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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2016 Administrative Conference Scholarship Winners Announced

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In 2014 we rolled out a scholarship program for the Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence. We’ve never offered a scholarship for our administrative conference in its history – now hosting our 23rd year.

We were thrilled with the quality of applications received and that the scholarship winners continued their relationship with Office Dynamics International after their experience with our event. We planned to continue to offer the program. Our 2015 event sold out before we could even launch our scholarship program!

We approached the scholarship program a little earlier this year and received twice as many applications than we did in our first year. Again, we were impressed with the quality of many of the applications that we received. It was a hard selection process but after each of our team members rated the applications and came together to add up the scores three winners quickly rose to the top.

We offered three scholarships for the Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence.

One full scholarship (event registration only) and two partial scholarships at $1,000 each (full registration is $1,495). 

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Getting Approved for Training

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.

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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.

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Top 5 Reasons to Attend The Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence

Executive Assistants and Administrators Choose Joan Burge’s “Event of Distinction” and Office Dynamics International   We’re preparing our 22nd Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence. Yes, 22 years! We’ve build a credible reputation over this time and host and event that assistants love to attend for their learning and development. Here are 5 reasons why assistants … Read more

The ability to bounce back. A look at resilience with Joan Burge.

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Big Resilience

Hello, Monday Motivator fans!

I am back from my extended break of focusing on my Wellness Pillar. [Why was I gone in the first place?]

It feels good to be back in the saddle writing again after a long break while recovering from my brain surgery. Now that I am back, I want to continue with our theme for 2014 whereby monthly topics revolve around My BIG Life concepts.

For November, I have selected BIG resilience. Obviously this is something I have been focusing on and working hard at embracing the past several months. To be honest, some days I feel highly resilient and other days I do not. I have personally learned over many years, that resiliency is NOT about . . .

  • Never falling off your mountain
  • Life being perfect
  • Always being courageous

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