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The First Step To Taking Care Of Yourself Is Knowing Yourself

2020 continues to be a challenge for all of us. In Australia we watch with apprehension as some parts of the country experience a resurgence of cases of Covid-19. Any feelings we may have had that things were returning to normal are being replaced by uncertainty and insecurity. There doesn’t seem to be a respite…

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Getting Tangled Up Managing Unrealistic Expectations

Last week I wrote a blog post ruminating on how Executive Assistants are the human equivalent of a Slinky. Bouncing forward The idea came to me because I had recently delivered a virtual presentation talking about how you as an Executive Assistant need to lead from where you are and not just bounce back but…

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Why Executive Assistants Need To Adopt A Slinky Mindset

The slinky is the perfect metaphor for the way I encourage Executive Assistants that I train, coach and mentor to adapt and adjust to the impacts of Coronavirus. Let me tell you why. The slinky was the accidental innovation of US inventor Richard T. James who was working on a means to suspend sensitive ship-board…

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Climbing The Career Ladder (Or Beanstalk) Millennial Style

I’ve just watched a representation on Millennial Personal Assistants so I could provide feedback to a journalist who’s writing an article on Millennials and the role of the EA/PA. It’s a Netflix movie called “Set It Up”. The first few minutes paint a picture of bosses and Millennial assistants that is simply terrifying. The montage…

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Stepping Into Assertiveness

I released a ‘Being’ episode of the podcast this week that was a road ramble on the topic of male entitlement. Big topic and my contribution is based on an experience I had waiting for an elevator last week. Basically the doors to the lift open and a man was standing in the elevator seemingly…

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Putting A Bow On 2017 & Unwrapping A New Year

In Australia we are about to enjoy our first public holiday for the new year and it feels like I’ve taken almost the entire month of January to get onboard with the fact that it’s 2018! It’s probably just me but it feels like the new year won’t have started properly until my three children…

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Progress Over Perfection

Yesterday I really walked the talk when it comes to the expression ‘Progress over perfection’. I presented my first ever webinar via Zoom. Cringeworthy in some senses (oh who I am kidding, cringeworthy in many senses) but absolutely exhilarating in others. This experience illustrates certain of my personality traits in vivid detail. When I was…

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Three Reasons To Get On The Podcast Bandwagon

This blog post was initially titled ‘Get With The Podgram’. According to my 14 year old brains trust this was not a winning title. It’s a shame really. I quite liked it and may yet proceed with getting a t shirt made up with the slogan. My message is the same regardless. Let me give you…

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Three Books On My Reading List

It’s possibly not surprising to hear that I am on a mission to continually expand my mind. I’ve always loved reading and am very popular at our local bookshop (an anachronism I know) and love using my monthly credit with Audible (part of your membership) to download a business book a month to enjoy ‘on…

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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.