I store all of my files in Dropbox, it is really easy to use, loads of other people use it and I love that I can easily share files and documents with the rest of my team. So, today I thought I’d share my Dropbox tips and tricks for you. Here are 10 tips for those of you that use Dropbox to store your stuff!
The other day I was looking at the roles for PAs in London and I must say there are loads of exciting opportunities out there for Assistants. I was really impressed with the array of roles and the different skills and qualities needed. It seems like a lot of organisations are beginning to understand how much a PA can bring to the table (LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS). So, if there are lots of great roles out there it looks like it might be a good time to do a little CV update and a nose around the recruitment websites! If this is striking a cord why not have a look at my ultimate CV template for PAs.
Today I wanted to give you a little of what to expect at the Future Assistant Conference in February next year by sharing one of the panel sessions from the Practically Perfect PA Virtual Summit. The topic was ‘managing your Executive’s schedule like a total megastar’ and the panel was made up of four brilliant assistants offering fantastic advice on managing complex diaries. We have two panel sessions taking place over the course of the two day event, here are a few more details.
Today I am sharing the love by showing you guys 10 websites every PA should read for career development. I follow these websites and they all have brilliant content for PAs, women in business and career advice in general. Do check them out!
Sometimes it can be hard to find that extra dose of #MondayMotivation, especially when you’re faced with a myriad of emails first thing in the morning and your to-do list becomes longer than your arm. And nobody has a to-do list longer than a PA, EA, admin assistant or office manager.
When I talk to people about some of the traits that are typical in an Assistant there are two that come up quite often. They are people pleasers and pretty agreeable types. They are doers who take on lots of different projects and manage lots of different tasks. They will usually say yes more often than they say no. Sound familiar? It is certainly true that saying ‘yes’ can have an amazing impact on our careers and can lead to amazing opportunities. However, the question in today’s blog post is ‘should you say no more often?
Assistants bring many, many amazing qualities to their roles. We are often described as a ‘jack of all trades’ which means we have a lot of skills and can take on lots of different tasks. Yay us! Today I thought I would have a look at the 10 qualities that make a truly great Assistant. These are the qualities that will make every good assistant great!
What is Followupthen?
Followupthen is a really simple tool that allows you to schedule a reminder on your email system. That’s it.. It is an email address. But it does lots of cool stuff! The tool will allow you to keep your inbox fairly organised and help you remember to follow up on tasks and chase requests. Prices range from free to $9 per month.
Love it or hate it minute taking is part and parcel of the day to day role of the PA/EA for the most part. Personally, I have always found them slightly painful, but through experience and training I have made my peace with them and gotten my technique down to a fine art! Having worked in a few different roles where I liaised with a large variety of stakeholders I have learned to be adaptable and how to apply the same principles to different situations. Suppose you are part of a wider admin pool or just provide cross cover to other C level executives and you are asked to minute a meeting you have never been involved in. Or you are asking to minute the meetings for a newly set up committee. Saying “no thanks” is not an option, what do you do? You need to ask at least the following 5 questions: