Some training suggestions for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

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. All of this means that we must, must, must attend training courses.

How to negotiate when planning an event

Practically Perfect PA

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. Don’t let the supplier rush you into making any decisions. You should be looking at other suppliers!

Top tip guide to managing global ground transport

Practically Perfect PA

Organising the most appropriate ground transportation supplier for your company can be straightforward, but to get the best value and the best travel experience from your service provider, you need to find out a bit more information. Choose the best supplier for your needs.

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How to negotiate when planning an event?

Practically Perfect PA

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. Don’t let the supplier rush you into making any decisions. You should be looking at other suppliers!

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. CEO Leadership Entrepreneurs leadership training management project management

Top 5 Tips for Training Employees on a Budget

The Small Business Blog

WinWeb – Your Office Online Simply the best way to manage your small business! Top 5 Tips for Training Employees on a Budget by Stefan Töpfer on Mar 29, 2010 The top 5 tips weekly post is always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners.

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5 tips for Sourcing Employee Training for Small Businesses

The Small Business Blog

WinWeb – Your Office Online Simply the best way to manage your small business! 5 tips for Sourcing Employee Training for Small Businesses by Stefan Töpfer on Nov 09, 2009 The top 5 tips weekly post is always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners.

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Your invitation to a very special event this September

Practically Perfect PA

Venues + Events Live is the award-winning exhibition from SquareMeal, and helps PAs, EAs and event organisers find venues, suppliers and inspiration for their next 12 months’ worth of events.

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Don't Underestimate The Importance Of Time Management

The Small Business Blog

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! But, if you stay on top of time management the majority of the time then a happy work/life balance shouldn’t be impossible.

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Using social media to empower Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

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. Hootsuite Podium is also a free training resource for social media.

Spotlight on assistant resources: Square Meal Venues and Events Live

Practically Perfect PA

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 Square Meal website and guide is a well-loved and trusted resource.

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Networking with ACE Connects

Practically Perfect PA

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.

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.

Launching Assist Travel

Practically Perfect PA

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.

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Using networks to get stuff done

Practically Perfect PA

If you have a great supplier that you can share with your network or any advice, training suggestions or something that you have implemented that works sharing this knowledge don’t hold back from sharing the information.

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

Practically Perfect PA

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.

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How can you be more accountable at work?

Practically Perfect PA

For me, being accountable means taking control of your own success, managing your workload, your career and your relationship with your Executive and your colleagues. A task that springs to mind is working with suppliers. What training do you need to be in total control of your work?

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Feeling like a fraud at work

Practically Perfect PA

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 means taking on new challenges, but having a support system in place to help manage your development.

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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.

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Squaremeal Venues + Events Live

Practically Perfect PA

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.

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A day in the life: Matthew Want, PA, Marcham Publishing

Practically Perfect PA

Diary management and maintenance. Arranging travel (including training expenses), visas and accommodation and occasionally, travelling with the CEO to provide general assistance. Meeting and greeting visitors, liaising with clients, suppliers and other staff in a professional manner.

2016 205

Gatekeeping: what does it actually mean?

Practically Perfect PA

I am the only person the supplier will speak to in the sector and my authority stands. Well on a simply level I think the term refers to managing the boss’ time effectively and controlling how often they are interrupted.

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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.

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

Practically Perfect PA

At my last job, over the course of a year, I led the company’s move across to Office 365; I delivered training, developed an intranet on SharePoint, converted paper-based processes to digital workflows, and transformed the way we tracked costs and income forecasting.

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Service Untitled» Blog Archive » Employee engagement is a force.

Service Untitled

Top companies recognize how this tremendous force can bring customer satisfaction, able suppliers to productively be in involved in the company’s best interest, and consequently mean profitability as all the cogs operate in a synchronized manner. Train them.

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Core soft skill: Resilience

Practically Perfect PA

There has just been the big Office Dynamics conference in the States on this very subject and EUMA are about to hold a training session in Manchester called From Stressed to Strategic. Over the next few months I am going to introduce a few new features on Practically Perfect PA.

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How to ensure your admin improvement projects stick!

Practically Perfect PA

Most managers will hire professional consultants for business improvement projects but will ask their assistants to make changes to the fundamental administrative structures without instruction or training.

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Which room layout is right for my event?

Practically Perfect PA

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.

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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 219

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.

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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. PA Life Training Courses. PA Life is running a variety of training courses throughout the year.

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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.

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News from Assist Travel

Practically Perfect PA

The venue has been confirmed and we have some brilliant suppliers attending the exhibition. . It can be easy for assistants to justify training on tasks such as Excel or PowerPoint, but you probably spend much more time organising business trips.

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Serviced Apartments – pros and cons

Practically Perfect PA

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.

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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.

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Social Media Do’s and Don’ts for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

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.

EIBTM and getting out of the office

Practically Perfect PA

There are hundreds and hundreds of exhibitions and the same number of training sessions taking place over the three days. I also attend a lot of events for my work itself particularly when I am asked to source venues and meet new suppliers. Last week I attended EIBTM in Barcelona.

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SMART objectives for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

If our manager’s take little time to help us set good objectives (again this is fairly common) how do they know what to judge us on? I’ve added a few dual objectives that I shared with my manager so that we both had something to work on together throughout that year….

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Day in the life: Torsten Maerz, PA at Deutsche Bank

Practically Perfect PA

Apart from that, I am also responsible for business continuity management and data protection in our department – there is always a task to do! Since my boss travels a lot, I take care of his travel expenses and supplier invoices.

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Assistants! Get the most out of attending an event

Practically Perfect PA

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 I’ve said in the past training, networking and meeting suppliers should be an integral part of our career.

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EIBTM and getting out of the office

Practically Perfect PA

There are hundreds and hundreds of exhibitions and the same number of training sessions taking place over the three days. I also attend a lot of events for my work itself particularly when I am asked to source venues and meet new suppliers. Last week I attended EIBTM in Barcelona.

2013 164

EIBTM and getting out of the office

Practically Perfect PA

There are hundreds and hundreds of exhibitions and the same number of training sessions taking place over the three days. I also attend a lot of events for my work itself particularly when I am asked to source venues and meet new suppliers. Last week I attended EIBTM in Barcelona.

2013 130

Improve the quality of customer experiences

Service Untitled

According to Strativity Group Customer Experience Management, which provides customer experience services, a recent Sydney, Australia study found 48 percent of executives increasing their investments in customer experience over the past three years by at least ten percent.

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