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The One Tool You Need To Plan Your Next Event

More and more administrative professionals are being asked to plan meetings and events for their employers. This is big job and it can be intimidating. Thankfully, there are some fantastic resources that will help make your gathering a success and help make you look good. I want to showcase one event/meeting planning tool that has proven to be particularly valuable for me throughout my career.

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Getting More Done in Less Time

There area new ways to change your thinking to get more done in less time without being exhausted, depleted and overwhelmed. You can be a stellar employee and still go home and be cheerful in your non-work environment. You can experience more meaning and impact in this amazing life.

When we think the thought there’s not enough time, we trigger a fight or flight response. It’s a gift to warn us when we’re in danger. It allows us to react without thinking, which is great when you’re in actual danger.

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Infographic Highlights Key Insights From IAAP's 2013 Benchmarking Survey

IAAP recently released its 2013 Benchmarking Survey report, a comprehensive portrait of administrative professionals. Here's an infographic the association compiled to highlight some of the key industry insights gleaned from the survey (please be patient as it may take up to a minute for the image to load):

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5 Ways To Sharpen Your Skills At Work

School may be out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean you should take an educational break. Administrative professionals face an always evolving set of tasks and regular professional development is a necessity. A new survey from OfficeTeam reveals what type of training employees prefer. But it's also an opportunity to outline how to get the training you need.

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Six Key Principles For New Supervisors

Okay, so you’ve been promoted to a supervisory position and you want to be successful but, dang, it’s tough out there, right? Here are some guidelines to help you through the maze.

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Magnificent 7 Mobile Apps For Event Planning

Tell a room full of meeting planners that they can replace their heavy three-ring binder of banquet event orders with an iPad, or Android and you’ll have their attention and instant devotion. That’s because the back-breaking binder, which is any event’s bible, is widely regarded as a necessary (and not so eco-friendly) evil.

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15 Digital Tools To Plan Your Next Event

Here’s a handy guide to three of the biggest technology timesavers out there: templates, online registration/attendee management systems and mobile applications.


Ask most meeting planners what their favorite technological tool is and they’ll say, “Excel spreadsheets.” And there’s good reason for that. Those are the planners who remember when everything had to be done by hand and kept in big, bulging binders.

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The 90-Minute Rule: Carving Out Time For Your Most Important Tasks

You work hard, eat lunch at your desk, stay late, catch up on email after hours, but you rarely ever get caught up. You are busy, you are getting things done. So why is it that at the end of the day, you still feel like you didn’t get anything done? 

It’s because the big things that will require more of your mental focus are being avoided in order to attend to more of the tasks that don’t require as much of your focus. Getting and staying focused can be difficult for a lot of people. 

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6 Reasons To Host A Web-Based Meeting

By Roger Courville

In his brilliant book Start With Why, Simon Sinek makes a compelling case for what leading organizations do differently: They put “why” before “how” and “what.”

People who create the most value for their organizations with web conferencing do, too.

Let’s start with two easy assumptions:

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5 Steps To Effective Meetings That Get Great Results

Ask any regular Jill or Joe in Corporate America what the biggest waste of their time is and they’ll respond, “meetings.”

As meeting professionals, we know instinctively that meeting face to face is the most effective way to communicate policy, reinforce branding, accomplish organizational objectives, team-build, drive sales and any number of things. Thanks to organizations like the U.S. Travel Association, we’re starting to see formal studies that prove that, too.