June, 2017

Brighton: The Silicon Valley of the United Kingdom?

The Small Business Blog

We are all aware that the digital revolution has been fully embraced throughout the United Kingdom. As the digital age continues to evolve, there are always some locations which tend to stand out from the rest.

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Benefits Of Meditation: How You Can Change Your Life In 10 Minutes

Dumb Little Man

It takes time to develop and master any skill, and meditation is no different. The ability to calm the mind on demand can be a phenomenal tool to have at your disposal.

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Launching the Future Assistant 2018

Practically Perfect PA

I thought I would start the day by launching the Future Assistant 2018! Hurrah!

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The Growing Use of Online Talent Marketplaces

Small Business Labs

One of the more interesting findings from the MBO Partners State of Independence study is how much the use of online talent marketplaces has increased over the past 6 years.

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What Some Got Right About My Birthday: The Comma

Business Writing

I celebrated my birthday last month. Southwest Airlines got it right. TIAA did too. And a few good people on LinkedIn did as well. My dentist was among those who got it wrong. What some got right was the comma: Punctuation Pointers

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Day in the life: Tess Keppe

Practically Perfect PA

This month’s day in the life is from Tess Keppe who is a private PA. Tess has a varied role with lots of different aspects of her day. She has some great advice for other assistants, here is the day in the life: Tess Keppe. . What are the main aspects of your role?

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The Business of Work/Life Integration

Small Business Labs

A growing number of firms are offering services and products based on the trend towards work/life integration. This is the shift towards work, home and life becoming increasingly blended.

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Managing Your Time (Part 1 of a 4 Part Series)

Office Dynamics

I have been in the business world for 47 years now and one thing that never changes is managing our workload and setting priorities. Everyone I talk to is trying to keep up with the accelerated pace of business and change. At Office Dynamics, we always seem to be in a flurry of activity throughout the year but certain seasons are busier than others. Plus we always have to be thinking 6 – 12 months out because of being in the training industry.

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Why Others May Not See You as Reliable

On The Job

Reliability. Everyone wants to work for someone who is reliable, and every boss wants an employee who is reliable. This isn't an earth-shattering revelation, yet it's one that can fall by the wayside as you become busier in your career and in your life.

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What You Should Know About The “This Website is Not Secure” Message

Tips From T. Marie

If you use the Chrome or Firefox browsers, you may have been alarmed by a new message that can be found in your browser address bar. Both browsers are now announcing that websites that do not have a security certificate, indicated by the [link] in the address, as not secure. But what exactly does that. Read more. Business Tips Business Websites and Blogs WordPress

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The Reason Days Feel Like They’re Flying By And How To Fix It

Dumb Little Man

A lot of people often find themselves wondering why time flies. Well, time isn’t what it used to be. It seems just yesterday that I started writing this article and yet it was three days ago. At this rate, I fear I will awaken at an elderly home tomorrow morning. And I’m just 26 now. It wasn’t always like this. I remember each of my childhood years as lasting an eternity. Unlike the other kids, I never wanted to grow up. It felt like a scam and I was right.

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Did we make the Virtual Summit happen?

Practically Perfect PA

So, did we make the Virtual Summit happen? I just wanted to write a very quick blog post today to let everyone know that we did indeed raise all of the money we needed for the Practically Perfect PA Virtual Summit to happen!

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Mapping Key Emerging Technologies

Small Business Labs

Maps are a popular way of displaying emerging technologies and how important they are and/or how quickly they will impact business and society. Almost all technology analyst firms produce maps. They do this to try to display complex information in a simple, digestible form.

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7 Ways to Get Control of Your Day (Part 2 of 4 Part Series)

Office Dynamics

In case you did not read part 1 , I am writing a 4-part series around the topics of managing your day and time. I promise to keep these short and to the point. #1: 1: Early in the day, clarify your top 5 priorities for the day. Instead of thinking about the 10 things or more you have to do today, narrow your list to your top 5 priority items that you must get done today. This will help you feel like you have control vs. feeling like you are being controlled by everything that pops up.

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Social Media Marketing Mistakes Small Businesses Should Avoid

Small Business CEO

As small business owners begin marketing their company on social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and the like, it’s easy to go overboard when attempting to build your fan base and convert them into customers.

3 Ways to Make Sentences More Concise

Daily Writing Tips

Sentences need not be pared down to essentials—the challenge is to make them as coherent as possible, not as concise as possible—but careful writers will craft and revise their writing in part by minimizing the number of words necessary to convey their thoughts.

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10 Mind Exercises That Will Teach You How To Build Self Confidence

Dumb Little Man

Are you a confident person? Do you know how to build self-confidence? How can you tell? Is it because you value and love yourself? Is it because you make sure you have all your ducks in a row all the time so you know what to expect? Back in the day, if you had asked me, I would have said “Hell, yes! I’m smart. I know my worth and I know I’m an awesome person so yep… I’m confident.”. But, like most folks, I would have been confusing self-esteem with self-confidence.

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Can a PA help their employer be more enterprising?

Practically Perfect PA

Can a PA help their employer be more enterprising? Today’s organisations require their employees to be more enterprising, more aware of the needs of customers and more involved in developing their products and services.

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Despite Strong Job Market, Economic Uncertainty Still High

Small Business Labs

We consider the trend towards rising levels of economic uncertainty and insecurity to be one of most powerful trends we follow. We also think it's one of the least studied and understood. A combination of factors drive economic uncertainty.

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Reducing Information Overload (Part 3 of 4 Part Series)

Office Dynamics

To continue my series on better managing your day and work, today I am focusing on information overload. I’m sure you can relate. If you missed the prior parts of this series, you can read part 1 here and part 2 here. There’s just too much information out there! In fact, information processing accounts for half the gross national product—and most of it ends up on paper that someone has to read. You don’t have to fall prey to information overload.

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Saving Money on Your Startup: 5 Cost-cutting Measures That Will Help Your Bottom Line

Small Business CEO

Starting your own business is a dream for many business people. After years of making money for someone else, many of us look around and say, “It’s my turn. I want to be in the driver’s seat,” and a new small business is born.

2017 27

Conditionals Besides “If” and “Unless”

Daily Writing Tips

If and unless are common conditional conjunctions employed to express conjecture and uncertainty, but a number of other words and phrases that perform similar functions are discussed in this post.

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The Importance Of Emotional Intelligence For A Leader

Dumb Little Man

Leadership is a people business. If you weren’t working with other people, you wouldn’t be a leader. You’d just be some crazed shouty guy on his own in a badly-lit office. And, without a personality yourself, you would just be an app. You would just be regulating the flow of work, like an algorithm unable to bend or adapt to the human values around you. At the heart of what makes us human is our emotions.

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The benefits of working abroad for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

As many of you will know, I moved to Barcelona a few years ago to work as an assistant and marketing manager for Gallus Events. I must say, looking back, I was pretty brave. Moving to a new country where I didn’t know the language or many people.

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Cyclical and Structural Forces Behind the Growing Independent Workforce

Small Business Labs

MBO Partners released their 2017 State of Independence report today. In 2017, the total number of independent workers (self-employed, freelancers, independent contractors, etc.) in American rose to 40.9 million, up 2.8 percent from 2016.

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Emotional Intelligence Meets Travel Planning

Office Dynamics

What do emotional intelligence and travel planning have in common? Plenty. I have been traveling extensively for business (and a little pleasure) for 3 straight months. To be honest, it is wearing on me. Several of my trips involved being gone for 5 days; only to come home for 3 or 4 days and leave again for a week. I have been a business traveler for 27 years. While the typical person thinks traveling is glamorous, the business traveler has a different perspective.

How To Discover Real ROI Using Workplace Analytics

Small Business CEO

Return on investment is at the forefront of every business leader’s mind when it comes to marketing initiatives and customer experience. Because these things are important to attracting and retaining customers and increasing their business’s bottom line.

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Instant Team: Game-Based Learning for Accelerated Team Development

BioTeams

Sadly, you cannot create a High-Performing Team in a day or afternoon or even over lunch.

2017 22

Time to Break the Cocoon! 5 Great Tips For Finding Motivation

Dumb Little Man

We have big dreams and we make bigger plans to fulfill them. But, as time passes, we tend to lose motivation and enthusiasm in working towards our dreams and passions. Eventually, we become more like a puppet who works from 9 to 5 just to make enough money for survival. Does this sound like you? Are you simply existing and not living your life? Has life’s ups and downs taken away the spark from you? It’s high-time to kick off the negativity and stress that have been controlling your life.

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Technology of the week: Feedly

Practically Perfect PA

Today’s Technology of the week : Feedly. Here are all the details… What is Feedly? Feedly is an app and website that aggregates all of your news, feeds and online content into one place. It compiles news feeds from a whole load of sources for users to read and share with others.

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What are Smombies?

Small Business Labs

According to the Macmillan dictionary, a smombie is a smartphone zombie: someone who is so busy looking at their phone that they do something stupid like stepping out into traffic.

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Experience Is Not Enough. You Must Do the Work.

Business Writing

I wasted time and money recently when I went to a talk by an expert whose topic interested me. She had over 20 years of experience. But other than scribbling down a few phrases before she got up to speak, Teaching Business Writing Writing Tips

2017 21

The Importance of Persistence in Business

Small Business CEO

The phrase ‘when the going gets tough, the tough get going’ is particularly appropriate in the business world. Persistence, and the willingness to overcome a wide range of obstacles, usually determines the fate of a company.

2017 21

Style Quiz #12: Unclear Antecedents

Daily Writing Tips

Revise each sentence below so that the nouns to which the pronouns refer are obvious. He told his brother that his bicycle had been stolen. I left my coat in the car, but now I can’t find it. If you’ve ever wanted to go there, now is the perfect time to travel to Mexico.

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