Sat.Oct 12, 2013 - Fri.Oct 18, 2013

PAs and personal branding

Practically Perfect PA

Along side my current EA role I am also the company’s marketing manager. I love that I have two sides to my job because well I love being an EA but I also love that I have a creative outlet and a variety of responsibilities. In fact I’m pleased as punch that I have a dual role.

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Infographic: What eCommerce Users Want

The Small Business Blog

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There Are Huge Health Benefits of Drinking Water But How Much Should You Really Drink?

Dumb Little Man

First Lady Michelle Obama was hit with a bit of controversy recently, when she recommended that Americans drink more water, but no matter which side of the political aisle you’re on, she’s right!

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How to Stay Competitive in the Workplace

Eat Your Career

So, you want to get ahead at work? Join the club! In today’s competitive workplace, you can’t afford to get lazy. No matter how “secure” you feel right now, there’s no such thing as certainty.

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The Empire Strikes Back at the Sharing Economy

Small Business Labs

Sharing economy poster child Airbnb is under attack in New York and other cities for potentially breaking local laws related to the renting of properties.

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Objectives: Quote of the Week

The Small Business Blog

“There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and, after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.” ” The quote this week is by British essayist Logan Pearsall-Smith and it touches upon the very important topic of work / life balance.

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3 Mistakes You Need To Avoid To Reach Your Life Goals

Dumb Little Man

A phrase like “achieving life goals” sounds like an extremely important, yet complicated and time-consuming thing to do. After all our life goals play a key role at how successful we will be in life. If you already have big life goals – congratulations!

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Working Green – Simple Ways to Make Your Home Office More Eco-Friendly

Eco-Office Gals

If you are a freelancer who works from home, have you ever considered the impact that your home office makes on the environment? How could you alter your surroundings or habits so that you make your home office even greener?

Stop Funding The Corporate Thieves

The Small Business Blog

Regular contributor and friend of The Small Business Blog Tony Robinson OBE is passionate about micro business issues. His latest campaign is a petition to draw attention to the unfair practices used by large corporations that are putting small businesses at a disadvantage.

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How To Think Like A 21st Century Entrepreneur. Tips For Success And Getting Ahead In The Information Age.

Dumb Little Man

Do you ever stop to wonder how rich people made their money? Are they smarter than you? Did they just work harder or smarter? Or did they have a lucky break or some sort of advantage that let them reach their goals easily.

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Why Maternity Leave Doesn't Have to be Problem

On The Job

Having a baby is always an adjustment for new parents, but one strategic communications company found it was going to go through some adjustments of its own when three key employees on its 16-member staff turned up pregnant at nearly the same time.

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Remove Productivity Blocks With Boxes

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Last week I talked about how using boxes can set limits on the stuff that is in your life, and thereby help you simplify. Today I am going to talk about using boxes to limit non-tangible things that take up your time. Metaphorical Boxes. Of course, these are not physical boxes. We cannot put the people who make demands on our times into boxes, as much as we might like to sometimes.

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Business Inspiration from Travelling

The Small Business Blog

Anyone who has been travelling at some stage during their life – whether it was post graduation or on a career break – knows that it can be a life-changing experience. One great thing that can come as a result of travelling is the inspiration to start your own business.

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Hate Your Job? Try These 12 Ways to Start Enjoying That Job You Hate.

Dumb Little Man

There are few things more depressing than waking to an alarm going off, signaling it’s time to get up and go to a job you hate. Maybe it’s a demanding boss and long hours, maybe it’s boring work or maybe you have big plans of your own that are very different from your current reality.

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Gartner's Dystopian Smart Machine Forecast

Small Business Labs

The well known technology advisory firm Gartner has come out with a forecast saying smart machines will replace enough humans to cause high unemployment, social unrest and general societal tumult by 2020.

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Speakers/Coaches: 14 Sites to Find More Speaking Gigs

Productive & Organized

The other day I shared 8 ways to get more speaking gigs.    In that post I promised that I'd go into more detail about where to look to identify event producers/hosts and offer to speak.

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Government scheme to prevent late payment to small businesses not working

The Small Business Blog

A BBC investigation has confirmed what many UK small business owners have been saying for a long time now – the measures to prevent late payment are simply not working.

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Deliver Your Speech Like A Pro By Using These 12 Ways to Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking

Dumb Little Man

Why is it that so many people are scared witless of speaking in public? Surveys show that some of us are more afraid of public speaking than we are of death! Too many of us have the idea that public speaking is a talent that you’re born with—or aren’t.

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Simplify Hobby Setup With Stations

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Do you ever find that you don’t do something you enjoy because the setup/cleanup time is too much? By setting up hobby stations, you can minimize this time and get to the fun part…the hobby…quicker. What Is A Hobby Station? A hobby station is a way to keep all the materials you need for a hobby together in one place. All the tools, raw materials, and instructions are together so you don’t have to hunt for things.

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It’s Your Business – Play Big or Don’t Play at All

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. When Donald Trump began to map out his future, do you suppose his plan was to build just one hotel, or one casino, and stop there? What about Bill Gates? I wonder if his dream was to create a better operating system simply for his own personal use.

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Human rights in the workplace

The Small Business Blog

Today is Blog Action Day 2013 and the theme for this year is Human Rights. We’ve decided to look at human rights legislation in the workplace. Human rights are protected by the law and this also applies to the workplace too.

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Vacations Are Meant For Relaxing. Why Are We So Stressed Going Back To Work After Long Vacations?

Dumb Little Man

Christmas is right around the corner and many of us have planned or are in the midst of planning some vacation time. After all, we all need some time to unwind and relax. But what happens after that long awaited vacation? We need to get back to work, that’s what!

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It’s Been a Challenging Week!

Office Organization Success

It’s been a challenging week this week; the kind of week that business owners don’t tell you about because they want you to think everything in the garden is rosy. I sat down at my desk one morning to check my emails, which I always do first thing, and I had a monthly retainer client cancel with me; and then two members of my Your Systems for Success program cancel their membership.

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Time Management and Your Purpose-Driven Life

Productive & Organized

How many hats do you wear?    Well, not literally, of course.    You hear that phrase all of the time."wearing "wearing many hats." " What that essentially means is that in life, we all have different roles that we play in different groups. 

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Turn Clutter into Decor

Clutter Coach

Originally posted 2009-01-22 08:23:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter. The fastest way to spruce things up a little when guests are coming isn't to shove all the clutter into a drawer, but to leave it out and disguise it as decor.

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Stop Throwing Money Away! Learn How You Can Live Life Without Cable Bills!

Dumb Little Man

Are you tired of dealing with your cable TV company? Do they raise your rates every other month, blackout your favorite channel due to disputes with the networks or have frequent outages?

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Open Loops 10/18/2013: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are open loop days at SimpleProductivity blog. Doing preventative maintenance on a car can save a lot of time and money in the long run. Lifehacker has a great list of things to do, with when to do them. From “The Preventative Maintenance You Need to Do On Your Car (and When)” I personally know that being grateful can pull me out of a sour mood faster than even chocolate, so I keep doing it. Apparently science backs this up.

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Commercial Real Estate Discovering Coworking

Small Business Labs

In September the large commercial real estate services firm Jones Lang Lasalle announced a new initiative they call Proworking. According to their press release , this effort is based on set of research that concluded "a company should redefine the workspace as being wherever workers will be most productive." " I really don't know whether to laugh or cry over the fact that Jones Lang considers this a breakthrough insight. 

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The Freedom to Work from Anywhere: Living the Mobile Life

Productive & Organized

Are you on the go with your business?    Do you dream of having a business where you can work from anywhere?    Maybe you want to travel the world, or maybe you simply want to spend time outside at a local park. It really is possible. 

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Too Busy? 4 Ways To Increase Productivity And Make More Time in Your Day

Dumb Little Man

Tell me if this sounds familiar. You’re stuck at an event for an organization you don’t care about. You’re surrounded by people you don’t like. And you’re making small talk that bores you to tears. Has this ever happened to you? If so, why do you do it?

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A Word From Our Sponsors, Oct 2013

Simple Productivity Blog

Once a month I like to thank those sponsors whose products make it possible for me to blog. October2013. Amazing Biz And Life Academy. Leonie Dawson’s academy is amazing. I have gotten so much help in business and life from this forum. For one price, you get access to all the products Leonie has created, plus a fabulous forum. Ebook Bundles. The EBooks in the Bundles change each week, but one thing remains constant: 5 ebooks for one low price.

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The Rise of Small CPG Firms

Small Business Labs

Ad Age's How Tiny Startups Like Hello and 800Razors are Stealing Share from CPG Giants covers the trend towards small consumer packaged goods companies being able to effectively compete with industry giants. Key quote: Much of the credit for smaller brands' ability to break through goes to digital disruption in media and retailing. Social

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How to Get Through a Resistance to Planning

Productive & Organized

The other day I received this message: "Steph, I have a client that is really resisting doing their annual plan.They hired me to help them with strategic planning for this next year, but every time we sit down, they find a reason to stall the conversations.    Any ideas? 

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How To Stop Turning People Off & Start Turning Them On!

Dumb Little Man

Why don’t they want to meet up? . Why didn’t they call me? You just can’t seem to meet anyone, or if you do nothing gets past the first or second date, your friends always seem too busy with other things ~ it really sucks!

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Administrative/Clerical: Mobile Devices that Transition Easily Between Jobs

Office Dynamics

Modern administrative assistants and clerical workers rely on many different technological tools to ensure that everything works smoothly in their places of business.

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Your Subject Sets the Mood of the Message

Business Writing

When you think about using a positive tone in your emails, consider that the tone starts with the subject line. Your subject sets the mood for your message. Compare the moods expressed in each of these paired subjects: New Employee. Courteous Writing Email

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Why Positive Thinking attracts Fear and Sabotage

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

It’s slowly becoming common knowledge amongst business owners: Stay positive and believe in “Abundance” It’ll make you more successful. The Secret, ya know? You’ve heard it.

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