Travel Itineraries

Practically Perfect PA

A well organised travel itinerary is an essential service that assistants can provide for their managers. Think about all the different bits of paper you have to keep with you – tickets, hotel details, travel guides. Well along with the usual stresses of travelling your boss also has to attend meetings and act professionally when in many cases they are dealing with jet lag and the continuous business activities back in the UK office. Happy travel planning, Nicky x.

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Great Apps for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

Both times I’ve replaced my phone as quickly as is humanly possible because I am just lost without it (sometimes I am literally lost without it thanks to my dependence on Google maps to get me about London!). Here are a few of my favourites: Travel. This app is slightly more expensive but worth paying for if your manager travels a lot. The app also gives access to real-time departure information, delays and gate numbers. Meetup Time: £0.69. [Show as slideshow].

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Great Apps for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

Both times I’ve replaced my phone as quickly as is humanly possible because I am just lost without it (sometimes I am literally lost without it thanks to my dependence on Google maps to get me about London!). Here are a few of my favourites: Travel. This app is slightly more expensive but worth paying for if your manager travels a lot. The app also gives access to real-time departure information, delays and gate numbers. Meetup Time: £0.69. [Show as slideshow].

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Just a secretary.

Laughing all the Way to Work

There are many teachers in my extended family and it seemed like something I could do well, but our family did not have any money to further my education and I became a secretary instead. Another time I wanted to try a career in the travel business. I have become familiar with time zones, airport codes and international holidays to avoid. Dealing in real time. ► January (5) Taking the time to acknowledge someone and say tha.

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My Favourites

Laughing all the Way to Work

Here are some of My Favourites with their corresponding links. Some of these I use on an almost daily basis.

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We don't know what we don't know

Laughing all the Way to Work

I have always been a believer in sharing ideas and have received my best education from other assistants. Building Relationships one Assistant at a Time ► April (2) Keeping focussed in a busy environment When your boss arranges meetings behind your back. Dealing in real time.

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

Laughing all the Way to Work

New South Wales Australia Time) Turning Soft Skills Into Tangible and Recognizable Skills That You Can (and Should) Bring to The Office Conference December 6/7, 2010, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia IQPC’s 8th Executive and Personal Assistant Summit is on again in 2010! Dealing in real time.

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Dealing in real time.

Laughing all the Way to Work

© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 13 February, 2010 Dealing in real time. Think about it the next time you give someone a timeline. Dealing in real time. ► January (5) Taking the time to acknowledge someone and say tha.

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A twelve step program to survive as an Admin

Laughing all the Way to Work

If you have treated anyone unfairly, take the time to apologize and try to make things right. Building Relationships one Assistant at a Time ► April (2) Keeping focussed in a busy environment When your boss arranges meetings behind your back. Dealing in real time.

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Whose meeting is it anyway?

Laughing all the Way to Work

This person is also responsible for making sure the agenda is sent out on time and will need to set a reminder to the meeting Chair to make sure that is done. Dealing in real time. ► January (5) Taking the time to acknowledge someone and say tha.

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Spring cleaning on the blog

Laughing all the Way to Work

© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 1 March, 2009 Spring cleaning on the blog It is a very sunny day today with a promise of spring in the air so I thought it was a good time to spring clean the blog. Dealing in real time.

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When your boss arranges meetings behind your back.

Laughing all the Way to Work

That makes it difficult when I am supposed to be organizing his calendar, but since I am responsible to organize his time and in spite of my frustration, I have to make it work. Dealing in real time. ► January (5) Taking the time to acknowledge someone and say tha.

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Introducing The Administrative Bloopers Blog

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New South Wales Australia Time) Turning Soft Skills Into Tangible and Recognizable Skills That You Can (and Should) Bring to The Office Conference December 6/7, 2010, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia IQPC’s 8th Executive and Personal Assistant Summit is on again in 2010! Dealing in real time.

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Atlanta, Georgia: The City that Smiles

Laughing all the Way to Work

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. Building Relationships one Assistant at a Time ► April (2) Keeping focussed in a busy environment When your boss arranges meetings behind your back.

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

Laughing all the Way to Work

New South Wales Australia Time) Turning Soft Skills Into Tangible and Recognizable Skills That You Can (and Should) Bring to The Office Conference December 6/7, 2010, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia IQPC’s 8th Executive and Personal Assistant Summit is on again in 2010! Dealing in real time.

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A funny thing happened on the way to the office.

Laughing all the Way to Work

New South Wales Australia Time) Turning Soft Skills Into Tangible and Recognizable Skills That You Can (and Should) Bring to The Office Conference December 6/7, 2010, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia IQPC’s 8th Executive and Personal Assistant Summit is on again in 2010! Dealing in real time.

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Colour Coding Works.

Laughing all the Way to Work

When you are busy, busy and dont have time to think, having two or three colours to choose from will help make things easier. Building Relationships one Assistant at a Time ► April (2) Keeping focussed in a busy environment When your boss arranges meetings behind your back.

2009 130

Go with your gut feeling!

Laughing all the Way to Work

New South Wales Australia Time) Turning Soft Skills Into Tangible and Recognizable Skills That You Can (and Should) Bring to The Office Conference December 6/7, 2010, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia IQPC’s 8th Executive and Personal Assistant Summit is on again in 2010! Dealing in real time.

2009 130

When your voicemail goes awry.

Laughing all the Way to Work

New South Wales Australia Time) Turning Soft Skills Into Tangible and Recognizable Skills That You Can (and Should) Bring to The Office Conference December 6/7, 2010, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia IQPC’s 8th Executive and Personal Assistant Summit is on again in 2010! Building Relationships one Assistant at a Time ► April (2) Keeping focussed in a busy environment When your boss arranges meetings behind your back. Dealing in real time.

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When taking initiative isn't the best thing.

Laughing all the Way to Work

I like working with someone who has initiative, wants to do a good job and is keen to contribute to the team, but is there a time when initiative is not a good thing? If you are a new hire, take the time to learn and ask questions. Dealing in real time.

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Do you like what you do?

Laughing all the Way to Work

If you don’t get it, it wasn’t the right job for you or the right time. I went through a time of looking for a job and it seemed I wasnt getting anywhere. Finally I landed a job and have been working ever since, but I still recall that time of not working.

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Happy Administrative Professionals' Day!

Laughing all the Way to Work

New South Wales Australia Time) Turning Soft Skills Into Tangible and Recognizable Skills That You Can (and Should) Bring to The Office Conference December 6/7, 2010, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia IQPC’s 8th Executive and Personal Assistant Summit is on again in 2010! Dealing in real time.

I always have the perfect answer. the next day!

Laughing all the Way to Work

When you go home however -- that is the time you come up with the perfect answer. You go over the conversation you had with your co-worker or boss, but this time you put in the answer you would have said if you had taken the time to think about it. Dealing in real time.

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Different spellings: British, Canadian and American

Laughing all the Way to Work

Thank goodness for Google , I use it all the time to get answers. This time I came up with a site called Karens Linguistics Issues. Building Relationships one Assistant at a Time ► April (2) Keeping focussed in a busy environment When your boss arranges meetings behind your back.

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Training On-line

Laughing all the Way to Work

New South Wales Australia Time) Turning Soft Skills Into Tangible and Recognizable Skills That You Can (and Should) Bring to The Office Conference December 6/7, 2010, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia IQPC’s 8th Executive and Personal Assistant Summit is on again in 2010! Dealing in real time.

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

Laughing all the Way to Work

In Word, choose Insert, Date and Time and then highlight the date format you like and press OK. You can also insert the date and get it to update automatically by clicking on Update Automatically in the Date and Time dialogue box. Dealing in real time.

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

Laughing all the Way to Work

What dates and times does he or she have available (keeping in mind time zones for away meetings)? Secure the date and time in his or her calendar, taking into consideration travel time if outside the office. Dealing in real time.

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We have a winner!

Laughing all the Way to Work

New South Wales Australia Time) Turning Soft Skills Into Tangible and Recognizable Skills That You Can (and Should) Bring to The Office Conference December 6/7, 2010, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia IQPC’s 8th Executive and Personal Assistant Summit is on again in 2010! Dealing in real time.

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Contest!

Laughing all the Way to Work

New South Wales Australia Time) Turning Soft Skills Into Tangible and Recognizable Skills That You Can (and Should) Bring to The Office Conference December 6/7, 2010, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia IQPC’s 8th Executive and Personal Assistant Summit is on again in 2010! Dealing in real time.

2008 130

Repeating Headers and Footers while in Sections

Laughing all the Way to Work

New South Wales Australia Time) Turning Soft Skills Into Tangible and Recognizable Skills That You Can (and Should) Bring to The Office Conference December 6/7, 2010, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia IQPC’s 8th Executive and Personal Assistant Summit is on again in 2010! Dealing in real time.

2008 130

Building Relationships one Assistant at a Time

Laughing all the Way to Work

© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 9 May, 2010 Building Relationships one Assistant at a Time Assistants are in contact with other assistants on a daily basis. Dealing in real time. ► January (5) Taking the time to acknowledge someone and say tha.

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

Laughing all the Way to Work

When I receive a contract I highlight the date the hotel needs the contract back signed and put a reminder to make sure I send it back in time. At that time you can assess if the event is still going ahead or if you need to cancel. Dealing in real time.

2010 141

October 15th, Blog Action Day: Poverty

Laughing all the Way to Work

New South Wales Australia Time) Turning Soft Skills Into Tangible and Recognizable Skills That You Can (and Should) Bring to The Office Conference December 6/7, 2010, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia IQPC’s 8th Executive and Personal Assistant Summit is on again in 2010! Dealing in real time.

2008 130

Where's the remote thingy for the PowerPoint?

Laughing all the Way to Work

New South Wales Australia Time) Turning Soft Skills Into Tangible and Recognizable Skills That You Can (and Should) Bring to The Office Conference December 6/7, 2010, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia IQPC’s 8th Executive and Personal Assistant Summit is on again in 2010! Building Relationships one Assistant at a Time ► April (2) Keeping focussed in a busy environment When your boss arranges meetings behind your back. Dealing in real time.

Kings and Queens of the Office

Laughing all the Way to Work

New South Wales Australia Time) Turning Soft Skills Into Tangible and Recognizable Skills That You Can (and Should) Bring to The Office Conference December 6/7, 2010, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia IQPC’s 8th Executive and Personal Assistant Summit is on again in 2010! Dealing in real time.

2008 130

Cystic Fibrosis

Laughing all the Way to Work

New South Wales Australia Time) Turning Soft Skills Into Tangible and Recognizable Skills That You Can (and Should) Bring to The Office Conference December 6/7, 2010, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia IQPC’s 8th Executive and Personal Assistant Summit is on again in 2010! Dealing in real time.

2008 130

Going Checklist Crazy

Laughing all the Way to Work

If I forgot to bring my laptop with me to a meeting out of town, that would be an almost disaster for me because I prepare my minutes ahead of time on my computer and basically all I have to do at the meeting is fill in the blanks. Dealing in real time.

2008 130

Now that is dedication.Executive Assistant donates kidney to her.

Laughing all the Way to Work

New South Wales Australia Time) Turning Soft Skills Into Tangible and Recognizable Skills That You Can (and Should) Bring to The Office Conference December 6/7, 2010, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia IQPC’s 8th Executive and Personal Assistant Summit is on again in 2010! Building Relationships one Assistant at a Time ► April (2) Keeping focussed in a busy environment When your boss arranges meetings behind your back. Dealing in real time.

2009 109

Meetings Plus: Taking them offline

Laughing all the Way to Work

Once the date and location is finalized, if it requires flight and hotel, then I put a travel sheet on top of the meeting sheet and start to go through that checklist to see what I need to do, from getting the passport ready, contacting the travel agent and arranging for a purchase order, etc.

2009 141

Let your fingers do the walking: Quick keyboard shortcut keys

Laughing all the Way to Work

They say when you do something for 30 days it becomes a habit, so try some of these and make it a new habit that will save you a lot of time. Dealing in real time. ► January (5) Taking the time to acknowledge someone and say tha.

Keeping focussed in a busy environment

Laughing all the Way to Work

I was not focussing on one task and finishing it, but was going from here to there and everywhere so after a few hours it still looked like I hadnt accomplished much and I started to panic that I wouldnt get the house cleaned on time. Dealing in real time.

We did it Canada!

Laughing all the Way to Work

National pride -- all time high. What a blast the last two weeks have been, but I dont think I could have taken any more late nights staying up to watch the Olympics in Eastern Standard Time. New South Wales Australia Time) Turning Soft Skills Into Tangible and Recognizable Skills That You Can (and Should) Bring to The Office Conference December 6/7, 2010, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia IQPC’s 8th Executive and Personal Assistant Summit is on again in 2010!

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Seminars for Professional Assistants

Professional Assistant Blog

She can be very trying at times, just a very difficult person. Try creating a list of tasks and tackle one thing at a time. Until next time, T ake care - of your clutter! I provide education for those that need to plan meetings and events for their companies. Administrative Assistants could really benefit from this education. You can view our education at www.meetingplanningacademy.com Thanks!

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