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The Assistant as a “Center of Influence”

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I created the above visual as an image of the ideal situation between an executive and their assistant, especially when it comes to communication. Because of all the technology today, assistants have a very hard time staying “in the loop.”

2019 242

Emotional Intelligence for Administrative Assistants

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I have grown to love speaking on and teaching assistants about emotional intelligence. This definitely is a skill every assistant needs to know. This is a skill you can use every single day!

2019 183

Why Certification and a Designation are Important for Executive and Administrative Assistants

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Great administrators are known as those who do their best, work at the top of their game and who work like they are in a profession of choice. One of the strongest ways to send that message is when you choose to certify. Certification is a choice to complete a full program of study.

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Choosing the Best Administrative Assistant or Executive Assistant Conference

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An administrative conference should feed your brain and soul!

2019 252

Do You Have an Internal Admin Site or Hold Lunch N Learns Where You Work?

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Ask an Admin was created by Office Dynamics to help administrative professionals with their problems through the help of their peers. We don’t always have an answer to each individuals problem but we know some of you might. Please read the question and comment below.

2019 157

Set Healthy Boundaries at Work

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An important component to self-management versus stress-management is to set healthy boundaries in the workplace. In this article what kind of boundaries and with whom.

2019 173

How to Develop a Strong EA Group in a Company – Ask an Admin

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Ask an Admin was created by Office Dynamics to help administrative professionals with their problems through the help of their peers. We don’t always have an answer to each individuals problem but we know some of you might. Please read the question and comment below.

2019 171

Calendar Management for Executive Assistants

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Meetings, meeting, and more meetings! In spite of all the technology, meetings have not gone away.

18 Books Every Administrative Assistant and Executive Assistant Should Read

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Office Dynamics has put together a list of books for administrative assistants and executive assistants that will help you with your professional development and personal life.

2019 251

Time Management for the Modern Assistant

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Year after year, one of the biggest struggles executive assistants report to me is effective time management. Let’s face it: your days are chaotic. You’re pulled in a million different directions, and many of you have multiple leaders to support.

2019 167

9 Ways to Improve Your Organization Skills for Administrative Assistants

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Organization skills for administrative assistants are one of the most valuable skills to have as an administrative assistant. Without the ability to organize your work and your resources, you could be twisting in the wind in no time.

2019 235

Conference for Administrative Assistants – How to Get Your Executive’s Approval

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Most of the time assistants tell me they can’t attend our conference for administrative assistants or training because of budget cuts or not getting financial support. Sometimes it really is a budget issue. I understand that perfectly as a business owner and CEO.

2019 218

Calling All Assistants—Secret to Building a Strategic Partnership

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. For more than 15 years I have been teaching assistants how to build a strategic partnership with their executives. I especially spend a lot of time on this topic in my World Class Assistant™ designation course.

2019 170

Love What You Do

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Last week Office Dynamics International turned 29! I can’t believe my company is 29 years old. It has not been an easy journey, especially since I started a niche business of specialized training for administrative professionals of every title, age, and experience level.

2019 195

Five Questions to Ask Before Saying “I’m Done” (Writing Tips)

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Suppose you’re writing a sensitive email, article, or letter—one that’s extremely important in your world. The message must be as clear and concise as possible. Ask these five questions and follow the examples to make changes that will immediately improve your prose.

2019 168

Managing Multiple Managers

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Managing multiple managers can be daunting. But that is the norm today. 90% of administrative and executive assistants support more than 1 person. It is a luxury if you only support one executive or manager. I know some administrative assistants who support an entire department of 60.

2019 215

Getting Things Done

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Getting things done in the workplace is one of my favorite topics to speak on and write about. I have been passionate about this topic for 28 years.

2019 180

7 Tips for Administrative and Executive Assistants

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Being an Administrative or Executive Assistant is not always a walk in the park. There is always a fire to be put out, there is the juggling of 9,000 different tasks, and sometimes you are an assistant to more than one executive or manager.

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Top 9 Communication Tips for Executive and Administrative Assistants

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Establishing rapport is critical to attaining successful business and personal relationships. 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.

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5 Must-Have Skills for Progressive Assistants From Joan’s book, Who Took My Pen… Again?

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You are a top-performing, high-achieving administrative assistant who has accomplished much. You have the fundamentals down pat and even demonstrate advanced skill sets. So where do you go from here? What might be missing from your bag of skills?

2019 179

Teach Your Executive How to Work with You

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Today, I thought I’d take a little different spin and share with you an excerpt from a chapter in my newest book for assistants, Joan’s Greatest Administrative Secrets Revealed. In my early days as a secretary I didn’t know how to teach my executives how to work with me or what I needed.

2019 219

My Boss is Leaving: How Can I best Help her Transition Out? – Ask an Admin

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Ask an Admin was created by Office Dynamics to help administrative professionals with their problems through the help of their peers. We don’t always have an answer to each individuals problem but we know some of you might. Please read the question and comment below. Alice S.

2019 153

Focusing on Providing Exceptional Service as an Administrative Professional

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Focusing on providing exceptional service at work can be a struggle especially if you are not feeling appreciated. I have shared several discussions about this topic with my peers throughout my years as an administrative professional. The key is to focus on providing an exceptional level of service rather than the feeling that no one is acknowledging your service. Stating facts about your performance is a form of professionalism and confidence.

2019 136

Administrative Assistants and Ongoing Status Updates

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As administrative assistants and executive assistants, we all know there are a hundred moving parts in business. There is constant change, new projects and ideas, rework, barriers, coordinating multiple people and meetings, travel, and more.

2019 209

6 Free Training Sources for Administrative and Executive Assistants

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It is no secret that Joan Burge and the Office Dynamics team believes in continuous education and training so we wanted to provide you with several resources that give you access to free education and training. Educational Video Library.

2018 228

What is the Difference Between an Administrative Conference and Administrative Training?

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With the plethora of offerings for administrative training and development, there is also a lot of confusion. People are throwing around terminology that can be confusing to the purchaser.

2019 175

Communicating In Style, With Style

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The word communicate is derived from the Latin word, communis , meaning commonness. When we are communicating, we are trying to establish commonness with others.

2019 208

Administrative Professionals Day 2019 – A Message from Dana

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I recently received an email from Joan in her trademark professional encouraging style. I realize many of you received this email and maybe additional emails celebrating Administrative Professionals Day and our profession.

2019 178

How to be the best Executive Assistant? Ask an Admin

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Welcome to another question for Ask an Admin. This is where the executive assistant and administrative assistant can submit any question they have and their peers will answer the question based on their previous experience.

2019 203

If I Were (Was?) Rich…

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The play Fiddler on the Roof recently came through my city, and my friend kept singing her dad’s favorite song from that hit: “If I Were a Rich Man.”. My comment? “I’m I’m glad the lyricist got the grammar right!”. Why is the use of “were” (not “was”) correct in this song title and similar phrases?

2019 170

Tips to Get Rid of Stress

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Life is too short to let things get to you, but sometimes it happens. Sometimes things are going so fast and so much is happening we all of a sudden think, “Whoa, what just happened?”. Then comes the stress and we quickly become one of the “office dragons” that we don’t like very much.

2019 202

Reviewing Your Administrative Career

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Have you created your own career portfolio or read about how to create one? If you attended the 25 th Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence you had the opportunity to attend a career portfolio breakout session with Joan Burge and create a beginner’s copy of your own.

2019 204

How do I Deal with an Executive that Always Says Yes? – Ask an Admin

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Welcome to Ask an Admin! This is where any administrative assistant or executive assistant can submit any question they have and your peers can weigh in on the conversation with their advice. There is more than one way to approach a situation or problem so we would love to hear your input!

2019 183

How does an Administrative Professional Set Up an Official Process? Ask an Admin

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Welcome back to Ask an Admin! The blog series that allows administrative professionals to ask any questions they may have and have their peers give the best advice they can provide.

2019 158

Administrative Professionals Day is Just Around the Corner

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Here we go again! Administrative Professionals Week and Day will soon be upon us. The dates are April 22 – 26. Here at Office Dynamics, we love to celebrate administrative professionals of all walks of life in a big way.

2019 174

Celebrate Admin Professionals Month by Resolving to Write “Right”

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You want to be successful in your job as an administrative professional, but you feel your writing may not be as good as it should. Take to heart the following five steps and I guarantee a steady improvement!

2019 166

How to Help Your Manager Get Things Done – Ask an Admin

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If you are an Administrative Professional looking for your questions to be answered by your peers, then this is the place for you! This is the best blog for advice for administrative assistants and executive assistants provided by Office Dynamics International. This week Renee C.

2019 168

How Do I Tactfully Voice My Concern? – Ask an Admin

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Executive Assistants and Administrative Assistants have to deal with a lot. Whether that is working remotely, working with several managers or executives, and sometimes supporting an entire floor of employees!

2019 158

Conference for Administrative Assistants and Executive Assistants – Opening Session

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October 24, 2018. We enjoyed a fabulous breakfast buffet (so much food!) at TBones upscale restaurant. Large tables made for great breakfast conversation with admins from throughout the country and around the globe. I met Charlotte and Chris from Amarillo.

2018 204

Assistants Must Excel at the Fundamentals

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From Joan Burge’s new book, Joan’s Greatest Administrative Secrets Revealed (2018). I know many seasoned executive assistants who think they do not need to focus on or pay attention to their basic skills, what is also known as the fundamentals.

2018 210

Administrative Professionals Day Gifts

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Where would you be without your administrative assistant? Who would handle all the nitty-gritty work that needs to be done plus the big picture stuff? Who would set up your travel and meetings and troubleshoot? Who has your back, no matter what?

Being an Administrative Assistant for Two Different Types of Managers – Ask an Admin

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Ask an Admin was created by Office Dynamics to help administrative professionals with their problems through the help of their peers. We don’t always have the best answer to each individuals problem but someone else might!

2019 145

Las Vegas Restaurants and Attractions to Visit While Attending Our Conference for Administrative Assistants

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Hello Office Dynamics friends and family! Ernan here and I’m very excited to share with you a little interview I had with Joan Burge.

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