Identify Your Best Opportunities to Shine at Work

Are you putting in mind-numbingly long hours, hoping upon hope to receive recognition at work? If so, there’s a better way! If you want to be acknowledged as a valuable asset to your organization you must work at finding opportunities to showcase your talent and drive

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Storytelling: A Powerful Business Tool

As an assistant, you have probably helped put together many important presentations over the years. Chris Hirsch asks, would you rather listen to dry statistics or to a story? When you’ve listened to speakers delivering presentations, you may have found them dull, fascinating, or somewhere in between. What makes the difference in how a listener responds to a presentation, and how can you help your boss make the biggest impact with a presentation?

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Finding Sanity: Tips for the Stressed Out Working Mom or Dad

The challenges of being a working mom or dad are many, from juggling drop-offs with early morning meetings to finding high-quality yet affordable childcare. Learn how to identify the right employers and benefits to help you and find compromises that work for you, your boss, and your family.

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Turning Around a Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad Day

We’ve all been there…an ugly interaction in the morning poisons the rest of your day; you get bad news and can’t stop thinking about it; you’re working as fast as you can, falling behind and new tasks just keep piling up; you’re humiliated in front of colleagues, or, you’re in a blue funk and just can’t shake it. The one thing we can do in each of those situations is to choose how we react. Here are a dozen tips for turning a really bad day around.

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You Made A Mistake, Now What?

An on-the-job mistake could have major consequences; or it might cause some minor embarrassment. Handling slip-ups smoothly allows us to put them behind us. Here are a number of foolproof ways to handle on-the-job faux-pas.

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Keep Your Cool When the Pressure’s On!

Looming deadlines … performance reviews … high-level presentations. Who doesn’t dread most, if not all, of these situations? Yet there are many good ways to stop feeling frazzled and keep your cool—no matter what work pressures you may be under.

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Think Proactively: Think Bigger

Perennially popular APC trainer Sandy Geroux explains how to think bigger by sharpening your proactive and critical thinking skills using a technique called Negative Branch Reservation (NBR.) Here Sandy not only describes NBR, she shows you how to use it by exercising your “what if” muscle. 

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How to Ease Back Into Work After a Vacation

Returning to work after a vacation can be, well, depressing. Your once-clean desk may now be cluttered, your email and voicemail are likely full, and your mind is a million miles away. Instead of feeling sad about being back, try these practical strategies for a smooth “re-entry.”

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12 Ways to Bring Sunshine to the Office

Is it so wrong to have fun at work? On the contrary, research shows that injecting happiness into the workday not only reduces stress but also improves productivity. Stress and negativity at work are contagious but so is good cheer! Here are a dozen easy ways you can sow sunshine where you work.

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9 Simple Steps to a Guilt-free Vacation

Raise your hand if you don’t use your vacation days or feel guilty when you do sneak away for some time off.  Many admins fear that while they’re away things will go south or they’ll return to an insurmountable volume of work. By following these nine steps, you can take your vacation knowing everything is running smoothly in your absence!

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