Imagine the scene, 100 highly professional assistants at Nicky’s Assist Conference 2016. All eager, hungry and demanding top notch speakers – ‘Give me knowledge!’ ‘ Give me practical tips!’ My job was to talk about What is your value? – so no pressure then!
Once upon a time you spotted or were presented with a Job Spec which caught your attention. You applied for the role and after an interviewing process were offered the coveted position.
With spring here and summer on the way, I am sure I am not the only one thinking about trying to include some healthier choices in my life. And why not extend that to your conference or event. It can be easy to opt for the standard conference package, but with a little tweaking and few extras you can energise your delegates enough to make for an incredibly productive event.
The word networking can strike fear, horror and / or joy into the best of us. Networking is without a doubt a valuable skill set and resource tool but for many it can involve going outside our comfort zone when confronted with the notion of chatting to a complete stranger.
People are undoubtedly the best asset of every firm and having a PA network will help confirm that PA’s are an important and integral part of the organisation.
Don’t blame your tools they say, but we’ve all had those days when the equipment fails and things do not go to plan. Laptops do not synchronise properly, emails disappear, photocopiers jam and chew up your important documents etc. Here are some important tips so that you can keep calm when IT problems arise.
‘We don’t have a choice on whether we do social media; the question is how well we do it?’
Erik Qualman, author of Socialnomics
I started my career as a PA back in 2010 and although it was only four years ago, I’ve really noticed how much the role of a PA/EA/Office Manager has grown and what is now expected of us.
Gone are the days when employees necessarily have to be in the same office, or even same country as their boss. Skype allows meetings to take place in multiple locations around the world and the use of tablets means emails can be responded to anytime and anywhere (including the beach!)