Keeping focussed in a busy environment

Laughing all the Way to Work

© 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.

Training On-line

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© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 19 January, 2009 Training On-line Recently someone asked me a question about training on-line so I thought I would share the answer in a post. I use a place based in Toronto, Canada called Last Minute Training.

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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! The diverse team has combined organizational and time management skills, event and meeting planning, business savvy, continued professional development drive and so much more to ensure success and positive outcomes. By Dana Buchanan.

2018 133

4 Fresh Meeting Trends and Where to Find Them

Office Dynamics

In the midst of our constantly-changing culture and ever-more-digital world, the meeting and events industry is the next realm to be updated. Dull, dusty meeting rooms are being replaced and refreshed by smart trends that are making meetings more productive and more enjoyable. interesting meeting rooms and workshop spaces is changing the market and offering many more options to meeting and event planners around the world. budding meeting industry trends.

2016 100

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

Office Dynamics

Meetings/Events. Travel Planning. So I wanted to provide a plan of action for these assistants that would help them get and stay organized. Travel Planning. Event/Meeting Planning. Travel Planning Example: Your travel planning system involves lots of different forms, templates, and checklists. You have an intake form for ensuring you get all of the details you need up front for effectively planning their trip.

2016 129

Successful Assistants Combine Left and Right Brain Thinking

Office Dynamics

Let’s take for example the task of meeting planning or calendaring for your executive. To achieve your best results, you would schedule meetings or appointments for your executive using both sides of the brain. Be sensitive to the fact that your executive may have jet lag, or be tired from a hectic schedule of running from meeting to meeting. Can you really fit in another meeting on Wednesday? Are you being practical about meeting scheduling?

2019 176

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, Outlook Training and Training in Supporting a University Committee. To be effective in any position you need to be on the forefront of technology and systems use so I have attended many training courses for software and technology. Yes – started with the basics after raising family i.e. college courses – typing, word processing then on the job training.

2014 146

We don't know what we don't know

Laughing all the Way to Work

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.

2010 151

The pronouns you use can reveal a lot about where your head is

Laughing all the Way to Work

My mind is already planning the next Board meeting and how I will organize my desk and the filing at the new place. Meetings - Are you in the middle of planning a meeting? I keep a meeting scheduling form at my desk. I know exactly where I am at with the meeting planning just by looking at the form. Making myself at home in my new environment.

2008 100

Admin Buddies

Laughing all the Way to Work

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

Dealing in real time.

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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. Taking Effective Meeting Minutes ► August (3) Pass it on. Meetings Plus: Taking them offline On the job tips for new Admins.

2010 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

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

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. I have also combined all the tutorials, training and other education-related links under the title Training.

2009 130

Introducing The Administrative Bloopers Blog

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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?

2010 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

Atlanta, Georgia: The City that Smiles

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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?

2009 130

Kings and Queens of the Office

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How can you survive in this kind of a working environment? 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.

2008 130

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

Laughing all the Way to Work

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 130

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

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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?

2009 130

A funny thing happened on the way to the office.

Laughing all the Way to Work

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

Getting your foot in the door.

Laughing all the Way to Work

Many times the administrative assistant position is a good way into an organization and what a great training ground to know an organizations inner workings than in this profession. I think many university students are seeing the value in having this kind of training.

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

Go with your gut feeling!

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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?

2009 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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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 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

Different spellings: British, Canadian and American

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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?

2009 130

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

Let your fingers do the walking: Quick keyboard shortcut keys

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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. Share any special training you have received with others in the office or online.

2010 130

We have a winner!

Laughing all the Way to Work

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?

2008 130

Contest!

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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?

2008 130

Repeating Headers and Footers while in Sections

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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?

2008 130

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

Where's the remote thingy for the PowerPoint?

Laughing all the Way to Work

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.

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

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

Are you prepared?

Laughing all the Way to Work

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