There was a sense of Déjà Vu about June. First there was the unbelievable hype and expectation, happily turning its back on all rationality ("it's going to be our year"), and then came the red card, the penalties, recriminations and return home. I'm sure it's all happened before...And also, of course, there was Tim Henman - tiger with a small t - who was going to make that last big attempt for the Wimbledon title ("it might, possibly, be his year"). At least, now that the hype and expectation's been foiled, everyone can relax again. The laws of physics weren't being overturned after all - though Federer seems to manipulate gravity pretty well. There is hope though; the notoriously bad penalty takers, the Italians, proved you can turn the tide. Next time...
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In the spirit of sharing knowledge and ideas, DeskDemon are committed to bringing the experiences and concerns of our users to a wide audience. That's why we introduced Day in the Life, a close look at the work and career of individual office professionals. Our latest interview is a Day in the Life of Julie Phillips
. She is the Office Manager and PA to the Director at TPAS Cymru
. She shares her experiences of life in an organisation that is aiming to change and adapt with the times.
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Office meetings aren't there to be endured. They are a means, not an end; they should improve the office's functioning, working processes and cohesiveness through dialogue and decision-making. This article makes some important points about just what office or departmental meetings are all about and offers some suggestions about how you can breathe some life into yours. Time to put your meetings to work, to make everyone's job easier!
VenueDesk is DeskDemon's new-look one-stop nucleus for anything meeting or venue related. Here you can find a wealth of great articles on all aspects of meetings and reviews of venues. And to make your search for that perfect venue much easier, DeskDemon has created the easy-to-use VenueDesk Fast-Finder
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Influencing others is a skill and an art, without which working in today's workplace is very difficult. Influencing isn't about coercion; it's about winning support. Everyone can work on their skills in this area and this article introduces ideas about what can be done to make yourself a more effective influencer.
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The summer solstice may have just passed, but we are still in the time of Cancer until 23rd July
. Check out what the stars have in store for you during the midsummer. And don't forget, when the stars change on the 24th, Ysanne's horoscope predictions will too!
That's it for the July newsletter, though remember to keep checking the continually updated DeskDemon website!