Do you dread going to the welcome reception at a conference? Or the opening night get together? A lot of people do, especially if they attend the conference alone or are a first timer. However, going to the first night’s event when attending an administrative conference is a great way to start meeting the people with whom you will spend the next 3 or 4 days. It’s also a great opportunity to meet the associates at the company hosting the conference. [Read more…]
The average employee stays at a job for just 4.6 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. College graduates will usually take their first steps into their career path either as an intern or entry-level employee with the hope to propel their career forward. Those first jobs are full of ups and downs with disappointments and surprising successes along the way.
But whether you landed your dream job or are just hoping to pay the rent, the most important thing is to make the most of your first job and lay a foundation for your career. Here are some of the best lessons from entry-level jobs: [Read more…]
JJ Villar, Lauren Birchmeier, and Jasmine Freeman. Who are they and what do they have in common?
JJ Villar is one of the best dancers and choreographers in Las Vegas. JJ is only 1 of 8 of the original performers in the Michael Jackson ONE Cirque show. He has endured several injuries, tough workouts 5 days a week, having to stay perfectly physically fit, and mentally alert. He is in the show 5 days a week and they do 2 shows per night. It is not unusual for JJ to go to the gym at midnight after performing in 2 shows! JJ has endurance and he has endured. There are about 90 performers in the MJ ONE show and only 8 of the originals are left. Think about that statistic for a moment. [Read more…]
In honor of Administrative Professionals Day, I want to share my thoughts on being an executive or administrative assistant. When people tell me, “Anyone can do that job,” it bothers me. It tells me that person doesn’t really know what it takes to be a great assistant. Being in the administrative profession is a career of choice.
I hear it from both sides of the desk. I hear assistants talk about their job or the profession as if it is no big deal. I hear managers or Human Resources professionals say it doesn’t take any special skill to be an administrative assistant. These people are naïve, to say the least. [Read more…]
Earn positive attention in the workplace and address the most common obstacle standing in the way for most assistants—lack of self-esteem. Do you struggle with getting people to notice you?
You can view the replay of our webinar, Getting People to Notice You: Cultivating High Self-Esteem.
As an attendee, you will learn…
- Why self-promotion is essential for your career—and yet so hard to do.
- How to identify the subconscious beliefs that may be holding you back (and what to do about them).
- Simple strategies for earning positive attention in the workplace while still remaining humble and gracious.
- How to build, deepen, and strengthen alliances within your network.
- How to comfortably and confidently showcase your value.
Author: Annette Brown
Full disclosure—I’m a recovering perfectionist. Nicknames that have followed me over the course of my lifetime include “Miss Goody-Two-shoes,” “Little Miss Perfect” and “Rule Girl.” I’d like to think I always try to do the right thing. I have to admit, I’m one of those people who has historically loved being right. But I’ve found this hasn’t necessarily been the best mindset for innovation. And having an innovation mindset is more important than ever—a McKinsey study showed 70% of senior leaders think it’s the most critical factor for success.
Leaders say they need “creative problem-solving” from their people, and that’s definitely important. But I’ve learned a valuable, life-changing lesson from a wise, long-time friend and colleague, the late Jerry McNellis, who would say, “In business, mostly what we talk about is problem-solving, but in reality, what we have most of the time are predicaments. Problems have answers, predicaments have options.” Over time, what I’ve realized is there are a lot of “rights.” We waste a lot of time looking for the right answer when perhaps what we should be doing is exploring options. So I’ve been working on getting past the need to be right and, instead, focus on getting better at staying open-minded and asking great questions. [Read more…]
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. Here are some non-edited, direct quotes from them. See how you measure up. If you are doing these already, then ask yourself . . .
- “How often do I do this?
- Am I doing this every single time?
- Over a year’s time, what percentage of the time do I do this?
- How can I get better at this?”
Planning travel for others is no simple matter and administrative professionals know this better than anyone else! Each traveler has personal preferences and unique quirks that make travel planning a true art form. As an admin, you are already a pro at putting yourself in other’s shoes and predicting their needs, even before they know what they need! However, travel is full of unpredictable changes. We’ve spent the last couple months talking to some of the top admins in the game to find out what they are doing to stay ahead of the curve and keep travelers moving on time and in style. Here are some of their tips to help you stay on top! [Read more…]
That is the first and most important question. All event planning starts with the venue. It’s the first question asked, whether you are planning a large scale launch party for Nike or a private celebration for 20. While the right venue is most likely the largest expense of your event experience, it is also the most influential in shaping the overall guest experience. That’s why not a day goes by at our agency where we aren’t scouting and searching for incredible venue space, somewhere in the world.
Since we know the value – but also the difficulty – of finding a killer location, we devised a checklist of questions and best practices when venue searching to be sure you ask. This has proven very helpful to our team here in landing our clients in the right venue, and we hope it’s as helpful to you as you embark on your journey to find the ideal location for your event. [Read more…]
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.
Working together can mean cross-training for out-of-office coverage and expansion of what the team together can accomplish that one person alone cannot do. Sharing expertise, mentoring and offering to cover for your colleague during their vacation or for a medical emergency, are all great contributors to peer synergy. [Read more…]