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    10 Things You Must Know When Planning Your Company Picnic

    10 Things You Must Know When Planning Your Company Picnic
    After producing literally hundreds of picnics for every size company, I have found that there are issues any savvy admin must address. Below are some of the most important and often overlooked issues in planning a summer picnic for your group: 1. Cost: If you do not have at least $50 per person to spend for a company picnic (of 75 ...
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    7 Tips to Make Meetings More Interesting

    7 Tips to Make Meetings More Interesting
    Meetings can be deadly, especially if they feel unproductive. Listening to your boss drone on and on about things that don't affect you just isn’t a smart use of your time. So how can you make your boring meetings more productive? Research shows that increasing activity and creativity in meetings helps increase brain activity and alertness. Everyone's happier when you make ...
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    Action Phrases and Power Verbs

    Action Phrases and Power Verbs
    Describing your work experience isn't easy. To help you, we've compiled a list of action phrases and power verbs. The purpose of using them is to show employers that you know how to get results. Begin your job descriptions with a power verb or phrase: enlisted the support..., formed a committee..., sold, budgeted, improved, increased, maintained the client relationship. Power Verbs ...
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    Spam-Proof Your Inbox and Cellphone

    Spam-Proof Your Inbox and Cellphone
    Spam is the bane of computer users everywhere, accounting for more than 90% of e-mail. And now, cellphones are getting spam. There is no foolproof solution to spam, but you can banish most of it. *Use a good e-mail filter* Your first line of defense is a spam filter. Filters screen incoming messages; spam is killed before it hits your inbox. ...
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    Build a Great Working Relationship with Your Boss

    Build a Great Working Relationship with Your Boss
    One of the worst things you can do at your new job is to make your supervisor look bad for hiring you. After all, your boss is key to your current on-the-job satisfaction and to your future success in the organization -- and perhaps even beyond. If there ever were a relationship for you to invest in, this is it. So ...
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    11 Writing Mistakes Even Smart People Make

    11 Writing Mistakes Even Smart People Make
    Professional writers often worry that their work is unnecessary. After all, can't anyone with even a basic education write? The answer: no, they can't. Even college graduates don't seem to be learning composition basics. Of course not everyone is going to be the next Mark Twain, but career success does depend on looking professional. Sure, some clients, coworkers, or resume readers ...
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    Budget Travel Sites to Keep You Out of the Red

    Budget Travel Sites to Keep You Out of the Red
    With stock prices falling like acorns, budget-centric websites are rising to the top of more vacationers' bookmark lists. USA TODAY's Laura Bly points a mouse to 25 sites — some old favorites, some newcomers — aimed at bargain hunters. h3. AIRFARES Airfarewatchdog.com Relying on brain power rather than computerized algorithms, Airfarewatchdog's site and newsletter emphasize unadvertised, time-sensitive deals, including Web-only fares. ...
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    Guidelines For Texting Your Boss

    Guidelines For Texting Your Boss
    While perusing the many blogs that I follow, I saw this blog post on LifeHacker about the etiquette of texting your boss. It started me thinking about how much technology has changed during my career and how we respond to it as Administrative and Executive Assistants. Using text messages is a good example of technology that we can embrace. Like all ...
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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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    Keep Your Inbox Running on Empty

    Keep Your Inbox Running on Empty
    There are so many e-mails coming at us these days that e-mail management is very important. I find the best way for me to keep my Inbox organized is to immediately deal with the e-mail when it arrives. I never have more than four or five e-mails in my Inbox for any length of time. Here are five buts you can ...
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    Tips for Effective Time Management

    Tips for Effective Time Management
    One of the greatest challenges many people face in business and in their personal lives is that there never seems to be enough time to accomplish everything they need to do, let alone finding time for things they want to do! They look with envy at those who are able to successfully fit work, family, personal, and other activities into their ...
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    Embarrassing Moments at Work: How to Recover

    Embarrassing Moments at Work: How to Recover
    Years later, I still remember that sinking feeling, just after I'd hit the Send button after writing an email complaining about an editor. My worst virtual fear was quickly confirmed: Yes, I had sent my bit of snark to the editor instead of my friend--and no, the editor wasn't amused. Although he initially refused to work with me again, he eventually ...
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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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    Sounding the Alarm about Workplace Privacy Issues

    I recently attended an IAAP dinner meeting and we had a lawyer speak to us about the proper disposal of confidential documents. As assistants we often work with information that is confidential and we need to use good practices when disposing of these documents. In Canada document disposal came to the attention of Ontario’s Privacy Commissioner in the filming of a ...
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    Answers to The Office Emergency Quiz

    Answers to The Office Emergency Quiz
    AdminSecret created The Office Emergency Quiz to help you learn the skills you need to survive if a disaster strikes your workplace. We listened to our users' feedback and are providing the answers so you can learn from the quiz. h4. Don't cheat! If you haven't taken The Office Emergency Quiz, go take it first. See answers on the next page... ...
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    Multilingual Workplaces: The Etiquette of Talk

    Multilingual Workplaces: The Etiquette of Talk
    Has this happened to you? The conversation drifting over the cubicle wall is in Chinese, and you wonder: Are my colleagues talking about me? Or you and a coworker are in the cafeteria talking about Mexico's World Cup chances. Suddenly, you notice angry glances from the next table. It's not your soccer analysis; it's that you're not speaking English that galls ...
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    Don't Be Afraid to Ask About Differences

    Don't Be Afraid to Ask About Differences
    Diversity scares many people. They are too afraid to ask questions about differences, such as a person's culture or background. They may be worried about appearing nosy or patronizing, or are downright terrified of offending colleagues. Asking about differences is fine. In fact, it is an excellent way to learn about the diversity around you, to communicate respect for others and ...
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    The Most Efficient Way to Create A Microsoft Excel Database

    The Most Efficient Way to Create A Microsoft Excel Database
    The term Microsoft Excel Database has never really sat very well with me since my primary role in the IT world has been in developing database and what is used by the spreadsheeting fraternity is what I consider an over glorified list. However, for the sake of peace, I want to outline some of the principles you must follow in building ...
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    Password Protect Your Excel File

    Password Protect Your Excel File
    Have you ever wondered that there can be types of passwords just like types of files? Is it possible? Yes it is. MS Excel is equipped with five types of password locking with which you can protect your worksheets. This means you can secure your MS Excel worksheet with 5 different password security measures and prevent unauthorized access to the worksheet. ...
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    How to Still Have a Great Holiday Party . . . On a Budget

    How to Still Have a Great Holiday Party . . . On a Budget
    Holiday Parties are traditionally the event when companies pull out the stops and create an exciting event that shows their employees that they really are valued. With the recession upon us and international crises abounding, we are all left with reduced budgets. Cancelling your annual holiday party is about the best way to lower moral and get your employees concerned about ...
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