Seven tips: What to look for in an event supplier

Practically Perfect PA

We used a combination of iPads and Post-it notes to ask our workshop attendees questions about what makes an event supplier great, and what makes them not-so-great…. What does a good event supplier do? What is frustrating from an event supplier?

Seven tips: What to look for in an event supplier

Practically Perfect PA

We used a combination of iPads and Post-it notes to ask our workshop attendees questions about what makes an event supplier great, and what makes them not-so-great…. What does a good event supplier do? What is frustrating from an event supplier?

Procuring a great supplier

Practically Perfect PA

You might not think so but assistants deal with suppliers on a a regular basis. From hotels to stationery manufacturers, car hire companies and venues for events we are constantly procuring suppliers. Ask your network. Trade shows are a fantastic way to meet potential suppliers.

Using networks to get stuff done

Practically Perfect PA

Just last week I was reminded how brilliant PAs are at using networks to get stuff done. It showed me how powerful assistants can be when they tap into their networks. So how do we ensure our networks are there to help us get stuff done? Get to know your network.

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. Peer to peer networking is more important than ever.

Inside the Edinburgh PA Network

Practically Perfect PA

Over the last few years there are plenty more online communities and in more recent times we have taken networking to a whole new level with local networks, organised by assistants, springing up all over the place. First up we have the Edinburgh PA Network. About the network….

Is Your Networking Fishy Enough?

The Small Business Blog

Build your own network! WinWeb – Your Office Online Simply the best way to manage your small business! Is Your Networking Fishy Enough? by adrianswinscoe on Jul 02, 2010 Networking is an essential growth strategy for any small (even large) business.

Don't Underestimate The Importance Of Time Management

The Small Business Blog

Build your own network! WinWeb – Your Office Online Simply the best way to manage your small business! Planning how to manage your time is not a waste of time! When you are finished, you can manage the rest of your time any way you want! E-Mail me or follow me.

2010 245

Social Media Do’s and Don’ts for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

If you answered positively then yes you would be correct I think using social media for your professional development and networking is an absolute must! Don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your manager to see. Do you think assistants should use social media for professional purposes?

Cost Cutting for Small Business – Payment Terms | THE SMALL.

The Small Business Blog

Build your own network! WinWeb – Your Office Online Simply the best way to manage your small business! Firstly there is the extended payment term, of 60, 90 and 180 days – see if your supplier will allow any of those terms. E-Mail me or follow me.

2007 198

Small Business Failure – Reason: Management Control | THE SMALL.

The Small Business Blog

Build your own network! WinWeb – Your Office Online Simply the best way to manage your small business! The central message here is to be involved in ALL areas of your business ALL of the time – in a management capacity. E-Mail me or follow me.

2007 199

Assistants! Get the most out of attending an event

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Conferences, training and networking events can be equally as daunting especially when you are attending on your own and have to join in group activities and network with strangers.As Some people I’ve met over the years are fabulous at networking and find it very easy and normal.

2013 215

Cost Cutting for Small Business – Payment Terms | THE SMALL.

The Small Business Blog

Build your own network! WinWeb – Your Office Online Simply the best way to manage your small business! Firstly there is the extended payment term, of 60, 90 and 180 days – see if your supplier will allow any of those terms. E-Mail me or follow me.

2007 182

The Industry Snapshot: The influence of Personal Assistants

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Managing the Managers. It’s no wonder then that assistants decide which suppliers to use and often purchase their services without having to get approval from Executives or Procurement. Assistants are natural networkers.

2016 254

Managing A Small Business In A Recession | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

The Small Business Blog

Build your own network! WinWeb – Your Office Online Simply the best way to manage your small business! Managing A Small Business In A Recession by Stefan Töpfer on Oct 10, 2007 Here in the UK we had the “ Pre Budget Report &# yesterday. E-Mail me or follow me.

2007 197

Bioteams: Learning from Nature to improve Project Management

BioTeams

When studying this topic, new ideas and solutions are introduced and explained, applied to one of the main projects management areas, which is the human resources management, with a structure, teamwork and leadership scheme that may represent the success factor in a given project.

The Networked Enterprise and Bioteams in China

BioTeams

Alex Lin (CEO of ChinaValue Business New Media) has just conducted a major interview with me ( Ken Thompson) where we explore in detail the concept of The Networked Enterprise for Chinavalue.net. Link to the book - The Networked Enterprise - on Amazon.com.

2009 52

Launching Assist Travel

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Choosing a supplier for your office is not easy, particuarly when it comes to business travel. Assistants have to navigate their corporate travel policy while ensuring their Executives have a smooth business trip while relying on suppliers to make that happen.

Travel 195

Career development for Assistants: 5 common problems and how to solve them

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Read the first one, on what to look for in an event supplier , and watch out for the third and final blog, on how to ensure organisations value PA work! Consult other PAs, your manager(s), and your organisation’s HR for advice in progressing your career development.

2017 186

Getting buy in from the boss

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No matter how heavy your workload is… Everyone can and should be a Networker.” Illustrate the benefits of networking with peers and the exchange of best practice. You need to reinforce that your work is under control and manage expectations.

2017 211

The benefits of working abroad for Assistants

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As many of you will know, I moved to Barcelona a few years ago to work as an assistant and marketing manager for Gallus Events. Extending your network and working with global suppliers . This new found openness has really helped me networking for business.

2017 205

Top tips for business travel to Barcelona

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We are offering assistants the chance to come along to the afternoon sessions, network with attendees and meet with suppliers for free! Here is a little taste of what you can expect… Meet with our fabulous suppliers: Reed and Mackay.

Travel 145

Launching Assist Travel 2016

Practically Perfect PA

We want this to be measurable, easy to manage, more enjoyable and relaxing for you and your Executive. Choosing a supplier for your office is not easy, particularly when it comes to business travel. Our suppliers know these are the predicaments faced by assistants.

2016 157

Core soft skill: Resilience

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Networking. Having a strong network before internally in your organisation and with other assistants, clients and suppliers is pretty crucial these days. Having a network to fall back on when something goes wrong is so helpful.

Skills 259

Using social media to empower Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

You can follow and connect with other Assistants, clients, colleagues, suppliers, brand ambassadors and influencers. I can personally recommend the EUMA and Executive Secretary Magazine groups for interactive social networking across the globe.

Ultimate travel itinerary

Practically Perfect PA

A well organised travel itinerary is an essential service that assistants can provide for their managers. In addition I suggest you upload the information to an online document management website (Dropbox for example), just in case they misplace the paperwork.

Travel 173

A sneaky peek at the Future Assistant programme

Practically Perfect PA

The PA as information manager . In 2017 and beyond Assistants will be seen as their organisation’s information managers. The PA as time manager . Diana is an absolute expert in PA networking, working within a startup culture and the role of a modern day assistant.

2017 173

How can Assistants achieve greater recognition at work?

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If you haven’t already, read our first blog on what to look for in an event supplier , and our second, on common issues PAs face with career development. Actions PAs should take: Communicate with managers and HR about what the job involves. Awareness training for managers.

2017 219

Remember to visit CTI at the Office* Show next week

Practically Perfect PA

If you haven’t been before, it is a fantastic exhibition for PAs, EAs, VAs, Office Managers and Administrators, which brings together lots of great training and really relevant suppliers for office professionals. CTI are one of the 15 top travel management companies in the UK.

2014 156

Serviced Apartments – pros and cons

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I also met with all of the Sales Managers at the hotels local to my office and discussed their corporate rates. In addition I met with a number of serviced apartment suppliers and from the outset it was clear that the apartments were considerably cheaper than the best corporate rate I was offered at a hotel. I spent a long time managing the relationship with the serviced apartment supplier and also dealt with all of the positive and negative feedback from the consultants.

2011 120

A review of Assist Travel 2015

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We used this session as a bit of a networking / ice breaker. Throughout the day our delegates had meetings with our exhibitors who represented a variety of suppliers within the travel industry. During lunch we made sure that everyone had some time to network and chat.

2015 185

A day in the life: Saba Ali, Royal Academy of Dance

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I provide extensive diary management including global travel arrangements, compile reports, agendas and for Committee and Board meetings. There is always lots of diary management and setting up meetings. What are the main aspects of your role?

2015 179

Job descriptions for Personal Assistants – Merited or inherited?

Practically Perfect PA

However – if we are not willing to speak up and actively list our duties how can we expect colleagues and managers to be aware of this change in office dynamics? We lighten the load for executives and are vital members of any executive management team. Risk Management.

2015 191

9-5 or 5-9? Does It Really Matter? | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

The Small Business Blog

Build your own network! WinWeb – Your Office Online Simply the best way to manage your small business! E-Mail me or follow me. What is Small Business Infrastructure? How to be successful by focusing on your core business.

2010 205

Skype + 3 = 3 Skypephone, but is it for small business? | THE.

The Small Business Blog

Build your own network! WinWeb – Your Office Online Simply the best way to manage your small business! by Stefan Töpfer on Oct 29, 2007 I was kindly invited by 3 Network & Skype to attend the launch of the new 3 Skypephone in London today. E-Mail me or follow me.

2007 130

Small Business Start-Up Idea – Sign-Making Service | THE SMALL.

The Small Business Blog

Build your own network! WinWeb – Your Office Online Simply the best way to manage your small business! E-Mail me or follow me. How to be successful and eco-friendly. Making your small business carbon neutral. Community for small business outsourcing and cost control.

2008 198

Small Business Start-Up Idea – Party Planner | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

The Small Business Blog

Build your own network! WinWeb – Your Office Online Simply the best way to manage your small business! E-Mail me or follow me. You ask a question, I answer! Ask me your small business questions, I will answer them ASAP. What is Small Business Infrastructure?

2008 192

Top 5 Tips for Hands-On Leadership | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

The Small Business Blog

Build your own network! WinWeb – Your Office Online Simply the best way to manage your small business! Keep stakeholders (customers, staff, suppliers etc.) ‘Hands-on’ does not mean micro-managment. E-Mail me or follow me. Starting a Small Business?

2010 141

Spotlight on assistant resources: PA Life

Practically Perfect PA

PA Life magazine is published six times a year and includes a mixture of lifestyle features, updates on suppliers, industry news and articles on how to improve professional skills. Free attendance to special networking and PA Life Club- sponsored events.

2014 178

Invest in yourself

Practically Perfect PA

My manager is speaking about sponsorship to a group of event organisers who are all taking notes and listening intently. Think about how you can achieve these objectives on your own, through the company or with an external supplier.

2013 262

Small Business Start-Up Idea – Weight Loss Consultation | THE.

The Small Business Blog

Build your own network! WinWeb – Your Office Online Simply the best way to manage your small business! E-Mail me or follow me. You ask a question, I answer! Ask me your small business questions, I will answer them ASAP.

2008 186

Free Home Business Startup Video: Genealogy Research | THE SMALL.

The Small Business Blog

Build your own network! WinWeb – Your Office Online Simply the best way to manage your small business! E-Mail me or follow me. How to be successful and eco-friendly. Making your small business carbon neutral. Community for small business outsourcing and cost control.

2009 141

The 2019 Top Tech Events to Attend for Your Business

Dumb Little Man

However, the opportunity to network with other business people, which may lead to possible joint ventures in the future, and learning about the latest technology developments, are important reasons to go to at least one event. It’ll help organizations better manage the challenge.

2019 191