Keeping focussed in a busy environment

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© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 17 April, 2010 Keeping focussed in a busy environment There are so many distractions in the office -- the telephone, your co-workers, email and your boss! Once I had identifed the problem, I could make a plan on how to deal with it.

Multigenerational Communication & Cross-mentorship

Office Dynamics

When given the opportunity to meet with someone fairly new to the profession and someone embracing an upcoming retirement to explore even more in life, I enthusiastically embrace the moment and ask several questions of each! By Dana Buchanan.

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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

Experience vs. a university degree part two

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Obtaining funds from work to complete training in the current environment is difficult. Yes I have taken numerous courses to assist with my role both internal office courses and external professional courses.

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

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Lynn has organized strategic events such as the companys internal trade show, all-hands meetings, the annual awards banquet, internal events and leadership off-site meetings. EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct.

2010 153

We don't know what we don't know

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If you are part of an administrative team you can use your meetings to share knowledge with each other or give tips on something new you have discovered. EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct. Taking Effective Meeting Minutes ► August (3) Pass it on.

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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

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

A twelve step program to survive as an Admin

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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

Introducing The Administrative Bloopers Blog

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Atlanta, Georgia: The City that Smiles

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2009 130

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

Kings and Queens of the Office

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2008 130

A funny thing happened on the way to the office.

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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

Go with your gut feeling!

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2009 130

When your voicemail goes awry.

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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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2009 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. Taking Effective Meeting Minutes ► August (3) Pass it on.

2009 130

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

We have a winner!

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2008 130

Contest!

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2008 130

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

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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

Repeating Headers and Footers while in Sections

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2008 130

Where's the remote thingy for the PowerPoint?

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October 15th, Blog Action Day: Poverty

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2008 130

Cystic Fibrosis

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I am planning a local fundraiser to help the family with the costs on November 15th, but of course it will be in Ottawa, Canada and I know most of you are elsewhere. EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct. Preparing your boss for meetings away from the off.

2008 130

Let your fingers do the walking: Quick keyboard shortcut keys

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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

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

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2009 109

We did it Canada!

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We list country codes, city codes, international and national dialing codes, and other relevant country information. 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? Meetings Plus: Taking them offline On the job tips for new Admins.

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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

Are you prepared?

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I just recently organized a Board meeting and it was nice to have everything where I needed it when I was in the meeting. The night before I go to a Board meeting, I review all my templates, agendas, binder, attendance sheets and everything I am going to need or might need.

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

Pass it on.

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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. EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct. Preparing your boss for meetings away from the off.

2010 130

Oh where or where is my password?

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2010 130

I gave at the office

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