August, 2017

5 Ways People Dislike Your Emails (And Possibly You)

Practically Perfect PA

An interesting bit of research came to my attention recently, courtesy of the BBC website.

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Will Consultants be Replaced by AI?

Small Business Labs

Since we're consultants, we hope not. But that's thesis of HBR's  AI May Soon Replace Even the Most Elite Consultants.

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How to Become One of the Boss's Favorites

On The Job

I'm all for work/life balance and making sure that you're not headed for burnout by working too much. But that doesn't mean you go to work and just warm a chair every day, doing just enough to make sure you keep your job.

2017 77

Neglecting Self Care: The Biggest Mistake I Made (And How You Can Avoid It)

Dumb Little Man

Whether it’s lack of capital, economy or just a bad idea, each business has its own reasons for failing. And even though I’d agree that those reasons are common, there is another insidious reason that can cause a business to fail. It’s neglecting self-care.

2017 93

Online Accounting Among Top Tips for New Entrepreneurs

The Small Business Blog

Starting a new business is more than just coming up with an idea and pitching it to customers. There is a tonne of planning that goes into a new enterprise, followed by convincing financing sources to get behind the idea.

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The Importance of a Positive Workplace Culture to Enable High Performance

Productivity Bits

The environment or culture within a workplace has a lot to do with how well or how bad the performance of the employees is. There are some qualities that must be present within a healthy work environment in order to perk up the progress and help the organization to evolve into something better. The person in charge within any organization, whether it’s big or small, is the leader who sets a standard for the rest of the people who work under them – notably, the employees.

2017 30

This Type Of Music Can Increase Your Productivity

Dumb Little Man

Music has been with us since prehistoric times in one form or another, growing with human society and culture, and taking new shapes one century after another. Humans have become so accustomed to it that listening to music has become second nature. We take music in our lives so much for granted that we rarely stop to think how it influences our mood or daily actions. For example, did you know that listening to music at the office can make you more productive? Here’s how.

2017 89

7-Step Checklist to Successfully Launch Your Startup

Small Business CEO

Launching your business takes a lot of hard work and determination. However, many still believe that launching a startup is like switching on the light. Having launched a couple of businesses, I’ve realized that launching a startup is like launching an aircraft.

2017 29

5 Tools to Help You Automate Your Work

Office Dynamics

One of the greatest advantages organizations achieves from automating various processes is saving time, among other resources. In the entire history of human development, the need to make work easier, faster and even cheaper comes naturally. This is what has led to various discoveries and developments of tools that automate work. Phenomenal examples include manufacturing, mechanized farming, retail, and many other sectors.

2017 44

Is running your own VA business the new career progression for PAs?

Practically Perfect PA

The roles of Personal and Executive Assistants are changing. For many, that means increased responsibility and a role that’s evolved from the traditional one they first stepped into.

2017 22

Book Review: Thriving in the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

"How to capitalize and compete in the new world of work" is the tagline for the book Thriving in the Gig Economy. This nicely summarizes this useful guide to the shift to independent work.    The book starts with an excellent overview of the gig economy.

2017 72

Why You Can't Remember Stuff at Work -- and How to Get Better at It

On The Job

I'll be the first to admit that my memory isn't what it was when I was 20-years-old, and I bet many of you would say the same even if you're only 25-years-old. That can become a problem in the workplace, where you may have to recall a client's name you met two years ago or remember exactly why a project ran into manufacturing turbulence last quarter. With so much information coming at us, it can be difficult to hang onto everything in our brains.

2017 22

How To Start Balancing Life And Work Without Getting Fired

Dumb Little Man

As communications become more convenient, it also becomes easier to immerse yourself in work and never look up from it. If you are like me, you find yourself checking e-mail at all hours and addressing mid-level professional concerns via email or on the phone when on vacation, out with friends or even playing with the kids. This is not just a bad habit but it is detrimental professionally , psychologically and physically, too. Who is to blame for this condition?

2017 68

15 French Words and Phrases That Don’t Mean That in French

Daily Writing Tips

This post lists a number of words and phrases used in English that are derived from French but are no longer employed with the same idiomatic sense in French (if they ever were).

2017 20

How Personal and Business Credit Can Make or Break Your Business

Small Business CEO

“The Nav American Dream Gap Survey, 2015, revealed of small business owners surveyed, 45 percent did not know they have a business credit score, 72 percent did not know where to find information on their business credit score and 82 percent didn’t know how to interpret their score,” reports the U.S.

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Tech of the week: PDFescape

Practically Perfect PA

Today’s Technology of the week : PDFescape. Here are all the details…. What is PDFescape? PDFescape is a free, online PDF reader, editor, form filler, & form designer. What does it do? PDFescape let’s you use all of the PDF functionality for free online.

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42% of Young Small Businesses Use Contract Workers

Small Business Labs

The U.S. Federal Reserve released the their Report on Startup Firms. This is the second in a series of reports based on their 2016 small business credit survey. 

2017 52

The Myth of Perfect Focus

Productivityist

When you’re on the ball and the path is clear as to what you’re doing and why, you’re in a state of focus. When you’ve dropped the ball and the path is littered with stuff that you’re not even sure why you’re doing, you’re in a state of non-focus. The thing is, there’s no such thing as having perfect focus. That’s because there’s no such thing as the perfect thing for you to do, the perfect way for you to do it, and the perfect time for you to do it.

2017 18

10 Proven Ways To Build Your Personal Branding in 2018

Dumb Little Man

Admit it or not, if you want to do business, you’d want to do it with other people- not companies. Putting up a strong personal branding allows you to reach out to your clients more which, in effect, can dramatically boost conversion rates and sales. But, how exactly do you build a personal brand? Honestly, there’s no single formula that can make you successful overnight. It will take a lot of hard work and commitment before you can make it big in this kind of business.

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Top 10 Writing Apps for Android Smartphones

Daily Writing Tips

Today’s modern writer doesn’t always have time to sit down at his desktop and write. With more and more writers living the digital nomad style, there is a major demand for technology that can help. If you are an Android user, here are 13 writing apps that you should know about. Dictionary.com App.

Business Strategies to Keep Up With the Times

Small Business CEO

Nobody ever said business was going to be easy. But, you decided to throw your hat in the ring anyway. And now that you have something that seems like a legitimate entity, it’s time to keep up with the latest developments in the business strategy world.

Day in the life: Torsten Maerz, PA at Deutsche Bank

Practically Perfect PA

Today’s Day in the life: Torsten Maerz, PA at Deutsche Bank for Dr. Ulrich Stephan, Global Chief Investment Officer of Private & Commercial Clients in Frankfurt, Germany. What are the main aspects of your role?

2017 20

Deloitte on the Future of Work

Small Business Labs

The "Big 4" accounting and consulting firm Deloitte has released a series of articles, podcasts and videos on the future of work. 

2017 40

The Shut Up Strategy

Productivityist

A few weeks ago, I shared a post from Austin Kleon called Just shut up and write the book. This post reminded me of a video by Derek Sivers. I had the opportunity to meet Derek at World Domination Summit, a couple of years ago. He talked about not sharing your goals and that there’s some science behind like keeping those things to yourself. A couple of months ago, I spoke with Jeff Goins. Jeff shared with me a story about J. Tolkien and C. Lewis.

How To Get Rich Quick

Dumb Little Man

Money is a part of life. Whether we love it or hate it, money is a necessity. It provides food, shelter and health care. It also gives us freedom, opportunity and decision-making flexibility. In addition to those, money allows us to pursue our passions or philanthropic desires. As much as we may wish it weren’t the case, money plays a huge role in our lives so the attainment of wealth is often on our radar.

2017 44

128 Words with Senses That Started Out as Underworld Slang

Daily Writing Tips

The slang senses of many words we use in conversation and in informal writing originated in jargon employed by criminals, often coined to disguise the activities they were describing when they spoke among one another. This post lists and defines a number of those words.

2017 16

Podcast 067: Project strategies

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! Got a big event coming up? Here’s how not to go crazy and get the wrong things done. Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways.

The Virtual Summit Live Recording

Practically Perfect PA

I’m so excited to share this blog post with you today! As many of you will know, we have organised a Virtual Summit for PAs on the 20th October. As part of the programme for the Virtual Summit we wanted to include a few live sessions recorded in front of an audience.

2017 14

Will Blockchain End Poverty?

Small Business Labs

Blockchain is one of the most hyped technologies around. Some  Some are even claiming blockchain will end global poverty. It's not clear if this is before or after it brings world peace. 

2017 40

Tips and Tricks for Making Your Business Greener

Eco-Office Gals

Going green seems to be all the rage with businesses recently, with everyone from Coca-Cola to SC Johnson launching widely publicized environmental initiatives.

Dating Tips for Finding the Right Person

Dumb Little Man

The biggest challenge in dating is finding the right person. Most of the time, dating is usually clouded with the wrong intentions. Some simply want to get laid while others want to see what happens next. These aren’t really wrong if those are what you intend. But, if you are looking for the right match, you can easily get hurt if the other person has those intentions. That is why it is important to make it clear what your intentions are, particularly at the start of the dating process.

2017 41

3 Cases of Improving Writing Through Combination

Daily Writing Tips

In each of the following pairs of clauses, an ineffectual presentation of information is strengthened by altering sentence structure through combination. Discussion and revision follow each example. Only about 7,500 fans attended the game, and about two-thirds of them had not paid for their tickets.

2017 14

Podcast 066: Attachment to things

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! People keep things they aren’t actively using for many reasons. Sometimes these things are valuable items that could be sold. Sometimes they’re gifts one can’t bear to get rid of. Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website.

5 Writing Jobs: Which One to Choose?

Small Business CEO

Once a caveman took a piece of coal and wrote vague symbols in the cave, the first writing job appeared. Nowadays, we don’t need a special guy to write all of the significant events, so the job of chronographer already jumped the shark. Instead, other jobs appeared.