Tips for the Tourist in All of Us: The Savvy Admin’s Guide to Travel!

Office Dynamics

I have observed hundreds of assistants travel and heard numerous stories about their travel experiences both while in transit to Las Vegas and during their stay in Las Vegas. Since I travel most of the year and every trip is an adventure, many of the things I hear attendees complain about are typical, yet they appear to be larger than life to the attendee. It is for this very reason that I had Nancy Fraze, an Office Dynamics journalist, write, a list of Travel Tips.

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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. 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.

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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. 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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Travel Tips for Your Administrative Professionals Conference or Training Event

Office Dynamics

The Savvy Admin’s Guide to Travel! I have observed hundreds of assistants travel and heard numerous stories about their travel experiences both while in transit to Las Vegas and during their stay in Las Vegas. Since I travel most of the year and every trip is adventure, many of the things I hear attendees complain about are typical; yet they appear to be larger than life to the attendee. It will certainly reduce any travel stress you may experience.

Set Healthy Boundaries at Work

Office Dynamics

Keep in mind; I travel quite frequently for business, so I know what I’m doing.) As I travel and talk to hundreds of administrative office professionals ranging from administrators to executive assistants, I’m hearing them say they are spending too much of their personal time (evenings or weekends) managing and/or responding to emails from their leader. Why assertiveness in the workplace matters, especially for assistants, how it benefits you and what it really means.

2019 169

Why Being An Executive Assistant Is A Rewarding Career

Office Dynamics

A stellar Executive Assistant must think of every detail for every function such as calendar management, travel planning, meeting preparation and execution, and e-mail management. 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.

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Who Is Office Dynamics International?

Office Dynamics

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. “Falling into a job” will never compare to “falling in love with your career.”

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. 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.

2015 171

Teach Your Executive How to Work with You

Office Dynamics

For years I have coached executives and assistants how to implement processes on everything from daily huddles to debrief meetings, managing email, travel planning, and holding quarterly strategic meetings. Or if you get off schedule because of heavy executive travel, get back on schedule as soon as possible. Assertive Career Management Executive And Assistant Partnership

2019 175

Qualities Of A Great Assistant

Office Dynamics

What qualities do assistants think you need to be a great assistant? Many times in my live workshops and seminars for executive and administrative assistants, I ask the participant to create a list of qualities, attributes, and attitudes of star-performing assistants. Over the years, I have collected more than 300 ideas. I recently came across this list from one of my classes and wanted to share it. If you are an assistant reading this blog, check off the ones that describe you.

2015 167

Administrative Professionals Conference or Training Event Travel Tips

Office Dynamics

The Savvy Admin’s Guide to Travel! I have observed hundreds of assistants travel and heard numerous stories about their travel experiences both while in transit to Las Vegas and during their stay in Las Vegas. Since I travel most of the year and every trip is adventure, many of the things I hear attendees complain about are typical; yet they appear to be larger than life to the attendee. It will certainly reduce any travel stress you may experience.

Executives and Assistants are Struggling Today

Office Dynamics

Between email, virtual Assistants, palm pilots, high speed Internet connections and a host of other technological marvels, executives mistakenly believe they are more independent than ever – making their own travel plans, faxing their own letters and scheduling their own meetings. [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.

2015 153

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? Here’s a recap of just some of the amazing things that went on this year in celebration of you, Administrative Professionals: Executive Secretary Magazine sent out daily gifts from a variety of organizations specifically for administrative professionals learning benefit. IAAP teamed up with Staples to #CelebrateAdmins.

2015 116

5 Ways to Be a Value-Added Employee

Office Dynamics

I’m not sure if you know that 80% of my work is onsite training for administrative office professionals so I do a lot of traveling, in fact, 100% of my clients are out of state. From this point forward, I will be traveling extensively through September. While traveling gets old after a while and is tiring, I love what I learn when I go on site into an organization.

2018 120

Setting Healthy Boundaries Today

Office Dynamics

I’ll give you a perfect example that just happened to me this morning as I was traveling. Keep in mind; I’ve been traveling for 20 years about 75% of the time, each year so I know what to do.) As I travel the country and talk to hundreds of administrative office professionals ranging from administrators to executive assistants, I’m hearing them say they are spending too much of their personal time (evenings or weekends) managing and/or responding to emails from their leader.

2018 136

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

Office Dynamics

2 Struggle: Assistant not getting time with executive to discuss day-to-day events, priorities, projects, travel, meeting, upcoming projects and more. #3 The best executives I worked for over 20 years, always made time for me no matter how busy they were or how much traveling they did. Happy Monday! Fall is in the air and I love it.

2015 185

Overqualified and Interviewing

Office Dynamics

For example, I noticed on your website that some board members are out of state, will I help coordinate their travel needs for board meetings? Administrative Professionals Week Assertive Attitude Career Management Self Development UncategorizedOverqualified but applied anyway – NOT a desperate move. I have applied for positions I was overqualified for and thankful for what I learned from them. There are a few reasons someone might be overqualified but apply anyway.

4 Ways To Get Noticed At Work

Office Dynamics

To continue our travels through this special month of June, the official month of the 25 th year anniversary of Office Dynamics, I found more goodies to share with you! For years, secretaries and administrative assistants traveled at low levels. Quit traveling close to the ground. Don’t Get Lost In The Clouds … The Visible Assistant . Hello Monday Motivators! I hope you had a great weekend.

2015 166

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

Office Dynamics

Travel Planning. Travel Planning. Travel Planning Example: Your travel planning system involves lots of different forms, templates, and checklists. You have an executive profile form with their key travel preferences and frequent flier details. You have a travel itinerary template you put all of the final details in to send them out the door with. The procedures all combine to create your travel planning system.

2016 128

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

Office Dynamics

The scholarship award does NOT include travel expenses. Honorees are responsible for their own travel, hotel and incidental expenses; this scholarship applies to tuition only. 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? You can view the replay of our webinar, Getting People to Notice You: Cultivating High Self-Esteem.

How to Master The Art of Supporting Multiple Managers

Office Dynamics

The primary manager may be traveling and/or unavailable to answer your questions. Admin Assistant Training Administrative Professionals Week Assertive Communication Skills Executive Blog Mgr/Asst Team Multiple Managers Organizational Skills Productivity Workplace Tools A Great Day's Work administrative professional executive support how to prioritize with multiple managers juggling prioritizing project management Stacy Leitner supporting multiple managers

2016 143

Communicating With Your Manager

Office Dynamics

Now this came from an executive who traveled around the world, would work until 2:00 a.m., Upcoming Travel. Find out about upcoming trips so you can anticipate schedules and prepare necessary travel materials. Admin Assistant Training Assertive Career Management Communication Skills Executive Blog Interpersonal Skills Mgr/Asst Team Organizational Skills business communication calendaring daily huddle professional partnership The Importance of Daily Huddles.

2015 171

Handling Ethical Issues in the Workplace

Office Dynamics

If a co-worker asks you to fudge some numbers on a travel expense report, you can give yourself the space to react with a few responses like the following: “I need to think on that. Author: Lisa Olsen. Have you ever thought about your responsibility and power to improve ethical standards in the workplace? Assistants have touch-points at many levels in the organization and we often find ourselves encountering ethical dilemmas in the office. I can usually tell when I’m in the middle of one!

2016 126

Coaching for Executive Assistants and Administrative Assistants

Office Dynamics

We provide executive assistant coaching on everything from being more assertive to professional image, communications, leadership, time management and building a partnership with the executive. I am happy to say that more executives are investing in their assistants by providing one-on-one coaching for them. Over the past two years, Office Dynamics has done more on-site coaching for executive assistants than we have done in the past seven years!

2019 156

The Power of Asking for What You Want

Dumb Little Man

About a year into the job I had an opportunity to travel through Southeast Asia. This travel was not for work, it would have been a personal trip for 30 days! Traveling through Asia had always been a dream of mine. But I wanted both a job and travel so I racked my brain figuring out a plan to make it work. No one expects their employer to allow that much time off just to travel. If you ask in an assertive, polite way, you’re more likely to get what you want.

2011 219

Happy Administrative Professionals Week! An Admirable Profession

Office Dynamics

Assistants manage crazy schedules that constantly change, create order out of chaos, plan complex trips, book hotels, deal with difficult people, prepare meeting rooms, greet visitors and ensure their needs are met, run a busy executive’s life, manages stress, is a gatherer of information, deals with complex systems, interacts with hundreds of personalities, has to be organized, be a leader, be assertive and so much more.

Coaching for Executive Assistants

Office Dynamics

We provide executive assistant coaching on everything from being more assertive to professional image, communications, leadership, time management and building a partnership with the executive. I am happy to say that more executives are investing in their assistants by providing one-on-one coaching for them. Over the past two years, Office Dynamics has done more on-site coaching for executive assistants than we have done in the past seven years!

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A Quick Look at Motorcycle History

Dumb Little Man

If you are an enthusiast or you simply like traveling on your big bike, here’s a really catchy motorcycle history you need to hear. Asserting their own style, groups like the Bandidos, the Outlaws, and the Pagans came into existence and rebel against the mainstream. The motorcycle, an icon of freedom on two wheels, has an interesting story. The Start.

2018 197

SMART objectives for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

To complete a training course on assertiveness so that I can learn to push back on administrative work from my departmental colleagues and focus on project work for the department Director coming up in Q3. Arrange 1-2-1 meetings with him once a week (either on the phone or face to face) so that we can plan all of his travel arrangements as far in advance as possible. A database to be created and maintained so that travel costs are collected and reported monthly.

2013 200

Day in the life: Donna Lindsay

Practically Perfect PA

Working for Scottish Government requires quite a bit of travel between offices so in one day I can be in Ayrshire, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Like all other PA’s I book lunches, travel arrangements, hotels and meeting rooms. Some days I eat my lunch on a train if I am travelling but I like it most when I am in my own office and have lunch in our kitchen area with my friends. Today’s Day in the life is with Donna Lindsay, who is a PA with the Scottish Government.

2017 111

5 Remote Collaboration Challenges and How to Overcome Them

Dumb Little Man

He talks about a survey conducted with CTrip.com, which is China’s largest Travel agency. They will depend on the constructed strategies of assertive collaboration. The trend of flexible working hours among the people is increasing exponentially. People prefer working from homes. As reported by Forbes, 73% of millennials are engaged in freelancing. On the other hand, companies struggle to fill the skills gap. So they are embracing agile, remote teams to get work done.

2020 168

A day in the life: Katrina Wardell, EA at Dropbox

Practically Perfect PA

My EA function includes booking travel, heavy calendar and email management and organising the site-wide events. I could spend a day visiting event venues, in back-to-back meetings, booking complicated travel itineraries or organising a team party! Don’t be afraid to be assertive! I’m originally from San Diego, California, but I have been living in Dublin, Ireland for the past six years.

Have you got game?

Loosely Speaking

If you’re a female executive, add that other balancing act, appropriate assertiveness versus perceived bitchiness, and you may find your carefully honed professionalism isn’t cutting it. Home VA Training VA FAQ Podcast Featured Events for Bloggers & VAs Have you got game? Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 3:52 pm // By: // Category: Business Strategies/Perspectives Swagger. Bravado. Chutzpah. If you’re an athlete, you’re expected to have that and more.

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SMART objectives

Practically Perfect PA

To complete a training course on assertiveness so that I can learn to push back on administrative work from my departmental colleagues and focus on project work for the department Director coming up in Q3. Arrange 1-2-1 meetings with him once a week (either on the phone or face to face) so that we can plan all of his travel arrangements as far in advance as possible. A database to be created and maintained so that travel costs are collected and reported monthly.

2013 100

SMART objectives

Practically Perfect PA

To complete a training course on assertiveness so that I can learn to push back on administrative work from my departmental colleagues and focus on project work for the department Director coming up in Q3. Arrange 1-2-1 meetings with him once a week (either on the phone or face to face) so that we can plan all of his travel arrangements as far in advance as possible. A database to be created and maintained so that travel costs are collected and reported monthly.

2013 100

Dog Whistles, Whistle-Blowers, and Whistle-Stop Tours

Daily Writing Tips

For example, in certain contexts, the invocation of the phrase “states’ rights” in assertions of the right of states in the United States to determine their own laws and policies without interference from the federal government is said to mask tacit advocacy of the perpetuation of racism. Several idioms based on the word whistle are associated with politics. This post discusses the origins and meaning of “dog whistle,” whistle-blower, and “whistle-stop tours.”.

2017 44

TIME FOR A COMEBACK

Office Dynamics

With the rally of so many friends, family, the Office Dynamics staff, and even those of you from countries I have never traveled to, we have been able to get through this very difficult time. Communication is critical to our daily lives as well as critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, teamwork, positive attitude, assertiveness, self-management, technical skills, time management, and emotional intelligence.

2010 100

TIME FOR A COMEBACK

Office Dynamics

With the rally of so many friends, family, the Office Dynamics staff, and even those of you from countries I have never traveled to, we have been able to get through this very difficult time. Communication is critical to our daily lives as well as critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, teamwork, positive attitude, assertiveness, self-management, technical skills, time management, and emotional intelligence.

2010 100

5 Simple Steps to Eliminate Fear and Even Use it as an Asset.

Productive & Organized

  Begin to assert control over your mind by learning to consistently follow five steps - 1)    Acknowledge the fear.  Productive & Organized Home Contribute to P&O! Archive Network with Steph Is This You? Work With Stephanie « Improve Your Self-Image and Youll Improve Your Personal Productivity Power | Main | Communication Productivity Tip: Dont Make People Search for You.

2010 183

25 Words Coined by Nineteenth-Century Authors

Daily Writing Tips

feminist : Novelist Alexandre Dumas ( fils ) used féministe , the French form of this term, to refer to someone who asserts that women are due all the rights accorded to men. pedestrian : William Wordsworth came up with the word meaning “one who travels on foot.”. This post lists a number of words that were introduced to the lexicon by novelists and other writers during the nineteenth century.

2016 61

If You Want Something Done, Thank Others for What They Do

The Office Professionals Place

If it is a situation that requires urgent attention, be assertive and ask for help and apologize for any inconvenience. I deal with this woman almost monthly for organizational travel. The Office Professionals Place by Elite Office Concepts The purpose of this blog is to educate, enlighten, motivate, inspire, and strengthen office professionals to grow in their professional development. Lets grow together!

2010 100

The Future of the Administrative Profession: Where do I Think We Are Headed?

Laughing all the Way to Work

I draft letters, schedule his time, set reminders for deadlines, bring forward items, make travel arrangements, make some business decisions, arrange conferences, manage client relations and some bookkeeping. The up and coming assistant will need to be knowledgeable and skilled in what they do and assertive in doing it. As a secretary I typed letters, answered the phone and did the filing. As an administrative assistant I manage my boss's practice so he can do his job.

2008 100

10 Ways to Render Sentences More Concise

Daily Writing Tips

The following sentence is an extreme example of self-indulgent wordiness, but unless one is deliberately prolix in the service of humor, be vigilant about reining in excessively ornate prose: One might with the utmost confidence essay to prevail in a debate in which one asserts that possessing one’s own means of vehicular conveyance offers one greater flexibility than public transportation provides in the matter of travel to one’s place of learning or employment or to social occasions.

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