Sat.Feb 11, 2012 - Fri.Feb 17, 2012

How to Find Time for What Really Matters

Dumb Little Man

Do you ever feel as though weeks, months, even years, are going past, without you making any real progress in your life? Often, our time can get swallowed up in the busy-ness of day-to-day living: emails, commuting, meetings, chores, TV.

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Protected: Mobile Marketing For Solopreneurs

The Solopreneur Life

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Top 3 Gmail Productivity Tools

Office Organization Success

As some of you may be aware, I permanently switched from Outlook (having used it for many years) to Gmail at the end of last year.

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More help for Job Candidates

Job Advice Blog

JTL Services, Inc. today announced a new division that is going to assist job candidates in their search efforts. To be considered for this program candidates must be qualified. Submit all resumes for review to: or Interview Advice by Jeff LeFevre Jeff LeFevre Job Advice

5 Little Secrets for Turning Fear into Your Loyal Servant

Dumb Little Man

Fear is misunderstood. We learn that fear is bad , and happiness is good. We run away from fear and toward happiness. But what is fear, if not a few sensations in the body coupled with a few thoughts? We are the creators of our own fear, yet we believe we are the fear.

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The Ultimate Guide To Becoming A Doer

Dumb Little Man

Sometimes we spend an inordinate amount of time talking about our ideas, dreams, and aspirations. It is easy to content ourselves with simply having lofty ideas, not realizing their sheer abundance. Anyone who has taken a breath has likely had an idea that could have literally changed the course of his or her life in a revolutionary way. Unfortunately, such ideas rarely get implemented. According to Mark Twain, “the secret to getting ahead is getting started.”

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Top Leadership Guru Marshall Goldsmith Offers His Secrets to Success

On The Job

I've been fortunate in my career to talk to a lot of really smart people. People who are not only really smart, but nice. Willing to share what they know, no matter how successful they become.

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Speak for Yourself

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. There are many ways to market your business – email marketing, social media, press releases, attending networking events. But to really “kick it up a notch,” you have to put yourself out there, in person, in front of people. The very thought of standing behind a podium may be terrifying for some, or just uncomfortable enough for others to have avoided it up until now. This is a hurdle worth jumping.

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Building Trust With Your Customer

The Small Business Blog

Recently, I read 12 Most Simple Ideas To Build Trust With Me As Your Customer, a post by Andy Hanselman on To read this article in its entirety, do visit 12 Most. It did remind me of something else that I have been thinking about lately: Skepticism is rife and trust is not easily…

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30 Archaic Adjectives and Adverbs

Daily Writing Tips

The words below are either obsolete, archaic, or old-fashioned, and though those in the latter category can still be found in modern writing, use all with caution. Sparing use keeps these words alive and adds a whimsical or quaint note, but too frequent recourse to such antiquities will have you sounding like a Renaissance Faire refugee. Most are adjectives or adverbs or both; some can function as other parts of speech as well, as indicated.). Anon (adv.):

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The U.S. Energy Boom is a Game Changer

Small Business Labs

One of the biggest shifts going on right now is the U.S. oil and gas boom. Domestic oil output is the highest in eight years.  Natural gas production is also booming and prices are falling.  A  recent Bloomberg article  suggests the U.S.

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4 Ways to Deal With Negativity at Work

On The Job

I once worked with a woman who was so depressing to be around that people literally fast-walked to their offices and slammed the doors to get away from her. We all ate our lunches in our offices behind closed doors, because otherwise we would be subjected to her whining and complaining in the break room. I wish I had been a little smarter about what she was doing to all of us.

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What Two and a Half Men Can Teach Us About Customer Service

Service Untitled

Customer service isn’t an easy task, and for the representatives who successfully calm angry customers, soothe irate tempers, and are able to solve consumer problems in a polite and reasonable manner are those employees any great company should consider giving a raise in salary.

10 Experiential Writing Prompts

Daily Writing Tips

Write about what you know — that’s one of the fundamental nuggets of wisdom for writers. But I don’t know anything worth writing about!” you protest. You don’t? Anything is worth writing about if the writer finds something engaging about the subject. Try these writing exercises based on firsthand observation: 1. Read the titles of books you own or those at the library or a bookstore. Create a story based on one or more titles or words therein.

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Do you know your numbers? Revenue vs. Income – The difference can make or break your company

Productive & Organized

    When I interviewed Nicole Fende on my Fire Up Your Biz - Enrich Your Life program there were a number of questions from participants on the difference between revenue and income. So, I asked Nicole if she would write a guest post to share more.    Enjoy! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~.

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Why You Should Embrace ‘Icky’ Sales and Marketing

Men With Pens

It’s a word that makes me shudder. I shudder because this juvenile term is being used by fully grown adults. Business owners. People who should by now know a little more professionalism and who should speak words a touch above my 7-year-old’s current lexicon. Really, people. Icky ?

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10 Ways to Slow Down

Ian's Messy Desk

Do you have days when you feel life is rushing by at breakneck speed? Maybe your whole life feels that way. Here are 10 ways to slow it down and help you keep things in perspective: Stop multi-tasking. Computers multi-task by doing several things at once When people try to multi-task, they end up doing everything poorly. Turn off your television. Try going for a full week without turning it on. You will discover that you suddenly have a lot more leisure time. Ignore the telephone.

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25 Subordinating Conjunctions

Daily Writing Tips

If you’re having trouble developing sentences with sufficient variety to keep your writing fresh, take a ride on A WHITE BUS. No, I’m not shouting at you; A WHITE BUS is a mnemonic initialism that reminds you about a set of conjunctions with which you can begin dependent clauses. (A A dependent clause is a phrase that must be attached to an independent clause — a series of words that can stand on its own as a sentence — to make grammatical sense.)

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A Quick Email Management Tip

Office Organization Success

Emails aren’t urgent! Don’t feel you have to read and act upon your email the second it hits your inbox. Here’s an article with some tips on how you can manage your email to increase your productivity and keep your sanity! Quick Biz Tip

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My Personal Productivity Rules

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. It wasn’t that long ago that I read an article over at WiseBread called My Personal Productivity Rules. It got me thinking about what my productivity rules are.

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How Do You Write to Many Readers?

Business Writing

This past week I led business writing classes for two groups, one in the insurance industry and the other in banking. In both groups the same question came up: How do you write a document for many different kinds of. Frequently Asked Questions Writing Tips

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A Quiz About Expletives

Daily Writing Tips

One easy solution for getting sentences off to a strong start is to make them more active by eliminating what is called an expletive, or a dummy subject, such as “There is” or “There are.” It is not necessary to eradicate all expletives from your writing, but minimize them by identifying the real subject of the sentence and reconstructing the sentence with that focus — with the added benefit of a more concise statement. Each of the sentences below contains an expletive.

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More on the End of Men and Rise of Women

Small Business Labs

Earlier this week we posted on the  End of Men and the Rise of Women trends.  The basics behind these are trends are a growing set of data indicating that men are falling behind women in a wide range of well being, educational, and employment measures.

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Local Business – Only 1.3% of Fans Actively Engage on Facebook

Small Business CEO

You read that title right. Of the millions and millions of users on Facebook, a new study by the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute found that almost 99% of Facebook fans do not engage with the brands they follow.

Coming Down the. Pike or Pipe?

Business Writing

The other day I was reading a writing sample for the class Meeting Notes Made Easy, when I found a sentence like this one: We are waiting to see what comes down the pipe. The sentence implies that you are. Gems of Language Grammar and Usage

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Happy Love Day!!

Virtual Moxie

So many people I know hate this day, choosing to see it as a made up day that only exists to enforce mass consumerism and overspending. I’ve been told that it’s a sham to have a "Valentine's" day to celebrate love when love should be celebrated all year long. And I get it, I really do.

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iBookStore eBooks Promo Codes – Take One

Brilliantly Better

A few weeks ago, Apple introduced promo codes for iBookStore. A long time veteran of the AppStore, the promo code was probably the most used marketing technique for app promotion. As an Apple developer myself, I can certainly vouch for this affirmation.

College To Work – Building The Leader In You

Small Business CEO

I was recently asked to help a college student prepare for interviewing, and it reminded me of how important it is to be well-prepared when looking for a job, especially transitioning out of college. In this blog post I provide several tips for the earliest leaders – those entering the professional workforce for the first time. This is your first shot at presenting yourself as a leader to your desired place of work. Make your resume “pop” with accomplishments and leadership.

Review: Habit Master

Simple Productivity Blog

If you are trying to build new habits, it is important to keep track of how well you are doing. Without feedback, it is easy to get discouraged, or start slacking off, and then Poof! the habit is gone.

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A week of workshops

Office Organization Success

Well, it’s been a week of workshops this week! Wednesday saw my Create Your Irresistible Free Taste live virtual workshop as part of the School for Online Business Success workshops. That was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed presenting the information to the students (see below for how to get the recording). And then yesterday I held my first-ever in-person workshop, in Perrysburg, OH, with a group of fabulous women business owners.

iBookStore eBooks Promo Codes – Take Two

Brilliantly Better

As I suspected, after the first promotion post, I got a few emails about some of the promo codes not working. Of course they work, only the one I’ve published were already taken. Bummer! So, here I am, with the second round of promo codes.

What Do You Want Me To Write About?

Productivity Bits

I’d love to hear from you. One of the items in my To-Do List this year is to continue to write here in Productivity Bits. I currently have 400+ RSS subscribers. I feel that is enough number for me to get encouraged to continue writing quality content. I have decided not to accept guest posts anymore for some reasons. And because of that, I need more ideas. In the comment below, please suggest topics that you might want to read here.

Existent vs. Extant

Daily Writing Tips

What’s the difference between existent and extant ? It might be more appropriate to ask, what’s the difference between exists and “is extant”? Existent usually seems awkward to me; exists or “to exist” often seems more suitable. Even a comparative sentence such as “Unicorns are just as existent as umbrellas” seems odd — and not just because of the subject matter; though the meaning is not exactly the same, I would instead write, “Unicorns are just as likely to exist as umbrellas.”).

Faith Popcorn's Grim View of the Future of Men

Small Business Labs

Well known trend spotter Faith Popcorn is more than a bit pessimistic about men.    Her most recent What’s Popping forecast is called She-Change , and focuses on the growing role women are playing in the economy and society. Key quote on women: In the coming decade we will see a sea change in the way feminine power is incorporated in society. More interesting is her quite negative view on the future of men: It will be up to women to protect men in this new world order.