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How an Overflowing Inbox Can Make You Lose Business

“I am hoping these are your “Spam” emails that are outrageously high… guess I’ll be checking this post before I decide to contact anyone for assistance.” Ouch. This was a comment that was added to a poll I conducted some time ago on a “Young Professionals” Group.  I asked people to admit how many emails …

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12 Reasons to Make Friends at Work (Guest post)

Much of our adult lives are dominated by our jobs—and the stress that comes with them. In today’s hyper-connected world, employees are often expected to be always-on, connected to their clients and their jobs even when they’re not on the clock. As a result, work-related stress is increasingly becoming a problem, with 47 percent of …

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Mobile Email

Three Reasons Not to Announce When You Will Be Checking Email

“I check email daily at 11:00am and again at 4:00pm.” Have you ever received a message like that? It communicates that the writer is disciplined. It gives people an estimated time for when they may hear back. It’s impressive–or is it? Some professionals find that if they schedule times to check email, they can spend …

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busy professionals

Too Busy? Maybe It’s Time for Your Own Virtual Assistant

You’re a busy career professional. The demands of your work take a lot of your attention, and you  can never stay ahead of your personal email. Or you need your kid’s school calendars merged into yours. Or you want to make sure that the social media channels you set up for your “side hustle” get …

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Warning: Four Strong Words that can Trigger Conflict

“Samantha” and “Matilda” were close colleagues.* They met for lunch once a week, and one day, Matilda told Samantha about an opportunity in another department that she was considering. This possibility became a major topic of conversation between them. Each week, they discussed the journey together as Matilda processed whether to apply, prepared for the …

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