What can assistants expect in 2014?

Practically Perfect PA

Anyway here we are in 2014 and I hope that everyone is settling back into work after the Christmas and New Year break. I think assistants will have an interesting 2014, particularly as it is the International Year of the Secretary and Administrative Assistant with lots planned for our professional development. Niche networking is a big trend for 2014 so it would seem assistants are ahead of the curve on this one! The post What can assistants expect in 2014?

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Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2014

Small Business Labs

 2014 will see this divide widen as tech savvy small businesses use their technology to cut costs, better connect to customers and gain market share. Outsourcing Opportunities:  As firms become more networked, they focus their internal efforts on core and/or strategic business functions. Income Inequality:  Income inequality is a big issue that will become bigger in 2014. Below is our 7th annual Top 10 Small Business Trends list.

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Rope-a-Dope and International Affairs

Daily Writing Tips

The other day I began listening to an interview between NPR’s Scott Simon and Dennis Ross, a member of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. My attention was stopped cold by this sentence in Simon’s opening remarks: I apologize for using a sports analogy, but what about the chances that this might be the rope-a-dope strategy for Iran?

The Pros and Cons of Taking Your Business International

Small Business CEO

Taking your business international opens up a huge number of markets, but also invites some risks. Even if your local markets fail, your business can prosper in the international market. Advantages of International Business. … CEO Leadership business growth international business overseas market According to Shahram Shirkhani , your small business can have greater success if you adapt to the global marketplace.

New! Scholarship Application for 2014 Conference [TIME SENSITIVE]

Office Dynamics

Here at Office Dynamics International, we are fully committed to advancing the careers of administrative professionals. Office Dynamics International. Scholarship Application for 2014 Conference [TIME SENSITIVE] appeared first on Office Dynamics. Administrative Conference Scholarship Application Announcement.

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Speaker Lineup Announced for Administrative Assistant Conference 2014

Office Dynamics

Office Dynamics International has announced the keynote presenters for its administrative professionals conference , the 21st Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence, to be held September 30 – October 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) July 24, 2014. The conference agenda has been curated around the theme for the 2014 conference — Collaborate, Create & Connect: Expand Your Influence. “I About Office Dynamics International.

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Make more money! 3-Hour Intensive at a massive discount!

Step It Up VA Coaching

Here are the details: You must purchase your intensive before March 1, 2014. Your intensive must be scheduled for a March 2014 date. I want to support you in March in a BIG way, with a ”3-Hour Make More Money Intensive” , at a super cool, “bring on spring!” ” discounted investment. For just $197, we’ll get on the phone together for 3 hours of strategy, support, coaching, information, guidance – - whatever YOU need.

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3 Questions to Unlock The Past (And Future Happiness)

Dumb Little Man

But such an attitude led me to be internally angry and to live in a false reality. As Jon-Kabat-Zinn’s book title reads “Wherever you go, there you are” There is something in us that attracts the experiences we have in our lives and we need the help of emotions to drill down to the truth of the lesson we need to learn.

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5 Tools For Entrepreneurs To Boost Productivity

Dumb Little Man

A 2005 study conducted by the International Game Developers’ Association showed that people working more than 8 hours a day tend to become extremely unproductive and tired. For an entrepreneur, 24 hours in a day is just not enough. That is because there is always more things that can be done in a day. This often leads to burnout and a general loss in motivation.

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Networking best practices for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

The benefits of setting up an internal networking group within in your organisation. She is not only a fantastic public speaker, having recently presented at the Office Show 2014 but she also understands what can hold assistants back and how to overcome our own fears. Catherine has most recently won PA Contributor of the Year 2014 along with her 2009 PA of the year runner up award and she was also a finalist in the South Wales Business Awards Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2014.

A day in the life: Alison Boler, ITV

Practically Perfect PA

I give PA support to each boss including diary management, booking international travel, preparing contracts, documents and papers. What are the main aspects of your role? Supporting three Heads of Legal & Business Affairs at ITV. I have to prepare signature copies of agreements and maintain the status all of the contracts coming in and out of our department. I maintain extensive status sheets for all our programmes so I always know what is going on.

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Coping with car hire – When the best is expected

Practically Perfect PA

Scanned copies of the drivers licence will be required for each driver and, in cases where a non-latin based language licence is issued, a scanned copy of a valid international drivers permit is also required.

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Practically Perfect PA Giveaway: Airport meet and greet service

Practically Perfect PA

One very lucky assistant will win a free airport meet and greet service courtesy of DiamondAir International. DiamondAir International. Since 2001 DiamondAir International has been the world’s leading provider of the finest luxury airport services to over 500 destinations worldwide, including London Heathrow and London City Airport, rail stations, ports and other transport hubs. This post is sponsored by DiamondAir International.

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How to Manage the Rush Jobs

Ian's Messy Desk

Meanwhile, you’ve skipped lunch, a courier is waiting on a delivery from you and the intern is hovering, looking for approval on the next step. The post How to Manage the Rush Jobs appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. It’s 3:00 in the afternoon and your boss calls from the road and says, “Drop everything, I need this report in an hour.”. Fifteen minutes later another manager comes by looking for last-minute help with a PowerPoint presentation.

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Great venues for your 2015 events

Practically Perfect PA

Exclusive, desirable and uniquely situated being 40 minutes south of Edinburgh International airport. Another 52 rooms are in the pipeline for 2014 plus all the facilities you’d expect from a five star venue such as swimming pool, spa, tennis courts and outdoor dining area. We have a specialist conference team whose experience includes conferences for the European Union and prestigious international companies.

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The Talbott Hotel, Chicago

Practically Perfect PA

The Gold Coast area has lots of hotels but they are predominately owned by international chains and so The Talbott is quite unique and I think it makes all the difference. Advertised minimum rate is $139 per person (March 2014). What an absolute godsend The Talbott Hotel is! I arrived into Chicago following a very very long over night journey from Memphis and all I wanted to do was get to my hotel so that I could catch up on some much needed sleep.

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How to organise a fantastic social event for your organisation

Practically Perfect PA

The quiz is guaranteed to be perfect for the participants, so that everyone can have a geat time, whether they are internal staff, clients, or a mixture, whether they are old, young, British, international etc. I would imagine that most assistants have been asked to arrange a social event for their team or organisation as we do tend to be the focal point for social activities in the office.

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The Assist Conference 2015

Practically Perfect PA

The role of networking internally and externally to help assistants develop. I am so proud and delighted to launch the first conference from Practically Perfect PA – The Assist Conference 2015. It is taking place on the 27th February 2015 in London and as you can imagine I am very excited! I wanted to give all of my readers more information on the conference and why I think it is going to be a fantastic event. Being an assistant is something unique.

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The Administrative Professional: A Vital, Yet Overlooked Contributor

Office Dynamics

At Office Dynamics International, We Passionately Believe. Office Dynamics International is proud to support IYOTSA 2014. IYOTSA is the ‘International Year of the Secretary and Assistant’ It takes place in 2014. In 1984, a similar international celebration was organised by the PSI and 2014 marks its 30th anniversary. Learn more about this 2014 initiative. The administrative role is a noble calling.

How to ensure your boss has a great business trip

Practically Perfect PA

Well, let me introduce you to Diamond Air International, an airport concierge service that will ensure your Executive a stress free business trip. Since 2001 DiamondAir International has been the world’s leading provider of the finest luxury airport services to over 500 destinations worldwide, including London Heathrow and London City Airport , rail stations, ports and other transport hubs. This post is sponsored by DiamondAir International.

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Moxie Starts in a Deep, Quiet Place

Virtual Moxie

I shared with her that while it''s often true that moxie deals with action, moxie starts with strength…internally, deeply and quietly. I had the most interesting conversation with a new mentee at AssistU. Her POV on moxie had it dealing with action. Strong action—ballsy action. Without that, strong action is just bravado with no real underpinning, and, in my view, not genuine moxie. You have to know who you are, and be comfortable with that before you can engage in moxie.

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10 nice touches: hotels

Practically Perfect PA

International plug adapters. Over the last few years I’ve stayed in many many hotels and I can honestly say the quality can vary enormously. With most hotel chains you kinda know what to expect but when it comes to independent or ’boutique’ style accommodation the star rating isn’t always an indication of what you are going to get.

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Enhance Your Langauge Skills for Successful Public Speaking

Ian's Messy Desk

Toastmasters International highlights the importance of correct language by appointing a Grammarian to listen to everyone’s word usage and report on language used during the course of a meeting. The post Enhance Your Langauge Skills for Successful Public Speaking appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Another essential skill for successful speakers is using the correct form of the language. Being limited to English, I can’t say what equivalent errors might exist in other languages.

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Regaining your mojo after a mistake

Practically Perfect PA

Probably the worse mistake I ever made at work involved tickets to a sold out international rugby game. Anyone that has worked in a high pressured job will, at some point in their career, have made a mistake. For those of us that have to multitask, juggle many many different jobs and work for a number of Executives and colleagues the likelihood of making a mistake increases significantly.

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Nine steps to fantastic events

Practically Perfect PA

Jonathan Bradshaw an internationally renowned speaker on meetings and events will wrap up the conference and Zoe Blackmore will talk about her move from a PA to heading up an events team at the Association of Online Publishers. Here is a snap shot of the Practically Perfect PA questionnaire, which has now been filled in by almost 300 of our readers, it shows that one of the main functions of an assistant’s role continues to be events management.

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Fairmont, St. Andrews

Practically Perfect PA

New York, Barcelona, Seattle, not many tiny towns can sit proudly on an international list like this, but owing to the swinging of a golf club St. Advertised minimum rate per night is £139 (December 2014). Fairmont an American based group with some stunning properties is rightly regarded as a global hospitality icon. From the beaches of Hawaii and Bermuda to the heart of San Francisco their offering is wonderfully diverse.

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Shall we try something new…

Practically Perfect PA

For a lot of companies, setting both internal and external meetings offsite is a good way to inspire creativity in the work place. Every time an out of office meeting is required, I usually turn to my tried and tested hotel and conference directory. These are venues that I have personally visited and most importantly, have been approved by my boss. We do this, because we trust what we know.

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Networking with ACE Connects

Practically Perfect PA

Back in November I had the pleasure of speaking to 50 assistants who were attending a networking event organised by ACE (Assistant Community EMEA), an internal networking group set up by assistants at BlackRock. Simone White, the founder of ACE Network, will be speaking about internal networking groups at our conference next year – Assist Conference.

Top tip guide to managing global ground transport

Practically Perfect PA

If you need an international service, check that your service provider operates in all the countries on your itinerary. If they can, you can save yourself loads of time and you won’t have to manage any international payments and exchange rates. It sounds simple. All you have to do is book a car to Heathrow Airport, organise transfers on arrival at the foreign destination and then make sure that all your travellers get to every meeting in their jam-packed itinerary without a hitch.

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Menzies Hotel, Glasgow

Practically Perfect PA

However it was the prime city centre Glasgow hotel which we visited in August 2014. As we all know it’s the value for money that we look to when organising internal events for our companies and Menzies would offer a great four star option. Advertised minimum rate per night is £81 (October 2014).

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Which tasks should assistants manage?

Practically Perfect PA

Assistants should manage all aspects of their executives business travel including both domestic and international trips. As I’ve always said our main role as assistants is to free up time in our executive’s day so that they can focus on the big stuff. There are so many ways we can help them with this from managing their calendar effectively, minimising interruptions and generally keeping them on track.

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Why incentive travel works

Practically Perfect PA

First Event specialises in international incentives, conferences, corporate hospitality and “money can’t buy” experiences. Having been established in the incentive travel industry for over a decade now, I can state with confidence that we at First Event have seen it all; events to recognise success, reward achievement, inspire motivation, build relations and give back to communities.

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How to organise the perfect conference call

Practically Perfect PA

Setting up an international conference call is as easy as a local conference call. Conference calls are becoming a much more regular occurrence these days. Most of my executives participate in a conference call at least once a day if not more often. For assistants they can be a tricky thing to organise, so much can go wrong – people can call a different number, forget the pin or simply be let down by the conference calling technology.

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Open Loops 3/28/2014: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Simple Productivity Blog

This week I highlight articles on getting rid of telemarketers; an app that breaks reading down into small chunks; getting better sleep; managing internal distractions; ways to brighten someone''s day; productivity tips a child could use; things to be grateful for when times are tough; and getting some white space in productivity. On Fridays I pull the best of my blog readings to share with readers. Topics can come from anywhere, and cover anything.

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Insight, Innovation and Finding Aha's

Small Business Labs

The article defines insight as: an imaginative understanding of an internal or external opportunity that can be tapped to improve efficiency, generate revenue, or boost engagement.  The Harvard Business Review article Where to Find Insight provides a good primer on how to spot trends and create business insight that can drive innovation.

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The Rise of the Extended Workforce

Small Business Labs

 This definition includes internal employees, vendors, consultants, alliance partners as well as contingent workers who work for the organization on a project basis. The consulting giant Accenture has released a study showing the use of contingent workers and other external talent is growing in importance for major corporations. Accenture uses the term "extended workforce" to describe the many types of workers companies use. This

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Hilton Doubletree, Dundee

Practically Perfect PA

Despite its slightly outlying location with a compact city like Dundee the hotel is still only 15mins taxi from the train station and only 10mins from the increasingly international focused airport on the banks of the River Tay. Advertised minimum rate per night is £109 (October 2014). There really couldn’t be a more convenient hotel in which to stay in Dundee.

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The Frictionless Enterprise

Small Business Labs

At the opposite end of the scale, larger enterprises can lower their internal transaction costs, both to co-ordinate and organize their in-house resources and to engage with external contractors. Frictionless enterprise: the digitally connected future of business nicely summarizes how digitization is impacting how firms are organized and operated.

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Book Review: Exporting - The Definitive Guide to Selling Abroad Profitably

Small Business Labs

 Many knowledge-based firms (Emergent Research included) often serve international clients but don't really think of it as "exporting"  It is.  Read this chapter to better understand how to reach and build your international customer base.   Chapter 26 - Business Travel and Security Tips : Traveling internationally on business sounds glamorous.

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Experience vs. a university degree part two

Practically Perfect PA

Yes I have taken numerous courses to assist with my role both internal office courses and external professional courses. A few months ago I asked the Practically Perfect PA readers if they could complete a survey for me. The survey asked if assistants feel that having or not having a university degree has made a difference to their career path. I received so many thought provoking comments that I thought I would share them with you over two posts ( this is the first post ).

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Christine Arylo on self love, success and clutter

Clutter Coach

For the habits that create unpleasant or unwanted results, it’s time to create a new habit, so you need to cut a new internal rut. She is the author of Choosing ME Before WE, Every Woman’s Guide to Life and Love , and the founder of the international Madly in Love with ME™ movement. by Originally posted 2009-06-01 13:35:01. Republished by Blog Post Promoter.

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Always Choose to do the Right Thing

Virtual Moxie

The question is whether they choose because their own internal compasses guide them to, or because they fear a known (or imagined) consequence. Joan scheduled time to talk with me. She said she had a challenge she needed feedback on. Her challenge, as it turned out, was that she had invoiced her client incorrectly, and wasn''t sure if she should just let it go, or correct the error. The error was a mathematical one.

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The Common Mistakes Futurists Make

Small Business Labs

Key quote: While most of us are in roles where we are focused on exploiting the current business model, nowadays, everyone’s job, regardless of level, is to be somewhat of a futurist who is able to foresee where the business is going and internalize the change by creating and executing their individual plans.

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