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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. Confidence is what sunlight is to plants, without it, you’ll struggle, be unhappy, and find it hard to make real progress. Confidence is a big part of success, doing things exceptionally well, and being proud of what you do.

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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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. While planning your own party can be a lot of fun, the job of corporate event organising carries some hefty responsibilities. First and foremost: how do you tempt everyone from the chairman to the caretaker to attend?

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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.

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5 Steps for Sharpening Your Mind for Success

Dumb Little Man

Your success is not in your hands. It’s in your mind. I saw you snicker and that’s not some psycho mumbo jumbo. When you make up your mind to be a success, your mind leads your actions. Those actions lead you to success because you become what you think about most. You know it’s true. Remember the gorgeous blonde you saw in the bar and you fell all over yourself trying to pick her up? It didn’t work. Because you had in your mind that she was out of your league, but you tried anyway.

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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. You just turn it on when you start your round and it's ready. It even figures out what course you are playing and what hole you are on. This amazing device only costs about $150 and there are no additional fees.

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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!). Last year I conducted a reader survey that really helped me move the blog forward and I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions again.

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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. I wanted to replicate the beginning of Law and Order, but I probably failed. That’s okay and that failure leads me to the first thing I learned. It Is Okay To Be Who You Are I tell some really dorky jokes. Jokes that are unfunny to most people.

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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. Everyone, knitter or not, wants to come on-board to see what it’s all about!

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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. If the office has meeting space, the booking system never completely works and assistants are always tasked with finding last minute rooms, offices or any space that provides a little privacy.

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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. One of the interesting learnings for me has been the realisation that EI is one of those things… Read the full article here: Do you really “get” emotional intelligence? on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG.

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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. He was struggling to manage this fellow, since every time they were trying to make a decision (green-lighting a new feature, adjusting their strategy, etc.) this manager reacted with resistance. It didn’t matter what the decision was; it seemed like he always had an objection.

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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. By this they mean work is: increasingly distributed across geographically dispersed workers, different parts of companies, and different companies.    often done discontinuously as a series of short-term, time shifted projects.

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. Business hotels tend to be a little soulless. Functional but not much to look at.

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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. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog., or you can find me on Twitter ( @SmplProdBlog ) and Facebook ( Facebook.com/SimpleProductivity ). Productivity

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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. If you’ve ever been to Paris, amid the rush and packed metros, you may have seen that the French have a great way to enjoy coffee. They don’t do the take-out but they don’t sit down either.

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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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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. Without a TV audience clamouring for c**k-ups and catastrophes a great restaurant takes its time to find its feet. We visited the brand new Marco Pierre White Steakhouse at the Indigo Hotel in Glasgow on its second night.

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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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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. I’ll briefly remark that this was an exceptionally challenging year, beginning in November … Continue reading → Family Life Knitting Hannah Fettig Swans Island Yarns The Plucky Knitter Thea Coleman

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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. In my case, I would offer a commission to peers, clients and others (affiliates) when people they referred to me signed on as clients.

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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 tell me true… do you actually like the drama, or would you rather have things going wonderfully well and have nothing to lament? If you like the drama, by all means, have at it.

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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. This week I highlight articles on advice for college students from a professor; creating a cubicle exit plan; an argument for walking; an easy way to test batteries; random acts of kindness; veggies you can grow from food scraps; dumb purchases to stop making; and not letting someone ruin your day.

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Yes Before No

Productivityist

I still have a hard time saying “no” to things. I’m getting better at it all the time, but that doesn’t mean I find it easy. Because I’m naturally a “yes” person – and I’ve gotten used to saying yes over the years. In fact, I’d argue that all of the times I said yes has allowed me to start saying “no” more often. As a trained improviser, I was taught to say yes to every offer.

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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. You can make or break your career by your ability or inability to communicate. Today, I am going to share with you some simple tips that you might very well be aware of. They are simple.

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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. Personal Development Running half marathon mountain half marathon running transfagarasan

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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. This year’s DNA of an Entrepreneur Report – which explores the challenges of small business owners, along with what makes them tick – reveals that the recession has had a big impact on the way start-ups operate, leading to a… Read the full article here: Generation Recession: a small business evolution on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG. Guest Blog Business DNA entrepreneurship Infographic recession

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How to Tell if You're Plateauing (and What to Do About It)

Productivityist

The following is a guest post by Kayla Matthews. Kayla is a productivity blogger with a passion for self-improvement and finding happiness. To read more articles by Kayla, you can find her at Productivity Theory , as well as on Google+ and Twitter. I guess we most commonly associate plateauing with age. People say that you plateau when you get older; that you level off and no longer become better at anything because your body and mind are tired. That’s a load of garbage.

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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.” For example, “We’re waiting with baited breath to hear if Rosie O’Donnell is officially coming back to daytime screens.” . The word bated is from a shortening of the verb abate. “To

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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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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. And sure, those companies exist. But the good news is that there are many businesses that build charity and social good into their core mission — and reap the cultural and financial rewards of doing so.

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How a Virtual Assistant Can Save Your Sanity

45 Things

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. But as the number of hours American workers spend on work-related tasks increases, it’s becoming clear that no amount of technology is going to fix the problem. We need help. Human help. Enter the virtual assistant.

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Beginning a Sentence with And or But

Daily Writing Tips

Several opinions about what is permissible in writing have acquired an almost religious authority with some English speakers. One of these opinions is that beginning a sentence with the coordinating conjunctions and and but is an unpardonable breach of usage. Here are some typical reader attitudes: I almost fainted when I read [a post] about the acceptability of beginning sentences with “and” or “but”. How can anyone] justify the use of conjunctions to begin a sentence? It simply drives me crazy!

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Top teams understand the 4 different types of Teamwork in Nature

BioTeams

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. An effective team knows how and when to use each type - an ineffective team only uses one! What is ''Teamwork''? When we talk about Teamwork we generally mean different things. For some a team is a group of people with a shared purpose.

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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! I feel that when I pick up one of my favourite design magazines like Computer Arts magazine, Juxtapose, and the like, I don’t see enough representation from the land down under, so I decided to compile a list of my own.

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3 Things to Consider When You've Been Demoted

45 Things

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. Whatever the reason, being demoted is something no one wants to experience, and the pain is often so great some people will just quit rather than accept it. Still, that’s not always the best move.

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Punctuation Mistakes #2: Quotation Marks and End Stops

Daily Writing Tips

Readers frequently ask whether to place commas, periods, question marks, and exclamation points inside or outside closing quotation marks. Note: This post illustrates American usage. Periods and Commas. The period and comma are always placed within closing quotations: Patrick Henry said, “Give me liberty or give me death.”. “If If you are going through hell,” said Sir Winston, “keep going.”. In Act II, scene 2 of Julius Caesar , Caesar tells Calpurnia that “cowards die many times.”.

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