Core soft skill: Resilience

Practically Perfect PA

Today I am going to start a new one – Core Skills. I’m not just going to write about which skills we need I am also going to look at how these skills are linked to the role specifically. I was used to answering the standard interview questions about soft skills but I hadn’t really delved very deeply into the practical aspects of that skill and how it made me stand out as a better candidate and Executive Assistant. Networking.

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Are you a networked PA?

Practically Perfect PA

The word networking can strike fear, horror and / or joy into the best of us. Networking is without a doubt a valuable skill set and resource tool but for many it can involve going outside our comfort zone when confronted with the notion of chatting to a complete stranger. I won’t lie – I was feeling slightly daunted when faced with the prospect of attending the Gala Dinner Networking Event at Executive Secretary LIVE on my own. So why should you network as a PA?

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A guide to networking

Practically Perfect PA

Whether you’re networking online or face-to-face, it can play a vital role in securing your next job opportunity. Networking the old-fashioned way, face-to-face, is still an important route to building lasting connections with people that can benefit your career. Offline networking. The challenge is choosing the right ones to attend; networking at the wrong events will waste your time and dent your confidence. Approach networking like a job interview.

Networking with ACE Connects

Practically Perfect PA

Back in November I had the pleasure of speaking to 50 assistants who were attending a networking event organised by ACE (Assistant Community EMEA), an internal networking group set up by assistants at BlackRock. I must say I was completely bowled over by the event, which is not something I have often said about networking events for assistants! I was asked to speak about networking and how beneficial it is for assistants.

Core soft skills: Diplomacy

Practically Perfect PA

Next up in our series of blog posts on core soft skills I am going to look at diplomacy and tact for assistants. Assistants have to possess a number of soft or interpersonal skills. It is a skill that allows assistants to find common ground with every person at every level of business. But, let’s face it, diplomacy and tact are not easy skills to master – the world would be a much better place if everyone was diplomatic!

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Networking with other departments

Practically Perfect PA

We all know that networking is really important for assistants. There are plenty of external networking events out there but really the first place to start with building your network is within your organisation. Here are a few of my tips on how to network with other departments. It is a great way to get to know other people within your organisation and network with other departments.

Inside the Peterborough PA Network

Practically Perfect PA

Next up in our series of blog posts about regional PA networks, we have the Peterborough PA network. Launched by Bethany Fovargue in 2013 this network has gone from strength to strength and Bethany is now asked to speak and promote the role of assistants all over the world. . Aside from the network, what have been your career highlights to date? About the network…. What made you decide to set up the network? What are the objectives of the network?

Networking best practices for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

Networking is really important. We are behind the scenes specialists, we are not encouraged to put ourselves out there and even if we did want to get involved in a networking event we are often too busy to leave the office. The problem is networking is really important. We don’t have many career advancing opportunities and networking can help us learn from each other. Assistants that are good at networking are also a real benefit to their organisation.

Managing your social media content

Practically Perfect PA

Here are my top ten tips for managing your social media – these are all tried and tested! This is the hardest part of managing your social media. The post Managing your social media content appeared first on Practically Perfect PA. Featured Key Skills admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant social media social networking Virtual Assistant

Using your social media skills at work

Practically Perfect PA

This week I want to look at how we can use our skills in this area to add value for our companies and mangers. I know a lot of business are still banning certain websites and it can be difficult to change the executive management’s mind when it comes to using social media at work but if your company is embracing all of the positive aspects of Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook etc. So lots of ways you can add value using your personally developed social media skills.

5 Career Tips for Project Managers Post-Pandemic

Dumb Little Man

All across the globe, nations are facing economic uncertainties while businesses are finding it difficult to manage challenges due to the current world crisis. Being project managers or business leaders, we are not an exception either, we have also felt the shock equally.

Social Network Tips for Assistants

Office Dynamics

In today’s technology-centric workplace, many employers want employees to be savvy with social networking … especially in tech fields, marketing, public relations and media. Key characteristics desired are those who are avid users of the Internet, blogs, Twitter and/or who have a Facebook page or other social networking account. It’s ironic that although many companies once worried about lost employee productivity because of time spent on Facebook, now these skills are desirable!

PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS

Office Dynamics

Problem solving is about what happens in your brain and heart – it’s a mixture of experience, creative thinking, and the external environment: your work network, available resources, and time. This is also when your emotional intelligence, networking and soft skills come into play. Gain concurrence – communicate with your manager or leader succinctly about what is the problem, the priority response and what you plan to do. Problems.

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Social Networking Tips for Executive and Administrative Assistants

Office Dynamics

In today’s technology-centric workplace, many employers want employees to be savvy with social networking … especially in tech fields, marketing, public relations and media. Key characteristics desired are those who are avid users of the Internet, blogs, Twitter and/or who have a Facebook page or other social networking account. It’s ironic that although many companies once worried about lost employee productivity because of time spent on Facebook, now these skills are desirable!

How Assistants Can Use Social Networking

Office Dynamics

In today’s technology-centric workplace, many employers want employees to be savvy with social networking … especially in tech fields, marketing, public relations and media. Key characteristics desired are those who are avid users of the Internet, blogs, Twitter and/or who have a Facebook page or other social networking account. It’s ironic that although many companies once worried about lost employee productivity because of time spent on Facebook, now these skills are desirable!

The Best Assistant Interview Tips

Office Dynamics

In this blog, we will cover a few resume and… Career Management Etiquette Interpersonal Skills Networking Self Development interview advice interview tips resumeAre you in the market for a new job? You’re not alone.

Social Networking Tips for Executive and Administrative Assistants

Office Dynamics

In today’s technology-centric workplace, many employers want employees to be savvy with social networking … especially in tech fields, marketing, public relations and media. Key characteristics desired are those who are avid users of the Internet, blogs, Twitter and/or who have a Facebook page or other social networking account. It’s ironic that although many companies once worried about lost employee productivity because of time spent on Facebook, now these skills are desirable!

5 Steps for Managing Your IT Audit & Security Career In Strange Times

Dumb Little Man

Now, the question is, amid crisis how should we be thinking about our career management? We, as a generation, are facing trouble in managing and balancing work and family, managing stress, and continuously staying connected with co-workers and remote teams in this era of ‘new normal’.

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Unemployed? Transferable Skills are the Answer

45 Things

In the coming weeks and months you're going to hear a lot about "transferable skills." Transferable skills are those abilities that you can use in a variety of jobs: communication, organization and teamwork. Network.

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10 Tips to Manage Your Time Effectively Under Pressure

Dumb Little Man

Time management is one of the most important skills that you need to develop in life. With effective time management, you enable yourself to become more productive at achieving the goals and objectives assigned to you at work. In this particular article, you will find 10 useful and effective time management strategies that will boost your productivity dramatically. You can also go offline by logging out of all social media networking sites.

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Learn How to Manage Your Boss

Ian's Messy Desk

And whether you think your boss is brilliant or a bore, the fact is that you have to manage the relationship with your boss if you want to advance your career. Many of us give little thought to managing our supervisors. For example, participate in meetings, volunteer to sit on important committees and welcome delegated tasks as a way to increase your skills. Be creative, share ideas and develop problem-solving skills. Managing Up a bad boss (timesunion.com).

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Records Management Strategy

Office Dynamics

Do you have a records management strategy in place? Does anyone out there actually have a system in place to get a handle on all of this, or are most companies like us, just letting everything stack up in cabinets and fill up the computer network and hoping nothing vital gets lost along the way?” The post Records Management Strategy appeared first on Office Dynamics.

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Revolutionary Ways Assistants Can Get Information from Their Managers

Office Dynamics

We were really excited about this activity because the main goal was to get assistants to come up with revolutionary solutions on time-old problems such as managers not making time for their assistants; managers not providing sufficient information to their assistants; handling constantly changing priorities; getting support for training and development. The 4 main topics to be addressed were: Revolutionary ways to get the communication and information you need from your manager.

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Building Your Network

Ian's Messy Desk

Home About Contact Me Links Sitemap Building Your Network Posted by Ian McKenzie Written on July 14, 2010 If youre new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. The starting point in this process is to develop a deliberate and systematic approach to networking throughout your career. The best networkers are never unemployed for very long. When you network, you must be perfectly selfish. You begin your networking process at your place of work.

Keys to Effective Networking

Office Dynamics

Such was the case last week when my long-time friend and Las Vegas BNI ( Business Network International ) Director Leslie Taylor presented a speech that outlined a simply brilliant model for building effective relationships. We’ve all been there: We go to a networking function or set up a time to get together for coffee or lunch with someone we’ve met in our travels and then stall in that awkward moment where we really don’t know how to begin. Tags: Networking

Managing your boss’s schedule like a mega star

Practically Perfect PA

There are loads of different ways we can save our Executive’s time, but I think it all starts with the fundamental task of diary management. Most assistants manage their Executive’s schedule and most Executive’s live by what is in that schedule. Here is the Practically Perfect PA guide to managing your boss’s schedule like a total mega star! There is so much research that suggests routine is the key to good time management. Email Management.

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Beating Networking Nerves

Small Business CEO

Effective networking is an essential to furthering your career as well as being vital to the success of your business. From building up a strong client base to creating opportunities for new ventures and collaborative projects, good networking skills will help you to make your business grow and thrive in this competitive commercial environment. It’s important to understand that networking opportunities aren’t limited to conferences and corporate events.

Keys to Effective Networking

Office Dynamics

Such was the case last week when my long-time friend and Las Vegas BNI ( Business Network International ) Director Leslie Taylor presented a speech that outlined a simply brilliant model for building effective relationships. We’ve all been there: We go to a networking function or set up a time to get together for coffee or lunch with someone we’ve met in our travels and then stall in that awkward moment where we really don’t know how to begin. Networking

Managing your boss’s schedule like a mega star

Practically Perfect PA

There are loads of different ways we can save our Executive’s time, but I think it all starts with the fundamental task of diary management. Most assistants manage their Executive’s schedule and most Executive’s live by what is in that schedule. Here is the Practically Perfect PA guide to managing your boss’s schedule like a total mega star! There is so much research that suggests routine is the key to good time management. Email Management.

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Why Being An Executive Assistant Is A Rewarding Career

Office Dynamics

I hear managers or Human Resource Professionals say it doesn’t take any special skill to be an administrative assistant. 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. Manager of your executive’s work life.

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Can Virtual Assistants provide social networking support?

Loosely Speaking

Home VA Training VA FAQ Podcast Featured Events for Bloggers & VAs Can Virtual Assistants provide social networking support? Social networking became the trendiest way to stay connected in 2008. As a result, clients in many industries are seeking VAs with proven expertise to manage their social media presence. Among the training options for VAs who want to add this niche to their services list are: www.vaclassroom.com , which offers a Social Networking training component.

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Celebrating Administrative Professionals

Office Dynamics

Ideas on how to build better partnerships with your managers. 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.

Hired, then abandoned–how to become part of the team?

Office Dynamics

Find more comments to Maddy’s question and other questions like this from your administrative peers here: Business Management Daily. This month’s question from our friends at The Admin Pro Forum is from Maddy who is struggling to become part of the team at her new office. Take a moment to read her question and let us know what you think in the comments of this blog. Have you ever found yourself in a similar scenario? What did you do?

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Qualities Of A Great Assistant

Office Dynamics

If you are a manager reading this blog, check off the ones that apply to your administrative partner. Good communication skills. Organization skills. Interpersonal communication skills. Excellent calendaring skills. Excellent time management skills. Great networking skills. Analytical forward thinking skills. Taking baby steps is a good way to manage a big list of “must get better at” areas.

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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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Joan’s Greatest Administrative Secrets Revealed!

Office Dynamics

This is important for all assistants, managers and coworkers to remember the administrative profession is a true profession! These are the individuals who put up with all the stuff every day, put themselves second and third on the list, manage a multitude of responsibilities, make their executives look good, and are confidantes. Welcome to April. Wow, where is the time going?

2017 168

5 Reasons Why Office Admins are the New Power Job

Office Dynamics

Whether it’s finding the right caterer, meeting global counterparts from international office locations or brushing off your creative skills to whip up a spiffy PowerPoint presentation, you love tackling projects outside of your job scope (and even get excited at the opportunity!). Working as an admin professional often means working closely with leadership positions and essentially acting as project manager for the C-suite. Author: OfficeNinjas.

2016 159

All the free training we offer in one place!

Office Dynamics

October: Managing Your Executive’s Day (Part 1) Webinar. October: Managing Your Executive’s Day (Part 2) Webinar. 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.

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Who Is Office Dynamics International?

Office Dynamics

Technical skills can be gleaned, but behavior must be taught. 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.

Network Extensively, Advance Your Administrative Career

Office Dynamics

Create a vast network of acquaintances and advocates with whom you enjoy doing business, have done favors for, know well – or know remotely, via others. Administrative professionals fall into a category of people called “super-connectors,” because they’re often the hub of information and networking in their offices, as well as for the people they support. They interact with internal and external clients; they work with multiple levels of managers. It is pure people skills.

11 Top Tips for Time Management

Productivity Bits

Although it can be difficult at first, waking up early can boost your time management skills, simply because you have more time to get things done. In other words, goals remind you of WHY you are bothering to be productive and manage your time effectively. Prioritize Prioritising is arguably one of the most important time management skills. Be Accountable Ever thought posting on social media could help your time management skills?

2016 100

How to Develop Your Inner Circle, a Webinar Replay with Peggy Vasquez

Office Dynamics

Without a trusted support network—an “inner circle” of people to share their wisdom, experience, and belief in you—the road to success is elusive, if not impossible. Regardless of your job title, intelligence level or personal skill set, there is one certainty that always holds true: You simply cannot achieve your vision of greatness (whatever it may be) without the help of other people. Hint: It’s not just about “networking” for a new job! And copy of their manager.

2016 157

12 Days of Christmas Webinar: The Accelerated Assistant

Office Dynamics

Admin Assistant Training Assertive Attitude Career Management Communication Skills Creativity Interpersonal Skills Leadership Networking Problem Solving Productivity Professional Image Self Development Teamwork Time Management Uncategorized Workplace Tools #adminconf 12 Days of Christmas admin admin professional assistant professional development assistant webinar conference conference for assistants executive assistant conference free webinar the accelerated assistant

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