Sat.Mar 16, 2013 - Fri.Mar 22, 2013

The Little Things in Life

Dumb Little Man

It’s funny how at times it’s so hard for things to cheer us up from a terrible day. Your friends can try their best to diagnose the problem but you know that you’re not going to budge or respond to their attempts.

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Global Coworking Conference Recap

Small Business Labs

The 3rd Annual Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) was held March 5th and 6th in Austin, Texas.    Reflecting the strong growth of the coworking industry , there were well over 300 attendees this year - more than triple the number attending two years ago.

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20 do’s and don’ts for team building events

Practically Perfect PA

Over the years I’ve organised a variety of team building events from week long forums to after work drinks in the local pub. I would imagine that most assistants have been asked to arrange something for their team as we do tend to be the focal point for social activities in the office.

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List Building: 5 Reasons Why Your List Isn’t Growing

Office Organization Success

I’m sure you’ve heard this a ton of times already – that the gold in your business is in your list. And what this means is that if you’re going to run a successful business then you need to have people who are ready, willing, and able to buy your products, programs, and services.

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Social Engineering 101: A New Definition and 9 Quick Tips

Dumb Little Man

I know the official definitions of Social Engineering. According to Wikipedia, there are two: "Social engineering (political science), influencing society on a large scale." Social engineering (security), obtaining confidential information by manipulating and/or deceiving people."

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Are Food Scooters The Next Big Thing?

Small Business Labs

Businessweek's Food Trucks are Stale. Line Up for Food Scooters  covers Food Trikes and Scooters , a new LA startup.    They are trying to ride the food truck wave by providing low cost food scooters.

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Joining instructions for company events

Practically Perfect PA

Most of us will be involved in organising an event at some point in our career particularly if your company does not have a dedicated events department.

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What to Do When Others Try to Kill Your Dream

Dumb Little Man

You’re a dreamer. But you’re also a dream-chaser. You make your dreams happen – one goal at a time. Sometimes, a lot of times, you may be filled with doubt and uncertainty. Is this for real? Are you really in the middle of the Saharas teaching English to African children?

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Motivation For Solopreneurs From Football Coaches: “You’re Going to Get Up and Fight Some More”

The Solopreneur Life

F ootball coaches are some of the world’s best motivators. They have to be motivators, because football is a violent, painful sport that requires extreme sacrifice and dedication. You have to be a little nuts to be a football player, just like you have to be crazy to be a solopreneur.

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Networking Is Art and Science Combined

Job Advice Blog

Networking has two purposes: (1) to get you your next job, and if that’s not right now, (2) to prepare for when you need to. Networking is the most effective way to secure a job nowadays.

Food Truck Economics

Small Business Labs

Excellent article on Food Truck Economics over at the Priceonomics blog.  Priceonomics is a price guide on, well, almost everything. According to the website, they "search and analyze hundreds of millions of listings on the web to build our price guides." " The goal of the site is provide users with the information they need to get the best deals on just about anything you would want to buy. It's a bit unclear to me why they have an in-depth article on food trucks.

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10 Reasons Why You're Enough Just the Way You Are

Dumb Little Man

Since you’re reading this post, you’re probably drawn to personal development in some way. Maybe you’re going through something heavy right now or maybe it’s just your daily mental multivitamin. It’s been many years since I first felt drawn to the self­help genre.

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Top 5 Tips for Coping with Small Business Fears

The Small Business Blog

There are a lot of reasons why a small business owner might be fearful, whether it is because of the economy or due to other circumstances that are beyond their control – such as losing a key member of staff or not making enough money to pay the bills.

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Getting Things Done By Making Tasks Ridiculously Simple

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. One of the issues I ran into when I was trying to get my time choices back in sync was that my target list seemed too daunting. My task list needed an overhaul in conjunction with my time schedule. Do-Able Tasks. The first step in any effective list is to make sure the tasks are do-able. “Fix siding” is not a do-able task unless you have the materials on hand and you are going to climb the ladder yourself. “Work hours?”

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Sharing Economy = Variable Cost Economy

Small Business Labs

The Economist's The Rise of the Sharing Economy provides an excellent overview of this growing segment of the global economy.  Key quote: The big change is the availability of more data about people and things, which allows physical assets to be disaggregated and consumed as services. Before the internet, renting a surfboard, a power tool or a parking space from someone else was feasible, but was usually more trouble than it was worth. 

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Testimonials: Your “Selling Super Powers”

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. You have created a fabulous business, doing excellent work for a slew of wonderful entrepreneurs. Your clients love your work… in fact, many, if not all, tell you regularly how pleased they are, and give you great feedback. You have likely heard over and over that rave reviews from your clients are perhaps your most valuable tool for bringing in new clients.

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Cloud Computing: Trust Drives Adoption

The Small Business Blog

Trust in cloud installations is more than having a signed SLA (Service Level Agreement). Can your cloud provider deliver on the SLA, how much of the IT infrastructure does the provider actually control? What about international installations, cross-border data applications?

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A Step-by-Step Automated Plan

Office Organization Success

I’m writing to you today from Charlotte, NC where I’m currently working with hundreds of business owners. I’m here as Associate Consultant for Suzanne Evans’ 10K Club! I love these two-day intensives as I get to dive in really deep and help many business owners with creating their automated, streamlined, and systemized businesses. And this one-on-one approach is at the very heart of my own business too!

2013 116

Getting A Handle On Time

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. It’s only taken me 5 months to realize it, but I am struggling with the new work situation in my home. 5 months ago I started a new job, which requires a 30-45 minute drive each way. The same day, my husband started a new job 3 hours from our home, which means he stays in an apartment and we see him late Friday evening to Sunday evening. I thought I was doing fine.

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Why Hold Out for the BBD (Bigger, Better Deal)?

Virtual Moxie

Last week while traveling, I received three requests to Pick My Brain that were about the same topic—that of always looking for a better way to do something, whether it be organizing, or marketing, or, well, anything. My mother called it "holding out for the BBD (Bigger Better Deal).". Rather than tackling the topic anew, I decided to just run a post from some years ago, which says pretty much what I want to say.

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Freelance Success: How to keep the work flowing in

The Small Business Blog

The biggest challenge we face as Freelancers is finding work. It’s not that it isn’t a challenge for anyone else in business, of course.

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Can I Give You 3 of My Best Checklists?

Office Organization Success

I know you LOVE checklists! And in tomorrow’s workshop, I’ll be giving you not one, but THREE checklists to make sure that you have your website set up so that it works for you! At the end of the workshop you’ll know exactly how to set up your website so that it: Grabs subscribers before they leave your site. Encourages your visitors to go deeper into your site and stay for longer (Google loves this!). Makes social sharing of your content easy-peasy!

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The Hardest Run I Ever Ran

Brilliantly Better

Almost two years ago, sometimes in July 2011, on a hot summer morning, here I am, on an alley in one of the biggest parks in Bucharest, all dressed up and geared up, ready to pick up running again. I have told myself so many times that I will start running and never actually did [.].

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Moxie Tip 338: Ask for What You Want and Detach From the Outcome

Virtual Moxie

Language I suggest adding to your Policies and Procedures if you’re hoping a client will give you notice is, this: “If you foresee an interruption in our retainer arrangement, I’d appreciate as much notice as possible.”. It’s more gracious, it indicates a willingness to trust the client to do the best she can, and it also, without saying it plainly, indicates that you know you can’t force her to do anything she’s unwilling to do.

2013 143

P-p-p pick up a pre-nup

The Small Business Blog

With so many high profile and celebrity divorces in the media spotlight, it’s hard to escape the discussions going on around us about pre-nuptial agreements, often known as pre-nups.

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Open Loops 3/22/2013: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are open loop days at SimpleProductivity blog. Soft cheese can be difficult to slice. Lifehacker shows us how to get past this with dental floss at “Use Dental Floss to Cut Frustrating Cheeses” I am not about cushioning my daughter’s ego from everything that might detract from her self-esteem. But I read this article, and I have to agree with most of it, because it provides the reason for why you should make the switch.

2013 135

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words


Or in this case…about 17000 of them. Yesterday I received 60 copies of my book The Front Nine in print on my doorstep. And while the book has been out since late last year as an e-book , once I picked up the paperback version of the book it felt more… real.

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Moxie Tip 336: Don't be the Girl Who Waits for a Boy. or a Client

Virtual Moxie

If you’ve shared your standard around clients taking breaks, and a client pays you to hold her space in your practice, great. If she doesn’t care to do that, let her go, and move on. Do not leave the space open for her—even for a month. That’s like sitting around waiting for a boyfriend to come back after he’s said he “wants to take a break.” Don’t go there, girl.

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Getting IT investment right

The Small Business Blog

Don’t let your lack of IT savvy be an excuse for not getting it right. This great article from The Age tells you what you need to know when it comes to building an IT infrastructure for your business and when to invest in new technology like cloud computing.

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How ‘Same Old, Same Old’ Can Make You a Successful Writer

Men With Pens

In July, I moved into a farmhouse in Montana on 20 acres of land. It’s a dream I never seriously thought I’d realize – a home in the country. And in almost every way, the dream has met its promise. I said almost: The dream didn’t provide much guidance on Internet access.

2013 85

Live a Showcase-Worthy Life (Secrets of Dynamics Executive Assistants)

Office Dynamics

It’s another Monday. We are already seeing spring in Las Vegas although many of you are still experiencing winter. The good news is that spring is just around the corner. Colorful flowers will start to peek up from the soil; beautiful little flower buds and greenery will blossom from trees; birds will start chirping and all of nature will come to life. As I said, we started to experience spring a few weeks ago.

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Moxie Tip 335: Language to Use When a Client Wants a Break

Virtual Moxie

The language I suggest for when a client wants to take a break goes like this: “I completely understand, Joan, and you know I want what’s best for you. As far as our working relationship, though, taking a month off isn’t an option. If you’d like to make sure that there’s a space in my practice for you when you’re ready to resume, you’ll need to continue to pay my retainer. If not, then we’ll end our work together now.

2013 141

Workplace Basics

The Small Business Blog

Great post by Dr. Marla Gottschalk via LinkedIn on how employee engagement inside the business is a two way street. We often discuss the importance for companies to engage their employees, but what when this is a one way street?

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How Do You Determine Whether to Use Who or Whom?

Daily Writing Tips

Even the boldest, most confident writers can cower in fear and sob with frustration when confronted with the problem of whether to use who or whom in a sentence. Heck, I know it confuses me.

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How to Get Over Your Public-Speaking Nerves

Men With Pens

So you’ve decided to dip your toes in the public speaking world. You’re going to step on the stage and give a presentation or offer a workshop to people who want to learn from you, and you’re excited about this. Awesome – you should be! You know your stuff.

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Moxie Tip 337: Give Up Being a Hard Ass

Virtual Moxie

If you require a client to give you notice when ending your relationship, a change to your Policies and Procedures I suggest is around this sort of language: “…it is your obligation to notify me at least one month in advance…”. Leave that out. It just makes a reader want to say, “Or what?” I mean, seriously, what would you do if the client doesn’t give that notice? Force” her to pay you?

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LinkedIn Page: Features & Benefits

The Small Business Blog

LinkedIn is THE social network for business. Use it wisely to make powerful networking contacts.

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