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Day in the life: Kara Tanenbaum, EA at Lakeside Project Solutions

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Enjoy today’s Day in the life: Kara Tanenbaum, EA at Lakeside Project Solutions which is full of Executive Assistant Tips and Tricks. What are the main aspects of your role?

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How to think more analytically

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I’ve just finished reading Think Better Analytically, and I want to share my learning with you! I decided to read the book because I don’t think of myself as someone who thinks logically or analytically.

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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 […].

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The key hard skills to include on your EA CV

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We all know that it is getting more challenging to get your CV past the recruitment algorithms that are employed to filter applications and we also know that in a crowded market we need our CV to stand out. My advice has always been to tailor your CV depending on the role, which you should […].

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3 easy ways to raise your visibility on LinkedIn

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Did you know that LinkedIn is currently the number 1 space to grow your personal brand faster than anywhere else online? With 610+ million professionals now on the platform, this is a fantastic opportunity not to be sniffed at. Most individual LinkedIn profiles appear in search results.

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Nine time busting tips for Microsoft Office

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I am thrilled to be presenting a session for Practically Perfect PA at their Virtual Summit on April 5th and so happy to write this blog post in anticipation of the event. I will be presenting my top time busting tips for Microsoft Office. Make sure you have a notebook and pen – you will […].

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How to be a creative genius at work

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Creativity is such an essential competency for Assistants to have and here is why. We are faced with unusual requests and challenges every day.

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Day in the life: Keesha Williams, EA at Lift & Co

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Enjoy today’s Day in the life: Keesha Williams, EA at Lift & Co, which is full of Executive Assistant Tips and Tricks. What are the main aspects of your role?

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What are interpersonal skills?

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‘Must have good interpersonal skills’ is a phrase that you will often see on job descriptions for Assistants, but what does that mean? What are interpersonal skills and why are they so crucial for Assistants? Interpersonal skills, or soft skills or people skills are the same thing.

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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 […].

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We need better meetings!

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Recent research shows that two-thirds of all meetings are pointless! Don’t let your boss and her/his teams waste time like this. Preparation is the golden path to productive meetings. Doodle provides a suite of calendar tools that save a lot of time for anyone who has to set up a lot of meetings.

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Ten podcasts every PA should listen to

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I don’t think I’ve shared this before but I love podcasts, and I have for years. They are more popular than ever, and there are loads of podcasts that can help you with your personal and professional development.

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How to keep a positive attitude at work

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Let’s face it, being an Assistant can be pretty challenging and not every day are you going to be walking around your office with your glass half full beaming from ear to ear. Some days you will be massively p*ssed off and want to hide under your desk until you can leave at 5 […].

2019 219

5 tasks that you can get AI to do for you right now

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We all know that AI is on its way and threatening the role of the Assistant. The technology that is being developed will certainly take a lot of our administrative tasks away, that is for sure. So we have to get up to speed pretty quickly on how this technology can help us automate a […].

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Working with an incompetent Executive

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Everyone moans about their boss. There are occasions when your Executive takes ages to get back to you on something, they are always in a meeting or out travelling. They never have enough time. They don’t manage your needs or expectations.

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Dealing with personal issues at work

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You might be the most professional Assistant in the biz, someone who works hard to keep their personal life as far away from their professional life as possible, but throughout your career (of all our careers) inevitably something will happen to make the two collide.

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Recruiting your replacement – where do you start?

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When I started researching this topic, I found a whole load of articles on why businesses should never, and I mean NEVER, let the incumbent member of staff recruit their replacement.

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How to create an internal Assistant network

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During the Virtual Summit October 2017, we had the amazing Simone White, Executive Assistant and Global Chair of GAIN – Administrative Professionals Network at BlackRock train our group of attendees on starting their own internal network for Assistants.

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The top five alternatives to Microsoft Office

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Although most organisations are still using Microsoft products to run the business, there are other alternatives on the market that are becoming more popular with small to medium-sized companies.

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Managing a travel crisis

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If your Executive travels regularly you will both be used to travel delays and disruptions, sometimes those delays are easy to manage and sometimes they are much bigger than expected and can cause chaos around the world.

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How to adjust your CV depending on the role

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If you are looking for a new role this year, you will most likely have dusted off your CV and started to update it to reflect your current skills and experiences. This is an obvious first step in your job hunt but not where the journey ends for your CV! I think most of you […].

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5 ways to improve your leadership skills

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There are now quite a few of us in the Assistant world running around shouting that you, lovely Assistant, are a leader within your organisation! You may not manage a team, but you do work in a management role.

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Day in the life: Amy Franklyn, EA at Bird & Bird

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Enjoy today’s Day in the life: Amy Franklyn, EA at Bird & Bird which is full of Executive Assistant Tips and Tricks. What are the main aspects of your role? I manage a team of PAs and Administrative Assistants and I support the firm’s Head of Corporate and General Counsel.

2019 197

Is multitasking still a useful skill for Assistants?

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Being a good multitasker was on the job description of pretty much every Assistant role I applied for when I first started as an Assistant. Since then experts have shown that multitasking does precisely the opposite of what we thought it did.

2019 208

Not got much to do? Here are a few ideas!

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We all have certain points at the office when we just don’t have much to do. I know some of you will be laughing your asses off right now, and thinking yeah right!

2019 196

What if I look stupid?

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During the Virtual Summit 2017, we had the brilliant Lisa N. Alexander present her session on how Assistants can feel more empowered in the workplace. On the outside you smile, you nod in agreement, but inside you’re frustrated. You’re angry at yourself for not speaking up.

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How to send a fax in 2019

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Hands up. Who has been asked to send a fax in the last year? I see a few of you nodding, some of you are rolling your eyes thinking – fax? What is it 1989? Some of you are wondering what I mean by the word ‘fax’ Yes, I know this is old technology, but you […].

2019 207

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?

The Virtual Summit April 2019: What did you miss?

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Two weeks ago, we hosted our forth Virtual Summit for Executive Assistants around the world, and I’ve got to say, so far the feedback has been fantastic! We had just over 250 Assistants book onto the Virtual Summit.

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[Webinar] How modern assistants and admins master their roles in 2019

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Ever wondered… How do others in the job do it? What’s the best technology to save time? How can I take on new challenges? Well, now you can find out.

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Technology of the week: Slido

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This week’s Technology of the Week: Slido What is Slido? Slido is an easy to use question and answer and polling platform for events and group meetings. What does Slido do? Slido gives a voice to the audience at live events.

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Managing your Executive’s one to one meetings

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It kinda goes without saying that organising your Executive’s schedule is a never-ending task. Their time is always in demand, be it from clients, suppliers, colleagues around the business and of course from members of their team.

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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 […].

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If time management is so obvious why don’t you have enough time?

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If time management is so obvious why don’t you have enough time? Time Management is so obvious, and it’s unlikely you will read anything new in this blog post. So why should you keep reading? Simple, if you already ‘know what do to’…WHY aren’t you doing it?

2019 149

Why do millions of businesses use G Suite?

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Earlier this year Refractiv attended The Future Assistant Conference where our Senior Consultant took to the stage to speak about ‘Making the most of G Suite’. This blog will allow you to dive a little deeper, helping you to make the decision – Is G Suite right for my business?

2019 130

Day in the life: Brenda Rogers, EA to the CEO, Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group

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Enjoy today’s day in the life: Brenda Rogers, EA to the CEO, Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group What are the main aspects of your role? The main aspects of my role are to manage the CEO and CFO’s active calendar of meetings and travel.

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Where to go for a great Gif and other creative messaging

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It goes without saying that Gifs, emoticons, emojis and Memes are everywhere on social media. We use them all the time, to express a point, to send a quick reply, to make people laugh. Gifs are great and Memes are funny as hell. But do you use them at work? And if not, why not? It’s […].

2019 187

10 tools to help you work remotely

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I’ve spent quite a bit of time recently looking at how many Assistants are now working remotely or working with a remote boss and I can tell you there are a lot of you managing this new way of working. It is only going to become more common so I thought I would share with […].

2018 213

How to thrive, not just survive as an Assistant

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Let’s face it, we all know that sometimes you can have the best day at work when you feel on top of the world and you are high-fiving your teammates and CEOs… and sometimes you want to throw your resignation at the first person you see in the office and run as fast as you […].

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50 Chrome extensions for business

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If you use Google Chrome as your browser, then I am sure that you are aware of all of the brilliant extensions you can download to help with pretty much anything that you need to do on the world wide web. I use Chrome all the time and have a whole suite of extensions that […].

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How to set boundaries between your personal and professional life

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At the recent World Administrators Summit in Frankfurt, the delegates talked a lot about the challenges we face in the role, which were, of course, shared by all of the representatives from different parts of the world.

2019 187

Managing someone else’s calendar

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Managing someone else’s calendar. You know how it is. You are managing your boss or client’s Inbox and/or Calendar. They want you to set up meetings on their behalf and they don’t want the bother of accepting them – they would prefer you to receive the meeting responses.

How to start your own Virtual Assistant Business

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Are you currently a PA, dreaming of having your own VA business? Maybe you’re an Admin Professional, who craves having the control and freedom of running your own business? If you’re currently employed and looking to make a career change to VA, it’s a simpler process than you think.

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