May, 2017

How can Assistants achieve greater recognition at work?

Practically Perfect PA

What can PAs do to make sure they are getting the recognition at work that they deserve? How can Assistants achieve greater recognition at work? Recently, the OpenMeet team had the pleasure of participating in the annual Practically Perfect PA Assist Conference 2017 , where we ran a few workshops.

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The Expanding High Skill Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

More and more professions that require advanced degrees or highly specialized skills are joining the gig and/or on-demand economy. A good example is law.    Crain's The gig economy comes to law  covers the expanding use of contract lawyers.

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Trending Sources

Choosing Excellence Every Day

Office Dynamics

I absolutely loved Joan Burge’s article, Core Admin Skills Always Need Improving ! As John D. Rockefeller noted, “The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well.”. The principle she discussed of renewing and improving core skills is closely related to what Steven Covey calls “Sharpening the Saw”: the deliberate improvement of our tools to help us become more effective.

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Building customer loyalty for small businesses

The Small Business Blog

Building customer loyalty is an important process for a small business. It helps encourage first-time customers to come back, builds a strong customer base, and can make you stand out from your competitors. So how should you go about achieving customer loyalty in a small business?

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6 Questions To Ask When Designing A Business App

Dumb Little Man

App development for businesses and brands is on the rise. Many companies are waking up to its benefits and are now working to design and build their own. When in the process of mobile app development, there are so many variables and so many things to think about that if you are not careful — or if you lack experience — you might just miss a trick or two. To make sure you get the most out of your app, here are six questions you have to ask during design and development. How Can Your App Add Value?

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Working from Home. Is It Just a Dream?

Tips From T. Marie

The sound of the alarm reaches your brain and you open one eye to look at the clock in the gray light that announces the coming of morning. Groaning inwardly (perhaps outwardly too) you mentally calculate just exactly how much time you really need to get ready for work and hit the snooze button…again. Read more. Business Tips

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How to Answer Weird Interview Questions

On The Job

By now, most job applicants know that when they get an interview, they need to prepare. Some of the most common interview questions go something like this: What are your greatest strengths? What are your biggest weaknesses? Where do you see yourself in five years? Why should we hire you?

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12 Desk Hacks To Make You More Productive At Work

Dumb Little Man

Whether you work from your home or a busy office, your desk and everything around it should be carefully arranged to make you feel as creative, energized and stress-free as possible. You see, when you treat your desk as an obligatory layover between your breakfast counter and an evening on the couch, you fill it with things that eventually pile up. As a result, you don’t get much done. Show that desk a little love and it’ll show a lot of love back.

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The Power of One

Office Dynamics

Welcome to May! Such a lovely time of year. I hope everyone has recuperated from an exciting Administrative Professionals Week. We did a lot of celebrating at Office Dynamics. On Wednesday, April 26 I hosted a Facebook Live where I spoke about what I love about the administrative profession and gave tips on how to shine in the profession. In case you missed it, you can access it here. Well, last week was very exciting for me because once again, I witnessed The Power of One.

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Organising your Outlook folders

Practically Perfect PA

If you are anything like me, you will live your life by Outlook. Sad but true, right? I literally wouldn’t know what I was doing without my inbox and calendar organised just so. For me, Outlook is key to the work that I do – it was even more important when I was working as an EA.

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The Need for More and Better Future of Work Data

Small Business Labs

There's long been a need for our government agencies to collect more timely and better data on the the forces impacting jobs and work.

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3 Professional Services Marketing Questions Answered

Small Business CEO

Professional services marketing is ever-changing. There’s a lot that goes into marketing, and when a business is small, it’s not uncommon for mistakes to be made and questions to go unanswered.

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3 Errors Involving Prepositions

Daily Writing Tips

You are attempting to describe an action, but you can’t remember whether one, say, goes in to the breach or into the breach, or whether one, for example, walks on to the next trail junction or onto the next trail junction. This post explains the respective roles of the operative words and phrases.

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6 Tips On How To Prep Your CV For More Job Interviews

Dumb Little Man

If you want to get an interview for the position at the company you are applying for, then there are 6 things you should bear in mind. In this article, we will partially focus on cover letters as well as other important resume writing tips. So, grab a pen, and get ready to totally change your approach to CVs and cover letters. 6 Tips On Successful CV Emailing Process. Address your email to a particular person. Avoid using general opening phrases like “Dear Sirs” or “To Whom It May Concern.”

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Email That Works: Best Practices for Truly Busy People

Office Dynamics

How would you describe your e-mail situation lately? Are you getting so much that it’s sometimes impossible to manage it properly and still be productive? Do you worry you’ll hit the “send” button too soon, and deliver a message before its ready? Take heart….You’re You’re not alone! E-mail technology has been great – but it has also wreaked havoc on the way we communicate. For example, you can shoot back a reply to an e-mail in lickety-split time. The question is, should you?

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Day in the life: Tracy Reid

Practically Perfect PA

This month’s Day in the life is from Tracy Reid, PA to two directors at Arup. Tracy recently attended the Assist Conference and has a very busy role supporting two directors and their teams at the world famous architect firm. Here is a day in the life: Tracy Reid. . Day in the life: Tracy Reid.

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GM Drives into the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

General Motors recently announced a program called "Gig" that rents their new all electric car, the Bolt, to freelance drivers for $229 per week. 

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How to choose a business bank account

The Small Business Blog

Business banks accounts can offer a wide variety of features and incentives that can make the day-to-day operation of your business that much more smooth and hassle-free. Here we take you through some of the things to consider when choosing your business bank account.

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Style Quiz #10: Tense Shifts

Daily Writing Tips

Pick the version that correctly reflects the state of the fact or proposition. a) It was common knowledge that things fall down when you drop them. b) It was common knowledge that things fell down when you dropped them. a) He posited that the universe consisted of a space-time continuum.

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Why Shopping Online Doesn’t Have To Lead To Stolen Packages

Dumb Little Man

In the dark ages of the 1980s, people used to have to drive to the store and buy their own toilet paper. They would then load it into their cars and drive it to their homes and carry it inside. It seems like such a foreign concept today.

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Tips To Keep Your Millennial Employees Committed and Engaged

Office Dynamics

It’s important that companies take into account workforce demographics, so they can effectively manage and utilize their talents for future growth. By 2020, 46 percent of your employees will be millennials. This new generation of workers are similar to older generations, as they desire adequate compensation, growth opportunities and challenging work.

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Technology of the week: LastPass

Practically Perfect PA

Technology of the week: LastPass. Here are all the details… What is LastPass? LastPass is a password manager that simplifies everything you do online by remembering your passwords, logging into your sites with one click, creating strong passwords for every account. What does it do?

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The On-Demand Economy and the "Plight of the Sometimes Poor"

Small Business Labs

We consider the U.S. Financial Diaries study to be one of the most important economic research projects of the last decade. The reason is this study covered several very important, growing trends: Income instability, volatility and uncertainty are causing problems for a wide range of Americans.

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5 Tips About Budgeting For Freelancers You Can’t Afford To Miss

Small Business CEO

The rewards offered through contracting are both personal as well as financial. Despite this, challenges arise; a crucial one being working without a guaranteed income. Below are some simple budgeting tips to help your cash flow. Predict your earnings and set your rate.

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3 Sentences with Hyphenation Problems

Daily Writing Tips

In each of the following sentences, one or more hyphens is missing from a phrasal adjective, but another solution is available: A relaxation of the syntax is recommended, as explained following each example and demonstrated in a subsequent revision.

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Can You Curb Alcohol Addiction In Its Early Stage?

Dumb Little Man

Alcoholism is an emotive issue in many circles. It’s not just because it has been linked to a plethora of vices but because drinking is a way to relax and unwind for most people. Proponents would say alcohol is only as bad as the user. They isolate themselves from the negative image that alcohol carries. After a hard day’s work, most people will head to the bar and knock back some beer or tall glasses of fruity but potent cocktails.

2017 42

Why Thank-You Notes Matter

On The Job

When I was a child, my mother began nagging me the day after Christmas to write thank-you notes to all my aunts and uncles who had sent me gifts.

2017 21

Organising the best team building event ever

Practically Perfect PA

Organising team building events seems to be one task that most assistants are asked to manage, which is not much of a surprise considering we are pretty awesome at organising events! However, team building is actually pretty tricky. There are many elements to consider. Think about it.

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Have We Reached Peak Gig Economy?

Small Business Labs

Last week's always excellent O'Reilly Next Economy newsletter asked the question Have We Reached Peak Gig? They asked this in response to a number of recent negative press articles on the gig economy.

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3 Proven Growth Strategies for Law Firms in 2017

Small Business CEO

Law firms need to stay at the forefront of marketing to expand and grow. And the rules keep changing every year.

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Words Ending in “-ly” Aren’t Always Adverbs

Daily Writing Tips

Ask anyone to name a distinguishing characteristic of an adverb, and the reply might be that such a word ends with -ly. Although that is often true, some adverbs, such as fast , lack the ending. For this reason, they are known as flat adverbs. In addition, many words ending in -ly aren’t adverbs.

2017 21

The Art Of Effective Visualization

Dumb Little Man

There’s a difference between thinking about something and experiencing effective visualization. When you look at a person living a lifestyle you envy and say ‘That’s cool’ , that’s basically just thinking about it. When you envy their lifestyle and your inner thought goes ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if that was me?’ and you proceed to picture yourself in that person’s shoes and how it feels to be like him — that’s effective visualization.

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5 Ways Small Business Owners Can Enjoy Summer When You Can’t Take a Vacation

Tips From T. Marie

I’ve blogged here before about the importance of down time as a business owner, particularly a small, one person business owner like myself. While I will always encourage you to take those vacations, sometimes it just isn’t possible. For those of you who aren’t jumping for joy over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend and the. Read more. Business Tips

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Practically Perfect PA Virtual Summit Hub

Practically Perfect PA

Today, I thought I would give you guys a quick update on our crowdfunding project and tell you a little more about the Practically Perfect PA Virtual Summit Hub. The Virtual Summit is an online event for Personal Assistants which will take place on Friday 20 th October.

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