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    Feel Like Secret Detective MacGyver En Route to a Convention

    Feel Like Secret Detective MacGyver En Route to a Convention
    Today's electronic gadgets allow you to poll your audience or keep track of the attendees you meet. Sometimes when I pack my electronic gadgets and chargers, I feel like a modern-day, female MacGuyver. Only instead of stashing duct tape and watch springs, I'm toting a laser pointer and a memory stick loaded with the graphics I plan to display in perfect ...
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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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    Meetings: A Necessary Evil

    Meetings: A Necessary Evil
    How much time do you spend in meetings? How much of it is necessary? Industry Week reports that the estimated cost of wasted time in unproductive meetings exceeds $37 billion annually. Estimate a meeting’s cost by taking the average hourly rate of the participants - a conservative estimate for managers is $40/hour - and multiplying it by the number of people ...
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    Carve Out a Safe Halloween Party, Says Attorney

    Carve Out a Safe Halloween Party, Says Attorney
    It’s that time of year when many businesses and their employees have a ghoulishly good time at company-sponsored Halloween parties, but the trick for employers is to provide a treat to the staff while maintaining an appropriate decorum. Beware, though, says lawyer Patricia S. Robinson, as costumes that are fiendishly funny to one person may be the kiss of death to ...
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    Trade Show Survival Strategies

    Trade Show Survival Strategies
    Much has been written about preparing for trade shows where you will be an exhibitor, but since most small business owners will be visiting booths at least as often as they’ll be hosting them, here are a few tips to help you make the most of those occasions. Some are more obvious than others, but sometimes the simplest ideas can be ...
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    ‘Tis the Season: Dos and Don’ts of Holiday Party Etiquette

    ‘Tis the Season: Dos and Don’ts of Holiday Party Etiquette
    Whether it’s a company bash, a family gathering or a personal, after-hours shindig, it’s undeniably holiday party season. You might be gearing up for a whole slew of functions, or perhaps just one, but be sure not to leave without considering what behavior is appropriate for each. How to Dress Hostess Gifts Your Plus-One Food & Drink What to Talk ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Valentine's Day Ideas and Tips for the Office

    Valentine's Day Ideas and Tips for the Office
    Valentine's Day is about chocolates and roses for some employees, but cavities and allergies for others. Be sure Valentine's Day in your office is kept in good spirits and is within yours or the offices' budget. As admins, a major part of our job is to keep office morale high. With massive budget cuts and layoffs this year, it would be ...
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    Reduce Office-Party Waste

    Reduce Office-Party Waste
    This article has been excerpted from 101 Ways to Turn Your Business Green by Rich Mintzer, available from Entrepreneurpress.com Whether it's an end-of-the year holiday party or any other celebration throughout the year, it is still important to think green, and not only on St. Patrick's Day. Celebrations are wonderful times to bring your employees together and build teams, camaraderie and ...
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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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    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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    Be the Star of Your Own Network

    Be the Star of Your Own Network
    How would you like to establish yourself as the hub of an expanding network? Organizing and hosting your own networking events is a smart way to accomplish this. Why should you host an event? First, you will take charge of meeting new people and expanding your network. Second, you establish yourself as a connector, creating a reason for people to want ...
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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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    Try These Seven Tips for Better Party Photos

    Try These Seven Tips for Better Party Photos
    I bet you're planning to take plenty of family photos this holiday season. Will you take the same ole washed out pictures? Will your kids once more look like little devils with their red eyes? Or do you want to knock the family's socks off? OK. No one is going to lose their socks over Christmas photos, but you can still ...
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    Tips for Successful Event Planning

    Tips for Successful Event Planning
    Event planning can turn even the most capable person into a ball of nerves. But if you've been selected to plan your company's next holiday party, awards banquet or open house, relax. Our helpful tips can make the process go more smoothly and successfully. Initial Considerations First, consider how you want your event to look and feel. Think about: What kind ...
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    Holiday Party Planning in the Diverse Workplace

    Holiday Party Planning in the Diverse Workplace
    Holiday party planning can get dicey when companies add diversity to their merrymaking mix. How do you appeal to all without leaving someone out in the cold? "Put the emphasis on celebrating," advises workplace diversity consultant Sondra Thiederman, PhD, author of Making Diversity Work, founder of Cross-Cultural Communications and a Monster contributing writer. The key: "Focus more on what we share ...
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