Back in December (I know, it feels like a while ago now) I spent a few weeks travelling around Australia; meeting friends and family, attending some work stuff and generally doing some sightseeing. We travelled a lot! In three short weeks we visited Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide again. It was a whistle stop tour and we crammed a lot in! It was tough going at times, especially with two kids in tow, but we were very lucky to stay at some wonderful hotels and today I thought I would let you know a little bit more about our stay in Sydney. Specifically, our time in the Park Royal Darling Harbour.
I have just arrived back in Barcelona after a pretty roller coaster week in the UK, which included running the two day Future Assistant Conference in Camden and an overnight stay at the Royal London Hospital with my one year old. He is fine, me not so much! Life can throw a lot at you sometimes, but as one of our speakers said at the conference you have to ‘proceed until apprehended’, which is my new life motto by the way! So what can I tell you guys about the Future Assistant Conference: What went down? Here are just some of the highlights…
One of the main reasons to attend any conference is to network. But not every conference offers the same networking opportunities. So rather than just say “unique networking opportunities” I thought I would detail the networking that will be available at the Future Assistant Conference which is taking place next week, Thursday 8th and Friday 9th February 2018. Come meet your tribe!
It’s that time of year, when we start reflecting on what we have achieved, question if we are on the right path and possibly asking ourselves if we are adding value or creating an impact in any way. Even if it’s just on a small scale.
I wanted to share with you another session from last year’s Virtual Summit to give you a flavour of what you can expect at the Future Assistant Conference in February. Today, I thought I’d share my session ‘developing business acumen on a shoestring budget’.
As a PA/EA you already regularly organise meetings and minor events. You probably organise the social aspects too, certainly the office Christmas party! However, event management is a skill that is a little, ok a lot more specialist. If you have been asked to organise a conference as part of your role, know that this can be a worthwhile learning experience but that it is very time consuming and you may want to consider, if you can, being the project manager to lead on the event and not agree to organise every single aspect yourself.
Today, I’m so excited to share the news that the Future Assistant full programme is live and kicking! I’m so excited to share the final programme with you. We’ve pulled together a whole load of amazing speakers who are creating the most wonderful, thought provoking, practical and seriously butt kicking content for you guys!
Well, we are a few weeks into 2018 and I have seen a ton of articles, opinion pieces and social media messages about technology, specifically Artificial Intelligence, taking over the role of Assistants. I can understand the cause for concern because so many of us are still battling with the perception of the Assistant role. Who wants to be explaining the difference between our role and what Siri can offer Executives? Urrrggghhhh! And of course there are going to be organisations that think they can downsize their administrative work force and replace it with chatbots and scheduling tools. We have to be prepared, to firstly have these conversations, because as far as we have come, we are still having to explain what we do and where we offer return on investment. Secondly, we have to be ahead of the game. The technology is already in place and it is getting better and better. We have to know what the technology is, how to use it and where it adds value for our Executives and also for us. This is a subject we are talking about extensively during the Future Assistant Conference in February and we will be writing a lot of articles on Practically Perfect PA over the next year. So, I thought today we would take a look at scheduling tools that Assistants can use to help arrange meetings. Here are 4 scheduling tools to try in 2018.
Starting your own VA business and becoming a VA may currently be a dream for you, but you can easily make it your new reality, if you’re willing to put in the focus, time and effort. However, before you make the decision to make a leap to self-employment and your new VA business, you need to take time to consider these 10 things: