We joined up with Donna Gilliland, Lucy Brazier, Julie Perrine to share with you the value of using digital media as a companion to your conference experience. In this video, we teach you ways to use Twitter, Facebook, Periscope and more before, during and after the conference.
<Guest Post by All Things Admin, Julie Perrine>
Part of an admin’s job is knowing how to handle unexpected, uncomfortable and sometimes downright awful situations. This means being flexible, patient, and expert trouble-shooters. Yet even the best, most experienced, and innovative admins can get flustered or lose their concentration in times of extreme chaos.
We are admins. But we’re human, too. It’s natural to feel overwhelmed when an unforeseen situation comes up. However, there are some best practices that can improve your resilience and help you weather difficulties in a proactive and productive way.
Where else can you have an intimate brunch with powerhouse women who have been visionaries and leaders in the administrative profession? With more than 100 combined years of experience, Peggy Vasquez, Julie Perrine, Lisa Olsen, Debbie Gross, and Joan Burge will host an exciting panel discussion around the Office Dynamics 22nd annual administrative conference theme, The Resilient Assistant. All of these administrative expert women have more than 20 years of experience as executive assistants and are speakers, authors, corporate trainers and consultants.
OFFICE DYNAMICS CONFERENCE RECAP PART III: The Final Day
After another delicious breakfast on the resort veranda overlooking the pool and the striking red rock mountains to the West, the morning plenary session of our final day of the conference opened up with a video montage highlighting some of the extraordinary moments from the Havana Nights Gala, generating laughs and smiles all around.
Next, Joan Burge took the stage with a strong message reminding us all why we’re really here, and how every professional can truly “Expand Your Influence.” As Joan explained, neither her career, nor this signature annual gathering, is about “training” — it’s about making work lives substantially BETTER for administrative professionals in every stage of their careers, and carving out the administrative path as a career of choice for high-performing and high-potential individuals. The training, speaking, coaching and writing Joan devotes herself to, as well as this conference itself, is how she achieves those goals. Ultimately, our progress hinges on the quality relationships and authentic connections we make together, and whether we can implement what we learn.
OFFICE DYNAMICS CONFERENCE RECAP PART II: PEAK EXPERIENCE
This article is part 2 of our conference recap . . . if you missed part 1, you can read it here.
Thursday proved to be the peak day of the 21st Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence, beginning with yet another series of breakthrough plenary sessions and then culminating in the fabulous Gala Dinner.
After a continental networking breakfast on the resort veranda, Peggy Vasquez kicked off the general sessions of the day with her workshop on “Creating Authentic Business Relationships.” Peggy is an author and motivational speaker, on top of being Chief Executive Assistant at PNNL. She helped us understand how creating and developing a lasting business connection takes time and skill, and delivered unique tools for surmounting awkward moments, starting conversations effortlessly, and the art of follow up.
Next, attendees were given a privileged insight on the Executive Perspective, exploring how leaders can best partner with their administrative assistants and what they most value and look for. For this special session — unique to this conference — Joan hosted two dynamic executives — Steve Forst, CEO of Performance Matters, and via telepresence, Cisco executive Alistair Butler.