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Last week, we discussed how certain speech patterns and subtle gestures can be tip-offs that someone is not telling the truth. Want to gather a bit more “evidence” when trying to decide? Consider trying the following techniques: Let the person talk. A dishonest person may have difficulty keeping up with her various lies. Giving her free reign to speak on the subject rather than guiding her answers with leading questions may bring about interesting revelations. Enlist the help of another person. Without turning the situation into an interrogation or looking like everyone is ganging up, see if a different colleague can get anywhere. The suspected liar’s guard may come down when in conversation with a neutral...


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March 2014

We always begin the workweek with the best of intentions, don’t we? Our energy is high, our focus is laser-sharp and our drive to succeed is at an all-time high—especially on Tuesdays. But as the week drags on, it’s easy to run out of steam. Especially if you think your co-workers aren’t listening to your ideas and that you’re being constantly interrupted or distracted from the tasks at hand. By the time you find out you’ve been passed by for that promotion on Thursday, it’s easy to want to throw in the towel.

Take heart—and read on. In this issue, we’ll share simple tips that can help you keep that high-energy momentum going all week long, offer up strategies to improve your workplace image and help you get your co-workers to tune in to what you have to say.

Instead of letting that missed promotion get you down, use it to fuel future success with our tips in “When a Promotion Passes You By.” And before you go, brush up on your Google search skills, then learn how to put social media to work for you. So when the next promotion comes available, you’ll be ready—and the obvious choice.

We hope you enjoy this issue of The Office Professional!

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February 2014

Social media is changing the way we do business—in a good way.

Remember the days when professional networking meant swapping business cards at conferences or events? While I’ve “bumped” my contact info to other professionals and connected through LinkedIn countless times, I can’t recall the last time I handed out a paper business card—or received one for that matter. Yet I have a stronger network than ever before.

While most people view LinkedIn as a great resource for professionals, many other valuable platforms are mistakenly seen as purely social. Take Twitter, for example. At first glance, this platform doesn’t seem to have much value for professionals. Who really cares what Miley Cyrus had for breakfast? But Twitter is also a powerful educational tool that can further develop your career, and it’s definitely worth your time. 

With Twitter, you can connect with other admins and companies to stay on top of the latest trends in your industry, read articles posted by thought-leaders, ask for and offer advice, and learn new skills. This month, The Office Professional will host Julie Perrine, All Things Admin’s procedures pro, for the Twitter chat “3 Simple Tools to Increase Your Office Efficiency.” You can participate in the live discussion and ask her questions, too. Just follow #AdminProChat at 2 p.m. Feb. 6. (The article on page 4 provides step-by-step instructions for those who are new to Twitter chats.)

At no cost and from the comfort of your own desk, you can learn valuable tools that will help you excel in your job. Are you on board … er, online?


January 2014

Happy New Year! There’s nothing quite like putting up a new calendar and getting the year off to a fresh start. But calendars fill up quickly, and it can be difficult to fit everything in, especially educational courses for your own professional development. So we created plenty of options for you to choose from. In addition to our standard 60-minute webinars and audio conferences, The Office Professional is offering two new formats this year: shorter, 30-minute webinars and Twitter chats.

Make a goal to virtually attend one or more events this year. Carve time out 
of your schedule to learn new skills or further develop existing ones—from the comfort of your own desk. Here are five simple steps to make it happen:

  1. Print out the 2014 event listings on page 3.
  2. Post it next to your computer screen.
  3. Get your boss’s support. 
  4. Register for the classes.
  5. Block off your schedule, and commit to your plan.

Before you know it, you’ll be flipping the calendar to 2015, so make 2014 count. It will be the best investment you make all year!

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