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 is Tripmate

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

Supplier of the week: Gilded Globe

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The industry has been growing steadily over the past 5-10 years, with more time sensitive and luxury travellers wanting to enhance and maximise their airport experience. The post Supplier of the week: Gilded Globe appeared first on Practically Perfect PA.

Supplier of the week: Gilded Globe

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The industry has been growing steadily over the past 5-10 years, with more time sensitive and luxury travellers wanting to enhance and maximise their airport experience. The post Supplier of the week: Gilded Globe appeared first on Practically Perfect PA.

Launching Assist Travel

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First up we have Assist Travel taking place on Friday 4th September 2015 from 10am to 4pm in London. Why should you attend Assist Travel? Choosing a supplier for your office is not easy, particuarly when it comes to business travel. Travel best practice.

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News from Assist Travel

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With Assist Travel just a few month’s away, I thought I would share everything that I have been working on behind the scenes. We really do have world-class speakers talking all thing business travel. Why should you attend Assist Travel? The Assist Travel Programme.

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Launching Assist Travel 2016

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Business travel was a pretty clear winner. From this Assist Travel was born. We ran our first conference and exhibition for business travel booking assistants last September and I’m very excited to announce that we will be running Assist Travel again this year.

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Ultimate travel itinerary

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With Assist Travel coming up in September in London I wanted to share one of our most popular blogs with you – The Ultimate Travel Itinerary. A well organised travel itinerary is an essential service that assistants can provide for their managers. Assist Travel.

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Eight reasons why assistants should use a travel management company

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I don’t know about you but I have spent hours arranging and then rearranging travel for my Executives. It takes up a huge amount of time and can be incredibly complex especially if they are travelling to a number of destinations with connecting flights and a host of visa requirements.

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So, Assist Travel happened… again!

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On Friday 9th September we held our second Assist Travel event at The Grange Tower Bridge and from the feedback we received it looks like everyone had a thoroughly good day. Stress Free Speedy Travel. Lara Morgan, Serial Entrepreneur and extensive business traveller.

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Top tips for business travel to Barcelona

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It is a brilliant city and with more and more people coming here for business trips I thought now would be a good time to share with you my top tips for organising business travel to Barcelona. Even better, we are opening up the afternoon at Assist Travel for free.

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A review of Assist Travel 2015

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We held our first Assist Travel conference and exhibition on Friday 25th September at the Hilton Bankside and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the day. As with all of our Assist Events we like to make sure that it is a little different and I loved our travel themed registration desk.

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Top tip guide to managing global ground transport

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All you have to do is book a car to Heathrow Airport, organise transfers on arrival at the foreign destination and then make sure that all your travellers get to every meeting in their jam-packed itinerary without a hitch. Choose the best supplier for your needs. It sounds simple.

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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. Business travel. Suppliers.

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Top 5 Tips for Safe Business Travel

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WinWeb – Your Office Online Simply the best way to manage your small business! Top 5 Tips for Safe Business Travel by Stefan Töpfer on Apr 26, 2010 The top 5 tips weekly post is always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. E-Mail me or follow me.

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Using networks to get stuff done

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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.

10 tips for organising car hire

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If your boss is travelling to many different locations during their business trip it can be a lot more time and cost effective hiring a car for them. If you are booking car hire directly for your manager there are a few things you should know first.

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

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For any of us that have heard Lucy speak, we will know that Matthew is the person that keeps the wheels rolling at Executive Secretary Magazine while Lucy travels around the world promoting the industry. Diary management and maintenance.

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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

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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.

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Get the best corporate hotel rates

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If your organisation uses a corporate travel agent you might be contractually obliged to use their services for overseas travel but not necessarily for hotels in or near your office. It can be quite a daunting task asking assistants to negotiate corporate rates with hotels.

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How can assistants stay on top of the scene?

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Will you do some research and get back to your manager with an answer? I have definitely felt the pressure over the years to find my managers the perfect place, especially as I like to think, although I may be living in denial, that I’m quite … eerrrrmmmm… current?!

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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. Commuting accounts for a third of all car travel and events are a great opportunity to reduce that. Assist Travel Core Skills Events Featured

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The Industry Snapshot: The influence of Personal Assistants

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Managing the Managers. They run events, they organise meetings, they book business travel, they organise corporate hospitality and order promotional goods.

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Remember to visit CTI at the Office* Show next week

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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.

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Have you missed this month’s content?

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MAY 18, 2017: Supplier of the week: Gilded Globe. MAY 4, 2017: Why you should use a trusted ground transportation company for your Executive’s travel. Featured Roundup admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

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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.

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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 .

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How to ensure your admin improvement projects stick!

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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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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.

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Getting buy in from the boss

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You need to reinforce that your work is under control and manage expectations. Managers ultimately want to hear about bottom lines and how you how you successfully planned and smoothly executed your teams’ success in achieving annual targets.

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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?

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News from Assist 2016

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We are very happy to announce that Flight Centre Business Travel will be partnering with us on the Assist Conference. Editor's note Featured The Assist Conference admin administrators assistants Career EA Events Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

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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.

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Inside the Edinburgh PA Network

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Meeting other assistants who work near by, who share the same suppliers, hotels, restaurants etc. Sherien Ahmed @sherienSA , PA to Senior Management Team, Venture Trust. Sally Lloyd @salidatious Assstant to Managing Director, CodeBase.

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

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I also organise his business travel. 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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SMART objectives for assistants

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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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EIBTM and getting out of the office

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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. It is a huge exhibition and conference for the events industry.

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How to Increase Shopify Sales with The 5 Best Tools for Beginners

Dumb Little Man

You’ll also need the right tools that can help you simplify your day-to-day management tasks. Traveling bags. The products will be delivered by the supplier or manufacturer. Facebook sales, inventory, managed by Shopify. Option to publish, hide, filter, and manage reviews in bulk. Opening your shop in Shopify doesn’t automatically mean you’ll succeed.

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Technology to make events simpler

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Assistants are using technology to help them manage their events and also to make their events better. Event Management Systems – taking all of the administration away from your events.

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Getting More Finance Administration Tasks Done in Less Time

Small Business CEO

Here’s a rundown on how a cloud-based finance administration software can actually be of help to these common tasks: Managing your accounts payables. Relationships with suppliers and vendors should, like customer relations, be a priority. Managing invoices.

EIBTM and getting out of the office

Practically Perfect PA

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. It is a huge exhibition and conference for the events industry.

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