January, 2019

The EA competencies you will need in 2019

Practically Perfect PA

Well, that is us in 2019 folks! Happy New Year. Firstly before I start this blog, I want to say a huge thank you to all of the Practically Perfect PA readers who are joining us for another year on the blog. We have been going now since 2011, and I can’t wait to see […].

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5 Ways to Overcome Mental Blocks

Dumb Little Man

We’ve all been there- staring at a blank screen, throwing endless drafts in the trash, pulling out hair, scrolling through Facebook photos, re-ordering music libraries and even wiping the computer clean. We do anything to pass the time and avoid admitting the painfully obvious – we’ve hit a block.

2019 253

6 Signs You’ve Fallen Into The Employee Mentality Pit

Tips From T. Marie

As the instructor of a best-selling online course teaching individuals how to work from home as a virtual assistant, I get plenty of questions. A recent one reminded me of one of the pitfalls to avoid when starting and running your own business.

2019 170

Reviewing Your Administrative Career

Office Dynamics

Have you created your own career portfolio or read about how to create one? If you attended the 25 th Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence you had the opportunity to attend a career portfolio breakout session with Joan Burge and create a beginner’s copy of your own.

2019 223

7 Ways to Position Yourself as an Admin Leader

Eat Your Career

As a proud former administrative professional , I’ve always enjoyed being a part of the admin community. In fact, from the moment I got involved in the field, I wanted to be an admin leader. I felt called to it from day 1.

2019 130

How to Look Your Best on Video

On The Job

Image: news.com.au We all had a good laugh at the Dad doing a video chat when his children managed to scoot into the room and Mom followed moments later to frantically try and remove them.

2019 130

Ten podcasts every PA should listen to

Practically Perfect PA

I don’t think I’ve shared this before but I love podcasts, and I have for years. They are more popular than ever, and there are loads of podcasts that can help you with your personal and professional development.

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More Trending

Forget Resolutions, in 2019 I’m Going to Reach…What About You?

Tips From T. Marie

Welcome to 2019. To be completely honest, I’ve never been much of a “New Year’ fan. All the hoopla about making resolutions that wind up broken before winter winds stop blowing.

2019 153

Communicating In Style, With Style

Office Dynamics

The word communicate is derived from the Latin word, communis , meaning commonness. When we are communicating, we are trying to establish commonness with others.

2019 198

Things To Put on a New Calendar

Simple Productivity Blog

You have a beautiful blank calendar before you. What should you put on it to ensure you get the most use out of it? This article addresses the basics. In spite of my dedication to electronic calendars (because of their portability and shareability), I still maintain a paper calendar in my kitchen.

2019 130

Yes, You Do Need to Start Applying for Internships This Early

On The Job

You may still be trying to recover from the holidays, but if you want a summer internship this year, you need to get busy -- right now. Companies often get the bulk of applications between February and April, so there is no time to waste if you want a chance to land an internship.

2019 130

How to send a fax in 2019

Practically Perfect PA

Hands up. Who has been asked to send a fax in the last year? I see a few of you nodding, some of you are rolling your eyes thinking – fax? What is it 1989? Some of you are wondering what I mean by the word ‘fax’ Yes, I know this is old technology, but you […].

2019 205

3 Key Lessons We Can Learn From the One Minute Manager

Dumb Little Man

Managing people isn’t that easy. You have to know the right things to do if you want to bring out the best in them. The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson is a remarkable book about management.

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32 Million Americans Say They Will Start a Business in 2019. Most Won't.

Small Business Labs

According to a recent Job Creators Network Foundation survey , "Sixteen-percent of Americans say they are likely to start a new business in 2019." "   This works out to about 32 million Americans. Most won't. 

2019 188

Tips to Get Rid of Stress

Office Dynamics

Life is too short to let things get to you, but sometimes it happens. Sometimes things are going so fast and so much is happening we all of a sudden think, “Whoa, what just happened?”. Then comes the stress and we quickly become one of the “office dragons” that we don’t like very much.

2019 194

How to Prepare for Important Career Conversations

Eat Your Career

In the past, the “Annual Review” was the time—once a year—when you knew you would have the opportunity to sit down with your boss and get feedback, discuss career goals, and possibly even request a raise or promotion.

2019 130

It's Time to Shut the Door on the Office Moocher

On The Job

For as long as I've been working (going on 100+ years now, or at least it feels like it), there have been office moochers. They never have any money on them ("I forgot my wallet!" "I'm I'm broke until payday!" "I I just loaned my last $5 to a friend!").

2019 130

Is multitasking still a useful skill for Assistants?

Practically Perfect PA

Being a good multitasker was on the job description of pretty much every Assistant role I applied for when I first started as an Assistant. Since then experts have shown that multitasking does precisely the opposite of what we thought it did.

2019 198

Fake Productivity vs Real Productivity

Dumb Little Man

Putting in work or “hustling” is the most widespread maxim for success in the world of entrepreneurship. But the question is this: Are you really being productive with your time or is your work merely a heightened form of procrastination?

2019 247

Things To Do For A Better New Year

Simple Productivity Blog

January 1 is when all the calendars recognize the start of the New Year. And as we have just passed that date, I thought I would talk about some things you can do to make your New Year get off to a great start.

2019 130

How to Stay Organized with Leadership Team Meetings? – Ask An Admin

Office Dynamics

Welcome to another question for Ask an Admin – Admin to Admin Advice. This is where you submit the question and your peers answer your question.

2019 173

Ride Sharing Continues Rapid Grow

Small Business Labs

Pew Research recently did a study on the use of ride sharing services by Americans. Key quote on their findings: "The share of Americans who use ride-hailing services has increased dramatically. Today, 36% of U.S.

2019 172

How to Figure Out What You Want to Do Next

On The Job

For many people, today is the first day back at work after eating too many holiday cookies, watching "Elf" 14 times and hustling the kids back to school (whether they wanted to go or not because your sanity depended on it). It's also the time when you might begin to reassess your career.

2019 130

5 ways to improve your leadership skills

Practically Perfect PA

There are now quite a few of us in the Assistant world running around shouting that you, lovely Assistant, are a leader within your organisation! You may not manage a team, but you do work in a management role.

2019 196

12 Surprising Uses for Vicks VapoRub

Dumb Little Man

There are two scents that remind me of being a sick kid: brandy and Vicks VapoRub. Whenever I had a cold, those were my mom’s go-to remedies. She would make me a glass of hot water, honey, and brandy and then rub Vicks on my chest. I always felt instantly better (and slightly tipsy).

2019 238

Incarcerated but Not Hyphenated

Business Writing

I received an invitation to a professional meeting focused on hiring "formerly-incarcerated talent (FIT)." FIT--that's a catchy acronym. But what caught my attention more was the unnecessary use of the hyphen. Did you notice it? These are formerly incarcerated (not.

2019 151

Starve the Dragon

Office Dynamics

There is a huge fiery dragon roaming the earth. Some days, the dragon is a little tamer and other days the dragon is on a rampage breathing fire. Do you know this dragon?

2019 178

Academic Studies Show Gig Economy Larger Than Government Data Suggests

Small Business Labs

Several papers related to the gig economy presented last week at the American Economic Association annual meeting caught our eye. 

2019 175

Could Uber Get You in Trouble at Work?

On The Job

Employees are routinely cautioned not to leave their work laptops unattended or use unsecured Wi-Fi networks when they travel for business, but a new threat is cropping up where employees may least expect it: ride-sharing applications. Specifically, a Kaspersky Lab security review finds that of 13 international ride-sharing apps, all revealed several security problems.

2019 100

Managing your Executive’s one to one meetings

Practically Perfect PA

It kinda goes without saying that organising your Executive’s schedule is a never-ending task. Their time is always in demand, be it from clients, suppliers, colleagues around the business and of course from members of their team.

2019 169

Connecting With Your Child: 5 Things You Can Do To Stay Close Despite Your Work

Dumb Little Man

Having spent the last two decades working in the advertising industry based in New York but with clients all over the country, being on the road is just something that always came with the job.

2019 239

Five Ways to Clear Up Fuzzy Writing

Business Writing

When writing is fuzzy, perfectly clear ideas come across as vague, illogical, or ambiguous. Don’t let fuzzy writing undermine your brilliant ideas! Great ideas deserve clear expression. Avoid the five don’ts below to communicate clearly with your audience. Don’t.

2019 141

New Training and Resources to Office Dynamics in 2019

Office Dynamics

Office Dynamics International is the global industry leader in the development and presentation of sophisticated executive and administrative assistant training, coaching, and resources.

2019 156

Brookings 2019 Trends to Watch

Small Business Labs

The Brookings Institute is a large and influential DC public policy think tank. They recently released a report with their 2019 Trends to Watch.

2019 153

Looking your best on video

Laughing all the Way to Work

Good advice when doing meetings by video. link] My sister experienced this recently when she signed up for a multi-video meeting with other consultants. She didn't realize everyone would be able to see her so she ran out to get changed because she was in her housecoat. In the meantime, her husband didn't know she was online and casually walked by the computer in his underwear. It could have been worse. I'm sure they all got a good laugh out of that one

2019 100

How to set boundaries between your personal and professional life

Practically Perfect PA

At the recent World Administrators Summit in Frankfurt, the delegates talked a lot about the challenges we face in the role, which were, of course, shared by all of the representatives from different parts of the world.

2019 153

5 Inspiring People Who Started With Nothing and Changed the World

Dumb Little Man

A lot of people dream about being successful and achieving their dreams. Maybe, you’ve got a ‘big’ dream but you’re worried that it will never be anything more than a fantasy. You’re worried that you’re just not capable enough.

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