Time Management Strategies for Remote Workers

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“The following blog was authored by AOE Marketing Assistant, Bailey Numbers.”Time management has always been one of the most valuable skills in the professional world. But when working remotely, these skills are more important than ever. Working from home adds a whole host of new challenges that can cut into your productivity: interruptions from family members, roommates or pets, asynchronous communication with coworkers (causing projects to take longer), lack of structure and genera...
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“The following blog was authored by AOE Marketing Assistant, Bailey Numbers.”The best way to set yourself up for success while working from home is to get organized. Organizational skills are among the most transferable professional skills, helping you to be successful as a remote worker, back in an office setting and in your personal life. Organizational skills can be defined as “the ability to stay focused on different tasks and use your time, energy and resources effectively...
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Video Conferencing Etiquette: Best Practices

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“The following blog was authored by AOE Marketing Assistant, Bailey Numbers.”This spring, given the current public health crisis, many of us are trading conference room meetings for virtual ones. If you’re new to video conferences, the idea of turning on your computer video camera and running a meeting through this medium can be daunting. Despite its challenges, the video conference is worth trying out for your group, as it is the closest you can come to simulating the in-perso...
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Since my side hustle is teaching yoga, as well as teaching folks to become yoga teachers, I have responded to a lot of questions during the last few weeks related to how to deal with the stress. I honestly haven’t shared anything in my responses that you haven’t heard elsewhere, such as the importance of stepping away from the computer, limit your social media and news feeds as well as getting proper sleep and exercise. However, though following all of these suggestions myself the la...
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Do We Continue to Market?

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Organizations like AGC are already working with Congress to make sure our construction industry stays strong (read story here), even though there are already instances of construction sites shut down.  Uncertainty is the only constant at this point.  Some of the questions the team at AOE is getting on a frequent basis right now include: Do we keep marketing? If so, what does that look like? Does our message change? In short, our opinion is yes, you keep marketing. But, yes, your m...
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You probably already know that AOE has a long track record-of providing the industries we service with marketing, public relations, crisis communication and other consulting services. What you may not know is that a significant portion of our team has worked remotely since 2001. That gives us some expertise in how to be productive while working from home! Here are seven tips that will help you make the most of your time: Figure out a good routine. Some people may want to put on profess...
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Communicating in a crisis

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On Monday, March 16, AOE President Kimberly Kayler hosted a Facebook Live discussion on the importance of communicating in a crisis. You can view the discussion here. For your convenience, we have included the content of her video below. Hi. I am Kimberly Kayler, president of AOE. We are a consulting firm that provides everything from association management and back-end support operations like HR and accounting to marketing, social media, publishing and training services. We are also expert...
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Have you tried calling?

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During the last few weeks, I have found myself asking the following question to colleagues and team members when they expressed frustration about not getting a reply to an email: “Have you tried calling?” And, the response was always no.I find it interesting that we are at a place in our business world in which not responding to each other is so commonplace. However, what is even more fascinating to this communications professional is that our response is to be frustrated, and it doe...
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Coronavirus Communication

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As someone trained and experienced in crisis management, I can’t help but look at any sort of catastrophe from a communications standpoint. The Coronavirus is no different. While I am not qualified to give medical advice, instruct whether or not you should wear a mask or weigh in on canceling your trip or not, I have strong opinions related to how we communicate in a time of crisis. In short, it is key that all organizations evaluate if some form of communication is necessary with their ta...
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The State of PR in 2020

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Having spent most of my career in the PR space, I am fascinated by the topic of how public relations is changing in today’s hyper-connected world.  More than ever before, public relations is, and should be, integrated into other functions within a marketing and sales department, as well as throughout the entire organization. PR hits HR, operations, marketing, sales, and other aspects of organizational culture. But, how does this all work?First, it is important to understand PR and its...
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