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    Too Many Applications?

    Too Many Applications?
    Do you have too many applications open on your computer? Have you passed by a co-worker's desk and noticed that they have 20 different things running all at once? Believe it or not, this can lower productivity. You actually end up thinking that you are working harder, yet you are reducing your productivity by about 30%. That's quite a bit of ...
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    Writing Mistakes Even Smart People Make

    Constipated Clauses Reporting on the feats and foibles of the Red Sox, a writer for South Coast Today notes: "It goes without saying that these exploits take a tremendous amount of skill." If it "goes without saying" then don't say it. If it doesn't, in fact, go without saying, then don't say it does. "Obviously, the sky is blue." Putting ...
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    Eight Ways to Take a Day for Yourself

    Even if you absolutely love your job you probably need a little mini-vacation from the office from time to time. You really, really could use a day off? Need a little bit of time to yourself for some much-needed rest and relaxation? Can’t bring yourself to be honest about it to your boss? Don't worry, we totally understand. It's important to ...
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    Social Networking Vs. “Real Life Networking:” Which Is Better?

    Social Networking Vs. “Real Life Networking:” Which Is Better?
    I love Social Media and Social Networking! In my audiences where I speak, I see more and more serious business people are devoting time, money and effort to learn how to use these tools. Social Networking tools provide the ability to connect with others in ways that we never would otherwise. By using Twitter, I have connected with people that I ...
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    Ever Been Stranded at an Airport?

    Ever Been Stranded at an Airport?
    Being stranded at an airport just stinks … canceled flight, no connections and you can find yourself stranded pretty quick. I’ve experienced this personally a couple of times but usually, I deal with such occurrences when my boss calls as they’re trying to get back home and are stuck in some far off airport due to a canceled or delayed flight. ...
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    How to Organize Your Magazines

    How to Organize Your Magazines
    The next session of Organize Your Paper Clutter starts next Tuesday … so the topic of organizing paper is top of mind again! How to organize magazines is one of the popular questions in this workshop, so I thought I’d share my system for keeping my vast collection of magazines under control. If you’ve stopped by this blog of mine a ...
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    Handshakes During Flu Season

    Handshakes During Flu Season
    With the flu season upon us as well as colds cropping up, people are wondering about the proper etiquette for shaking hands. This does pose a real problem. It’s funny that this question would be asked of me today, as I was just speaking on business etiquette in Raleigh, NC. We discussed the importance of the handshake as a good business ...
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    Etiquette 101: Planning and Hosting a Business Meal

    Etiquette 101: Planning and Hosting a Business Meal
    You will find yourself attending many business dining events during your career and you may find that you are (or will become) the host of your own business meetings, as well. The key to a successful and smooth get-together over a meal lies in your pre-planning. The Initial Planning Generally, lunch and breakfast are the more common meals around which business ...
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    11 Reasons to Organize Your Closet

    11 Reasons to Organize Your Closet
    I’ve been spending the week putting the finishing touches on my brand new workshop Organize Your Closet — A Quick and Simple Online Workshop. So, today, I thought it would be fun to share eleven reasons why organizing your closet is a rewarding endeavor, plus give you a bit of info about this workshop and the benefits of taking it. Sound ...
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    Taming the Email Monster

    Taming the Email Monster
    Let’s reframe the role of e-mail in your business. Consider e-mail to be a medium to get information from one place to another, not as an end in itself. It is a “pass-through,” in much the same way as the role of the telephone is to give and receive information. How many emails are in your inbox right now? Opened? Unopened? ...
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    Social Networking For Business: What Works

    Social Networking For Business: What Works
    Social Media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and YouTube are changing the way the world does business. I think this is in response to our desire to connect with others. Relationship Marketing is all about connecting with people first as human beings and then as customers later. For a real business relationship to work, both parties must receive value. If only ...
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    10 Tips for Effective Meeting Minutes

    10 Tips for Effective Meeting Minutes
    A common job duty of administrative and executive assistants is to be able to take effective meeting minutes. Whether you are taking minutes at a team meeting or a meeting of the Board of Directors, the skills are pretty much the same. Here are 10 tips for taking effective meeting minutes. 1. Always make note of the start and end time ...
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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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    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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    Demystifying the Rules of Networking

    Demystifying the Rules of Networking
    If you've ever read a book on job-hunting, you've probably encountered a statistic that says 80-85% of job offers come through networking. Personal contact, it seems, is essential to getting a new position. But despite the numbers, many job-seekers remain in resume-overdrive, or try to click their way to a new career. "Our culture tends to act as though we all ...
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    5 Deadly Marketing Mistakes

    5 Deadly Marketing Mistakes
    In my book, Kick-ass Copywriting in 10 Easy Steps, I teach small and mid-size business owners who can't afford to hire professional copywriters how to write effective copy that will bring the results from their marketing efforts that they want and need. However, just as there are steps you must take to write great copy, there are also mistakes you can ...
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    Relationship Marketing: It's the "Little Things"

    Relationship Marketing: It's the "Little Things"
    “All politics is local.” Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, Former Speaker of US House of Representatives, 1977-1987 I recently went to a convention of the National Speakers Association which was held this year in the Phoenix, Arizona area. The property where we stayed was the Marriott Desert Ridge. I have stayed in about 4 billion hotels (seems like that many sometimes!) in ...
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    Inspirational Quotes for Every Admin

    It's easy to get down in the dumps sometimes, especially when you think no one notices all the hard work you do. Motivation is a tough thing to hold on to - so that's why we've gathered a collection of the most inspiring quotes for administrative professionals in any field, to remind you that the work you do does matter. It ...
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    Data Run Wild: Dealing with Too Much Info

    Data Run Wild: Dealing with Too Much Info
    How many emails are in your in-box? How many magazines are in your "to-read" (or sift through again) pile? How many blogs or information websites do you peruse on a daily basis--just for fun? Between magazines, blogs, websites, e-zines, pod-casts, books, newspapers, and T.V. shows, information overload is almost inevitable. It's simply impossible to get through a single day without being ...
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    How to Make a Quick, Easy Travel Planner

    How to Make a Quick, Easy Travel Planner
    Read original blog post Make a Quick & Simple Travel Planner. If you love to travel (or have to for work), I’d be willing to bet you also love to take photos and collect travel memorabilia, too. Is that you? But actually tackling the job of figuring out what to do with all these treasures once you get back home can ...
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