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  • feedwordpress 17:32:01 on 2018/06/10 Permalink
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    8 Bad Habits That Destroy Your Creativity 

    If you think some people are born creative and you’re not one of them, think again.

    What makes some people more creative than others is that they nurture their creativity. In fact, experts say that creativity is primarily a learned skill. And like any other skill you want to learn, it requires that you put in some hard work and effort.

    It’s not enough to just want to be creative–it takes daily dedication to push yourself into original thoughts and expressive ideas. Too often, though, the biggest thing standing in the way may be your own habits.

    Here eight of the worst creativity killers. If you recognize them in your life, cut them out now.

    1. Premature judgment. To be creative, you have to allow yourself to be able to generate ideas and innovate freely and without judgment. If you judge your ideas too early in the process, you end up second-guessing and creating less. Separate the two processes, and let your initial run of ideas flow without interruption. There will be time later to select and polish the best.

    2. Lack of courage. If you’re fearful of taking chances, scared of venturing down new roads, timid about taking the road not traveled on, you’re going to find it difficult to ever venture off the main roads. Creativity requires taking a chance and being courageous. Fear is the biggest enemy of creativity.

    3. Avoidance of failure. You can’t be bold and creative when you’re afraid of failure. If your goal is to avoid failure and mistakes, you will play it out conservatively and quietly. Creativity means taking chances and venturing down some dead ends. The really great ideas you come up with will be more than worth it for all the dumb mistakes.

    4. Comparing yourself with others. When you compare yourself with others, you rob yourself of your own unique innovation and imagination. Set your own standards of creativity and don’t compare yourself with anyone else. Allow yourself to create and be different. The only unique contribution you can ever make in this world will be born of your creativity.

    5. Discomfort with uncertainty. Many people fear ambiguity; they want to know that things will make sense. But creativity requires the courage to let go of certainty. It is within this courage to be fearless that creativity will flow. Creativity is a habit, and the best creativity is the result of good habits that allow you to use your imagination and innovation. To be truly creative, you must lose the fear of being wrong.

    6. Taking criticism personally. Feedback is always good, and criticism is OK if we don’t take it personally. We all need someone who will give us feedback; that’s how we improve. Fearing criticism is fearing growth.

    7. Lack of confidence. A certain level of uncertainty accompanies every creative act, and a measure of self-doubt is healthy, but if your lack of confidence is overwhelming and long-lasting, it can cost you your abilities. The best way to create is to first connect with your self-confidence.

    8. Analysis paralysis. This terrible condition renders you unable to make a decision because of information overload. Every creative person understands that to overthink can be the greatest enemy of creativity.

    If you want to create, remember: The more you nurture your skill of creativity, the better you will be at it. So stop the bad habits that are destroying your creativity.

     


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  • feedwordpress 14:00:55 on 2018/04/26 Permalink
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    Are You An Aspiring Writer? 

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    Are you an aspiring writer? What about an aspiring writer involved in the administration field? Are you looking to add to your writing experience? Well, you’re in luck! Office Dynamics is looking to add a few guest bloggers that would love to share their ideas, knowledge, and creativity with our audience. Office Dynamics has always felt the importance of having YOUR voice heard and this is a great way for us to help! If interested, please send an email to eparedes@officedynamics.com along with 2 writing samples. The writing should focus on office life, the administrative field, or self-growth. Thank you and we can’t wait to hear from you!

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  • feedwordpress 19:00:47 on 2018/02/10 Permalink
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    Creating a Brand Story – Part 2 

    training_for_administrative_assistantsBy Anel Martin

    You know that awkward moment in the interview when they ask you about your areas of excellence, or that moment you need to introduce yourself to someone new at a business networking event (and your response sounds a bit rehearsed) or you run into the CEO in the elevator and they want to know who you are and what you do at the company.

    If you have ever felt vulnerable or embarrassed in these situations you need a Brand Story and Part Two of this series is just for you!

    So what is a brand story?

    Well, it is like an elevator pitch, just not as robotic or plastic! It is a true story about your talents and gifts. It is something that can be recited at will without rehearsal because it is TRUE and comes from your heart.  So let’s get practical.

    Step 1 Make a list of what you are really good at/recent achievements (at least 10).

    I am being literal here, so write down your areas of excellence and recent successes. Doing this on paper or on your laptop takes it out of your head and makes it more concrete.

    Step 2 Stuck? That is totally normal. Time to consult with a friend or colleague.

    It is funny (but maybe sad) that I have done this exercise with hundreds of assistants from across the world and writing down their strengths is a major challenge, but on the flip side you can ask them about their development or problem areas and they can give you two dozen without missing a beat. If you are stuck, know that this is normal.

    The solution is to consult with a trusted friend or colleague to help you compile your list. This is very useful because they might mention things you have not even thought about and also help you do a reality check on your existing list.

    The key is to be open to the feedback.

    Step 3 Trim down the list to 6 (but NOT less than 4).

    Go through the list and pick your top 6. Trim it down for maximum impact. Eliminate similar skills or merge items that can be grouped logically.

    Step 4 Rank from 1 to 6 (1 being best).

    As the title suggests look at your list and prioritize. Again the help of a trusted advisor will be valuable if you are unsure.

    Step 5 Write a concise, strong, short and clear one-liner about this skill.

    Do a one-liner for each of the 6 skills/abilities. Keep it simple and direct (research has proven that people will rate you are more intelligent if you use simple language, so don’t try and be too fancy).

    Avoid clichés like I am an excellent team player, I work well without supervision, I am a perfectionist. All of these things may be true but if you can’t find a more original way of expressing the same idea then please omit it altogether.

    EXAMPLE OF A BRAND STORY

    1. If I commit, I deliver.
    2. I am not shy and I take big risks.
    3. I am a connector of people and ideas.
    4. I have passion.
    5. I am kind and enjoy people.
    6. I am a time management expert and I get things done.

    Step 6 Test this Brand Story on yourself and your inner circle

    Test drive your brand story. Does it feel real? Would you be embarrassed to tell someone your brand story, if yes, it needs more work?

    It should be true, it should be natural and easy to articulate. Get feedback from others once you are ready to share.

    Use your brand story to update your CV, Linkedin or to position yourself for the next opportunity that comes your way. This is a very powerful tool to “sell” your brand in an authentic way and I hope that you find these tips useful.

    If you have questions or problems with creating your brand story you are welcome to reach out to me via my Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/PA-20-Upgrade-Yourself-530299150373650/ or Twitter @anelmartin I am always happy to help!

    Anel Martin is a former awarding winning administrative assistant from South Africa (now based in Dubai) who now works as a full-time trainer and Results Based Coach. Her goal is to help assistants to find their voices and their confidence. She is a published author and the book is titled “The Executive Secretary Guide to Building a powerful personal brand” https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1539535576/ visit her website for more free resources, information, and services www.anelmartin.co.za

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  • feedwordpress 17:38:01 on 2017/10/06 Permalink
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    How to Improve Your Presentation Skills 

    How_to_Improve_Your_Presentation_SkillsAs you climb the corporate ladder, delivering a business presentation becomes one of the most important skills that you need to learn. A business presentation has to be informative, engaging, influencing, and entertaining at the same time. If one of these four key objectives are not covered well, the effectiveness of the presentation falls down immediately.
    It is a well-established fact that planning and preparation are the two steps that cannot be compromised, and are often not overlooked but most newbie presenters fail at the delivery step. Having a dull opening with a nervous demeanor might throw your audience into an irrecoverable state of disinterest. Showing that you are passionate about the topic and delivering the presentation with full-confidence is quite important.
    Usage of visuals can help expand horizons of your presentation for far better outcomes. If you open your presentation with a jaw-dropping statistics, the chances for your audience to pay attention to the rest of content go up, drastically. The audience tends to remember these figures for a long time and your views also find better acceptance.
    Check out this infographic from Malcolm Andrews to learn how to deliver a presentation effectively and improve your presentation skills. Also, check out various things that you should adopt on and also many others that you need to avoid while delivering a presentation.
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  • feedwordpress 16:51:50 on 2017/07/10 Permalink
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    Build Structure out of Chaos (Part 4 of 4 Part Series) 

    administrative_assistant_trainingTo end my 4 part series, I wanted to share my quick list of tips with you. In case you missed the rest of the series, you can read part 1 here, part 2 here and part 3 here. Remember that doing several little things throughout your day can also improve your productivity. You can pick and choose which ones you would like to try. Best of luck.

     

    1. Standardize processes.

    2. Focus on tasks of high value.

    3. Clarify objectives.

    4. Learn to think on paper.

    5. Anticipate upcoming work events or projects.

    6. Avoid backlogs of work by keeping information flowing.

    7. Flexibility leads to control. Use your “to do” list or other tools, but don’t let them control you.

    8. When given a project or task, get all the information you can at once.

    9. Excuse yourself from idle chatter after a few minutes.

    10.When involved in discussions, stick to the issue at hand.

    11.Finish what you start; avoid jumping around (multitasking).

    12.Keep an organized workspace.

     

    I hope you enjoyed this 4 part Series.

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