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.

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Taking dictation in 2019

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Core Skills Featured Office Technology admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant technologyI’ve always been a bit dubious about using audio recording to help me be more productive, I usually prefer to stick to well good old fashioned pen and paper but as I’ve been using more technology I’ve started to realise how helpful it is. So I thought about what technology can help with minute taking […].

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What are interpersonal skills?

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‘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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5 ways to improve your leadership skills

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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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10 skills needed to be a fantastic office manager

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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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[Webinar] How modern assistants and admins master their roles in 2019

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On Thursday 14th March at 17:00GMT / 18:00CET, we’re joining TravelPerk’s FREE LIVE WEBINAR on how modern assistants and admins master their roles in 2019. […]. Core Skills Featured Sponsored posts Travel admin administrators assistants business travel EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant TravelPerk webinarEver wondered… How do others in the job do it? What’s the best technology to save time? How can I take on new challenges? Well, now you can find out.

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Top Remote Working Trends in 2019 You Should Know More About

Dumb Little Man

Let’s have a look at the biggest remote working trends of 2019. Digital skills are an absolute must, with in-depth knowledge of web design or social media management topping the list of prized abilities. The ability to manage a virtual office is a sought-after skill, too. If you’re looking to make the move from office-based working to a remote role, it’s a clever move to get your digital skills polished — from coding to copywriting, photoshop to data analytics.

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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

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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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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Administrative Professionals Day 2019 – A Message from Dana

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Joan stated – Expand your mind; add to your skill set; challenge your thinking; look at your day in a new way; be a life-long student. Our profession is unique in the sense that so many of our skills are not only utilized professionally but personally as well. The post Administrative Professionals Day 2019 – A Message from Dana appeared first on Office Dynamics - Executive And Administrative Assistant Training.

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9 Ways to Improve Your Organization Skills for Administrative Assistants

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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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Is multitasking still a useful skill for Assistants?

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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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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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The key hard skills to include on your EA CV

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

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You have the fundamentals down pat and even demonstrate advanced skill sets. What might be missing from your bag of skills? Offer valid June 6, 2019 through June 10, 2019 Use Promo Code: JUNE30. 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. So where do you go from here?

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10 Tips to Improve Your Writing Skills

Daily Writing Tips

If you’re intimidated by a group setting, consider finding a writing partner with whom you can exchange drafts and/or discuss concepts and practice skills, then graduate, on your own or with your partner, to a course or workshop. Original post: 10 Tips to Improve Your Writing Skills. Prepare. Absorb information about writing, but don’t overwhelm yourself.

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What Freelancers Want From Their Clients

Small Business Labs

  But as companies become more reliant on external talent, they increasingly need to structure their policies, procedures, and engagement practices in order to be successful in attracting, engaging, and retaining highly skilled independent professionals.    The reason is the majority of skilled independent professionals (defined as freelancers/independent workers who provide services to businesses) report they have choices in terms of who they work with. 

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How to identify and fix problems at work

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Problem-solving is one of the critical skills that will be needed by office employees by 2020. You will see this skill more and more on job applications for Assistants (if you aren’t already) because we are often called upon to put out fires and deal with problems that nobody else in the office wants or […].

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5 tips on managing your company’s social media

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Core Skills Featured Social Media admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Key Skills Office manager PA Personal Assistant social media Virtual AssistantMany Assistants are being asked to look after their company’s online profiles and their organisation’s social media messaging. It can be a time-consuming task that requires some thought because social media platforms change so rapidly. There are so many different platforms and options that can pull your focus.

Technology to help with email management

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Core Skills Email Management Featured Office Technology admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual AssistantThese ten fantastic pieces of software will help you manage your emails and your Executives. It is worth looking to see which ones will work for you, but they will all help you manage and automate emails! Sanebox: Sanebox turns your inbox back into the inbox it was meant to be by weeding out unimportant […].

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Working with your Executive on a planned approval process

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Core Skills Featured admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Skills Tasks Virtual AssistantIn most organisations, work often needs to be formally approved or signed-off by Senior Executives before the work can begin or the next phase of the project. Executives also have to accept leave requests, sickness reports, expenses, invoices, purchase orders and budget requests. The list is pretty endless, and it can take up a lot […].

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20 tools to help manage your Exec’s travel plans

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Core Skills Featured Travel admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Key Skills Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual AssistantJust think how much time you spend organising travel for your Executive or your team? It’s a lot, right? Maybe 20% of your week? Maybe more? That time will be taken up by meticulously planning trips with the hope that nothing will go wrong while their Executive is away from the office. But from missed […].

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Streamlining meetings for your Executive

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Core Skills Diary Management Featured Meeting Management admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Meeting Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual AssistantAs I’ve always said, your Executive’s number one resource is their time, and your role is to safeguard that time, making sure they use their time correctly so that they are successful in the position. Having complete control over their schedule does allow you to manage the allocation of their time.

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How to help your Executive allocate resources on projects

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Core Skills Featured Task Management admin administrators assistants Executive Assistant Key Skills Office manager PA Personal Assistant Project Management Tasks Virtual AssistantLike most senior level Executives, your boss will be involved in lots of different projects, making the decisions and driving these initiatives forward.

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Working with an incompetent Executive

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Core Skills Featured Working with Executives admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant managing up Office manager PA Personal Assistant Skills working with executivesEveryone moans about their boss. There are occasions when your Executive takes ages to get back to you on something, they are always in a meeting or out travelling. They never have enough time. They don’t manage your needs or expectations.

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Working with a ‘paper person’

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Core Skills Featured Working with Executives admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Key Skills Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant working relationships Working with an executiveA few years ago, I worked with a Director who did everything on paper. He rarely turned his computer on let alone sent an email or scheduled an appointment in his diary.

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How to work with a visionary manager

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Core Skills Featured Working with Executives admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Key Skills Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant working relationshipsEvery business is started by someone with a vision. They are the driving force behind the business, and they want to change the world. You might not work for the person who started the organisation.

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Learn English with Alexa Skills: Writing, Grammar and Vocabulary

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If so, you might well have enabled a bunch of different skills to extend Alexa’s capabilities. Skills are like apps for Alexa.). Even if you’ve not got an Echo, you can still use Alexa on your smartphone – and you can enable skills there, too – so you might want to give some of these a try. How to Enable (Install) Alexa Skills. You can enable and disable skills using the Alexa app or a web browser. You can find out all about Alexa Skills on Amazon here.

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Template for capturing messages

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Core Skills Featured Templates admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant technology Virtual AssistantYou know what it is like, you are having a hectic day, emails to answer, meetings to attend, people talking to you, asking questions and looking to you for answers. The phone rings, you have no idea who it is or what they want. They want to speak to your Executive or someone random in […].

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What does it mean to be a collaborative Assistant?

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Collaboration is an essential skill for everyone. Core Competencies Dealing with coworkers Featured Working with Executives admin administrators assistants Competencies EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Soft Skills Virtual AssistantEvery business and organisation needs its employees to work together, to move projects forward and reach common goals. However, for Assistants, collaboration is vital.

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Eight great business books for strategic Assistants

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Career Development Core Competencies Featured admin administrators assistants Competencies EA Executive Assistant Key Skills Office manager PA Personal Assistant Strategy Virtual AssistantThe trait that I admire most in exceptional leaders (think Oprah Winfrey and Brene Brown) is the time they dedicate to learning new things. I love that they read, take on new ideas and concepts and never stop growing. This is something that I always try to find time for, and I think it is […].

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Get started on your festive party now

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Core Skills Events Management Featured admin administrators assistants Christmas Party EA Events Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual AssistantI know it is mid-July and we are a world away from the festive season, but it is time to start planning out the end of year party. You may think I am crazy, but actually, this is the best time of year to start thinking about your office do. Planning your festive celebration should […].

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What meetings should make it into your Executive’s schedule?

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Core Skills Diary Management Featured admin administrators assistants diary management EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Scheduling Tasks Time managementLast week I wrote a blog post about the meetings you should have with your Executive, where I detailed the meetings you should set up in your Executive’s diary that focuses on the work that the two of you need to move the business forward.f

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What meetings should you have with your Executive?

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Core Skills Featured Working with Executives admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant Working with your ExecutiveWe all know that communication with your Executive is key to a successful working relationship and I’ve found over the years, the more access an Assistant has to their Executive the more they are seen as a critical asset within the organisation.

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10 apps to help you plan meetings

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Apps Core Skills Featured Meeting Management Office Technology admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Meeting Office manager PA Personal Assistant Tasks technology Virtual AssistantWe all know how tough it is to get a meeting in your Executive’s schedule, let alone everyone who also needs to be in the meeting. And of course, once they are all in the meeting, who knows if the meeting was truly productive! Planning meetings is a tough job, and that is why I […].

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Top 5 planners for organised Assistants

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Core Skills Featured Office Technology Task Management admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Productivity technology Time management Virtual AssistantSometimes it’s hard to take a step back from all the work that you have to get through and look at how best to plan your time. But investing time in planning will save you lots of energy in the long run and make you more productive. It feels so good to check off that […].

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Power Searching the Internet

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Core Skills Featured Google Suite Office Technology admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Google Search Office manager PA Personal Assistant Tasks technology Virtual AssistantWe are really excited to announce that we will be sharing an article each month from Executive Secretary Magazine. We are starting with this fantastic article from Marie Herman. Following these tips really will save you a massive amount of time searching the internet!

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Managing your Executive’s one to one meetings

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Core Skills Diary Management Featured Working with Executives admin administrators assistants diary management EA Executive Assistant Meeting Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual AssistantIt kinda goes without saying that organising your Executive’s schedule is a never-ending task. Their time is always in demand, be it from clients, suppliers, colleagues around the business and of course from members of their team.

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These are the tasks you should be doing instead of your Executive

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Core Skills Featured Task Management admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Management Office manager PA Personal Assistant Tasks Virtual AssistantThe most important aspect of the Assistant role is saving our Executive time. It is their most valuable resource, and everything that we do should be geared up to protecting and nurturing their time. In this post, I want to share some advice that I gave a few years ago around some of the areas […].

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Create a time audit for your Executive

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Core Skills Diary Management Featured Working with Executives admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual AssistantAlthough we do our absolute best to save our Executive’s time, more often than not, we find that they are still running around from meeting to meeting, working on last-minute projects, asking you to deal with urgent matters and postponing essential tasks.

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How to be a creative genius at work

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Core Competencies Featured admin administrators assistants Competencies creativity skills EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual AssistantCreativity is such an essential competency for Assistants to have and here is why. We are faced with unusual requests and challenges every day. We often have to ‘think outside the box’, to come up with solutions to problems that most other people in the office wouldn’t even know where to start.

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Tech tools to organise any event

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Core Skills Events Management Featured Office Technology admin administrators assistants EA Event management Events Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant technologyWhen it comes to managing an event, there are so many moving parts and so much to think about. Using technology to help manage your events will make the task so much easier. Here are our favourite tech tools to organise any event.

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