Sat.Apr 06, 2013 - Fri.Apr 12, 2013

Will new technology eradicate the need for assistants?

Practically Perfect PA

I’ve just been reading this fantastic article by Richard Branson on LinkedIn where he discusses how much he values his assistant. I’ve always admired him but to see him praise the assistants he has employed over his career has really raised my estimations!

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How to Be Successful Even When Under Stress

On The Job

Got stress? If you’re like 75% of other Americans, you’ve experienced moderate to high levels of stress in the past month, and often lie awake at night because of it. Trying to balance the demands of your work and family life can stretch even the strongest among us to the breaking point.

Stress 231

Is your website mobile optimised?

The Small Business Blog

According to YouGov over 55% of the mobile-wielding British public will be using a smartphone in 2013, with one-in-three regularly using their phone to browse the internet. That’s over 14 million people in the UK accessing the internet from their mobile phones every day.

2013 227

Turn Up the Heat on Your Professional Passion

Eat Your Career

As many of you know, I talk a lot about professional passion. I believe it IS possible to love your job and really feel a fire in your belly when you think about the contribution you’re making at work everyday.

2013 224

What to do when there is nothing to do

Practically Perfect PA

Thank you everyone for your kind messages over the last week. It is really nice to know that I have such amazing readers and just emphasises how supportive assistants are of each other… I always knew we had each other’s backs!

2013 235

7 Ways to Make Waiting Time More Productive

Ian's Messy Desk

As much as you would like to avoid it, there’s no getting away from having to wait. You wait on hold on the telephone, wait for meetings and appointments, wait for hockey practice to end, a spouse to finish work, and wait and wait and wait. Waiting can eat up a fair portion of your time.

2013 222

How to Spring Clean Your Job Search

On The Job

Spring cleaning isn''t something I really look forward to, but when it''s done I feel like I''ve accomplished something worthwhile. Read this latest column I did for Gannett/USA Today and see if your job search doesn''t need the same.

2013 221

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The Growing Numbers of Not Working

Small Business Labs

The most recent BLS jobs report showed that almost 500,000 Americans left the workforce  in March, resulting in the workforce participation rate falling to 63.3%.  This is the lowest its been since 1979.   There's a pretty active debate over what's driving this decrease.

2013 210

The 8 Keys for Managerial Success ANYWHERE

Dumb Little Man

If you’ve ever looked at a book on drawing you probably remember drawing a series of circles and shapes to give you a rough outline and proportion of your subject. An oval for the head; circles where the ears should go, etc. That was your foundation.

2013 285

Tricky Pronouns: Whoever and Whomever

Business Writing

In a comment on last week''s pronoun tips and test, a reader named Jasmine asked for more examples of whomever. Whoever and whomever can be very tricky because they do not always play the role they seem to be playing. Grammar and Usage

2013 180

Infographic: What an Event Looks Like to Small Businesses

The Small Business Blog

Has your business ever hosted an event? Many small businesses rely on events as a cost effective way to promote themselves in the local area or farther afield.

2013 216

Profiling Mature (Aged 67+) Independent Workers

Small Business Labs

Older workers - those over the age of 65 - don't get much attention from researchers or the media. The reason is pretty straight forward. Historically the vast majority of older people were not in the workforce.    But that's changing. Over the last decade the workforce participation rate for Americans 65+ has consistently risen even as the overall workforce participation rate has fallen to levels not seen in several decades.

2013 186

The New & Improved Minimalism: Consume Less and Live More

Dumb Little Man

“Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” - Lao Tzu 50 years ago, a 16 oz. bottle of Coke was considered a serving for three people, which would mathematically mean that today’s 64 oz.

2013 285

4 Key Tips for Preparing a Speech

Ian's Messy Desk

If you want your speech to be lively and appealing, these are four key steps you need to apply as you prepare your speech. If you write a speech before delivering, use these four tips as a part of editing your first draft. If you prefer to speak from an outline, practice your talk keeping these principles in mind. Use Short Words. People find short words easier to understand than long words; especially when spoken. Short words can carry more force in a statement.

2013 174

Infographic: Audience Retention

The Small Business Blog

The average human attention span has dropped from 12 to 8 seconds in the last thirteen years. This means that when marketing your small business you have very little time to get your message across.

2013 211

Making Serendipity Happen

Small Business Labs

Greg Lindsay's NY Times article Engineering Serendipity is a fascinating look at how companies are trying to increase the amount of serendipity that happens at their firms. It includes a good description of serendipity: The term, coined by the British aristocrat Horace Walpole in a 1754 letter, long referred to a fortunate accidental discovery. Today serendipity is regarded as close kin to creativity — the mysterious means by which new ideas enter the world. 

2013 152

How to Get Rid of Bad Habits Once and for All

Dumb Little Man

Every single thing you are not satisfied with in your life is a result of a bad habit compounded over time. If you don’t have enough money, it’s because bad habits kept you from taking action and making money.

2013 286

Label Storage Containers with Pictures

Clutter Coach

Originally posted 2009-04-07 13:57:41. Republished by Blog Post Promoter. Last week I went to Kangaroom Storage's brick and mortar store (360 Langton Street, Suite 105, San Francisco) grand opening with my pal/colleague Victoria Roberts-Russell.

2013 151

Resourcefulness

The Small Business Blog

In my first post for TSBB I gave a definition of Resourcefulness as:- The ability to find ways of dealing with the unknown, the uncertain, the unfamiliar, the unexpected and the obstacles that get in the way of your objectives.

2013 207

What are Bitcoins?

Small Business Labs

Bitcoin is an online digital currency. It was introduced in 2009 as an electronic alternative to traditional money. Because of this, Bitcoin is a truly decentralized currency totally independent of any government entity. Bitcoins can be used just like any other currency (at least online). You can buy things with them and use them settle debts - assuming the other party in the transaction accepts Bitcoins. There's even a magazine dedicated to Bitcoins.

2013 144

32 Quick and Easy Ways to Short-Circuit Your Happiness

Dumb Little Man

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” ~The The 14th Dalai Lama We have all had days when we were really happy and then something happens and quickly short-circuits the joy and robs our happiness.

2013 286

Simplifying Seasonal Decorations

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I love the idea of having seasonal decorations. Did you catch that? The “idea” Not the execution, so much. I don’t love the reality so much, because it means have to store stuff, maintain stuff, put up stuff and take down stuff. Yet the opposite end — doing nothing — leaves me feeling like I am not marking the passing of the seasons. So I have simplified this greatly.

2013 139

Do your employees benefit from permanent health insurance? Is your business at risk?

The Small Business Blog

Many employers provide employees with the valuable benefits offered by permanent health insurance (PHI).

Health 201

Creating Your Marketing Strategy Can Be Easy!

Office Organization Success

This week started off a bit wonky when I realized Gmail had changed its interface!! I am a very routine person and tend to be a bit set in my ways, so when something gets changed on me without warning, I’m thrown. I’m happy to say I quickly got used to the new email interface, and actually like it! I put the finishing touches on my brand-new online training course this week too. Stay tuned for details to be unveiled next week … that’s all I’m saying for now.

2013 136

Three Easy Steps For Adding Productivity to Your Work Day

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. Do you ever look back at the end of a long work day and wonder what you accomplished? You’re exhausted, so you know you worked hard all day, but you just don’t seem to have much to show for it. And you ask yourself, “How did that happen?”

2013 130

Open Loops 4/12/2013: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are open loop days at SimpleProductivity blog. This is a fun way to get related information. You put in your search topics, and it gives you the related stuff. From “Scoop Web – News, Information and Media Content on Topics” This is an amazingly simple tool: one place to do a note. You keep the URL and you can get to your note wherever you have access to the internet. No fancy bells and whistles, just a simple note. Thanks to the developer for pointing this out.

2013 131

Infographic: Promoting your content

The Small Business Blog

Yesterday we shared an infographic that explained how to keep people reading or watching your content. But how do you actually get them to view it in the first place? Today’s infographic has a whole host of tips to better promote the content that you produce.

Your Systems For Success Will Revolutionize Your Business

Office Organization Success

I see so many business owners needlessly struggling. All because they don’t understand that in order to build a successful business they just need to set up the RIGHT systems in the RIGHT order! Are you one of those business owners that I’ve been speaking to? It’s really frustrating for me to hear this, especially when there is a really simple, 3-step plan , that you just need to implement to take you from struggling to thriving.

2013 122

What Is Quality Content?

The Solopreneur Life

W hen discussing content marketing, everyone talks about the need for “quality content.” ” But what is quality content? ContentMarketingInstitute.com has taken a stab at that question. Here are the highlights of their article, and I encourage you to read the CMI piece in its entirety. Quality content is user-oriented and engaging. Customers want to know how a company with solve their problems and make their lives easier.

2013 113

Secure Your Information With Samsbox

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are usually productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Today I take a short break to review a new website. One of the things I hate is not having my passwords stored securely. I use different passwords for sites (which is good), but which spawns dozens of passwords. My memory isn’t that great (which is bad). Yet storing the passwords in the browser is really insecure. A person with minimal hacking skills and a desire to get in will crack that wide open in a few minutes.

2013 125

Infographic: Cloud Savings

The Small Business Blog

If you are a regular reader of TSBB you will be aware of many of the benefits that the Cloud offers to small and medium enterprises. Chief among those benefits are the cost savings that can be made by switching some of your core business processes to the Cloud.

2013 199

Moxie Tip 349: Keep Moving

Virtual Moxie

Our dilemma is that we hate change, but we love it at the same time. What we want is for things to remain the same, but get better. Sydney J. Harris. It’s impossible to move in the direction of what you want while staying with what you don’t want. You can’t steal second base while keeping a foot on first. Moxie Tips

2013 159

How to build a deep connection with anyone

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

It’s not about what you know or even what you sell. Who you know is still the variable that separates astronomical success from the projects that fizzle out.

2013 104

4 Smart Business Lessons From Warren Buffett

Small Business CEO

Warren Buffett is regarded as the richest stock investor in the world. In fact, Forbes magazine regards Warren as a man who made his wealth from the stock market although his success actually came from selling businesses.

2013 100

Avoiding Startup Mistakes

The Small Business Blog

There is a great blog worth checking out on the Guardian Small Business Network by former Dragon James Caan. Since leaving the Den, Mr Caan now operates a startup loan and mentoring initiative that is sponsored by the UK Government.

2013 199

Moxie Tip 348: Don't be a Yes Person

Virtual Moxie

Too many times, business owners roll over—doing what the client wants, even when it makes no sense. For instance: you invoice by email, and the client prefers a paper invoice, so you decide you’ll mail one to her so she can have what she wants. That makes no sense when you can invoice via email and she can print your invoice on her end. Don’t be a “yes” person. Think for yourself and go with the outcome that’s best for your business. Moxie Tips

2013 153

How to Train Your Manager

Office Dynamics

Executive Assistants—How to Train Your Manager. If you think about today’s manager, executive, leader (whichever you’re comfortable with) they are independent, tech-savvy, and very proud that they can do things on their own.