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  A-Z Pearls of Wisdom N is for...
Many of you know me as the regular contributor to Desk Demon’s A-Z Pearls of Wisdom feature. You know that I specialise in delivering training and coaching to PAs and Admin Professionals across the world and that I am a former PA myself.  What you may not know is that I am a Practitioner in NLP – Neuro Linguistic Programming - and I’d love to share with you a bit more about this fascinating subject…..


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  Minimum Wage in the US
With state, local, and midterm elections just five weeks away, the minimum wage remains one of the nation’s top socioeconomic and political issues. Recent national polls have shown support for minimum wage increases among voters at large, and according to a new CareerBuilder survey, many businesses are right there with them.


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  Five Ways to Handle Success
Being driven, positive and goal oriented comes with many benefits, as these qualities open up channels for actions which help us reach for the stars and to achieve high powered dreams and goals. Successful people tend to have positive driven attitudes and are able to stay positive while juggling multiple demands.


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  Ditch Your Costume and Woman Up at Work
For a lot of people, Halloween is more like a religion than a holiday. They can’t wait to decorate their homes with cobwebs and scarecrows, carve a family of pumpkins with a variety of expressions, and painstakingly select the quintessential costume regardless of the weather.


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  How to Take Charge of Your Decision Making Skills
It all comes down to your decision making skills. You might have it naturally, but even then you can feel stuck sometimes and you can also learn a little bit about it and start using and practice the tips and skills you are about to learn until you can decide naturally in a heartbeat. I will share with you some tips to use to improve your decision making skills.


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  How to Answer the Dreaded Got a Minute?
The fact is, unless you are a great rarity today, you not only don’t have a minute, you have a yawning deficit of minutes. There is work unfinished on your desk. You have personal aspirations of all kinds that you never find time for and obligations you barely find time for. You’re already stretched for time, so no, you don’t have a minute.
 
Yet when almost anybody asks, “Got a minute?” you automatically answer, “Sure, how can I help?”
 
How do you stop doing that?


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  Instead of a Trick, Treat Yourself to a Powerful Negotiation
Halloween is a holiday that prides itself on promoting a battle between trick or treat; good or evil. People either gravitate towards the darker side of haunted houses and vampire costumes, or the lighter side of pumpkin patch parties and dressing up as angels and fairy princesses.


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  You Think You Get Weird Requests at Work?
In a recent survey, OfficeTeam asked administrative professionals to recount the wackiest requests they've received at work. Here are a few of the most unusual responses. 


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The Office Romance: Pros, Cons and Cautions Is the girl or guy in the next cubicle beginning to look awfully attractive? Maybe you'd like to strike up more than the usual office friendship, if so, what should you do and how should you go about it? more…


From Kitchen Sink to Mary Poppins: What Kind of Packer are You? Would you be proud to show the inside of your suitcase or would you burn up with embarrassment? London City Airport has found that its passengers fall into five packing personalities. more…


5 Tips for Becoming an Office All-Star? With competition in the business world running at a faster pace and more competitive than ever, the need for new and creative leadership is rapidly growing. more…


Workaholism - The 'Respectable' Addiction Wikipedia defines a workaholic as a person who is addicted to work. Although overworking is almost a respectable addiction, it is as dangerous as any other addiction and needs to be treated by a professional. more…


Building Your Portfolio of Evidence We think this is a brilliant idea - and something that will be incredibly useful in your professional career. Learn how you can put together your own Portfolio of Evidence. more…


Say Hello to a PA...Meet...Dena Stephens You may have already read one of Dena's excellent blogs on DeskDemon or read Dena's recent article How Tempting is Temping? Here we learn a little more about Dena. more…


5 Best Team Building Events For Your Company
Most companies turn to team building exercises to encourage employees to work together. Here are five great ways to get your employees working together as a team. more…


The Top 10 Most Awful Corporate Gifts
To the receiver, gifts convey a good deal about the gift giver. Really think about it, when you have been given a present that you really felt was truly appalling, exactly how did you view the individual once they gave you the awful present? more…


How To Decide Whether To Give Event Schedules To Your Attendees Or Not The question that comes up a lot regarding events is do I or do I not give attendees a schedule? The question to answer is why would you not give a schedule out? more…


The No Problem Problem I've lost track of the times I've been told in someone's positive or na├»ve thinking mode, "No problem," only to have the non problem become one. more…


What To Do When Your Boss Is a Butthead I've never worked for a boss I didn't like or respect. Sure, some were better than others, but I never considered quitting my job because of a bad boss. more…


Soft, Real Soft - Managers Need a Full Skill Set, Not Just Hard Skills "People don't quit their companies, they quit their bosses." How many times have you heard that phrase? It's rare that a corporate entity of any size upsets an employee so much that they feel quitting is the only option more…


Myths And Mysteries Of Taking Minutes Minute taking has changed over the years. The requirements and expectations of the 21st century are very different from the expectations even 10, but certainly 20 and 30 years ago. Here are some points for you to consider about minutes and taking minutes. more…


4 Tips for Everyday Google Doc Users
Google Docs are used today by a wide range of users. Those who rely heavily on it for different reasons will find the following tips very useful. If you are one of them, read on! more…


Seven Basic Rules Of Networking For A Job According to the U.S. Department of Labor, about 5 percent of job seekers obtain jobs through the open job market which consists of help wanted ads, the internet and print publications. more…


What Is the Best Dropbox Alternative? Today, many IT companies rely heavily on cloud computing. Here are few more alternatives to Dropbox, apart from the infamous MS SkyDrive, Amazon S3, and Google Drive. more…


Professionals Behaving Badly: Professionalism Is Dead
We all experience a wide range of emotions in the workplace. For example, we may at different times feel angry, disrespected, sad, enraged, rejected, hurt, hopeless, and/or betrayed. more…


Toxic Emotions In The Workplace When you are dealing with a work-related issue and your very best judgment along with your reasoning and evaluative processes become clouded, dismantled, or hijacked by your emotions the choice and/or action you take may not be the one you really wanted to take. more…


Fantastic Tips To Prepare For A Vacation From Work Preparing at work for your vacation involves more than just getting rid of clutter on your desk. more…


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