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5 online courses every Executive Assistant should take

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I took my first online training course probably around 15 years ago now. It was a live webinar and we had to listen to the speaker via the phone on my desk while watching the slideshow on my computer screen. It was a bit of a novelty and funnily enough, a lot of my colleagues were […].

2018 216

40 Apple hacks for Assistants

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Now I know not everyone uses Apple products, but a lot of you do, and a lot of your Executive’s do too. So I thought I would share some great hacks that I have found, which will help you get the most from your iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches and Macs. These 40 Apple hacks for […].

2018 187

Listen to the CEO of a $1 billion startup and his EA discuss their partnership

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At this month’s Practically Perfect PA Virtual Summit we are incredibly lucky to have the Captain of BrewDog, James Watt and his First Mate, Bethany Burns. It’s certainly not every day you get to listen to the CEO of a $1 billion startup and his EA discuss their partnership!

2018 195

Kick start your motivation

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A few years ago I was working as an EA in a large insurance firm. I’d been there a few years, I know the job inside out, I liked my colleagues and the work was okay. I would go into work every day, do my thing and leave at 5.30pm without a backwards glance. Good […].

2018 241

Top technology tools for working remotely

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At the Future Assistant Conference I was talking to an Assistant who did not work in the same office as any of her Executives. Not a single one. I was a bit flabbergasted to be honest. Because, she wasn’t a Virtual Assistant.

2018 244

Technology of the Week: TravelPerk

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What is TravelPerk? TravelPerk in a free all-in-one business travel platform for modern companies. Save time and money by using TravelPerk’s in-app automated travel policies, approval flows and travel data. All this to make your company’s business travel smart, connected and stress-free.

2018 141

Standard replies to frequent email requests

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So I’ve been using Gmail for… A LONG time… And last week I finally got around to having a look at some of the features that will help me keep on top of my emails. Gmail has loads and I will share these with you in another blog post soon. But, one feature that I know […].

2018 215

Five restaurants to recommend in the City of London

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As Personal Assistant’s we book hundreds of restaurants every year for our colleagues, our executives and let’s not forget ourselves. I am Paula Gibson, a Personal Assistant and Founder of JLT’s Global PA Network for over 100 PA’s.

Five great books about verbal communication

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If you look at any job application for an Assistant role, you will find something about communication skills. It is a must-have in our profession.

2018 200

Adding some creativity to a regular meeting

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We have all been in charge of regular meetings. Perhaps it’s a formal board meeting with dozens of papers and reports, or maybe it’s a more informal weekly staff get together or something in between.

2018 152

What to do when your day completely sucks

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We’ve all been there. Totally unproductive day, conflict in the office, lost your keys and your wallet, train delayed, crappy email from the boss. Whatever the problem, we’ve all had those days that completely suck.

2018 193

How to chase requests at work without annoying people

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Picture the scene. You’ve asked somebody that you work with to do something for you or your Executive. You need their input on the task before you can move on with your work.

2018 172

4 scheduling tools to try in 2018

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Well, we are a few weeks into 2018 and I have seen a ton of articles, opinion pieces and social media messages about technology, specifically Artificial Intelligence, taking over the role of Assistants.

2018 239

The Virtual Summit is this Friday!

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Just a quick heads up that the Virtual Summit is this Friday! That’s Friday 22nd June 11am-7pm GMT+1. If you have been holding off buying your ticket, the time is now! If you don’t fancy waking up in the middle of the night for the summit, I hear ya! The Summit recording (that is all […].

2018 130

Technology of the week: Scanbot

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Today’s technology of the week: Scanbot. Here are all the details… What is Scanbot? Scanbot is the easiest and fastest way to create high-quality scans with your iPhone, iPad or Android device. It is free to use, although there is a pro version which enables users to produce edit-ready documents.

2018 179

Five prioritising tips for PAs

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You know when you’ve just got an absolute load of stuff on your plate and you have no idea where to begin? Yeah, I can see you nodding – hello, isn’t every day like that?!

2018 197

Video: Developing business acumen on a shoestring budget

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I wanted to share with you another session from last year’s Virtual Summit to give you a flavour of what you can expect at the Future Assistant Conference in February.

2018 231

Thinking of Starting a VA business? The time is now…

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There has never been a better time to launch your VA business.

2018 212

10 team bonding ideas for remote workers

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Working remotely is becoming more and more common these days and it is pretty likely that many Assistants will have some if not all of their team working from home or other locations. They may even have Executive’s who live in other cities around the world.

2018 181

Win a weekend stay at Travelodge’s new flagship hotel in the heart of London

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Today, we are really excited to share our new giveaway with you. In conjuncture with Travelodge, we are giving one lucky Practically Perfect PA reader the chance to win a weekend stay at Travelodge’s new flagship hotel in the heart of London, Travelodge London City.

2018 147

Assistant Resources: Your Excellency Limited

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We are delighted to be welcoming Lindsay Taylor, Director of Your Excellency Limited to the Virtual Summit on 22nd June 2018. More details of her beneficial session will be shared soon.

2018 181

The Productive PA

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Today I thought I Would share another session with you from last year’s Virtual Summit to give you a flavour of what to expect at our next Virtual Summit on the 22nd June.

2018 193

How To Prioritise Tasks

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When your To Do list doesn’t stop growing, how do you plan what to do first? Knowing which tasks are urgent and which are important will help you prioritise what to work on first.

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Managing your own time and dealing with interruptions 

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I thought I would start the week by sharing another video from last year’s Virtual Summit.

2018 181

Is a PA job description worth the paper it is written on?

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During the Future Assistant Conference we touched on the subject of job descriptions, which if truth be told, we talk about a lot at Practically Perfect PA events. It is a topic that never stops being hot.

2018 196

Business travel without the stress

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Business travel can be a stressful experience. Unfamiliar surroundings, time and performance pressures, networking in a second or third language, and a confused body clock all contribute to rising stress levels.

2018 195

Who is the Virtual Summit designed for?

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With the Practically Perfect PA Virtual Summit coming up on Friday 22nd June I thought I would write a quick blog post about the attendees. Who is the Virtual Summit designed for? #1

2018 179

Technology of the week: Sticker Mule

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Today’s Technology of the week: Sticker Mule. Here are all the details… What is StickerMule? Sticker Mule is an online shop that prints and delivers custom made stickers, labels, magnets, buttons and packaging. What does it do? Sticker Mule is the fastest and easiest way to buy custom stickers.

2018 183

So, you’ve been asked to start a blog for your business… Where do you start?

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It would seem that most businesses these days have a blog on their website and it is becoming a key skill for office workers to have. It makes sense, blogs are an effective way to get messages, content and news out to customers. It is a great way of marketing the products and services to […].

2018 185

Day in the life: Jeremy Burrows, EA at Ai Software and Founder of GoBurrows LLC.

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Today’s Day in the Life: Jeremy Burrows, EA at Ai Software and Founder of GoBurrows LLC. What are the main aspects of your role? I manage the CEO’s calendar and email, book his travel, help with sales notes and drafting proposals, and anything else he needs.

2018 157

The ultimate CV template for PAs

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The other day I was looking at the roles for PAs in London and I must say there are loads of exciting opportunities out there for Assistants. I was really impressed with the array of roles and the different skills and qualities needed.

2017 217

The 5 questions you need to ask before you minute a meeting

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Love it or hate it minute taking is part and parcel of the day to day role of the PA/EA for the most part. Personally, I have always found them slightly painful, but through experience and training I have made my peace with them and gotten my technique down to a fine art! Having worked […].

2017 222

Assistants are their organisation’s influencers

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Over the last few weeks I have spent quite a bit of time reviewing my social media strategy for 2018 which basically means I’ve been reading a lot about how to be an influencer on all the different platforms.

2018 190

Day in the life: Jane Condliffe, VA at the PA Pod

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Today’s Day in the life: Jane Condliffe, VA at The PA Pod. This is our first Virtual Assistant to complete the day in the life questionnaire. So, do enjoy! What are the main aspects of your role?

2018 185

We have to raise each other up

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Happy International Women’s Day you AMAZING readers. I want to start today’s post by telling you a little bit about me over the last few years. I started Practically Perfect PA while working as an EA for a whole number of reasons, but mainly because I had a lot to share.

2018 184

Day in the life: Gillian Aitken Snr Business Admin & PA, Price Jones Ltd.

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Today’s day in the life: Gillian Aitken Snr Business Admin & PA, Price Jones Ltd. Gillian is PA to Pat Price and proud owner of Arch the pug (more on that in that in a bit)… What are the main aspects of your role?

2017 215

Making the most of WhatsApp for business

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At the recent Future Assistant Conference I asked our attendees how many of them use WhatsApp to communicate with their colleagues and their bosses. Many of them did, which didn’t surprise me in the least. It is a very simple app that pretty much everyone uses these days.

2018 175

First Impressions Online: How PAs Virtually Greet Business 

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I am a keyboard warrior. Not necessarily by choice, but rather by circumstance. I’ve worked as a PA and Office Manager across the Pharmaceutical, Healthcare and now Foodservice industry since 2011.

2018 147

Technology of the week: Hipmunk

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Today’s Technology of the week: Hipmunk. Here are all the details… What is Hipmunk? Hipmunk is a website and app that helps you plan travel from searching for flights and hotels to airbnb apartments, ground transport and everything in between. What does it do?

2018 182

10 things to consider before becoming a VA

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Starting your own VA business and becoming a VA may currently be a dream for you, but you can easily make it your new reality, if you’re willing to put in the focus, time and effort. However, before you make the decision to make a leap to self-employment and your new VA business, you need […].

2018 202