Over the years I’ve had some wonderful feedback from readers that I tuck away and come back to when I need a little confidence boost but I never share the messages with other readers. Well, today is a new day, folks. This week I received a wonderful email from an assistant and reader of Practically Perfect PA who attended the Assist Conference last year. The email brought me to tears (which, I must admit is not difficult these days – a five month old baby and raging hormones will do that to you!) and I really wanted to share the powerful message with all of the readers.
Hay everyone, I hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year! I have been busy busy busy over the festive season sprucing up the website, giving it a bit of a spring clean and adding a few new touches here and there. Basically I have completely changed the website! Why you might ask?
A close friend of mine is due to welcome her first baby to the world any day soon. During one of her recent WhatsApp grillings amongst those of us already flung into the joys of motherhood, she was panicking about something that only lunatics or agitated pregnant people ponder – feeling bereft at not being at work.
Well firstly I just wanted to say what a year 2014 has been! Thank you to everyone that has read Practically Perfect PA over the last twelve months. I hope you have all enjoyed the posts and will stick around next year! We have some very exciting plans in the diary for 2015 and I want to share them with you today.
So you may have noticed that Practically Perfect PA has had a rather dramatic makeover this weekend! I conducted a survey back in the summer and some of the comments made me think that the blog was getting a little… shall we say “tired”…? Over the last few weeks I have been brainstorming, editing and generally thinking up new ideas for the blog. Here are the results! I hope you like what you see. I have tried to make the website look clean, easy on the eye and simple to navigate.
Thank you, everyone, for taking my reader survey recently. I have already published the results regarding your thoughts on the profession, which you can find here. But I thought I would also share your comments on the blog itself. Below are the results. I would have had this information to share with you much sooner had I not insisted on attempting to make the charts and graphs pretty (whoops!)
Well, I did it! I managed to get through my first public speaking gig without tripping over or throwing up on the microphone! In fact I would go as far as saying that I *quite* enjoyed the experience and that I *might* do more presenting… we will see!
As I said earlier this week I wanted to share my slides with those that were unable to attend The Office Manager and PA show. For those that were there and came over to say hello, thanks again for your support and I hope you found the presentation useful.
The notes can be found on the Slideshare website.
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one that gets a little bit apprehensive about attending events, especially large exhibitions that are set up like a gauntlet that you have to navigate through while avoiding overzealous sales people pulling you from one badly designed stand to another.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been writing about social media and how best assistants can use it for their professional lives. This week I want to look at how we can use our skills in this area to add value for our companies and mangers. I know a lot of business are still banning certain websites and it can be difficult to change the executive management’s mind when it comes to using social media at work but if your company is embracing all of the positive aspects of Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook etc. then here are a few tips on how you can use the knowledge you have in an effective way at work.
If you are like me and enjoy writing and/or reading lots of blogs then you will have picked up an invaluable skill that can be easily adapted for business. Does your company have a blog? If so ask if you could write something for it or alternatively if your manager contributes then draft a blog on their behalf.
If you enjoy Twitter and understand how to use hashtags, follow influential people and companies then this can be really helpful for your company. See if your manager is on Twitter and offer to set up an account for them and then manage their tweets and interaction. Additionally if you are in a small office you could monitor the company Twitter account and interact with clients. If you are running a team building event or get together you could create a hashtag for the event and ask everyone to follow it for updates and information as the event takes place.
Corporate Social Media
Your company and most of your colleagues should be on LinkedIn, if not getting them set up on the website would be a great way to add value. If your manager is not on LinkedIn I would imagine they receive requests all the time so again you could recommend that you set their profile up and manage the emails and connections they have. Going forward you could manage the company’s LinkedIn page, join a few interesting groups in your industry so that you can receive relevant article and share these with your colleagues.
Most of us are on Facebook and wouldn’t mix our use of that website with our professional life and I would totally agree on that point. However if you work for an organisation that has a Facebook page do offer to add content, manage and ‘like’ the page. If your privacy settings are stringent no one in your company will be able to see your personal profile.
Creative and illustrative value
Pinterest is a brilliant way to add value for your company as I would imagine most corporate companies are not currently using the site. If you use Pinterest and love it (which most people do once they get going on the site) then you could use your skills to be really creative in setting up their boards and adding pictures and other content.
If you use social media I would imagine you will be up to date on new technology and interesting websites that may add value in your company such as using Dropbox for file sharing, Evernotes for task lists and reminders, Tripit for travel itineraries, about.me for online profile etc. Mentioning these to your peers will show that you understand new technology and how it can help with your business.
So lots of ways you can add value using your personally developed social media skills. As I’ve said before our roles as assistants has and will continue to diversify so if you have additional skills that are not normally considered to be part of our set this can only benefit you and your company.