How Do You Manage Upwards As An Assistant?

Do you find yourself navigating the delicate balance of keeping your boss on track?Do you find yourself second-guessing your approach?Do you question the frequency and timing of your communications?Are you still striving to bridge the gap, to understand your executives thinking? You may feel underutilized and undervalued. I’ve seen firsthand the impact these challenges can…

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How To Do A Personal SWOT Analysis

My ‘out of office’ message has expired and whilst I’m still basking in the glow of our annual summer vacation I’ve been thinking of how I can support you to grow and develop in 2024 and it’s for that reason I’m talking about the Personal SWOT. Before I go into that, let me share five…

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Bounce Into 2024 With My Three Tips For Assistants

We’re welcoming a new year and farewelling the old. If you’re like me, you’re experiencing this in real life as well as via your social media feed. It can feel overwhelming.  In all honesty I am someone that finds this transitional time of the year a tad tricky. The start of a new year is…

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

The Value of a 'Ta-Dah List' for Executive Assistants by Liz Van Vliet for The Linchpin Assistant

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

Administrative Professionals and ChatGPT

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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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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