2009

Master the Art of Listening and Watch All Your Relationships.

Dumb Little Man

No wonder listening is an undervalued art. Research shows that we speak at a rate of about 125 words per minute, yet we have the capacity to listen to approximately 400 words per minute. So what are we doing with that extra space in our

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Building on your skills

Loosely Speaking

It's the time of year when we all do some self assessment and then look ahead to changes we want to make in the coming year. Personally, it may be your work out routine that needs some recommitment. Professionally, it's time to review

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5 Ways to Effectively Manage Your Business for Successful Business Growth

Office Organization Success

Let me share a secret with you that many successful online solopreneurs already know – you have to manage your business before you can market your business, and if you’ve been with me for a while you’ve no doubt heard me say this many times! So, if you can answer YES to at least ONE of these questions then you know you are not effectively managing your business: Do you feel overwhelmed at the start of each day – you don’t know what to do first?

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Be Smart About Using the Telephone

Productive & Organized

16486377 How much time do you lose playing "phone tag?" I can't stand that game! There are things you can do to eliminate that time waster, however. Start Today! It is very rare anymore to actually talk to the person you want to reach

2009 269

WinWeb Launches WinWeb TV – Free Small & Home Business Videos

The Small Business Blog

winweb-2009-11-19_22-52-11.jpg. WinWeb has today launched WinWeb TV, a online video website dedicated to providing videos for small and home business owners or budding entrepreneurs to find videos about

2009 208

Five Ways to Handle Being Personally Attacked at Work

On The Job

"Excuse me, Brianna, but I was reviewing this report and it looks like there's an error in the numbers. I need you to look them over and see what you can find so I can go ahead and submit this to the client today." "Gee, Gee, Jennifer, I doubt there are errors, but I'll look it over.

2009 207

How to Deal with Inconsiderate Co-Workers

Professional Assistant Blog

Do you find that some of your co-workers can be extremely annoying, rude or just plain inconsiderate? Do you want to walk over to their cubicle while their talking loudly on the phone and give them a piece of your mind

2009 198

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Taming the Email Monster

Office Dynamics

I would like to introduce a new guest blogger to the Office Dynamics family! Alita Marlowe Bluford is an expert in efficiency and she plans to share some of her greatest tips with you here at The Joan Burge Blog! Taming the Email Monster. By Alita Marlowe Bluford, CPO®, PTAC®. Marlowe & Associates, Inc Efficiency Consultants. Farmington Hills MI 48333. 800-852-9050. www.efficiencyconsultants.com. to order The Ultimate Guide to being Efficient@email click here: [link].

Self Defense for Admins

The Office Professionals Place

We are soldiers for the office. We fight in the battlefield we call the 'office.' We as office professionals need to arm ourselves with the tools to combat the day. Here are 6 skills you need to acquire to protect yourself against the

2009 163

You can't convince the unready

Virtual Moxie

My friend, Toni Jo, and I went to an Abraham-Hicks workshop in DC, recently. And while there, I was reminded about something really important—something I've taught in one form or another for the past 12+ years about Attraction

2009 162

9 Useful Strategies to Dealing with Difficult People at Work - by.

Dumb Little Man

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Arizona Virtual Assistants Retreat

Loosely Speaking

The first ever VA retreat here in Arizona is set for Friday August 28 – Sunday August 30 in Phoenix. If you're a VA in the area interested in participating, drop me a line at ktcosmos at looseends dot net and I'll send you the

2009 158

Effectively Utilize Outlook to Increase Productivity and Save Time with These 5 Simple Tips

Office Organization Success

Members of my Easy Office Organization program and my private clients know that I’m a die-hard Outlook fan. I’ve tried many email and contact management systems over the years, but keep coming back to this one tool. Because it does everything that I could possibly need in order to effectively run my business. It’s my: Email manager. Contact manager. Calendar planner. Task scheduler. Notes space. In short, it’s my command central for running my business.

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Do You Hate Your To-Do List? Try This Instead - Productive & Organized

Productive & Organized

"Stephanie, I make list after list after list, but never get anything done. Half of the piles on my desk are lists that I've made at different points!" Dawn was exasperated and frustrated. To do lists are great, but only if they work

2009 261

WinWeb's One-Stop-Shop Business Services For Freelancers, Home.

The Small Business Blog

WinWeb's One-Stop-Shop Business Services For Freelancers, Home Business & Small Office. by Stefan Töpfer on Jun 10, 2009. WinWeb_Home_Small_Business_Virtual_Assistant_Outsourcing_Services_VA.jpg. So far we have provided tools

2009 205

Is Your Career in Jeopardy Because of Your Weight?

On The Job

As Congress debates health care reform, it's worth noting that employers are already taking steps to bring down their health care costs, whether it's setting up wellness programs for workers -- or requiring employees who have certain

2009 176

Administrative Procedures Manual - Does Your Department Need One?

Professional Assistant Blog

Does your department have an administrative procedures manual? Do you find that your staff are not being consistent with their memos, e-mails, the way they answer the phone, etc.? I worked in quite a few firms, small and large

2009 163

Christine Arylo on self love, success and clutter

Clutter Coach

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Frustrated by a micromanager? Use this proven advice

Office Dynamics

Today's blog entry is from my Monday Motivator™ that was sent to over 5,000 readers this morning. I felt it was important to also share this information here for my blog readers. Some time ago, one of our readers asked my advice on how I would handle a micromanager – which, as we all know, can be a supervisor or a colleague you’re working with on a project. Micromanagers have their good and not-so-good points.

2009 161

You Can Be the Leader You Were Born to Be

The Office Professionals Place

Are you afraid to become a leader because you are afraid of what people will think of you? Do you think you are not “leader material”? Have you ever wanted to make a suggestion or comment and was afraid of what others may think

2009 151

Help get hugs and money delivered around the world

Virtual Moxie

I'm interrupting our regularly scheduled Bit O'Moxie to share an event I'm super passionate about. It's a shameless plug, really…because I'm hoping that in introducing you to it, you'll become passionate about it, too, and will join me

2009 159

5 Copywriting Tips For Any Sized Business - by Dumb Little Man

Dumb Little Man

Copywriting, according to Wikipedia is described as "getting across the perfect message, with the perfect words." When we talk about copywriting it is usually in conjunction with a promotional message; we want to promote a new idea

2009 253

Managing the growth of your VA practice

Loosely Speaking

Virtual Assistants in practice for a number of years usually reach a crossroads when their client load begins to challenge their energy and time limits. In talking with veterans in the industry, most eventually remodel their business

2009 130

Solopreneurs: Are You Losing Potential Clients?

Office Organization Success

If you find yourself missing out on potential clients, contacts falling through the cracks, or not following up in a timely manner then your problem is simply a lack of an efficient contact management system! So let me ask you: 1. Do you have a record of each of your clients/colleagues contact data, i.e. name, address, email, website, phone number etc.? Are you following up efficiently and effectively when a potential client enquires about your services/programs?

2009 179

The Great Calendar Debate - Paper or Electronic - 21 Experts Weigh.

Productive & Organized

One item frequently purchased at this time of year is a calendar or planner for the upcoming year. But, what is the right kind of planner to use? Some say the traditional paper planner is the best, while others swear by their

How To Make This Recession Work For Your Small Home Business.

The Small Business Blog

On my blog I often talk about not spending money, bootstrapping and cash-flow planning. However a recession can be a excellent time to spend money too, providing you have the cash to spend - here are some tips on how to spend & save at

2009 192

Is Your Knuckle-Cracking Killing Your Job Chances?

On The Job

I've spent a lot of time lately interviewing people who no longer have jobs. One thing I hear over and over is that they really need to feel they're doing something positive every day.

2009 176

Make No Mistakes With Meeting Request Attachments in Outlook 2007

Professional Assistant Blog

You sent a meeting request to a bunch of people. Your boss calls you up and tells you that you need to add an agenda to this meeting, but you don't want everyone to get the meeting request again and have to accept/decline it

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Meetings Plus: Taking them offline

Laughing all the Way to Work

I organize a lot of meetings in a day, week, month; heck, even into next year. My boss is very busy and in demand to go here, there and everywhere. So how do I keep them all straight? My first plan of action is to take them offline as

2009 141

Supporting Multiple Managers

Office Dynamics

While administrative professionals typically support between four and six people, some assistants manage up to 35 people in a department. They support these individuals with everything from computer work to assistance on major projects. This trend is likely to continue. As overwhelming as this might seem, today’s office professional can direct the flow of work and gain a sense of control by using creative methods. Except for time-critical projects, do the senior manager’s work first.

2009 161

Elevate Your Elevator Speech

The Office Professionals Place

Imagine being in an elevator with someone you would really like to get to know and whom you would like to know about you. Depending on what floor you are traveling to, your journey will be short so your introduction should be the same

2009 141

31 Days of Wishes

Virtual Moxie

I hesitated to write about this today—concerned, I guess, that it didn't really fall into the purview of a "usual" VM post. And then I thought about it, and got over myself. Sometimes you have to give yourself a swift kick in the pants

2009 157

6 Ways to Start the New Year Doing Instead of Dreaming - by Dumb.

Dumb Little Man

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Please Mind Your Manners

Loosely Speaking

Please bear with this veteran VA while she spouts off on some assaults on common courtesy she's noted of late. Lots of us who work in home offices find we have far fewer opportunities to attend meetings in public places these days

2009 130

Time Management Success – Implementation

Office Organization Success

Once you’ve set some basic systems in place such as deciding on HOW you want your work week to look, created a project planner, and/or created a timeline, the second key is implementation. Transfer you new work week schedule to your diary or online planner i.e. block out the times. Tell your clients and colleagues that you are only available on particular days of the week/times for certain types of appointments.

2009 174

I am so excited and I just had to tell you about it!

Productive & Organized

January is Get Organized Month and I decided to celebrate it big this year! As you know, I have some fabulous colleagues in the productivity and organizing industry. This past year, many of them have contributed their knowledge to blog

2009 137

Small Business world News Round-up - 2009/10/27

The Small Business Blog

Here is this week's news round-up for home business, micro business, sole-traders, freelancers, self-employed and any one who is interested in small business news from around the world. Obama Announces Small-Business Lending Push: The

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