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Hi Everyone

Welcome to the October issue of What's New at DeskDemon!

So, what is new at DeskDemon? - our online Poll, where you can have your say, and you can find it on the right hand side of the home page. Our current poll: Has the number of PAs/Support Staff in your organisation decreased over the last three years? - click here to vote now. The poll will change regularly, please check back often to vote.

This month, as usual, we've got some great offers for you - there is still time to enter Sharpie's online drawing competition - we've had some great entries already, but with three Ipod Nanos to be won, why not have a go and enter now

And don't forget to get your free sample of Sharpie's new pro marker - simply register here to receive yours!

If you're looking for the ideal Christmas gift, Arcadia gi ft cards  can be spent at many high street shops and online too.

Don't miss out on our great offers and competitions - be among the first to know what is new on DeskDemon by following us on Twitter - @DeskDemon

The Perfect Reward as the Season Turns
The ideal reward and incentive to offer staff, the Arcadia Group Fashion Gift Card is ready to use in Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Miss Selfridge, Outfit, Topman, Topshop or Wallis. It can be topped up with any amount from £1 to £300. (or €1 to €450 in NI and Eire). So start rewarding your staff today. 
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Free Sample - NEW Sharpie Pro Marker
If you need a marker that won't let you or your colleagues down, why not try the new Sharpie Pro Marker. It's Sharpie toughest marker - and it can write on wet or oily surfaces is extremely lightweight, the tough aluminium barrel stands up to heavy and prolonged use and the durable block tip is pressure resistant. 

Sharpie is giving 1000 samples away - register now to get yours.
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Let Your Drawing Skills Win You an Ipod Nano 8gb
Test your drawing skills and be in with a chance to win an ipod Nano 8gb! Get creative with the great Sharpie drawing pens and colours in our online competition - it can be as simple, colourful or intricate as you want it to be.

We have three ipods to be won - one each month - and the best drawing each month will win. Your drawing can be of anything and you can enter as many times as you like. 
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EA Review - Brasserie Joel, Westminster Bridge
We invited Executive Assistant Shirley to enjoy an evening of French cuisine, wine and song at Brasserie Joel in London. Read how she and her husband got on.

"How lucky were we, it was raining but the restaurant is only three minutes from either Waterloo or Westminster so the location was absolutely great. We arrived fashionably early and were greeted by the receptionist with a friendly smile, she took our coats and escorted up into what I can only describe as an atmospheric, warm and friendly restaurant oozing French decadence and charm."
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Are Your Ready for the Major Pension Change?
The biggest change in pensions for over a hundred years – automatic enrolment – started on Monday 1st October 2012. Starting with the largest firms in October, employers will now be required by law to pay into a workplace pension for staff who do not opt out.

By the end of the year, around 600,000 more people in the UK will be saving into a workplace pension and by May 2014 about 4.3 million people will be saving for their old age.
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Toxic Emotions in the Workplace
We all experience a wide range of emotions in the workplace. For example, we may at different times feel angry, disrespected, sad, enraged, rejected, hurt, hopeless, and/or betrayed. When you are dealing with a work-related issue and your very best judgment along with your reasoning and evaluative processes become clouded, dismantled, or hijacked by your emotions the choice and/or action you take may not be the one you really wanted to take. 
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Friends Gather For Macmillan Coffee Morning
Having never attended a Macmillan Cancer Support coffee morning before, I was delighted to be invited to one on 28 September by a friend of a friend and find out how it feels to be part of the World's Biggest Coffee Morning.

PAs, friends and family gathered not only to have a coffee, cake, raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support - we met to give thanks and toast our friend, Debbie.
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Review Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street, London
Location, location, location - we are all familiar with this term in reference to buying property, but it also translates when looking at hotel locations, especially when time is tight and you may not want to drive.

DeskDemon was invited to come along and take a look at the Radisson Blue Edwardian Hotel, which was reburbished to the tune of £15m only a year ago.
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News from DeskDemon's community
  • Susan is discussing Choose a job you love...
  • Cozwas is discussing Time to move on to pastures new!
  • Atlanta Z3 is discussing Key Cabinet
  • msmarieh is discussing Motivational Books
  • Blogs
  • TSA Preparedness
  • Virtual Assistants: A Growing Profession
  • A Quote to Think About
  • Hot Technology
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  • The Different Way We Communicate
  • So, that's it for October - we hope you enjoy our selection of offers and competitions. And do keep your ideas coming - we love to hear what you like about DeskDemon and really value your feedback. Simply email

    Have a great month, and see you again in November, when the countdown to Christmas starts in earnest! - and a reminder that the clocks go backward on 28th October - woo hoo, an extra hour in bed!

    Until the next time
    Best wishes
    The DeskDemon Team
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