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Top 10 to-do apps for Assistants

Top 10 to-do apps for Assistants

We all know how hard it is keeping on top of the never-ending to-do list every Assistant and their Executive seem to have. The work can be relentless but don’t fear; there are lots of fantastic apps available that can help you manage your to-do list. Tracking your tasks doesn’t need to be a complicated […]

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Working with your Executive on a planned approval process

Working with your Executive on a planned approval process

In most organisations, work often needs to be formally approved or signed-off by Senior Executives before the work can begin or the next phase of the project. Executives also have to accept leave requests, sickness reports, expenses, invoices, purchase orders and budget requests. The list is pretty endless, and it can take up a lot […]

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10 apps to help you plan meetings

10 apps to help you plan meetings

We all know how tough it is to get a meeting in your Executive’s schedule, let alone everyone who also needs to be in the meeting. And of course, once they are all in the meeting, who knows if the meeting was truly productive! Planning meetings is a tough job, and that is why I […]

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Sourcing the right suppliers for your business

Sourcing the right suppliers for your business

Sourcing reliable, well-priced suppliers who offer excellent service is something that Assistants are frequently tasked with. It is a vital service we can provide our organisation. Finding the right supplier for your business can be tricky; you have to look at costs, what they offer and that they meet your specific needs. It is worth […]

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Technology to help with email management

Technology to help with email management

These ten fantastic pieces of software will help you manage your emails and your Executives. It is worth looking to see which ones will work for you, but they will all help you manage and automate emails! Sanebox: Sanebox turns your inbox back into the inbox it was meant to be by weeding out unimportant […]

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Create a time audit for your Executive

Create a time audit for your Executive

Although we do our absolute best to save our Executive’s time, more often than not, we find that they are still running around from meeting to meeting, working on last-minute projects, asking you to deal with urgent matters and postponing essential tasks. When your Executive works in a fast-paced environment, it can be challenging to […]

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The ten best Event Management blogs for Assistants

The ten best Event Management blogs for Assistants

Assistants are asked to organise a lot of events; this is nothing new! But the events we organise are getting more and more complex with lots of moving parts, technology and ever-growing expectations. Event management is a full-time job, and we have to juggle event planning with all our other tasks. So, if you organise […]

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Get started on your festive party now

Get started on your festive party now

I know it is mid-July and we are a world away from the festive season, but it is time to start planning out the end of year party. You may think I am crazy, but actually, this is the best time of year to start thinking about your office do. Planning your festive celebration should […]

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How to negotiate the best deal for your favourite venue

When an Assistant organises an event or a large external meeting, the venue they choose will likely be among the most expensive things on their event budget. So with that in mind, we asked William Thomson from Gallus Events to share his 15 tips on how to negotiate the best deal at a venue at […]

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Travel Management

Business Travel tips

What if all of your business travel was refundable?

How many times have you booked a work trip for you or your colleague,  only for them to end up needing to change the date or time, or even cancel altogether? Of course, business trips get amended for endless reasons which are out of your control. When you book travel, currently you have two options: […]

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Golf tours in Barcelona

Golf tours in Barcelona

 What would be your first thoughts if your exec board wanted a weekend away retreat that also included golf? How many people thought of Barcelona as the first place that sprang to mind? Not many, I would guess. The truth is that Barcelona is known for many things, but golf is probably not at the […]

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10 websites to help book great hotels

10 websites to help book great hotels

There are so many hotel websites available for Assistants to use when booking business travel for their Executive. If you don’t work with a travel management company, where do you even start? Here are ten websites to help book great hotels. This list covers everything you need to search and compare prices. When you are […]

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[Free, live webinar] How should you be managing travel and expenses?

Managing travel can be a headache. You might still be writing long emails back and forth to your travel agent, wasting time searching for the best deals yourself, or having to wait for your travellers to send you the booking options they want. Every time they travel! And expenses—what a nightmare. You get thrown hundreds […]

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20 tools to help manage your Exec's travel plans

20 tools to help manage your Exec's travel plans

Just think how much time you spend organising travel for your Executive or your team? It’s a lot, right? Maybe 20% of your week? Maybe more? That time will be taken up by meticulously planning trips with the hope that nothing will go wrong while their Executive is away from the office. But from missed […]

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Streamline your business travel management in 5 steps

Streamline your business travel management in 5 steps

Let’s be honest… Business travel can be a nightmare. Dozens of emails a week with travel requests, questions about itineraries, last minute changes, and scheduling complications. But there is good news! Better travel management can minimise emails and streamline the entire process. And it can be done in 5 easy steps… Read on! 1. Outline […]

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