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Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the July issue of What's New at DeskDemon.

Now that all the sporting excitement of the World Cup and Wimbledon is behind us, we can all calm down and concentrate on work - with a little bit of day-dreaming about our summer holidays allowed! Here at DeskDemon we're always looking out for you, with great competitions, offers and useful information to brighten up your working day.

First up - how about a Great British Break at a Village Hotel? With the UK weather (mostly) playing ball this summer, a few days away near top attractions sounds really appealing. Go for it! We've teamed up with Pentel to give away free samples of their new EnerGel pens - so make sure you bag yours. Pentel are also offering free cinemas tickets - click here for details of how to enter to win. And don't forget to click on Dymo's  competition (see below) for your last chance to get your hands on a free LabelWriter 450 - a fabulous office tool.

So what's new at DeskDemon this month?

Last chance to win with Dymo!
To celebrate the launch of the new LabelWriter 450 Series, Dymo are giving away 10 machines absolutely free to DeskDemon readers! All you have to do for your chance to win is watch a video and answer 3 questions. Give it a go. Or how about winning your own Personal Assistant! How fantastic would that be? Find out full details of how to enter this national competition.
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How to recover from a bad first impression
First impressions count - we all know that. So there's nothing worse than getting off on the wrong foot at an important meeting, whether it's with the boss, a client, or team meeting. But sometimes it's simply bound to happen - and if it does, the worst thing you can do is... nothing! In this article, you can lead how to deal with the situation - and ultimately turn it to your advantage.
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Win a Great British Break at a VILLAGE hotel!
Win a Great British Break at a VILLAGE hotel! Check out our Fixed Price Rates at The Hub for as little as £9.99 per delegate for your chance to win a fabulous, relaxing weekend break. The HUB at VILLAGE hotels offers state-of-the-art meeting and conferencing facilities, unlimited refreshments, high quality HUB lunches and access to the health and fitness club. Plus, when you book a meeting at The HUB, you'll never pay more than the published price, so you're reassured of a consistent rate.
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Private jet operator targets empty leg market
Centreline Air Charter have launched a live Empty Leg Availability on its website As much as 40% of its private jet flights are flown without passengers and the new system shows when and where these cut price legs are available. Costs can be as little as one third of the normal hire rates. Centreline has been operating private aircraft for over 20 years.
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Pentel - 1,000s of cinema tickets to be won and free samples too!
Do you love the movies? Pentel is offering a chance to win a pair of cinema tickets when you buy your favourite selected Pentel products from your stationery supplier. Enter your unique code (on pack labels) to play the online scratch card game and find out if you're a winner! Click here for more details. Plus - try out Pentel's new EnerGel range for yourself. We're giving a free EnerGel Xm pen to 1,000 DeskDemon readers!
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Corporate Events - some golden rules
Corporate Events usually fall into three main categories - problem solving events, communication events, and pure fun events. Unfortunately, however great the event idea might be, it can end up costing a fortune and achieving little if some fundamentals are not considered. So it's time to go back to basics and examine the whys and wherefores of event planning, before your imagination (and your budget) go wild!
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Tips for perfect proofreading
When you've been reading the same document over and over again, it's really difficult to spot simple spelling and grammatical mistakes. You're just too close to the subject - you know it inside out, and your brain skims over mistakes you would usually notice instantly. But making sure your work is accurate is vitally important, so proof reading is a must. Here are some tips to help you do it like a pro!
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Are you wasting time in the office?
Well of course... we all waste time to some degree. It's inevitable - after all, we're not robots programmed to be ultra productive every second of the day! But there are some simple ways to help you to use your time more effectively, which are well worth putting into practice.
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News from DeskDemon's community
  • JnyT  is discussing Executive Assistant v PA
  • peaches2160 is discussing Confidential Matters
  • Gee4 is discussing Flexi Time
  • mkimery is discussing Front Desk Coverage
  • Blogs
  • Getting Settled In
  • Engagement ...
  • Hot Technology
  • Book Review
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  • So that completes our round up for July. Please keep your ideas coming - we love to hear what you like about DeskDemon and really value your feedback. We're here to help YOU - so let us know which topics you'd like us to explore. Email

    Have a great month, and see you again in August.

    Until the next time
    Best wishes
    The DeskDemon Team
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