Embarrassed To Say You Are An Administrative Professional?

By Debbie Gross

Embarrassed to say?

I have run across this statement more often than not from administrative professionals, especially when they are being asked by others as to what it is they do. My first and most obvious question is why do you or others feel this profession is not as valuable or credible as other professions in the first place? Is it because the role requires service to others and could be considered somewhat subservient? Is it our own perceptions of the role? Is it how we show up to our own jobs each day that give others a less than stellar perception? Do we give others permission to demean it? It could be any number of these reasons however alas there is a new movement out there that is changing this thinking and the perception of the administrative profession.

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Change is Constant . . . Walk Through It

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By Wende Morrow Wende Morrow has been a C-Suite Executive Assistant for 32 years (20 of that legal). Wende’s current title is Senior Executive Assistant of R&R Partners, directly reporting to CEO Billy Vassiliadis. As I reflect on the many things from the Office Dynamics 24th Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence and the beloved Office … Read more

Conference For Administrative Assistants Recap

Do you have what it takes to be Revolutionary?

Well, I have finally recuperated from hosting our big conference. It was a huge success and was worth all our time and energy. Our event this year was much bigger (in numbers) than 2015 and we were in a much larger convention space area than ever in the history of Office Dynamics so it took a tremendous amount of mental and physical energy on my part for 4 full days and nights. I was quite exhausted for several days after our event but it was the good kind as I was very pleased to meet the needs of hundreds of assistants.

We had amazing speakers who focused on how to be revolutionary. I thought it would be fun and useful for me to share some of the best points I heard from our speakers and share a few of my own words of advice. Maybe you can think about how to apply the ideas to your own role.

First, though, let me tell you why it’s important to be revolutionary:

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How Assistants Can Embrace A Revolutionary Ownership Mentality

This post was originally published at OfficeDynamics.com.

Embracing the “Owner” Mentality with Special Guest & Upcoming 2016 Conference Speaker, Daren Martin, PhD.

As an administrative professional, you probably think of yourself as an employee. You provide a service to your organization, and in return, they provide a paycheck. But what would life be like if you were to shift your mindset and instead of thinking like an employee, you thought like an owner? In today’s competitive business world, this is perhaps the most essential hidden ingredient for exceptional career success and professional satisfaction—and it’s 100% within your control.

In this free webinar replay, Joan and her special guest, Daren Martin, PhD, are exploring the revolutionary concept of the ownership mentality—what it is, why it matters, and how to develop it. Daren is the author of “A Company of Owners,” a book that’s taking the corporate world by storm, transforming how organizations operate and how employees think. We’re thrilled that Daren will also be a keynote speaker at the Office Dynamics 23rd Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence in October!

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Revolutionary Solutions to Travel Planning Problems

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We recently sat down with Conference Sponsor, TRAVO to talk about their revolutionary solution to the travel planning problems that assistants are facing every day.

For an assistant, travel planning can be a nightmare! It’s one of the most taxing, time-consuming aspects of your role, whether you’re planning a quick overnight trip or a two-week, multi-stop world tour. You might spend hours preparing the itinerary, choosing flights, identifying transportation and lodging options, and ensuring the timing is perfect. If you’re a sharp-minded assistant, you’ll also take the many preferences of your executive into consideration, a task that makes the whole process even more complicated. Then, of course, plans can change at the drop of a hat and your work starts all over again.

It’s almost enough to break the spirit of the most dedicated administrative professional!

The problem of travel planning is massive and it’s plagued our field for decades. In this month’s webinar, administrative training expert Joan Burge is revealing the solution—a brand new way to ease the burden on you and ensure your executive is happy. With special guest, Tae Lee, founder of TRAVO, Joan will host a vibrant conversation designed to change your perspective. You’ll begin to see travel planning as an opportunity, rather than an obstacle, to demonstrate your revolutionary skills. All you need is a new approach!

In case you’re not aware, TRAVO is revolutionizing the world of travel planning. Its all-in-one planner is the fastest, easiest, and smartest way to manage individual profiles and preferences and create custom end-to-end itineraries. It’s truly a game changer for administrative professionals!

Replay is now available here.

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