7 Tips for Executive Assistants Who Want To Be More Assertive

Office Dynamics

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?

Assertiveness or Weakness?

Office Dynamics

We, therefore, create stress in our lives. 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 Skills

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Assertiveness or Weakness?

Office Dynamics

We, therefore, create stress in our lives. 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? Tags: Admin Assistant Training Communication Skills

The Top Skills Executives Want From Assistants Today

Office Dynamics

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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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? Less stress and wasted time. ·

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? Less stress and wasted time. ·

Why Being An Executive Assistant Is A Rewarding Career

Office Dynamics

I hear managers or Human Resource Professionals say it doesn’t take any special skill to be an administrative assistant. Stress reducer. In honor of Administrative Professionals Day, I want to share my thoughts on why I believe being an executive assistant is a rewarding career.

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Celebrating Administrative Professionals

Office Dynamics

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.

Blog-a-Thon Bonus Announcement

Office Dynamics

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.

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Setting Healthy Boundaries Today

Office Dynamics

Under that umbrella, we addressed topics such as self-management vs. stress management, learning specific difficult people types and how to handle each of them, the benefits of conflict and much more. Setting Healthy Boundaries.

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Who Is Office Dynamics International?

Office Dynamics

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.

Qualities Of A Great Assistant

Office Dynamics

Good communication skills. Organization skills. Interpersonal communication skills. Excellent calendaring skills. Excellent time management skills. Great networking skills. Analytical forward thinking skills.

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All the free training we offer in one place!

Office Dynamics

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.

2015 234

Put A Lid On It: Venting Is Bad For You

Office Dynamics

<Guest Post by Courtney Clark> Don’t you hate that feeling when stress starts to build up, until you reach your boiling point and you feel like you just can’t take it any more? Because they didn’t have the little release of venting, their stress built up.

2015 187

5 Reasons Why Office Admins are the New Power Job

Office Dynamics

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!).

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Set Healthy Boundaries at Work

Office Dynamics

An important component to self-management versus stress-management is to set healthy boundaries in the workplace. Why assertiveness in the workplace matters, especially for assistants, how it benefits you and what it really means.

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Getting Things Done

Office Dynamics

An organized workspace reduces stress, gives the impression to others that you are on top of things, and saves you time. 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.

2019 215

Getting People to Notice You: Cultivating High Self-Esteem Webinar Replay

Office Dynamics

From what I understand, no one else had anything like the portfolio to showcase their skills. Earn positive attention in the workplace and address the most common obstacle standing in the way for most assistants—lack of self-esteem. Do you struggle with getting people to notice you?

How to Respond to Workplace Conflict

Office Dynamics

This is an important skill to develop for any individual who has to work with others. Use assertive communication techniques. Having an “attitude of taking charge” is not necessarily the same as the “skill of taking charge.” Either party is too stressed to attempt reconciliation.

2016 202

Executives and Assistants are Struggling Today

Office Dynamics

[This article was originally posted at Executive Secretary Magazine.]. There is no greater relationship in the workplace than that of an executive and an Assistant. I can honestly say that because of my experience in the administrative profession for 20 years in a variety of organizations.

2015 226

Tactfully Voicing Your Opinion In The Workplace

Office Dynamics

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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12 Days of Christmas Webinar: The Organized Admin with Julie Perrine

Office Dynamics

That ability to produce it quickly instills confidence in your skills and abilities. Even finding an extra five minutes a day to work on your organization skills will add up over time.

2016 192

Living Your BIG & Bold Life [Upcoming Event]

Office Dynamics

Announcement: Our next free webinar in our celebration series is open for registration. Living Your BIG & Bold Life with Joan Burge. May 7, 2015. 10:00 – 11:00 AM Pacific Time. Register Now, It’s a free event! Working women hold a unique position in our society.

2015 192

Is it time to bust your comfort zone?

Office Dynamics

Admin Assistant Training Assertive Career Management Leadership Problem Solving Self Development Stress Management Workplace Tools #bustthezone comfort zone free webinar Jasmine Freeman stretch your skills

2015 217

How to Build Consensus in Place of Conflict

Office Dynamics

Use assertive communication techniques. Having an “attitude of taking charge” is not necessarily the same as the “skill of taking charge.” It starts with having the attitude, then developing certain skills. Either party is too stressed to attempt reconciliation.

2016 143

Looking Forward With Intention [Free Webinar for Assistants]

Office Dynamics

It’s hard to believe another year is nearly over. Here at Office Dynamics International, as we wrap up this 25th year of business, we’re feeling both grateful and overwhelmed with all we’ve experienced in 2015. Perhaps you can relate to those feelings?

2015 143

Thank you for joining our Admin Blog-a-thon, what’s next?

Office Dynamics

Wow, what a fabulous April! Did you have the most incredible Administrative Professionals’ Week this year?

2015 151

Communicating With Your Manager

Office Dynamics

Reduces stress. Admin Assistant Training Assertive Career Management Communication Skills Executive Blog Interpersonal Skills Mgr/Asst Team Organizational Skills business communication calendaring daily huddle professional partnership

2015 246

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

Office Dynamics

Reduces stress for both the executive and assistant. I recently received a request for advice from an assistant named Kathryn.

2015 265

Revolutionary Insights Into Self-Leadership for Administrative Professionals

Office Dynamics

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.

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

Office Dynamics

When you don’t focus on your work, then you make mistakes, get behind schedules, become stressed and maybe you aren’t patient with others. 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. If you read the past two blogs, you will know that I have been talking about office dragons.

2017 141

7 Ways to Stop Overthinking

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Most of the time, it results in us making up scenarios in our minds, like how they don’t like us or how they don’t appreciate our skills. Everyone has to go through trials and errors to become wise in life and skill. Brain Negativity Stress

2016 285

100 words that will making minute taking a breeze

Practically Perfect PA

Asserted. Stressed. Core Skills Minute Taking admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Minutes Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual AssistantSo as we all know minute taking can sometimes be a little tedious (Friday morning job anyone!!)

2016 229

Have You Reached A Career Plateau? How to Regain Control

Office Dynamics

Other times, we’re simply drained after being tapped for a major undertaking or high stress project. Have a look at your time management skills, and how best to invest your efforts on a daily and weekly basis. Author: Shelagh Donnelly.

2016 163

The Power of a Winning Attitude

Office Dynamics

You need to work on your communications skills and being more assertive to gain attention. Be patient and again, assess your communication skills and develop persuasion skills. We talk to ourselves all day.

2014 187

Tips on good minute taking

Practically Perfect PA

As we all know writing minutes is a basic skill for assistants and we have probably written more over the years than Stephen King has writing novels. Asserted. Stressed. Pin It.

2012 284

Tips on good minute taking

Practically Perfect PA

As we all know writing minutes is a basic skill for assistants and we have probably written more over the years than Stephen King has writing novels. Asserted. Stressed.

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TIME FOR A COMEBACK

Office Dynamics

I have learned more nursing skills than I ever would wish to have learned (I am very squeamish, on top of it) and Dave has been fighting daily battles in his own way. There is one important thing I would like to emphasize: All the wonderful skills I developed while working in the Administrative Profession have helped me tremendously with all the health challenges Dave has had the past 3 years and it was proven to me more than ever the past 3 weeks.

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TIME FOR A COMEBACK

Office Dynamics

I have learned more nursing skills than I ever would wish to have learned (I am very squeamish, on top of it) and Dave has been fighting daily battles in his own way. There is one important thing I would like to emphasize: All the wonderful skills I developed while working in the Administrative Profession have helped me tremendously with all the health challenges Dave has had the past 3 years and it was proven to me more than ever the past 3 weeks.

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5 Remote Collaboration Challenges and How to Overcome Them

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On the other hand, companies struggle to fill the skills gap. Nicholas Bloom in his TEDxStanford talk stressed upon the tremendous potential working from home offers. Working in a SaaS environment can be quite stressful if the management is slow.

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Take Up Your Business: How To Pitch A Business Idea

Dumb Little Man

You might have an excellent idea which will take your business to a higher level, but if your presentation skills are not developed enough, you are likely to fail. What qualities or skills will assist you in this task? Assertiveness.

2018 243

Happy Administrative Professionals Week! An Admirable Profession

Office Dynamics

One thing I wanted to talk about today is the many skills you develop when you work in the administrative profession. Those are all skills that transfer to your personal life and skills that you will take with you the rest of your life.

10 Steps to Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

On The Job

They become even more stressed as they achieve their dream, instead of enjoying what their hard work has brought them. If you’ve been operating under misguided rules like, “I should always know the answer,” or “Never ask for help” start asserting your rights.

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