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Learning self-advocacy

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Learning self-advocacy There will be many times in an Assistants career when they will be asked to do something they don't have time to do, or it doesn't fit in with their goals, or they feel uncomfortable doing it, or they don't want to. Expressing your thoughts can be difficult, [.].

Top Skills Every Assistant Needs to Succeed

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Top skills every Assistant needs to succeed How do you stay on top of the many and different responsibilities that an Assistant must perform, as well as the required abilities?

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Building effective workflows with your Executive

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Building effective workflows with your Executive I’m sure you have heard the term workflow a lot. It is certainly something you will have come across if you have ever decided to research how to manage your time best and increase your productivity. It is a term often used in project [.].

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How do Assistants create a personal brand?

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What is personal branding, and how do Assistants create a personal brand? We have all heard of personal branding in one way or another. It’s grown in popularity over the last year and there is a reason for it.

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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.

How assistants can learn to improve business processes

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How Assistants can learn to improve business processes In this post, we will look at how Assistants can learn to improve business processes. Have you ever taken time to analyse your business processes, or do you just ‘do’ them without thinking? Do you ever notice any of your teams’ processes [.].

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Effective Email Management for Strategic Assistants

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Effective email management for strategic Assistants Most people know that effective management of their inbox is one of the most important things they can do to improve their productivity.

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Taking ownership of your work as an Assistant

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Taking ownership of your work as an Assistant For high-performing Assistant and Executive partnerships, there is a high value placed on ownership, accountability and trust. All three areas are essential to a strategic partnership.

2022 207

How to build confidence in the workplace

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How to Build Confidence in the Workplace Confidence is something we must build, grow and develop over time. It doesn’t come naturally to most of us, and thoughts of self-doubt creep in, stopping us from becoming the best version of ourselves.

Managing colleagues who bypass you to get to your Executive

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Managing colleagues who bypass you to get to your Executive I'm sure every Assistant will have at some point experienced a colleague who constantly goes to their Executive with every issue, question, idea before speaking to the Assistant. Am I right? I thought so!

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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.

Esther Stanhope Blog Post Perfectionism! The biggest career blocker ever

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Perfectionism! The biggest career blocker ever I was shocked. Perfectionism was completely crippling his daughter’s career! A very good friend of mine, a fellow expert, author and speaker (let’s call him Stew), recently asked me if I would meet his young daughter, Alice, who’s just graduated.

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How to keep emotions under control in confrontational situations

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How to keep emotions under control in confrontational situations While working as an Assistant and in the early days of running Practically Perfect PA, if I could avoid confrontation, I would. It didn't serve me well. Because when I did have to speak to someone about a difficult subject, [.].

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Developing your personal brand in a hybrid world

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Developing your personal brand in a hybrid world According to Jeff Bezos, "your brand is what other people say about you when you're not in the room". The quote is pre-pandemic but is very relevant when developing your personal brand in a hybrid world.

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Finding opportunities to grow in your Assistant role

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Finding opportunities to grow in your Assistant role Finding opportunities to grow in your Assistant role takes initiative - you have to work in a culture where initiative and proactivity are recognised and rewarded. You have to have the confidence and drive to see it through, and you need some [.].

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Working with Founders

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Working with Founders We recently sat down with a wonderful panel of Assistants to discuss the differences between Assistants working with Founders rather than CEOs or other C-suite Executives.

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Improving decision-making for Assistants

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Improving decision-making for Assistants Many Assistants are worried about making decisions because they are worried they will make the wrong one. We have talked about how important it is for Assistants to have space for making mistakes. That is very important.

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Is your Executive a poor communicator?

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Is your Executive a poor communicator? In a recent survey conducted in the UK, Hays recruitment found 43% of those surveyed said leaders needed to improve their communication skills.

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Career transitions for Executive Assistants

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Career transitions for Executive Assistants Being an Assistant isn't for everyone. I mean, let's face it, the job has its challenges, and I think you have to love the role to succeed in it genuinely. If you think of the position as a stepping stone to something else or a job [.].

2021 207

The organised Assistant

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The role of the Assistant these days is pretty diverse; one day you will be assisting one Executive with personal tasks, the next you may be making business travel arrangements for a different person, managing a project, working on a big event or hiring a new Administrative team.

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What you need to know when working with a C-Suite Executive

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What you need to know when working with a C-Suite Executive In this article, we will cover the information you need to be aware of to be on the same page as your C-Suite Executive and work in sync together. It certainly makes it easier to form a solid strategic partnership [.].

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Completing your Assistant performance review in uncertain times

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Completing your Assistant performance review in uncertain times It is that time of year again, performance review season. Except the world has completely changed this year. Completing your Assistant performance review in uncertain times is going to be different.

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Communicating your priorities better with the ‘rule of five’

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Communicating your priorities better with the ‘rule of five’ One of my go-to tools for prioritising and managing my to-do list is Trello. I use the collaboration tool to manage all of my tasks and projects, and I love how easy it easy to collaborate on projects with the other members of the [.].

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Artificial Intelligence: Will it help or hurt the Assistant Profession?

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Artificial Intelligence: Will it help or hurt the Assistant Profession? I have been very aware of artificial intelligence, as a coming event into my business. In fact, we had a fascinating artificial intelligence client in New York City. And I was just blown away by the [.].

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The ultimate tech guide for Personal and Executive Assistants

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Most of us that have been working in the PA industry for a while now will have heard of the phrase ‘the tech-savvy assistant’. It might have cropped up on your job specs and been discussed during your most recent job interview. It is so important for Assistants to have a good grasp of [.].

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What support do you need from your Executive to work in partnership?

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What support do you need from your Executive to work in partnership? What support do you need from your Executive to work in partnership? This will ultimately be something that is personal to you but I wanted to share what I thought were 10 expectations that Assistants should have from [.].

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Common challenges faced by Assistants

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Common challenges faced by Assistants Working as an Executive or Personal Assistant is a complex and often misunderstood role. Assistants take on a lot and often go unrewarded and unrecognised for their efforts. It isn’t an easy gig, that is for sure. There are a lot of common [.].

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Staying in the loop with your Executive while working from home

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How to stay visible and in the loop with your Executive while working from home We are living in strange times. I know many of you will be working from home, trying to juggle your home life and your work life more than ever - while not leaving your home [.].

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Understanding your personality and communication preferences

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Understanding your personality and communication preferences Understanding your Executive's personality, behaviours and communication preferences are crucial to building an effective relationship and partnership.

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Where do Assistants draw the line? Setting boundaries for Assistants

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Where do you draw the line? Setting boundaries for Assistants Let's start with a question. Would you say that you are good at setting boundaries? Here is an even more important question - are you good at setting boundaries, and are you good at sticking to them? Assistants need to [.].

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Gaining recognition as a leader

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Gaining recognition as a leader There is no better time for Assistants to show their leadership skills and ensure that they are gaining recognition as a leader in their organisations for the value they bring and the ability to lead and influence those around them. You may not manage a [.].

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Making the move to managing a team

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Making the move to managing a team Many Assistants are making the move to managing a team and taking on more of a leadership role in their organisations. It is an exciting time for career-driven Assistants who want to add more value. The opportunities are there for the taking, and Assistants [.].

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SMART objectives for Executive Assistants

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SMART objectives for Executive Assistants are so crucial because, without them, Assistants can be at such a disadvantage. They can be taken for granted, they can be mismanaged, and they can be left without a clue as to what exactly is expected of them in the role.

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Powerful words to use in your Assistant CV

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Powerful words to use in your Assistant CV The competition for Executive and Personal Assistant jobs is fierce. Now more than ever. That is why it is important to make your CV (or resume) stand out from the crowd. To do that, you have to make your CV come to [.].

2021 162

Tips on good minute taking

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As we all know writing minutes is an essential skill for Assistants and this ultimate guide to effective minute-taking we will break-down everything Assistants need to know to create minutes that will be read and actioned.

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What is the right platform for your virtual event?

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What is the right platform for your virtual event? As Assistants, we organise a wide variety of events. From small office parties and get-togethers to the annual sales conference, events have and will always be part of our role. As many Assistants have found out over the last year, the [.].

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5 easy ways to supercharge your sales process using automation

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5 easy ways to supercharge your sales process using automation Maintaining a sales process as a business owner is a huge challenge. You will likely be using multiple tools and apps for the various tasks, and if they’re not connected, your team will be wasting hours of valuable time on [.].

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Anticipating needs and other mind reading tricks

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Anticipating needs and other mind reading tricks Over the last few years, I have written a lot about creating a successful Executive and EA partnership. It is the key relationship for Assistants and the one part of the role that you have to get right. Without [.].

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Performance Reviews for Assistants

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One area that seems to change notably from job to job is remuneration and performance reviews for Assistants. In my first full-time job, I had quarterly performance reviews with my manager, half-yearly appraisals and at the end of every year a full review and 360° feedback with my team.

2020 195

How to transition out of your role

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So, you are thinking about heading into the unknown and need some tips on how to transition out of your role Whether you are changing your career or going into business for yourself, this is a big deal. You are amazing for deciding to follow through with your dream! Well done! The idea didn’t [.].

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