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The Admin’s Guide to Career Organization

This article first appeared in the Executive Secretary Magazine and is reprinted here with permission. As admins, we’re always trying to organize all the pieces and parts of our professional lives – from workspaces to meetings to travel plans. And we have to keep our executives organized, too. With so much to keep in order, it’s easy to neglect one…

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5 Steps for Successfully Unplugging While on Vacation

This post was originally published on the IAAP blog and is reprinted here with permission. Being an administrative assistant is hard work, really hard work. It’s a stressful, chaotic, always-on-call kind of job that can leave even the most seasoned administrative professionals wiped out some days. (As a 22-year veteran of this industry, I can attest to this!) Our jobs…

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Personal Note from Julie: Book Recommendations for Anyone on Your List

I love reading books! They have been a very instrumental part of both my formal and informal education over the course of my life. When there is a topic I want to learn more about, I start by searching for books on the subject. They are portable and affordable, which makes them even more appealing. So when it comes to…

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Do You Know How to Have “Crucial Conversations” Successfully?

I have a top 10 list of books that I recommend to admins and other professionals I work with, and one book had held the #1 spot since the day I started reading it years ago: Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High, by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler. It should be required reading…

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Affiliate Webinar: Microsoft Excel for Project Management

When it comes to project management, you can buy some pretty sophisticated software specifically designed to keep you and everything on track. However, not all of us have access to these expensive programs! But you have some powerful tools right on your desktop that you can craft into quite a robust solution. Learn how Microsoft® Excel®can be your secret to…

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Affiliate Webinar: New Hire Onboarding

It’s day one. Do you know where your new employee is? You work so hard to make a favorable impression on job candidates. But what happens when they show up for work? How are you handling the employee’s first hour, first day, first week, and first months on the job? The truth is, a “sink or swim” onboarding process doesn’t…

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Affiliate Webinar: Thanks for the Feedback — How to Give It & Take It the Right Way Every Time

As a professional, you can certainly give feedback. But the question is: Can you take it? Learning how to respond to the spoken or unspoken feedback you receive is a science and an art. And, how well you receive feedback impacts how well you give it. Feedback is at the heart of good leadership, effective teamwork, efficient problem solving, developing…

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Affiliate Webinar: Proofread with Perfection: Proofreading and Editing Techniques for Flawless Communication

Poor proofreading can cost you your job. A misplaced decimal, a name spelled wrong, a word misused, a number transposed — brush it off and the consequences can be dire. Don’t leave this important job to chance. Find out the tricks the pros use, and catch the mistakes that can hurt your credibility and ruin your career. Learn to proofread…

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