Whether you have been coordinating meetings for decades or days there are some simple tips to follow to make any meeting more productive and the attendees feel welcomed. There are times when meetings seem to plan themselves especially when the majority of the week is spent attending or planning several meetings! People may quickly migrate to an open room and start discussing random topics, etc. or an agenda is created, the room is reserved, but the topics are not clear. The planning doesn’t stop once an invite is sent out, does it? [Read more…]
It’s been almost a full year since I attended the Conference for Administrative excellence. The conference was a game changer for me. I have over 20 years of administrative professional experience and proud of my personal and professional accomplishments, yet the conference provided new perspectives, opportunities to talk with others in my chosen field and a reminder to embrace my unique talents and skills. I have never attended such a relevant and inspiring conference!
I have shared my unforgettable conference experience & excitement about the material presented and the speakers with coworkers and via blog posts. I’m just as excited and grateful about attending again this year since it is the 25th Annual Conference – The Stellar Assistant! There are so many new learning opportunities and amazing speakers to look forward to! If you are attending this year, please connect with me!
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I recently had the opportunity to ask Joan some questions, if you have not had an opportunity to read those please do! There is an entire team that works hard to coordinate this conference and they have shared their answers to a few candid questions and provided a glimpse behind the scenes!
- Joan Burge – Founder and CEO of Office Dynamics International since 1990
- Melia Amira – Administrative Assistant
- Brian Burge – Creative Director
- Ernan Paredes – Marketing Specialist
- Jill Wilhelm – Director of Operations
Since all of you are part of the conference planning process, what is your favorite theme and/or part of the conference each year; Melia, Brian, Ernan, and Jill?
Brian: My favorite part is the Gala Event. Hands down. It’s a ton of fun and everyone gets to let loose.
Ernan: Since this is my first Conference I can’t say which part is my favorite yet. However, I can say I’m the most excited to see what JJ Villar, our Entertainment Director, has in store for our attendees. I’ve been clued in on what is going on and from the sounds of things, it sounds awesome! [Read more…]
Over the past 20 years, I have attended several conferences ranging in topics from fiction writing to motivational to professional training and even a full weekend trying to become a more educated outdoor woman. Each conference offered a unique learning opportunity, but none of them provided the ideal balance of professional and personal development that last year’s conference did.
The Conference for Administrative Excellence not only provided many educational moments with a variety of speakers, I was introduced to some amazing people in my field as well. The conference exceeded all of my expectations.
How better to share the conference experience than a conversation with the creator herself – The professional, personable, and mentor to many, Joan Burge! I’m honored to have had the opportunity to ask Joan a few questions. Her answers are enlightening and encompass the experience that helps create one of the most respected conferences ever offered. I highly recommend reading them more than once (with a notepad!).
There is a team behind the amazing conference event. From the first phone call to register for the conference to picking up my name tag, the entire team carried out the professionalism of Joan. I never imagined my experience and learning would stretch so far beyond those few amazing days in October last year. We have so many ways to learn from Joan; webinars, books, blog posts, etc., yet here I am with another amazing opportunity to know and learn even more!
A Conversation with Joan
Q: You’ve been a unique blend of experience as an assistant and now executive and business owner (with so much in between!). Can you share a mentorship opportunity you had as an assistant from another assistant and one or two takeaways from that opportunity? [Read more…]
There can never be too many discussions about change. It’s constant, it’s inevitable, unexpected at times, but it can be extremely rejuvenating. No matter how many times change occurs in life, expected or not, it can seem as if you are not in control. Unexpected change disrupts a routine, but if we reevaluate the current routine and what opportunities the unexpected change offers then we take control. With a positive outlook, adapting to change provides control and allows the opportunity for personal and professional growth. [Read more…]
Scheduling a performance evaluation meeting and setting measurable goals can be stressful or even seem unproductive to some. The meeting is typically a way to evaluate the past year’s project management, acknowledge achievements, receive valuable feedback for performance improvement and create new goals for continued productivity. A performance evaluation is more than a method to measure outcomes for a company though, it’s also an opportunity to discuss professional and personal development opportunities that help each employee grow. [Read more…]
Overqualified but applied anyway – NOT a desperate move
I have applied for positions I was overqualified for and thankful for what I learned from them. There are a few reasons someone might be overqualified but apply anyway. Rarely, if ever, are any of those reasons a desperate move or because one simply desires contentment or lacks professional development desire. [Read more…]