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Hi Everyone!

Welcome to the August issue of What's New at DeskDemon - did you know that DeskDemon is the world's largest website for Executive Assistants, PAs, Office Managers and Secretaries?

After all the organisation and anticipation, the Olympics London 2012 is now over. We saw some amazing feats of altheticism - teamed with endurance, commitment, tenacity - some of the attributes which makes a great PA too! At DeskDemon, we say "roll on the Paralympics!" Have you voted in our Olympic poll?

So, offers this month - be part of the world's biggest coffee morning with Macmillan Cancer Support and Kenco and win your dream coffee morning. Win a day at London Fashion Weekend, courtesy of Canon, where you can see the latest designs. And don't miss the office* event for PAs on 12-13 September at London's Olympia.

We are expanding our Review Section on DeskDemon, please email your details to if you would like to be considered. We are looking for EAs, PAs, Office Managers and Secretaries who book meetings, conferences and have experience as an office professional. We look forward to hearing from you! And if you have read a good book, can recommend a great meeting venue, want to share your thoughts about a film - why not tell us about it and we can add it to our Review Section?

Win Your Biggest Coffee Morning Ever
Kenco has joined forces with Macmillan Cancer Support for the third year running to be the official coffee partner of Macmillan’s flagship fundraiser the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning 2012.

Kenco are giving 3 lucky winners the chance to host the coffee morning they've been dreaming of and give you and your friends a day to remember. So, for your chance to win, simply tell us what your perfect coffee morning would be like, if you had to think BIG and we'll organise it for you. 

This year the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning falls on Friday 28 September, but hosts can take part whenever suits. To enter the competition and receive more information on hosting your own coffee morning register at
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Go to London Fashion Weekend with Canon
Canon's range of All-in-One inkjet and laser printers can do it all with ease - from simple wireless connectivity to intelligent network printing. Of course, the Canon name is synonymous with high end quality, pin sharp images, the latest advanced technology and stylish design - who better to offer tickets to a day at London Fashion Weekend.

Just answer a few quick questions for Canon to be in with a chance to win a pair of tickets.
*Terms & Conditions apply
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office* - The Business Event for PAs and Office Professionals
Join us at office* on 12-13 September at London’s Olympia - the only exhibition and conference dedicated to offering solutions and support to office professionals like you.  With more than 175 leading suppliers - from corporate hospitality and travel to office supplies and event management, a conference-level seminar programme, inspirational free keynotes - including one by Deborah Meaden, and unrivalled networking opportunities, if you can only visit one event this year make sure it’s office*.  12 September is also National PA Day, dedicated to Britain’s PAs – celebrate with us at office*.
Find out more and register for free at quoting priority code OFF437.
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DeskDemon PA Reviews - DYMO
You may recall that we asked for DeskDemon readers to review the DYMO® LabelManager™ 500TS Touch Screen Label Maker. Step forward Tara and Natalie who put two of the machines through their paces for two weeks.
Here's how they got on:
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The Silent Killer in Our Workplace
Poor employee health costs UK businesses more than £100 billion a year. Fred Turok, Chairman of the Fitness Industry Association and Chairman of the Government’s Public Health Responsibility Deal physical activity network, urges business to sign up to get into shape.

Most successful business leaders know instinctively that a healthy workforce is a productive workforce. But what may shock boardrooms up-and-down the country is just how harmful inactivity and being sedentary actually is to our health and well-being.
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DeskDemon PA Book Reviews
Management in 10 Words by Terry Leahy, Like A Virgin - Secrets They Won't Teach You at Business School by Richard Branson and Life-Changing Conversations (7 strategies for talking about what matters most) by Sarah Rozenthuler were all read recently by DeskDemon readers - click on more to see to find out what our reviewers thought.

If you're a PA and would like to review books for us - please email your details to
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Being Made Redundant? Part 1 - Money
If redundancy was to happen tomorrow, what protection do you have? Sometimes, even if you fear redundancy, it often does not actually happen, but then again it can just creep up on you, and before you know it a 'consultation' is called.

There are things that you can do (they usually cost) that will give you extra security, should the worst come to the worst. An income protection policy is a luxury, but could be a worthy cost if you think that your job is not safe.
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News from DeskDemon's community
  • Susan is discussing Best Career Advice
  • Katie G is discussing Am I Being Unreasonable?
  • JessW is discussing I Did It!
  • Cozwaz is discussing So what do you think of this?
  • Blogs
  • Delegating Work to Get the Job Done
  • First post - an introduction
  • Saving money on commuting - it is more than you think
  • One per company
  • Did you miss?
    New Guide Explains Maternity Rights and Redundancy
    Your Stars for August
    Assess Your Transferrable Skills For A New Job
    Dog 'n' Bone Hotline for Hotel Pets (and Owners)
    Jobseekers and Pinterest
    How to Cure Bad Office Mobile Phone Signal
    Uncomfortable Shoes Cost Women £2.5 Billion
  • Mail Merge using Word 2007 and Excel 2007
  • Cropping an Image
  • So that's it for this month - don't forget to enter our competitions, and keep visiting DeskDemon for all the up-to-date news, info and features we love to bring you.

    We value your views, news and opinions, which can be shared on the Forums, via a Blog or email -

    Enjoy the rest of summer and we'll be back in September and bringing you more great offers.
    Until the next time
    Best wishes
    The DeskDemon Team
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