How do you make yourself more assertive?

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Question: “I’ve heard many times from colleagues and people close to me that I’m just not assertive enough to really get ahead and achieve the things I want. We’ve written a more than a few articles on this subject as well that we can share here and we encourage you to reply in the comments below for Mercedes as well as any assistant who finds themselves looking for answers, tips, and tools on “how to make yourself more assertive.”

How to be an assertive assistant

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How many times are assistants told to be more assertive? It seems to me the word is everywhere we look, it is on our job descriptions, it is in our objectives and there are a ton of courses solely dedicated to making assistants more assertive. It seems we must constantly assert ourselves or we are total failures at the job! I think it is hard for assistants to be really assertive, especially when we want to be helpful, supportive and take a flexible approach with our work.

7 Tips for Executive Assistants Who Want To Be More Assertive

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Do you want to be more assertive? Learning how to tactfully voice your opinions and assert your needs as an executive assistant is important. Many assistants have crossed the line from assertive to aggressive. So what is the difference between assertive and aggressive? Many people confuse assertive and aggressive behavior. What’s the difference between being assertive and aggressive? Assertiveness is the way to go because it is the happy medium.

The Top 3 Skills That Make Administrative Assistants Stand Out

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As you can see, these skills go beyond the basics. There is much to learn regarding advanced skills for assistants. It’s designed to help you stand out and develop the master-level skills you need to become World Class. The post The Top 3 Skills That Make Administrative Assistants Stand Out appeared first on Office Dynamics. Administrative professionals are always asking us what it takes to really stand out in the workplace.

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Free Webinar Teaches You How to Develop Your Persuasion Skills

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As we celebrate 25 years in business we’re offering a free webinar each month for administrative professionals to continue their skill development and learn more about who we are and what we offer the administrative profession. This month we focused on the topic of persuasion skills with our free webinar, Getting to Yes: Overcoming Resistance to Get What You Want and Create More Value for Your Company.

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Skills required to be a good minute taker

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Not everyone can be a good minute taker – it’s a definite skill and quite often an art, hence the name of my course, The Art of Minute Taking. There are definite skills required to be a good minute taker and I’ve listed some of them below: Listening. Assertiveness. Without a doubt not only is it a skill to take minutes at the meeting, but the real work comes in being able to wordsmith a draft set of notes into an exceptionally good piece of writing.

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Assertiveness or Weakness?

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The best time to be assertive with a person is in the early phase of your relationship! Assertion : Confidently expressing what you think, feel, and believe. Look for Part 2 of this blog later next week: Can Lack of Assertiveness be Interpreted as Weakness? Admin Assistant Training Communication SkillsAs I’m preparing to teach one of the modules from my Star Achievement Series® curriculum, I just came across something I want to share with you.

Choosing When to Assert Yourself

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Being assertive involves some risk because you aren’t guaranteed of the outcome. However, you will have a better chance of having your needs met with assertive action than by being passive or aggressive. When communicating assertively, it’s a good idea to start at the end —what you want to see happen and then work backward by communicating your needs. List the pros – what are the good outcomes if you assert yourself or your needs? (Part 2 of 2).

Choosing When to Assert Yourself

Office Dynamics

Being assertive involves some risk because you aren’t guaranteed of the outcome. However, you will have a better chance of having your needs met with assertive action than by being passive or aggressive. When communicating assertively, it’s a good idea to start at the end —what you want to see happen and then work backward by communicating your needs. List the pros – what are the good outcomes if you assert yourself or your needs? (Part 2 of 2).

The Top Skills Executives Want From Assistants Today

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Office Dynamics often surveys managers and high-level executives as to the skills, attitudes, and behaviors that are most important for an assistant to possess. Communication skills, both oral and written, are a must-have. Technological skills are a must-have to keep up with the pace and dynamics of the job. A must-have skill when managing your executive’s calendar is to understand your executive must have down time.”.

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Pros and Cons of Being Assertive

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Many administrative professionals and non-exempt employees ask me about how to be assertive without burning bridges or coming across as aggressive. One admin asked, “Can you provide assertiveness techniques and communication skills that I can put into practice?”. Many people confuse assertiveness with aggressive behavior. Assertive people care that their needs are met while caring about others. Assertive People: · Are direct and specific. (Part 1 of 2).

Pros and Cons of Being Assertive

Office Dynamics

Many administrative professionals and non-exempt employees ask me about how to be assertive without burning bridges or coming across as aggressive. One admin asked, “Can you provide assertiveness techniques and communication skills that I can put into practice?”. Many people confuse assertiveness with aggressive behavior. Assertive people care that their needs are met while caring about others. Assertive People: · Are direct and specific. (Part 1 of 2).

Can Lack of Assertiveness be Interpreted as Weakness?

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Can lack of assertiveness be interpreted as weakness? I’m going to share with you points that have been discussed on this topic when I’m teaching administrative assistants and support staff personnel how to be assertive. It’s ironic that I’m writing about this topic today because I just wrote an overview yesterday for a workshop on assertiveness that we are conducting for a major corporation soon. Assertiveness has to do with having an “attitude of confidence.”

Can Lack of Assertiveness be Interpreted as Weakness?

Office Dynamics

Can lack of assertiveness be interpreted as weakness? I’m going to share with you points that have been discussed on this topic when I’m teaching administrative assistants and support staff personnel how to be assertive. It’s ironic that I’m writing about this topic today because I just wrote an overview yesterday for a workshop on assertiveness that we are conducting for a major corporation soon. Assertiveness has to do with having an “attitude of confidence.”

Assistants Must Excel at the Fundamentals

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I know many seasoned executive assistants who think they do not need to focus on or pay attention to their basic skills, what is also known as the fundamentals. For 28 years, I have been teaching assistants to pay attention to the fundamentals such as meeting planning, travel planning, calendar maintenance, organizational skills, follow-up systems, time management, and communications. Every career has certain core fundamental skills.

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Set Healthy Boundaries at Work

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Why assertiveness in the workplace matters, especially for assistants, how it benefits you and what it really means. 7 essential action steps for becoming a more assertive assistant. Assertive Communication Skills Conflict Resolution Difficult People Self Development Work EnvironmentAn 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.

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Do You Have A Problem Saying No?

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How do assert myself when I can’t take on any more?” Need more help in the area of asserting yourself? Check out my entire series of blogs and webinars that can help you build your assertiveness in the workplace. Admin Assistant Training Assertive Communication Skills Conflict Resolution Interpersonal Skills Problem Solving Self Development UncategorizedWhat are your tips on the best way an assistant can overcome their problem saying no.

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Joan’s Greatest Administrative Secrets Revealed!

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If someone is doing something or saying something that is unacceptable to you, then you need to speak up in a professional and assertive manner. Welcome to April. Wow, where is the time going? April is one of my favorite months because, here at Office Dynamics, we get to celebrate the wonderful accomplishments of those in the administrative profession! In case you are not aware, Administrative Professionals Week is April 24 – 28. But we celebrate the entire month of April.

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Getting Things Done

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Be assertive and ask for more details or get the bigger picture to reduce back and forth time or going off on the wrong tangent. Assertive Conflict Resolution Organizational Skills Problem Solving Productivity Self DevelopmentGetting 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.

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Why Being An Executive Assistant Is A Rewarding Career

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I hear managers or Human Resource Professionals say it doesn’t take any special skill to be an administrative assistant. In honor of Administrative Professionals Day, I want to share my thoughts on why I believe being an executive assistant is a rewarding career. When people tell me, “Anyone can do that job,” it bothers me. It tells me that person doesn’t really know what it takes to be a great assistant. I hear it from both sides of the desk.

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Celebrating Administrative Professionals

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Administrative Assistants Rock! Join our April Blog-A-Thon. April is just around the corner and we love celebrating administrative professionals! This is the month we can (and will) celebrate in a big way. In honor of Administrative Professionals Week (4/20 – 4/24) and Office Dynamics 25th Year in business educating administrative professionals and their executives, we are bringing back our Blog-a-Thon.

Practicing Principles of Persuasion

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Tomorrow we’ll be offering a free webinar focused on Getting to Yes, which has brought up a lot of thoughts around the idea of assistants needing to build the power of their persuasive skills. Is your executive motivated by ROI (return on investment), the skills you will develop, or you learning from an acclaimed expert in the field? Admin Assistant Training Assertive Communication Skills administrative assistant courage negotiation persuasion workplace skills

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12 Days of Christmas Webinar: The Accelerated Assistant

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Admin Assistant Training Assertive Attitude Career Management Communication Skills Creativity Interpersonal Skills Leadership Networking Problem Solving Productivity Professional Image Self Development Teamwork Time Management Uncategorized Workplace Tools #adminconf 12 Days of Christmas admin admin professional assistant professional development assistant webinar conference conference for assistants executive assistant conference free webinar the accelerated assistant

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The Power of One

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Persuasion skills. Craft your skill. Good communication skills. Organizational skills. Admin Assistant Training Assertive Career Management Communication Skills Cost Effective Creativity Interpersonal Skills Leadership Motivators Networking Organizational Skills Problem Solving Productivity Self Development TeamworkWelcome to May! Such a lovely time of year. I hope everyone has recuperated from an exciting Administrative Professionals Week.

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How to Help Your Manager Get Things Done – Ask an Admin

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Ask An Admin Assertive Communication Skills Conflict Resolution Problem Solving Productivity Teamwork Time Management UncategorizedIf you are an Administrative Professional looking for your questions to be answered by your peers, then this is the place for you! This is the best blog for advice for administrative assistants and executive assistants provided by Office Dynamics International. This week Renee C.

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Blog-a-Thon Bonus Announcement

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BONUS BONUS BONUS!!! Get Bonus Entries In Our Blog-a-Thon For The Administrative Profession. For those of you who are participating in our blog-a-thon this April we want to give you even more ways to get entered to win. Announcing BONUS entries with social sharing. You MUST hashtag your past #adminblogathon in order to be entered for the bonus entries. Example of a Tweet or Facebook Post: This article changed my life [add your favorite article link] #adminblogathon.

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Who Is Office Dynamics International?

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Technical skills can be gleaned, but behavior must be taught. At Office Dynamics International we are celebrating 25 years of serving the administrative profession. Perhaps you’ve known us for a long time or you’re new around here. Either way, we want you to know who we are and what we believe. We Passionately Believe. The administrative role is a noble calling. In a “Career of Choice” mentality.

Qualities Of A Great Assistant

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Good communication skills. Organization skills. Interpersonal communication skills. Excellent calendaring skills. Excellent time management skills. Great networking skills. Analytical forward thinking skills. What qualities do assistants think you need to be a great assistant?

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5 Reasons Why Office Admins are the New Power Job

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Whether it’s finding the right caterer, meeting global counterparts from international office locations or brushing off your creative skills to whip up a spiffy PowerPoint presentation, you love tackling projects outside of your job scope (and even get excited at the opportunity!). There’s no doubt that a stigma surrounding admin roles still exists but as any Ninja knows, it takes skill, smarts and a whole lot of common sense—attributes not everyone possesses. Author: OfficeNinjas.

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All the free training we offer in one place!

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At Office Dynamics International we love what we do. Part of what we do is provide tools and services to administrative professionals to enhance the quality of their work-life that promote administrative excellence. We offer high level coaching, onsite workshops, an annual conference for administrative excellence, an executive assistant boot camp and more. However we aren’t able to reach every administrative professional with our our premium programs.

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Tactfully Voicing Your Opinion In The Workplace

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I encourage you to work on this vital business skill. Admin Assistant Training Assertive Attitude Career Management Communication Skills Difficult People Interpersonal Skills Motivators Professional Image Self Development Stress Management administrative assistant administrative professional adminskills career advice communication executive assistant Monday Motivators voice your opinion workplace

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6 Ways for Assistants to Gain Respect

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Furthermore, communication—including speaking skills, assertiveness and the ability to read an audience or situation—and appearance contribute to a person’s perceived executive presence. Each person in the group demonstrates their newly learned skills. Assertive Career Management Communication Skills Professional Image Self Development Uncategorized

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Strategies for Advancing Your Career in Administrative Services

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If you’re still struggling with time management, organization, professional presence, and communication, focus on amplifying your skills in these key areas. These kinds of leadership skills are only gained through practice and yet, they’re essential for advancement. Ultimately, all of these strategies will show that you are at the top of your field right now, and that you can leverage your skills to support the entire team’s success. Designed by Freepik.

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Cleanup and Organize Your Workspace

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Assertive Attitude Motivators Organizational Skills Stress Management UncategorizedSummer is a great time to do a little cleanup and organize your workspace. Business is usually a little quieter, employees take a vacation, and there seems to be a more relaxed work atmosphere. It is the perfect time for you to get organized before the craziness of business sets in this fall. Clean desks look smart, professional and, well, just organized.

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12 Days of Christmas Webinar: Building a Strong Partnership with Your Boss

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Admin Assistant Training Assertive Communication Skills Mgr/Asst Team Productivity 12 Days of Christmas administrative assistant administrative partnership assistant manager partnership effectiveness executive assistant executive assistant training for managers free webinar free webinar for administrative professionals management manager/assistant team productivity strategic partnership workplace partnership

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Setting Healthy Boundaries Today

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Assertive Attitude Career Management Communication Skills Conflict Resolution Interpersonal Skills Self Development Stress Management Uncategorized Work-Life BalanceSetting Healthy Boundaries. I was teaching a class two weeks ago from the Star Achievement Series®. Our theme for that day was the attitude component of Star Achievement.

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Revolutionary Insights Into Self-Leadership for Administrative Professionals

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Only a rare few administrative professionals have learned to tap into the power of the most advanced leadership skill. She’s witnessed its power first hand and helped hundreds of administrative professionals hone their self-leadership skills. Leading Boldly…Shining Brightly – Mind Set vs. Skill Set. This is a replay of the free webinar offered June 2016 titled Revolutionary Insights Into Self-Leadership (for administrative professionals).

Assistants Speak Out: The Biggest Struggles In Partnering With Their Executive

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Admin Assistant Training Admin Tips Assertive Assistant Training Attitude Career Management Communication Skills Executive Blog Interpersonal Skills Mgr/Asst Team Motivators Problem Solving Self Development Workplace Tools assistant business partner executive executive and assistant partnership procedures processes strategic partner struggles with partnership working in partnership working smarter working togetherHappy Monday! Fall is in the air and I love it.

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Are You Too Busy for The Most Important Partner In Your Office? The Importance of Daily Huddles

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Admin Assistant Training Admin Tips Assertive Assistant Training Career Management Communication Skills Difficult People Executive Blog free training Interpersonal Skills Leadership Mgr/Asst Team Problem Solving Self Development Teamwork Time Management administrative assistant administrative team daily huddles executive executive and assistant partnership executive assistant people processes question and answer stronger teams success success in the workplace

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Hired, then abandoned–how to become part of the team?

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Admin Assistant Training Assertive Career Management Communication Skills Interpersonal Skills Networking Problem Solving Self Development Teamwork Admin Pro Forum Business Management Daily co-workers communication skills creating a network getting to know your co-workers Joan Burge in Orlando meeting new people networking new hire question and answer workplace culture workplace etiquette

2016 113

Webinar Etiquette and Protocol for Live Events

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Assertive Attitude Communication Skills Interpersonal Skills Professional Image Workplace Tools #officedynamics admin assistant etiquette Facebook Live Joan Burge professionalism protocol webinar webinar etiquetteIt’s time to talk about webinar etiquette. We’ve been hosting a free monthly webinar since January of 2015 and as the events grow each month the chatter during the event increases.

Strategies for Advancing Your Career Outside of Administrative Services

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The skills you gain as an administrative professional can easily transfer to other roles. For example, here are a few of the most common roles that may be a great fit for assistants, depending on your skills and interests: Project Manager. As an assistant, you have many opportunities to stretch your skills and try on different “roles.” Take advantage of that by volunteering to own projects that leverage and develop specific skills you’d like to use in the future.

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Don’t Be a Dragon to Yourself (Part 3 of 3)

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Lack assertiveness. The problem with not being assertive is we let people walk over us. If you don’t feel you are assertive, take some classes. Assertive is about getting your needs met while being considerate of others. Admin Assistant Training Assertive Attitude Conflict Resolution Difficult People Interpersonal Skills Motivators Self DevelopmentIf you read the past two blogs, you will know that I have been talking about office dragons.

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