A Look at Explora: A Mobile Phone Option for US-Bound Travelers

Productivityist

Do I want to finally settle on getting a phone for US travel only? Explora is a service that offers US-bound travellers the ability to have a phone (a Google Nexus phone, to be specific) that they can use at a flat rate while they are in the country. Considering what pricing would look like for the average mobile phone user, Explora saves foreign travellers to the US a ton of money. I really like how you can reserve more than one phone.

2014 81

What is Wearable Computing?

Small Business Labs

 A recent  New York Times blog post covers the topic and talks about Google and Apple working on wearable computing devices that communicate via cell phones.   But even more important is growing ubiquity of cell phones (sort of wearable computers in their own right) and wireless networks. One of my favorite industrial examples is SenseAware from FedEx. A trend that is getting an increasing amount of coverage is wearable computing.

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Are You Putting Your Talent to Good Purpose?

The Solopreneur Life

Mail phone. “Mail phone” meant returning my daughter’s broken iPhone 5s. Fortunately, I carry insurance on my daughters’ phones (it’s paid off in spades) and filed a claim. Two days later the FedEx guy delivered a replacement phone; the package included instructions for returning the broken phone. Today I drove to the post office to mail the shattered phone.

2014 152

Girly Girl Geek Answers Normal Folks Baffling Tech Questions

Tips From T. Marie

Oftentimes they look like official email communication from places like your bank, PayPal, and even UPS or FedEx. Some phishing scams, particularly those claiming to be from FedEx or UPS tell you to open your shipment info that they’ve attached. When in doubt, contact FedEx, UPS or Aunt Judy via a reliable phone number (not the one listed in the email) and ask if they sent it and why.

2014 106

10 Holiday Scams and How to Avoid Them

Dumb Little Man

Pay attention to the emails you receive from major businesses like FedEx, Apple or Amazon. These deals may appear on social media or via spam phone calls. The holidays are such a joyful time. People are more giving, family and friends are throwing parties, and everyone is merry. But it’s also a time when people are more distracted — and criminals are ready to take advantage. Here are 10 ways you can detect and avoid holiday scams. Holiday Phishing.

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My Favourites

Laughing all the Way to Work

Here are some of My Favourites with their corresponding links. Some of these I use on an almost daily basis.

2008 100

Amazing Discount Strategies That Keep Your Sales Moving Upward

Dumb Little Man

Similarly, a cable service provider may sell you internet, cable TV, and home phone service separately or in a bundle. FedEx, for instance, gives 30% discounts on documents and 20% on shipping to students. While discounting is an intrinsic aspiration of all the customers, it is arguably the most important pricing strategy for all businesses, especially retailers. It, however, requires a great amount of prudence in execution. You can consider it as a double-edged sword.

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When your voicemail goes awry.

Laughing all the Way to Work

They said it works with most phone services. Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Todays Administrative Assistant We all have to work, but who says we cant enjoy it too! My goal for this blog is to give good tips and ideas and occasionally put a smile on your face as you start your day!Lets Lets enjoy our day together.© © Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 7 February, 2010 When your voicemail goes awry.

2010 118

Admin in the Spotlight: Interview with Lynn Holgate, 2010 Stevie.

Laughing all the Way to Work

Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Todays Administrative Assistant We all have to work, but who says we cant enjoy it too! My goal for this blog is to give good tips and ideas and occasionally put a smile on your face as you start your day!Lets Lets enjoy our day together.©

2010 118

Warning! Warning! Incoming text message.

Laughing all the Way to Work

Sometimes I wish I had something to warn me when I am with someone with a cell phone so I can know that we are going to be interrupted. I find it frustrating when people either text while in a conversation or are constantly taking phone calls. Apparently not, when its by phone. She just thinks she has to answer her cell phone every time it rings. Silence is golden: Try setting your phone to vibrate, then just get in the habit of regularly checking your messages.

2009 100

We don't know what we don't know

Laughing all the Way to Work

Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Todays Administrative Assistant We all have to work, but who says we cant enjoy it too! My goal for this blog is to give good tips and ideas and occasionally put a smile on your face as you start your day!Lets Lets enjoy our day together.© © Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 2 July, 2010 We dont know what we dont know We really dont know what we dont know do we?

2010 116

Will Google ever stop amazing me? Introducing Goog/411

Laughing all the Way to Work

Of course before I recommend anything I try it out so I picked up the phone and it asked me what I was looking for and what city and province. I chose details and was given the street address and phone number and I still had the option of having my call put through to the store number. I am hooked already and this will definitely go into my Favourites under 411 Look up as well as on speed dial on my cell, home and work phone.

2009 100

Admin Buddies

Laughing all the Way to Work

Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Todays Administrative Assistant We all have to work, but who says we cant enjoy it too! My goal for this blog is to give good tips and ideas and occasionally put a smile on your face as you start your day!Lets Lets enjoy our day together.© © Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 20 March, 2010 Admin Buddies I like to have someone at work that I can buddy with.

2010 109

Where's the remote thingy for the PowerPoint?

Laughing all the Way to Work

Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Todays Administrative Assistant We all have to work, but who says we cant enjoy it too! My goal for this blog is to give good tips and ideas and occasionally put a smile on your face as you start your day!Lets Lets enjoy our day together.© © Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 27 February, 2010 Wheres the remote thingy for the PowerPoint?

We did it Canada!

Laughing all the Way to Work

CountryCode.org is a comprehensive guide to make phone calls from anywhere to any country in the world. Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Todays Administrative Assistant We all have to work, but who says we cant enjoy it too! My goal for this blog is to give good tips and ideas and occasionally put a smile on your face as you start your day!Lets Lets enjoy our day together.© © Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 28 February, 2010 We did it Canada!

2010 100

Dealing in real time.

Laughing all the Way to Work

Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Todays Administrative Assistant We all have to work, but who says we cant enjoy it too! My goal for this blog is to give good tips and ideas and occasionally put a smile on your face as you start your day!Lets Lets enjoy our day together.© © Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 13 February, 2010 Dealing in real time. I like to work with fixed dates.

2010 109

Keeping focussed in a busy environment

Laughing all the Way to Work

If you have to answer the phone, deal with an email or attend to something for your boss, do so, as that is the nature of the admin job -- multi-tasking, but once you have done it, go right back to your to-do list, re-focus and continue what you were doing. But I did it by keeping a notepad by the phone and each time I started a task I would write it down. In a law firm you can spend a lot of time on the phone with clients, other law firms, setting up mediations, court dates, etc.

Now that is dedication.Executive Assistant donates kidney to her.

Laughing all the Way to Work

Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Todays Administrative Assistant We all have to work, but who says we cant enjoy it too! My goal for this blog is to give good tips and ideas and occasionally put a smile on your face as you start your day!Lets Lets enjoy our day together.©

2009 109

A twelve step program to survive as an Admin

Laughing all the Way to Work

Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Todays Administrative Assistant We all have to work, but who says we cant enjoy it too! My goal for this blog is to give good tips and ideas and occasionally put a smile on your face as you start your day!Lets Lets enjoy our day together.© © Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 31 October, 2009 A twelve step program to survive as an Admin My grandson has started walking.

2009 109

Whose meeting is it anyway?

Laughing all the Way to Work

Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Todays Administrative Assistant We all have to work, but who says we cant enjoy it too! My goal for this blog is to give good tips and ideas and occasionally put a smile on your face as you start your day!Lets Lets enjoy our day together.© © Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 16 May, 2010 Whose meeting is it anyway?

2010 100

Building Relationships one Assistant at a Time

Laughing all the Way to Work

I breathe a sigh of relief when I get someones assistant on the phone or receive an email from them. Knowing assistants and having a working relationship with them is very important and can make the difference when you need to set up a meeting or if your boss needs to have a quick phone call with their boss. Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Todays Administrative Assistant We all have to work, but who says we cant enjoy it too!

2010 118

When your boss arranges meetings behind your back.

Laughing all the Way to Work

Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Todays Administrative Assistant We all have to work, but who says we cant enjoy it too! My goal for this blog is to give good tips and ideas and occasionally put a smile on your face as you start your day!Lets Lets enjoy our day together.© © Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 5 April, 2010 When your boss arranges meetings behind your back. Does your boss ever organize a meeting behind your back?

2010 100

Do you like what you do?

Laughing all the Way to Work

I have a network of assistants that I call friends, although some are just phone colleagues, but we help each other. Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Todays Administrative Assistant We all have to work, but who says we cant enjoy it too! My goal for this blog is to give good tips and ideas and occasionally put a smile on your face as you start your day!Lets Lets enjoy our day together.© © Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 5 December, 2009 Do you like what you do?

2009 132

Meetings Plus: Taking them offline

Laughing all the Way to Work

When I receive an initial request for a meeting, I use a meeting form and write down the information I need: who is requesting the meeting, what is the purpose of the meeting, where it will be held and a phone number or an e-mail address and dates that are available. If the meeting is internal, I send a meeting request, but for external meetings I tend to just confirm with them the meeting details by phone or e-mail.

2009 109

I gave at the office

Laughing all the Way to Work

Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Todays Administrative Assistant We all have to work, but who says we cant enjoy it too! My goal for this blog is to give good tips and ideas and occasionally put a smile on your face as you start your day!Lets Lets enjoy our day together.© © Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 23 January, 2010 I gave at the office Years ago when I was a child, I would canvass door to door with my sister for a charity for cancer research.

2010 100

Introducing The Administrative Bloopers Blog

Laughing all the Way to Work

Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Todays Administrative Assistant We all have to work, but who says we cant enjoy it too! My goal for this blog is to give good tips and ideas and occasionally put a smile on your face as you start your day!Lets Lets enjoy our day together.©

2010 100

Service Untitled» Blog Archive » Building customer relationships.

Service Untitled

Using the Ritz Carlton and FedEx as models of customer service, changes in American Express service strives to create deeper emotional connections with their customers. A customer service applicant might be asked, “If you worked at American Express, how would you give a hug to a card member over the phone?&# Service Untitled The blog about customer service and the customer service experience.

Atlanta, Georgia: The City that Smiles

Laughing all the Way to Work

Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Todays Administrative Assistant We all have to work, but who says we cant enjoy it too! My goal for this blog is to give good tips and ideas and occasionally put a smile on your face as you start your day!Lets Lets enjoy our day together.© © Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 18 September, 2009 Atlanta, Georgia: The City that Smiles I recently arrived in Atlanta, Georgia to attend OfficeArrow s Lift Summit on Social Media.

2009 100

Training On-line

Laughing all the Way to Work

The last online course I took was under $70 and was interactive using both the computer and a speaker phone for audio. Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Todays Administrative Assistant We all have to work, but who says we cant enjoy it too! My goal for this blog is to give good tips and ideas and occasionally put a smile on your face as you start your day!Lets Lets enjoy our day together.©

Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Today's.

Laughing all the Way to Work

Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Todays Administrative Assistant We all have to work, but who says we cant enjoy it too! My goal for this blog is to give good tips and ideas and occasionally put a smile on your face as you start your day!Lets Lets enjoy our day together.© © Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 23 August, 2009 Nice ways to say, "Hurry up!" I hate waiting! Sometimes I need to do a job, but I can’t move forward until I get an answer from someone else.

2009 100

Guest Blog by Alexis Bonari: 10 Easy Ways to Check and Maximize.

Laughing all the Way to Work

Check: Are phone calls planned? For each one, write down what you hope to accomplish with the phone call to help you stay focused. It automatically updates when I use an office product, and I can manually enter stop/start times for phone calls, meetings, face to faces, etc. Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Todays Administrative Assistant We all have to work, but who says we cant enjoy it too!

2010 100

Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Today's.

Laughing all the Way to Work

There is value in getting to know people, even if it is just over email or the phone. Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Todays Administrative Assistant We all have to work, but who says we cant enjoy it too! My goal for this blog is to give good tips and ideas and occasionally put a smile on your face as you start your day!Lets Lets enjoy our day together.© © Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 17 September, 2010 Whats all the fuss about reading contracts?

2010 109

A funny thing happened on the way to the office.

Laughing all the Way to Work

Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Todays Administrative Assistant We all have to work, but who says we cant enjoy it too! My goal for this blog is to give good tips and ideas and occasionally put a smile on your face as you start your day!Lets Lets enjoy our day together.© © Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 27 June, 2009 A funny thing happened on the way to the office. I have been asked to speak in December and I am supposed to be funny.

2009 100

Colour Coding Works.

Laughing all the Way to Work

Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Todays Administrative Assistant We all have to work, but who says we cant enjoy it too! My goal for this blog is to give good tips and ideas and occasionally put a smile on your face as you start your day!Lets Lets enjoy our day together.© © Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 23 June, 2009 Colour Coding Works. I have never been a fan of colour coding, until recently.

2009 100

Go with your gut feeling!

Laughing all the Way to Work

Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Todays Administrative Assistant We all have to work, but who says we cant enjoy it too! My goal for this blog is to give good tips and ideas and occasionally put a smile on your face as you start your day!Lets Lets enjoy our day together.© © Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 31 May, 2009 Go with your gut feeling!

2009 100

When taking initiative isn't the best thing.

Laughing all the Way to Work

Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Todays Administrative Assistant We all have to work, but who says we cant enjoy it too! My goal for this blog is to give good tips and ideas and occasionally put a smile on your face as you start your day!Lets Lets enjoy our day together.© © Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 1 May, 2009 When taking initiative isnt the best thing.

2009 100

I got an e-slap on the wrist - Ouch!

Laughing all the Way to Work

An e-mail like the one I received would have been better delivered face to face or by phone in order to get the tone of what the person was trying to communicate. I stop the flow and pick up the phone. It is amazing how quickly a matter can be handled on the phone or in person. A good stretch to stop by someones desk to ask them a question or a quick phone call can save a lot of time and avoid having to deal with another e-mail in your Inbox.

2008 109

Happy Administrative Professionals' Day!

Laughing all the Way to Work

Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Todays Administrative Assistant We all have to work, but who says we cant enjoy it too! My goal for this blog is to give good tips and ideas and occasionally put a smile on your face as you start your day!Lets Lets enjoy our day together.© © Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 22 April, 2009 Happy Administrative Professionals Day! I hope everyone has a great day today whatever your office may be doing, or not doing.

How to get Office fat fast.

Laughing all the Way to Work

Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Todays Administrative Assistant We all have to work, but who says we cant enjoy it too! My goal for this blog is to give good tips and ideas and occasionally put a smile on your face as you start your day!Lets Lets enjoy our day together.© © Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 21 March, 2009 How to get Office fat fast. Ive been gaining weight lately and couldnt figure out why until I started to look at my new office habits.

2009 100

Oh where or where is my password?

Laughing all the Way to Work

Even if you phone the bank they need your secret passcode or they wont speak to you about your account. It's been the most efficient way for me to keep track of them since it's so handy to get to and I 'back myself up' by putting the log-in info for my outlook account in a notes area on my cell phone. Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Todays Administrative Assistant We all have to work, but who says we cant enjoy it too!

2010 100

I always have the perfect answer. the next day!

Laughing all the Way to Work

Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Todays Administrative Assistant We all have to work, but who says we cant enjoy it too! My goal for this blog is to give good tips and ideas and occasionally put a smile on your face as you start your day!Lets Lets enjoy our day together.© © Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 8 March, 2009 I always have the perfect answer. the next day! Someone says something to you at work, but you werent expecting it so arent prepared with an answer.

2009 100

Spring cleaning on the blog

Laughing all the Way to Work

Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Todays Administrative Assistant We all have to work, but who says we cant enjoy it too! My goal for this blog is to give good tips and ideas and occasionally put a smile on your face as you start your day!Lets Lets enjoy our day together.© © Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 1 March, 2009 Spring cleaning on the blog It is a very sunny day today with a promise of spring in the air so I thought it was a good time to spring clean the blog.

2009 100

Different spellings: British, Canadian and American

Laughing all the Way to Work

Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Todays Administrative Assistant We all have to work, but who says we cant enjoy it too! My goal for this blog is to give good tips and ideas and occasionally put a smile on your face as you start your day!Lets Lets enjoy our day together.©

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