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Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 9:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Professionalism:  Speaking with Confidence

While what you say certainly influences the perceptions others have of you, so does how you say it. Develop a more professional demeanor by paying attention to these ways you might be sabotaging your speech:

Talking Too Softly

Others should not have to strain to hear you. Likewise, speaking too quietly gives off a vibe that you are unsure of what you are saying or don’t think your opinions are worth being heard.

Talking Too Fast

Again, you might lose your listeners simply because they are having trouble hearing what you’re saying. Speaking at a steady pace demonstrates that you deserve the floor as much as anyone else and do not feel a need to rush out of fear of being cut off.

Failing to Make Eye Contact...

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 7:00am
Bobbi Dempsey
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Cyber Assistant: Xpenser

Expense reports are no fun. And submitting and managing them is even more of a headache when the records are scattered and disorganized. Xpenser can save you lots of time and aggravation by making it easy to track and record your expenses (along with time and mileage) from anywhere.

With Xpenser, you can record your information from any device, and then manage, search or print them easily. You can also designate people with approval power, and then submit expenses for approval with one click. If you’re responsible for other people’s expenses, this system makes it easy to view and approve your team members’ expenses and hours. You can also set up reminders to be sent automatically to late submitters or approvers.

Among the great Xpenser features are the organizational...

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 1:00pm
Annabella Caballero
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Online Food Ordering and Billing

From note-taking apps to document sharing services, there’s a lot out there to help you be more productive. For administrators, one area that often takes a lot of time is managing the food ordering process.

From catering for meetings and events to group lunches and meals for people working late, food plays an important role in the office. It boosts morale, improves collaboration and supports deeper relationships with clients and colleagues. But for today’s administrative professionals, that often translates to an ever-increasing amount of time and energy devoted to managing food orders.

A recent...

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 11:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Right Now:  Ways You Can Be a Better Job Candidate

In this fifth and final installment of our “Right Now” series of practical advice you can use immediately, we hear from career expert Lavie Margolin -- author of I Know Someone. What Now? and From Linked Out to LinkedIn – who shares some tips for becoming a standout in a tough job market.

1. Be fully informed about the job you are interviewing for. Don't just be aware of the job responsibilities but understand the organization for which you are interviewing and the industry in which it exists.

2. Change your resume specifically for each job. Make it as easy as possible for the recruiter/hiring manager to see clearly why you are a fit for the job.

3. Show passion in your cover letter....

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 9:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Woman Fired for Selling Girl Scout Cookies at Work

Who knew Thin Mints could hurt more than your waistline? According to this article, a mom out to help her daughter sell Girl Scout cookies by setting up a display at the campus convenience store where she worked was fired without warning for “gross misconduct by soliciting” and “operating a personal cash business.” While she claims to have done the same thing in previous years without a problem and to never have asked outright for anyone to buy, the longtime employee’s termination letter states that her action “violates company policy.”

Her case brings to light the sometimes sensitive subject of soliciting donations in the workplace (or, for that matter, peddling side-job...

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 7:00am
Bobbi Dempsey
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Tech Tip: CrashPlan Online Backup Service

Have you ever had a computer die, crash or accidental delete your important files? For anyone who uses a computer for personal or professional reasons (and let’s face it, that’s everyone these days), this is probably their biggest nightmare. Losing valuable files can be extremely stressful—and can also cost you time and money, especially if the files are work-related.

That’s why it is so important to back up your files. We all know that, but most of us don’t do it as often as we should—and then we may live to regret it.

Fortunately there are lots of back-up services that make it very easy for you to back up your important files often. CrashPlan is a service that lets you automatically back-up your important documents, images and other files—so you’ll be able to access...

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Monday, April 1, 2013 - 11:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Right Now:  Ways You Can Reduce Stress

Sure, a weeklong tropical getaway might do wonders, but most of us need strategies to combat stress on a daily basis. In this fourth installment of our “Right Now” series of straightforward advice, stress and wellness expert Beverly Beuermann-King of WorkSmartLiveSmart.com offers these tips on de-stressing.

Find your rhythm.

“Stressful periods need to be followed by relaxation. This allows us to re-energize, re-group, and stay healthy. Take a break. Get up from your desk. Stretch. Relax. I’d like to suggest taking a nap, but that might be difficult while you are at work. However, part of having a healthy rhythm in life starts with getting enough sleep. Plan to go to bed early...

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Monday, April 1, 2013 - 9:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Job Search:  You’ve Got Less than a Minute

According to Vicky Oliver, author of 301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions and The Millionaire's Handbook: How to Look and Act Like a Millionaire, Even If You’re Not, most hiring managers make up their mind about a candidate in less than a minute. “It's scary, but true. That snapshot impression you make really matters, and once you make it, it's likely to stick.”

With time not on your side, be ready to make each second count. Here, Oliver offers five ways to impress:

1. Good strong eye contact.

If you don't know what color your interviewer’s eyes are after you've met her in person, you haven't maintained enough eye contact. Look at her, but don't stare her down....

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