With the plethora of offerings for administrative training and development, there is also a lot of confusion. People are throwing around terminology that can be confusing to the purchaser. I’d like to help you understand the differences so you can better accomplish your administrative professional goals.[Read more…]
Following Joan’s remarks, the day rolled out with an array of fabulous speakers and the annual teambuilding event, one of Joan’s conference trademarks. Every year she and her team develop an exciting event to get people up and mingling, working together in collaboration and creativity – and this year was no exception!
Everyone had received a constellation object on a card upon arrival. Imagine a beautiful large ballroom filled with 327 admins! The task was simple: find your 6 colleagues who held the same constellation card, using any means you wished. Once your entire team was assembled, creatively develop a team name that encompassed something related to all that group’s members. Then run up and ring the bell! Everyone was turned loose to work on the teambuilding project and it was amazing to see how the groups developed, finding their teammates using an array of methods stellar admins know how to employ. [Read more…]
Real-Life Salary Negotiation Tips for the Savvy Administrative Professional
By Brandi Britton
There’s just something about money that makes talking about it uncomfortable. That’s why asking your boss for a raise or negotiating pay after receiving a job offer can be intimidating. Money could come up as early as the first interview, so it’s important to be prepared for this conversation at any time.
It can be tricky to place a figure on your professional worth, even when you’ve been an administrative specialist for years. And if you’re just entering the workforce, how do you know whether a starting wage is a thumb up or down? [Read more…]
Increase your value by influencing executive decisions.
While I was working on some new material for my Star Achievement Series® training program for executive assistants and administrative assistants, I came across something I wrote years ago. It was an extra handout I used to give participants when I was teaching persuasion skills in class. I want to share the ideas with you. These ideas might come in handy in persuading your leader to send you to a conference or any training program. [Read more…]
Our conference is just a few months away and I’m over-the-moon with excitement to greet attendees from across the United States (and the world). Obviously, these are individuals who have committed to a learning event. They have committed to being away from their home and office for 4-5 full days. I guarantee they will be better people for doing so. They will learn valuable information from our speakers and their peers.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi
I have been in the adult education/learning/training business for 28 years, mostly working with administrative professionals from all walks of life. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard an assistant tell me she or he is too busy to attend a class or won’t invest in themselves. That is short-term thinking. Anyone can make time to attend a course or an event if they make investing in their education important enough. There are hundreds of assistants who make a huge investment in their education and if they can’t, they co-invest with their company. You must value yourself enough to say, “I need to make time for my growth through a scheduled event.” It doesn’t matter if the event is an online course, a live workshop, webinar, or off-site retreat.
What holds an assistant back from investing in continued learning?
Great leaders are always investing in their education. They know it is necessary. Why should an assistant think any differently than the people they support about furthering their own education? Gain the knowledge and confidence to continue providing a new level of support as well as bring back new ideas when you return from your learning event with a fresh perspective.
Guilt is another factor that gets in the way. Even when an assistant takes time to grow by learning, they feel guilty. They also feel like the person/people they support will be able to survive without them. That is fine and dandy but will not win them the prize. While it is admirable to worry about your executive or department being taken care of, they will get along without you for a few hours or a few days. What if you had to have an operation? Or were out sick? Or had some other emergency that kept you out of the office for a week? They would find a way to handle what needs to be done during your absence.
Don’t short-change yourself. You are worth it. You need to make time for you.
Here are 4 things you can start planning for this week to continue your personal and professional learning journey.
- Sign up for something educational this week. It can be a day of learning, online learning, whatever fits for you. Even if it isn’t taking place until 2020, just make a commitment to yourself this week.
- You could also commit to learning a new language; learning about a foreign client’s culture, improving a technical skill.
- Do your homework and be selective. There are hundreds of choices today. Have a plan and choose something you feel good about investing your time and money into because you know the outcome will be great!
- Select an event or course based on either:
- Your gap areas.
- Your strengths (to enhance them even further).
Here’s to wishing you a great week. We hope to see you at our conference!