Effective communication is the key to success in the Assistant role. In this article, we will share tactics from April Stallworth, who recently presented at the Practically Perfect PA Virtual Summit, on how you can become the ultimate communicator and level up your professional game.
Be a lifelong learner: To become an effective communicator, you must be a lifelong learner. This means continually working on your personal and professional development plan. You don’t necessarily need to go to college, but you must have a thirst for knowledge. You should be a reader, take classes, listen to podcasts, and attend webinars to stay knowledgeable and ahead of the competition.
Be a change manager: Change is inevitable, and you need to be able to manage it effectively. If you’re uncomfortable with change, you will have difficulty leading and moving forward during uncertain times. You need to embrace change and navigate successfully through it. Being a change manager will help you stand out as a leader and position you for greater success.
Don’t let fear win: Fear is a natural human emotion, but you can’t let it control you. False evidence appearing real (FEAR) is what fear is. Instead of thinking of the worst thing that could happen, push yourself into thinking about the best outcome that could happen. Taking action is one of the biggest killers of fear, so do it afraid.