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Soft Skills For Assistants Become Power Skills?

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I love magic. I remember sitting through my first magic show as a child. Being in awe of the glittering costumes, the lights, and the music – the theatrical presentation. I was mesmerized when a tiger came on stage and drew me into his eyes and his beautiful face.

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Boss’s Day Gift Idea

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Do you struggle with gift ideas for your leader for Boss’s Day? We have the perfect gift

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Power Skills for Administrative Assistants?

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News Flash! Soft skills are now being referred to as power skills. In recent articles and blogs from reputable sources in the training and the administrative industries, soft skills are being touted as power skills.

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A Key Factor to Consider When Looking for a Venue for Your Meeting

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What is the most important factor to consider when looking for a venue for your meeting

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Elevating the Virtual Interviewing Experience

How do you break through the digital barrier when conducting a virtual interview and share your exceptional self? Think in unconventional ways to elevate the virtual interviewing experience.

Supporting Your Executive—Your Sole Purpose

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Note: While this blog refers to being in a physical office space, you can apply the concepts to a “working from home” situation.

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5 Must-Have Skills for Progressive Assistants

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You are a top-performing, high-achieving assistant who has accomplished much. You have the fundamentals down pat and even demonstrate advanced skill sets. So where do you go from here? What might be missing from your bag of skills?

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The Vanishing Executive Assistant—NOT!

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I would like to address the recent article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal on January 18, 2020 by Rachel Feintzeig regarding The Vanishing Executive Assistant. First, I have been entrenched in the administrative profession for 50 years.

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Is an Administrative Assistant Certification or Designation Worth It?

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In the ever-evolving administrative profession, a topic of recent interest has been training, certification, and designations. Many top-notch organizations are looking to the future with an eye towards optimization and growth.

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Top 5 Timeless Skills for Assistants

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

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Mandatory COVID Vaccination Policy Template

The federal government is developing a rule requiring employers with more than 100 employees ensure their workers are vaccinated or produce a negative COVID test weekly before entering the workplace. So, what can your organization do to prepare? Get Paycor’s COVID Vaccination Policy Template to help communicate important details to your employees.

Understanding an Executive’s World

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Can anyone who has not been an executive for a long time truly understand an executive’s world? As an executive assistant for 20 years, I thought I understood the life of the many executives I supported.

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7 Ways to Improve Your Organization Skills for Administrative Assistants

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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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The Professional Puzzle – Becoming a Stellar Administrative Assistant

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Becoming a stellar administrative assistant is the product of hard work, dedication, and a thoughtful approach. Continue reading. Admin Assistant Training Communication Skills Executive And Assistant Partnership Multiple Managers

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Top 4 Timeless Skills for Assistants

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In an ever-changing world consumed by apps, devices, and software, some administrative assistants think that their experience can be measured by their technical savvy.

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Family Values, Goals, Priorities

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A “work” family is similar to a “home life” family in many ways. Both families should have shared values, identify their top priorities, have common goals, and write a mission statement by which they live. It is difficult to work with or live with people who do not have the same value system as you.

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Being Resilient During Turbulent Times

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Have you ever come across someone whose decorum is composed amidst the chaos? Their organizational skills, attitude, and outlook seem unscathed. It’s likely that the person you see before you developed those traits over time and has chosen to be resilient regardless of what lies ahead.

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How Assistants Can Adapt to Change

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A natural reaction to change is fear of the unknown. Many assistants would much rather stay in their comfort zones where they feel safe and secure. However, change is a must if we want to grow in our careers, in our relationships, and as a person.

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11 Effective Ways for Assistants to Work From Home

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Rare and unusual times have presented themselves as a result of the onset of Coronavirus COVID-19. As an office, we learned just how many Assistants across the nation and world have become impacted. While we anticipated learning of non-essential business closures leading to working from home, we did not anticipate the high number of Assistants around the world struggling with the uncertainties, isolation and communication barriers brought on by the circumstances.

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5 Grammar Miscues that Undermine Good Writing

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Did you know that bad grammar can ruin a good message? You could be missing opportunities to get your point across because your readers have to wade through awkward sentences that set their teeth on edge.

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Common Grammar Mistakes that Undermine Your Credibility

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Now more than ever, clarity in communication is important. We’re all adapting to more virtual meetings and a great deal more email communication. Documents that were discussed around a meeting table and then edited by a single person now make their way to multiple colleagues via email.

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Continuing to Navigate and Remaining Calm Through Difficult Times

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The world around us is in a state of pandemonium. The threat of Coronavirus has highlighted our greatest fears and worst nightmares. Its tentacles have a firm chokehold on the economy, and basic infrastructures are grinding to a halt.

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What Are Some Measurable KPIs for Executive Assistants? – Ask an Admin

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Ask an Admin was created by Office Dynamics to help administrative professionals with their problems through the help of their peers. We don’t always have an answer to each individual’s problem but we know some of you might. Please read the question and comment below.

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Be a Trailblazing Assistant

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Your office environment is a mix of workers and trailblazers, and the two have nothing to do with titles. Workers tend to know their job and only their job. They work with their heads down.

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The Assistant as a “Center of Influence”

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I created the above visual as an image of the ideal situation between an executive and their assistant, especially when it comes to communication. Because of all the technology today, assistants have a very hard time staying “in the loop.” When an assistant is aware of what is going on or what is on the horizon, she or he can better anticipate, be proactive, plan better, foresee barriers, look more professional, and reduce stress.

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The Best Assistant Learning Resources

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Office Dynamics International is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Since 1990, we have provided rich resources for administrative professionals around the world. As you can imagine, we have covered thousands of assistant-focused topics over the decades.

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18 Books Every Administrative Assistant and Executive Assistant Should Read

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Office Dynamics has put together a list of books for administrative assistants and executive assistants that will help you with your professional development and personal life. Because we had so many great choices we decided to make it a little easier for you to find what you are looking for by breaking the blog into two sections.

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International Women’s Day 2020 – A Message From Julie Reed

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Sunday, March 8. In a recent interview, I was asked, “What motivates you to be an Administrative Professional Trainer and Coach”? I made it clear: I am passionate about my career of choice.

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Dealing With a Difficult Boss

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Working with people has its pros and cons. When you work with others you are able to bounce around ideas, collaborate, get feedback, and share knowledge. However, when you work with difficult people, you may experience resistance.

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A Career Portfolio Brings Value To Administrative Assistants

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A stellar career portfolio captures your progressing skill levels, professional recognition, career enhancements, development activities, and impressive accomplishments.

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The Best Assistant Interview Tips

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Are you in the market for a new job? You’re not alone. Recent events have led to a rise in job seekers, which means more competition. So, how do you stand out in a saturated market in which employers are receiving resumes by the minute?

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Finding my Niche by Mary Jo Wiseman

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Not all people who plan meetings are “meeting planners,” nor do all meeting planners start out their careers as meeting planners.

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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. Without the ability to organize your work and your resources, you could be twisting in the wind in no time. You may have been able to muddle along back in the day, but in today’s competitive environment, you need to work any advantage in your favor.

2019 181

Fail to Plan; Plan to Fail – Meeting Planning Success

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Planning and executing meetings and events is no easy task and requires a PLAN and a PROCESS and a TEAM of experts to make it happen and for it to be deemed a success. If you fail to plan appropriately, you are setting yourself up to fail and who wants to do that? Not me and hopefully not you.

Calendar Management for Executive Assistants

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Meetings, meeting, and more meetings! In spite of all the technology, meetings have not gone away. Whether your executive is holding a virtual meeting or attending a virtual or live meeting, there are certain steps you can take to ensure you are properly scheduling meetings and making your executive’s life easier. As an assistant of 20 years, I had one perspective of meeting management. But now that I am the executive involved in numerous meetings, I can tell you what really is important.

Choosing the Best Administrative Assistant or Executive Assistant Conference

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An administrative conference should feed your brain and soul! You have finally gotten the approval to attend an administrative conference, maybe you have decided to invest in yourself by attending an administrative conference but choosing the best administrative assistant or executive assistant conference is no easy task. Attending an administrative conference is a big investment of your time and money. You should choose wisely.

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7 Tips for Administrative and Executive Assistants

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Being an Administrative or Executive Assistant is not always a walk in the park. There is always a fire to be put out, there is the juggling of 9,000 different tasks, and sometimes you are an assistant to more than one executive or manager. Simply put, not everyone can handle the position of Administrative or Executive Assistant. With that said, there are tips and tricks out there that are being used by assistants to make life a little less hectic.

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Timely and Effective Communication Strategies for Assistants

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We all know that communication is the cornerstone of any organization’s success. It is even more important in times of crisis. So how can you effectively communicate with your executive, colleagues, and partners while being sensitive to interpretations and time constraints?

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Executive Assistant to Chief of Staff? Ask an Admin

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Ask an Admin was created by Office Dynamics to help administrative professionals with their problems through the help of their peers. We don’t always have an answer to each individual’s problem but we know some of you might. Please read the question and comment below.

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Office Dynamics International Celebrates 30 Years of Inspiring Administrative Excellence

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To Our Clients and Colleagues: 30 years is a long time to sustain and build a business in a very unique niche. one that I created. administrative training and development. There have been many ups and downs over the years but I would not have chosen any other path.

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