The Virtual Summit programme is up and running!

The Virtual Summit programme is up and running!

I always think of my conferences and events as my work babies, they take about 9 months to create, they are as time consuming as my actual babies, they cause as much sleep deprivation and worry but they are ultimately worth all the hard work and bring me a lot of joy! The Virtual Summit is my youngest work baby and last week, with the launch of the final programme, it started walking! Yup, that is right the Virtual Summit programme is up and running!

I’m so excited to share the final programme with you. I’ve pulled together a whole load of amazing speakers who are creating the most wonderful, thought provoking, practical and seriously bad ass content for you guys!

Here are just a few of the highlights:

Managing your Executive’s schedule like a mega star

The single most important aspect of the PA role is to save our Executive’s time. Saving our Executive time means they can spend that time on making the organisation more successful. There are loads of different ways we can save our Executive’s time, but it all starts with the fundamental task of diary management. Most assistants manage their Executive’s schedule and most Executive’s live by what is in that schedule. So, if we can take control of our Executive’s diary we can really add value. In this panel session recorded in front of a live audience in London on the 14th September our amazing speakers discuss and share their experience of managing their Executive’s schedule like a total mega star!

Speakers:

Bethany Burns, First Mate to the Captain at Brewdog

Emma Kernan Staines, EA at Sport England

Yvette Pearson, PA to the CEO at ESF Capital

Jess Gardiner, MD of The Assistant Room

What are the traits of a high flying Executive Assistant?

Leni Miller has been recruiting top level Executive Assistants for over 30 years. In this session, she will be sharing her thoughts on the changes she has seen in the industry, the traits that high flying Executive Assistants need to have to succeed in the role and she will be answering that age old question – what exactly do Executive’s want in their Assistant?

Leni Miller, Founder of EA Search LLC

Am I really being proactive?

Simone is the Founder and Chair of the ACE Network (Assistant Community EMEA) at BlackRock, the world’s leading Asset Management Firm.  Having worked in the field of administration for over 20 years, Simone has gained a wealth of experience in supporting executives at every level as well as managing teams and offices. As Chair of ACE, she works with managers, HR and assistants to ‘raise the bar’ and elevate the role of the admin professional.

Simply put, Simone is an inspirational Assistant. In this session, she will share her story with you and show how a little proactivity can take you a long way…

Simone White, Executive Assistant at Blackrock

LIVE Q&A with Jan Jones, Author of the CEO’s Secret Weapon.

Jan Jones is the former Executive Assistant to Tony Robbins, the world’s #1 life and business strategist. With twenty years’ experience as executive assistant to successful business people around the world Jan put pen to paper and published her incredible book “The CEO’s Secret Weapon How Great Leaders and Their Assistants Maximize Productivity and Effectiveness” which debuted at #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in the Office Management category.  The book has received widespread acclaim from executives and executive assistants worldwide.

Jan is a passionate advocate for the executive assistant profession. Through her consulting work and training programs, she enjoys mentoring assistants and guiding executives on how to get the most out of the relationship with their assistant. In this live session Jan will be taking your questions on how you can succeed as an Executive Assistants and offering advice on what it takes to make it to the top of our industry.

Jan Jones, Author of The CEO’s Secret Weapon

Download the Virtual Summit Programme

If you are yet to book your place on the Virtual Summit then please do head over to the summit website for more information and to download the programme you can follow this link. The Virtual Summit is taking place on Friday 20th October from 11amGMT – 7pm GMT. The event is for PAs around the world, all you need is access to a computer, the internet and a notepad and pen! With access to the recording for a full month after the event you can watch the summit in your own time. For just £50, what are you waiting for? Come join us!

Assistants as information managers

Assistants as information managers

Back in 2013 HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki, Finland released the Management Assistant 2020 report, which detailed how the role of an Assistant will change by 2020. It is a fascinating document and many of the suggestions are coming into fruition four years on. One of the predictions centred around the idea that Assistants would become information managers in their organisations. I think this is absolutely happening within the role today and will become ever more important as the years go by and more and more organisations move to the dream of a paperless office and cloud based technology. In fact, I am going to dedicate a whole session at next year’s Future Assistant conference to this very topic.

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Lots of new speakers added to the Virtual Summit

Lots of new speakers added to the Virtual Summit

We are almost there with the final programme for the Practically Perfect PA Virtual Summit and I will release all of the details next week, but in the meantime I thought I would introduce you to our next group of speakers. Here they are!

Leni Miller, Founder and President of EASearch LLC.

Lots of new speakers added to the Virtual Summit

Leni Miller is the Founder and President of EASearch, LLC, a premier search firm, headquartered in Sausalito, CA and specializing in consulting, coaching and recruiting, senior level executive support professionals.  Leni’s 30+ years’ experience is inspired by a deep commitment in support of the placement and development of top professionals in their right work.  Leni is the author of Finding Right Work, Five Steps to a Life you Love.

In her session Leni will be sharing her thoughts on the changes she has seen in the industry, the traits that high flying Executives Assistants need to have to succeed in the role and she will be answering that age old question – what exactly do Executive’s want in their Assistant?

Robyn Bennett, Minute Taking Madness

Lots of new speakers added to the Virtual Summit

Over the past 14 years, Robyn has led in excess of 500 plus minute taking courses for over 1,000 participants. Her clients have included New Zealand Defence Force, Ministry for Primary Industries, Dairy NZ, Zespri, polytechs, universities, district health boards and councils.Robyn has developed systems and processes around the best way to write minutes and is passionate about sharing these with others who strive to be excellent minute takers. She is the author of “Minute Taking Madness”.

Robyn runs the popular The Art of Minute Taking course at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, where it was the top Professional and Executive Development course for 2015 and 2016.She is a member of the Association of Administrative Professionals NZ Inc and is a past National President.

Minute taking is a much sought after skill in organisations. Many administrators are self-taught. If you were wondering whether you are on track, what the latest trends are and keen to pick up some proven techniques this session is a must!

Amanda Johnson, Virtual Assistant Coaching and Training Company

Lots of new speakers added to the Virtual Summit

Amanda Johnson of VACT Limited, is a Virtual Assistant Coach, Trainer and Mentor offering a variety of courses and workshops, both free and paid to help both aspiring, new and experienced Virtual Assistants to launch, create and grow their own successful VA business.  Passionate about “Creating Exceptional VA’s”, All of the VACT training courses and mentoring options, are designed to support and fit around you, your current work commitments, your individual circumstances and your budget.  VACT Limited were named as the “The Best VA Training Provider – 2016”.   This is how Amanda describes what she does:  “I’m passionate about creating exceptional VA’s – I am at my happiest when I am inspiring, challenging and supporting others” (and there might be a bit of xxx kicking in there too!)

Simone White, Personal Assistant at BlackRock

Lots of new speakers added to the Virtual Summit

Simone is the Founder and Chair of the ACE Network (Assistant Community EMEA) at BlackRock, the world’s leading Asset Management Firm.  Having worked in the field of administration for over 20 years, Simone has gained a wealth of experience in supporting executives at every level as well as managing teams and offices. As Chair of ACE, she works with managers, HR and assistants to ‘raise the bar’ and elevate the role of the admin professional.

Simply put, Simone is an inspirational Assistant. In this session, she will share her story with you and show how a little proactivity can take you a long way…

Jan Jones, Author of The CEO’s Secret Weapon

Lots of new speakers added to the Virtual Summit

Jan Jones is the former Executive Assistant to Tony Robbins, the world’s #1 life and business strategist. With twenty years experience as executive assistant to successful business people around the world Jan put pen to paper and published her incredible book  “The CEO’s Secret Weapon How Great Leaders and Their Assistants Maximize Productivity and Effectiveness” which debuted at #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in the Office Management category.  The book has received widespread acclaim from executives and executive assistants worldwide.

Jan is a passionate advocate for the executive assistant profession. Through her consulting work and training programs, she enjoys mentoring assistants and guiding executives on how to get the most out of the relationship with their assistant. In this live session Jan will be taking your questions on how you can succeed as an Executive Assistants and offering advice on what it takes to make it to the top of our industry.

Adam Strong, International Speaker and Founder of AEPAS

Lots of new speakers added to the Virtual Summit

Adam is champion for supporting women, personal assistants and entrepreneurs and is the Founder of ‘The Association of Extraordinary PAs. He runs events for personal assistants on how they can position themselves differently from other PAs, become inspired and empowered to make changes, achieve greatness and success in their personal and professional lives. Adam will share his incredible tips that will increase your productivity by 300%. Think of all of the things you can do with more time!

Sign up for the Virtual Summit

With a mixture of live and pre-recorded sessions we will bring you a brilliant day of online training, discussions, panel debates and much more.

Attendees will be able to interact with the summit content through a dedicated platform and social media channels.

All of this delivered to your desk for just £50+VAT. 

If you would like to host an official Practically Perfect PA Virtual Summit hub the price is £250+VAT. Along with the hub you will also receive a pack with all the information you need to organise a brilliant internal event.

To book your place just head over to our Virtual Summit webpage. 

Lots of new speakers added to the Virtual Summit

The Virtual Summit Live Recording

I’m so excited to share this blog post with you today! As many of you will know, we have organised a Virtual Summit for PAs on the 20th October. As part of the programme for the Virtual Summit we wanted to include a few  live sessions  recorded in front of an audience. Well, today I am asking if you would like to be part of that live audience? We are looking for assistants who would like to take part in the Virtual Summit Live Recording! Here are the details:

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Who is attending the Virtual Summit?

I thought today would be a good time to give you all a quick update on where we are with the Virtual Summit. Being the first event of its kind for Personal Assistants there is a lot, lot, lot of planning going on! So, who is attending the Virtual Summit? Well, hundreds of you have already signed up to the Summit, which is really exciting! We have assistants, literally from all over the world, booked onto the event. Just this morning we had our first booking from China. Ni hao! I know we have PAs also booked on from the States, Australia, Europe and South America. I’m over the moon! Welcome everyone, the Summit really is going global!

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How can you be more accountable at work?

How can you be more accountable at work?

This week I have been working on the programme for the Future Assistant conference taking place next February. The conference will look at how the industry is changing, how the role is evolving and what skills are required to keep up with these new demands. A huge challenge we face as assistants is moving from a position of support staff, where we take on any task assigned to us, to a more proactive position where we source our own work, take on projects that we think will make a difference and make decisions based on the best interests of the business and our Executives. This is a big leap for many assistants, but one we must take in order to move the industry forward. Over the course of the year I thought I would write a few blog posts that break this challenge down. Firstly, how can you be more accountable at work?

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Launching the Future Assistant 2018

Launching the Future Assistant 2018

I thought I would start the day by launching the Future Assistant 2018! Hurrah! Following the success of the last two Assist Conferences, which both sold out, I couldn’t wait to tell you about what we have planned for the new conference and I wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to book their place on the conference.

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