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Working women hold a unique position in our society. We juggle family, business demands, and social lives. But all too often, we encounter resistance. Glass ceilings, stereotypes, and the physical limitations of time all attempt to hold us back. It’s easy to focus on the needs of others; but in doing so, we fail to nurture ourselves. We’re left feeling overwhelmed, disempowered, and permanently stuck on the “hamster wheel” of a busy life.

Can you relate? If so, put this webinar on your “can’t miss” list.

Join Joan Burge, CEO of Office Dynamics International, for an inspiring look at what it takes to live a BIG and bold life, even in today’s hectic world. Known for her signature “red lipstick” flair and empowering mantra, Joan will show you how get the unique “edge” that makes you stand out as exceptional in all areas of life (without running yourself ragged in the process!). Invite your female friends and fellow colleagues for this life- and career-changing event.

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Learning Highlights
As an attendee, you’ll learn:

• Why “Superwoman Syndrome” is so prevalent for today’s working women and why it’s time to let it go.

• The 5 Pillars that create a full life, how to harmonize (not “balance”!) them, and key questions to consider when assessing your current fulfillment levels.

• The foundational competencies that support the 5 Pillars and how to embrace them fully at home and at work.

• How to turn a “busy life” into a “BIG and bold life” by breaking old patterns of thought and behavior.

• Why self-care is an essential part of nurturing others. (Hint: this simple mindset shift will help stop the guilt!)

• A powerful affirmation that will help you approach setbacks with a sense of grace and empowerment—so you never again cower at life’s challenges.

Stop letting the “busyness” of life run the show. Step into your BIG and bold life NOW.

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How Assistants Manage Their Workload (and all the extras, like training!)


Are you one of the many assistants who claims you can’t attend a training course or even get away for a free webinar because you’re just too busy? We’ve witnessed firsthand hundreds, maybe thousands of assistants who take the time to get away for an hour, a day and sometimes a whole week to keep learning and growing their professional skillset. Here’s how assistants manage their workload and find time for other things, like training! 

I am so impressed with administrative and executive assistants who manage their workload in addition to spending several days away from the office for training and development. [Read more…]

How Color Affects Your Mood (and Wellness)



I love spring—all the colors are so beautiful. Outside, there is an array of colors that inspire freshness, newness, brightness and make me feel energetic! We actually have a lot of color in the desert. The colors range from gorgeous purples, eye-popping pinks, bright yellows, vibrant oranges and tons of rich red roses!

When I walk into the store I love seeing all the bright colors and florals. It perks me right up! And I know it gives you energy when you see all the bright, spring and summer colors. Those of you who live in the Midwest and East are more than ready for spring. [Read more…]

When the boss gets the wrong impression, is there a limit to how hard you should try to fix it?


Question: “I recently had a performance review in which a couple of the things that were said about me were simply untrue. These comments took me completely by surprise, and I realize that in defending myself I probably came off as whiny and was very ineffective. Only now that a week has gone by do I realize exactly what I should have said, and how I should have said it. I got my raise and a decent overall mark, so is it just too late now to state my case? In going back over old ground, would I only make myself look worse no matter if the facts are on my side?” – May, Clerical Trainer [Read more…]

How To Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci


“The desire to know is natural to good men.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

One of my favorite books is the fascinating book by Michael J. Gelb, How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci. It would take an encyclopedia to begin to share the full scope of his accomplishments. Leonardo the artist is known for transforming the direction of arr. He pioneered the use of oil paints. His universally recognized paintings like the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper are works of superb creativity. Leonardo the inventor made plans for a flying machine, parachutes, the extendable ladder (still in use by fire departments today), the three speed gear shift, the bicycle, a snorkel, the world’s first revolving stage, locks for a canal system, folding furniture, the first elevator, and many more. More than any single invention, he deserves credit for pioneering the concept of automation.

In his book, Gelb breaks down the genius of Da Vinci in a practical guide to problem solving, creative thinking, goal setting and life balance, and harmonizing body and mind. The book was so empowering that I worked to develop a one day workshop for assistants titled What it Takes to Be Great!

Gelb focuses the book on Seven Da Vincian Principles. I’d like to share one of them:

  • Curiositaan insatiably curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning.

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Invest In Yourself

Invest In Yourself

“You are your most precious asset.

You are your most precious thing in your world.

You must invest in yourself every day.

Never be cheap on yourself.

You are worth it.

Everything you are and everything you will be

is the result of how you use your mind.”

– Brian Tracy

Last week, I announced the launch of a BIG Life Mastermind Program. The program is quite expansive and was open to 10 high-performing career women who want to learn how to Live a BIG Life, in spite of life and all its challenges. It is an intense 12 month program with lots of great learning. And webinar attendees were very excited until I announced the price which actually was an amazing value for everything I will be giving to the group—through my 42 years of experience, being a mentor and coach, plus materials for the program and 90-minute live sessions for 12 months.

I anticipated there would be people who would say, “That cost is out of my reach.” Or, “My employer will never pay for that.” Or, “I can’t afford that on my own.” I understand and I want to open every person’s eyes to the importance of investing in yourself. So here is an excerpt from our 3-year Amazon best-seller book, Who Took My Pen…Again?

Who_Took_My_Pen_AgainThe chapter is called: Invest (in yourself).

When we think of “investment” we automatically think of dollar signs. Don’t limit yourself to such a small portion of what investing in you means. To invest in you means to believe in you. To pick up a book on a subject you want to learn more about, taking a class at the gym, volunteer at your local soup kitchen – you discover more about yourself by taking the time to step back from routine living to do these types of things; such as to set a goal and attain it.

In current times of uncertainty, people have more than ever before trended toward the entrepreneurial mindset, but in fact we always need to be seeking ways to grow ourselves, whether in a recession or not. We should always act upon what it is we believe in at all times!

You should know yourself in order to invest in yourself. What can you invest in? Invest in your beliefs; invest your time; invest your attention; invest your finances. Here is a critical way that you can add value every day: Stop waiting for life to happen, you must be the one to make it happen for you.

HOW? [Read more…]

Tips for Female Travelers (Safety and Bonus Travel Tips)


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


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!

[Read more…]

What learning method do you prefer? Webinar or Podcast


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.

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