How Much Training Do You Really Need?

Step It Up VA Coaching

Is it really true that the more technical training and certifications you receive, the more valuable you are to clients? Here are a few things to keep in mind when trying to cover all your bases: If you feel uncertain or concerned about a lack in skills , remind yourself that you have what it takes right now to give your clients what they need. If you think you need additional training , consider that it might be wise to instead focus on what you do best—and do it really well.

Why You Need to Grab for Training Opportunities at Work

On The Job

When your boss offers you more training, your immediate response may be to decline. More training? One of the more frustrating messages in this poor economy has been employers' contention that they have job openings but the skilled labor needed to fill them isn't available.

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Travel Tips for Your Administrative Professionals Conference or Training Event

Office Dynamics

I also host a high-end training program for executive assistants and administrative assistants called World Class Assistant , in Las Vegas. for a full day at a conference or training. The engineers often come into the room while I am at dinner or off to my training session.

Executive Assistant Best Job of 2012

Office Dynamics

News on February 27, 2012 of the best jobs in 2012 and as one of the best jobs this profession was cited to see "significant growth over the next decade." The Best Jobs of 2012: Executive Assistant. See The Best Jobs of 2012.]. Many organizations (such as the International Association of Administrative Professionals) offer certifications in office skill proficiency. Do you see this being one of the best jobs in 2012 You already knew this, right?

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How do you make your boss successful?

Practically Perfect PA

As I had a few drinks and wasn’t really in the mood to talk through my CV and current skill set my off the cuff response was ‘I make my boss incredibly successful’. Pin It. I was chatting to a friend of a friend the other night and was asked that all important question ‘what do you do?’

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Decision Making Skills

Office Dynamics

Decision-making skill is key for productivity and growth. There will come a time in your decision-making journey of learning where you will have to remove the training wheels. Welcome to the Who Took My Pen. Again? Annual Blog-a-thon for Administrative Professionals. If you are just tuning in, here's the scoop! We are holding 4th Annual Blog-a-thon for the Administrative Profession.

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How to negotiate when planning an event

Practically Perfect PA

As we all know being an assistant means that our super organised skills are second to none. We are the most organised profession there is available to the working world and our skills can be transferable to many different tasks, including managing an event from start to finish. Pin It.

The most neglected entrepreneurial skill

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

James Chartrand, my good friend and co-conspirator, is here to tell us all about this neglected skill. And yet… There’s a crucial skill that can jolt your ambitions into powerhouse impact. You may not even be aware of it or worse, you just don’t think this skill is important.

How to negotiate when planning an event?

Practically Perfect PA

As we all know being an assistant means that our super organised skills are second to none. We are the most organised profession there is available to the working world and our skills can be transferable to many different tasks, including managing an event from start to finish. Pin It.

Which room layout is right for my event?

Practically Perfect PA

Today I am off to The Office Show 2012 at London Olympia. The suppliers at the exhibition are tailored for assistants, the seminars are run by some of the most prestigious training companies and as always there are a lot of free goodies!

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Administrative Professionals Conference or Training Event Travel Tips

Office Dynamics

I also host a high-end training program for executive assistants and administrative assistants called World Class Assistant , in Las Vegas. for a full day at a conference or training. The engineers often come into the room while I am at dinner or off to my training session.

Gatekeeping: what does it actually mean?

Practically Perfect PA

In an attempt to answer this question I first did a quick Google search and was astonished to find a number of websites detailing the skills required for sales people and cold callers to ‘get past the gatekeeper’. Filed under: Career , Skills , Uncategorized.

2012 161

7 Simple Ways to Never Be Happy

Dumb Little Man

Train yourself to wish rather than act when the urge to actually do anything about it comes around. #2: When was the last time you picked up a new skill? Make sure that you have a core group of people who don’t believe in you, your skills or your potential.

2012 286

Eight Tips to Decrease Public Speaking Anxiety

Dumb Little Man

You’ll do a much better job if you train yourself to focus on your content, and you may even forget about your nervousness. She teaches listening skills to her business communication students and is also working on a book about the therapeutic benefits of journaling.

2012 285

The 3 Simple Reasons Why Goals, Diets and Relationships Fail

Dumb Little Man

When establishing a new habit, skill or relationship, we need consistency. You’ve set a plan with your goals in mind. You’ve chosen a new diet. Or you’ve started a new relationship, filled with hope that this time it will work out. And then soon enough you’ve slipped back into old ways.

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How To Be Smart

Dumb Little Man

Just like swimming, cooking, dancing, and just about anything else, being smart is a skill that requires training. Critical thinking is an invaluable skill – without it, we all become gullible and easily manipulated.

2012 286

21Tips For Building the Body of Legend Bruce Lee

Dumb Little Man

Here’s what Arnold Schwarzenegger has to say about Bruce: There's a lot of people that do all those moves and they do have the skill, but they don't look visually as believable or as impressive as Bruce Lee did. The best way to do that is to train with intensity.

2012 285

Learn How to Manage Your Boss

Ian's Messy Desk

Supervisor recommendations carry a lot of weight when it comes to decisions about raises, promotions, training resources and even job references. For example, participate in meetings, volunteer to sit on important committees and welcome delegated tasks as a way to increase your skills. The workplace requires you keep up-to-date about developments in your field and improve your work skills through ongoing learning. Be creative, share ideas and develop problem-solving skills.

2012 167

Five Lies Personal Development Gurus Like to Tell

Dumb Little Man

Even when change is merely a matter of learning new skills, it still requires sacrifice. If I want the job promotion that requires additional training, I need to get that training and sacrifice the time, money and effort necessary.

2012 285

How to Handle (and Relieve) Boredom at Work

Eat Your Career

Get Additional Training. A great way to use downtime is to learn some new skills. Online training programs make it easy to do right from your desk. Remember, the new skills you learn are making you a more competitive member of the workforce.

2012 209

How to Create an Internship Program for Your Green Business

Eco-Office Gals

Internships are one great way to give students the opportunity to see what such a career would be like, offering them the ability to learn and develop marketable skills and add an entry to their résumé. Guest Post intern internship legalities student training and progress

2012 158

Moxie Tip 127: Write Well, You!

Virtual Moxie

At AssistU, she's our go-to resource for writing skills and training, and we can't recommend her program highly enough! Moxie Tips AssistU Dawn Goldberg Moxie Tips Virtual Assistant Virtual Assistant Training Virtual Moxie Write Better Write Well U Writing Skills TrainingFor years, I've longed for a great program I could refer VA's to, to help them become great writers. Dawn Goldberg has the answer in her Writing Essentials Program.

2012 130

EMEA East – Personal Branding Q&A

Practically Perfect PA

I had a few jobs where I would write content for marketing material and I think doing this meant I could use some of my creative skills at work. But I do wonder how many of us actually take the time to develop our skills because we don’t think we are worth the cost to the employer.

2012 159

EMEA East – Personal Branding Q&A

Practically Perfect PA

I had a few jobs where I would write content for marketing material and I think doing this meant I could use some of my creative skills at work. But I do wonder how many of us actually take the time to develop our skills because we don’t think we are worth the cost to the employer.

2012 151

How to Keep Your Competitive Edge in the Workplace

Eat Your Career

Develop Your Skills. You should always be looking for ways to expand your existing professional skills and develop new ones. Look for opportunities to practice different skills, implement new processes, take on new responsibilities or try out new technology. Hone Your Leadership Skills. Any person in any position at any level in any industry will benefit from leadership skills.

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Why You Need to Delegate More

Dumb Little Man

The same applies at home: if you insist on doing all the cooking and the chores, you’re stopping your spouse and kids from developing useful life skills. 1: You Don’t Have Time to Train Someone If you’re already busy and stressed-out, it often feels easier to take care of a task yourself. Try planning ahead: handle today’s newsletter yourself, but block out some time in your calendar to train a colleague on the process well in advance of next month’s newsletter. #2:

2012 219

Social CRM: An Idea Whose Time has Come?

Customers Rock!

Customer service agents are trained on product and service specifics and are better versed in how to handle the issues that arise. People Skills. Customer service reps trained to handle the wide diversity of people issues and personalities that crop up in day to day business.

2012 239

More Workers with Autism Entering Workplace

On The Job

Some employers such as Walgreens, AMC Theatres and TIAA-CREF already are making efforts to hire and train autistic employees, finding such workers to be dependable and hardworking, Standifer says. Autism is a subject that often promotes a great deal of debate. The causes. The solutions.

2012 247

26 Ways to Make Meetings More Fun (…and productive)

Ian's Messy Desk

After information is delivered (training, new policies, etc.), Designate a portion of each meeting for “meeting skills training.” Introduce a new skill at each meeting, such as gate-keeping, building, summarizing, etc. Cover via Amazon. by Charlie Hawkins.

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PA in Portugal

Practically Perfect PA

Once again the ever reliable assistant skills kicked in and I had my itinerary in place weeks in advance of me actually boarding the plane! I pack up my bags and legged it to Campanha station and luckily got on the train at 11am which meant I would arrive into Lisbon around 2pm – perfect!

2012 173

Man vs. Woman

Practically Perfect PA

I’ve found they like to have an assistant and have used my skills effectively. Office Politics Uncategorized admin administrators Executive Assistant Legal secretary Management Personal Assistant VA Industry VA networking Virtual Assistant Virtual Assistant training Women

2012 137

Are You Stuck in Your Story?

Virtual Moxie

Clients don’t want to work with me because I don’t know _ (fill in the blank with any number of skills you believe you are missing). Expectations Moxie Self-Care virtual assistant virtual assistant training you are not your storyWhen I stop to think about it, I find it pretty darn amazing that any of us are adults--alive and reading this.

2012 184

Moxie Tip 141: What Clients Really Want

Virtual Moxie

If you think clients really care about your techie skills, think again. Expectations Moxie Tips AssistU Moxie Tips Virtual Assistant Virtual Assistant Training Virtual MoxieWhat they really want (and need!) is your brain, critical thinking, creativity, knowledge, experience, expertise, and network.

2012 145

What the Mob Has Done to the Virtual Assistance Profession

Virtual Moxie

Anyone who has preyed on VAs with training to make them appear to be able to do the work of another kind of professional. Maybe you like chasing the clients through chasing the skills. Maybe you don’t feel at all badly about doing the work of other professionals without the real skill or compensation. Business Expectations Moxie assistu moxie seth godin standards virtual assistant business training virtual assistant businesses virtual assistants

2012 169

Moxie Tip 116: Chase or Attract

Virtual Moxie

You can chase the work and clients by chasing hot skills, or you can do what you love and attract clients who need that. Moxie Tips AssistU Moxie Tips Virtual Assistant Virtual Assistant Training Virtual MoxieWhat sounds better to you?

2012 147

Featured Soloist Kent J. McDonald: “Jump In and Do It”

The Solopreneur Life

Type of business: Business analysis training, coaching, and consulting. I went back out solo in the fall of 2010 and have since changed the type of work I do from contract staff augmentation to primarily training and coaching.

2012 160

How to Nail a Great Internship

On The Job

That means interns are put through a program that exposes them to a wide variety of experiences at the pharmaceutical and health care company so they can be evaluated for their skills. I live in a city with a major state university and things are starting to get a little crazy this week.

2012 234

PA in Portugal

Practically Perfect PA

Once again the ever reliable assistant skills kicked in and I had my itinerary in place weeks in advance of me actually boarding the plane! I pack up my bags and legged it to Campanha station and luckily got on the train at 11am which meant I would arrive into Lisbon around 2pm – perfect!

2012 158

How DreamWorks Teaches All Employees to Flex Their Creativity Muscle

On The Job

Regardless of what they do, employees are given training on how to pitch their ideas successfully. Creative skills will be a more important driver of the economy than technical skills, according to a DreamWorks survey of 150 senior human resources executives.

2012 226

Moxie Tip 114: Don't Leave $ on the Table!

Virtual Moxie

You could be leaving money on the table if you don't let your clients know what you've learned and how you've upgraded your skills and how all of that can help them. You can also be leaving money on the table if your upgraded learned and skills allow you to help clients in new and powerful ways but you don't raise your fee. Moxie Tips AssistU Moxie Tips Virtual Assistant Virtual Assistant Training Virtual Moxie

2012 133

Why Solopreneuers Should Balance Creativity with Analytics

The Solopreneur Life

Her work helps students learn about business analyst training options. Here are some ideas on using your creative skills to make your business stronger, using analytics. T his is a guest post written by Erin Palmer of Bisk Education. Erin writes about business education, including business intelligence certification. Solopreneuers are typically innovative and idea-driven. They are creative problem-solvers, multi-taskers, and wearers of many hats because they simply have to be.

2012 149

Bullying Continues to Infect the Workplace

On The Job

Employees should be trained on how to give appropriate negative feedback and be respectful. But if all employees are allowed to develop their skills and shown respect for their contributions, they’re more likely to be self-confident and not become the target.

2012 209

Book Review - Why Good People Can't Get Jobs

Small Business Labs

Capelli also laments the lack of training companies provide these days. Companies simply aren't willing to spend the money to train people - in part because of the cost and in part because of the fear they will leave.

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