Seven tips: What to look for in an event supplier

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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? Excellent communication skills, keep in touch with their clients.

Seven tips: What to look for in an event supplier

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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? Excellent communication skills, keep in touch with their clients.

Procuring a great supplier

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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. Trade shows are a fantastic way to meet potential suppliers.

Supplier of the week is Tripmate

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The Practically Perfect PA supplier of the week is Tripmate. The post Supplier of the week is Tripmate appeared first on Practically Perfect PA. Here is everything you need to know about this new corporate travel booking platform. What is Tripmate?

Supplier of the week: Gilded Globe

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Supplier of the Month: Travel Counsellors

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Travel Counsellors is an award-winning independent travel company that’s seeing increasing growth in its corporate travel division due to clients recognising the benefits of having their own personal travel manager available to them 24/7 when required.

Supplier of the week: Gilded Globe

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Managing your Executive’s one to one meetings

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Their time is always in demand, be it from clients, suppliers, colleagues around the business and of course from members of their team. It kinda goes without saying that organising your Executive’s schedule is a never-ending task.

2019 194

Picking up skills along the EA career path

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I worked hard at that job and was rewarded with a promotion to Account Manager in 2006, yay! The Account Manager role was a little side step along my career path but required the same skills I would need in my next role as a PA and Administrative Manager.

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Which tasks should assistants manage?

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There are so many ways we can help them with this from managing their calendar effectively, minimising interruptions and generally keeping them on track. Assistants should conduct research on behalf of their manager. Email and diary management. Suppliers.

2014 231

How to negotiate when planning an event

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As we all know being an assistant means that our super organised skills are second to none. We are the most organised profession there is available to the working world and our skills can be transferable to many different tasks, including managing an event from start to finish.

How to negotiate when planning an event?

Practically Perfect PA

As we all know being an assistant means that our super organised skills are second to none. We are the most organised profession there is available to the working world and our skills can be transferable to many different tasks, including managing an event from start to finish.

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

The Small Business Blog

WinWeb – Your Office Online Simply the best way to manage your small business! Small Business Failure – Reason: Management Control by Stefan Töpfer on Aug 28, 2007 The typical scenario is you work hard all week , have no live and at the end of it all little money to show for it.

2007 199

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 151

Have you missed this month’s content?

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Core Competencies / Featured / Time Management March 17, 2017 Technology of the week: iTranslate Featured / Office Tech / Technology of the week March 16, 2017 Creating Powerful Presentations Core Skills / Featured / Office Tech / The Assist Conference.

2017 165

Using social media to empower Assistants

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You can follow and connect with other Assistants, clients, colleagues, suppliers, brand ambassadors and influencers. you can use a free social media management tool like Hootsuite which can tie them all together.

Have you missed this month’s content?

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Core Competencies / Featured / Time Management. Featured Roundup admin administrators assistants blogging EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

2017 165

Which room layout is right for my event?

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The suppliers at the exhibition are tailored for assistants, the seminars are run by some of the most prestigious training companies and as always there are a lot of free goodies! Today I am off to The Office Show 2012 at London Olympia.

2012 200

The devil is in the detail: The importance of creating a thorough event brief

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The scope and diversity of skills required by todays PA should not be underestimated, despite PAs sometimes not receiving the recognition they deserve. When faced with #BrevityBoss, you are generally expected to add ‘mind reading’ to your long list of skills and attributes.

2015 220

8 Easy Contract Changes to Make for More Sustainable Events

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Wherever you are planning your event ask your venue to ensure they buy local food and drink product and wherever possible use local suppliers. Have your event manager walk around the venue an hour after the meeting and turn off all switches and electricity outputs.

2016 169

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 194

Feeling like a fraud at work

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A few years ago I was working as a PA within a large team of highly qualified, talented and very very confident project management consultants. It might be your knowledge, your skills, your qualifications, your amazing personality.

2017 216

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. I also thought, this experience would help if I wanted to get a different job outside of the PA industry because I had lots of new skills.

2017 208

How can you be more accountable at work?

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The conference will look at how the industry is changing, how the role is evolving and what skills are required to keep up with these new demands. They may be minor things like picking up the post every morning, through to larger tasks like managing your Exec’s schedule.

2017 207

A sneaky peek at the Future Assistant programme

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We will compare the skills and the level of support required in these different environments, the challenges and the benefits. The PA as information manager . In 2017 and beyond Assistants will be seen as their organisation’s information managers. The PA as time manager .

2017 181

Networking with ACE Connects

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There were a number of Executives in attendance supporting their assistants including a senior Managing Director who spoke about his commitment to training and improving skills for assistants within BlackRock.

Squaremeal Venues + Events Live

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For many years I have consulted the guide for restaurant and venue ideas, it has always been my first port of call when managers have asked me to book restaurants for them. For most assistants working in the UK the Squaremeal website and guide is a well-loved and trusted resource.

2016 137

Job descriptions for Personal Assistants – Merited or inherited?

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A lot of Job Specs tend to focus on a standard set of skills rather than the actual responsibilities. 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? Risk Management.

2015 191

Getting buy in from the boss

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It is imperative to be proactive about self-promotion in order to showcase your skills, achievements and personal brand. Highlight WIFM (what’s in it for me) and help them to see that you will gain skills and knowledge that will be essential for future growth.

2017 213

Invest in yourself

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My manager is speaking about sponsorship to a group of event organisers who are all taking notes and listening intently. You should already have the skills you need for this job. Use this skill to strategically plan your career.

2013 265

Day in the life from Cressida Ford, PA at Cardiff University

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I’ve done all sorts in my career – community events, arts marketing, financial management, probabilistic environmental risk modelling (and try saying that ten times fast)… And they’ve all been great and all led me here, to where I’m very happy.

2017 219

Gatekeeping: what does it actually mean?

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In an attempt to answer this question I first did a quick Google search and was astonished to find a number of websites detailing the skills required for sales people and cold callers to ‘get past the gatekeeper’. Filed under: Career , Skills , Uncategorized.

2012 161

News from Assist 2016

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During the course of the conference we will look at all manner of things that will help assistants improve their skill sets and remain relevant as the industry changes.

2016 151

A Growing Number of Freelancers are Providing Professional Services to Businesses

Small Business Labs

  Like prior years, the 2019 study focuses on the growing group of highly-skilled independent professionals (freelancers, independent consultants, etc.) Both supply and demand factors are driving this growth: Organizations are hiring more independent professionals : The war for talent, skills shortages and the increased need for talent agility and flexibility is resulting in the greater use of external talent.

2019 141

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

News from Assist Travel

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The venue has been confirmed and we have some brilliant suppliers attending the exhibition. . Our Executives travel far and wide, they are often away from home for long stretches of time and have to rely on our organisational skills to get them from A to B.

Travel 179

Spotlight on assistant resources: PA Life

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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. There are a lot of different resources available to assistants.

2014 181

Turbocharge Your Sales

The Small Business Blog

WinWeb – Your Office Online Simply the best way to manage your small business! Turbocharge Your Sales by Stefan Töpfer on Feb 03, 2010 With better economic conditions coming soon, there couldn’t be a better time to brush up on your sales skills. E-Mail me or follow me.

2010 176

Personal And Professional Development With PRINCE2 Training

Small Business CEO

PRINCE2 is a process-based methodology that offers non-proprietorial best practice guidance on project management, encompassing the management, control and organisation of a project. However, there are other skills that will also improve performance.

How can Assistants achieve greater recognition at work?

Practically Perfect PA

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 130

Why India Is a Rising Star Among Exporting Nations

The Small Business Blog

million India-based members and hosts more Indian suppliers than suppliers from any other country outside of China. The ability to communicate with suppliers via phone, e-mail and Skype in a common language reduces confusion, response time and translation errors.

2013 214

Social Media Do’s and Don’ts for assistants

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If you intend to use your personal account for your life outside of work I would suggest you think about which colleagues to connect with socially because you never know what could get back to senior management. Don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your manager to see.

Some training suggestions for assistants

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Quite often I am asked which courses I would recommend for assistants that are just starting in the profession and want to undertake some training to increase their skills and help them move up the career ladder. Not many other professions have that variety of skills. office management.