Attending an Assistant Conference: Why You Should Care

The Conference for Administrative Excellence

Remember that time when you would envision a conference and rooms filled with speakers, networking with attendees, meeting new people, and an in-person cocktail hour “mixer” came to mind? You could travel to a location you have never visited before, and if you wanted to, you could venture outside of the hotel/venue spaces and explore … Read more

The One of a Kind Assistant Conference Experience

The 27th Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence Event Recap

A Recap of Our First-Ever Virtual Conference for Administrative Assistants Our first-ever virtual conference for administrative assistants had so many monumental moments and nuggets of information. Writing about it alone wouldn’t capture the value of the insight provided, intimate moments between speakers and attendees, and networking experiences that fostered new connections and friendships with assistants … Read more

Insights from a “Rock Star”: A Conversation with Joan Burge

 

OSU Administrative Professionals Hosted Joan Burge

 

Ohio State University Administrative Professionals Group hosted Joan Burge April 23, 2018, in an informal session called Insights From a Rock Star: A Conversation with Joan Burge. Many of the professionals attending had questions about Joan and her accomplishments, however, there were several questions during the event that were asked that are often asked by our own readers.

We thought we’d share some of those questions that were posed to Joan.

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Conference for Administrative Excellence – Gala Event

Following a full training day, we reconvened for the Glam and Glitz Gala. Since administrative professionals are usually the ones planning events, managing catering, speakers, binders, and AV/tech, it was wonderful to celebrate their learning achievements through a great event celebrating each of them as a stellar assistant!

In the lobby, guests walked a red carpet between tall red pillars while overhead, a marquee announced Office Dynamics International’s 25th Conference for Administrative Excellence. Guests had an opportunity to take photos and leave a video message about their conference experience.

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Office Dynamics Administrative Conference – Thursday Sessions

 

Thursday began with The State of the Profession, live-streamed on Facebook Live, featuring Joan Burge, Debbie Gross, Lisa Olsen, and Julie Reed.

Then the conference broke for the first set of four concurrent labs. Debbie Gross (Strategy) suggested administrative assistants to work at a higher level by using their Outlook calendar like their own personal admin to help keep them on track with the many projects to be managed. She said admins need to FOCUS more and observe “cones of silence” to get work done. She has a 3-point system for managing email: first pass. Second pass, Do (as in under two minutes). Third pass, Defer to tasks anything remaining that requires focus and project management.

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