Happy Administrative Professionals Day

Happy Administrative Professionals Day

Happy Administrative Professionals Day to all the wonderful executive assistants, administrative assistants, secretaries, administrators and all support staff who support the management team!  I personally know the wonderful contributions you make every day to the workplace. The bar has been raised over and over the past two decades and today’s administrative professional is valued as a vital contributor. I am happy to see all the changes that have taken place and especially how more organizations are seeing the value in investing in administrative training.

I am blessed to have two amazing women in our office. Jasmine Freeman is my Chief Executive Assistant and Vice President of Office Dynamics. Jasmine has been my strategic business partner for 7 years and is incredibly amazing. I have watched Jasmine blossom over the years as she continues to challenge herself and take on any new opportunities I present to her. When an executive has a star performing executive assistant, they are able to focus on what really matters in the business and Jasmine has allowed me to do so.

Our other star assistant is Michele Clucas. Michele is the administrative assistant to Jasmine Freeman and supports me when Jasmine is out of the office. Michele is also our Client Concierge. She has been with us for over 3 years and is a wonderful contributor to Office Dynamics. Michele’s has also blossomed over the years as she continues to take on more responsibility.

I hope that many of you are getting more than flowers or a luncheon today. While that is a lovely recognition, I know administrative and executive assistants want training. They want to be able to attend administrative conferences, take administrative online courses, attend high-end training courses like our World Class Assistant Certification program. If that is not occurring for you, I want to encourage you to speak up and let your executive know the importance of investing in your professional development.

Congratulations on your special day and thank you for all your contributions to the workplace. To all my followers and class participants, I am so glad to know you and I hope I will see you in the near future.

Joan Burge

Book for Executive Assistants on Amazon Best Seller for 2 Years

WHO TOOK MY PEN . . . AGAIN? by Joan Burge, Jasmine Freeman and Nancy Fraze continues to make the Amazon best seller list in it’s category of Secretarial Aids and Training. Of course,what else would we expect of a book that was the outgrowth of a collaborative effort of 240 administrative and executive assistants who attended the Office Dynamics Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence in Las Vegas. Read the amazing story of how the contents, title and cover design for this book came to life.


Who Took My Pen?


Who Took My Pen . . . Again? offers practical, creative strategies for achieving success and building leadership attributes, compiled from the diverse experiences of high-achieving administrative professionals in a wide variety of businesses and industries. Whether you have been in the administrative field for 20 minutes or 20 years, this book is a “must” resource you will refer to again and again!

  • Offers real-life success stories!
  • Provides ignition for positive change!
  • Infuses life with confidence!
  • Provides seasoned professionals’ best ideas!
  • Soars over hurdles with stand-out savvy!
  • Lights or rekindles the fires of career passion!


Get your copy now from Office Dynamics International at a special price of $10.00. (Use Coupon Code: APDG) This book also makes a fantastic gift for Administrative Professional’s Day. Call 800-STAR-139 for quantity pricing.

“All I can say to Joan Burge, Nancy Fraze, Jasmine Freeman, and the 240 administrative professionals who made this book happen is “THANKS!” This book has an off-the-wall WOW factor for anyone (and everyone) who works in an office. This book will have a place on the corner of my desk for years to come.”

Susan Fenner, Former Manager, Education & Events IAAP

10 Business Card Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

What business card mistakes are you making

What business card mistakes are you making?

Like it or not, business cards are still widely used among entrepreneurs and their prospective clients. But if you’ve recently handed out several business cards and never heard back, it may be a sign that you’ve gone wrong somewhere along the way. So, whether you’re looking to improve your current offering or you’re starting from scratch and want to make sure things are right first-time around, read through these 10 business card mistakes – it could mean the difference between success and failure [Read more...]

BIG Focus: Focus On One Goal In Each Major Area of Your Life

Focus on the goalHow many goals have you written over the years that you did not accomplish, took longer than you thought, or didn’t turn out like you wanted? If you are like most people, the answer is “several.”


It is hard to decide what we want in life, then communicate that in a concise manner, write a plan, implement and work around the barriers. If goal achievement were easier, more people would be reaching their goals. Goal achievement can come in the form of what we want to feel, accomplish or give to others; it’s not just about getting material things. [Read more...]

Administrative Professionals Day Gifts – What They Really Want

Administrative_Professionals_Day_GiftsLong gone are the days when assistants were thrilled to be taken to lunch or be given flowers in honor of Administrative Professionals Day. Today’s sophisticated, savvy executive or administrative assistant wants recognition that feeds their desire to learn and grow in their Career of Choice. They want to be acknowledged for their tremendous daily contributions by being able to attend a training program or administrative conference. Or they would like to take online courses that advance them in the administrative profession.

Administrative and executive assistant books are a worthwhile investment. A book is a treasured gift; it is long-lasting; has a compound effect; and helps that assistant gain the tools that help her or him in their job as well as grow new skills to meet the ever-changing demands of today’s workplace.

At Office Dynamics, we offer a range of educational gifts for assistants as well as our Star Wear™ jewelry and scarf line which instills and supports stellar performance in an assistant. Please look around on our site, we have a variety of products and educational programs that would make great Administrative Professionals Day gifts!

Joan and Jasmine Headed To Ohio To Teach The Mastering Exceptional Self-Leadership 2 Day Mega Training Event For Administrative Professionals


Jasmine and I are on our way to Columbus Ohio to teach the Mastering Exceptional Self-Leadership 2 day mega-training event for administrative professionals. We are excited to meet new assistants and share a wealth of knowledge with them.

We launched this training program in San Jose a few weeks ago and it was a huge success. We had 41 executive and administrative assistants attend from some top companies in Silicon Valley. We even had two assistants who flew all the way from Seattle to see us and attend this administrative training.

The topics covered were: building strategic partnerships, leading boldly and shining brightly, self-management vs. stress management, unleashing your creativity, creating your personal brand and communicating your talents through a Career Portfolio. Attendees gained hundreds of great idea to take back to their workplace and now understand the important of mastering self-leadership.

While we covered a lot of territory, all the attendees had fun with the unique learning activities we provided. Jasmine Freeman led the group through a few segments and shared her ideas on a digital portfolio as well as how she manages her busy personal life with her work life.

We will be heading to Chicago in June and Atlanta in November. I hope to meet you there!


Why you need to stop multi-tasking.

BIG Focus: Focus versus Multi-tasking

Are you proud of being able to multi-task? Does your employer ask that you be an expert multi-tasker? Here’s why our society needs to stop putting value on the ability to multi-task and start regaining our ability to focus. [Read more...]

Grammar Mistakes

What’s the one grammar mistake that drives you up a wall?

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Question: “I know that I make my fair share of grammar mistakes, but it just makes me crazy when people get ‘their’ and ‘they’re’ confused in a document (although it’s not nearly as bad as seeing ‘for all intensive purposes’). Do other people get irrationally irritated by certain little grammar goofs as much as I do?” - Marilu, Tax Processor [Read more...]

BIG ENERGY: Passion Creates Energy

Tony DegirolamoHello Monday Motivators!


I am so excited to write this Monday Motivator because today is my dad’s 89th birthday and because my dad is the epitome of passion that creates energy and longevity. I did not plan for today’s topic to fall on his birthday. I hadn’t even noticed the connection until just now—when getting ready to write you.


Let me tell you about my dad because I have learned so much from observing his life and so can you [Read more...]

BIG ENERGY: Create More Balance

Motivation For WomanHappy Monday! I hope you are starting your work week with BIG energy. I know that is a rather optimistic approach to a Monday morning, but an important way for us to approach Monday.

Why spend 1/7 of your life dreading a day of the week?

Executive and administrative professionals expend a tremendous amount of energy. I know because I worked in the field for 20 years. And I also know because I have observed and coached executive assistants at their workspaces for 23 years. It takes a tremendous amount of energy to support an executive, multiple managers or a department. And yet, that is what administrative professionals do so well! [Read more...]