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.

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Top 5 Timeless Skills for Assistants

Office Dynamics

Your ability to thrive and navigate through the uncertainties thrown your way will require a particular skill set – timeless skills. In 2020, assistants faced an array of challenges in the workplace. This year has already shown to be just as challenging.

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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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8 Leadership Skills Students Need For Becoming A Successful Entrepreneur

Dumb Little Man

The skills you acquire and develop just to make it to graduation will prove essential as you enter the post-graduation phase of life. Problem Solving Skills. Stress management will be affected by your problem-solving skills as well. Communication Skills. Persuasive Skills.

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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.

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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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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. Interested in Upgrading Your Project Management Skills?

7 Ways to Improve Your Organization Skills for Administrative Assistants

Office Dynamics

Ways to Improve Your Organizational Skills as an Administrative Assistant It is incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to thrive in chaos. It feels disorganized, unscheduled, and without direction.

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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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10 skills needed to be a fantastic office manager

Practically Perfect PA

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

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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. All of these are key elements which can keep cognitive skills at their sharpest.

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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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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

Boosting Your Confidence Through Boosting Your Skills

AdminUniverse

There are many ways to improve the skills you already have, as well as broaden your existing skill set. The post Boosting Your Confidence Through Boosting Your Skills appeared first on AdminUniverse

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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Skills to Prioritize in Your Role

AdminUniverse

With all the skills you can learn, what should you be focusing on? Let’s talk about finding the best skills to suit your strengths and goals and. The post Skills to Prioritize in Your Role appeared first on AdminUniverse

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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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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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Podcast Episode 38: 20 Life Skills You Should Have…Or Teach

Simple Productivity Blog

Today I'm going to talk about the skills I think everyone should be able to do to be self-sufficient - and why. The post Podcast Episode 38: 20 Life Skills You Should Have…Or Teach appeared first on Laura Earnest.

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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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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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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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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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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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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? The infographic below provides visual tips to learn any skill fast.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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Time Management Skills for Executive and Administrative Assistants

Office Dynamics

The post Time Management Skills for Executive and Administrative Assistants appeared first on Office Dynamics - Executive And Administrative Assistant Training One of the biggest struggles executive assistants report to me is mastering effective time management.

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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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