YOU Made It the Best IAAP California Division Conference—Thank you!

19533582_sLast year I was voted in as the Vice President of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) California Division. With the position comes the tremendous responsibility to chair and plan a statewide annual conference. Was I crazy? With two full-time jobs and another equally separate long list of commitments and responsibilities, I didn’t think twice about accepting the assignment.  I put my head down, started working into the middle of the night and weekends for months, and said, “Here we go!”

Education and continuous learning have always been important to me.  The ability to expand thinking and purposefully seek out continuous education is critical to the career success of today’s 21st century administrative professional. I still have more to learn.  What about you?

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Technology Devices—Are They Making You More Productive or Making You More Distracted?

23185112_sIn today’s world of technology gadgets, there are more technology devices available to us than ever before. These devices can be both helpful and make us more efficient, but on the other hand, they can also create many distractions if we don’t manage them properly. Are you managing your technology or is your technology managing you?

Technology devices (smartphones, tablets, iPods, laptops, and so forth) can be extremely valuable tools if managed properly. Here are some tips for managing your technology: Continue reading “Technology Devices—Are They Making You More Productive or Making You More Distracted?”

Don’t Miss IAAP’s Education Forum and Annual Meeting (EFAM) July 26-30

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Have you had the opportunity to attend the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) Education Forum and Annual Meeting (EFAM)? This extraordinary conference offers administrative professionals worldwide the opportunity to learn, network, and to be inspired. This year IAAP will be holding their international conference July 26-30 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Learn more about EFAM by visiting EFAM 2014.

This year I have the privilege to speak at EFAM 2014 during three sessions. It’s going to be great fun to co-present with my former boss retired CEO and City Manager Ted Gaebler on Monday, July 28 as we share a presentation on the topic of Effective Admin-Manager Relationships: Tips from a Time-Tested Partnership. On Tuesday, July 29, I have the privilege Continue reading “Don’t Miss IAAP’s Education Forum and Annual Meeting (EFAM) July 26-30”

Take Ownership of Your Career Today!

9553417_sWhose responsibility is it for your professional development? Is it your responsibility, your employer’s, or someone else’s duty?

The professional world we live in is not perfect! Wouldn’t it be nice if someone would always offer to pay you for your time, new skills, training opportunities, educational workshops/conferences, a degree, or a certification? Wouldn’t it be nice if someone would pay to build your resume so you could advance your career? Continue reading “Take Ownership of Your Career Today!”

Understanding the Value of Education

874ef2ba7c811682eda8b393253c7539For many across the United States, it is Spring Break.  Spring Break tends to be a break in the last semester or quarter of the academic year typically around Easter and before the Summer Break.  Usually about this time each year, I’m on a cruise with my sister, Michele, and we sail far, far away (usually to the Caribbean).  However, this year we decided to stay closer to home for a variety of reasons. Continue reading “Understanding the Value of Education”