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    High Fives at an Administrative Assistant Conference 

     

    An administrative assistant conference is best measured by the feeling one has while clapping at the end of the last presentation. You know you have learned and grown from the content when a flood of gratitude flows out of clapping hands.

    The Office Dynamics Conference

    This year’s Office Dynamics’ Stellar Assistant Conference provided professional topics and presenters such as Judi Moreo, Susan Shultz, Debbie Gross and Joan Burge herself, among others, it also included Lisa Olsen who shared her fun emcee skills and passion for the profession. There were lots of questions and answers during the Star-Studded panel; these women shared their passion for our profession.

    With such a broad range of presenter styles, there was truly something for everyone. The learning and growth opportunities expanded beyond the topics though. Joan’s gratitude and professionalism encouraged many to speak up during team exercises and to introduce themselves to her during breaks to show their own gratitude. We were all encouraged to reach outside our comfort zones and connect. Many took advantage of that and it was so worth it!

    Joan shared her knowledge and work experiences ranging from what she truly enjoyed to taking jobs she was not so excited about, yet made into learning experiences, allowing attendees to find even more ways to relate to her. Her experiences helped attendees bond by sharing their own stories and knowledge.

    The Networking Opportunities

    The networking opportunities and team exercises provided friendship and professional connections I truly did not expect, but I am beyond grateful for. The two and a half days spent with women from all around the world provided interactions with a true role-model peer group. Because of such an encouraging environment and well-planned networking activities, we now have the ability to implement what we learned by staying connected with those new friends and sharing even more conversations about our lives and workplace celebratory and challenging moments.

    The women that I had the privilege of sitting with at table 32, were supportive and each so very unique yet with the common bond of our profession and dedication. We bonded through relating to the content, discussing our own challenges and encouraging one another. I could not possibly put a count on the high fives and hugs shared. These women created a true support circle and over that short 2 ½ day time period they taught me by sharing each of their distinctive work and life experiences.

    They reminded me of the importance of supportive collaboration and mutual professional respect while having fun and sharing laughs and those amazing high fives. The team at table 32 and several other women I had the honor to meet and share amazing conversations with had me thinking about the profession more, sharing from my own experience, learning from their experiences, feeling completely comfortable being exactly who I am while providing countless moments of laughter and smiles.

    High Fives All Around

    With much gratitude and respect, I thank each woman I shared a high five with, a hug, a laugh, a conversation and built memories with. I also extend that gratitude to Joan and her entire team. The conversations I shared with Joan, Ernan, Brian, and Melia encouraged me to experience the entire conference not only by what I learned and the takeaways but also by making connections, reaching out and talking to others, listening and taking advantage of any moment that connected me with another attendee.

    Being introduced as a guest blogger for Office Dynamics opened up even more opportunity and discussion. I appreciate each attendee that reached out to me to discuss conference topics and asked my opinion about their current work situation. Thank you for starting those conversations that were a pure joy to share with you!

    A well-balanced professional development opportunity should provide relevant content, unique ways of sharing that content, presenters with encouraging and professional stories, respect for the profession, inspire the desire to learn and create an experience that attendees from all backgrounds and work experience levels can relate to while encouraging each to bond and network. The Stellar Assistant Conference DELIVERED!

    Personal and Professional Growth

    The Office Dynamics Team provided a platform for administrative professionals who were eager to expand their learning, share their experiences and willingness to connect with one another the perfect gathering place to do just that and so much more.

    I have already received several texts and emails from the amazing women I now call friends. My well-being would not be quite as gratified as it is now, without having met these Stellar women. Our profession would not be as rewarding if Joan was not so dedicated to providing such a place for all of us. Not having the opportunity to attend this professional development conference would have been a missed opportunity for personal and professional growth.

     

     

    Dana Buchanan is a 20 plus year professional assistant with a passion for writing and offers a unique and professional perspective to projects and brainstorming sessions! She enjoys helping others discover key steps toward their career focus, job search, or self-employment exploration by creating or editing resumes, researching a particular type of job search, discovering business ideas and the action needed to succeed and loves sharing interviewing tips! Dana is also available to speak to small groups.

    You can read and follow Dana’s blogs at Success Encourager.

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    My First Experience at The Conference for Administrative Excellence 

     

    As Told By Your Office Dynamics Marketing Specialist

     

    Hello from your Office Dynamics Marketing Specialist! Recently we held our 25th Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence and WOW, it did not disappoint! So much so that I asked Brian and Joan if I could write a blog post about my experience and share some photos from the event.

     

    Oh, and just in case you are wondering, I am the guy you get all the emails from 😉

     

    So many of you came up and introduced yourselves and said, “Hey you’re the guy I get all the emails from” I had to slip it into this blog. It was so fun and so awesome to finally get to meet all of you.

     

    Before I go on, I do need to mention that this was my first conference with Joan and the Office Dynamics team as well as my first time working a conference so I didn’t know what to expect. Let me tell you, “Wow” just doesn’t describe the event with justice.

     

     

    Tuesday, October 23 – Welcome Reception

     

    The Conference began with Joan’s traditional Welcome Reception. People from all over the country and all over the world gathered for cocktails, food, networking, and the enjoyment of a Frank Sinatra actor singing to go along with our Star theme.

     

    I didn’t know what to expect or how many people would show up but when I rounded the corner with my phone on Facebook Live, I was impressed with the HUGE turnout. It seemed everybody had shown up and no one was without conversation. It really was awesome to see.

     

    I watched friends reunite, assistants from different companies getting to know each other, and a line of people waiting to meet Joan Burge. Well the line for Joan wasn’t that much of a surprise but the atmosphere was electric, and I loved it!

     

    A great way to start the week and kick off the 25th Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence.

     

     

    Wednesday, October 24 – Speakers, Classes, and Panels

     

    Wednesday began with Joan’s opening remarks that would eventually lead into the recognition of two Platinum VIPs, Joni Hogue for her 10th conference attendance and Sue Velarde for her 12th.

     

    After the awards were given out, the attendees were then told about their special “space” theme cards that they received in their welcome packet. Lisa Olsen explained that there were others in the room with the same card and that when she said “go”, everyone would have to get up out of their chair and find their other team members. Well, I’m sure you can guess what happened next when 327 people got up at once to find their teams. You can find the video of this on our Facebook and YouTube pages. Please enjoy watching it!

     

    There were several breaks throughout the day that allowed me to meet a lot of you and hear your stories about why you came to the conference. Whether it was your second or third time, or even first.

     

    It was awesome to hear the reasons why you all chose to come.

    • Googled “Administrative Conferences”
    • Co-workers or colleagues recommend the conference
    • Some attendees told their stories to their managers and were able to get several more team members approval for the conference (so cool)
    • You previously attended
    • Our agenda looked the best when compared to other administrative conferences

     

    I could go on but there were too many to list them all.

     

    Later in the day Shasta Nelson would take the stage and cover the topic of, “How to Connect in Meaningful Ways.” Unfortunately, I was not able to stay for the entire session as duties called. However, the attendees raved about her.

     

    When Shasta concluded, we broke for lunch and enjoyed prepped meals provided by Office Dynamics and most took the time to stop into the Success Store to purchase some items. After lunch, the attendees then broke out to different hands-on labs that were taught by Joan Burge, Julie Reed, Brandi Britton, and Johna Little.

     

    Wednesday ended with Jennifer Lier, accomplished singer, Las Vegas performer, former Miss Nevada winner, and former Miss America contestant. Jennifer told the story of her journey and with each instance, she would sing a song that related to that particular moment in her life. Let me just say this…JENNIFER CAN SING! I was able to attend her entire session and I’m so glad I did, it was very moving and motivating.

     

     

    Thursday, October 25 – Speakers, Classes, Panels, and Awards

     

    Thursday was awesome! By this time, the Office Dynamics team had individually put in 13 – 16 miles of walking each day, making sure that the conference was running smoothly.

     

    Lisa Olsen, the conference MC, had opened and introduced the panel that would discuss the State of the Profession. Joan Burge, joined by Lisa Olsen, Julie Reed, and Debbie Gross provided amazing insight into the profession, where it is going, and where you, as an assistant, need to be. Amazing questions were asked by a few attendees that were answered by the panel including one heated, yet passionate answer given by Joan.

     

    Click Here, to watch the State of the Profession.

     

    This session was followed by the Best Practices Sharing session conducted by Julie Reed, an Office Dynamics Elite Trainer.

     

    After a break, the attendees once again broke out into concurrent sessions and lunch soon followed.

     

    The day would end with a wonderful session by Judi Moreo that caused laughter, tears, and a sense of togetherness. You truly had to be there to experience it. Beautifully done.

     

     

    Glitz and Glam Gala

     

    WHERE DO I BEGIN?

     

    I’ve spent 8 years in the Marine Corps and have been to 7 Marine Corps Balls (the celebration of the Marine Corps Birthday) and I must say I have never been to anything like this!

     

    Every year Joan makes it a point to put on the best show, experience, and evening she can to allow her attendees to “let their hair down.” This being her 25th, she went all out. Her goal was to make each person feel as if they were the star of the show.

     

    In the hall outside the Gala was a step and repeat where paparazzi was taking pictures and interviewing attendees. You would also find a famous Mouse walking around greeting people.

     

     

    Above the entrance to the Gala, there was a beautiful arch that mimicked the entrance to the Oscars. Tall pillars and a light up sign that said, “25th Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence.” A beautiful red carpet led you under the arch and into the Gala.

     

     

    “Be Our Guest” was playing as I entered the ballroom where I literally stopped in my tracks. Just inside of the main entrance stood Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and that famous Mouse.

     

    I walked to my left and was greeted by Princess Leia, Michael Jackson, and Madonna. To the right of the room was Pocahontas, Han Solo, and Peter Pan. In the corner was a real movie set make up studio where attendees could get the star treatment of getting glitzed and glammed! Next to that was a photo booth area with our paparazzi photographer.

     

     

    Each table was beautifully covered with black and gold with a gorgeous centerpiece. The main stage was occupied by DJ Rodney and his amazing crew. The stage was decorated with two large pillars and the Oscar standing nearly 10ft tall.

     

    This night was truly for the Stars!

     

    During the 3 course dinner, the actors would put on different performances that tied to their characters but what was truly magnificent was when the characters would involve the attendees in the dance skits…and yes, I participated in two. Thanks Melia and Brian! Haha!

     

    The final skit before the dance floor was open was something out of a James Bond or Mission Impossible scene that involved espionage, dancing, acrobatics, and a performance to remember.

     

    After dinner, there was dancing, music, and so many memories made.

     

     

    I, along with many others, will not forget the night we were all Stars!

     

     

    Friday, October 26 – Final Day

     

    The day began with more prizes given out and a general session by Joan Burge. Followed by the, “What’s Next” session, the final set of concurrent classes, and Joan’s “Closing Thoughts.”

     

    A somewhat emotional yet invigorating moment for those who attended. Life-altering lessons, stories, and events took place during this amazing week followed by an inspirational message from Joan.

     

    The perfect way to end a fulfilling week.

     

    As Brian and I stood outside the doors along with Beth and Melia, I realized in our goodbyes just how amazing this week was for our attendees and for me too.

     

    In Conclusion

     

    How do I end a re-cap of one of the coolest events that I have ever had the privilege to be a part of? How about with a quick story that should explain the passion, care, and love the Office Dynamics team has.

     

    When I met many of you, you asked me how long I’ve been with the company, if I like it, and what brought me to Office Dynamics.

     

    I’d like to share with those that haven’t heard why I decided Office Dynamics was the perfect home for an aspiring marketer and at the end, I hope it will make sense to you.

     

    When I had interviewed with Brian and Joan in January, I had two other companies that had made offers to me, but before I would make my decision I wanted to do my due diligence by researching each company.

     

    The first company, a company that makes computer chips and motherboards, would’ve wanted me to blog about such things and Tweet about them. I’ll be very honest…there is no way I, as a marketer could do that; just not something I could be passionate about.

     

    The second company, in the service industry, was ok but didn’t excite me either.

     

    The last company, Office Dynamics International, specializes in the training and education of Administrative and Executive Assistants. Led by Joan Burge, a pioneer and trail-blazing woman that has a commanding presence and passion like no other.

     

    After I found Joan on YouTube, I started to watch a video from a previous conference and about 45 seconds into the video Joan got fired up and had this amazing intensity you only see in a few speakers. Joan was speaking so direct, so powerful, that I watched in awe and had goosebumps. After watching for about two minutes I sat back in my chair, smiled, and said, “I’m going to work for her.”

     

    It was approximately three weeks later when I started on February 12.

     

    Why did I choose Office Dynamics and Joan? Because someone with so much passion for the industry, so much care about the lessons, so much love for the administrative profession along with the people involved in it, is someone I can truly get behind and work with.

     

    After seeing the dedication from the Office Dynamics team, I can say that everyone has that same passion, care, and love for their work and those involved. Joan, Brian, Melia, and the speakers believe in what they are doing and only want to provide the best for all fans, followers, clients, and companies.

     

    So, I’m concluding with this…The Conference for Administrative Excellence is the culmination of the efforts of this team and I’m so very proud to be a part of it. The amount of work that this team has put into it has shown me how important that your experience is to them and at our final lunch together as a team on Friday, it showed.

     

    Sometimes in silence, sometimes in conversation, but always happy with the efforts put into it. Happy with the responses given by the attendees. Happy for our 25th conference.

     

    I hope those who attended this year’s conference enjoyed it as much as I did, and I truly cannot wait to see you all again next year.

     

     

    Your Friendly Neighborhood Marketing Guy (that sends you all those emails),

     

     

     

    Ernan A. Paredes

     

     

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    My First Experience at The Conference for Administrative Excellence 

     

    As Told By Your Office Dynamics Marketing Specialist

     

    Hello from your Office Dynamics Marketing Specialist! Recently we held our 25th Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence and WOW, it did not disappoint! So much so that I asked Brian and Joan if I could write a blog post about my experience and share some photos from the event.

     

    Oh, and just in case you are wondering, I am the guy you get all the emails from 😉

     

    So many of you came up and introduced yourselves and said, “Hey you’re the guy I get all the emails from” I had to slip it into this blog. It was so fun and so awesome to finally get to meet all of you.

     

    Before I go on, I do need to mention that this was my first conference with Joan and the Office Dynamics team as well as my first time working a conference so I didn’t know what to expect. Let me tell you, “Wow” just doesn’t describe the event with justice.

     

     

    Tuesday, October 23 – Welcome Reception

     

    The Conference began with Joan’s traditional Welcome Reception. People from all over the country and all over the world gathered for cocktails, food, networking, and the enjoyment of a Frank Sinatra actor singing to go along with our Star theme.

     

    I didn’t know what to expect or how many people would show up but when I rounded the corner with my phone on Facebook Live, I was impressed with the HUGE turnout. It seemed everybody had shown up and no one was without conversation. It really was awesome to see.

     

    I watched friends reunite, assistants from different companies getting to know each other, and a line of people waiting to meet Joan Burge. Well the line for Joan wasn’t that much of a surprise but the atmosphere was electric, and I loved it!

     

    A great way to start the week and kick off the 25th Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence.

     

     

    Wednesday, October 24 – Speakers, Classes, and Panels

     

    Wednesday began with Joan’s opening remarks that would eventually lead into the recognition of two Platinum VIPs, Joni Hogue for her 10th conference attendance and Sue Velarde for her 12th.

     

    After the awards were given out, the attendees were then told about their special “space” theme cards that they received in their welcome packet. Lisa Olsen explained that there were others in the room with the same card and that when she said “go”, everyone would have to get up out of their chair and find their other team members. Well, I’m sure you can guess what happened next when 327 people got up at once to find their teams. You can find the video of this on our Facebook and YouTube pages. Please enjoy watching it!

     

    There were several breaks throughout the day that allowed me to meet a lot of you and hear your stories about why you came to the conference. Whether it was your second or third time, or even first.

     

    It was awesome to hear the reasons why you all chose to come.

    • Googled “Administrative Conferences”
    • Co-workers or colleagues recommend the conference
    • Some attendees told their stories to their managers and were able to get several more team members approval for the conference (so cool)
    • You previously attended
    • Our agenda looked the best when compared to other administrative conferences

     

    I could go on but there were too many to list them all.

     

    Later in the day Shasta Nelson would take the stage and cover the topic of, “How to Connect in Meaningful Ways.” Unfortunately, I was not able to stay for the entire session as duties called. However, the attendees raved about her.

     

    When Shasta concluded, we broke for lunch and enjoyed prepped meals provided by Office Dynamics and most took the time to stop into the Success Store to purchase some items. After lunch, the attendees then broke out to different hands-on labs that were taught by Joan Burge, Julie Reed, Brandi Britton, and Johna Little.

     

    Wednesday ended with Jennifer Lier, accomplished singer, Las Vegas performer, former Miss Nevada winner, and former Miss America contestant. Jennifer told the story of her journey and with each instance, she would sing a song that related to that particular moment in her life. Let me just say this…JENNIFER CAN SING! I was able to attend her entire session and I’m so glad I did, it was very moving and motivating.

     

     

    Thursday, October 25 – Speakers, Classes, Panels, and Awards

     

    Thursday was awesome! By this time, the Office Dynamics team had individually put in 13 – 16 miles of walking each day, making sure that the conference was running smoothly.

     

    Lisa Olsen, the conference MC, had opened and introduced the panel that would discuss the State of the Profession. Joan Burge, joined by Lisa Olsen, Julie Reed, and Debbie Gross provided amazing insight into the profession, where it is going, and where you, as an assistant, need to be. Amazing questions were asked by a few attendees that were answered by the panel including one heated, yet passionate answer given by Joan.

     

    Click Here, to watch the State of the Profession.

     

    This session was followed by the Best Practices Sharing session conducted by Julie Reed, an Office Dynamics Elite Trainer.

     

    After a break, the attendees once again broke out into concurrent sessions and lunch soon followed.

     

    The day would end with a wonderful session by Judi Moreo that caused laughter, tears, and a sense of togetherness. You truly had to be there to experience it. Beautifully done.

     

     

    Glitz and Glam Gala

     

    WHERE DO I BEGIN?

     

    I’ve spent 8 years in the Marine Corps and have been to 7 Marine Corps Balls (the celebration of the Marine Corps Birthday) and I must say I have never been to anything like this!

     

    Every year Joan makes it a point to put on the best show, experience, and evening she can to allow her attendees to “let their hair down.” This being her 25th, she went all out. Her goal was to make each person feel as if they were the star of the show.

     

    In the hall outside the Gala was a step and repeat where paparazzi was taking pictures and interviewing attendees. You would also find a famous Mouse walking around greeting people.

     

     

    Above the entrance to the Gala, there was a beautiful arch that mimicked the entrance to the Oscars. Tall pillars and a light up sign that said, “25th Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence.” A beautiful red carpet led you under the arch and into the Gala.

     

     

    “Be Our Guest” was playing as I entered the ballroom where I literally stopped in my tracks. Just inside of the main entrance stood Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and that famous Mouse.

     

    I walked to my left and was greeted by Princess Leia, Michael Jackson, and Madonna. To the right of the room was Pocahontas, Han Solo, and Peter Pan. In the corner was a real movie set make up studio where attendees could get the star treatment of getting glitzed and glammed! Next to that was a photo booth area with our paparazzi photographer.

     

     

    Each table was beautifully covered with black and gold with a gorgeous centerpiece. The main stage was occupied by DJ Rodney and his amazing crew. The stage was decorated with two large pillars and the Oscar standing nearly 10ft tall.

     

    This night was truly for the Stars!

     

    During the 3 course dinner, the actors would put on different performances that tied to their characters but what was truly magnificent was when the characters would involve the attendees in the dance skits…and yes, I participated in two. Thanks Melia and Brian! Haha!

     

    The final skit before the dance floor was open was something out of a James Bond or Mission Impossible scene that involved espionage, dancing, acrobatics, and a performance to remember.

     

    After dinner, there was dancing, music, and so many memories made.

     

     

    I, along with many others, will not forget the night we were all Stars!

     

     

    Friday, October 26 – Final Day

     

    The day began with more prizes given out and a general session by Joan Burge. Followed by the, “What’s Next” session, the final set of concurrent classes, and Joan’s “Closing Thoughts.”

     

    A somewhat emotional yet invigorating moment for those who attended. Life-altering lessons, stories, and events took place during this amazing week followed by an inspirational message from Joan.

     

    The perfect way to end a fulfilling week.

     

    As Brian and I stood outside the doors along with Beth and Melia, I realized in our goodbyes just how amazing this week was for our attendees and for me too.

     

    In Conclusion

     

    How do I end a re-cap of one of the coolest events that I have ever had the privilege to be a part of? How about with a quick story that should explain the passion, care, and love the Office Dynamics team has.

     

    When I met many of you, you asked me how long I’ve been with the company, if I like it, and what brought me to Office Dynamics.

     

    I’d like to share with those that haven’t heard why I decided Office Dynamics was the perfect home for an aspiring marketer and at the end, I hope it will make sense to you.

     

    When I had interviewed with Brian and Joan in January, I had two other companies that had made offers to me, but before I would make my decision I wanted to do my due diligence by researching each company.

     

    The first company, a company that makes computer chips and motherboards, would’ve wanted me to blog about such things and Tweet about them. I’ll be very honest…there is no way I, as a marketer could do that; just not something I could be passionate about.

     

    The second company, in the service industry, was ok but didn’t excite me either.

     

    The last company, Office Dynamics International, specializes in the training and education of Administrative and Executive Assistants. Led by Joan Burge, a pioneer and trail-blazing woman that has a commanding presence and passion like no other.

     

    After I found Joan on YouTube, I started to watch a video from a previous conference and about 45 seconds into the video Joan got fired up and had this amazing intensity you only see in a few speakers. Joan was speaking so direct, so powerful, that I watched in awe and had goosebumps. After watching for about two minutes I sat back in my chair, smiled, and said, “I’m going to work for her.”

     

    It was approximately three weeks later when I started on February 12.

     

    Why did I choose Office Dynamics and Joan? Because someone with so much passion for the industry, so much care about the lessons, so much love for the administrative profession along with the people involved in it, is someone I can truly get behind and work with.

     

    After seeing the dedication from the Office Dynamics team, I can say that everyone has that same passion, care, and love for their work and those involved. Joan, Brian, Melia, and the speakers believe in what they are doing and only want to provide the best for all fans, followers, clients, and companies.

     

    So, I’m concluding with this…The Conference for Administrative Excellence is the culmination of the efforts of this team and I’m so very proud to be a part of it. The amount of work that this team has put into it has shown me how important that your experience is to them and at our final lunch together as a team on Friday, it showed.

     

    Sometimes in silence, sometimes in conversation, but always happy with the efforts put into it. Happy with the responses given by the attendees. Happy for our 25th conference.

     

    I hope those who attended this year’s conference enjoyed it as much as I did, and I truly cannot wait to see you all again next year.

     

     

    Your Friendly Neighborhood Marketing Guy (that sends you all those emails),

     

     

     

    Ernan A. Paredes

     

     

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    Office Dynamics Administrative Conference – Thursday Sessions 

    Thursday began with The State of the Profession, live-streamed on Facebook Live, featuring Joan Burge, Debbie Gross, Lisa Olsen, and Julie Reed.

    Then the conference broke for the first set of four concurrent labs. Debbie Gross (Strategy) suggested administrative assistants to work at a higher level by using their Outlook calendar like their own personal admin to help keep them on track with the many projects to be managed. She said admins need to FOCUS more and observe “cones of silence” to get work done. She has a 3-point system for managing email: first pass. Second pass, Do (as in under two minutes). Third pass, Defer to tasks anything remaining that requires focus and project management.

    We broke for a networking lunch (amazing lunch – kudos to Office Dynamics!) and I chatted with several assistants, sharing best practices and solving issues (two areas admins excel in!). An example:  Chris from Denver suggested some ways I could solve my overgrown Outlook folders. Lunching with admins always turns to problem solving, lessons learned, interesting recent reading, and resources they harvest from experience, training, and hard work.

    Following that amazing lunch, we reconvened for a Star-Studded Panel featuring Joan Burge, Sherry Viering, Wende Morrow, and Julie Reed. The panel discussed excellence. Julie stated that “what I do today creates and shapes my tomorrow.” Another concept was to ‘lead up.” Power attracts. Exhibit influence and seek to inspire others – that is true excellence.

    Wende mentioned taking control of your career and steering your own ship. Joan mentioned a time in her career where things outside of work began to affect her on the job. She took the initiative to have a conversation with her manager, and it worked out well. “Everyone has a life outside those doors. It makes you, “you” so it’s important to stay true to who you are when you’re going through something.” The final concept was to not get derailed from your excellence journey.

    Judi Moreo closed out the day with a keynote, “Success by Design” which received two standing ovations. She urged the audience to stay true to their own North Star. “If something is not positive, or doesn’t help you toward your goal, let it go.” Her final comment brought everyone to their feet in applause: “Sometimes things go wrong in our lives to push us toward something else.”

    Next up: The Glam and Glitz Gala!

    Your Reporter in the Field

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    Office Dynamics Administrative Conference – Wednesday Sessions 

    Following Joan’s remarks, the day rolled out with an array of fabulous speakers and the annual teambuilding event, one of Joan’s conference trademarks. Every year she and her team develop an exciting event to get people up and mingling, working together in collaboration and creativity – and this year was no exception!

    Everyone had received a constellation object on a card upon arrival. Imagine a beautiful large ballroom filled with 327 admins! The task was simple: find your 6 colleagues who held the same constellation card, using any means you wished. Once your entire team was assembled, creatively develop a team name that encompassed something related to all that group’s members. Then run up and ring the bell! Everyone was turned loose to work on the teambuilding project and it was amazing to see how the groups developed, finding their teammates using an array of methods stellar admins know how to employ.

    There is strength in unity, and smart teams know this and leverage it at work. The flipside, we learned, is to value diversity at the same time, because we also need each member’s talents and skills, life experiences and wisdom.

    Next up was Shasta Nelson, on “Replace Networking with Net-building: How to connect in meaningful ways”.

    Shasta is a friendship expert and has published two books. She explained that a healthy relationship is correctly defined as a relationship between two people who both feel seen in a safe and satisfying way.

    Relationships and support buffer our bodies against the stress in our lives. How do we close the intimacy gap? We need to change the environment in the workplace, which is where the bulk of our time is spent.  Pursue connection in your life,  set the tone as powerbrokers.

    Touching on addictive behaviors, she said, “The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It’s connection.”

    One great takeaway tip was to minimize logistics planning with friends. When you’re wrapping up a coffee or lunch, take a moment to pre-set the next date to get together, and more likely you’ll both follow through on it.

    After a great lunch, the conference broke into the four hands-on labs:

    Brandi Britton discussed communicating with confidence. Takeaway tip: omit weak words (just, might, maybe) from your speech and substitute strong words that are definitive.

    Joan Burge discussed career portfolios and why every administrative should create one. The benefits are you will be perceived as being proactive, you’ll have a hard copy of your accomplishments, and it shows people what you are capable of doing.

    Julie Reid discussed the strength and power of your brand. The takeaway was if you find your WHY, you will find your WAY. WHY power allows you to make choices. WHY power instills you with a bigger hold on the bigger picture. Your WHY is yours.

    Johna Little spoke on creating professional goals to reach stardom. It may seem like some people are lucky, but in reality, anyone can achieve their dreams. There are specific steps necessary to reach that goal! Administrators can create a development plan,  writing down the goal and the actions needed to reach it – It’s a system that works!

    The day concluded with a breathtaking presentation by Jennifer Lier, who presented on “How to land the starring role in your life!” She described how she lost 100 pounds in 10 months at age 18, and went on to win first runner-up in Miss Nevada, then returning two years later to snag the state title and represent Nevada in the Miss America competition. She advised attendees to “show up, and stay the course.” She offered three points on getting where you want to go:

    1. Decide (Yes, that’s a necessary thing to do). When you decide, you cut off all other options.
    2. Show up, and say “Yes.” Open to opportunities that come your way!
    3. Stay the course. Never give up moving toward the direction you are headed.

    Jennifer challenged the group in closing, saying “the only thing stopping you is you and the limitations you put on yourself.” She said true success is learning how to love who you are, not who you aren’t.

    It was a great way to end the day.

    Your Reporter in the Field

    Sneak Peek: Thursday we’ll hear The State of the Profession, with Joan Burge, Julie Reed, Lisa Olsen and Debbie Gross.

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