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Christmas wishes everyone and a very warm welcome to the December issue of What's New at DeskDemon!
With Winter very much here, being in a warm and cosy office seems like a pretty good idea! Especially when there's DeskDemon to turn to for news, great offers and all the support, advice and information an Office Professional like you could wish for.
Still looking for Christmas gifts? Then we have fantastic last minute ideas, whether you are buying for a corporate client, a colleague or family and friends.

If time isn't on your side, gift cards are ideal. SVM Gifts Cards are easy to buy and can save you a whole lot of hassle.
Selfridges - the name says it all - sells the most wonderful hampers - always a beautiful gift to receive.

And remember, our Ask the PANel has been launched and we look forward to receiving your work relations problems. And don't forget that your boss can take part as a guest panel member for one month - a great opportunity for him or her! Just get in touch

Wishing you, your family, friends and colleagues a wonderful Christmas and a happy healthy 2014.

Alison Pedrick

Selfridges' Extraordinary Hampers
It’s that time of the year when you need to start planning how you’ll treat the clients. Luckily for you, Selfridges has a new collection of luxury hampers and gift boxes, each expertly curated by their in-house team of food and wine experts. With gastronomic gifts to suit any sized team, Selfridges is your one-stop-shop for gifts that are sure to impress.
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Your £100 Gift Card
Buy gift cards from high profile brands including M&S, Debenhams, Sainsbury’s, Harrods, Spafinder, House of Fraser, Cineworld, Starbucks plus 60 more and automatically enter into a competition for a £100 gift card or e-code. All available through an easy order one stop shop with discounts available, also take advantage of savings on Christmas entertaining through cards such as Great British Pub Card.
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Leeds' Best PA Winner Announced
A PA at leading professional services firm Deloitte LLP has beaten off tough competition to be crowned Leeds Best PA.
 Laura Taylor, who has been with the firm for over seven years, was chosen as the winner of the inaugural Leeds Best PA contest.
 Congratulations Laura from everyone here at DeskDemon.
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Got a Problem - Why not ask the PAnel?
Back by popular demand! Many of you have asked for our 'Agony' section to be brought back, so here it is. This time we have a panel of experts to help you with any work related questions, queries or problems you may have.
Some of you are already familiar with Paul Pennant, our original Agony Uncle and we are also delighted to welcome on board PA Trainer Lindsay Taylor, who is currently wowing us all with her great A-Z Pearls of Wisdom series and also Alison Boler, an award winning legal PA whose passions include championing PAs (and you know how much we love to do that at DeskDemon) - and each month we will have a guest boss panel member.

If your boss would like to take part - please email
So, everyone, what's niggling you? What keeps you awake at night? Don't sit and fret in isolation - the team is here to help. Please send your questions to us via the form on the link or email and we shall pose them to our panel who will then reply via DeskDemon, PA Enterprise - our monthly e-magazine - and What's New at DeskDemon. If you prefer to remain anonymous, just let us know and we will omit your details.
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Christmas Parties - The Employer's Survival Guide
While you don't want to be the Christmas humbug, if you have been involved in organising your Christmas party, these tips can help you, your boss and your company potentially avoid any unnecessary problems before they arise - so you can relax and enjoy the party as well.
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Social Media Can Help or Hinder Your Job Hunt
We’ve all heard horror stories of people getting fired because they’ve posted something inappropriate on social media. It’s very easy to forget what we say on Facebook or Twitter is in the public sphere. Even when your security settings are high, nothing is ever completely hidden online.
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Wahaca Restaurant Review by Kate Simmons
Wahaca St. Paul’s, up on the first floor of One New Change, is the perfect stop-off for a Mexican street food hit in the heart of The City and we sent PA Kate Simmons along to check out this new venue.
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Getting the Most Out of a Seminar
Have you ever attended what you thought was going to be an educational seminar, but what instead ended up being an all-day sales pitch for products and longer/future classes? How frustrating to waste your time and money that way. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to go to a seminar, benefit from an engaging educational speaker, learn a fantastic amount of new information and then use that information to further your professional career? You can! 
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Dec and 2014 Diary Dates for Virtual Assistants
If you are looking to brush up on your Virtual Assistant skills, learn more about being a VA or want to meet up with other VAs either online or by getting out and about in December and 2014 - take a look at what VA Christine Todd found.
If you would like to add your event to our on-going diary listing - please email
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A-Z Pearls of Wisdom I is for...
I is for... Imagination.

"Your imagination is your preview to life's coming attractions" Albert Einstein
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    So that's it for the very last issue of What's New for 2013. This year seems to have flown by!
    Everyone at DeskDemon would like to wish you a very Happy Christmas and New Year, and we look forward to bringing you loads of new offers, competitions and useful information in 2014.
    Please keep your ideas coming - don't forget we're here to help YOU - so let us know which topics you'd like us to explore. Email
    Until the next time
    Best wishes
    The DeskDemon Team
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