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A Typical Day in the Life of a VA

Guest Post Series Today's guest post is from Zita Lewis – continuing my series of posts by VAs for VAs. In today's post Zita introduces herself. A day in the life of Zita Lewis VA I'm Zita Lewis, a VA/Business Support Manager for female entrepreneurs and small...

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How many WiFi connections do you have?

      Do you know who is accessing your Network? We all have wireless devices that need the internet, so it becomes something that we expect wherever we go. We expect to be able to connect to a someone's WiFi for the internet, especially when we visit a...

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Becoming a VA

Guest Post Series Today is the first of a series of blog posts, by VAs for VAs. I thought it would be a great idea to have a series of posts highlighting the work of a VA and getting top recommendations from VAs themselves. There will be posts from different VAs...

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Are you Backing Up or Just Synchronising

I often hear "I have OneDrive/Dropbox, so my data is backed up". Yet no where do these tools say they are "backup tools" they are known as "Cloud Storage" and "Synchronisation" tools. In the Terms and Conditions, you will see they say "you should ensure you backup...

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Smoke and Mirrors Day

What do you do that others think is like Smoke and Mirrors? Today March 29th is Smoke and Mirrors day. I know an odd kind of day to mark but it got me thinking. How much of what each of us does appears to be like Smoke and Mirrors or Magic to others? I was reminded of...

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Have Outlook Read Your Emails Aloud To You

      Have Microsoft Outlook Read Aloud to you I don't know anyone who dislikes a story – being read to, or listening to a story on the radio is a real treat. I know that my children used to love having stories read aloud to them. Imagine that you are...

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What data do you hold on me?

Freedom of Information Day on March 16th! With the GDPR that came in on 25th May 2018 it is even easier for someone to ask for a copy of the data you hold on them, so do you know where that data is? Perhaps when you were preparing for the GDPR you did a full survey of...

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My Top 10 Tips for Effective Meetings

If you get my Productivity Newsletter, then you will know that I provide tips and how to guides on doing things with Microsoft Office. Recently I have been focused on Microsoft Outlook and have written about using all sorts of tools around meetings. It was natural...

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Three Reasons to Move Microsoft Outlook Email

Why move Microsoft Outlook email? There are three main reasons in my opinion for moving email out of the Inbox Overwhelm Organisation Inbox Size Let's look at each one. Overwhelm Microsoft Outlook email arrives into the Inbox and sits there unless you take action and...

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Get Focused – less Distractions in Outlook

What can cause distractions? When I am recording a new course, I need to make sure that I am not distracted by all the notifications and sounds that can intrude and cause distractions when Outlook is open on my machine! Distractions are caused by: Pop up notifications...

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Why Quicksteps in Outlook will have you Dancing

Quicksteps? In Outlook? What do you mean? When watching Strictly Come Dancing, I love seeing the Quickstep, the dancers cover so much ground in such a short space of time. I end up breathless just watching! What does this have to do with Outlook I hear you thinking?...

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Get my Outlook Keyboard Shortcut Cheat Sheet

Here are 5 reasons why using a keyboard is better Reason number one – You Will Be more efficient! Most of the computer professionals that I know are wizards when it comes to using the keyboard. They are so efficient and can remember all those shortcuts. They wiz...

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How to record Narration in PowerPoint

Recently I was asked – How do I record a voice over for my slides? Someone asked this in a Facebook Group I belong to. "What's a good program for recording audio only for voiceover with slides? Keeping in mind I read with a screen-reader and will be slower as a...

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