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    Organizing Your Desk for Optimum Efficiency

    Organizing Your Desk for Optimum Efficiency
    From the original blog post "Organizing Your Desk for Optimum Efficiency" While I am not a stickler for a neat desk (anyone who works with me will tell you that my desk is not the epitomy of neatness), a certain amount of organization is necessary in our field. We generally have so many daily, weekly, and monthly tasks, not to mention ...
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    10 Quick Tips for Getting Organized

    10 Quick Tips for Getting Organized
    Every year, I spend time in January and February getting organized and ready for the upcoming year. My organizing actually starts during the holidays--with every present I receive, I'm thinking "Out with the old and in with the new." When I receive a gift, I have to decide what old item I'm going to get rid of. This year, after putting ...
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    Meetings: A Necessary Evil

    Meetings: A Necessary Evil
    How much time do you spend in meetings? How much of it is necessary? Industry Week reports that the estimated cost of wasted time in unproductive meetings exceeds $37 billion annually. Estimate a meeting’s cost by taking the average hourly rate of the participants - a conservative estimate for managers is $40/hour - and multiplying it by the number of people ...
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    Meet Our Newest Writer: Etiquette Consultant Beth Taber

    Meet Our Newest Writer: Etiquette Consultant Beth Taber
    “There are hundreds of languages in the world, but a smile speaks them all.” - Anonymous When you hear the word “etiquette”, do you conjure up visions of stuffy, condescending characters behaving in antiquated ways, not particularly appropriate to the way you see life being lived today? Maybe your vision comes complete with a black and white movie set? I can ...
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    Top 5 Business Manners that Truly Matter

    Top 5 Business Manners that Truly Matter
    The knowledge of business etiquette applies to all, whether you’re a successful business executive or a recent college graduate just entering the business world. We can all use gentle reminders of how to behave appropriately in our day-to-day business life. There may be times when you find the adage true that “you don’t know what you don’t know”, so it behooves ...
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    Boost Your Office Productivity

    Boost Your Office Productivity
    Getting the most out of your day can be difficult with a busy schedule, but you can use these tips to help you maximize your time in order to be better available to employees. 1. Do your personal email first. Productivity experts will tell you this is wrong, but if you read family mail only after you have read all your ...
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    A Beginner's Guide to Creating Newsletters

    A Beginner's Guide to Creating Newsletters
    Your boss has put you in charge of a company or department newsletter, but you've never taken an editing or graphic design class? Don't panic. Today, many admins are taking on this responsibility. These tips will help you get started. h4. Concise Content The biggest mistake newsletter novices make is including articles that are too long, says Elaine Floyd, the St. ...
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    Your Voice Is You - Make the Most of It

    Your Voice Is You - Make the Most of It
    Your phone rings. You answer, and the caller says hello, without identifying herself. Yet immediately you recognize her voice—even though you haven’t spoken with her in more than ten years. How are you able to do that? There’s no mystery here, for voices are highly distinct and distinguishable, sort of our “signature in sound.” Your voice is you. That being the ...
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    This, Not That: HEALTHY Office Snacks to Order for the Breakroom

    This, Not That: HEALTHY Office Snacks to Order for the Breakroom
    Sometimes, I dream about planting an apple tree in my office lobby, so everyone could grab a nutritious treat without leaving the building. Alas, something about "building code" won’t allow it. More and more doctors and nutritionists hammer into us to eat little to no processed foods and focus on "whole foods." Processed foods have too much salt and killer fats. ...
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    Body Language Signs You Should Be Aware of

    Body Language Signs You Should Be Aware of
    Knowing how to read body language is an incredibly great advantage for you. Just by careful observance, you can actually figure out what a person is thinking; or in some cases, trying to hide. This skill alone puts you two or three steps ahead of other people. Learning how to read body language is easy. All it takes is a keen ...
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    Seven Secrets to Save on Supplies

    Seven Secrets to Save on Supplies
    Companies always want their employees to be frugal, and the cost of office supplies is one key expense that may be reduced. But how do you manage with less when your workload is up, thanks to company downsizing? Here are seven ways to get the most out of what you've got. h4. Shop Wisely Anticipating future needs can be quite cost-effective. ...
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    LinkedIn, Facebook and MySpace Groups for Admins

    LinkedIn, Facebook and MySpace Groups for Admins
    Social networking has taken connecting with other professionals to a whole new level. How can you benefit from Web 2.0 for your current job or in your job-search? AdminSecret wants you to have the best resources to advance your career, even if it means you visit another website. A common feature found amongst the three largest networking sites – LinkedIn, Facebook ...
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    Go Ahead and Write Something: Creating Stellar Articles

    Go Ahead and Write Something: Creating Stellar Articles
    This is one of those tricks of the networking trade that may not seem big, but boy, can it come in handy. If you have any writing skills - and yes, the good news is we all have some level of skill - you can get close to almost anyone by doing a piece on them or with them, even if ...
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    Admin Lessons from 2008's Worst Communication Blunders

    Admin Lessons from 2008's Worst Communication Blunders
    As you think back over your professional activities during 2008, you are likely to remember your most glaring communication blunders : •You sent an important, confidential e-mail to the wrong person •You didn’t change your voice mail out-of-the-office recording after your vacation •You didn’t silence your cell phone, and it rang during a staff meeting •You forgot to provide information you ...
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    Harmful Phishing Attacks Get Personal

    Harmful Phishing Attacks Get Personal
    You know to watch for phishing attacks, which use e-mail messages purporting to be from legitimate businesses to trick you into divulging private information. You're cautious and use a good spam filter, but phishing messages still get through. And these messages are more dangerous than ever. According to Cisco, almost 200 billion spam messages are sent daily. They have one thing ...
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    Five Don'ts for Marketing in Tough Times

    Unpredictable. Slow. Bleak. Grim. Gloomy. All words that have been used to describe the economic outlook for the balance of 2008—and depending upon who you talk to, the scenario for 2009 and beyond. Standard & Poor's believes the economic difficulties we've been experiencing due to the mortgage mess and skyrocketing oil prices will be at their worst early next year (BusinessWeek.com, ...
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    What to Include in Enewsletters and Eflyers

    What to Include in Enewsletters and Eflyers
    Have you ever noticed how Harvey Norman, Domayne, Bunnings Warehouse or just about any other major retail outlet sends out catalogues each month? Hell, if we take Bunnings for example, they’ve even gone one step further and called their standard catalogue a “dogalogue”. Sure, it’s unique but it’s memorable and the whole catalogue idea serves a very important purpose and that’s ...
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    Reduce Office-Party Waste

    Reduce Office-Party Waste
    This article has been excerpted from 101 Ways to Turn Your Business Green by Rich Mintzer, available from Entrepreneurpress.com Whether it's an end-of-the year holiday party or any other celebration throughout the year, it is still important to think green, and not only on St. Patrick's Day. Celebrations are wonderful times to bring your employees together and build teams, camaraderie and ...
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    Ten Commandments For Time Management

    Ten Commandments For Time Management
    "Time is the scarcest resource of the manager; if it is not managed, nothing else can be managed." - Peter F. Drucker One of the major causes of stress is work overload and not having enough time to accomplish your tasks. The easy way to get out of this predicament is to get organized and managing your time effectively. The goal ...
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    So, E-mail is Dead, Eh?

    So, E-mail is Dead, Eh?
    I’ve been meaning to share this information with you for some time now . . . oh, where does the time go? Anyway, I was reading through the recent (OK, I know it’s from October!) Downtown Women’s Club “Online Networking: How Social is Your Media?” survey, and its results show that “businesswomen in all generations now prefer e-mail (82 percent) to ...
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