Hire An Intern: Best Decision I Made!

Posted by Stacy on January 26, 2015

35612820_sWouldn’t it be nice to have an extra set of hands helping in the office?  Internship programs offer employers a unique partnership with local high schools and colleges in helping to train tomorrow’s office professionals.  The reward is a genuine feeling of satisfaction that comes from helping to mentor high school or college students towards career success.

In 2004 I joined the staff of a newly incorporated city.  I was hired as the executive assistant—employee #13.  Within a couple of months of being hired, I knew I needed to hire additional administrative support.  The best way for me to test that hypothesis and gain supervisory experience was through working with interns. READ MORE

Admin to Admin is Hitting the Road in 2015

Posted by Stacy on January 22, 2015

RealAdmin to Admin trainers, Lisa Olsen, Linda McFarland, and I, are preparing to hit the road in 2015 to deliver a one-day educational program for administrative professionals who strive for excellence in the workplace.

Our program includes cutting-edge interactive workshops and exercises delivered in an energetic environment that will guarantee to stimulate your thinking. More importantly, the workshops will help you to navigate your career with confidence.

With over 60 combined years of executive support experience Lisa, Linda, and I currently hold positions as executive assistants, corporate trainers, and educators.

Don’t miss the opportunity to join administrative professionals who are looking to increase their potential, grow their network, build strong partnerships with their managers, and improve leadership and communication skills. READ MORE

Pack Your Bags—It’s Time to Travel!

Posted by Stacy on January 21, 2015

I love the opening of Dr. Seuss’s book “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!”

Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

What great places have you visited in your lifetime?  What are your travel plans for the future?

9934559_sWith the start of a new year, this is the perfect time to plan a trip or two for the upcoming year.  Whether you set your sights on jetting off to Las Vegas, Barbados, New York, Paris, taking the train across Europe, or reserving a car and driver for a special night out, your travel experience will help you to better assist your executive with his/her future travel plans.

I believe that knowledge can be acquired in many different ways.  As an avid reader, I’m constantly gaining information through books, magazines, and social media sites.  However, learning by reading doesn’t always provide the personal discoveries gained from firsthand experience.  Experiential learning is learning through experience.  Through this active learning process individuals learn through observation and interaction. READ MORE

Act Now…2015 Conferences for Administrative Professionals

Posted by Stacy on January 19, 2015

22519722_sWondering where to spend your corporate training dollars in 2015?  Don’t have corporate support and/or corporate dollars to spend on training?  Take charge of your professional development today and set aside personal dollars for training to grow your career.

Seeking and embracing opportunities for education and training is critical and necessary to being in the “driver’s seat” of your career.  Do not stay focused on the here and now.  You must plan for your future ahead.  Neglecting professional development is a choice and will only keep your career in “park” or even move it into “reverse.” READ MORE

Am I Overthinking Things? Yes!

Posted by Stacy on January 14, 2015

7182163_sOnce upon a time I lived with fewer voices in my head.  Life was simple.  My time was less committed.  I was not in a relationship with a smartphone that now accompanies me everywhere acting as my best friend, GPS, alarm clock, to-do list, and so much more.  Almost daily my smartphone tries to outsmart me reminding me of where I need to be.  It’s an extremely valuable device that I once lived without but can’t imagine ever wanting to live without it again.

As an executive assistant in today’s 21st century workplace, I spend a considerable amount of time preparing, thinking, overthinking, and making sure I am ready for whatever comes up throughout the day.  Rarely do days go as planned, and that’s okay!  Why?  It is because administrative professionals who excel in their careers take the time to prepare.  Career-minded administrative professionals know it’s better to have information on hand and not need it than to need timely information and not have it available or know how to access it quickly.  It’s better to jump from Plan A to Plan B than to only have thought through Plan A, the perfect scenario. READ MORE