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Understanding your personality and communication preferences

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Understanding your personality and communication preferences Understanding your Executive's personality, behaviours and communication preferences are crucial to building an effective relationship and partnership.

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Career transitions for Executive Assistants

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Career transitions for Executive Assistants Being an Assistant isn't for everyone. I mean, let's face it, the job has its challenges, and I think you have to love the role to succeed in it genuinely. If you think of the position as a stepping stone to something else or a job [.].

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Where do Assistants draw the line? Setting boundaries for Assistants

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Where do you draw the line? Setting boundaries for Assistants Let's start with a question. Would you say that you are good at setting boundaries? Here is an even more important question - are you good at setting boundaries, and are you good at sticking to them? Assistants need to [.].

2020 172

Anticipating needs and other mind reading tricks

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Anticipating needs and other mind reading tricks Over the last few years, I have written a lot about creating a successful Executive and EA partnership. It is the key relationship for Assistants and the one part of the role that you have to get right. Without [.].

2020 164

Staying in the loop with your Executive while working from home

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How to stay visible and in the loop with your Executive while working from home We are living in strange times. I know many of you will be working from home, trying to juggle your home life and your work life more than ever - while not leaving your home [.].

2020 165

What support do you need from your Executive to work in partnership?

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What support do you need from your Executive to work in partnership? What support do you need from your Executive to work in partnership? This will ultimately be something that is personal to you but I wanted to share what I thought were 10 expectations that Assistants should have from [.].

2020 136

How automation can help Assistants

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How automation can help Assistants When you’re an Assistant and wearing lots of hats, juggling different tasks, clients and struggling with an overflowing to-do list it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Being organised is key, and using technology makes it much easier to keep on top of things.

2020 142

Developing a growth mindset

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Developing a growth mindset Developing a Growth Mindset doesn’t have to be complicated, even in the midst of a global health crisis. Let’s be real for a moment… and put things into perspective. Do you honestly believe that you’ll never progress or accomplish anything new in your career or life? [.].

2020 152

Common challenges faced by Assistants

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Common challenges faced by Assistants Working as an Executive or Personal Assistant is a complex and often misunderstood role. Assistants take on a lot and often go unrewarded and unrecognised for their efforts. It isn’t an easy gig, that is for sure. There are a lot of common [.].

2020 165

The organised Assistant

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The role of the Assistant these days is pretty diverse; one day you will be assisting one Executive with personal tasks, the next you may be making business travel arrangements for a different person, managing a project, working on a big event or hiring a new Administrative team. Assistants are always pulled in so [.].

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Artificial Intelligence: Will it help or hurt the Assistant Profession?

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Artificial Intelligence: Will it help or hurt the Assistant Profession? I have been very aware of artificial intelligence, as a coming event into my business. In fact, we had a fascinating artificial intelligence client in New York City. And I was just blown away by the [.].

2020 130

Completing your Assistant performance review in 2020

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Completing your Assistant performance review in 2020 It is that time of year again, performance review season. Accept the world has completely changed this year. Completing your Assistant performance review in 2020 is going to be different. Many of you are working from home juggling work and the challenges of [.].

2020 127

Feel like an imposter?

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Feel like an imposter? In the world of Assistants, where you are so often stepping in for someone else, imposter feelings can be rife and the source of real stress. If you feel like an imposter, to understand how to feel better you need to first [.].

2020 136

The ultimate tech guide for Personal and Executive Assistants

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Most of us that have been working in the PA industry for a while now will have heard of the phrase ‘the tech-savvy assistant’. It might have cropped up on your job specs and been discussed during your most recent job interview. It is so important for Assistants to have a good grasp of [.].

2020 156

How to transition out of your role

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So, you are thinking about heading into the unknown and need some tips on how to transition out of your role Whether you are changing your career or going into business for yourself, this is a big deal. You are amazing for deciding to follow through with your dream! Well done! The idea didn’t [.].

2020 154

SMART objectives for Executive Assistants

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SMART objectives for Executive Assistants are so crucial because, without them, Assistants can be at such a disadvantage. They can be taken for granted, they can be mismanaged, and they can be left without a clue as to what exactly is expected of them in the role. If an Executive takes little time to [.]. Long Form Posts Performance Reviews You and Your Career admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant objectives PA Performance appraisal performance reviews Personal Assistant

2020 164

Top 10 to-do apps for Assistants

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We all know how hard it is keeping on top of the never-ending to-do list every Assistant and their Executive seem to have. The work can be relentless but don’t fear; there are lots of fantastic apps available that can help you manage your to-do list. Tracking your tasks doesn’t need to be a complicated […].

2019 175

Tips on good minute taking

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As we all know writing minutes is an essential skill for Assistants and this ultimate guide to effective minute-taking we will break-down everything Assistants need to know to create minutes that will be read and actioned. I had a job a few years back that provided support for twelve Committees who had four meetings [.]. Long Form Posts Minute Taking You and Your Work admin administrators Business Executive Assistant Meeting minute taking Minutes PA Personal Assistant Tasks Virtual Assistant

2020 159

Performance Reviews for Assistants

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One area that seems to change notably from job to job is remuneration and performance reviews for Assistants. In my first full-time job, I had quarterly performance reviews with my manager, half-yearly appraisals and at the end of every year a full review and 360° feedback with my team. In one role, I didn't [.].

2020 157

Technology to help with email management

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These ten fantastic pieces of software will help you manage your emails and your Executives. It is worth looking to see which ones will work for you, but they will all help you manage and automate emails! Sanebox: Sanebox turns your inbox back into the inbox it was meant to be by weeding out unimportant […]. Core Skills Email Management Featured Office Technology admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

2019 172

How to show empathy with even the most annoying person!

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Assistants have buckets full of empathy; you wouldn’t be in the job if you didn’t. What I find is that empathy can often be taken advantage of by people who don’t respect what we do – be it, that colleague who wants your time or that Executive who doesn’t understand your role. Empathy can quickly […]. Core Competencies Dealing with coworkers Featured admin administrators assistants Competencies EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

2019 160

10 skills needed to be a fantastic office manager

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There are so many Assistants who are also working as an Office Manager and a lot of Office Managers who are also Assistants! The roles are similar, and there are a lot of overlapping skills. However, Office Managers do have to take on some tasks that are high-level and move the business forward. Many Office […]. Core Skills Featured admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant office management Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

2019 175

Day in the life: Hayley Lawrence, PA to Regional General Manager and Admin Assistant to Founders Office – The British Virgin Islands

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Enjoy today’s Day in the life: Hayley Lawrence, PA Regional General Manager and Administration Assistant to Founders Office – Necker & Moskito Islands, in The British Virgin Islands. I love this interview because it shows how exciting, different, challenging and incredible our profession is! Day in the life: Hayley Lawrence, PA to Regional General Manager and […].

2019 182

Streamlining meetings for your Executive

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As I’ve always said, your Executive’s number one resource is their time, and your role is to safeguard that time, making sure they use their time correctly so that they are successful in the position. Having complete control over their schedule does allow you to manage the allocation of their time. They have a lot […].

2019 175

How do you measure your career success?

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There are so many events, webinars, publications, blogs out there that talk about career success for Assistants. Career success comes in many shapes and forms and, let’s face it, is an entirely personal definition. It could be that you define success as having a fantastic salary, amazing job title, or office all to yourself. It […].

2019 163

5 free tools to help with your productivity

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Before we dive into our list of productivity tools, I want to spend a few minutes talking to you about the importance of keeping up with the latest technology. Firstly it makes us more productive – can you imagine still using a typewriter for your minutes, carbon copy paper for anything that needs to be […].

2019 174

Working with a new boss? Here is everything you need to know

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When your Executive leaves to start a new role, it is understandable that Assistants are concerned about what to expect from a new Executive. You build up such a strong relationship with an Executive, that can take years to get right, and the thought of going through that again is daunting. There are challenges, but […].

2019 167

5 tips on how to feel confident when you really don’t

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Just recently I was chairing a panel session at the Conference and Hospitality Show in Leeds. Before going on the stage myself and the other panellists were talking about how we conquer our nerves so that we can get up on stage and speak to the audience. As I think we all know, speaking in […]. Core Competencies admin administrators assistants Competencies confidence EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

Effective Calendar Management for Executive Assistants

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Effective calendar management for Executive Assistants is a hugely important aspect of th role. Assistants spend at the very least a third of their day organising their Executive’s schedule. Juggling our Executive’s time is a complex operation. There are also a lot of tasks related to diary management, for example, ensuring the Executives get [.].

Why every Assistant should have their own personal vision statement

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What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? A great question isn’t it? This is where I started when I created my personal vision statement. I love Practically Perfect PA, and I find the work really rewarding, but I have been doing this for 8 years and it was definitely time to stop […]. Career Development Featured Performance Reviews admin administrators assistants Career EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

2019 158

The EA competencies you will need in 2019

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Well, that is us in 2019 folks! Happy New Year. Firstly before I start this blog, I want to say a huge thank you to all of the Practically Perfect PA readers who are joining us for another year on the blog. We have been going now since 2011, and I can’t wait to see […]. Core Competencies Featured admin administrators assistants Career Competencies EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

2019 186

Moving past a perfectionist mindset to achieve increased productivity

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As assistants, managing details to ensure things run smoothly is a big part of what we do. We take pride in our detail-oriented nature as it relates to all that we produce, from professional email correspondence to travel arrangements to company-wide projects and initiatives. We are the doers and the boots-on-the-ground, working “in the weeds” […].

2019 158

The mindset of a VA business owner

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When it comes to successfully running your Virtual Assistant (VA) business, being an awesome Virtual Assistant isn’t enough. A VA can be excellent at their job, have a positive mindset, the necessary skill set required to do the job well and a desire to be there for her clients. But that in itself doesn’t guarantee […].

2019 168

Network like a CEO

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It goes without saying that networking is essential for your career development. For a whole load of reasons, that I’m not going to write about in this blog, because we have lots of other blogs that talk about the benefit. So what am I going to write about today? Well, if we know networking is […]. Career Development Networking admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Networking tips Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

Handling colleagues who think you are their Assistant (when you are not!)

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We’ve all been there, picture the scene. You are sitting at your desk, working hard, you are focused and you have a deadline to meet when a colleague comes up to you, interrupts what you are doing to ask you to do something that isn’t your priority, it isn’t something you should be focusing on […]. Career Development Core Competencies Dealing with coworkers Featured admin administrators assistants Career EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant

2019 169

Accelerating your Assistant career path and progression

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There are so many events, webinars, publications, blogs out there that talk about accelerating your Assistant career path and progression. Career success comes in many shapes and forms and, let’s face it, is an entirely personal definition. It could be that you define success as having a fantastic salary, amazing job title, or office [.].

2020 136

What are the top desk must-haves for Assistants?

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In the next few weeks I will be moving house, and although the thought of it feels me with absolute dread, I am also very excited because I finally get to have an office. Yes, that is right, a whole room that is just dedicated to Practically Perfect PA! So although thoughts should be turning […]. Featured PA Perspective admin administrators assistants desk essentials EA Executive Assistant office Office manager PA Personal Assistant

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5 tips on managing your company’s social media

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Many Assistants are being asked to look after their company’s online profiles and their organisation’s social media messaging. It can be a time-consuming task that requires some thought because social media platforms change so rapidly. There are so many different platforms and options that can pull your focus. If you have been given this task, […].

20 Google Search Hacks for Personal Assistants

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I can’t think of a single day in the last decade that I haven’t at some point used Google for something. It could be to check my emails, write a document, put a meeting in my diary or, in most cases, search for something or settle an argument. It is, like most of us, my […]. Office Technology admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Google Office manager PA Personal Assistant Tasks Virtual Assistant

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Template for capturing messages

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You know what it is like, you are having a hectic day, emails to answer, meetings to attend, people talking to you, asking questions and looking to you for answers. The phone rings, you have no idea who it is or what they want. They want to speak to your Executive or someone random in […]. Core Skills Featured Templates admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant technology Virtual Assistant

2019 172

10 habits of highly organised Assistants

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The role of the Assistant these days is pretty diverse; one day you will be assisting one executive with personal tasks, the next you may be making business travel arrangements for a different person, managing a project, working on a big event or hiring a new Administrative team. Assistants are always pulled in so many […]. Core Competencies Featured admin administrators assistants Competencies EA Executive Assistant Office manager Organisation PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

2019 159

Preparing for an Assistant video interview

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The vast majority of recruitment agencies and employers now use video as part of their interview process, because it saves time and money on the early stages of the interview process. In our recent interview with Hayley Lawrence, PA for the Regional General Manager on Necker Island, she told us that she had to submit […].

Bridging the interpersonal gap between staff and a busy boss

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A considerable part of an Executive’s job is to lead their staff, motivate and encourage them. However, this isn’t always the case. There are many Executive’s who are too busy, or under too much pressure in their roles to manage their staff effectively. There are also Executive’s who are very good at what they do […].

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