Career

Expressing gratitude or saying “thank you” to your boss does have a few best practices … Die, formatting, die! … Need new foliage ideas for the desk?
There’s an ongoing need to strengthen computing practices and stay vigilant against cyber attacks—up 600% due to COVID-19 (now aptly referred to as the “cyberdemic”). Emails and passwords are especially prime targets for hackers. Use these tips to stay safe.
Ever listen to a long-winded blabbermouth? Don’t be like that person. To gauge whether you need to scale back on your talking, consider these questions.

Sound Bites: March ’21

February 24, 2021 Categorized in: Personal Development

“It” is the key … Don’t ask a question only to answer it … Offer better advice … If you’re feeling overwhelmed by too many meetings, analyze them … Now that’s tiny type!

Say ‘No’ and feel guilt-free

February 10, 2021 Categorized in: Personal Development

You can’t please everyone all the time—which means you’d better learn how to turn down requests from employees, peers, and business associates. Refuse graciously by following these guidelines.
Q: “Our office keeps several over-the-counter medications on hand if someone in the office should have a headache, indigestion, etc. But now I’m wondering if this is a good idea because of possible liability issues. Can you tell me if we’re safe in keeping a drawer of these meds if someone should ask for them?” – Linda, Oregon

Getting into the executive suite

February 3, 2021 Categorized in: Advancement

Here is an excerpt from my book, Underneath It All. . . Postgraduate Level Revelations Lift Assistants to New Heights, that will help get to the executive suite. With ambition and training, you can climb over the competition.
Technical certifications can shorten the discussion about your proficiency in the tools you’ll be using on the job. Here are some popular ones that will raise your profile in the workplace.
Question: Unlike most people in my office, I’m really skittish about coming to work in snowy or icy weather. I’d feel inadequate and judged if I ever called out when others have not, but I get a pit in my stomach when I see the streets becoming slippery and dangerous. What should I do?
Question: For the last several years it’s seemed like I’m always either at work or resting up from work in the evenings. Then, the weekends feel like they’re simply a respite from work and not actual life. I wonder if this is something I can change with a better job, or if I’m the problem?

1-Minute Strategies: March ’21

February 3, 2021 Categorized in: Personal Development

Keep a junk email address … Ease hand and wrist tightening … Before you choose a cleaning company …  Take a closer look at signature lines … Some like it hot (and healthy) … Remember the penny loafer?
Career advancement is a potential that we all have, but we must execute to meet it. Leveraging the business and employment-oriented powers of LinkedIn can be instrumental to our success.

Adding diagrams to Google Slides

January 6, 2021 Categorized in: Personal Development

To add a diagram to a presentation in Google Slides, click the Insert dropdown button and choose Diagram.