2018

New ProAssisting coming in May 2018!

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Please note that we have closed our training to new membership as we prepare to re-launch our company in May of 2018. Please come back then or enjoy our content from our blog posts below. We have been so thrilled to train so many assistants for the last 9 years and can’t wait for the next chapter. All our best, Stephanie and Ethan

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Live Life to Its Fullest: 39 Ways to Live and Not Merely Exist

Dumb Little Man

“The proper function of man is to live – not to exist.” ” – Jack London. Too often we go through life on autopilot, going through the motions and having each day pass like the one before it. That’s fine and comfortable but not until you have gone through another year without having done anything or having really lived life. Or when you have reached old age and looked back on life with regrets. Honestly, none of that is fine.

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Kick start your motivation

Practically Perfect PA

A few years ago I was working as an EA in a large insurance firm. I’d been there a few years, I know the job inside out, I liked my colleagues and the work was okay. I would go into work every day, do my thing and leave at 5.30pm without a backwards glance. Good […]. Career Development Featured administrators assistants Career EA Executive Assistant motivation Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

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5 Tips to Help You Make a Winning First Impression

Eat Your Career

As the saying goes, a first impression is a lasting impression. Those precious first few moments of interaction with a new contact can have a major impact on how that person sees you for the entirety of your relationship. A bad first impression can be difficult (and sometimes impossible) to overcome, while a good one can help you stand out in a positive and memorable way.

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7 Tips for Administrative and Executive Assistants

Office Dynamics

Being an Administrative or Executive Assistant is not always a walk in the park. There is always a fire to be put out, there is the juggling of 9,000 different tasks, and sometimes you are an assistant to more than one executive or manager. Simply put, not everyone can handle the position of Administrative or Executive Assistant. With that said, there are tips and tricks out there that are being used by assistants to make life a little less hectic.

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4 Amazing Women Bloggers On My Reading List

Tips From T. Marie

When I first started out my blog reading list was populated by the likes of Gary V , Mike Michalawicz, Chris Brogan and Seth Godin. While they give some great business advice, as time has marched on and my business has gone from a struggling startup to a well-established one-woman show, I’m finding myself drawn to business blogs that better reflect both myself and my business more closely. I think that’s important.

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How Can a Green Lifestyle Lead to a More Successful You?

Eco-Office Gals

Going green is a real way of life. Although you can go about introducing eco-friendliness into your daily life, the only way to fully go green is to embrace it with open arms. Becoming kind to both the environment and the people around you is a good way to get a head-start. Sometimes, it is the smallest changes that can end up having the biggest difference, but how can going green help you become happier, more confident and more successful? Increased Confidence.

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6 Strategies to Increase Productivity in the Workplace

Dumb Little Man

Happy and productive employees help a company to grow. Whereas, unproductivity at a workplace can make a company’s profitability suffer. Even the most dedicated worker can become unproductive. This is one good reason why every company owner or supervisor should take the time to motivate their employees and boost their productivity. Below, we’ll share super effective strategies to increase productivity in the workplace. Remove useless meetings.

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4 Unexpected Ways Playing Board Games Can Improve Your Well-Being

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever heard that you need to exercise your mind as well as your body? Play is an important part of human development, but adults are notoriously bad at making time for it. Finding time to relax is important to our health and even our sanity. Lucky for us, board games have been shown to reduce stress and have a myriad of unexpected benefits. Some board games, like Nine Men’s Morris, are so old that experts aren’t even sure where or when people started playing them.

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If Your Goals Don’t Scare You, You’re Setting Them Wrong

Dumb Little Man

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” – Michelangelo. When I was six years old, my alcoholic mother forced me to drink saltwater, then laughed in my face as I vomited into the sink. By the time I was 20, I was in an abusive relationship with a man. I had anorexia and had been depressed for 13 years. Now, I’m 30 and I have a Ph.D. in Mathematics.

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?How Your Happiness Is Related To Your Health

Dumb Little Man

Over the past decade, a whole industry has grown around teaching people the secrets of happiness. You’ve probably seen shelves full of self-help books, each touting to help you find happiness. There are also courses and programs promising the same. All these may make you wonder how happiness and health are really connected. If people were to take a survey, they would probably rank improving productivity and success higher than boosting their happiness.

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5 Daily Habits That Will Make You A More Positive and Happy Person

Dumb Little Man

As we grow older and gain more wisdom through the years, we realize that money or popularity by themselves do not spell success. Rather, it is the presence of happiness in our lives that makes it all worthwhile. We may be the wealthiest person on our street but if we’re miserable, we are far from successful. The problem most of us face is getting caught up in the daily grind of life and becoming worn out, overworked, and over-caffeinated.

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Network like a CEO

Practically Perfect PA

It goes without saying that networking is essential for your career development. For a whole load of reasons, that I’m not going to write about in this blog, because we have lots of other blogs that talk about the benefit. So what am I going to write about today? Well, if we know networking is […]. Career Development Networking admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Networking tips Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

How To Bring More Love Into Your Work

Eat Your Career

Love isn’t something most of us think about at work. We’re professionals after all. But, with Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. You see, love doesn’t have to be about romance. I actually believe the essence of love is much more profound than that. I also believe we can bring the spirit of love with us everywhere we go, including to the workplace—and when we do, I believe we have the power to change our experience of work.

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6 Free Training Sources for Administrative and Executive Assistants

Office Dynamics

It is no secret that Joan Burge and the Office Dynamics team believes in continuous education and training so we wanted to provide you with several resources that give you access to free education and training. Educational Video Library. Office Dynamics has a library of over 60 educational videos for administrative professionals. You’ll gain access to past webinar recordings as well as the 26 Weeks to Administrative Excellence, Now is the Time, Adminology, and Reality Check courses. link].

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5 Reasons People Don’t Take You Seriously and How to Fix It

Dumb Little Man

Ever wonder how some people manage to command a room simply by entering it? In contrast, do you sometimes feel like you get mowed down by other people’s big ideas, priorities and needs? Is it exceedingly difficult for you to get people to cooperate and follow your lead? While some people seem blessed with strong character from birth, the rest of us flounder and stagnate, trying to learn to acquire a taste for shoe leather. Why is this?

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16 Great Reasons to Meditate That’ll Convince You to Start Now

Dumb Little Man

Not only the monks or the devotees of Lord Shiva meditate. You don’t have to belong to a specific religion nor convert into an ascetic to meditate. There are many definitions of meditation by distinct people, but I feel this is where we are wrong. We cannot define meditation because it’s a different experience for every individual. And so, we should not compare those experiences.

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The 10 Most Common Traits of Losers: Are You One?

Dumb Little Man

What is a loser? Well, many people define it differently. Some believe that a loser is someone who has no money, job, family or even friends. I happen to think that a loser is someone who does not trust, love, and respect others. Perhaps the latter leads to the former but for this article, we’ll skip the semantics and use my definition as the basis. If you have no integrity and nothing but your own interests in mind, you- according to me- are a loser.

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7 Effective Ways to Deal with Rejection in Relationships

Dumb Little Man

We’ve all been there. Do you remember how you felt when you failed that math test back in school? Or when your application for inclusion in that sports team was rejected? Or more recently, when that job application didn’t work out? Rejection has been and always will be a part of your normal life as your daily mail. Still, it hurts. Even though we’ve experienced it a hundred times, each rejection is a new wound. Rejection hurts and it’s real. What is rejection?

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How to Set Goals When You Have No Idea What You Want

Dumb Little Man

You’ve heard about the importance of goal setting- we all have. You know that people with written goals succeed and you might have read all about achieving ambitious goals. The problem is, you don’t have any ambitious goals. You don’t have any goals at all. You’re not really sure what you want from life – maybe something a bit more than what you’ve currently got, but every time you try to write a list of goals, it seems like a futile exercise.

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How To Crush Uncertainty And Realize Your Dreams

Dumb Little Man

You know the feeling. You have a dream or maybe a plan. You’ve been at it for quite some time now. Weeks, months or maybe years. And yet, the dream hasn’t come true yet. In fact, you feel farther from your goal than ever before. Doubtful thoughts mess with your head in an infinite loop. What is it that you’re missing? Are you not smart enough? Is it about luck? Are you too young/old for this? You feel you know what it takes to make your dream come true, but what if you’re wrong?

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5 Reasons Why Traveling Solo Is A Fast Way to Personal Development

Dumb Little Man

Might you be searching for the fastest way of improving your skills and development for eventual success? We’ve come up with five simple reasons on why you should finally take an adventure solo travel trip as quickly as you can! Do you usually feel stuck? Are you tired of your hectic, daily routine? When did you last take a break to unwind and treat yourself? Are you truly free? In fact, when have you ever had a whole day to focus on your desires, thoughts, and needs?

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20 Questions to Know Yourself Better and Unlock the Immense Potential Within

Dumb Little Man

“Know Thyself”. All of us have heard this aphorism. Most of us acknowledge that unless you know yourself first, you really can’t achieve much in life. We also realize that we each have immense potential to create amazing things and find lasting happiness. And yet… Most of us don’t even scratch the surface of knowing who we really are, let alone figuring out what we have the potential to become. We are so confused that we keep oscillating between overconfidence and low self-esteem.

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Video: Developing business acumen on a shoestring budget

Practically Perfect PA

I wanted to share with you another session from last year’s Virtual Summit to give you a flavour of what you can expect at the Future Assistant Conference in February. Today, I thought I’d share my session ‘developing business acumen on a shoestring budget’ Business acumen is a fundamental requirement for the modern-day assistant. Assistants […].

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Career Advancement is a Privilege, Not a Right

Eat Your Career

I’ve encountered a number of counterproductive attitudes in the workplace, but one in particular really bothers me. Too many people out there think they deserve career advancement for all the wrong reasons. For example, they believe they’re entitled to it because they’ve worked at the company for a certain number of years. Or, they think it’s justified because someone else just got promoted…and it’s only fair that they should as well.

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How to Rest Well: 7 Things You Shouldn’t Do When You’re Tired

Dumb Little Man

When you’re exhausted, your brain becomes slower and your body becomes less productive. Forcing yourself to work when you’re in such state can only spell trouble for your health. Unfortunately, since most of us have tons of things to do, we often overlook the importance of getting proper rest and sleep. We force our eyes to remain open so that we can complete our tasks. We ignore our body’s signal to take a break just so we can accomplish our to-do lists.

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5 Powerful Communication Strategies for Administrative Assistants

Office Dynamics

Do you have a healthy curiosity that you use in your day-to-day communications? I was inspired today to share with you 5 powerful communication strategies for administrative assistants that I often teach in my World Class Assistant Certification and Designation Program. However, I want to assure you that if you are not in the administrative profession, you will still greatly benefit from today’s topic. So continue reading.

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How to Avoid The Regret of Yesterday And The Fear of Tomorrow

Dumb Little Man

“We look neither ahead nor backward. We look straight into the present.”. Stay in the present, be in the now, just for today. We’ve heard those lines time and time again, but we still struggle to get hold of this life-changing concept. Why is it so hard to know how to stay in the present? If we’ve been told that focusing on the present is the answer to all of our problems, then why do we find it so hard to do it?

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10 Areas of Your Life That May Need A Boost

Dumb Little Man

If you’re like most people, you probably have your annual New Year’s resolutions. And just like most people, you probably had a hard time making the leave the drawing room. The good news is that you don’t have to wait for the start of a new year to make things right. I believe that the domain of our lives is much like the Parthenon, a tremendous structure supported by 10 crucial pillars. You may survive without one of them or maybe two.

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9 Dental Health Myths That You Should Stop Believing Now

Dumb Little Man

For you to keep your overall health, experts say that you shouldn’t neglect your oral health. It’s because a healthy set of teeth is one of the indicators of your well-being. Failure to take care of it is the same as letting your physical health down the drain. Thus, it’s not surprising that a lot of people today consider their oral health as one of their priorities for having a healthy lifestyle. However, there are still some folks out there who believe in dental myths.

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Creating Great Habits Through Self-Improvement

Dumb Little Man

When you realize you’re not happy in the situation you find yourself in, it’s time to take action. If you’re unsure about where to start and how to make that change, there are two options you can take: a sudden, dramatic overhaul of your life or gradual change that leads to a permanent improvement. While the former might offer a short-term hit, the latter is where you need to go for longer-term gains and where you will find the most improvement.

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How to Budget Using the 50/20/30 Rule

Dumb Little Man

Thinking about ways to better manage your finances? The 50/20/30 rule is one of the most popular techniques that you can try. It’s simple and easy to follow. You only need to categorize your spending into three categories. 50% of Your Income – Essentials. To start with, allocate 50% of your monthly income to your necessities, like your mortgage, utility bills, transportation, grocery, and more.

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22 Secrets to Discovering Your Dream and Living It

Dumb Little Man

One of the most important rules of happiness in life is to do what you love. You’ve probably heard that advice a lot of times already. Unfortunately, discovering that dream job and what you are meant to do in life isn’t always so easy. Take a look at the happiest, most successful people on this planet. They are all doing something they love, creating something they believe in, and living a life of purpose and passion. Do that and it doesn’t matter how much money you make.

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5 Reasons a Messy Desk Is Not Good For Your Productivity

Dumb Little Man

Do you feel stressed or distracted as soon as you get to work? Here’s one cause you may not have considered: not having a clean desk at work. Sure, you’ve probably heard things like “yeah, my desk is messy, but so was Einstein’s” This idea that having a cluttered desk is a good thing has become much more common in the last few years. But alas, that doesn’t make it right and we’re going to do a bit of debunking.

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5 online courses every Executive Assistant should take

Practically Perfect PA

I took my first online training course probably around 15 years ago now. It was a live webinar and we had to listen to the speaker via the phone on my desk while watching the slideshow on my computer screen. It was a bit of a novelty and funnily enough, a lot of my colleagues were […]. Assist Events Career Development Training Virtual Summit admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager Online Courses PA Personal Assistant training Virtual Assistant

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How to Raise Your Visibility at Work

Eat Your Career

About a year ago, I was hosting a training session on the topic of emotional intelligence. I asked the professionals in the room to shout out some of the feelings they experience on an average workday. I heard: happy, frustrated, stressed, angry, overwhelmed, fulfilled, engaged, irritated, and a variety of other applicable words. But then, I heard someone shout a word that made me pause: Invisible. That one hit me in the gut. Is there anything worse?

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20 Powerful Beliefs That Will Push You Toward Success

Dumb Little Man

I’m sure you’ve met at least one person in your life who is successful, motivated and self-empowered. This is someone who seems to always land on his feet and turn everything into gold. It’s like success comes his way quick and easy. I’m also sure you have stopped to think about why such person is so energetic, driven and successful with no apparent struggle. You, on the other hand, seem to always have something getting in the way of your progress.

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