2012

15 Grammar Goofs that make you look silly

ProAssisting Blog

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Review: The Dalai Lama’s Cat

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I have a hard time reading non-fiction. But put the concepts in a novel, and I am right there! The Dalai Lama’s Cat is a book that teaches the concepts of Buddhism through a work of fiction.

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Tips on good minute taking

Practically Perfect PA

As we all know writing minutes is a basic skill for assistants and we have probably written more over the years than Stephen King has writing novels.

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5-Step Checklist for Sending Out Email Broadcasts

Office Organization Success

Being consistent in your business is one of the critical factors for ensuring long-term growth, and one of the ways to ensure consistency is to create systems.

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Stop procrastinating! How to Overcoming and Avoid Procrastination - 30 Tips

Productive & Organized

Procrastination is the #1 reason business owners find that their business stalls.

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Gallup Says Move to the Upper Midwest

Small Business Labs

Gallup's Where You'll Want to Live in 2032 looks at the state and regions of the U.S. with the brightest future.

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Customer-Obsessed Service

Customers Rock!

Social media has pushed customer service to the forefront for many organizations. Responses are often faster in social media than they are in traditional service channels, since social media makes everything extremely visible.

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8 Characteristics of a Good Team Leader

Ian's Messy Desk

Image via Wikipedia. Effective teamwork is one of the most important aspects in the corporate world. Team members should be completely comfortable while working with each others in order to give their best professional touch to whatever they do.

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Opening Sentences for Global Email

Business Writing

Readers have asked me to suggest opening sentences for emails that go to people around the world. The goal of these openers is to avoid coming across as blunt and impolite, especially in messages to people from cultures in which. Email Global Communication

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7 Habits of Highly Unproductive People

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. We’ve all heard about the habits of productive people. But productivity is as much about what you don’t do as what you do. Here are 7 Habits of Highly Unproductive People. Do any sound familiar? Procrastination.

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Tips on good minute taking

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. As we all know writing minutes is a basic skill for assistants and we have probably written more over the years than Stephen King has writing novels.

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How A Simple Email Signature Can Get You More Clients

Office Organization Success

Whenever you receive an email from me you will ALWAYS see my contact information at the bottom and know exactly how you can get in touch with me. You will see: My name. My company’s name. My telephone and fax number. My email address (with an active hyperlink).

2012 205

How to Write Sales Pages that Empower and Sell!

Productive & Organized

As solo-entrepreneurs, we have a lot of stuff that we are supposed to write for our business >> blog posts, articles, web site content, Facebook posts, LinkedIn profiles, ezines, etc. (I'm I'm exhausted just thinking about it.)

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Can Your Career Survive a Political Discussion?

On The Job

I don't think I've ever worked anywhere that people didn't talk about politics. Of course, my jobs have always involved the news business, so that's pretty natural. But I know that for some people, discussing politics at work can be uncomfortable. Still, is there any way to avoid it?

2012 204

Featured Soloist Monique Y. Wells: “I Love the Freedom to Explore”

The Solopreneur Life

T his is The Solopreneur Life’s “Featured Soloist,” the purpose of which is to give all of us a glimpse at how other solopreneurs operate their small businesses. Today we meet Monique Y. Wells.

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Top Ten Countdown of Best Business Tips for 2012 – Part 1

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. While brainstorming ideas for my last two articles of this year, I knew I wanted to share something with you that would lead you into 2013 with renewed energy and motivation.

2012 158

Gen Y Delaying Adulthood

Small Business Labs

Those old enough to remember Alice Cooper will also remember his song Eighteen.  Released in 1970, it's about the confusing yet hopeful period of life when you realize you're becoming an adult.

2012 168

Social CRM: An Idea Whose Time has Come?

Customers Rock!

Social Media CRM, or Social CRM, is getting a lot of air time these days. But where does it fit? Today’s post is by Laurie Shook. Laurie is a technology marketer creating solutions that help people communicate and collaborate more effectively.

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4 Basic Types of Speeches

Ian's Messy Desk

The four basic types of speeches are: to inform, to instruct, to entertain, and to persuade. These are not mutually exclusive of one another. You may have several purposes in mind when giving your presentation. For example, you may try to inform in an entertaining style. Another speaker might inform the audience and try to persuade them to act on the information.

2012 160

The Problem With "Not a Problem"

Business Writing

Many people seem to have adopted the expression "Not a problem" in place of "You're welcome." For example, if I thank someone in email, by phone, or in person for doing a favor for me, the response is often "Not. Courteous Writing Etiquette Positive Language

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10 Re-Uses For Plastic Grocery Bags

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. Even though I bring my own bags shopping, I still seem to end up with many plastic grocery bags in my house. Rather than throw them out, I came up with 10 ways to re-use the ones that come into my house. School waterproofing.

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How do assistants get promoted?

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. Here is a brief history of my career to date – After University I landed my first job as a Team Administrator at Deloitte, after a year and a half I left to join the Institute of Chartered Accountants where again I worked as an Administrator and Assistant to a department manager.

4 Simple Steps to Securely Send Credit Card Information

Office Organization Success

Many business owners find themselves in a situation where they are asked to send their credit card information in order to finalize a business transaction. If the vendor you’re using doesn’t have a secure shopping cart interface that you can use, there are a few other alternatives.

12 Ideas for the Best To Do Lists and How to Get Things Done

Productive & Organized

  One of the questions that I frequently get when I work with clients is "What is the best way to ensure that I get things done? What type of to do list should I use?" "   And I often answer: "It depends!" " You see, managing your tasks is a personal thing. 

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5 Ways to Establish Friendly Relationships at Work

On The Job

One of the most difficult things about starting a new job is trying to become friendly with your colleagues without making yourself seem like a total dweeb. Be too friendly and you come off as a bit of a stalker or maybe a motormouth. Be more reserved and you might be perceived as snooty or weird.

2012 204

How to Find (and Utilize) the Best Virtual Assistant For Your Solo Business

The Solopreneur Life

S olopreneurs frequently ask me questions about virtual assistants. I turned to Amy Wright, CEO of AmyWright.biz for answers. Amy Wright. Larry Keltto: What kinds of services do virtual assistants typically provide?

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The Best Business Decisions Involve Both Your Head and Your Heart

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. Obviously, you have a head for business, or you wouldn’t be the successful entrepreneur that you are. But do you have the heart for it?

2012 158

DogVacay - Airbnb for Dogs Raises $6 Million

Small Business Labs

OK, I have to admit I think this is a great idea. DogVacay is an Airbnb-like service for dogs. The site lets users search for, find and hire dog sitters for the day, overnight or longer stays.

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Lithium’s Customer Heroes

Customers Rock!

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Together We’ll Level The Playing Field

The Small Business Blog

Proud to be Micro Some of you know that I’m the co-founder of the Enterprise Rockers movement – a massive free-to-join-in, global, self help community to make life better and fairer for micro (0-9 employees) enterprise owners. We launched in January so we’re coming up to our first anniversary. The Enterprise Rockers movement is unlike…

2012 158

Coming Down the. Pike or Pipe?

Business Writing

The other day I was reading a writing sample for the class Meeting Notes Made Easy, when I found a sentence like this one: We are waiting to see what comes down the pipe. The sentence implies that you are. Gems of Language Grammar and Usage

2012 159

Increase Your Productivity By Touching It Once

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. One of the underlying fundamentals of productivity is to only expend as much energy as necessary, but no more. Yet most of us break this principle many times every day. It’s because we touch things more than once.

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Christmas gifts for assistants!

Practically Perfect PA

It’s nearly Christmas! As assistants I’m sure you have been aware of this fact for quite some time as you would have been running around organising everyone’s Christmas festivities including parties, cards, presents, decorations and goodness knows what else!

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Email Newsletter: 3 Alternatives to an Ezine

Office Organization Success

This article was inspired by a conversation I had today with a client; in fact this isn’t the first time I’ve had a similar conversation with clients, so I thought I’d share my response to them with you. This client basically said to me, “Tracey, please tell me I don’t have to send a weekly ezine!”.

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