2015

15 Lessons You Can Learn From Jedi Master Yoda

Dumb Little Man

“Do or do not, there is no try.” Yoda He’s the size of a small dog, green, and talks funny. But he’s also a wise master, and a great warrior. He took the world by surprise in 1980 in The Empire Strikes Back, and has been shaping culture ever since. He may be old, but he’s a badass.

2015 208

40 Excel hacks for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

If I had to make a list of all of my favourite office technology and software Microsoft Excel would most certainly be missing from the top ten (urm… it probably wouldn’t make the top 100). I do hold a grudge against Excel I must say.

2015 207

Do Not Use Apostrophes to Make Plurals

Business Writing

Please--don't do it. Don't use apostrophes to make expressions plural, like this: This photo of a plumbing supply company storefront is NOT for a company owned by people named Spa and Pool. If it were, Spa's & Pool's might be. Frequently Asked Questions Punctuation Pointers

2015 207

Anatomy of an Executive Assistant Infographic

Office Dynamics

Assistants go out on a limb so their bosses won’t have to lift a finger. Excellence for them is not just a goal, but a habit. This infographic is part of a series celebrating administrative excellence.

2015 207

3 Simple Strategies for Discovering What Your Target Market Wants

Office Organization Success

To find out exactly what your target market wants, you gotta ask them! Sounds easy enough, right? But you’d be surprised at how many business owners don’t do this. They just assume they know what their audience wants.

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5 Ways to Promote Your Training Course through Effective Marketing

The Small Business Blog

Devising an effective course that meets a demand in your industry is only the start of a long journey towards making your training course profitable. In order to fill your course up with attendees, you will need a multi-faceted approach to marketing.

How to Become an Expert in Your Chosen Field

Eat Your Career

I’m going to make a bold statement here: In the field of professional development, I consider myself an expert. It’s not just because I’ve been writing this blog for over 5 years (any Joe-schmoe off the street can do this, you know!).

2015 203

How to Communicate With Confidence

Ian's Messy Desk

The post How to Communicate With Confidence appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Listening well, speaking clearly and asking the right questions—these skills are vital to your success as a communicator.

The Empty Bag – Why You Can’t Manifest Dreams

Dumb Little Man

I remember watching Judy Garland sing, ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ in the ‘Wizard of Oz,’ at the impressionable age of 5. But even though I was so young and lacking in any sense of emotional maturity, I poignantly recall how the song affected me.

2015 208

A day in the life: Amanda Barlow, Senior EA, PZ Cussons

Practically Perfect PA

What does your career path look like? I have been working as the Senior EA at PZ Cussons for over a year now and have developed my role to become an integral part of the ExCo Team.

2015 207

"Comprised of" vs. "Composed of": A Test

Business Writing

At lunch today I read the following sentence in an advertising supplement in The New York Times: Our wine team is comprised of devoted wine lovers who are some of the most respected professionals in the industry. Your test: Is. Frequently Asked Questions Grammar and Usage

2015 207

Secretary vs Assistant – do they think differently?

Office Dynamics

Do I have your attention? Should your title be “secretary,” please do not take offense to what you are about to read. Secretary vs Assistant. Do secretaries actually think differently than business professionals?

2015 207

3 Simple Steps to Taking Time Away from Your Business

Office Organization Success

“I don’t have time for a vacation!” ” “My family are sick of talking to my back as I’m constantly hunched over my desk!” ” “Give me five more minutes … and I’ll watch that movie with you.”

2015 206

Using Excel To Take Apart and Consolidate Text

Simple Productivity Blog

I deal with a lot of information, for my job, for my classes, and for Girl Scouts. When I get information in a form that is readable, but not quite usable, I have the option to re-type it.or I can put Excel on the task and let it do the work.

2015 201

10 Easy Ways to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

Eco-Office Gals

When you hear the term “eco-friendly,” your mind might jump to advancements like solar panels , electric cars, and walls that keep heat inside.

2015 184

How Your Oversharing is Hurting Your Career

On The Job

All you have to do these days to know some of the most intimate details of someone's life is to check out Twitter or Facebook or read the person's blog. Some people like to share -- a lot. That's OK if that's what they want to do, but the rules are different in the workplace.

2015 200

Do You Have a Good Business Model? Use This Assessment to Find Out

The Solopreneur Life

B usiness model is a term that a lot of people talk about, but few are able to explain thoroughly. This is a picture of my copy of “Value Proposition Design.” ” For example, how often have you heard people say, “Apple has a great business model.” ” Super.

2015 183

Cats Drive 15% of All Internet Traffic

Small Business Labs

Regular readers know we like pet trends. But I admit our coverage has been slanted towards dogs, mostly because I like dogs.    But cats are more popular with online audiences.

2015 182

Top Ten Tips to Help You Waste Time and Procrastinate Growing Your Business

Tips From T. Marie

There are plenty of people out there telling you how to grow your business. I’m actually one of them. But in the interest of not leaving anyone out, I’ve decided that I should probably think about those business owners who would rather not see their businesses grow and gain success.

2015 179

5 Simple Mindsets To Make You Happier Everyday

Dumb Little Man

Happiness is not determined by what is happening around you but how you perceive those circumstances. Often you must have noticed that some people manage to remain happier than the others most of the time. Dejection and depression tend to affect them much less as compared to others.

2015 207

A day in the life: Hannah Rogerson, PA, Absolute Taste

Practically Perfect PA

What are the main aspects of your role? My role is very varied and probably doesn’t sit within the ‘traditional PA’ job description that many would think.

2015 207

Top 10 Writing Errors of 2015

Business Writing

Let's face it. In 2015 typos hid undetected in our writing. So did errors in grammar and punctuation that we would have recognized if we weren't racing to upload, print, or click Send. Mistakes happen. But some mistakes happen over.

2015 204

Happy Administrative Professionals Week! An Admirable Profession

Office Dynamics

Administrative Professionals Week – Celebrating An Admirable Profession. First, I want to thank my incredible administrative partner who grew into a Vice President at Office Dynamics. Jasmine Freeman.

Email Management: 5 Top Tips for Managing Your Emails

Office Organization Success

“Help! I’m in email overload.” ” When I asked my subscribers recently what their biggest office headache is, email is right up there with the rest of them! Comments such as: “Emails – yikes!”

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When Getting Things Done Gets In the Way

Simple Productivity Blog

When Getting Things Done (GTD) was introduced in 2002, it quickly became the go-to productivity system. It had the advantage of being one of the first formal methodologies combining not only time management, but project and goal management as well.

2015 182

Should Your Home Go Solar?

Eco-Office Gals

Solar panels are gaining quite a bit of popularity. Still, they’re a relatively new innovation. Most people know what they are, but don’t know much about the specifics such as how exactly they work or how to install them.

2015 184

How to Make Any Job Interview Pay Off

On The Job

It can be frustrating when you interview for a job and then aren''t offered the position. What a waste of time," you think. But it doesn''t have to be.

2015 201

How to Bounce Back From Devastating Failure: 7 Lessons You Can Learn From Pete Carroll

The Solopreneur Life

P ete Carroll is the head football coach of the National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks. Perhaps you heard: his team lost the Super Bowl on Sunday.

2015 183

Global Interest in Coworking Booming

Small Business Labs

The annual Global Coworking Unconference Conference  (GCUC) is this week in Berkeley, California. And it's good times for this industry. According to analysis by Deskmag, global interest in coworking is booming and at all time highs.

2015 179

Top 5 Tips to Relax after Work

The Small Business Blog

Can’t switch off after work? Restless? Anxious? Thoughts endlessly going round your mind? Heart racing? Grumpy with your family for no particular reason? Maybe it is time to relax!

2015 178

4 Reasons to Embrace Adversity with a Happy Heart

Dumb Little Man

Adversity is cruel. Adversity is unkind. Adversity sucks. Oh, well. Nothing new, right? All of us face some kind of adversity. Some of us face adversity once in a few months, some daily.

2015 207

A day in the life: Claudia Ferreres, PA to Albert Adrià

Practically Perfect PA

What are the main aspects of your role? As the Personal Assistant to a quite renowned chef, my tasks might vary from the ones of a regular PA, like calendar and email management, to most specific tasks such as taking care of the journalists that come visit the restaurants and to interview Albert.

2015 208

To Cc or Not to Cc? That Is the Question

Business Writing

Do you know when to copy people on the emails you send? Or do you cc a bunch of people and hope to offend no one? This post will reduce your cc doubts. Should you cc or not? To answer. Email Etiquette

2015 202

13 Steps to Problem Solving for Administrative and Executive Assistants

Office Dynamics

No doubt you face problems on a daily basis. They can be as small as a printer jam or as big as your executive’s international trip is turning into a disaster due to bad weather. There are many methods people use to solve problems such as mind-mapping or brainstorming.

2015 204