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Day in the life: Stuart Martin, EA at Spotify

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Enjoy today’s interview with Stuart Martin, EA at Spotify which is full of Executive Assistant Tips and Tricks. What are the main aspects of your role? I support one of the Vice Presidents within the Research & Development division here at Spotify.

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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?

Assistant, You are a Leader

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For years, I thought leaders were the ones in charge or the ones with essential titles. It turns out, everyone has influence and is a leader to those around them – even if they don’t acknowledge it. Do you see yourself as a leader?

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Do you need to write a travel management policy?

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Some of the following scenarios will probably sound all too familiar to you in your current position: Your Executive Team and colleagues take the liberty of booking their flights and accommodation themselves without much thought for the time it takes to get a business trip organised.

Day in the life: Sheri Meyer Executive Assistant iDrop

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Today’s Day in the life: Sheri Meyer Executive Assistant iDrop. What are the main aspects of your role? The central aspect of my role is to ensure that all components of the business work well together, that also means that I have an idea of what everyone’s part of the business is.

2018 204

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 251

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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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 […].

2018 207

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 253

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!

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Feeling overwhelmed at work?

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I’m sure at some point in our careers we have felt stressed and overwhelmed with how much work we have to get through. It can be such a vicious circle because it can feel like the only choice is to keep going, trying desperately to stay on top of everything and work extra long hours […].

2018 134

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 249

Productivity tools and tips for Assistants

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During October’s Virtual Summit I will be showing our attendees 20 pieces of technology that can help with productivity for Assistants. As we have so much to do and the workload is never ending I thought I would share my productivity tools and tips for Assistants.

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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.

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6 things to stop doing in your one to one

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For Assistants, the time they spend with their Executive in a one to one setting is so necessary and enables them to get on with all the tasks that require just that little bit of input from their boss. But, as I’ve heard many many times, there are lots of you out there who do […].

2018 175

20 ways to impress your Executive

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A few years ago I had a really brilliant mentor. She started working for my organisation just a few months before I started, but she had been working for my Executive for a few years and had followed her from their previous firm.

2018 242

25 tools for managing social media accounts

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Many Assistants are being asked to look after their Executive’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.

5 things to do when starting a new PA role

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Starting a new Assistant role can be a pretty nerve-wracking experience. We have to form productive working relationships pretty quickly, build rapport, learn new systems and hit the ground running within a few weeks (if we are lucky!).

2018 188

The road to strategic thinking

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In today’s blog post I’ve adapted the presentation I gave at the Future Assistant Conference back in February.

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Technology of the week: Foursquare City Guides

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Today’s technology of the week: Foursquare city guides. Here are all the details… What is Foursquare City Guides?

2018 219

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 202

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 217

How to make your desk space more efficient

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Recently I have been spending a lot of time trying to get my home office into a state of total perfection, where I have everything I need to hand, and the atmosphere is one of calm efficiency. Obviously, this is a dream but one I aim to achieve one day. Anyway, I was thinking about […].

2018 163

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 218

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 225

Building rapport with a remote boss

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Building rapport with a remote boss is something that many of us are going to have to contemplate in our roles. Many of you are already working with a remote boss, and in the future, it is going to become more common that you will support an Executive who is even on the road constantly […].

2018 130

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.

Listen up! Building Rapport with your new Executive

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You made it through the interview process, wowed them with your skills and what you’ll be able to do for the company. Today is the day, your first day at the new job. You are excited, nervous, happy, and looking forward to your next adventure. You go in and meet all the employees and the […].

2018 155

Technology of the week: Envoy

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Today’s Technology of the week: Envoy. Here are the details: What is Envoy? Envoy is a cloud-based visitor management system for your office or reception area. It is compatible with iOS and usually runs from an iPad. What does Envoy do?

2018 160

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 194

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 204

We have a fantastic lineup of speakers for this October’s Virtual Summit

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I’m so excited to share with you the first group of new speakers for the Virtual Summit and their session details. We have a varied group of trainers from all over the world for the Summit who are truly inspiring.

2018 130

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 245

A Simple Tool for Leading Productive Meetings

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I hate meetings. Long or short, large or small, food or no food, outside or inside, morning or afternoon — it doesn’t matter. Meetings drain the life out me, and I’m guessing most of you feel the same. There’s even a book called, Meetings Suck by Cameron Herold.

2018 184

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.

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How to network at any PA event

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I organise a lot of events, and I also attend a lot of events so I get to see a lot of networking take place and I can tell you straight away, most people find networking scary. That is why people avoid it at all costs, they either don’t go to events at all, or […].

20 career experts to follow on Twitter

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Social Media is the place to start when you are thinking about boosting your career in 2018.There are loads of fantastic articles, advice and free training on all the different platforms. So, today, I thought I would share my top 20 career experts you should all be following on Twitter.

Technology of the week: Zoom

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Today’s technology of the week: Zoom. Here are all the details… What is Zoom? Zoom is a cloud-based system which provides users with a video-conferencing and online meeting service along with webinars and file sharing functions. What does it do? Zoom has a number of features.

2018 188

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 193

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 204

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 215

A bit of time for me

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I don’t know about you, but I am exhausted after the summer ‘break’. Like many of you I’m a full time working Mum so the summer holiday shuffle – as I call it – has taken its toll AND made me realise I am at the very bottom of my priority list. The boss & […].

2018 130

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.

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