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…]
Over the past 20 years, I have attended several conferences ranging in topics from fiction writing to motivational to professional training and even a full weekend trying to become a more educated outdoor woman. Each conference offered a unique learning opportunity, but none of them provided the ideal balance of professional and personal development that last year’s conference did.
The Conference for Administrative Excellence not only provided many educational moments with a variety of speakers, I was introduced to some amazing people in my field as well. The conference exceeded all of my expectations.
How better to share the conference experience than a conversation with the creator herself – The professional, personable, and mentor to many, Joan Burge! I’m honored to have had the opportunity to ask Joan a few questions. Her answers are enlightening and encompass the experience that helps create one of the most respected conferences ever offered. I highly recommend reading them more than once (with a notepad!).
There is a team behind the amazing conference event. From the first phone call to register for the conference to picking up my name tag, the entire team carried out the professionalism of Joan. I never imagined my experience and learning would stretch so far beyond those few amazing days in October last year. We have so many ways to learn from Joan; webinars, books, blog posts, etc., yet here I am with another amazing opportunity to know and learn even more!
A Conversation with Joan Burge
Q: You’ve been a unique blend of experience as an assistant and now executive and business owner (with so much in between!). Can you share a mentorship opportunity you had as an assistant from another assistant and one or two takeaways from that opportunity? [Read more…]
Do you know that it only takes one obstacle in an otherwise perfect day to make you feel less-than-best? Especially in these hectic times, when every employee is pressed to achieve more in less time with fewer resources, a single hiccup can make you feel like everything is in upheaval. Let’s face it: Instability or chaos of one form or another is everywhere.
We cannot control what happens. But we can control our attitudes. We can control how we choose to respond to a negative situation. It’s easy to respond negatively to a problem, of course. The key to success (and the challenge for top performers) is to see the positive in every troublesome issue and turn obstacles on their head so we benefit in some way.
Say you walked into the office this morning, and you were feeling great…. Better than great – fantastic! You woke up in a splendid mood. All your favorite songs were playing on the radio on your ride into work. You were looking sharp in a new outfit. Everything was going your way.
But as soon as you stepped foot into the doorway of your department, a colleague approached you with a last-minute report for you to finish, a supervisor called you into her office to urge you to pick up your productivity, and your son rang your cell phone to say he forgot his lunch.
Could you smile and make the best of it? Being positive when you’re in a tough spot is a skill we can all benefit from developing.
Here’s a quick exercise: Think of at least three recent situations where your mood changed from good to bad because of outside influences. How could you have helped avoid that from happening?
Remember: You do have a choice. So next time you find yourself facing a challenge, choose to find the positive in the negative. It’s a success skill we never outgrow.
Getting approval for attending administrative conferences can be difficult and can sometimes be frustrating.
Many assistants struggle with getting past the anxiety of asking, there are assistants who hear “no” and give up asking, and then there are those that may not have the “ammunition” of knowledge to explain why attending a conference can be beneficial.
Office Dynamics understands that it is not easy to get that “yes” you are looking for, so we have put together some tools to help you overcome the possible obstacles you may face. [Read more…]
I just attended the ATD International Conference and Expo in San Diego to further my education. My head was swarming after reading through what seemed like a never-ending website, each page loaded with tons of information. This is a training-industry conference and is one of the big ones. This is the second time I attended this particular training industry event which is mostly focused on learning technologies and leadership. But it’s not that simple. It is a massive arena.
I wanted to plan which sessions I was going to attend. Quite honestly, I felt more confused than ever. On the first day alone, there were 70 sessions to choose from. Yikes, I only had 7 hours at the conference including lunch, exhibit halls, and breaks. How am I supposed to choose? The second day of the conference offers 65 sessions. Really? How can any one person make a decision as to which sessions are the best?