PA MATTERS TO U - Issue 1

Welcome to Issue 1 of our PA Matters Ezine. Personal-Assistant-Tips.com has gone from strength to strength, providing tips and relevant information to PAs and office professionals. I hope you find our Ezine PA Matters To U, helpful and informative. Please feel free to forward on to colleagues, friends and associates.

Marguerita King,
Owner,
www.Personal-Assistant-Tips.com


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office*

office* is a dedicated new event aimed at meeting the business needs and aspirations of today’s modern office professionals. Taking place at Earls Court, London, on 21-22 September 2010, the show’s 50 seminar and master classes form the biggest dedicated training and development programme of its kind in the UK. While office*’s central exhibition features over 150 leading business suppliers, including many instantly-recognisable big brand names. Registration is free, save £20 on the door. To register, visit <>http://www.officeshow.co.uk



TIP: GOOGLE SEARCH

Make full use of Google search by including a telephone number or postcode in your search criteria. You'll be surprised how much information you can glean.



5 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR COMPANY'S REPUTATION

1) 'Go Green' - Explain to the local community and your customers how you have transformed your organisation into an environmentally friendly company.

2) Offer Mentoring Services - Providing mentors for new employees and external graduates in your sector is a good way to raise your company's profile and make it a sought-after employer.

3) Donate - Offer your product or services for free to a good cause. This could present a valuable press opportunity.

4) Sponsor a Team - Sponsoring a team can be a satisfying endeavour. Sponsor a cricket team, a football team, a netball team - the choice is endless.

5) Offer Work Experience - Giving teenagers an opportunity to sample life in the office or on the shop floor is an excellent way to give back to the community.



RAISE YOUR GAME WITH A PA MENTOR

If you have recently started a new job as a corporate PA or Admin and would like to improve your PA skills, why not consider PA mentoring. A Consultant PA Mentor can walk you through best practices and give you the benefit of their experience. As a former PA with 25+ years experience and owner of Personal-Assistant-Tips.com, I can share my varied knowledge and provide some of the ideas you need to improve your know-how. As a Fellow of the Association of Personal Assistants (APA), I am an APA recommended Consultant PA Mentor. For more information visit www.personal-assistant-tips.com/Personal-Assistant-Mentoring.html




TIP: HOW TO ADD ROLLING CREDITS TO POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS

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HOW TO STAND OUT IN THE PA PROFESSION

Understand Your Company's Weaknesses
Familiarise yourself with your company's customer complaints procedure and link in to get a feel for the type of problems that keep coming up again and again and are not being dealt with effectively. This is valuable feedback that should help your principal to head off creeping problems.

Outsource to Virtual PAs
Be prepared to outsource repetitive, non-urgent PA work to Virtual Personal Assistants when you need to free up your time for an important project. It's also a good idea to engage a Virtual PA to help with big projects like organising an event. For more on Virtual Assistants paste the following link into your browser:: <>www.personal-assistant-tips.com/Virtual-Assistants.html

Network With The Best
Build a strong network of individuals that provide the best services in their field or can advise you on things like catering, party planning, luxury travel, private dining, design, etc. Get to know the Concierge at a couple of top hotels - some get wined and dined at top restaurants. Sometimes top restaurants hold back tables for their favourite Concierge so a renowned Concierge could be an avenue for securing last minute reservations at a top restaurant. For more on table reservations visit: <>http://www.personal-assistant-tips.com/Restaurant-Bookings.html

Understand Social Media
Social media such as Twitter is important for branding but it also allows you to get a sense of the public's perception of your company's products or services. What is said on Twitter could quickly become viral so it's wise to keep an eye on Tweets.

Keep Up With Technology
Spend time with your favourite IT person picking their brains to get the low down on new software and gadgets. Check out reviews on the internet to find out what new gadgets can do. Visit <>http://reviews.cnet.com/ for indepth editor reviews on new technology.

Understand Financial Terminology
Familiarise yourself with financial terminology and learn how to read a balance sheet and a cash flow statement. It will help you to see your organisation from an important perspective. There are numerous articles and guides on the internet that will walk you through the process so no need to shell out on a course.



AUSTRALASIAN TALENT COMPANY

The Australasian Talent Company is one of London’s leading providers of temporary support staff. With a client base including blue chip global organisations, within sectors such as financial services, professional services, charities and marketing, they offer a wide range of challenging and stimulating job opportunities. Whether your background is providing support at CEO level or PA support to Board Members and/or Senior Management teams, the Australasian Talent Company will have the role that will ensure you utilise all of your current skill set in a position that adds value to their clients’ business. Call +44 (0)207 025 0237 or send an email to: <>enquiries@austalentco.com



HAYS & THE TIMES PA OF THE YEAR 2010

We congratulate Laura Richardson, Hays & The Times PA of The Year 2010, on her exceptional achievements. Laura is an Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive of Elexon. Well done Laura and best of luck for the coming year. You are an asset to the PA profession. Paste the following link into your browser: <>http://www.hays.co.uk/secretarial/pa-award-2010.aspx?Ranked=true&RankedId=1101"



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