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    Be A Better Manager: Learn to Delegate!

    Be A Better Manager: Learn to Delegate!
    How do you find the time to develop your people? Delegation both frees up your time and can develop your people. It also increases productivity, morale and commitment. As the economy becomes more dependent on knowledge, managers need to delegate to be effective leaders. The number one reason for management failure is an inability to delegate. So, why don’t managers delegate? ...
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    A 12 Step Program to Survive as an Admin

    A 12 Step Program to Survive as an Admin
    AdminSecret knows it can be tough out there for an Admin. That's why we're higlighting this insightful survival guide from Patricia Robb, one of our favorite featured writers. Enjoy! My grandson has started walking. He turned 1 year old on October 8th and shortly after that he just took off. He has a unique way of walking. He takes about 12 ...
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    Top 10 Tips for Attending a Conference

    Top 10 Tips for Attending a Conference
    When you attend a conference related to your area of expertise, you will get opportunities to communicate with nationally known leaders of your profession--colleagues you recognize by reputation and through their articles and books. How do you get the most out of the conference, to strengthen your job performance permanently? I can respond to that question, because for twenty-two years I ...
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    Go Out and Play: Planning Company Retreats

    Go Out and Play: Planning Company Retreats
    Say "company retreat" at the office, and suddenly employees cringe imagining stuffy conference rooms and mind-numbing lectures. That's not a retreat; that's a meeting--and it's neither inspirational nor effective. If you want a new way to motivate a dream team, try "play" first and "work" second. Drew Warmington, 41, founder and CEO of iLeads.com in Newport Beach, California, lets his employees ...
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    Hiring and Orienting a New Employee

    Hiring and Orienting a New Employee
    Editor's note: This article was excerpted from Managing a Small Business Made Easy, which is a guide to the essential elements - including human resources, customer service, advertising, finances and advisors - you need to be successful. I was working late one night to complete an important project for our company, a medium-sized manufacturer of agricultural and industrial equipment. It happened ...
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    How to Create a Marketing Plan: The Benefits of a Marketing Plan

    How to Create a Marketing Plan: The Benefits of a Marketing Plan
    The Benefits of a Marketing Plan Firms that are successful in marketing invariably start with a marketing plan. Large companies have plans with hundreds of pages; small companies can get by with a half-dozen sheets. Put your marketing plan in a three-ring binder. Refer to it at least quarterly, but better yet monthly. Leave a tab for putting in monthly reports ...
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    Mac vs. PC: Which Works Best for Your Office?

    Mac vs. PC: Which Works Best for Your Office?
    It says a lot about our society that one of the most contentious pop culture debates is between buying a Mac or a PC. Not between which sugary cola is the best, or if a light beer has “great taste” or is “less filling,” but what computer one should work, play, and — in some cases — live on. Not that ...
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    How to Speak Twitter

    How to Speak Twitter
    *A TWITTER GLOSSARY* *At Reply, or "@reply"*: A direct tweet sent to another Twitter user. *Dweet*: Tweet sent while drunk *Hash Tag*: The "#" sign. Allows Twitter users to group tweets by topic, making it easier to search particular conversations using Twitter Search. *Link*: Including a URL in your tweet. *MisTweet*: A tweet one later regrets. *ReTweet*: To repost something that's ...
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    Ways Admins Work with Today's Boss

    Ways Admins Work with Today's Boss
    When Rosalind Hebert, CPS, started her first full-time administrative job in the 1980s, making coffee for her boss was her top priority every morning. Now, as an administrative assistant at the Houston-Galveston Area Council Transportation Department, she seldom performs such tasks -- or even many traditional clerical duties, she says. Her boss writes his own email correspondence and has empowered her ...
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    Create a Paperless Office

    Create a Paperless Office
    If you're finding it tough to stay ahead of the paper trail in your office, it might be time to begin phasing it out. Storing documents electronically can save you time and your firm money, says Leonard B. Kruk, a technology futurist and president of Naples, Florida-based Leonard Kruk Consulting. Reducing your reliance on paper can increase your productivity. Here are ...
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    Holiday Card Help

    Holiday Card Help
    When Nevada Title Co. wanted to send a truly memorable holiday card to its clients, it sponsored a contest for the students of a local elementary school to design the card, says Patti Speer, an executive assistant with the Las Vegas-based firm. Speer addresses every card she sends by hand to ensure that recipients "feel really appreciated for their business," she ...
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    Admins Must Have the 'Write' Stuff

    Admins Must Have the 'Write' Stuff
    "Our admins are lifelines that feed us our most vital information and keep our responsibilities and resources coordinated," says Marc Wright, founder and principal of Martinez & Wright Homeownership Partners in Los Angeles. "If they give us messages that are unclear or inaccurate, we're going to end up as someone else's lunch." With email being the preferred mode of business communication ...
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    On the Job Tips for New Admins

    On the Job Tips for New Admins
    Based on lessons I picked up over the years either from other administrative assistants, my bosses or from trial and error. Here are my top six things I would recommend you do well as a new administrative assistant: 1. Write it down When your boss asks you to do something, write it down, send yourself an e-mail reminder or put it ...
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    Recharging My Professional Batteries

    Recharging My Professional Batteries
    What do you do to ensure your professional batteries stay fully charged? There are numerous ways to approach this including continuing education courses, reading books and industry publications, researching trends and issues on the Internet, and networking with other professionals. Yes, I said NETWORKING with other professionals. Don't let the word networking scare you off. You don't have to be an ...
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    Organizing a Conference: Tips & Templates

    Organizing a Conference: Tips & Templates
    From the original blog post, Organizing a Conference Organizing a conference can be fun! Really! I enjoy it. The only problem is, you usually have to organize the conference and still do all your other work and that makes for some pretty hectic days leading up to the event. You definitely need to be organized! Start with a good To-Do list. ...
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    Make or Break Your Career Over Lunch

    Make or Break Your Career Over Lunch
    You’d think it would be easy. At lunchtime you get hungry, so you grab some food and go on with your workday. However, lunch at work is rarely that simple. What you eat, where you eat and whom you eat with are all things your coworkers are paying attention to. This doesn’t mean every lunch has to be a pressure-packed situation, ...
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    10 Tips for Getting Your Business Letters Read

    10 Tips for Getting Your Business Letters Read
    Since many of us rely so heavily on E-mail, business letters have become special once again. Yet your prospects won't read just any letter. Try these ten tips to increase readability: FIRST: Use simple, contemporary language. Readers dislike a stilted approach. Eliminate "heretofore," "henceforth," "concomitant with," "pursuant to" and similar words dressed in tuxedos. Use water cooler language, not boardroom lingo. ...
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    Have You Served This Type of Food Yet?

    Have You Served This Type of Food Yet?
    Stuck on what type of food to serve at your next party, event or lunch? Go through this list of genres and ethnicities and switch it up. Everyone will thank you! African -Fried plantains, Wakye: Rice and beans cooked with Ghanaian spices, Khebad: Cubes of beef "spiced" and skewed with vegetables, soups, stews, rice, etc. [photo:64] American Classics -Burgers, French fries, ...
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    The Best Music Websites

    The Best Music Websites
    For When You Know What You Want to Listen To…. Grooveshark Grooveshark is an online music sharing site where you can make free playlists a listen to songs in their entirety from any song in their database (which is practically every song known to man) even if you don’t own them. How is it legal? “For every song sold in our ...
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    Learn to Work a Career Fair - Before, During and After

    Learn to Work a Career Fair - Before, During and After
    It isn't often that a bunch of employers will gather for several hours in a purposeful effort to meet you and other job seekers. So when a career fair is held in your city or, even better, right on your own campus, it's smart for you to attend. But to get something from the experience beyond a few free key chains, ...
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