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Being Resilient During Turbulent Times

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Have you ever come across someone whose decorum is composed amidst the chaos? Their organizational skills, attitude, and outlook seem unscathed. It’s likely that the person you see before you developed those traits over time and has chosen to be resilient regardless of what lies ahead.

2020 208

Dealing With a Difficult Boss

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Working with people has its pros and cons. When you work with others you are able to bounce around ideas, collaborate, get feedback, and share knowledge. However, when you work with difficult people, you may experience resistance.

2020 153

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The Vanishing Executive Assistant—NOT!

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I would like to address the recent article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal on January 18, 2020 by Rachel Feintzeig regarding The Vanishing Executive Assistant. First, I have been entrenched in the administrative profession for 50 years.

2020 260

The Best Assistant Learning Resources

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Office Dynamics International is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Since 1990, we have provided rich resources for administrative professionals around the world. As you can imagine, we have covered thousands of assistant-focused topics over the decades.

2020 186

Continuing to Navigate and Remaining Calm Through Difficult Times

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The world around us is in a state of pandemonium. The threat of Coronavirus has highlighted our greatest fears and worst nightmares. Its tentacles have a firm chokehold on the economy, and basic infrastructures are grinding to a halt.

2020 223

How Assistants Can Adapt to Change

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A natural reaction to change is fear of the unknown. Many assistants would much rather stay in their comfort zones where they feel safe and secure. However, change is a must if we want to grow in our careers, in our relationships, and as a person.

2020 185

Do You Find Yourself Rambling?

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More words don’t always translate into more meaning. That’s why it’s important to avoid wordiness in your writing, especially in a business setting. Your colleagues’ and customers’ time is precious. They need to know what you offer, need, or suggest quickly and concisely.

2020 162

International Women’s Day 2020 – A Message From Julie Reed

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Sunday, March 8. In a recent interview, I was asked, “What motivates you to be an Administrative Professional Trainer and Coach”? I made it clear: I am passionate about my career of choice.

2020 208

11 Effective Ways for Assistants to Work From Home

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Rare and unusual times have presented themselves as a result of the onset of Coronavirus COVID-19. As an office, we learned just how many Assistants across the nation and world have become impacted. While we anticipated learning of non-essential business closures leading to working from home, we did not anticipate the high number of Assistants around the world struggling with the uncertainties, isolation and communication barriers brought on by the circumstances.

2020 200

Fail to Plan; Plan to Fail – Meeting Planning Success

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Planning and executing meetings and events is no easy task and requires a PLAN and a PROCESS and a TEAM of experts to make it happen and for it to be deemed a success. If you fail to plan appropriately, you are setting yourself up to fail and who wants to do that? Not me and hopefully not you.

2020 189

7 Ways Executives Can Improve Communicating with Their Assistants

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I have been fortunate to gain a three-dimensional view of communication between executives and assistants: I was an assistant for 20 years thus understanding what I needed from my executive so I could be effective.

2019 229

SURROUND yourself with a team of experts to make you and your organization SHINE!

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A meeting planner by MY definition is the go-to person within an organization – be it corporate, association or otherwise – charged with the responsibility of planning and executing a meeting or special event.

2019 226

Be a Trailblazing Assistant

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Your office environment is a mix of workers and trailblazers, and the two have nothing to do with titles. Workers tend to know their job and only their job. They work with their heads down.

2020 207

A Career Portfolio Brings Value To Administrative Assistants

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A stellar career portfolio captures your progressing skill levels, professional recognition, career enhancements, development activities, and impressive accomplishments.

2020 195

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

2020 Training Opportunities for Administrative Assistants

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There’s a saying that success is 5% strategy and 95% mindset. When you set your mind to improving your job skills, you take control of your life to reach your full potential. It results in you performing at your optimum level. That leads to opportunities for your career advancement.

2020 190

What Are Some Measurable KPIs for Executive Assistants? – 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 individual’s problem but we know some of you might. Please read the question and comment below.

2020 189

Finding my Niche by Mary Jo Wiseman

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Not all people who plan meetings are “meeting planners,” nor do all meeting planners start out their careers as meeting planners.

2020 192

Choosing the Best Administrative Assistant or Executive Assistant Conference

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An administrative conference should feed your brain and soul!

2019 257

Putting Business Back in Business Casual

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We live in a day and age that has forgotten which word comes first in the phrase, “business casual.” Too many professionals lose focus of their lofty career goals in the day-to-day grind.

2020 198

Does Word Order Matter? Think “Short to Long”

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When polishing your sentences, pay attention to the nuances of word order. To my eye (and ear), placing “short” before “long” works best. This applies to both sentences and lists. Here’s a simple example: “He was well respected and loved in the academic community.”

2019 213

5 Ways Better Writing Can Boost Your Credibility at Work

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Because your writing reflects your credibility, you want to craft your messages as effectively as possible. You can immediately improve it by applying these five points. Make your opening sentence compelling. It starts with knowing your reader—a boss, a coworker, a customer.

2020 188

Successful Assistants Combine Left and Right Brain Thinking

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Several years ago, I came up with Adminology. It was a formula for success for assistants. I still teach Adminology in our World Class Assistant™ certification and designation course because it never changes. Just bear with me as I explain this to you as it will all come together.

2019 228

Embrace a Warrior Mindset – The Ultimate Guide for Assistants

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In life and our professions, we are going to experience chaos. Whether as a result of organizational restructuring, economic downturns, family hardship or otherwise.

2020 160

Executive Assistants –Developing Your “Wow” Factor

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Some executive assistants have it. Some executive assistants don’t. What is it, you ask? That intangible, invaluable “wow” factor. Here’s the good news: It’s a learnable trait! Anyone can develop their own unique wow factor.

2019 229

What is a Meeting Planner Exactly?

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A meeting planner by MY definition is the go-to person and should be a key member of the design (or planning) team within an organization — be it corporate, association or otherwise — charged with the responsibility of planning and executing a meeting or special event.

2019 228

Self-Management and Personal Care

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Many assistants hear self-management and perceive it as the ability to not rely on their executive to move forward with projects. After all, the ability to think on your feet comes with the job title of an assistant. Self-management is more than being self-sufficient.

2020 141

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 247

Executive Assistant to Chief of Staff? 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 individual’s problem but we know some of you might. Please read the question and comment below.

2020 188

Common Grammar Mistakes that Undermine Your Credibility

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Now more than ever, clarity in communication is important. We’re all adapting to more virtual meetings and a great deal more email communication. Documents that were discussed around a meeting table and then edited by a single person now make their way to multiple colleagues via email.

2020 146

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 228

Office Dynamics International Celebrates 30 Years of Inspiring Administrative Excellence

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To Our Clients and Colleagues: 30 years is a long time to sustain and build a business in a very unique niche. one that I created. administrative training and development. There have been many ups and downs over the years but I would not have chosen any other path.

2020 184

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

8 Tips for Getting Back in the Work Groove

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We all know how hard it is to mentally get back in our work mode after a holiday—especially a long holiday like Christmas season. Here are some tips to help assistants refocus on business and their priorities.

2020 187

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 222

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.

Administrative Assistants Broaden Your Skillset

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At our recent Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence , I surveyed 350 attendees about the topics they would like me to address at future conferences or training events. I wanted to know the areas the assistants were interested in growing and learning about.

2019 201

Business Travel Planning for Executive and Administrative Assistants

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With more and more companies expanding the reach of their market across the country and even the globe, the role of the business travel planner has become increasingly important.

2019 207

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.

2019 219

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 228

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 236

How Assistants Can Have Staying Power

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With all the buzz technology and workplace trends generate, it’s easy to forget that the foundation of every administrative professional should be built on timeless skills. Failing to develop these critical cornerstones for administrative assistants often means failure to thrive and succeed.

2020 160

2019 Joan Burge Innovation Award for Assistants

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I know assistants are always coming up with great ideas, creating new systems or templates, or taking the lead. Oftentimes assistants do not have the opportunity to showcase their talents or what they have created, nor do they always get recognized for their work.

2019 193