Planning the perfect business meeting

Practically Perfect PA

A hotel meeting room sends a very different message to a quiet private table in a renowned restaurant. With a trusted company, you can also guarantee that you’ll have all the equipment you might need for your meeting. As conference and technical event production experts Perception have advised, an ill-equipped meeting room may leave your team unable to perform certain functions and could even undermine the meeting. The Right Restaurant.

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24 Online Collaboration Tools That Let You Leave The Office Space Behind

Tips From T. Marie

Depending on which of the aforementioned choices you make, it can save you money on office space, office supplies & equipment, and even employee benefits and taxes. Or maybe ask if one of your local restaurants has a special events or banquet room you could rent for a few hours. Location-less offices, remote employees, virtual assistants , and online service providers. This is the changing face of today’s small business offices.

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Wyndham Houston, West Energy Corridor

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The hotel is fully equipped for business travellers with over 9000 square feet of meeting and event spaces to cover every need. There is also a fully equipped fitness centre and pool, but I would say it is more of a plunge pool rather than a pool for doing laps. The Park Restaurant & Grille is a casual restaurant within the hotel with an expansive menu.

2014 130

Chili's Augmenting Waiters With Tablets

Small Business Labs

Restaurant chain Chili's is rolling out table top tablet computers to most of their 1200 locations after a successful test run earlier this year. I had the opportunity to dine at a tablet equipped Chili's recently. Expect to see more tablets in restaurants. The goal, according to the company, isn't to replace their human wait staff. It's to get diners to spend more per visit.

2013 155

Swiss Luxury Apartments, Geneva

Practically Perfect PA

It is a lovely part of Geneva with lots of shops, restaurants and cafes nearby. I did manage to escape work for long enough to pick up some groceries from the local supermarket with the intention of using the wonderfully equipped kitchen for some home cooking. The kitchen was fully stocked with everything you might need if you can’t quite face the expensive local restaurants and the fridge was thoughtfully stocked with fruit juices, water and fizzy drinks.

2014 155

Practically Perfect PA visits: Royal Sonesta Houston Texas

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There is a large mall near by with restaurants and bars that your executive would enjoy if they are the type to venture outside of their hotel. The amenities include: ARA restaurant. The hotel is fully equipped for business travellers and will happily print any documents you need for free. They say that everything is bigger in Texas and that is certainly true of the hotels in Houston. The Royal Sonesta is huge.

2014 146

How To Get Started With Your Own Food Truck Business

Dumb Little Man

More people are frequenting food trucks than ever before, and even restaurant chains such as Starbuck’s, Chick-Fil-A, and White Castle are jumping on the food truck bandwagon for the same exact reason. Are there regulations about how far you need to be from other trucks or restaurants? Buy a truck and equipment. Make sure all your equipment works and you are meeting health and safety standards.

2017 159

The ultimate app guide for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

Tipping in restaurants around the world can be very confusing. A quick and easy app for conference calling which is free to use and can connect people to meetings taking place elsewhere without being stuck in front of a computer or video conference equipment. You shake your phone and the app will suggest a restaurant in the area, you can also make a reservation using the app. This app allows me collect the address of all of those great restaurants in one place.

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Practically Perfect PA visits: Hotel Sorella Houston Texas

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The hotel is surrounded by really nice restaurants, shops, cafes and bars which makes it a perfect location if you are travelling over for business and do not have a car. The living area is open plan with a very well equipped kitchen, beautiful seating area with an extremely comfortable sofa and flat screen TV. There are of course plenty of dining options within the hotel complex with three restaurant and bars – Monnalisa, the Bistro and the Bistro Bar.

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Practically Perfect PA Visits: The Hay Adams DC

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Each room is equipped with the following: Etro toiletries. The fitness centre is particularly good and the high-tech equipment well maintained. The hotel has a well placed restaurant – The Lafayette , which has a lovely fine dining menu and is perfect for a client dinner or morning meeting.

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A visit to ExCeL London

Practically Perfect PA

There are plenty of coffee shops, restaurants, hotels and pubs all within the campus so guests are very well looked after. The other meeting spaces do not have audio visual equipment. Once you have booked a meeting space at ExCeL you do have to hire catering and AV equipment separately. Everyone who works in and around London knows the ExCeL London Exhibition and Conference center.

2014 173

Tips for the Tourist in All of Us: The Savvy Admin’s Guide to Travel!

Office Dynamics

Equipment does burn out or needs maintenance. Ambiance: Hotels, restaurants, and spas spend thousands of dollars planning an ambiance that will please you. I have been hosting the Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence for 25 years.

2018 189

The Lowell, New York City

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The equipment was top of the range and the space was really well designed. As it was Sunday the restaurant was very busy catering for the New York Sunday brunch crowd. This is me arriving at The Lowell , New York City. It was freezing cold and I was actually wearing two coats. The doorman was lovely and didn’t mind carrying my bright pink suitcase.

2014 176

Great Apps for Assistants

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A quick and easy app for conference calling which is free to use and can connect people to meetings taking place elsewhere without being stuck in front of a computer or video conference equipment. You shake your phone and the app will suggest a restaurant in the area, you can also make a reservation using the app. This is great if your boss is travelling and doesn’t know the area very well, they can either look a restaurant up for themselves or you can recommend somewhere for them.

2012 189

10 Things That Are Essential For A Great Office Environment

Dumb Little Man

Even if you do not have the budget for this, you can still energize your employees by holding outdoor meetings or arranging lunches in affordable restaurants. On top of this, be sure to throw out any broken equipment or clutter, mend the broken/flickering light fixtures, and occasionally get your air vents cleaned to regulate healthy air. A great workplace does not happen by accident.

2019 155

Branching out – moving on from being an EA

Practically Perfect PA

Oh yes PAs are no doubt equipped with a much broader skill set than most people (and maybe you) would give you credit for. Being a personal or executive assistant is a career in itself, with the right drive and ambition you can carve out a highly rewarding working life as an invaluable support resource. But what if you don’t find it enough for you? How do you make the jump from your current role into perhaps a completely different industry?

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Branching out – moving on from being an EA

Practically Perfect PA

Oh yes PAs are no doubt equipped with a much broader skill set than most people (and maybe you) would give you credit for. Being a personal or executive assistant is a career in itself, with the right drive and ambition you can carve out a highly rewarding working life as an invaluable support resource. But what if you don’t find it enough for you? How do you make the jump from your current role into perhaps a completely different industry?

2017 158

Knight Residence, Edinburgh

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As expected all the mod cons; iron, hair dryer, wifi were all provided, and the kitchen was really well equipped – perhaps more so than mine at home! A range of restaurant and takeaway menus for nearby eateries. Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities, but I am often more there for work than play. In September this year, it was one of those rare occasions where I had the chance to enjoy the city with friends for a special celebration.

2015 134

Great Apps for Assistants

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A quick and easy app for conference calling which is free to use and can connect people to meetings taking place elsewhere without being stuck in front of a computer or video conference equipment. You shake your phone and the app will suggest a restaurant in the area, you can also make a reservation using the app. This is great if your boss is travelling and doesn’t know the area very well, they can either look a restaurant up for themselves or you can recommend somewhere for them.

2012 181

Will new technology eradicate the need for assistants?

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Are our senior director’s really going to take that search result and book the restaurant themselves as an example and how do they know this restaurant is even any good? . U nless you have 30 odd microphones attached to the equipment it can pick up background noise which will ultimately confuse the machine so you really do need to be in a quiet environment.

2013 188

Skip the Latte, Save Your Business

Tips From T. Marie

You know business could be better, you know that you’re lacking a skill, knowledge or even equipment that could make a real difference. Manicures, pedicures or salon visits, trips to the local fast food restaurant for a quick lunch or dinner, a weekly golf game or pizza delivery are all small expenditures that can add up to big money. Businesses are struggling in this tough economy, and small micro and solo businesses are no exception.

2011 122

What Are Merchant Cash Advance “Double Fees”- and How Can You Avoid Them?

Small Business CEO

These types of loans are especially common for restaurants and retail stores. If such a business had a major expense they had to cover—whether for new equipment, inventory, or the like—they could apply for an MCA instead of a traditional bank loan. If your company does a considerable amount of its business in credit card and debit card sales, the chances are that you’ve already heard about merchant cash advances.

2016 57

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Memphis Downtown

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The Doubletree was situated in the heart of downtown Memphis; close to plenty of fantastic restaurants, shops and local attractions including the Fedex Forum and Memphis Redbirds stadium. There are so many good restaurants nearby that I don’t think many guests complain about the lack of dining options although it would be nice to have breakfast available within the hotel.

2014 109

Go Green And Minimize Business Waste

Eco-Office Gals

Ask your waste disposal suppliers about recycling options as you may be able to recycle anything from paper and exhibition display materials such as banner stands to broken computer equipment and hazardous waste. Provide all necessary facilities for staff to heat, prepare and enjoy their lunch on-site to avoid the need to drive to local restaurants and cafes.

2011 162

Green Gift Giving: Green Glass Company

Eco-Office Gals

With its patent on the unique wine bottle to goblet conversion process, The Green Glass Company team and its state-of-the-art equipment are at the forefront of the reclaimed glassware market. One area of our home that is not green is our kitchen cabinets.

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Manufacturing Joining the On-Demand, Collaborative Economy

Small Business Labs

Estimates are that most manufacturing equipment in the U.S. Companies, entrepreneurs, and inventors can rent time on nearby equipment, be it CNC milling machines, water jets, or laser cutters—any of which can cost from $50,000 to $250,000 apiece to purchase. Instead of owning their production equipment - which is a fixed cost  - more firms are looking for ways to buy parts on a variable cost basis. sits idle about 50% of the time.

Ultimate travel itinerary

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Additionally if you have equipped your manager with all of the information they need to deal with any emergencies, they will be able to cope without you being there to help, particularly if they are in a different time zone. A small list of good restaurants close to the hotel or office. With Assist Travel coming up in September in London I wanted to share one of our most popular blogs with you – The Ultimate Travel Itinerary.

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The Practically Perfect Business Traveller’s Guide to Cannes

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If you’re on the hunt for a wi-fi connection to go with your espresso, you might be better off staying close to your hotel or a big chain café or restaurant – smaller local venues are unlikely to offer wi-fi services. For hardcore powerlifters, the aptly named Soft Gym is located right in Cannes city centre, and has an enormous range of equipment – visitors can purchase a day pass if they’re passing through.

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Practically Perfect PA visits: The Sofitel Lafayette Square Washington DC

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There is a well-equipped fitness centre for those that do not want to brave the elements. The restaurant is a great place to hold an early morning business meeting, which appears to be very popular in Washington DC. Stepping into the Sofitel from the rain soaked streets of Washington DC was a lovely experience. The hotel lobby was lit in a warm glow and the door staff gave me an equally warm welcome.

2014 149

How to Prepare for An Office Move: Top Tips You Should Know

Dumb Little Man

Will your new office have space to accommodate new hires/products/equipment? Having restaurants nearby is great for client relationships and your staff. An office move is a really good time to review and audit your business in terms of supplies, furniture, and equipment. You can also use this time to think about your suppliers in terms of equipment and your utilities. Moving premises is an issue that’s likely to come up for most business owners at some point.

2019 125

Want to Change Career? What Does It Take?

Job Advice Blog

A career change is a radical change–for example, an executive with a finance background who buys a restaurant, or a manager at AT&T, a very well-known communications company, who shifts into managing an adult community or a nursing home.

2010 173

Travel Itineraries

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Additionally if you have equipped your manager with all of the information they need to deal with any emergencies, they will be able to cope without you being there to help, particularly if they are in a different time zone. A small list of good restaurants close to the hotel or office. A well organised travel itinerary is an essential service that assistants can provide for their managers.

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The Industry Snapshot: The Office of the Future

Practically Perfect PA

Yes with health being a focus so think office gym equipment, stand up desks etc. Banking apps, maps, stocks, Uber, restaurant apps. Thanks again to everyone who completed the Practically Perfect PA Industry Snapshot survey. We had some really interesting feedback and I want to share some of that with you today. We asked you a few questions regarding the environment you currently find yourself working in and what your offices might look like in the future.

2016 145

Arizona Virtual Assistants Retreat

Loosely Speaking

AND I will work with you to help you gain access to any events you want to attend, including letting you use my equipment if no other solution is found.

2009 158

Travel Tips for Your Administrative Professionals Conference or Training Event

Office Dynamics

Town Cars vs. Taxi: Your choice should depend on the city you are traveling to, the distance you will be going from the airport to the hotel, and any other local traveling you will be doing—such as going from a hotel to a restaurant; plus the time of your arrival (are you arriving after dark and traveling alone?). Equipment does burn out or needs maintenance. Ambiance: Hotels, restaurants and spas spend thousands of dollars planning an ambiance that will please you.

Keeping one step ahead of your Boss

Laughing all the Way to Work

If it is a lunch meeting do they want you to make a restaurant reservation or have lunch catered in? Find out what kind of audiovisual equipment they have. It is always good to try and keep one step ahead of your boss. Here are some ways I have found to do that: Read the mail Read all correspondence and look for action items and due dates and diarize them or bring them to your boss’s attention. If you have access to your boss’s Inbox you should be checking e-mails as well.

2008 100

10 Questions To Find The Perfect Venue

Office Dynamics

Note that if there isn’t a fully equipped kitchen you might be building one from scratch in a tent in the adjacent parking lot? Make sure if you are planning a dinner in a restaurant, you may need to wait until they are through with their lunch service. So, you’re doing an event? Great! Where? That is the first and most important question. All event planning starts with the venue.

2016 106

How to know when to invest in your business

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

The investment that ensued, consisted of thousands of dollars spent on one of the smartest minds in the business, renting the best film equipment available, dinners with clients at the finest restaurants in Manhattan and hours spent planning, playing and more. Today I have an announcement that is both personal and significant, but I’ll get to that in a bit. I want to talk briefly about this notion of when and where to invest in your own business.

2012 65

10 Pairs of Similar-Looking Near Antonyms

Daily Writing Tips

Gourmet : an expert on, or one who appreciates the nuances of, food or drink (“His reputation as a gourmet rests on his familiarity with all the best restaurants.”). Materiel : supplies and equipment, especially used by a specific organization (“The army found itself running low on materiel as its supply lines were cut.”). Ordnance : artillery, or weapon-related military supplies (“The fort was equipped with enough ordnance to withstand several regiments.”).

2011 73

25 Pairs of Compound Nouns and Verb Phrases Ending in “Out”

Daily Writing Tips

carryout : food prepared in a restaurant to be delivered to or taken by customers to eat elsewhere, or a restaurant that prepares carryout. turnout : the number of people who attend an event, or a space for vehicles to pull off to the side of the road, a clearing out or a yield, or a set of equipment or a manner of dress (also, in British English, a labor strike or a striker).

2016 52

Minimum Life Traveling Baggage

Brilliantly Better

It’s a nice to have equipment but also requires a great deal of attention. But again, if you travel a lot and if you’re in some very sunny countries (New Zealand or Australia would be a good example) you need to have a very good piece of equipment with you. You can get those at motels or restaurants.

Administrative Professionals Conference or Training Event Travel Tips

Office Dynamics

Town Cars vs. Taxi: Your choice should depend on the city you are traveling to, the distance you will be going from the airport to the hotel, and any other local traveling you will be doing—such as going from a hotel to a restaurant; plus the time of your arrival (are you arriving after dark and traveling alone?). Equipment does burn out or needs maintenance. Ambiance: Hotels, restaurants and spas spend thousands of dollars planning an ambiance that will please you.

10 Changes You Might See Coming to Your Workplace

On The Job

The Chinese restaurant being run out of your meeting room is playing havoc with your diet. On the day the copier is taken away because it's deemed "frivolous" equipment, the CEO arrives in a new Bentley and declares he's leaving for some time away in the south of France, because the office mood is "such a downer." While I thought about writing an uplifting, inspirational post today -- the last day of 2008 -- the truth is that I'm very much a realist at heart.

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