Core soft skill: Resilience

Practically Perfect PA

Today I am going to start a new one – Core Skills. I’m not just going to write about which skills we need I am also going to look at how these skills are linked to the role specifically. I was used to answering the standard interview questions about soft skills but I hadn’t really delved very deeply into the practical aspects of that skill and how it made me stand out as a better candidate and Executive Assistant.

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What can assistants expect in 2015?

Practically Perfect PA

The last few years I have written a blog about what assistants can expect from the year and here you will find the tradition has continued into 2015. I genuinely think 2014 was a turning point in our industry and I think 2015 will see a consolidation of our efforts to take our profession forward. I am very optimistic about 2015, here are a few reasons why… Employment opportunities and salary. The post What can assistants expect in 2015?

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Why You Need Good Writing Skills To Survive College

Dumb Little Man

The post Why You Need Good Writing Skills To Survive College appeared first on Dumb Little Man. Anyone can write. But not everyone can write well. College requires a lot of writing.This isn’t like high school where you can pass a 500-word essay about your reflection on a movie and get away with an easy A+. College writing involves more analysis, citing of facts and days of research. You will encounter professors who might require you to submit different kinds of writing assignments.

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The Assist Conference 2015

Practically Perfect PA

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! The Assist Conference is designed to support assistants, to arm us with the skills we need to tackle those issues. The importance of developing your own career path looking at interview techniques, job descriptions and the key skills needed to move on up.

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Coworking Members Learning New Skills, Becoming More Successful

Small Business Labs

One of the more interesting findings from our recent survey of coworking members is how many reported they had learned new skills - or improved their existing skills - due to their coworking space membership: 69% of the respondents reported they learned new skills. 68% of the respondents reported they improved their existing skill set. The ability to learn new skills is becoming increasingly important.

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What is happening with Practically Perfect PA in 2015

Practically Perfect PA

We have some very exciting plans in the diary for 2015 and I want to share them with you today. Key skills. We have also introduced two regular features – ‘ A day in the life ‘ and ‘ Technology of the week ‘, both of which will continue into 2015. Technology, hands-on advice and key skills were all mentioned by respondents so we plan to cover these areas in more detail next year.

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Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2015

Small Business Labs

Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2015.   2015 Technology Trends. The ongoing technology platform shifts to Cloud and Mobile Computing will continue as long term drivers of change in 2015. Add to this a growing wave of cybercrime – which is increasingly targeted at small business through the use of automated online bots – and 2015 looks like a year when online security and privacy will be major small business issues. 2015 Economic Trends.

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Free Webinar Teaches You How to Develop Your Persuasion Skills

Office Dynamics

As we celebrate 25 years in business we’re offering a free webinar each month for administrative professionals to continue their skill development and learn more about who we are and what we offer the administrative profession. This month we focused on the topic of persuasion skills with our free webinar, Getting to Yes: Overcoming Resistance to Get What You Want and Create More Value for Your Company. We have about 5 spaces left for our fall 2015 class.

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15 social media and technology trends for 2015

Practically Perfect PA

Google Glass and the Apple iWatch really do seem like something out of a sci-fi film but they will be available in 2015. Images are going to be even more popular in 2015 than they were this year. This is an oldie but a goldie and it is still going to be the top tip for all social media users in 2015. For those managing their organisation’s social media this is something you might be asked to research in 2015. I hope we see more of you online in 2015!

3 Simple Steps to Improving Communication Skills

Office Dynamics

You cannot afford to take the critical skill of communication for granted! Three things to consider to improving communication skills in the workplace: What is my goal or motive for communicating with this person now? The benefits of improving communication skills with co-workers: I hope you will challenge yourself and take the time this week to communicate with excellence. The post 3 Simple Steps to Improving Communication Skills appeared first on Office Dynamics.

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Skills required to be a good minute taker

Practically Perfect PA

Not everyone can be a good minute taker – it’s a definite skill and quite often an art, hence the name of my course, The Art of Minute Taking. There are definite skills required to be a good minute taker and I’ve listed some of them below: Listening. Without a doubt not only is it a skill to take minutes at the meeting, but the real work comes in being able to wordsmith a draft set of notes into an exceptionally good piece of writing.

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Is shorthand still a relevant skill for a minute taker?

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It was a very handy skill to have! … They would’ve thought that this would be a must have skill to be able to take minutes. It’s a good skill to have, but the traps listed above need to be avoided. Robyn runs the popular The Art of Minute Taking course at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, where it was the top Professional and Executive Development course for 2015 and 2016. The post Is shorthand still a relevant skill for a minute taker?

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Diary management for PAs and EAs

Practically Perfect PA

Featured Key Skills Sponsored post admin administrators assistants Career diary management EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual AssistantWhile the role of a PA or EA is constantly evolving, diary management continues to be a fundamental task. PAs spend at least a third of their time managing diaries, so it’s essential that you’ve mastered this aspect of your job. This guide provides tips to help you on your way. Own the calendar.

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A PA’s guide to confidentiality

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For more tips on honing your skills as a PA or EA, check out our other career guides. Featured Key Skills Sponsored post admin administrators assistants Confidentiality EA Executive Assistant PA Personal Assistant Virtual AssistantAs a PA or EA, your ability to handle confidential subjects, issues, emails and documents is essential. And increasingly, PAs are asked in job interviews how they approach the issue of confidentiality.

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10 do’s and don’t for managing your boss’s task list

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Featured Key Skills admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Tasks Time management Virtual Assistant In this post I am assuming your Executive has a task list that they use every day to get through their work! Hopefully this task list is available for you to access on a daily basis and you have the rights to edit and update the list.

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Are you a networked PA?

Practically Perfect PA

Networking is without a doubt a valuable skill set and resource tool but for many it can involve going outside our comfort zone when confronted with the notion of chatting to a complete stranger. Featured Key Skills Writers admin administrators assistants Career EA Events Executive Assistant Networking Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual AssistantThe word networking can strike fear, horror and / or joy into the best of us.

Can An Employer Legally Verify Salary History?

Dumb Little Man

The job market in the United States is becoming increasingly competitive not only in terms of individual skills but also in relation to compensation. As of 2015, American employers are still enjoying a substantial pool of overqualified candidates to choose from, and this has not stopped them from keeping the upper hand with regard to salaries and compensation.

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40 Excel hacks for assistants

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Featured Key Skills admin administrators EA Executive Assistant PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant assistants technology Office managerIf I had to make a list of all of my favourite office technology and software Microsoft Excel would most certainly be missing from the top ten (urm… it probably wouldn’t make the top 100). I do hold a grudge against Excel I must say.

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A day in the life: Amanda Barlow, Senior EA, PZ Cussons

Practically Perfect PA

Since 2011, I have watched it grow from a small group of 50, to nearly 500 members in 2015. You are well known for your networking skills, what initial steps did you take to increase your network? What does your career path look like? I have been working as the Senior EA at PZ Cussons for over a year now and have developed my role to become an integral part of the ExCo Team.

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Minute taking tips

Practically Perfect PA

As any PA knows, taking minutes is a challenging and essential skill. Featured Key Skills Sponsored post admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Meeting Minutes Office manager PA Personal Assistant Tasks Virtual Assistant This guide provides some handy tips on getting it right, every time. Do your research.

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Coworking, Independent Work and Happiness

Small Business Labs

The 2015 MBO Partners State of Independence survey results , which we worked on with MBO Partners, shows that most independent workers report being happier (79%) and healthier (59%) working on their own. Coworking brings an enhanced social experience, networking and opportunities to learn new skills - as well as a good place to work. Over the last year or so we've been digging deeper into why independent workers are consistently more happy at work than traditional employees. 

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All the free training we offer in one place!

Office Dynamics

Register for the December event, End-of-Year Reflection & Celebration: Sending 2015 Off With a Bang! Join Joan Burge as she shares personal insights from 2015 and offers helpful guidance for setting yourself up for success in the coming year. At Office Dynamics International we love what we do. Part of what we do is provide tools and services to administrative professionals to enhance the quality of their work-life that promote administrative excellence.

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Overcome Your Fear of Making a Presentation

Dumb Little Man

But before you spend money on training take a look at these easy ways to improve your presenting style; some skills can be better honed by working on them at a personal level rather than with someone else to whom you may not be able […]. In almost every role in business there will come a time when you will need to make a presentation – but many of us fear that day. Yet being able to make a great presentation is one of the best ways of improving your career prospects.

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4 Things Experts Do to Learn Faster Than You

Dumb Little Man

Quick basic skill acquisition and than long period of plateaus are the norm for most people learning anything. Let’s learn how to play Bizaroo. The fictional game invented by me, five minutes ago. How would you start? Your first attempt would naturally be followed by immediate failure and maybe amused laughter from experienced onlookers. We would then probably say,”Wow! It’s hard”, followed by a healthy dose of self deprecation.

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10 tips for public speaking

Practically Perfect PA

Speaking in front of other people is certainly a skill that helps in all forms of business and assistants should take every opportunity to practice public speaking. Featured Key Skills admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant public speaking Tasks Virtual Assistant My first attempt at public speaking was back in 2013 at an exhibition for assistants and office managers. At the time I was absolutely petrified.

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Why You Should Consider Enhancing Your Persuasive Powers & How to Do it Effectively

Dumb Little Man

This article will not make you a master salesman and top influencer, but it will certainly provide you with some great insights which in turn will enhance your persuasive abilities and skills. This doesn’t refer only to “traditional” commerce – you can “buy” and “sell” ideas, thoughts, emotions…) Regardless if you want to improve your personal or professional life – effective persuasive skills are the way to go!

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The Decline of Employee Training & The Rise of Side Gigs

Small Business Labs

It comes from the 2015 Economic Report of the President  (page 147), which is prepared annually by the President's Council of Economic Advisers for Congress.   In our most recent survey of people with 2nd jobs, about 20% of these "side giggers" said "learning new skills" was the reason they had a 2nd job.

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Are Your Goals Big Enough?

Dumb Little Man

Don’t forget this crucial first step, it is a rare thing for people to achieve amazing results without trying to, millionaires don’t become millionaires by accident and pro sports people don’t develop their amazing skill sets by accident. All too often peoples success is hindered by the limitations they place upon themselves, if you don’t aim high you wont achieve much. As Napoleon Hill said: “the starting point of all achievement is desire.”

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5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Be Perfect At Your New Job

Dumb Little Man

I had no skills or knowledge, except how to write correctly in English. People want to be perfect because they are sometimes convinced that their own skills and potential are not enough. I had no experience when I was hired for the first time as a copywriter. My boss decided to give me a chance. I was so nervous about losing this job! I thought, “If I’m just good enough, they will fire me. I need to be perfect.”

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14 Problems Freelancers Usually Face

Dumb Little Man

This means that when you are a freelancer, you should constantly develop your skills. Freelance has its pros and cons. You are your own manager and boss, but there are quite a few problems as well. These problems are not all very different comparing to the problems of office workers. If you plan on becoming a freelancer, you should definitely keep reading. Demands of the customers are constantly changing Clients can be different, as well as their requirements.

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Coworking Spaces are Human Spaces

Small Business Labs

Learning related: 69% reported they learned new skills. 68% reported they improved their existing skill set. Last week the results from the spring coworking space member survey were released at the Global Coworking Conference Unconference (GCUC). Emergent  Emergent Research (that's us) partnered with GCUC and Jacob Sayles of Office Nomads on this study. The key finding is while coworking spaces are definitely workspaces, they are also much more.

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3 Keys to Staying Focused & Reaching Your Goals

Dumb Little Man

It’s the people who develop the skill of staying focused no matter what’s happening in their life who are successful. It’s easy to drift. Life is hectic for all of us and if we’re not intentional about our direction in life we can easily wake up one day and wonder how we got where we are. A common complaint I hear from people, men in particular, is regret over not having done something in their life that they had always wanted or planned to do.

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Working with an introvert

Practically Perfect PA

Introverts are not going to enjoy unnecessary interruptions and random conversations so make sure you use all of your gatekeeping skills to keep your Executive away from scary Extroverts (especially pushy sales people). The key to a successful relationship between an assistants and their Executive is having a good understanding of how each other operate.

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Technology of the week: DocuSign

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Featured Key Skills Technology of the week admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant technology Virtual Assistant What is DocuSign? DocuSign lets you sign documents electronically and easily send documents for electronic signature in just minutes. It’s safe, secure, and legally binding. There is a free trial available for new users and prices start from £7 per month for individuals. What does it do?

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Networking with other departments

Practically Perfect PA

Featured Key Skills admin administrators assistants Business EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant We all know that networking is really important for assistants. There are plenty of external networking events out there but really the first place to start with building your network is within your organisation.

Best Countries for Studying Abroad.

Dumb Little Man

They can study another language, establish friendships with other young people from countries all over the world, participate in internship programs, and develop skills that are important in today’s globalized society. Students who spend time studying overseas are offered many wonderful opportunities.

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Celebrating Administrative Professionals

Office Dynamics

Administrative Assistants Rock! Join our April Blog-A-Thon. April is just around the corner and we love celebrating administrative professionals! This is the month we can (and will) celebrate in a big way. In honor of Administrative Professionals Week (4/20 – 4/24) and Office Dynamics 25th Year in business educating administrative professionals and their executives, we are bringing back our Blog-a-Thon.

The Future of the Administrative Profession

Office Dynamics

Demonstrate your leadership skills. These are fundamentals, critical foundational skills needed to fully mature your career. Being confident, prepared and honing your skills is a great way to handle this. How skilled are you in handling “offsite” support across time zones? Presentation skills – volunteer to make and give presentations whenever the opportunity arises. The Future of the Administrative Profession – Surviving or Thriving?

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Top Communication Tips for Administrative Assistants

Office Dynamics

While everyone must competently use today’s information technology tools, too many of us are ignoring the proven importance and effectiveness of interpersonal communication skills. Use assertive communication skills to manage these situations. Admin Assistant Training Communication Skills Difficult People Interpersonal Skills Mgr/Asst Team Professional Image Teamwork administrative assistance communication tips difficult conversations interpersonal skills professional image

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Using social media to empower assistants

Practically Perfect PA

15 social media and technology trends for 2015. Using your social media skills at work. If you are reading this post it is more than likely that you are involved in some sort of social media platform be it LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook (I´m not sure how else you would have found this blog!). That is brilliant and I am probably talking to the converted however I think it is worth saying (or saying again in this case) that social media really can empower assistants.

Top 10 tips for creating bulk emails

Practically Perfect PA

Featured Key Skills admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant During the course of my career one of my favourite tasks was creating regular newsletters, marketing emails, company updates and bulk email messages from my Executives. I did this task in a number of roles and found it to be a really creative outlet for me.

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What it Takes to Be a Successful Freelancer

Small Business Labs

Eight Skills You Need to Succeed from the Christian Science Monitor covers some of the key skill sets a freelancer needs. The 8 skills listed in the article are: Communications. Several good articles this week about what it takes to be a successful freelancer. HBR's 7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Going Freelance  nicely synthesizes the key questions a person should ask themselves prior to becoming a freelancer. 

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A Day in the Life: Simone White, PA, BlackRock

Practically Perfect PA

I took all my skills learned from my studies to organise people and offices instead. You are well known for your networking skills, what initial steps did you take to increase your network? What does your career path look like? I started my life as a temp at the V&A in London, after graduating and realising that the world of fashion journalism & promotion was not for me. What are the main aspects of your current role?

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