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The Value of a ‘Ta-Dah List’ for Executive Assistants

Introduction: One thing I know to be true for you is that your To-Do list is an ever-expanding thing! When I survey Executive Assistants, Personal Assistants and Administrative Assistants about what they find challenging about their role, I receive comments like this: “time-management, constantly receiving urgent requests” and “getting tied down with the more basic…

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ChatGPT and AI – Embracing the Opportunity as an Administrative Professional

Introduction: In today’s rapidly evolving world, technological advancements have become an integral part of our lives, and artificial intelligence (AI) is at the forefront of this digital transformation. The emergence of AI-powered virtual assistants like ChatGPT has sparked debates about its potential impact on various professions, including Administrative Professionals like EAs, PAs and Admin Assistants.…

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How Assistants Can Manage Their Manager’s Needs & Priorities Using The 3P’s

Clarifying expectations and clear communication are two of the essential building blocks of building a strong partnership between a manager and their Executive Assistant. In the latest episode of the Assist With Impact podcast (Episode 170), I discuss the challenge of assistants needing to manage the needs and priorities of multiple managers. It can be…

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Service, Not Subservience: A Guide for Executive Assistants and Administrative Support Professionals

As an Executive Assistant, Personal Assistant or Administrative Professional, your role is critical in supporting your organisation and your colleagues. You are often the first point of contact for clients, customers, and vendors, and you play an essential role in keeping the office running smoothly. However, it’s important to remember that there is a difference…

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How Teenagers Can Teach Assistants Strategies For Dealing With A Micromanager

If you follow me on Instagram you will know our family are new puppy parents. Pepper is a rambunctious Cavoodle (Poodle crossed with a Cavalier King Charles). She is happily tearing a swathe (literally and figuratively) through our home and our hearts. Now that she is fully vaccinated we are starting to take her out into…

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Putting Your Best Font Forward

Why It’s Time To Boss Up Your Assistant Brand On a nearly daily basis I drive across something called the Spit Bridge.  It’s at a spot on Middle Harbour (an arm of Sydney Harbour) called not surprisingly “The Spit” and connects Sydney’s Lower North Shore to what’s known as the Northern Beaches. These suburbs run…

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The Time I Threw Myself Off A Ladder

My phone buzzed as I was out for my morning walk last Monday.  When I’m exercising I keep it tucked in my bra nestled up against my fake right breast.  In case you weren’t aware, I had breast cancer and my real breasts were trying to kill me.  The buzzing of my phone was a…

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Building Anything New Takes Time

It’s a stunning day here in Sydney today. We’re still in winter but it’s 19 degrees Celsius (66 degrees Fahrenheit) and our front porch is the perfect place to sit and eat my lunch. I’ve been out for a walk this morning with our dog Sally and absorbed the sights and sounds of Manly beach.…

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The ONE Thing You Must Have To Be Indispensable

One hundred and eleven episodes ago and what feels a LONG….LONG…LONG time ago I started a podcast called Being Indispensable. I was a novice at podcasting. A proverbial babe in the podcasting woods but I was so eager to learn.   The same could be said for the job I was doing at the time. I…

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Liz Van Vliet

Liz works with executive and administrative assistants to equip them with the skills and confidence they need to influence more effectively and to demonstrate the leadership and interpersonal skills to make them a linchpin to their manager and organisation.