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Welcome to Personal-Assistant-Tips.com! Your online Personal Assistant, secretarial, Administrator and Executive Assistant resource platform for PA tips. This website will give you a good insight into the duties, objectives, skills and career attributes of the Personal Assistant, and office support professional. It offers effective advanced and refresher PA training courses for becoming a successful Personal Assistant. Personal-Assistant-Tips also offers in-house PA training that can be delivered in-house at your organisation's premises.

JOIN THIS WEBSITE for full access to over 150 articles for the PA professional with how-to direction and advice - including downloadable planning checklists and resources. Personal-Assistant-Tips also offers Personal Assistant mentoring for convenient and confidential EA advice and assistance.

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I love the easy style, packed with information set out in bite-size chunks, with good headings and excellent links. Check out the serviced apartment option - always a winner for the jaded business traveller staying awhile overseas. Travel pack list provides an excellent last-minute checklist to ensure the boss has all the essentials.
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THE ESSENTIALS OF CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR PERSONAL ASSISTANTS

Personal Assistants can contribute as much as 40% to their boss's productivity; therefore, a good Executive Assistant is worth many times her/his salary. Paradoxically, when it comes to PA training and continuous professional development, PAs often have to battle with their boss to convince them to invest in effective PA training. PA training should be viewed as an investment, not an expense, because people are the most important resource. Executive Assistants pack their boss's parachute on a daily basis so PA training should be a priority. It is every PA's responsibility to understand the latest PA best practice strategies and changing PA objectives. This can only be achieved through regular PA refresher skills training.

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SEVEN WAYS TO BECOME A
GOOD EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Moving effortlessly from the role of a not-so-senior Personal Assistant to a senior-level Executive Assistant (EA) role will require a certain degree of proactivity as well as a thorough understanding of the EAs goals, objectives and duties. The following 7 tips represent the type of attributes you probably won't find in an Executive Assistant's job description.

1) Understanding your boss's objectives should be the most important goal for every Personal Assistant because the EA's core objective is to help their boss achieve his/her strategic objectives. To achieve this, EAs need to understand their boss's standards and boundaries, as well as being familiar with their boss's targets and goals. The best way EAs can familiarise themselves with these issues is by asking the boss to explain his/her decisions and reasons for doing things in a particular way.

2) Prevent unnecessary meetings - when taking messages, use your questions effectively to drill down to the heart of the matter; asking questions that the boss can act on without needing clarification. Use "who", "what", "why", "where" and "when" questions as the basis for your questions. Seek comprehensive answers the first time round. Asking the right questions will prevent time-wasting and unnecessary meetings.

3) It's essential that you understand the wider issues within your organisation, such as the company's goals and that of it's main customers and competitors. Understanding these issues will help you to make decisions within the right framework.

4) Ask your boss to mentor you. This will encourage better teamwork and help the boss to understand the pressures and challenges that you are faced with. The boss is also more likely to explain why he/she has made a particular decision, which will give you an insight into his/her thinking and priorities.

5) Always provide a possible solution when approaching the boss with a problem. Make sure you have thought it through and can explain the pros and cons of the solution.

6) Be the boss's memory; a mind of useful information. Get clued up on personal things like the names of the wives of the boss's main customers (and their birthdays if you can manage it). Understand the issues and peculiarities of less senior members of your boss's team so that you can advise the boss and fill in gaps in his/her knowledge.

7) Always have a plan for continuous development. Don't allow yourself to be overlooked for training and development or promotion. Set goals for your development and identify training courses you would like to attend. Be an active part of succession planning for your own role - if you don't prepare the boss to accept that you will move onwards and upwards by making the necessary preparation, he/she will imagine that all manner of horrors will occur if you move on. This could cause your boss to block your progress.

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THE ADVANCED EXECUTIVE PA MASTERCLASS
Thursday 20th & Friday 21 August 2015
Central London, England

COMMENTS
“For the first time, a course with real practical tips, (a whole range as advertised). A different approach from the usual PA trainings."

“The Advanced Executive PA Masterclass was very informative and an eye opener. Marguerita clearly has a wide breadth of experience and is a font of knowledge on so many subjects. She managed to cover a wide range of subjects in 2 days while keeping a relaxed pace and friendly manner. The case studies were highly relevant and useful...I would thoroughly recommend this course.”

“Anyone thinking of doing this course should definitely go ahead and book! Marguerita is the fountain of knowledge and really knows how to get the best out of you! Very useful course content that I will carry with me throughout my career."


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PA DUTIES: MASTERING THE ESSENTIALS
Friday, 7 August 2015
Central London, England

COMMENTS

"Interesting and engaging. Nice to see everyday tasks made easier by taking a different approach."

"Really enjoyed the day. I have a renewed sense of my role and loads of things I want to implement."

"Very pleased with the course and new tips/thinking outside the box."


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PERSONAL-ASSISTANT-TIPS PA MENTORING
An Effective Alternative to PA Training

Whether you are a PA, an Executive Assistant, a junior secretary or an Administrator, it is essential that you maintain your professional performance. PA mentoring is an effective, personalized resource for PA development that can significantly improve your effectiveness. It is a good way to improve your performance without attending a training course, particularly as advice is tailored to your specific challenges. Personal-Assistant-Tips offers face-to-face mentoring and telephone/email mentoring programmes. Click here for more on PA Mentoring.

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CV/RESUME ADVICE TESTIMONIAL

"I am thankful that you helped me so quickly with my CV. I now feel more self-confident with this professional CV. Thanks to your tips and review the format is very clean and the content is powerful. Now the job hunting can start!"

Annette, Records & Information Manager, Germany


PREPARING FOR A BEHAVIOURAL STYLE PA INTERVIEW

Producing a winning CV/resume requires careful attention to the requirements of the job specification, but getting that interview is only half the battle. If you are due to attend an interview for a PA role, it would be prudent to assume that the interviewer will utilize a behavioural-style interview where he/she will seek to identify your range of skills through solid evidence.

Preparation is key to a successful behavioural-style interview. The trick is to thoroughly communicate your PA work experiences. Anticipate the type of questions you may be asked by the Hiring Manager and practice your responses. Behavioural-style interviews also seek to establish how you behave in particular situations.

The Hiring Manager will be looking for examples of recent experiences that are similar in nature to the specifics of the job description. Include in your examples elements such as details of tasks performed; any time constraints you encountered; mitigating circumstances and the outcome of the task. Was the task accomplished successfully? How did you overcome obstacles?Click here for more on behavioural-style interviews.

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We hope you decide to join this website for full access to PA "how-to" articles and tips. Please review our PA training course options for advanced EA training and PA refresher courses which can also be delivered at your office premises. Our PA mentoring options provide a good alternative to attending a PA training course, and they allow PAs to address specific PA performance issues.

I hope you will find this site a very useful PA resource.



Marguerita King BSc DipPA
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"Dear Ms King, CONGRATULATIONS for your FANTASTIC website! I am absolutely impressed of the quantity and the quality of sound, useful advice you give here. Your website is referenced in a topic discussion in the LinkedIn website.....It is really a VERY, VERY GOOD JOB the one you have done here. CONGRATULATIONS and keep up the good job!"
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WEBSITE TESTIMONIAL
I love the easy style, packed with information set out in bite-size chunks, with good headings and excellent links. Check out the serviced apartment option - always a winner for the jaded business traveller staying awhile overseas. Travel pack list provides an excellent last-minute checklist to ensure the boss has all the essentials.

CLP Consulting, Bromley, Kent, England



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List of Articles For Executive Personal Assistants
List of articles for Executive Personal Assistants, secretaries, Administrators, and office managers
PERSONAL ASSISTANT DUTIES AND ATTRIBUTES
The Personal Assistant duties and job description includes many skills, goals, objectives, and attributes to deal with the varied duties of the PA role.
Advanced Executive PA Masterclass
The Advanced Executive PA Masterclass training course - continuous professional development skills, objectives and duties course for PAs, Executive Assistants, Administrators & secretaries
PA Duties Best Practice Training
PA Duties course that teaches you the latest in PA best practice. Practical intermediate course for Personal Assistants, Administrators and secretaries.
Executive Personal Assistant Training & Secretarial and Administrator Courses
Executive Personal Assistant training courses for PAs, secretaries, Administrators & EAs.
In-house PA Training Courses
In-house PA training from Personal-Assistant-Tips, including Advanced Executive PA Masterclass and PA lunch and learns mini training courses.
Personal Assistant Mentoring
Personal Assistant Tips mentoring provides an invaluable resource for PAs who are new to the profession or PAs seeking to significantly improve their performance and effectiveness.
Personal_Assistant_Tips_Newsletter
Newsletter for PAs, EAs, secretaries and Administrators
PA TOOLS, USEFUL LINKS & RESOURCES
PA tools, links and useful resources for busy Personal Assistants. Everything you need for planning international travel, such as links to embassies, inoculations, visas, world holidays, WiFi locator
Organise Your Boss - 18 Practical Tips
18 tips to organise your boss - when you organise your boss you will automatically organise yourself. Visit Personal-Assistant-Tips.com for the best tips and advice.
BUSINESS APOLOGY LETTER - WRITING A GOOD DRAFT TO RETAIN CUSTOMERS
Writing a good business apology letter is essential for damage limitation and customer satisfaction.
PLANNING CHECKLIST FOR CORPORATE EVENTS, MEETINGS, CORPORATE EXECUTIVE TRAVEL
A great Planning Checklist - corporate international travel checklist, corporate event planning template checklist, meeting planning checklist, business startup checklist, product research checklist
WRITING MINUTES OF MEETINGS - TIPS AND ADVICE
Writing minutes need not be a chore if you are properly prepared. Understand the basic requirements of writing minutes.
DIARY MANAGEMENT TIPS
10 effective diary management tips for secertaries, personal assistants and administrators
PLANNING CORPORATE MEETINGS
Planning corporate meetings and managing them requires skills for minuting meetings, writing minutes of meetings and compiling an agenda.
CORPORATE TRAVEL ADVICE
Travel planning advice and travel planning checklist for Personal Assistants who plan international travel with an eye on the travel budget.
ORGANISING A CORPORATE EVENT? USE THIS PLANNING CHECKLIST
Do you organise corporate events? Need advice on booking speakers and booking bands.
MANAGING YOUR TIME
Your time management and prioritization skills could mean the difference between success and failure.
"HOW TO" ADVICE & TIPS FOR PERSONAL ASSISTANTS
How to advice for Personal Assistants on how to write minutes, how to organise travel, how to plan events, how to write a press release, how to write a business apology, etc.
WRITING YOUR RESUME & JOB SEARCH ENGINES
Looking for advice for writing your resume for an Executive Personal Assistant job? Looking for advice on In-Tray exercises for PAs? Looking for tips on how to get the best from job search engines?
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"I love the easy style, packed with information set out in bite-size chunks, with good headings and excellent links. Check out the serviced apartment option - always a winner for the jaded business traveller staying awhile overseas. Travel pack list provides an excellent last-minute checklist to ensure the boss has all the essentials.
CLP Consulting, Bromley, Kent, England"

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