Key skills round-up 2019

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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 skill: Resilience

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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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Picking up skills along the EA career path

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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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Core soft skills: Diplomacy

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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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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

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

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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. Mix it up and use both short and long sentences throughout your entire essay. The post How To Improve Your Academic Essay Writing Skills appeared first on Dumb Little Man.

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How to Ensure your Data Team’s Skills Remain Up-to-date

Small Business CEO

However, it’s easy for a busy data team to get so involved in one project after another that they lose the habit of reading up around their area.… … The post How to Ensure your Data Team’s Skills Remain Up-to-date appeared first on SMALL BUSINESS CEO.

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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. Looking for lost files will take up as much of your time as looking for misplaced items. Organizational skills for administrative assistants are crucial to the success of any business.

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Skills required to be a good minute taker

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Nobody readily puts up the hand to take minutes and those of us who do sometimes fear the job because of the expectation that is put on us to produce discussions accurately. 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.

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Modernising the ‘bring up’ folder

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Today I thought I would write about a system I used to use to keep my Executive organised everyday – the ‘bring up folder.’ ’ I think most of you are familiar with the bring up folder system and many of you use it to also keep your Executives on track throughout the day. Core Skills Featured Office Technology admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager Organising your Exec PA Personal Assistant technology 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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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. Looking for lost files will take up as much of your time as looking for misplaced items. 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.

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ADHD Summer Camp Can Improve Social Skills of Special Kids

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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. Activities are set up with minimal downtime or fun alternatives to do while waiting. The post ADHD Summer Camp Can Improve Social Skills of Special Kids appeared first on Dumb Little Man.

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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. Try not to force ideas but rather let them rise up.

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3 Simple Ways To Improve Your Piano Skills

Dumb Little Man

Maybe you’ve become so frustrated at times that you just want to give up on your dream of playing altogether. 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. Pick up a few free tips or take the whole course.

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Why You Need Good Writing Skills To Survive College

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Although, you haven’t signed up for an English class, you might be surprised that many subjects require a lot of writing works. 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+.

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The Top 3 Skills That Make Administrative Assistants Stand Out

Office Dynamics

A “paradigm” is simply a mindset, but it plays an important role in how you show up in the workplace. 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.

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Executive and Administrative Assistant Skills That Are Important to Executives

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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. See how you measure up! .

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How to Learn a New Skill The Fast and Easy Way

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She imagined herself chasing the balls all over the court without making a contact with the racket and then giving up. In the end, she may just give up. He asked Molly to call out the rhythm of da-da-da as she observed Tim tossing the ball up in the air and hitting the serve. 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!

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The Most Important Job Skill Anyone Can Have

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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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Which secretary skills are worth keeping?

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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 the early days of my career I lost out on a few roles because I didn’t have shorthand but, I would say, in the last six years it has rarely come up in an interview let alone in the role itself.

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Building on your skills

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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. Ensure your place in this class by signing up right away!

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The Secret To Learning Any Skill Insanely Fast

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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? Singapore’s National Institute of Education concludes that people who solely attempt to solve math problems don’t come up with the accurate answer; however, it is in this process that leads to the generation of ideas concerning the nature of practicable solutions.

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Effective Communication Skills

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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. as if the listener has made up his mind.

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How to Improve Your Problem Solving Skills

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Creative problem-solving skills are required for achieving exceptional performance in most tasks. Generate more ideas – You might be able to come up with five ideas for a new training program… expect none are innovative. Push to come up with 10 or 15 ideas, increasing the likelihood of a gem. Changing up your location can spark your creativity. Image via Wikipedia. Solving problems creatively means getting past your self-limiting thoughts.

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

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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. Webinar Resources & Follow-up Links. Download the Webinar Handout: Must Have Skills For 2017. Catch up with all the 12 Days of Christmas Webinars.

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10 tips to tidy up your inbox

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Recently I have been doing a lot of research on how to maximise my time, be more productive and generally kick ass during the hours I can dedicate to work (the rest of my time is taken up with making meals that my kids don’t eat, tidying up Lego and my other half’s dirty clothes that never quite make it to the laundry bin and binge watching Orange is the New Black). So today, I am sharing my 10 tips to tidy up your inbox.

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Public Speaking Skills

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Home About Contact Me Links Sitemap Public Speaking Skills Posted by Ian McKenzie Written on August 6, 2010 If youre new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. You run two risks by making your speech complex, you will lose audience attention and you increase your chances of mucking up what you say. Don’t allow these people to control the pace of your speech.You also need to practice skills for handling interruptions. Up until now, you’ve been talking from your mind.

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Time Management Skills for Executive and Administrative Assistants

Office Dynamics

I know what you’re up against. What is coming up in the next few days that I must act on today? Are you ready to stand up to the time robbers and chaos causers? 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. Let’s face it: your days are chaotic.

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7 Poker Skills You Can Use in Real Life

Dumb Little Man

Poker is an activity that can teach you useful new abilities and skills. It won’t turn you into a superhero, but it can provide you with sharpened skills that can be helpful in the face of ‘dangerous and risky situations’. Clearly damage has already been done so being able to pick up on this could be the difference between a brief spat or a month spent sleeping on the sofa. The post 7 Poker Skills You Can Use in Real Life appeared first on Dumb Little Man.

2016 156

Shake It Up!

Office Dynamics

It’s time to shake things up. This week I’d like you to really step out of your comfort zone—shake it up! The skills you develop by giving formal presentations help you in your every day life. Again, these are skills you can use every day. I dare you to shake yourself up this week. Those who don’t have the skills to cope are left feeling overwhelmed and out of control. The post Shake It Up!

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Using your social media skills at work

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This week I want to look at how we can use our skills in this area to add value for our companies and mangers. If you are like me and enjoy writing and/or reading lots of blogs then you will have picked up an invaluable skill that can be easily adapted for business. See if your manager is on Twitter and offer to set up an account for them and then manage their tweets and interaction. So lots of ways you can add value using your personally developed social media skills.

Becoming A Skilled Worker In Canada: What You Need to Know Before Immigrating

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If you are thinking of becoming a skilled worker in Canada, this article can help you learn a lot about the guidelines and the procedures you have to go through in applying for Canadian citizenship. People who have successfully passed the Skilled Worker Immigration project will get a chance to possess a Canadian Visa, which will allow him to bring his family to Canada. For example, if you plan to work in Quebec, you can go through the Quebec Skilled Worker Program.

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Office Dynamics

Be informed – don’t just throw up your hands, wait for someone to rescue you from the situation or do nothing. This is also when your emotional intelligence, networking and soft skills come into play. All the work relationships and colleagues you have built up over the years could now be a valuable asset in problem solving. Problems. Despite our best efforts as administrative assistants, problems pepper our work week. They are simply part of the mix.

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Seven Secrets for Maximizing Your Concentration Skills

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We live in a world of constant distractions – where emails ping up on our cell phones, where entertainment is always just a click away. If you can't concentrate easily, you'll end up rushing your work to meet deadlines – or you'll end up missing those deadlines altogether. Plan Before You Start Have you ever started on a particular task, only to end up feeling overwhelmed or bewildered? Most of us struggle to stay focused.

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The Top Skills Executives Want From Assistants Today

Office Dynamics

Office Dynamics often surveys managers and high-level executives as to the skills, attitudes, and behaviors that are most important for an assistant to possess. See how you measure up. Communication skills, both oral and written, are a must-have. Technological skills are a must-have to keep up with the pace and dynamics of the job. You are not trying to keep up with yourself, but usually the department. Suck it up and make it work.”.

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3 Simple Steps to Improving Communication Skills

Office Dynamics

You cannot afford to take the critical skill of communication for granted! Pick up the phone and speak to the person? Three things to consider to improving communication skills in the workplace: What is my goal or motive for communicating with this person now? The benefits of improving communication skills with co-workers: I hope you will challenge yourself and take the time this week to communicate with excellence.

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How to set up an ideal week calendar and why it’s a must have

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Core Skills Diary Management Featured Resources for Personal Assistants Writers admin administrators assistants diary management EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Scheduling Time managementWhy am I here? How am I going to get through this? Shouldn’t I be doing something else with my time? Will I ever eat again? These are the questions executives ask themselves while sitting in meetings they don’t need to be in.

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5 Must-Have Skills for Progressive Assistants From Joan’s book, Who Took My Pen… Again?

Office Dynamics

You have the fundamentals down pat and even demonstrate advanced skill sets. What might be missing from your bag of skills? Your executives need to know that even though things shift, change, plummet, switch up or fall apart, you are the glue that will hold it together. The post 5 Must-Have Skills for Progressive Assistants From Joan’s book, Who Took My Pen… Again? You are a top-performing, high-achieving administrative assistant who has accomplished much.

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Top Five Skills To Develop In College That Can Help You Get Your Dream Job

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You need to have a particular skill set that fits their needs. Others feel they will pick them up as they go along in their professions. Some students may learn professional skills by reading “ management books by reputed authors “, watching videos on these subjects or latching on to management gurus. Now, if you are wondering what exact skills can help you in getting your dream job, read on. Leadership skills. Collaborative skills.

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Adulting Isn’t Just Instagramming Your Dinner – Soft Skills For Millennials

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It turns out there is a whole other set of skills- soft skills- that Millennials are lacking, and that is holding them back. What Are Soft Skills? Being able to get to work on time, eating nutritious foods, and getting enough exercise are all soft skills that can impact your job performance. But the soft skills employers are most looking for are: Creative Thinking. Intercultural Skills. Where Do You Get Soft Skills? Social Skills.

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7 Strategies to Speak Up to Get Results

Office Dynamics

I’ve lost my mojo and fear speaking up when I should,” confessed Janet who recently stepped into a new position. That’s why I’m offering these seven strategies to help you speak up and speak your truth the next time you feel that your voice needs to be heard: Clarity is Key. For example, are you speaking up to correct a misunderstanding that could lead to litigation or to heal a relationship riff? Consider the price you’re paying for not speaking up.

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