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Administrative Professional Today

Which phrases and buzzwords have we so overused and mangled that we should stop using them altogether? Researchers at the University of Oxford keep track of books, magazines, online media and other sources to look for “irritating expressions” that ought to be retired.

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You’ll be amazed by what you can do when you’re called upon. That’s what DeeDee Jonrowe says about competing in her 27th Iditarod, the 1,150-mile dog-sled race across Alaska, after surviving breast cancer and a car accident that critically injured her and her husband.

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What’s the best way to help a co-worker who has cancer? Here’s advice from Kris Hart, a 43-year-old vice president of global brand management at Harrah’s Entertainment and a breast cancer survivor.

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Pick up know-how swiftly by swapping spots with someone. Here are two ways to do it, stolen from two company playbooks.

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Cheaper child care is increasingly necessary as budgets tighten, says Lisa Belkin, a New York Times reporter who covers workplace issues. Here are some of the creative ways working families are reducing the costs.

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How many times have you received an email message with the subject line “Hi” or “Question” or, even worse, no subject at all? Here’s a technique, by Brett Kelly of The Cranking Widgets blog, for labeling subject lines so the recipient knows instantly what the message entails.

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Scope out your shipping-fee statement for potential cost savings. Here are five questions to ask your carrier.

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Whip up a poll (at no cost) using PollDaddy.com.

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Diane Darling, owner of Effective Networking, didn’t realize her casual purple pantsuits were keeping her from landing clients—until people told her. Darling sent a survey, using online polling tool SurveyMonkey.com … That’s where she learned that she dressed too casually.

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Turn to the wisdom of crowds, rather than calling the help line, next time you encounter tech glitches on your Smartphone: BlackBerry.com’s forums break down problems by model.

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