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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

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 218

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 208

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 166

Choosing the Best Administrative Assistant or Executive Assistant Conference

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An administrative conference should feed your brain and soul!

2019 255

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 202

Too Many Meetings!! – Managing My Executives Calendar – 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. April M.

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.

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 190

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

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 195

Give Your Readers a Break—Pick One!

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In wanting to cover many aspects of a topic, business writers sometimes throw down so many variables that readers have no way to gauge the importance of each. They feel weighed down trying! Look at these examples: The professor included and provided a methodology for continuing the effort.

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 236

Creating an Administrative Professional Protocol Manual – Ask an Admin

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Christine N. Asks: I’m finally getting around to creating my Administrative Professional Protocol Manual but I’m not sure if it should print everything out in a 3 ring binder (using dividers), using a One Note document, having it electronically in an online file or all of the above.

Empowering Tips for the Administrative and Executive Assistant – Part 3

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In part one of “ Empowering Tips ” I mentioned that the word Empower is not only the theme of the 26 th Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence , it is also used in a variety of situations and conversations.

2019 187

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 200

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 178

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 177

How Can I Start a Group for Administrative 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 individuals problem but we know some of you might. Please read the question and comment below. Emily K.

2019 160

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.

2019 216

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 221

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.

2018 264

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 173

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 175

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 223

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 186

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 160

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 186

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 172

6 Ways for Assistants to Gain Respect

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A powerful, but underutilized, way for administrative and executive assistants to gain respect and be taken seriously is to exude executive presence. Forbes.com define executive presence as the ability to project gravitas–confidence, poise under pressure and decisiveness.

2019 144

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 234

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 215

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 213

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 208

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 210

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 183

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 207

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 179

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 176

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 155

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.

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 186

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.

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