Administrative Professional Today

Tasked with recording minutes? Designate a “parking lot,” where all off-topic ideas can reside. It can be a real or figurative whiteboard where you list ideas as they pop up. Participants can pursue those ideas at a more appropriate time.

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You’re in a staff meeting when suddenly someone asks for your opinion. Or you’re in the elevator with an exec you’d like to impress. And you’re at a loss for words. Learn to improvise in any situation by using these tips from the Upright Citizens Brigade.

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Stay on schedule by not checking or responding to e-mail when you’ve got someplace to go.

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We can handle more e-mail correspondence than we think we can, but only if we handle it at the times of our own choosing.

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Here are three productivity tools from Google that are worth trying.

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In a perfect world, people would know what you want and give it to you.
But the truth is you’re the only one who knows what you want and need.
So it’s up to you to ask for support, help, rewards or opportunity.

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Find good coffee while you’re traveling.

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Research shows the $20 gadgets help people walk an additional mile each day.

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Get the best shipping deal without searching each carrier’s site.

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Being successful at work and being politically intelligent require the three R’s: results, reputation and relationships

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