“I’ve lost my mojo and fear speaking up when I should,” confessed Janet who recently stepped into a new position. She’s not alone – I hear this theme often whether delivering programs to attorneys or administrators. Too many individuals avoid necessary, yet uncomfortable conversations. Just like any fear, the more we avoid it, the larger it looms. That’s why I’m offering these seven strategies to help you speak up and speak your truth the next time you feel that your voice needs to be heard: [Read more…]
We recently received a request for Joan to write an assistant with some tips on persuading her executive to invest in her attendance at the 2016 Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence. We found that many of you may actually want to access these tips as well as we’re often asked for tips on getting approved for training. We’re posting Joan’s message here for that purpose.
Thank you for your interest in our conference. We have an excellent theme for 2016, The Revolutionary Assistant.
You were asking about what you could share with your executive to talk about cost associated with conference.
My first word of advice is to not use the word “cost.” Immediately that can send a negative to an executive. Instead you want to use the word “investment” because that is what your company is doing. They are investing in education for you that they will get back from your learning and executing the good ideas you learn at our conference. [Read more…]
<Guest Blog Post by Judi Moreo>
One of the biggest assets any Administrative Assistant can have is the understanding that her personal growth is her responsibility. This may mean attending training programs to increase your skills. Very often your companies will pay for these courses if your employer sees the benefit to the company for you to have the training. It is your responsibility to source the training you need and bring it to the attention of your employer. Yet, personal development can also mean that you increase your knowledge and skills by taking the initiative to read books, listen to audio tapes, read trade magazines, and be constantly observant of your surroundings.
Having a mentor will help an assistant develop skills. Mentors are people who possess skills, knowledge, and attributes that you would like to also possess. They are people you know personally who are willing to give you advice and feedback on your performance. In every organization, there is a person in a powerful position who would be honored to share knowledge with you, if only he or she knew you were interested.
You can grow a great deal as well by networking. This means making regular contact with people who have similar interests. They could be people who work in your organization or people you meet by attending meetings of professional organizations. After meeting the person, keep in touch by dropping a note or making a call. This will help you build your network. Through networking contacts, you will often be able to obtain valuable information or discover pitfalls which you will want to avoid.
If you don’t already have one, put together a plan for your own personal development. In this way, you’ll be able to focus on definite objectives as well as track and measure your progress. When you take responsibility for your own development, it shows others that you are serious about your growth and your career.
You have taken ownership of your career and professional development by taking the time to read and participate in this blog-a-thon. What’s one additional thing you can do in the future for your personal growth?
About our guest blogger:
Judi Moreo is one of America’s foremost Personal Growth experts and the author of You Are More Than Enough: Every Woman’s Guide to Purpose, Passion, and Power.
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Administrative Conference Scholarship Application Announcement
I am excited to share with you that we are now accepting applications for scholarships for the 21st Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence happening this Sept 30-Oct 3 at the Red Rock Resort & Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.
One full tuition ($1495 value!) and two partial tuition scholarships ($1000 value!) will be awarded — but time is short! I urge you to take advantage of this administrative conference scholarship application if budget was a primary reason why you aren’t able to attend an administrative conference this year.
To be considered, complete the applicationtelling us why this event will benefit your career and increase the value you can provide to your organization, and include one brief professional recommendation.
The deadline to submit your scholarship application for the 21st Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence is August 20th, so do not wait!
Winners will be selected on a merit basis and will be notified August 25th. Scholarship winners are still responsible for their own travel, hotel and incidental costs.
Here at Office Dynamics International, we are fully committed to advancing the careers of administrative professionals. This is the first time we have ever offered a merit scholarship process, and our hope is to make this training accessible to passionate administrative assistants and executive assistants like yourself who can benefit the most from this exclusive gathering. We’ve taken steps to make applying easy — you can view the application here by clicking the Apply Now Button below.
I look forward to reviewing your application soon. Please don’t let the deadline slip by, as we want to do everything possible to see you at the conference this September in Las Vegas!
Vice President and Chief Executive Assistant
Office Dynamics International
P.S. We just announced the complete lineup of featured speakers and presenters for our 21st Annual Conference! Which sessions and speakers are you most interested in? Please share in the comments below.
Why is it that some assistants always make things happen? They seem to easily get a “yes.” How is it that some executive assistants get other administrative peers to take immediate action, get their executive on a calendar, assist during chaotic times, and create powerful relationships? [Read more…]