10 skills needed to be a fantastic office manager

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There are so many Assistants who are also working as an Office Manager and a lot of Office Managers who are also Assistants! The roles are similar, and there are a lot of overlapping skills. However, Office Managers do have to take on some tasks that are high-level and move the business forward. Core Skills Featured admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant office management Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

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Future-Proof Your Career by Developing Project Management Skills

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Technology can help organize your projects, and it can even help execute certain elements of your projects, but it can’t manage your projects for you. Project Management is a role that requires a human. Project Management is very complicated; it’s an entire field of study and a profession. However, the vast majority of people who manage projects are not formal “Project Managers” by title. Interested in Upgrading Your Project Management Skills?

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What are interpersonal skills?

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‘Must have good interpersonal skills’ is a phrase that you will often see on job descriptions for Assistants, but what does that mean? What are interpersonal skills and why are they so crucial for Assistants? Interpersonal skills, or soft skills or people skills are the same thing. They are the skills you need to interact […].

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Key skills roundup for 2018

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I hope you enjoy our key skills roundup for 2018. We focussed really heavily this year on increasing our content around the key skills Assistants need to develop in their role this year. We covered a lot of skills including minute taking, event management, organising business travel, project management and everything in between!

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5 ways to improve your leadership skills

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You may not manage a team, but you do work in a management role. You manage your Executive, you work with and support the leadership team, and you should see […]. Core Skills Featured admin administrators assistants Career EA EA Skills Executive Assistant Leadership Office manager PA PA Skills Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

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Advanced skills for C-suite Executive Assistants

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Working alongside every successful Executive is an incredibly smart, switched-on and highly skilled Executive Assistant. There are many advanced skills that Assistants, who work in the C-suite, need to be successful in the role. We cover a lot of those skills on this website. Executive Assistant key strengths Featured Long Form Posts admin administrators assistants C-Suite Career EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Skills Tasks Virtual Assistant

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Core soft skill: Resilience

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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.

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Managing Multiple Managers

Office Dynamics

Managing multiple managers can be daunting. It is a luxury if you only support one executive or manager. The tips below are for supporting a group of managers on a regular basis. Being an excellent communicator and being organized are vital skills to managing multiple managers or executives. Encourage managers to use uniform procedures. Limit personal tasks for managers. Communicate regularly with all your managers.

Core soft skills: Diplomacy

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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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Managing a travel crisis

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If your Executive travels regularly you will both be used to travel delays and disruptions, sometimes those delays are easy to manage and sometimes they are much bigger than expected and can cause chaos around the world. Core Skills Featured Travel admin administrators assistants business travel EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

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Expense Management Process

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Core Skills admin administrators assistants business travel EA Executive Assistant Expenses Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual AssistantCollecting and processing expenses is not fun. There I’ve said it – call me controversial if you like but I stand by my statement! In fact, I’ll go further as to say processing expenses can be an absolute time zapper for Assistants. So what can we do to make this tiresome task less of a […].

Time Management Skills for Executive and Administrative Assistants

Office Dynamics

One of the biggest struggles executive assistants report to me is mastering effective time management. Our new Time Management for the Modern Assistant: Proven Tactics for Taming Your Day eBook will help you take control back. The post Time Management Skills for Executive and Administrative Assistants appeared first on Office Dynamics - Executive And Administrative Assistant Training

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Technology to help with email management

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These ten fantastic pieces of software will help you manage your emails and your Executives. It is worth looking to see which ones will work for you, but they will all help you manage and automate emails! Core Skills Email Management Featured Office Technology admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

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Managing someone else’s calendar

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Managing someone else’s calendar. You are managing your boss or client’s Inbox and/or Calendar. Core Skills Diary Management Email Management Featured admin administrators assistants Calendar EA Executive Assistant MS Office Office manager Outlook PA Personal Assistant technology Virtual AssistantYou know how it is.

Effective Calendar Management for Executive Assistants

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Effective calendar management for Executive Assistants is a hugely important aspect of th role. There are also a lot of tasks related to diary management, for example, ensuring the Executives get [.]. Core Skills Diary Management Long Form Posts You and Your Work admin administrators assistants diary management EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Tasks Virtual Assistant

Five tips on team management

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Managing a team isn’t easy. In fact management, in general, is pretty tough – that is why so many people are bad at it! It can be hard for Assistants to juggle managing a team of other Assistants or Administrators (which is often the case) and support their Executive. Core Skills Featured admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Management Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

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9 Ways to Improve Your Organization Skills for Administrative Assistants

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Organization skills for administrative assistants are one of the most valuable skills to have as an administrative assistant. Fortunately, there are at least 9 ways to improve your organization skills as an administrative assistant without too much effort on your part. Organizational skills for administrative assistants are crucial to the success of any business. These 9 ways can help you improve your organization skills in practical and workable ways.

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Telephone Screening and Etiquette Skills for Administrative Assistants

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Top-notch telephone screening and etiquette skills are paramount regardless of industry, company size, or geographic location. Necessary telephone skills for assistants include how to answer the phone, take accurate messages, carefully screen calls, protect corporate and personal information, seamlessly transfer callers, use a polite and proper tone of voice, and know-how to tactfully handle difficult callers. Communication Skills Etiquette Telephone

5 College Skills That Have Lasting Value

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Between writing essays, going into interviews, and managing deadlines, you refine several skills while you’re applying for college. Those skills are important because not only do they help you get into your dream college, but they can also help you find jobs and manage your career. Here are some of the best college skills that can help you achieve success in your life. Creativity goes hand-in-hand with writing skills.

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Rate Your Time-Management Skills

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Home About Contact Me Links Sitemap Rate Your Time-Management Skills Posted by Ian McKenzie Written on September 22, 2010 If youre new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Complete this short self-evaluation checklist to assess your time-management skills. Yes No 1) Is managing my time a priority for me? Do I effectively use my time when managing crises? You need to make immediate changes in order to reverse the effect of poor time management.

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How Video Gaming Could Improve Your Cognitive Health And Skills

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It is, however, a lesser-known fact that video games can help to improve cognitive skills and general mental health and for any individual spending an extended period indoors, those can be very vital factors. This isn’t just a theory: Scientific studies have backed up those suggestions that video gaming can lift mood, enhance cognitive functioning and improve skills. It may not be immediately obvious but online video gaming can also have a beneficial effect on social skills too.

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Is multitasking still a useful skill for Assistants?

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Core Competencies Featured Time Management admin administrators assistants Competencies EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Productivity Virtual AssistantBeing a good multitasker was on the job description of pretty much every Assistant role I applied for when I first started as an Assistant. Since then experts have shown that multitasking does precisely the opposite of what we thought it did.

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Time Management Skill: Handling Interuptions Professionally – the Saying No Fallacy

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For years authors of books and articles about Time Management and leaders of Time Management seminars have suggested numerous simplistic, unrealistic approaches to solving the interruption problem. The most mentioned and most ridiculous suggestion among the Time Management tips is “learn how to say NO.&# Today, you need Time Management strategies and Time Management tools that work and are based on ethical behavior. Image by Ian McKenzie via Flickr.

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Skills required to be a good minute taker

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Not everyone can be a good minute taker – it’s a definite skill and quite often an art, hence the name of my course, The Art of Minute Taking. There are definite skills required to be a good minute taker and I’ve listed some of them below: Listening. Without a doubt not only is it a skill to take minutes at the meeting, but the real work comes in being able to wordsmith a draft set of notes into an exceptionally good piece of writing.

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How to work with a visionary manager

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Core Skills Featured Working with Executives admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Key Skills Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant working relationshipsEvery business is started by someone with a vision. They are the driving force behind the business, and they want to change the world. You might not work for the person who started the organisation.

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Core Administrative Skills Always Need Improving

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Now I am going to surprise you by telling you one of the most awesome administrative skills you can work on is being brilliant at the basics. Basics include: travel planning, appointment coordination, meeting preparation, all facets of communication, organizational skills, and time and project management. As your days are getting busier and you are taking on more projects and assignments, you need these skills more than ever. Designed by Freepik.

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Project Management: Not my circus

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Core Skills Featured admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Key Skills Office manager PA Personal Assistant Project Management TasksNot my circus, not my monkey (Original Polish translation: Nie mój cyrk, nie moje malpy) In simple terms this means ‘Not my problem’ but let’s be honest, ‘not my circus, not my monkey’ is a whole lot more colourful to say and will get you noticed when you say it. This thought or attitude draws […].

5 tips on managing your company’s social media

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Core Skills Featured Social Media admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Key Skills Office manager PA Personal Assistant social media Virtual AssistantMany Assistants are being asked to look after their company’s online profiles and their organisation’s social media messaging. It can be a time-consuming task that requires some thought because social media platforms change so rapidly.

9 Ways to Improve Your Organization Skills

Office Dynamics

Organization skills is the one thing most successful business owners have in common. Fortunately, there are at least 9 ways to improve your organization skills without too much effort on your part. Organization skills are crucial for the success of any business. These 9 ways can help you improve your organization skills in practical and workable ways. Share some of your organization skills, tips and tricks in the comments below.

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Is shorthand still a relevant skill for a minute taker?

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It was a very handy skill to have! … They would’ve thought that this would be a must have skill to be able to take minutes. It’s a good skill to have, but the traps listed above need to be avoided. The post Is shorthand still a relevant skill for a minute taker? Core Skills Featured Minute Taking admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

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Managing meeting rooms

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Was pretty much the sound I made when I was asked to take on the task of managing meeting rooms for my office. I say ‘asked’, if I’d been asked, obviously I would have said ‘hell will freeze over before I manage the meeting rooms’ No, I was told I had to manage the meeting rooms because I was the only Assistant on the same floor as all the meeting rooms so it made sense for me to manage who was using them. Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!

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20 tools to help manage your Exec’s travel plans

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Core Skills Featured Travel admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Key Skills Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual AssistantJust think how much time you spend organising travel for your Executive or your team? It’s a lot, right? Maybe 20% of your week? Maybe more? That time will be taken up by meticulously planning trips with the hope that nothing will go wrong while their Executive is away from the office. But from missed […].

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Project Manage like a pro

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Project management is a key skill for PAs these days. So many organisations are recognising that PAs are natural project managers – we are organised, we structure our work in a way that lends itself well to project work and actually we’ve been managing projects for most of our working life! But as usual, most of us are not sent on project management training! Top five blogs for Project Management. The Project Management Hut.

Managing your Executive’s one to one meetings

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Core Skills Diary Management Featured Working with Executives admin administrators assistants diary management EA Executive Assistant Meeting Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual AssistantIt kinda goes without saying that organising your Executive’s schedule is a never-ending task. Their time is always in demand, be it from clients, suppliers, colleagues around the business and of course from members of their team.

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Assistants as information managers

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Back in 2013 HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki, Finland released the Management Assistant 2020 report , which detailed how the role of an Assistant will change by 2020. One of the predictions centred around the idea that Assistants would become information managers in their organisations. So what do we mean by Assistants as information managers? This is what the report says about Assistants as information managers.

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Managing a LinkedIn Profile

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Core Skills Featured Social Media admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant LinkedIn Office manager PA Personal Assistant social media Virtual AssistantWell folks I think we can all agree that Social Media isn´t going anywhere (understatement of the year right?!) In fact, many Assistants are being asked to look after their Executive´s online profiles and their organisation´s meanwhile they have to keep their own social profiles up to date and professional.

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ADHD Summer Camp Can Improve Social Skills of Special Kids

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All of these elements of ADHD summer camp are very beneficial to children who have the condition, particularly those who struggle with some social skills. These staff will then guide their campers through starting and maintaining friendships, dealing with conflicts, managing frustrations, and completing tasks. The post ADHD Summer Camp Can Improve Social Skills of Special Kids appeared first on Dumb Little Man.

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Managing expectations

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Here are my tips on managing, meeting and exceeding your manager’s expectations! To manage your manager’s expectations you firstly have to know exactly what is expected of you. The very first step is that you have a job description that covers all of the skills and tasks that your boss requires of you, this unfortunately is very very rare! If not it is really worth asking your manager if you can flesh out a few more specific tasks.

The ten best Event Management blogs for Assistants

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Event management is a full-time job, and we have to juggle event planning with all our other tasks. Core Skills Events Management Featured admin administrators assistants EA Events Executive Assistant Key Skills Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual AssistantAssistants are asked to organise a lot of events; this is nothing new! But the events we organise are getting more and more complex with lots of moving parts, technology and ever-growing expectations.

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Event Management for PAs – how to create the basic plan

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However, event management is a skill that is a little, ok a lot more specialist. Core Skills Email Management Featured Writers admin assistants Events Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal AssistantAs a PA/EA you already regularly organise meetings and minor events. You probably organise the social aspects too, certainly the office Christmas party! If you have been asked to organise a conference as part of your role, know that this […].

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The key hard skills to include on your EA CV

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Career Development Featured Job Hunting admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Interviews Job hunting Office manager PA Personal AssistantWe all know that it is getting more challenging to get your CV past the recruitment algorithms that are employed to filter applications and we also know that in a crowded market we need our CV to stand out. My advice has always been to tailor your CV depending on the role, which you should […].

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The Skill Every Assistant Needs

Office Dynamics

The must-have skill for executive and administrative assistants at all levels going into this conceptual age? For decades, big organizations that have benefited from analytical and functional left-brain aptitudes are now finding themselves in need of softer, right-brain skills. Actually, I have been teaching administrative and executive assistants the skill of exercising their creativity for two decades. Manage conflicting situations. The shift into a new age.

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Is Healthcare Management Your Next Career Move?

Dumb Little Man

One of the roles that is talked about less is healthcare management. Here, we are going to look at healthcare management and discuss the concept of it becoming your next career move. What Is Healthcare Management? If you are not familiar with healthcare management then you should know that this kind of management is tailored to specifically help manage practices so the healthcare professionals can instead focus on their patients.

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