Administrative Professional Today

To do your job well, you probably need to remember a gazillion things —and the same goes for the others on your team. Wouldn’t you love to share all that knowledge and expertise? One idea: an e-mail newsletter just for your admin team.

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Cost-cutting is the name of the game during tough economic times. One of the best cost-cutting strategies is to reduce waste—it frees up cash and generates measurable environmental benefits. Here are several paper-saving strategies that will make you look like the office hero.

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Do you saunter into work each Monday with a spring in your step and joy in your heart? If so, you’re in the minority. Here are seven ways you can feel content on a Monday, according to Jeff Garton, author of Career Contentment: Don’t Settle for Anything Less.

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Here’s a three-part prescription to “rewire” yourself for happiness, courtesy of Dan Baker, author of What Happy People Know. For the next week, do these things daily …

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Kate believes the meeting is a huge waste of time because colleagues always ramble on when it’s their turn to speak, and there’s no real structure to the gathering. At this point, says family and divorce lawyer-mediator Laurie Puhn, Kate can handle this situation in two ways. One is a communication blunder; the other a communication wonder.

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Say that within a three-page document, the first and third pages are vertical, and the middle page is horizontal. How do you arrange them for stapling? Do you turn the middle sheet to the left so the staple is in the upper right-hand corner of the middle sheet, or to the right so the staple is in the lower left-hand corner?

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Using clichés will give readers the impression that they’ve heard it all before. Keep your reader engaged by making your writing as sharp and creative as your spoken conversations. Here are two simple strategies.

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Susan has 30 years’ experience as an admin, while her new admin manager, Jade, is young enough to be her daughter. The age gap alone isn’t a problem for Susan, but she sometimes feels that Jade lacks “respect” for the way she does things.

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Your phone calls go unanswered. The meeting you want keeps being postponed. When the other side sees no advantage to negotiating or following up with you, the person may stall, says negotiation expert Deborah M. Kolb. Her solution? Power moves.

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Plan trips more easily with these online tools: Farecast, Google Maps and Inside Trip …

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