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    What to Capitalize in a Title

    This article will help you never forget what words are capitalized in a title. I love being an admin, but technicalities when it comes to writing and words were never my thing. After winning my 2nd grade spelling bee, it all went downhill from there. Unfortunately, overlooking seemingly trivial details doesn't cut it for a top admin. You must be ...
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    How to Catch Common Grammatical Errors

    How to Catch Common Grammatical Errors
    Business documents rife with typos can undermine your professional reputation, not to mention that of your company. That's why admins should have a good working knowledge of grammar, spelling and punctuation as well as the ability to catch mistakes before someone else does. Catching your own errors can be challenging. But with a little practice, you can reduce your margin of ...
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    Correspond Like A Pro

    Correspond Like A Pro
    As the number of emails increase, it seems that the level of professional correspondence has decreased. Tacky notes, mis-spelled words, sentences that drone on and on -- you've probably seen it all, as have I. But never forget that people judge you by whatever means you interact with them. That includes notes, phone messages, and yes, the ubiquitous email. Here are ...
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    Write An Effective Out Of Office Assistant Message

    Write An Effective Out Of Office Assistant Message
    Are you going on vacation? Are you going to be out of the office for a short or even long period of time? Don’t forget to set up and turn on your “Out of Office Assistant” on Microsoft Outlook. It’s amazing of how many people actually forget to do this. You e-mail someone asking them a question or wanting to state ...
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    Trying to Organize Your Email? Keep it Simple

    Trying to Organize Your Email? Keep it Simple
    If you’re like most people I know, you have trouble managing your email. Maybe you can’t keep up with the dozens or hundreds of messages (yes, some people get hundreds) you receive each day. Perhaps you’re fed up with all those silly forwards from your uncle or coworker, or frustrated by the series of 12 back-and-forth emails it takes to set ...
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    The Art of Minute-Taking

    The Art of Minute-Taking
    Minute taking is an art! Anyone who is good at it is to be commended. I have never had to take minutes, but I almost did many years ago. My boss came to my desk and told me he needed me to take minutes for a meeting. I was not aware of the meeting so I wasn't prepared. I started to ...
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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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    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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    The Beginner's Guide to Social Media Success

    Getting connected online is practically a requirement these days. It's the latest way to make new friends, stay in touch, and — best of all — network. And with HR departments adding social media recruiting to their repertoire, it's also a great way to get a job! But jumping online isn't as easy as you might think. If you're going ...
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    Depression at Work

    Depression at Work
    How serious is depression on the job? According to nationwide labor reports and studies, it's more serious than most of us realize. Here are some shocking statistics: • Depression accounts for close to $12 billion in lost workdays each year. • More than $11 billion in other costs accrue from decreased productivity due to symptoms that sap energy, affect work habits ...
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    How to Write an Effective, Polite, and Useful E-mail

    How to Write an Effective, Polite, and Useful E-mail
    Like many forms of communication, e-mail is no less susceptible to the vagaries of shorthand, slang, jargon and plain silliness Think before you press send. It’s all too easy to bombard the people around you with a continuous stream of thought-bites via email. Whether you’re an office newbie or you have simply fallen into bad e-habits, it’s time to take stock ...
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    Seven Guidelines for Gesturing When You Speak

    Seven Guidelines for Gesturing When You Speak
    When I coach executives who want to become more effective speakers, or when I direct a presentation skills seminar, there’s one question I hear repeatedly: "How should I gesture when I give a speech?" Usually, the questioner goes on to say: "I feel awkward enough just trying to remember my speech. Then the tension escalates when I realize that my audience ...
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    Ten Ways Admins Can Make the Boss Look Good

    Ten Ways Admins Can Make the Boss Look Good
    What is the measure of an administrative professional? Some would say it’s all about helping your manager do his job well, AKA making your boss look good. With that in mind, we asked professionals who have been on both sides of the relationship what admins can do to help their bosses shine as brightly as possible. Here are their top 10 ...
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    Improve Your Writing Skills

    Improve Your Writing Skills
    As more business communications are conducted through email, instant messaging, PowerPoint presentations and other written forms, writing ability can help today's professionals set themselves apart. The ability to write clearly in reports or white papers is necessary to advance. "Rightly or wrongly, people judge their colleagues based on their writing ability," says R. Craig Hogan, director of the Business Writing Center ...
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    4 Tips to Handle a Sabotaging Coworker

    4 Tips to Handle a Sabotaging Coworker
    We all like to think of our coworkers as friends, but what happens when you become the target of a coworker's dirty politics? Here are some strategies that can help you keep the peace without losing your edge, shared by fellow soldiers on the office wars' front lines. Take Precautions It is wise to have some good measures in place to ...
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    Going Checklist Crazy

    Going Checklist Crazy
    I am organizing a Board meeting and I have checklists and to-do lists coming out of my ears. I'm sure my assistant must think I am the Checklist and To-Do List Queen. Making a List, Checking it Twice The Board meeting I am preparing for is a two-day event and I don't want to forget anything that I need to do ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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