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    The Best Laid Plans Are Flexible

    The Best Laid Plans Are Flexible
    As you know, last Friday I posted what I realized was an aggressive list for Finish it Friday. Since the weekend is when I have my biggest block of “do-stuff-around-the-house” time, I love the idea of starting the weekend with a to-do list—a.k.a. my Finish It Friday list. My list helps me stay focused during the weekend, which means more things ...
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    Happy Bosses Day!

    Happy Bosses Day!
    Enjoy your day, Boss! Joan and I have yet to spend an administrative professional’s day together. In fact, we rarely spend bosses day together either. Joan’s speaking schedule is at its most hectic in the spring and in the fall which is fine – we always find time to let each other know how much we appreciate the other and how ...
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    What's the Key to Online Social Media?

    What's the Key to Online Social Media?
    ...The key is to mind your manners! We ALL participate in online social media in our world today… and if you think you’re one of the people who DOESN’T, I’ve got news for you: Just reading this blog is participating in the world of online social media. See, our blog has a comments section where back and forth communication of ideas ...
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    When E-Mail Becomes A Big E-Pain

    When E-Mail Becomes A Big E-Pain
    Sometimes your family, friends and co-workers just don’t get it. Your work e-mail account is a tool to do your job, not a source of laughter or inspiration. Yet, an admin’s Inbox will inevitably be bombarded with all sorts of unwelcome e-mails at one point or another. So, what do you do? How do you get others to stop cluttering your ...
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    5 Ways to Keep Your Cool

    5 Ways to Keep Your Cool
    During the few weeks prior to launching my latest website, my developer’s apathetic attitude began to seriously test my highly cultivated sense of patience. As the launch date drew nearer, each missed deadline reminded me why the ability to quickly calm the demons inside yourself is sometimes the only thing standing between you and emergency open heart surgery. We all have ...
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    Executive Assistants Beware, Dealing with a Saboteur

    Executive Assistants Beware, Dealing with a Saboteur
    Gloria just finished a temp assignment and experienced an awful case of sabotaging by a peer admin who is a lot younger than her and has been with the company for a year. She asks for information on dealing with a saboteur. Gloria said that she noticed this administrative assistant manages upward and is passive aggressive and well connected in the ...
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    Dealing with Unreasonable Requests

    Dealing with Unreasonable Requests
    You receive an email, among the many others that you receive each and every day. Your colleague or boss calls or comes up to you exactly 2 minutes later and asks if you've read it. You think to yourself, "What?!? Is this person crazy?!?" Has this ever happened to you? I am sure most of you are nodding your heads as ...
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    Simple, Easy to Remember, and Secure Passwords

    Simple, Easy to Remember, and Secure Passwords
    Today I woke up to one of the worst things that could happen in this day and age… a truly terrible occurrence that I wouldn’t wish on my worst nightmare — well, I probably wouldn’t care it if happened to my worst nightmare but close — ready for it? My personal Gmail account was hacked & hijacked! It was one of ...
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    Dress for the Venue

    We have been hosting our World Class Assistant™ high-end workshops in Las Vegas since 2005 at the beautiful Red Rock Country Club. I have watched hundreds of administrative professionals come through the program and am always amazed when a participant shows up for class looking like they are going to the Strip or shopping. These attendees will even tell me or ...
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    Is "Zooming" Better Than Multitasking?

    Is "Zooming" Better Than Multitasking?
    We’ve all heard about multi-tasking and how every successful assistant needs to be a good multi-tasker to succeed in their position. Here at ProAssisting (and in our positions as working assistants) we believe in multi-tasking so much that we teach it in our assistant training program along with downloadable templates to facilitate this kind of work. However, Alyssa Gregory recently wrote ...
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    How to Change Bad Habits and Make Good Ones Stick

    How to Change Bad Habits and Make Good Ones Stick
    Habits can be both good AND bad. Smoking = bad habit; exercising = good habit; biting nails = bad habit; eating lots of greens = good habit… and the list goes on. I’m not writing this post to try and get you to quit all of your bad habits and start a bunch of good habits; nope, I’m not that guy ...
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    Ghosts and Goblins — in the Office

    Ghosts and Goblins — in the Office
    Even ghost and goblins come in various shapes, sizes and personalities. Not everyone you work with is Casper the Friendly Ghost. In honor of Halloween and in preparing for my October 28 webinar on this subject, I am looking for your best practices in managing the ghost and goblins in the workplace. You can submit as many tips as you would ...
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    Mental Illness Resources and Answers to the Mental Illness IQ Quiz

    Mental Illness Resources and Answers to the Mental Illness IQ Quiz
    AdminSecret brought you the What's Your Mental Illness IQ? quiz to test your knowlege of mental illness facts in the workplace and beyond. Here are the answers to that quiz as well as some links to mental illness resources. What can cause mental illness? The environment Substance abuse Genetics All of the above — Correct answer From WebMd: “What are the ...
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    Looking Totally Professional on a Budget

    Looking Totally Professional on a Budget
    Sheila had perfect timing. I was just focusing on Professional Business Image within the Blog this week and last when she wrote us asking several good questions and ones I know enter the minds of many admins. I will try to address each one the best I can. 1. She first states, "I would like to address the cost of professional ...
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    Relationship Marketing — Focus On What Matters

    Relationship Marketing —  Focus On What Matters
    Today I got a sad email. You might be able to relate to this. A dear friend of mine, I’ll call him “Bob,” was lamenting the troubles he was encountering lately. His website wasn’t functioning as it should, his family members were having medical problems and he had just lost a large piece of business. The entire email went on about ...
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    Is Chaos The Norm In Your Workplace?

    Is Chaos The Norm In Your Workplace?
    In many ways, it is your job to be the calm in the middle of a storm. While the entire workplace may be in chaos, it’s up to the admin to know who needs to be where and when, locate all the necessary files and direct office communication. Needless to say, managing this chaos can be a challenge. Jennifer at Tips ...
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    Great Companies Don't Diss Their Workers

    Great Companies Don't Diss Their Workers
    I was reading Twitter tweets this morning and I came across one that directed me to a story about the Ten Characteristics of Great Companies by a venture capital investor in Hoboken, N.J., named Fred Wilson. It was a solid list of virtues that make for solid companies, everything from “constantly innovating” to “having a global mindset.” But there was one ...
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    Business Casual with the Emphasis on Business

    Business Casual with the Emphasis on Business
    General Guidelines: 1. Dress appropriately for your line of work, career goals, geographic location and body type. Know your industry. Someone in a creative field like advertising or the media has more room for experimentation than someone in a traditionally conservative field like banking or insurance. 2. Understand that neatness is extra important on casual days. 3. Use colors that enhance ...
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    10 Worst Things to Say to Someone Who Just Got Laid Off

    Someone you know just lost their job. Yikes. You want to be supportive. You want to help them see the positive side of their misfortune. You want to buy them a drink. And you should! But please, tread carefully. The time directly following a layoff is a delicate one. Your friend will want your help, but they may not be ...
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    9 Simple Steps to Succeeding As a Virtual Assistant

    [widget:sydni_craighart_featured_author_box] As an established VA, you’ll enjoy the freedom to hand-pick your clients and assignments, work at your own schedule and pace, and set your own rates. To achieve success in the Virtual Assistance field, tenacity and perseverance are essential. Although there are no shortcuts for hard work, the right resources can help you achieve success and prosperity more quickly. ...
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