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How to keep a positive attitude at work

How to keep a positive attitude at work

Let’s face it, being an Assistant can be pretty challenging and not every day are you going to be walking around your office with your glass half full beaming from ear to ear. Nope! Some days you will be massively p*ssed off and want to hide under your desk until you can leave at 5 […]

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Is multitasking still a useful skill for Assistants?

Is multitasking still a useful skill for Assistants?

Being a good multitasker was on the job description of pretty much every Assistant role I applied for when I first started as an Assistant. Since then experts have shown that multitasking does precisely the opposite of what we thought it did. So, multitasking doesn’t keep us productive and able to get through lots of […]

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The EA competencies you will need in 2019

The EA competencies you will need in 2019

Well, that is us in 2019 folks! Happy New Year. Firstly before I start this blog, I want to say a huge thank you to all of the Practically Perfect PA readers who are joining us for another year on the blog. We have been going now since 2011, and I can’t wait to see […]

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Competencies for Assistants roundup for 2018

During 2018 we delved into everything from influencing, productivity, resilience, rapport building and a whole load of competencies that Assistants need to thrive in the role. Here are just a few of our highlights from this year including videos from our recent Virtual Summit. Please enjoy our competencies for Assistants roundup for 2018. Competencies for Assistants […]

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How can you be heard when people don’t want to listen?

How can you be heard when people don’t want to listen?

At some point, you will have been in a meeting and felt that no one was listening to you. Perhaps people were on their phone, looking confused, talking over you or ignoring you. It’s hard to continue speaking when it seems that people are switching off, disengaged or rejecting your ideas. So how do you […]

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How to thrive, not just survive as an Assistant

How to thrive, not just survive as an Assistant

Let’s face it, we all know that sometimes you can have the best day at work when you feel on top of the world and you are high-fiving your teammates and CEOs… and sometimes you want to throw your resignation at the first person you see in the office and run as fast as you […]

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Working with the executive team

Working with the executive team

As assistants most of us will interact with our organisation’s Executive team on a daily if not hourly basis. Your manager may well be part of the Executive team. If that is the case you will have even more phone calls, meetings and general engagement with other Directors and top-level members of staff.

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Saying 'no' nicely

Saying 'no' nicely

A short and sweet blog post today. I was going to write about setting boundaries and saying ‘no’ nicely but then I found this article – and it is better than anything I could have written so I thought I would share it with you.

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Speaking with authority at work

A few months ago I recorded a series of webinars for an assistant association in the States (more to follow soon). Before I embarked on this assignment I was slightly concerned because I do think I sound like a twelve year old. On top of that I have a fairly distinct Cockney / Essex accent.

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How to be an assertive assistant

How many times are assistants told to be more assertive? It seems to me the word is everywhere we look, it is on our job descriptions, it is in our objectives and there are a ton of courses solely dedicated to making assistants more assertive. It seems we must constantly assert ourselves or we are […]

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How should assistants represent their boss at a meeting

As I have moved up the career ladder and become much more of a business partner as well as an EA I have found myself frequently attending meetings on behalf of my manager and representing them at lots of different events and functions.

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Do you have the confidence to open the boardroom door?

I’m not quite sure why I’ve been so lucky, but in my last three roles, I have sat near the company boardroom, in the previous two offices, in fact, I’ve sat directly outside the boardroom. As I said, I don’t know why I was so lucky! I would see the comings and goings of all […]

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