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5 Ways to Be More Resilient in the Work Place

Posted by Cool Ride on Fri, Oct 14, 2016


Corporate travel managers manage communication between travel vendors and the finance departments, clients, and executives. When so much of their day is spent communicating, writing, and negotiating, there’s plenty of room for feedback—some of which can be negative. Corporate travel managers are often blamed for the constraints of a reduced budget, among other things, so they learn to deal with negative comments over time.

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Tags: Professional Development

5 Tips for Better Professional Documentation

Posted by Steve Johnston on Wed, Jul 20, 2016

This blog was originally published in 2013; we have since updated it to reflect the most current and accurate information possible. 

Documentation can feel like an extraneous task, and you may never need to look back over your paper trail.

However, if you are ever asked to show proof of a client or vendor contract, or interactions with your colleagues, documentation will certainly come in handy.

According to Tech Republic contributor Jack Wallen, “when it’s not there, the job can be an absolute nightmare.”

Keeping track and ensuring your records are complete is a little bit like professional integrity: you need to do it, even if no one is watching. 

Check out our tips for better documentation, every day. 

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Tags: Professional Development

6 Smart Growth Strategies for Entrepreneurs

Posted by Steve Johnston on Tue, Apr 22, 2014

Are You Ready for Business Growth?

It happens for many companies: That triumphant day when they’re not just meeting their sales goals, they’re surpassing them.

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Tags: Professional Development

4 Leadership Exercises to Do Every Day

Posted by Steve Johnston on Fri, Sep 20, 2013

Be the Best You Can Be

Management can demand a set of skills that are tricky to master. From delegating tasks to keeping in touch with the needs of your employees to making sure that objectives for projects are determined and communicated to the entire team, it seems that managers have to wear more than a few hats every day. Unfortunately, where effective management can seem confusing and difficult, great leadership can seem nearly impossible. It doesn’t help that effective managers are rarely effective without possessing a few essential leadership skills. If you’re at a loss as to what those skills entail, here’s a short list of leadership exercises that you can do every day to keep your leadership senses strong.

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Tags: Professional Development

Branding Your Irvine Business

Posted by Steve Johnston on Mon, May 13, 2013

How to Brand Your Business in Irvine

There comes a time in the life-cycles of most companies and businesses when the owners and executives realize that it’s time to build an effective brand for their company. What exactly constitutes an effective brand? For starters, it involves creating a recognizable persona for your company, an eye-catching logo or a catchy motto—in short, getting your company effectively connected to the people who will buy and use your company’s services and products.

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Tags: Branding, Irvine Business, Professional Development

Respect vs. Fear: How Do Your Employees See You?

Posted by Steve Johnston on Mon, Apr 29, 2013

Build Good Rapport without Crossing Lines

In The Devil Wears Prada, Miranda Priestly (played to perfection by Meryl Streep) rules her office with an iron fist. When employees get wind that she’s coming to the office, they erupt into a hive of activity and fear. Blood runs cold, insults are whispered, and a cold sweat breaks out across the foreheads of every team member. And when she arrives, fake smiles are plastered on faces all around as everyone does their level best to avoid her wrath. While this scenario is great for entertainment, it really does beg the question: Is someone in your office writing the next big evil-boss screenplay…about you?

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Tags: Professional Development

Los Angeles Business Events You Can’t Afford to Miss

Posted by Steve Johnston on Mon, Apr 22, 2013

Boost Your Business with These Networking Opportunities

In Los Angeles, business events are much like any other big event, and companies and executives get their own awards season. Even if you or your company has not been nominated, attending the awards ceremonies can be a very lucrative idea. Here is where you will meet the biggest and best in your industry. By taking some time to network with other business professionals in the Los Angeles area, you can build lasting relationships that could parlay into excellent partnerships.

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Tags: Professional Development

Jump into Journaling: How Reflection Strengthens Skills

Posted by Steve Johnston on Fri, Apr 19, 2013

Climb the Career Ladder with Your Own Information

Career development can be a tricky, and sometimes expensive, thing. Everyone loves the idea of getting a degree, adding certifications, or just getting a few webinars under their belts. Unfortunately, these educational tools, while certainly very helpful for boosting your career, can cost quite a bit of money. If you’re still determined to climb the career ladder, have no fear. You can still learn a lot on a daily basis, and your new information will help make great strides in your professional life. So, where does this information come from?

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Tags: Professional Development

Monday Marathon: Finding Momentum to Last the Week

Posted by Steve Johnston on Mon, Apr 15, 2013

Make the Most of Your Manic Monday

Get ready, get set, go! Monday is off to a bang. If you’re like most people, there are a million tasks running through your mind from the very beginning of the day, and it doesn’t seem possible to get it all done before it’s suddenly Tuesday. Monday gets a bad name because it’s the first day of the typical work week, but it shouldn’t be put down. It’s just another day like any other. It’s got the same 24 hours, and the same opportunities. Sure, you’re probably coming off a fun weekend. Maybe you got to relax, maybe you didn’t. Still, it’s important that you make the most of your Mondays and keep that going through the entire week.

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Tags: boosting productivity, Professional Development

Beating Stress on Bad Days

Posted by Steve Johnston on Fri, Apr 12, 2013

Simple Stress-Relievers for Everyday Use

We’re all going to have a bad day every once in a while. It’s inevitable. In fact, life’s inevitabilities just became death, taxes, and bad days. Fortunately, and inevitable as bad days are, great days are the same way. It’s important that, as a business professional, you learn different ways of taking a bad day and turning it around to ensure that you’re putting the best image forward and not losing your cool with clients or co-workers.

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Tags: boosting productivity, stress relief, Professional Development