5 online courses every Executive Assistant should take

I took my first online training course for Executive Assistants, probably around 15 years ago now.

It was a live webinar. We had to listen to the speaker via the phone on my desk while watching the slideshow on my computer screen.

It was a bit of a novelty, and funnily enough, a lot of my colleagues were watching the whole thing behind my shoulder because it was the first live webinar they had seen. It was great, I didn’t have to leave my desk, I did the webinar over lunch and learnt quite a bit, but the technology wasn’t quite ready to capture my attention. We’ve come along way since then.

Online training for Executive and Personal Assistants is common, and there are a lot of fantastic courses that Assistants can take, for free or for a small price that will help further their career and professional development. I thought today. I would share with you five online courses every Executive Assistant should take.

5 online courses every Executive Assistant should take

Assistant Essentials

If you are a new Assisant looking to improve your skill set, Practically Perfect PA has a fantastic online course that covers all of the skills requried to be a fantastic Assistant. To be seen as a business asset and not “just” an Assistant is crucial for any Assistant looking to advance their career. So to help new and aspiring Assistants, we structured the essential parts of our roles into seven sections.

  • Essential tasks
  • Meetings and minutes
  • Travel planning
  • Event management
  • Email management
  • Managing your Executive
  • Common projects

These seven sections are made up of tasks that fundimentally define the Assistant role. Master these tasks and you will advance in any orgainsation. Training for new Personal Assistants and Executive Assistants is so important and worth your investment to advance your career.

Project Management Basics

We cover Project Management for Assisants in our Productivity and Time Management course, which is packed full of fantastic sessions on everything Assistants need to manage their to-do list.

In the meantime, Alison.com does an excellent free introduction to project management.

Project management is such a useful tool for Assistants to have, and it is well worth taking a course so that you understand the basics and pick up a few valuable project management skills along the way.

Key Strengths and Characteristics for Assistants

As a former Executive Assistant, I know how important it is to arrive at work with the right mindset. We have to be ready to hit the ground running, every….single….day!

We have to handle difficult conversations (and people) on their schedule rather than ours. We have to know how and when to manage up, and we need to know who to contact at any moment to get things done.

We have to be sure and assured. We have to be confident and creative. We must be someone who others feel happy to confide in. We have to show initiative, and we have to be innovative.

To be able to cope with the demands of the role, we must have the right mindset.

The Assistant Mindset Online Course teaches Assistants the key strengths and characteristics needed to develop the right mindset so that they are one step ahead of the challenges in the role.

Business Strategy

We often talk about the need for Assistants to have good business acumen. Knowing the business that you work in is essential. These 5 online courses every Executive Assistant should take all help Assistants build their business strategy, we also have free resources for Assistants that will build your business acumen.

Having a general knowledge of good business practice is a great place to start. We have a lot of advice for Assistants who want to improve their business strategy in our FREE guide for Assistants who wish to move into a strategic business partnership with their Executive.

We also have an in-depth presentation from our Founder, Nicky Christmas, on how to improve your business acumen on a shoestring budget, which you can also watch for free.

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The most comprehensive online training for Assistants

Our brilliant online course The Unrivalled Assistant was built with your success in mind.

The most comprehensive online course for Executive and Personal Assistants. Master the essential skills needed in the role, create the right mindset to thrive and build your time management and productivity toolkit.

Assistants have one of the most challenging and dynamic roles in business. We have to support extremely busy Executives while managing our to-do lists, working on projects, and of course, proactively and strategically planning.

Assistants appear in many different guises in every conceivable organisation, and they are the lynchpin of any business. We all know this is true.

We decided to place three of our most popular courses together, PLUS exclusive content that will help guide and mitigate Assistants through some of the common mistakes that can occur in the role.

By covering an assistant’s mindset, a guide to mastering the essential tasks, and adding some tips and techniques to supercharge your approach all in one course, we hope you will learn everything you need to be an unrivalled Assistant.

What next?

These 5 online courses every Executive Assistant should take are a great place to start. Practically Perfect PA have been running events for Assistants for ten years, and we are proud that we do events a little differently. Our training for Executive Assistants offers something different.

We concentrate on making our audience feel like participants. Our content is driven by our blog, the online resource for Personal Assistants and Executive Assistants.

Career and personal development, practical advice and key skills will always be at the very core of our training for Personal Assistants.

We have Practically Perfect PA Virtual Summits across the year. You can sign up to a Virtual Summit from as little as £50. Check out the programmes here.

We also have our online courses which are available at all times and can be accessed here.