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Technology of the week: the RoWrite Smart Writing Pad

This week’s Technology of the Week: the RoWrite Smart Writing Pad What is the Rowrite Smart Writing Pad? The RoWrite, by Royole, brings the traditional notepad into the digital age to capture ideas, notes, and drawings. You can edit, enhance, and even erase your creations in real time, or after you’ve pressed save, when connected to […]

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Dealing with personal issues at work

Dealing with personal issues at work

You might be the most professional Assistant in the biz, someone who works hard to keep their personal life as far away from their professional life as possible, but throughout your career (of all our careers) inevitably something will happen to make the two collide. That is how life works – we never know what […]

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Day in the life: Amy Franklyn, EA at Bird & Bird

Day in the life: Amy Franklyn, EA at Bird & Bird

Enjoy today’s Day in the life: Amy Franklyn, EA at Bird & Bird which is full of Executive Assistant Tips and Tricks. What are the main aspects of your role?    I manage a team of PAs and Administrative Assistants and I support the firm’s Head of Corporate and General Counsel. I help the business with […]

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Are you currently a PA, dreaming of having your own VA business? Maybe you’re an Admin Professional, who craves having the control and freedom of running your own business? If you’re currently employed and looking to make a career change to VA, it’s a simpler process than you think. Whether you’re a PA, EA or […]

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Listen to the CEO of a $1 billion startup and his EA discuss their partnership

At this month’s Practically Perfect PA Virtual Summit we are incredibly lucky to have the Captain of BrewDog, James Watt and his First Mate, Bethany Burns. It’s certainly not every day you get to listen to the CEO of a $1 billion startup and his EA discuss their partnership!

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Managing your own time and dealing with interruptions 

I thought I would start the week by sharing another video from last year’s Virtual Summit. This is one of my favourite panel sessions, we had a brilliant line up and some really honest and thoughtful conversations around time management and dealing with interruptions, which as you will know, is a constant battle for Assistants. […]

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February Knowledge Bank

Everything you need to know about taking minutes

The 5 questions you need to ask before you minute a meeting

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 […]

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Is shorthand still a relevant skill for a minute taker?

Is shorthand still a relevant skill for a minute taker?

There are many methods a minute taker can use to take minutes e.g. Recording devices, laptop, iPad, and just plain writing. Those people who write the minutes probably use their own version of shorthand (tips on how to do this are covered in this post), text language or EasyScript. But what about ‘real’ shorthand – Pitmans 2000 or […]

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Skills required to be a good minute taker

Skills required to be a good minute taker

Nobody readily puts up the hand to take minutes and those of us who do sometimes fear the job because of the expectation that is put on us to produce discussions accurately. Not everyone can be a good minute taker – it’s a definite skill and quite often an art, hence the name of my course, […]

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Technology of the week: the RoWrite Smart Writing Pad

This week’s Technology of the Week: the RoWrite Smart Writing Pad What is the Rowrite Smart Writing Pad? The RoWrite, by Royole, brings the traditional notepad into the digital age to capture ideas, notes, and drawings. You can edit, enhance, and even erase your creations in real time, or after you’ve pressed save, when connected to […]

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The Ultimate Admin and Assistant Survey - Enter to Win 500€

Do you want to be in with the chance of winning a €500 travel voucher? While helping others to understand the complex role of being an EA, PA or Office Manager? TravelPerk are surveying thousands of office managers, executive and personal assistants, and other administrative professionals, to get insights into the best ways for you […]

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What's in Store for Temporary Jobs following Brexit?

What's in store for temporary jobs following Brexit?

Following the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the EU in June 2016, London has seen a sharp increase in temporary office support vacancies across industries, that has continued to rise in the approach to the leaving date, March 29th 2019. During this period, many businesses have undertaken strategic workforce planning to best utilise their existing workforce, […]

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