

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Five Misspelled Idioms

Daily Writing Tips

Some idioms are confused in the speaking; others just in the spelling. The following idioms are usually pronounced correctly, but they are often misspelled in writing. waiting with bated breath. The word bated in this expression is often misspelled “baited.”

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John Kotters new book: Organisation Biomimicry goes mainstream


I have just purchased John Kotter''s new book XLR8 ("Accelerate") which as well as reworking his previous excellent thinking on change introduces two concepts which resonate with my work - The Dual Operating System and The Big Opportunity. Lets briefly look at each of them. The Dual Operating System.

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