Top 4 Timeless Skills for Assistants

Office Dynamics

While staying abreast of the latest tools of the profession is important, it takes a particular skill-set to navigate through the uncertainties thrown our way – timeless skills. When I started… Communication Skills Conflict Resolution Interpersonal Skills Self Development

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What are interpersonal skills?

Practically Perfect PA

‘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

Practically Perfect PA

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! Core Skills Featured admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Key Skills Office manager PA Personal Assistant Tasks Virtual Assistant

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5 ways to improve your leadership skills

Practically Perfect PA

Core Skills Featured admin administrators assistants Career EA EA Skills Executive Assistant Leadership Office manager PA PA Skills Personal Assistant Virtual AssistantThere are now quite a few of us in the Assistant world running around shouting that you, lovely Assistant, are a leader within your organisation! You may not manage a team, but you do work in a management role.

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Advanced skills for C-suite Executive Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

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

Practically Perfect PA

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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Key skills round-up 2019

Practically Perfect PA

I hope you enjoy our key skills round-up 2019. We focused 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! Core Skills Featured Roundup admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Tasks Virtual Assistant

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Core soft skills: Diplomacy

Practically Perfect PA

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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Future-Proof Your Career by Developing Project Management Skills

Eat Your Career

If you want to put yourself in the best possible position for the future, Project Management is one of the most important skills you can learn. You’ll have the skills you need to tackle even the largest, most complex projects. With solid Project Management skills, you’ll be an indispensable asset to your organization, now and in the future. Interested in Upgrading Your Project Management Skills?

Telephone Screening and Etiquette Skills for Administrative Assistants

Office Dynamics

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

Dumb Little Man

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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How Video Gaming Could Improve Your Cognitive Health And Skills

Dumb Little Man

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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How To Improve Your Academic Essay Writing Skills

Dumb Little Man

How do you improve your essay writing skills? You can work to hone your skills on your own, or you can use the services of an excellent essay writer to help. How you use your language skills is very important, especially when you’re writing academic papers. Writing an essay doesn’t have to be a huge issue, and we’ve given you several ways how to improve your essay writing skills.

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6 Ways to Constantly Improve IT Skills

Dumb Little Man

As technology continues to develop, the same should happen to your IT skills. Employers only seek out the best IT specialists and the only way to get ahead of your competition is to keep learning and refining your skills. As a guide, here are sure ways to consistently improve your IT skills. Taking what you learn and putting it into practice not only improves your IT skills but your transferable skills, too.

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9 Ways to Improve Your Organization Skills for Administrative Assistants

Office Dynamics

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.

2019 182

How to List Skills Gained Outside of Work on Your Resume

Eat Your Career

It’s meant to show a prospective employer that you have all the skills required to do the job for which you are applying, and that you’ve used those skills before in a professional capacity. But what if you’re applying for a position that requires skills you didn’t gain through your past professional experience, but rather, skills you gained outside of work? Can you include those skills on a resume, and if so, how? Job Search job search resume skills

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Test your listening skills

Ian's Messy Desk

Here’s a simple drill to test your listening skills. Back to Basics: Seven Types of Listeners and Tips for Better Listening Skills. You just finished reading Test your listening skills ! Recommended: Evernote Essentials The post Test your listening skills appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Close your eyes. Count slowly to 50. Don’t let another thought enter your mind.

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Skills required to be a good minute taker

Practically Perfect PA

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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Core Administrative Skills Always Need Improving

Office Dynamics

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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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?

Practically Perfect PA

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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ADHD Summer Camp Can Improve Social Skills of Special Kids

Dumb Little Man

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. The post ADHD Summer Camp Can Improve Social Skills of Special Kids appeared first on Dumb Little Man. Children look forward to summer camp for various reasons: trying unique and exciting activities, making new friends (or reconnecting with old ones), and seeking adventure away from parents.

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In Demand Job Skills

Small Business Labs

But what I found most interesting was their assessment of the most sought after job skills in high-wage, high-growth occupations.   As the chart below (from the report) shows, five of the top 12 skills most valued in the economy are communications related.    The other in demand skills tend to be related to information processing such as critical thinking, complex problem solving and decision making.

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Is multitasking still a useful skill for Assistants?

Practically Perfect PA

Being 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. So, multitasking doesn’t keep us productive and able to get through lots of […].

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Lifelong Learning: The One Skill You Need To Dominate Any Field

Dumb Little Man

Some people like to learn skills such as painting, computer programming, auto repair or dancing. As their knowledge becomes outdated or forgotten, they no longer have the skills required to take on the task of being creators. If you dedicate yourself to becoming a lifelong learner, then you can continue to maintain and grow your knowledge and maintain the skills required to fulfill the core human desire to create something.

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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. The shift into a new age.

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3 Simple Ways To Improve Your Piano Skills

Dumb Little Man

If you learn the basics of the piano, you’ll gain a wealth of skills and knowledge that you can use in a lot of ways. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the best ways to improve your piano skills and become a better musician. Three Ways to Improve Your Piano Skills Now. Feel free to browse and search on Google for more online training solutions and tools that can improve your piano skills as well as your music ability.

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The Top 3 Skills That Make Administrative Assistants Stand Out

Office Dynamics

As you can see, these skills go beyond the basics. There is much to learn regarding advanced skills for assistants. It’s designed to help you stand out and develop the master-level skills you need to become World Class. The post The Top 3 Skills That Make Administrative Assistants Stand Out appeared first on Office Dynamics. Administrative professionals are always asking us what it takes to really stand out in the workplace.

2017 163

Why Good Writing Skills Are Important In The Workplace

Office Dynamics

Do you ever find yourself asking “Why Good Writing Skills Are Important In The Workplace? The effort you make perfecting your grammar and writing skills will pay off in increased influence among those who do care. The post Why Good Writing Skills Are Important In The Workplace appeared first on Office Dynamics. Why home in (or is it hone in?) on the technicalities? Who notices? Who cares? Those who care about productivity, for one.

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Why You Need Good Writing Skills To Survive College

Dumb Little Man

The post Why You Need Good Writing Skills To Survive College appeared first on Dumb Little Man. Anyone can write. But not everyone can write well. College requires a lot of writing.This isn’t like high school where you can pass a 500-word essay about your reflection on a movie and get away with an easy A+. College writing involves more analysis, citing of facts and days of research. You will encounter professors who might require you to submit different kinds of writing assignments.

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The Secret To Learning Any Skill Insanely Fast

Dumb Little Man

Furthermore, eighty-seven percent of learners feel their new skills make them more well-rounded and capable. With so much to learn in such little time, what’s the most effective way to learn new skills? Start by doing some research into the skill you want to master without forgetting your original goal and overall purpose. Even further, mastering a skill leads to increased activity in the parts of our brain not involved in the performance.

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Coworking Members Learning New Skills, Becoming More Successful

Small Business Labs

One of the more interesting findings from our recent survey of coworking members is how many reported they had learned new skills - or improved their existing skills - due to their coworking space membership: 69% of the respondents reported they learned new skills. 68% of the respondents reported they improved their existing skill set. The ability to learn new skills is becoming increasingly important.

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Picking up skills along the EA career path

Practically Perfect PA

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. The skills you pick up along the assistant career path are invaluable and I for one would not be able to do the job I do today if I hadn’t started as a Team Administrator back in 2003. Just think how many of these skills we as Executive Assistants still use today!

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Executive and Administrative Assistant Skills That Are Important to Executives

Office Dynamics

While administrative and executive assistants have a very good feel for the skills they need to do their job effectively, I like to hear from executives and get their perspective, which is important. I often survey managers and high-level executives on the skills, attitudes and behaviors that are most important for an assistant to possess. Here are some non-edited, direct quotes from them demonstrating the skills that are important to executives.

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Which secretary skills are worth keeping?

Practically Perfect PA

I think it is about time we celebrate our fore-sister’s skills. After all some secretary skills are still worth keeping! We don’t have the typing pool anymore but typing skills are still very much a basic requirement of the assistant role. In my experience, executives still do not usually know how to get the most out of the new technology they are given and so assistants continue to advance their skills in this area.

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How to Learn a New Skill The Fast and Easy Way

Dumb Little Man

The fastest way to learn any skill is to observe and attempt while learning to silence the inner critic. Whenever we attempt a new skill, we are bound to fail! However, this was done without evoking the memories of past failures in trying to learn a new skill. And this is the key to learning any new skill really fast and while having a lot of fun. The post How to Learn a New Skill The Fast and Easy Way appeared first on Dumb Little Man.

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The key hard skills to include on your EA CV

Practically Perfect PA

We 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 […]. Career Development Featured Job Hunting admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Interviews Job hunting Office manager PA Personal Assistant

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The Most Important Job Skill Anyone Can Have

Dumb Little Man

We get caught up so much in what we should do, we often neglect the skills that all of us can develop – the ones that actually will improve our lives and get us ahead. The post The Most Important Job Skill Anyone Can Have appeared first on Dumb Little Man. I don’t blame anyone – it’s only human nature to do things that feel safe or are quite frankly, easier to do. I’m guilty of this myself.

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Building on your skills

Loosely Speaking

Home VA Training VA FAQ Podcast Featured Events for Bloggers & VAs Building on your skills Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 8:46 am // By: ktcosmos // Category: Virtual Assistant Resources It’s the time of year when we all do some self assessment and then look ahead to changes we want to make in the coming year. Professionally, it’s time to review your skills and make upgrades to your professional toolbox.

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Effective Communication Skills

Ian's Messy Desk

Home About Contact Me Links Sitemap Effective Communication Skills Posted by Ian McKenzie Written on June 28, 2010 If youre new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Improve your listening skills by eliminating these bad habits One of my favourite Far Side cartoons has two grizzled sailors sitting at the bar; one has a peg leg, the other a peg head. How many of the items on your list apply specifically to the communication skill of persuasion?

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Sharing your Skills

Laughing all the Way to Work

Do you want to get better at what you do? Share it!! You wouldn't believe how much I learn each time I give a minute-taking or travel webinar. Because I am giving the webinar I have to review the material and make sure I know my stuff. The audience will certainly know it if I don't. The same can apply in your workplace. If there is sharing of information among the admins, then we can learn from each other and we all grow.

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How to Improve Your Problem Solving Skills

Ian's Messy Desk

Creative problem-solving skills are required for achieving exceptional performance in most tasks. Productivity advertising copy Brainstorming captions cognition creative problem solving creative solution creative thinking Creativity education educational psychology enhance improve neuropsychological assessment problem problem solving problem solving skills psychology skill solving problems thoughtImage via Wikipedia.

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12 Days of Christmas Webinar: Must-Have Skills for 2017

Office Dynamics

What are the eight must-have skills for executive and administrative assistants for today? As you enter into 2017, be sure you are equipped with this top-notch skill set. Joan also talks about one bonus skill, tune in to see what it is. We invite you to watch the webinar replay: Must-Have Skills for 2017. Download the Webinar Handout: Must Have Skills For 2017. Download Your Certificate of Attendance: Certificate-Of-Attendance-Must Have Skills.

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