2017

Best tips on working with multiple managers

Practically Perfect PA

Last month I asked everyone on the Practically Perfect PA social media platforms to give me their best tips on working with multiple managers. Here are the results. Enjoy… There are some brilliant tips here! Here are my best tips on working with multiple managers.

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The Rise of Solopreneur Manufacturing Companies

Small Business Labs

The Wall Street Journal's Big Growth in Tiny Businesses nicely covers a trend we'e been following for years - the growth of solopreneur, non-employer manufacturing businesses.

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4 Faults You Can Easily Avoid in Your Slide Presentations

Business Writing

I recently attended a dinner meeting whose featured speaker told about her life in a foreign country. Her story inspired everyone, but her slides frustrated and confused us. You can easily avoid her presentation faults, pleasing your audience, if you. Presentations Teaching Business Writing

2017 87

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.

2017 113

How To Find Inspiration After A Big Failure

Dumb Little Man

I am sure that you have heard the saying that if you have never failed at anything, then you never tried anything. This saying is quite true.

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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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7 Types of Punctuation Errors

Daily Writing Tips

Each of the following sentences below demonstrates a specific type of error involving internal punctuation, usually involving a problem with a comma. Discussion and revision following each example explains and illustrates correct use of punctuation in the sentence. Misplaced Punctuation.

2017 49

The Superintelligent Organization: create total competitive advantage?

BioTeams

I have been studying one of the most highly regarded books on the future of AI (Artificial Intelligence), "Superintelligence - paths, dangers, strategies" by Nick Bostrom.

2017 31

Using networks to get stuff done

Practically Perfect PA

Just last week I was reminded how brilliant PAs are at using networks to get stuff done. I’m lucky to be a member of a direct messaging group on Twitter made up of some very awesome and proactive assistants.

2017 106

Self-Employment and the Attributes of the Dream Job

Small Business Labs

Gallup's The Dream Job covers the key attributes employees look for in a job. These  These are: the ability to do what they do best. greater work-life balance and better personal well-being. greater stability and job security. a significant increase in income.

2017 92

How to Be Assertive, Not Pushy

Business Writing

If you write to customers, clients, employees, or almost anyone on the job, you have times when you need to assert yourself. You have to disagree, delegate, instruct, remind, and say no—in each situation coming across as clear and forceful. Courteous Writing Email Etiquette

Tips for the Traveling Administrative Professional

Office Dynamics

Administrative professionals are the superheroes of travel planning. Admins use their telepathy to know what brands their travelers prefer, time travel to get days of work done in mere hours, and teleportation to support their travelers, even when they are halfway around the world. Their only kryptonite? Themselves. Admins spend their days prioritizing other’s needs and often forget to think of themselves.

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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Start-up funding: Private and public funding opportunities for your start-up business

The Small Business Blog

There are some very generous tax breaks and reliefs that encourage investors to back your business. 85% of equity crowdfunding is through Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) or Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS).

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Are Your Customers Devoted to You?

On The Job

Do you like Gatorade? Sure, maybe you like to drink Gatorade after a big workout, or you give Gatorade to your daughter after she’s finished soccer practice. But do you like Gatorade so much that you buy not only the drinks, but the chews and protein bars?

2017 56

How Content Marketing Can Reach Targeted Customers

Small Business CEO

Despite continued reports of its death, content marketing is alive and well and remains one of the most effective ways to reach your target audience. Types and modes of delivery continue to evolve, spurred on by changes in the way consumers engage with brands, but the concept remains the same.

2017 60

This $20 Business Investment Took Me from Struggling to Successful

Tips From T. Marie

One of the best investments I ever made for my business was “The Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude” by Jeffery Gitomer. It’s a book I don’t consider a business book, but a life book, yet it has probably made the difference between my success and failure. I bought the book on a whim in. Read more. Business Tips Featured

2017 43

3 Cases of Superfluous Wording

Daily Writing Tips

Certain types of words that may be of no use nevertheless often stealthily make their way into sentences like gate crashers.

2017 40

Video Animations Add Wow Factor

Andrea Kalli

As you’re building your video project, don’t forget that Video Animations add a great WOW factor. They also work great used as attention-getting pattern interrupts. Don’t let your viewers fall asleep!

2017 28

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.

2017 98

Why Coworking is Booming

Small Business Labs

Back Channel's The “Work from Home” Dream Doesn’t Work  provides an excellent overview of the trends and shifts driving the coworking movement. Simply put, the article explains why coworking is working.

2017 92

Is Your Writing Too Abrupt?

Business Writing

You work against deadlines. Often you have to write quickly, even when the message is complex and somewhat delicate. It’s not surprising that you occasionally come across as abrupt when you thought you were being efficient. This problem is especially. Books Courteous Writing Email Etiquette

2017 67

Core Administrative Skills Always Need Improving

Office Dynamics

Designed by Freepik. I am pretty sure that as you focus on your career this month because of Administrative Professionals Week, you are looking for some awesome earth-shattering, off-the-charts ideas. We have done our best to provide you with some great blogs during the month of April. Now I am going to surprise you by telling you one of the most awesome administrative skills you can work on is being brilliant at the basics.

2017 112

5 Things You Need To Get Rid Of To Become Successful In Life

Dumb Little Man

What do you mean by a “successful life”? Many people talk about having a successful life, but what do you mean by a successful life? Is it all about having luxury? Studies show that the suicide rate is a lot higher among rich people. If being successful was all about money, then rich people would never commit suicide. There are lots of factors to be considered in judging whether a person is successful or not. Each and every person has different personality traits and habits.

2017 94

Creating a unique office space

The Small Business Blog

Designing your office right is a vital part of creating a well-functioning business. To help you get it right from the outset, we talk you through some workspace design tips for your office. Designing around a theme.

2017 46

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?

2017 49

The Million Dollar Dog: Pet Industry Gold Mines

Small Business CEO

Money has gone to the dogs – but in a good way. According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), Americans spent about $62.75 billion on their furry, feathered or finned friends, including dogs. The APPA note that 54.4 million homes have pets.

2017 59

Stop Putting So Much Stuff On Your To-Do List

Productivityist

This guest post is by Camilla Kragius. Camilla is the founder of No More Hamster Wheel. She loves to teach people how to work smarter instead of harder, to start living and to excel their life. You can connect with her on Facebook. When you use a to-do list, you know the feeling you get when you are unable to complete all of the items on it. In some cases, your to-do list may even get longer during the day. It’s time to change this approach. How can we do this?

2017 36

Vocabulary Quiz #5: Idiomatic Expressions

Daily Writing Tips

Revise these sentences so that the idiomatic expressions are rendered correctly. He said he’d touch bases with me tomorrow. I remember how I used to wile away the hours during summer vacation. She awaited the news with baited breath. We found ourselves in dire straights.

2017 34

Lioness Magazine publishes my article on Business-to-Business Videos

Andrea Kalli

January is really shaping up! Publisher, Lioness Magazine , picked up my article – “ How To Use Video To Drive Business–To-Business Sales ”, at – [link]. A few key points about the article are: Before you create content, define your purpose or your message.

2017 28

Getting buy in from the boss

Practically Perfect PA

“Succeeding in business is all about making connections. Business is all about personal contact. No matter how heavy your workload is… Everyone can and should be a Networker.” Richard Branson. Generation Y makes about 50% of the current workforce.

2017 106

More Industries Moving to the On-Demand Economy

Small Business Labs

The On-Demand Economy is commonly defined as the economic activity created by online marketplaces that fulfill customer demand via the provisioning of goods and services immediately or much faster and/or easier than traditional firms. 

2017 89

The $10 Million Serial Comma--Why Not Use It?

Business Writing

Please explain to me why people don't use the serial comma. When millions of dollars can be drained away in a lawsuit because of its absence, why would anyone not use it? To be clear, these examples show the serial, Proofreading Punctuation Pointers Teaching Business Writing

2017 63

Why Do Administrative Teams Have So Much Drama?

Office Dynamics

On a recent webinar, Joan noticed a question that caught her attention: Why do so many administrative teams have drama? She asked me to weigh in on this topic and I jumped at the opportunity. The question of why is interesting, and I’ve found there are several reasons for workplace drama. But first, let’s talk about what that word really means.

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