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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Time Management Self-Assessment: Rate Your Skills!

Eat Your Career

Recently, I wanted to assess my own skills in this area, so I did a personal inventory. I thought I’d recreate that for you as a self-assessment tool, so you can take stock of your skills in this area as well. I set aside time to review what’s coming up and plan for the future.

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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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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. If you’re unable to effectively organize your work and resources, you’ll likely find yourself twisting in the wind, unproductive, and unable to catch up.

2021 204

Kicking yourself for not saying something at a meeting? Here’s how to speak up skillfully  

Ideas.Ted

Ever silently berate yourself at work for not standing up for a colleague, letting people say things that are inaccurate or misleading, or just allowing others to talk over you? . “At Of course, it’s not always so easy to speak up. Tschang offers four tips to help you do it skillfully.

2021 88

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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4 Success Skills for Budding Entrepreneurs

Small Business CEO

If you’ve been dreaming of owning your own business, bringing an idea to market, or launching a whole new industry—5 specific skills will help you achieve your goals. They have inspiring goals that keep them up at night, ready for the opportunity, and constantly building their skills.

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.

2020 93

Unemployed? Transferable Skills are the Answer

On The Job

In the coming weeks and months you're going to hear a lot about "transferable skills." Transferable skills are those abilities that you can use in a variety of jobs: communication, organization and teamwork. Hold up.

2020 158

Modernising the ‘bring up’ folder

Practically Perfect PA

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

2017 159

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.

2019 182

Skills required to be a good minute taker

Practically Perfect PA

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.

2017 159

Getting Tangled Up Managing Unrealistic Expectations

My EA Career

We gave up after a number of failed attempts to get Slinky to ‘walk’ down the steps. Managing expectations takes skill and practise. But acquiring this insight takes another of my favourite Power Skills: effective communication.

2020 52

3 Skills Every Leader Must Cultivate to Successfully Manage Distributed Teams

Success

With the shift to remote work , many companies came to realize that embedded practices within their organizations no longer served a purpose; leaders woke up one day to find that their management style was no longer effective if people weren’t in the same room as them.

2021 96

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.

2017 152

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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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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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 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.

2014 184

The Mel Robbins Guide to Screwing Up

Success

In her book, The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success , Megan McArdle explains that we gain skills by practicing things because we’re strengthening the connection between the action and the reward. Strike up a conversation with a complete stranger.

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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. See how you measure up! .

2014 197

Building on your skills

Loosely Speaking

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!

2009 162

Effective Communication Skills

Ian's Messy Desk

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

Ian's Messy Desk

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.

Skills 159

10 tips to tidy up your inbox

Practically Perfect PA

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.

2017 148

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? One of the biggest struggles executive assistants report to me is mastering effective time management.

2020 133

Public Speaking Skills

Ian's Messy Desk

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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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.

2017 138

Using your social media skills at work

Practically Perfect PA

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.

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

Office Dynamics

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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PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS

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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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.”.

2016 100

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.

2015 101

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

Practically Perfect PA

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.

2018 172

Rate Your Time-Management Skills

Ian's Messy Desk

Home About Contact Me Links Sitemap Rate Your Time-Management Skills Posted by Ian McKenzie Written on September 22, 2010 If youre new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Complete this short self-evaluation checklist to assess your time-management skills. Total up the number of times you answer yes and see below. The noes are the areas you need work on to develop those skills. Ian’s Messy Desk Helping you get the most out of the 24 hours in your day.

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Skills Assistants Need In The New Age

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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Episode 387: Stephen Warley talks about Self-Awareness, Reflecting and Life Skills

Productivityist

The startup’s team chats with Zendesk leaders, founders, and CEOs in a coffee-shop style conversation about starting up when the world is upside down. Life Skills That Matter Podcast. Want to keep up with the podcast? True productivity comes from slow down.

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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.

2019 156

Need for Agility and Skilled Talent Driving Growing Corporate Use of Contingent Workers

Small Business Labs

The resulting corporate "need for speed" means that companies have to be able to quickly staff up and down, often with hard to find talent.   The reason is contingent workers at corporations no longer just do low level or low skill work. A perfect alignment between an open job/project and the internal or external skills within the enterprise talent pool is the ideal way to address work.

2017 140

Performance Review–How Are Your Job Searching Skills Stacking Up?

Job Advice Blog

Let’s continue the process of giving yourself a performance review of your job search. If you don’t take the time to look at what you’re actually doing and assess how effective, or ineffective certain aspects are, then you’re not going to feel like you’re making much progress. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut, [.]. Resume Writing by Melanie Szlucha

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