Tips for Female Travelers (Safety and Bonus Travel Tips)

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Women Traveling Alone Should Enjoy Themselves

Traveling alone has many benefits. You get to eat in peace and quiet. You can “veg” out all night in your room and watch TV or read your favorite novel.

I have been traveling for business for 25 years and 90% of the time, I travel alone. Most of my work as a female professional speaker and corporate trainer takes me across the United States with little international travel (by choice).

While being on the road is tiring, stressful and can drive you crazy when you travel often for business, it can be exhilarating. I come across all kinds of interesting sights, people, places and great restaurants. I never know what might be around the next corner.

Women who don’t travel often will say to me, “Don’t you hate eating by yourself?” I tell them, “No.” I am quite used to it. As I said earlier, I enjoy my quiet time. I take my time and dine rather than gobble down something quick. I actually eat better on the road than when I am at home.

I love to watch people and observe them. It is amazing how many people do not take in their world, they are completed strapped to their phone or tablets. As I watch them I think about how much of life they are really missing when traveling.

If you are a female traveler, you have extra concerns that a male does not have—safety being #1 on the list. [Read more…]

3 Stages to Problem Solving for Administrative and Executive Assistants

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No doubt you face problems on a daily basis. They can be as small as a printer jam or as big as your executive’s international trip is turning into a disaster due to bad weather.

There are many methods people use to solve problems such as mind-mapping or brainstorming. But for larger issues or problems, you have to have a process to be more successful at making the right decision.

This is called a Step Method and you follow it as outlined below. If you use the steps out of order, it will not have the same impact. I hope this helps you and if you have any suggestions as to what works really well for you when faced with a problem, please share with me. [Read more…]

Don’t Give Up On Your Dreams

I had a full week last week as I spent 4 full days with 15 wonderful women from across the country. They came to Las Vegas to attend my World Class Assistant Part 1 and Part 2 high-end boot camp. They were an amazing group filled with energy, great ideas, and creativity. While 90% of them did not know each other, they bonded instantly. It was very gratifying for me to see the group gel and spend time with each woman who was uniquely gifted. We also reminded each other that as career women, we have many challenges. Women are constantly juggling work, home, their personal life, taking care of aging parents, children, managing their own stress and the stress of those they work with. And that is just the beginning!

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What learning method do you prefer? Webinar or Podcast

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We’ve been having a great time with you this year as we introduced free monthly webinars. We’re curious, do you prefer learning via a webinar or podcast?

Don’t worry, we aren’t doing away with the webinars but we wonder if adding a podcast in the future would be something that you would use?

Please take our poll and comment below to share your input with us.

Webinar or Podcast Poll

Thank you for joining our Admin Blog-a-thon, what’s next?

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Wow, what a fabulous April!

Did you have the most incredible Administrative Professionals’ Week this year?

Here’s a recap of just some of the amazing things that went on this year in celebration of you, Administrative Professionals: [Read more…]

5 Steps Towards a Much Needed Break

Guest Post by Adam Timm, Speaker at 2015 Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence.

Regular breaks are a great way to stay positive and uplifted throughout the day… you’re not working through your breaks, are you?

Does this sound like you?

– You normally work through your break periods.
– You eat your meals at your desk or miss lunch entirely.
– You head into work early and you leave too late.
– You bring work home at night and sometimes over the weekends.

Now, we’re not going to harp into you all the reasons why you must take a break, instead we’re going to give you 5 steps to take a much needed break.

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The Future of the Administrative Profession

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The Future of the Administrative Profession – Surviving or Thriving?

By Joan Burge, Founder and CEO, Office Dynamics International
Changing the Lives of Administrative Professionals Since 1990

It’s important to recognize the difference between surviving and thriving, because the key to success is available to those who successfully manage to cross the bandwidth between the two.

The global economic meltdown brought sweeping changes across many continents as companies made drastic changes to many sectors of employees, including the administrative profession. So encompassing was the economic climate that no vocation was immune.

Before the crisis, the administrative profession operated differently. Training budgets were ample; opportunity for advancement sparkled like diamonds for the taking. Administrators handled many tasks, and had backups, cross training, and team-shared projects.

Post-crisis, many people lost their jobs, and took any available position, even ones they were far overqualified for. Others could no longer afford to retire. Single income households became dual income households, often due to pay cuts and shorter hours. Training budgets dissipated, opportunities dried up, and assistants had larger workloads without staffing backups. Single support executive assistants now juggled multiple managers.

We’ve come through and now, the economy is healing. Much has changed for the executive assistant and administrative professional, and in order to thrive in this new working environment, it’s up to both to operate wisely, using savvy to make the right decision regarding the right question at the right time.

It would be easy to simply throw up one’s hands and say, “It’s okay to just survive!” but we know that excellence goes far beyond the basics. Success is met when we exceed expectations; when we go the second mile, and when we work diligently to remain relevant and competitive. Thriving is where we find contentment, advancement and opportunity.

We must know and grasp the many changes in today’s workplace so we can leverage them to succeed and thrive in the profession:

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Growing New Habits

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Good morning and welcome to the last week of April. Brian Tracy is a favorite author, speaker, and consultant who I have admired for two decades. I’d like to share something with you that he said and then build upon it.

“Success is 95% habit. Successful people are those who have developed good habits and follow them over and over. Unsuccessful people have poor habits or don’t have good habits. If you develop good habits, they become automatic. Your success and your happiness are virtually guaranteed.” [Read more…]

Peer Synergy: 5 Powerhouse Strategies For Creating Administrative Peer Power

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Coming together is better than fighting for your own agenda. When you are trying to create change, whether in a process or for the administrative community in your organization, it is much easier to be persuasive when there is a group. There is strength in unity. Whether there are two administrative professionals in your office or 200, joining forces with your administrative peers will contribute to greater success for your organization.

When administrative professionals work together, there is less duplication, resulting in savings to the company and increased profitability.

  • Learn simplification techniques from each other.
  • Gain a new perspective.
  • Add freshness to your ho-hum routine.
  • Share technical shortcuts.

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5 Best Practices for Boosting Your Resiliency

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<Guest Post by All Things Admin, Julie Perrine>

Part of an admin’s job is knowing how to handle unexpected, uncomfortable and sometimes downright awful situations. This means being flexible, patient, and expert trouble-shooters. Yet even the best, most experienced, and innovative admins can get flustered or lose their concentration in times of extreme chaos.

We are admins. But we’re human, too. It’s natural to feel overwhelmed when an unforeseen situation comes up. However, there are some best practices that can improve your resilience and help you weather difficulties in a proactive and productive way. [Read more…]