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Calendar Management for Executive Assistants

Office Dynamics

Meetings, meeting, and more meetings! In spite of all the technology, meetings have not gone away. As an assistant of 20 years, I had one perspective of meeting management. You must keep these things in mind when you are managing your executive’s calendar.

Calendar "ah ha"

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© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 16 January, 2010 Calendar "ah ha" I was participating in a Harvard sponsored webinar with my boss the other day. One of the things they recommended to executives was to use their electronic calendar to leave themselves reminders. When you are checking through the Scheduler, it gives no details on the meeting, just that you are not free. I put travel in red and action reminders in yellow, but that is our own system and it works for us.

Confessions of a Micro-Manager

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© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 4 October, 2009 Confessions of a Micro-Manager Who would want to work for a micro-manager? Here are some reasons I think managers can get possessive: Im not sure I can trust you. I never wanted to be a manager.

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Managing your Boss's Inbox

Laughing all the Way to Work

© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 29 August, 2009 Managing your Bosss Inbox Nowadays our bosses are busy almost 24/7 and in order to cope they need our help managing their e-mail account. Below are some things I try to do to carry out the management of my bosss e-mail account: Meet with your executive and get on the same page on what they are expecting you to accomplish when going through their e-mail account. Preparing your boss for meetings away from the off.

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Assistants Must Excel at the Fundamentals

Office Dynamics

They feel they have been managing calendars or planning meetings forever so why pay attention. Manager Support. Managing Office Technology. Meeting Preparation and Coordination. Supporting Multiple Managers. Task and Project Management.

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A Day in the Life of an Admin

The Office Professionals Place

These responsibilities require an individual who is proficient in computer software programs, communication skills, negotiation, time management, and organizational skills- to name a few.

2009 130

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

Office Dynamics

To Do Lists – Task Management. Meetings/Events. Travel Planning. So I wanted to provide a plan of action for these assistants that would help them get and stay organized. There are 5 core systems I encourage assistants to look at first: Time and Task Management.

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We don't know what we don't know

Laughing all the Way to Work

One person can be great at software programs and know all sorts of tricks to get things done quickly and another might be excellent at organizing and managing their email account. EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct.

2010 151

Keep your Inbox running on empty

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© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 10 April, 2009 Keep your Inbox running on empty There are so many e-mails coming at us these days that e-mail management is very important. EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct.

2009 130

When your boss arranges meetings behind your back.

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© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 5 April, 2010 When your boss arranges meetings behind your back. Does your boss ever organize a meeting behind your back? He will have a quick conversation with a staff member and set up a meeting, but not tell me anything about it.

2010 130

10 Things = Frustration

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Managing your workload from home when you don’t have everything you need. Meeting documents: some people have it printed single sided and others double sided. EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct. Taking Effective Meeting Minutes ► August (3) Pass it on. Taking stock We don't know what we don't know ► June (1) Playing nice in the sandbox ► May (2) Whose meeting is it anyway?

2009 100

Admin in the Spotlight: Interview with Lynn Holgate, 2010 Stevie.

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Holgate is the Executive Assistant to the President, she also reports to the Director of Human Resources and manages a staff of four. EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct. Taking Effective Meeting Minutes ► August (3) Pass it on.

2010 153

Dealing in real time.

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If it is a big project I use a calendar and write down all my required to-dos on the dates I need to get them done to make my deadline. I’m a visual person so it really helps me to plan my way to my goal. EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct.

2010 141

Preparing your boss for meetings away from the office or at home

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© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 8 November, 2009 Preparing your boss for meetings away from the office or at home I had a good tip from my boss that I have used to help me prepare him for meetings whether they are away or at home. What is the purpose of the meeting?

2009 141

Admin Buddies

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If it is a planned time off then you can meet with your buddy and give them any instructions or information they will need to handle in your absence and any contact names and numbers. EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct.

2010 141

Meetings Plus: Taking them offline

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© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 19 December, 2009 Meetings Plus: Taking them offline I organize a lot of meetings in a day, week, month; heck, even into next year. My first plan of action is to take them offline as much as possible.

2009 141

A twelve step program to survive as an Admin

Laughing all the Way to Work

Schedule meetings with your boss regularly, but at the very least annually, to identify areas that need improvement and also for encouragement in areas you are doing well. Come up with a plan on how you are going to improve in the areas you identified as needing improvement.

2009 141

Whose meeting is it anyway?

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© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 16 May, 2010 Whose meeting is it anyway? Do you ever get a meeting request and an agenda has not been provided, or if it is a teleconference the call-in details have not been given or the boardroom hasnt been booked for an internal meeting?

2010 130

Atlanta, Georgia: The City that Smiles

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I am now leaving Atlanta to travel to Birmingham and the impression I am left with is I have never been in a city that smiles so much. EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct. Taking Effective Meeting Minutes ► August (3) Pass it on.

2009 130

Introducing The Administrative Bloopers Blog

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2010 130

Spring cleaning on the blog

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Under My Favourites, I have added a Meeting section with some useful sites and combined many of my travel related links under one title simply called Travel. EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct. Preparing your boss for meetings away from the off.

2009 130

On the job tips for new Admins.

Laughing all the Way to Work

I have daily meetings with my boss so sometimes I print the e-mails that I have questions on and put it in a folder and then we go through each item and he lets me know what, if anything, I need to do. If he is travelling, I send it by e-mail, but it has been my experience that I will get better results with a face-to-face meeting. Sometimes e-mail is not the best way to communicate and it needs to be followed up by a phone call or face-to-face short meeting.

2009 132

Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Today's.

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2009 130

Do you like what you do?

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I feel a great sense of accomplishment when I’ve been able to plan and complete a project successfully. EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct. Taking Effective Meeting Minutes ► August (3) Pass it on.

2009 172

A funny thing happened on the way to the office.

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How do you plan to be funny in December? EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct. Taking Effective Meeting Minutes ► August (3) Pass it on. Meetings Plus: Taking them offline On the job tips for new Admins. Meeting preparation.

2009 130

Colour Coding Works.

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Because the meetings were right after the other and I had lots of packages with me, it was easy to distinguish what went to whom just by looking at the colour. I also put them in order of the meetings so it made it even easier. Preparing your boss for meetings away from the off.

2009 130

Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Today's.

Laughing all the Way to Work

As an Executive Assistant to a busy CEO, I have to organize my boss and I needed a bring-forward system to meet his needs. My boss likes me to print his weekly calendar on Monday so he can see at a glance what he has for the week so I clip that to the front of the folder. I then print his daily calendar and slip that in the left pocket of the folder and on the right side I put everything he will need for the day. Taking Effective Meeting Minutes ► August (3) Pass it on.

2008 125

Go with your gut feeling!

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2009 130

Word and Outlook 2007 tips

Laughing all the Way to Work

To set a recurring 9-5 meeting (as opposed to clicking all-day meeting) I dont like the all-day meeting settings as they are out of sight at the top of the calendar and easily missed. His calendar then shows blocked time and nobody misses seeing that he is away.

2007 130

When your voicemail goes awry.

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EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct. Taking Effective Meeting Minutes ► August (3) Pass it on. Taking stock We don't know what we don't know ► June (1) Playing nice in the sandbox ► May (2) Whose meeting is it anyway? Building Relationships one Assistant at a Time ► April (2) Keeping focussed in a busy environment When your boss arranges meetings behind your back.

2010 118

When taking initiative isn't the best thing.

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2009 130

Happy Administrative Professionals' Day!

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I am speaking this morning at an administrative event so looking forward to meeting some new assistants. EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct. Taking Effective Meeting Minutes ► August (3) Pass it on.

I always have the perfect answer. the next day!

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Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Today's.

Laughing all the Way to Work

My last Board meeting I ordered lunch for 10, but I had 15 Board members in attendance. EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct. Taking Effective Meeting Minutes ► August (3) Pass it on. Preparing your boss for meetings away from the off.

2010 141

Different spellings: British, Canadian and American

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2009 130

Building Relationships one Assistant at a Time

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If I hear from the assistant I know I am going to get answers and the process of setting up a meeting will go smoothly, but should I try to develop a working relationship with them? EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct.

2010 153

Training On-line

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It was a convenient alternative to a live classroom, but I still do appreciate the classroom setting and nothing can compare with the people you meet and discussions you can have with your classmates during a break. EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct.

Happy New Year! Now don't forget to put the correct year on your.

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2009 130

Pass it on.

Laughing all the Way to Work

I mentioned this to our team of admins at one of our meetings so when one of my co-workers found out how to do something they thought to share it with the team. The Reminders box is the same box where your calendar items pop up when they are due, so should be familiar to everyone.

2010 130

We have a winner!

Laughing all the Way to Work

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2008 130

Going Checklist Crazy

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© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 6 September, 2008 Going Checklist Crazy I am organizing a Board meeting and I have checklists and to-do lists coming out of my ears. I have a checklist for each day with a list of things I have to remember to bring or do before and after the meeting.

2008 130

Contest!

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Keeping focussed in a busy environment

Laughing all the Way to Work

Being on the phone was a very important part of my day and it was still going to take a big part of my time, but I could better manage it by scheduling a time to make my phone calls. Once I had identifed the problem, I could make a plan on how to deal with it.