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    Mexico Lifts Ban on In-flight Cell Phone Use

    Mexico Lifts Ban on In-flight Cell Phone Use
    The U.S. still prohibits the use of mobile phones during flights, but Mexico and other nations are re-thinking similar rules. Citing the use of new technology, using mobile phones and other electronics immediately after take off and prior to landing no longer interferes with the cockpit's navigation system.  The Mexican Communications and Transportation Department decided to lift the eight-year-old ban after ...
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    China Etiquette Guide

    China Etiquette Guide
    The great paradox of modern political reality: How can China, the world's largest communist nation, also be the world's largest consumer market? Easy: When it is also the society most experienced in manipulating symbols based on ancient traditions that emphasize integrating potentially conflicting opposites into a harmonized whole. Communicating in China, therefore, means employing symbols, reducing text and mastering implied meanings ...
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    Another Traveler's Phone Bill Nightmare Gives Everyone a Lesson

    Another Traveler's Phone Bill Nightmare Gives Everyone a Lesson
    P. Morgan Brown learned the hard way how crafty wireless providers can be. On a quick trip to Indonesia, his wife took her Verizon Wireless cell phone and when she came home, a nice big surprise was waiting for her. The first bill, with charges at $2.50 per text message and $1.75 per one-minute phone calls, came out to around $8,000. "We ...
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    French Etiquette Guide

    French Etiquette Guide
    Americans and the French have had a complex relationship that began when contemporary American and French revolutionaries fueled each other's revolutions. Like an old married couple, they have influenced each other, lived with each other and complained about each other for years. The French are not an unfriendly, cold or arrogant people. This complaint is a misperception of a behavior found ...
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    How to Fill in for Your Boss

    How to Fill in for Your Boss
    Stepping into the boss's shoes for a day or two is no big deal but if you're taking over for a longer stretch there are a number of issues to keep in mind EVEN the hardest-working managers need to take a break sometime, whether it's for a short holiday or a 12-month secondment to another office. And when they do, you ...
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    Japanese Etiquette Guide

    Japanese Etiquette Guide
    Japan is a place of many rigid, often hard-to-understand customs. The norm is for men to work hard and for women, who often face workplace discrimination, to be deferential at all times. Both sexes are expected to bow - literally - to authority figures. And even though it's illegal, discrimination on the basis of ethnicity does exist here, particularly if you ...
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    PowerPoint Rule of Thumb: 10/20/30

    PowerPoint Rule of Thumb: 10/20/30
    I suffer from something called Ménière's disease. The symptoms include hearing loss, a constant ringing in the ears and vertigo. There are many medical theories about its cause, but I have a different theory: As a venture capitalist, I have to listen to hundreds of entrepreneurs pitch their companies. Most of these pitches are crap: 60 slides about "patent pending," "first-mover ...
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    Office Best Friend? Dogs at Work...

    Sheba the pug isn't a lawyer, but she might as well be. The pugnacious pup is official mascot and greeter at Justia.com, a startup that creates Web sites for attorneys. Sheba licks visitors, barks her opinion on conference calls and tags along on sales calls. A true dog-commer, she even has her own blog, HugPug.com. Says proud papa CEO Tim Stanley, ...
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    Ways to Beautify Yourself with Office Supplies

    Ways to Beautify Yourself with Office Supplies
    One of an admin’s priorities is to maintain a professional appearance at the office. But everybody inevitably runs into one of those hit-the-snooze-button- didn't-get-to-shower- couldn't-find-mascara- drop-off-kids-at-school- spilled-coffee-on-the-drive-to-work mornings. If you need a beauty refresher before happy hour, give yourself a makeover with items and supplies you can find around your office. Disclaimer: These tips are do-it-yourself - to yourself - using ...
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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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    Office Netiquette: Instant Messaging

    Office Netiquette: Instant Messaging
    The use of instant messaging (IM) is on the rise in the workplace, and many experts believe that it will eventually replace email as a corporate communication tool. Instant messages, or IMs, allow coworkers to exchange information in real time. Yet IMs also present a way for employees to waste time on involved personal conversations. Also, IM technology tends to be ...
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    Communication Tips for Today's Admin

    Communication Tips for Today's Admin
    The most successful admins network, speak clearly and write effectively. So now it's time for the master class to attain a higher level of communication expertise. These tips will guide you. Manage the Message Regardless of the situation, always communicate with respect, advises Ronnie Moore, author of Why Did I Say That? Communicating to Keep Your Credibility, Your Cool and Your ...
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    Win the War Against Interruptions

    During crunch time, it's not unusual for Kelly Kelley, CPS, a senior administrative assistant for Vanir Construction Management, to be working on 10 to 15 computer documents, have 40 or more unread emails, hear two phone lines ringing and have two people standing in front of her desk. Interruptions, such as phone calls, incoming email and people dropping in, can make ...
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    Plan Company Events with These Expert Tips

    Plan Company Events with These Expert Tips
    Event planning is one of the more creative and exciting aspects of being an administrative assistant, but it can also be one of the most unnerving. When your company is throwing a big bash and you're suddenly put in charge of the details, it can be difficult to avoid a run-in with Murphy's Law. Fortunately, with a little organization and the ...
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    Be Your Own IT Help

    Be Your Own IT Help
    Do you always call your office's tech support staff to solve your every computer quandary? Office workers can be divided into two groups: "those who believe in the promise of technology and those who are perennially disappointed; the users for which everything goes wrong," says Gini Courter. As partners in Traverse-City, Michigan-based TRIAD Consulting, LLC, Courter and Annette Marquis have been ...
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    Meeting Planning 101

    Meeting Planning 101
    Last summer, Robbie Davis was planning a meeting at a hotel for company personnel. In her email to attendees, she unknowingly made a typo in the link to the hotel's Web site, leading recipients instead to a pornography site. While she immediately sent another email correcting the error and asking recipients to disregard the first one, coworkers clicked the original link ...
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    Top 10 Things College Taught Us About Life

    1. Dorms College is a time of extreme freedom but, let’s face it, not everything about college screams unfettered space. Students don’t usually have a lot of extra money and that means that their personal space is limited. In fact, the average college student has bunked down in a dorm room. According to the 2000 census, about 2 million students ...
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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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    Juggle Your Work for Multiple Bosses

    Juggle Your Work for Multiple Bosses
    While the traditional role of an administrative assistant is to support a single boss, many admins today report to multiple executives, departments or entire staffs of small businesses. According to admins who work for more than one boss, some simple strategies can keep you from being pulled into multiple directions at one time. When in Doubt, Let the Bosses Duke It ...
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    Handling a Disorganized Boss

    Handling a Disorganized Boss
    You’re excited about your new job. The pay is good, the office setting is comfortable and the commute is easy. But as you start the actual work, you confront an unsettling truth: Your new boss is an organizational train wreck He hasn’t mapped out a plan for your first few days or weeks. He doesn’t give you any guidance on the ...
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