Sat.Mar 31, 2012 - Fri.Apr 06, 2012

Increasing Your Productivity: The Big Picture AND the Little Picture

Dumb Little Man

Everyone wants to boost their productivity, whether it’s at your day job or your personal development goals. Why does it seem so difficult? One of the reasons many people fail to see results when attempting to increase productivity is because they don’t realize there are two very different levels to which attention must be paid. Focusing on one to the exclusion of the other will usually result in only short-lived gains if not outright failure.

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Is Working 24/7 the New Normal?

On The Job

Achieving work/life balance has been credited with making workers more productive, more loyal and less stressed, and yet a recent survey from Harvard Business School shows that even global executives feel the need to be on the job 24/7.

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20 Rules About Subject-Verb Agreement

Daily Writing Tips

Is , or are ? Go, or goes? Whether a verb is singular or plural depends on any one of a complicated set of factors. Here is a roster of rules for subject-verb agreement (or “Here are some rules.”): 1. Use verbs that agree with a subject, not with a noun that is part of a modifying phrase or clause between verb and subject: “The pot of eggs is boiling on the stove.”.

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7 Questions To Ask When Considering Equity Finance For Your Business

The Small Business Blog

Do you have a registered limited company? For equity finance to work, you need to have a limited company (occasionally limited partnerships are acceptable), which then allows for the allocation of company shares to your external investors. If you are unsure about the advantages and disadvantages of moving from your current structure to that of…

No Free Handouts – You Have to Work for your Happiness

Dumb Little Man

Are you waiting for happiness to fall in your lap? Are you waiting for someone to drop it in the tin cup of your life? Well, sorry to break it to you this way, but it won’t happen. It can’t happen. Happiness is not a thing someone can toss at you like change from a passing car window. It’s something that much more resembles the paycheck you earned at the end of a long and hard-fought work week. Here’s the thing. Happiness is not an easy thing to get.

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Why You Need to Delegate More

Dumb Little Man

Do you live by the motto, “If you want a job done well, do it yourself?” And do you feel stressed out, rushed, or anxious a lot of the time? Perhaps you’re worried about forgetting one of the many tasks on your mental list (you’ve not had time to sit down and commit it to paper).

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3 Critical Financial Steps to Starting a Local Business

Small Business CEO

Starting a business is an exhilarating time. It can also be a very stressful and busy time. As a local business owner, you often end up wearing all of the hats (CEO, Accounting, HR, Marketing, etc.) in the beginning due to lack of funding early on.

Passed Over for a Promotion: How to Deal

Eat Your Career

On a recent free coaching call , I heard from a loyal blog reader who was feeling distraught. In a nutshell, her situation was this: After interviewing for almost six months, she thought it as a “sure thing” that she’d be offered a new position in her department. Then, as if from nowhere, an external candidate was selected for the role. After all the time and energy she had committed to this, she was left feeling frustrated, demotivated and betrayed.

Sign Up Your Ideal Client in Lightning Speed

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. It’s frustrating to have a conversation with a prospective client that ends with the question, “What is your rate?” followed by an abrupt, “Thanks, but no thanks” (or worse, a rude comment). These prospects usually care more about saving cost than getting the highest quality services.

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Job vs. Your Own Business

The Small Business Blog

People of my parent’s generation still had “jobs for life”, at least to me it seemed like most people had jobs for life. It was often equated to having a stable and secure life for yourself and your family. Even if that was the reality then, jobs for life do not exist anymore today! So…

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Executives Are Just Another Audience

Business Writing

Last week at the end of a business writing class in California, one of the attendees mentioned something he had learned in class: Executives are just another audience. Earlier he had been concerned about how to impress executives. He was. Books Teaching Business Writing

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Social marketing 101: respond to your customers about social issues too

Service Untitled

Does your organization have a Facebook page where a customer can either “Like” or become “Friends”? Nowadays businesses are either riding the social media train or stranded at the depot. Clients and customers love the personal touch and having the ability to comment on an issue; the problem arises however, when no one from the company responds back or follows up on a complaint, lack of service, or even a social issue.

Boomers and the Longevity Economy

Small Business Labs

The Longevity Economy is the term the AARP uses to describe the huge economic impact - and huge business opportunities - presented by the 100 million aging U.S. baby boomers and seniors.   They claim the Longevity Economy is roughly the same size as the BRIC economies.  I'm not sure I agree that the opportunity is that big, but I certainly agree the economic footprint of our aging society is enormous and growing.

How To Effectively Use Social Networks To Your Advantage

Productivity Bits

Facebook has about 800 million users. Twitter has 100 Million. Google Plus has 40 Million. What do these number tell you? They tell you many things and these are some of them: 1. Users of social networks are increasing in number. More people are signing up. More people are engaging into a somewhat form of online communication via social networks. Social networks are the preferred form of engagement online (versus email, chat rooms, etc.) Social networks are not slowing down in terms of activity.

Waiting for complaints to respond to is normal. Going looking for them is better

The Small Business Blog

I was talking with a bunch of business owners the other day and was explaining a phenomena called The Complaint Iceberg. I’ve written about it a bit more here. To bring the concept to life I asked if anyone had gone to a restaurant, as an example, and Had a bad enough experience that they…

7 steps to managing conflict

Ian's Messy Desk

Several years ago, when I started my current job, I had a conflict with another employee. By strict interpretation of our policies, I was right in my actions, but I managed it very poorly. Shortly after that, the other employee resigned. It was a lack of experience on my part. I was more interested in being right than resolving conflict. One of the harsh lessons you learn early in life, conflict happens. Not everyone will agree with you all the time, or even some of the time.

20 Verbs Smothered by “Be”s

Daily Writing Tips

Below are phrases in which a form of “to be” plus an adjective (or a preposition and a noun) and, often, a preposition can easily be replaced by a simple form of the verb (occasionally accompanied by a preposition), resulting in a more concise statement: 1. Before: “She is able (or unable ) to think for herself.”. After: “She can (or cannot ) think for herself.”. Before: “This rule is applicable to both scenarios.”. After: “This rule applies to both scenarios.”.

You’ve got mail…

Practically Perfect PA

Managing your boss’ emails is one of the crucial tasks that we as assistants are asked to perform.

Sell Up & Sail?

The Small Business Blog

It must be Easter soon, or some other major holiday, because I’m thinking (or more dreaming in my case) about travelling and quite possible not coming back. You know what I mean, the sort of ‘ I’m going now and I maybe a while…’ holiday. But the reality is, you no longer need to abandon…

How to Master the Freelancer’s Uber-Sell

Men With Pens

Freelancers tend to struggle with selling, to some extent. Some of us are better at it than others, and we know you folk by the fact that you’re making a healthy living and thumbing your nose at us as you drive by in your shiny new BMW… but I digress.

7 Similar but Distinct Word Pairs

Daily Writing Tips

Look-alike, sound-alike words can cause confusion. Note the distinctions between each pair of terms listed below: 1. Abjure and Adjure. Abjure , from Latin by way of French, means “to deny” or “to renounce,” or “to avoid.” Adjure , which took the same route to English, means “to confirm” or “to command,” or “to advise or urge.” In some senses, therefore, they are near antonyms. That’s logical: Ab- means “from” and ad- means “to.”)

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Is a Career Change Possible in this Economy?

Eat Your Career

People ask me this question all the time. I think it’s silly but, obviously, there’s a great deal of concern out there. So, I want to address this issue once and for all. Yes, career change is absolutely possible—regardless of the state of the economy. There. I said it. But I know it takes more than that to convince you. I recently had the honor of interviewing Dick Bolles , author of “ What Color Is Your Parachute?

A Few Silly Email Errors

Business Writing

I share these recent email errors to make you smile. Can you figure out what the writer intended? Explanations follow the four items. A business friend ended a message to me this way: "I hope you and the fan are. Email Proofreading

The State of Boomer Independents

Small Business Labs

The State of Boomer Independents  is a new research report from MBO Partners that covers the growing trend towards baby boomers becoming independent workers (freelancers, consultants, etc.).  Emergent Research (that's us) partnered with MBO Partners and Rockbridge Associates on this study. The research found that there are roughly 5 million baby boomer independents and we are forecasting an additional 1.2 million boomers will join their ranks over the next 2 years.

A Quiz About Compressing Accordion Sentences

Daily Writing Tips

Brisk, lively writing requires attending to phrasing that slows readers down and or trips them up. Be vigilant about finding ways to make sentences less wordy and more direct. Firm up these five flabby sentences, and compare your revisions with mine: 1. The kit includes a set of five food containers, and they are dishwasher safe.”.

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5 DIY Website Builders For Your Small Business

Small Business CEO

This is the year that you finally decided to bring your small business online with its very own website. But now you’re stumped and at a standstill. Because you’re terrified to attempt something that seems so impossible to do yourself. The daunting project of building your own website might seem out of your reach, but it can actually be easier than you think.

Great Lifehack/Tip Articles You Might Have Missed

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. I’ve decided to take a week off from blogging. For your reading, I have put together some posts with links to posts you might have missed! How To Have Gourmet Bread without Breaking The Bank. How To Bake Potatoes Without An Oven.

PhatWare releases Retina-optimized version of PhatPad for the iPad

Ian's Messy Desk

Yesterday, PhatWare Corporation announced the immediate availability of a Retina-optimized version of its PhatPad note-taking and collaboration app for iPad.

Stay a While and Learn About “Sojourn”

Daily Writing Tips

After I posted a list of synonyms for trip , a couple of readers offered sojourn as an additional alternative. Unfortunately, however, they are victims of a common misunderstanding. Sojourn is actually a near antonym of trip. It means “a brief stay.”. The confusion undoubtedly arises from the presence of the syllable journ , which is cognate with the first syllable of journey and journal (as well as the last element of du jour , French and restaurantese for “of the day”).

Merchant Cash Advances: Alternative Funding Goes Mainstream

The Small Business Blog

With an increasing number of banks either ending their small business lending or placing more and stronger restrictions on access to small business loans, it should come as no surprise that business owners are turning to other sources to find the working capital needed to grow their companies. Many alternative funding sources exist, including equipment…

Great Guest Articles You Might Have Missed

Simple Productivity Blog

I’ve decided to take a week off from blogging. For your reading, I have put together some posts with links to posts you might have missed! Project Management Software Without Breaking the Bank. Silence: The Best Organizer of All. Self Storage Rocket Science.

The Cost Effective Executive Assistant

Office Dynamics

Are you joining us for the first time during our Who Took My Pen. Again? Annual Blog-a-thon for Administrative Professionals. If you are just tuning in, here's the scoop! We are holding the 4th Annual Blog-a-thon for the Administrative Profession.

Free Coaching Call: April 2012

Eat Your Career

In case you missed it, I held my free coaching call for the month of April earlier this week. You can listen to the recorded version using the audio player below. Please Note: We’ll me taking the month of May off due to a few big projects I have in the works. If you’d like to participate in the next call happening Thursday, June 7 , please register and submit a question by visiting this page.

Moxie Tip 148: It Is What It Is

Virtual Moxie

Eggs still cost whatever eggs cost (not what each person who wants eggs can pay). And your services should, too; a client’s inability to afford you doesn’t say anything about you. Fees Moxie Tips AssistU Moxie Tips Virtual Assistant Virtual Assistant Training Virtual Moxie