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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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    Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Your Boss All Under $25

    What to Give Your Boss This Holiday Season... You want to show your boss your appreciation and spread holiday cheer, but your dollar is already being stretched this year. No worries. AdminSecret researched fun, mindful gifts for any type gift-receiver.. Jet-Setting Boss Caffeine Junkie Book Worm Hard-to-Buy-For Boss Movie Buff Boss Artsy Boss Green Boss Desk-Bound Boss Likes "Fun" in "Functional" ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    How to Throw an Awesome Office Birthday Party

    How to Throw an Awesome Office Birthday Party
    My first glimpse of an office birthday party was via the movie Office Space, when the corporate drones stand awkwardly around the cake and sing “Happy Birthday” to their boss in monotone voices. Flash forward seven years: the first company I worked for as a recent college grad had its monthly birthday celebration, and I had an overwhelming sense of déjà ...
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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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    More Than a Fun Day Out: Experts Advise on the Best Team-Building Excercise Tips

    More Than a Fun Day Out: Experts Advise on the Best Team-Building Excercise Tips
    Corporate team building is such an industry that it’s hard to remember when getting sweaty wasn’t a business objective. But is orienteering really going to improve relations when you’re knee-deep in manure and Dave from accounts has no sense of direction? Three experts share advice on how to get the best from your bunch. 1. Know your objectives. “You need to ...
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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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    ‘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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    Best Airlines for Business Travel

    Best Airlines for Business Travel
    The recession turned practically every carrier into a low fare airline; fancy flying was one of the first items chopped from businesses budgets. But the economy is finally turning around. And in an effort to bounce back from billion dollar losses, airlines are offering all kinds of extras to woo corporate fliers. So which perks would persuade you to pick one ...
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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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    6 Ways to Ask for a Summer Vacation

    6 Ways to Ask for a Summer Vacation
    Feel like the four dreary walls of your cubicle are closing in on you? Time for a summer break! Whether it's a relaxing cruise, an exotic island getaway, or a sandy beach adventure, it's high time you got out of that lifeless cubicle and away from the dreariness of your nine-to-five office life. Worried your workload will keep you from some ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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