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    Conference for Administrative Assistants – How to Get Your Executive’s Approval 


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    Most of the time assistants tell me they can’t attend our conference for administrative assistants or training because of budget cuts or not getting financial support. Sometimes it really is a budget issue. I understand that perfectly as a business owner and CEO. But often, it’s just lack of knowing how to sell the conference to the executive. Have the courage to go after what you want. That in itself is a learning experience. Below are strategies that really work. I used them when I was an assistant and needed to convince my executive to send me to a conference for administrative assistants.

    Points to Consider
    1. You need to continually learn and grow. In today’s competitive marketplace and at the pace this profession is changing, if you do not continually enhance your skills, build new ones, and have a strategy for your career, you will get left in the dust.

    2. Don’t feel guilty about being out of the office to attend a program or conference that will make you better equipped, faster, smarter, and sharper. 

    3. Get your executive to see the long-term payoff. Often executives think about the number of days you will be out of the office. You need to help them see that while you may be gone three or four days, you will gain skills and knowledge that will take you, and them, into the future. 

    4. Executives travel all over the country. Why shouldn’t you? Some assistants tell me they can only attend seminars that take place in their city or state. That is not 21st Century thinking. Assistants should be a business partner to their executive, so start acting like a business partner and convince your manager why you should be allowed to travel out of state.

    5. Don’t give up. If you really believe this training will help you professionally or even just rejuvenate your enthusiasm about your career, realize it may take three or four attempts to convince your manager. You may have to try different ways or formats to persuade your executive and, remember, timing is important.

    Principles of Persuasion

    1. Know exactly what you want to accomplish by attending a conference for administrative assistants. List your objectives alongside each topic in the curriculum and how that will tie into your current job or prepare you for the future.

    2. To be a good seller, consider the buyer’s viewpoint. Try to put yourself in your executive’s position. What key selling points would be important to your executive? How will your executive benefit from you attending the conference?

    3. Learn what motivates your executive. Is your executive motivated by ROI (return on investment), the skills you will develop or you learning from an acclaimed expert in the field? Does your executive believe in personal development and growth? If not, it will be a harder sell but don’t give up; be persistent.

    4. Keep in mind the format you will use to present your case. Try to gauge your receiver’s communication style preference. Does your executive prefer information short and to the point or does your executive like details? Is your executive a visual person? If so, provide graphs or charts to make your point. Or for example, use visuals from the administrative conference site and pull them into PowerPoint or mini-posters to communicate with your executive.

    5. Tie key learning points of the conference for administrative assistants to your professional development plan for the year and to the goals of your department.

    6. Show your executive how what you will learn will help you in specific areas of your job. For example: Let’s say one of the topics covered will be learning and understanding communication styles. Tell your executive you will use that information to be a better communicator by tapping into the receiver’s style; build rapport with internal and external customers; and complement your executive’s and his or her staff’s communication styles.

    7. If your executive still says no to the conference for administrative assistants, sincerely ask your executive why he or she believes this is not a good investment. You may be able to counter that perception.

    8. It always helps to let your executive know that you will share what you have learned with other assistants in your organization. But be absolutely cognizant of copyrights.

    9. Emphasize the benefits of networking at the conference with peers and learning from others in the field.

    10. Negotiate if necessary. Ask your executive to pay the registration fee and hotel and you’ll pay your airfare. Or you pay for your hotel stay and ask your executive to pay for registration and airfare. Be creative!

    11. If all else fails, maybe you need to make the financial investment in yourself. Yes, I said you make the investment. I know several high-performing assistants who have spent thousands of dollars on their development and have reaped tremendous rewards over the years.

    GOOD LUCK!

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  • feedwordpress 18:00:41 on 2019/05/14 Permalink
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    Choosing the Best Administrative Assistant or Executive Assistant Conference 


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    An administrative conference should feed your brain and soul!

    You have finally gotten the approval to attend an administrative conference, maybe you have decided to invest in yourself by attending an administrative conference but choosing the best administrative assistant or executive assistant conference is no easy task.

    Attending an administrative conference is a big investment of your time and money. You should choose wisely. There are numerous factors to take into consideration when deciding which administrative conference to attend.

    1. Start with the end in mind. What is your goal or goals for going to an administrative conference?
      • Education wise: What skills do you need to grow? What new skills do you need to learn/develop?
        • The problem with this is sometimes we don’t know what we need to develop. It’s called our blind spot. To understand this further, Google Johari Window.
        • For the last several years of hosting our administrative conference, we have had themes that most assistants would not even consider. That is because our intent is to develop assistants for what is to come! To be ahead of the curve. Some of our administrative conference themes have been: collaboration; resiliency; revolutionary; and empowerment.
      • To network and meet new people
      • Learn best practices from administrative peers
      • Learn best practices from subject matter experts
    2. Do your research. Make a comparison spreadsheet, if necessary
      • Topics to be covered – do they align with your goals?
      • Speakers – are they polished professionals? Do they walk their talk?  Do they understand the administrative profession? Or are they a thought leader in a particular area of focus?
      • The flow of the agenda – is there time for networking? Hallway conversations?
      • Location/Dates
      • The number of conference attendees is important. Do you want to be with thousands of assistants or just a few hundred? Both have their benefits, however, at smaller group administrative conference, you get to know more of the attendees and it is less chaotic allowing for enhanced networking. (You may not always see this number listed on the conference web site but you can call to ask how many people usually attend the conference.)
        • The pros and cons of large vs. intimate conferences.
      • WHO is hosting the conference? This is really important. Today there are several people who don’t understand the administrative profession but are hosting conferences for them. Normally for these individuals or organizations, they are hosting an administrative conference just to make money. It is better to choose an administrative conference where the host or hosting organization is on a real mission to help assistants.
      • What is the value of the program? What are you getting for your money? Any extra events such as a welcome dinner?  What meals are included? Of course, the content should always be the most important but when you are comparing one seminar to another and can only attend one, you need to consider these other aspects.
      • Inquire about the quality of the workshop materials? Some administrative conferences are cutting back on hard-copy participant materials to save money. Many speakers will not even create a handout for attendees. So attendees have to take a bunch of photos of the PowerPoint slides as the speaker presents. This is a pain as you can’t concentrate on what the speaker is saying. I view this as a speaker being lazy. Easy for them, more work for the conference participant. Will you be able to use the conference as a reference guide after the conference? Do they provide robust information? What about post-class follow-up activities for ongoing learning?
    3. Identify your learning style to help you choose the administrative conference that is best for you.
      • High energy or slower pace?
      • Hands-on; experiential or sit and listen?
      • Talked to or involved and be able to do activities with other attendees when a speaker is presenting
    4. When you attend a conference you are going to be surrounded by people for two or more days. What kinds of people do you relate to?
      • Low key vs. high energy. I personally love being around high-energy individuals.
      • Passionate about the profession or it’s just a job.
      • Committed to making personal change through developmental opportunities or someone who just wants to get out of the office and learn some basic stuff.
      • Do you want to be surrounded by people who will make you better? Or agree with you all the time?
      • Do you want to be around sharp, professional speakers and attendees or ho-hum people?

    The above list are things I personally consider when I am choosing the best administrative assistant or executive assistant conference. Be really selective when searching and choosing an administrative conference.

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  • feedwordpress 19:00:54 on 2019/03/07 Permalink
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    Empowering Tips for the Administrative and Executive Assistant – Part 2 


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    In part one of “Empowering Tips” I mentioned that the word Empower is not only the theme of the 26th Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence, it is used in a variety of situations and conversations. I highlighted the many professional and personal development focuses that I have learned from Office Dynamics resources, conference, team, and owner – Ms. Joan Burge.  

    As much as confidence is a key component to embracing and defining your own empowerment, courage is another major component. One thing I hear Joan encourage during conferences, webinars, and one on one conversations is to be courageous. She encourages self-growth, learning, and being in charge of your own development. To borrow a quote from Joan’s Greatest Administrative Secrets Revealed book – “Success is about expanding yourself where you are currently planted.”

    It takes courage to accept where you are planted, to recognize your strengths, and see areas of growth as shining opportunities to create the best version of yourself. Being courageous by setting goals that challenge your comfort zone and utilizing the resources that you currently have empowers you. Joan has said several times that we are all capable of so much more than we are currently doing.

    During my very first meeting with Joan, a meeting by mere chance in a restaurant before the conference, Joan asked me what I was expecting from the conference. That question ignited thought in me, as stunned (and unprepared) as I was to actually be face to face with her, I dug down and pushed through my shyness and found the courage to make the absolute most out of this short unexpected meeting of chance with a woman I truly admire!

    Part of my response was that I wanted to connect with others in my chosen field by sharing tips and questions and answers. She smiled and encouraged me to reach out of my comfort zone and introduce myself to as many attendees as I could; to learn from everyone I met.

    That was way out of my comfort zone! It took courage to go up and talk to women I had never met, let alone ask them questions and engage in full-blown conversations. I am so glad I did though! The friendships and tips I took away from my first ever Administrative Professionals conference was empowering to say the least. After attending the 24th Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence, I returned home with more courage to share professional ideas at work. I dedicated time to self-care as often as possible, and focus on professional and personal development goals.

    Courage to push yourself even a little out of your comfort zone empowers and encourages self-discovery. When I attended last year’s conference, I was even more confident and courageous, connected with several attendees, and asked a lot of questions. Each opportunity to connect with others and to share ideas empowers us. I encourage you to seek opportunities both professionally and personally, that encourages empowerment of yourself and others. 

    How do you find courageous ways to expand yourself where you are planted? What are some ways you recently pushed beyond your comfort zone?

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    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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  • feedwordpress 17:15:25 on 2019/02/21 Permalink
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    Empowering Tips for the Administrative and Executive Assistant 


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    The word Empower is not only the theme of the 26th Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence it is used in a variety of situations and conversations. It is also an excellent mantra keyword and topic for personal and professional mission statements.

    There are several ways to feel empowered and encourage empowerment in others. During conversations, I have had the privilege to have with Joan Burge she has always encouraged the true meaning of empowerment for all, especially those in the administrative profession.

    The main topic of most conversations, not only with myself but also with other professionals and conference and/or training attendees is encouraging everyone to:

    • Take control of their professional and personal life by being confident in their own abilities
    • Accepting challenges as opportunities to grow
    • Continuing to constantly learn & expand your knowledge beyond your own career field
    • Purposefully create opportunity in every situation (be purposefully visible)
    • Find your inner circle of support and actively connect with them
    • Set stretch goals
    • Celebrate accomplishments enthusiastically
    • Take pride in the profession
    • Make time for family, friends, faith, and fun
    • Accept projects that challenge you

    Confidence is a major key component to embracing and defining your own empowerment focus. Whether you feel confident in your current abilities, experience, and comfortable with your personal and professional life or if you are feeling a lack of confidence, the empowering tips above can help you define your direction. Feeling less confident is not a weakness; it is an opportunity to focus on areas you can grow in.

    Creating a mission statement or mantra and setting personal and professional goals can boost confidence and empower you. Confidence is being certain about the truth; knowing and appreciating one’s own abilities through that truth. To be certain of something you should feel comfortable and knowledgeable. Goals that include opportunities to learn, challenge comfort zones, inspire creating, connecting with supportive others, and promote inner happiness build confidence, which empowers individuals to accept and celebrate their unique qualities.

    How do you encourage personal empowerment and inspire others to do the same?

    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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  • feedwordpress 17:15:47 on 2019/02/20 Permalink
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    Las Vegas Restaurants and Attractions to Visit While Attending Our Conference for Administrative Assistants 


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    Hello Office Dynamics friends and family! Ernan here and I’m very excited to share with you a little interview I had with Joan Burge.

    Year after year we host the Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence here in Las Vegas and each year about half of the attendees are new, not just to our Conference but to the city of Las Vegas.

    This got us thinking, if you are new to Las Vegas and you are here for a conference, it can be extremely overwhelming trying to figure out what you should visit and experience. So, I sat down with Joan Burge and asked her what her favorite places are and what she recommends to visit for your first time here in Las Vegas.

    Here are Joan’s recommendations in no particular order.

    Bellagio – Fountains of Bellagio and Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

    The Bellagio is part of the MGM Resorts and is located approximately in the middle of The Strip. It is considered a luxury hotel and casino and hosts the “Fountains of Bellagio” and conservatory and botanical gardens.

    The Fountains are a choreographed water performance that uses light and music to add to it’s show. It’s located in front of the Bellagio and the show takes place every 30 minutes during the day. After 8 pm, the fountains play every 15 minutes until midnight.

    It’s a wonderful display that will leave you speechless and standing in awe.

    The conservatory and botanical gardens is inside of the Bellagio hotel and is located next to the hotel’s lobby. This attraction features five seasonal themes and celebrates the Chinese New Year, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, the spring display, and the summer display which is usually red, white and blue themed.

    Both of these attractions are FREE and definitely worth the trip to the Strip.

    Fremont Street

    What can we say about this place that hasn’t already been said? It truly is a place to see everything!

    Fremont street is roughly seven blocks and is located downtown Las Vegas. It is home to the world’s largest video screen, the Viva Vision, that gives an amazing light show while your favorite songs are played. The Viva Vision is 1,500 fee long, 90 feet wide and yes it stretches over head.

    Other amenities include zip lining on SlotZilla which is 12 stories and almost the entire length of the Viva Vision. Various restaurants such as Hugo’s Cellar, Second Street Grill, American Coney Island, Red Sushi, Chicago Brewing Co., and Cadillac Mexican Grill are scattered throughout. You might be lucky enough to catch live music as well. One last thing, if you are a people watcher, then this is your place!

    If you, your friends, and your fellow conference attendees decide to go be prepared to see anything and everything!

    Vintner Grill

    For those administrative assistants and executive assistants that are attending the conference here in Vegas, food can be hard to settle on when in a group. So many choices and styles to choose from!

    Vintner Grill is an American Bar and Bistro that is located in Summerlin. The setting is a very inviting modern look and the menu is American dishes infused with amazing flavors from Spain, France and Italy.

    Joan calls this one a “must go to.”

    Hawthorne Grill

    The Hawthorne Grill is located in the JW Marriott only a few miles away from the Red Rock Casino and Resort. This very dining experience has a menu that caters to breakfast, lunch, Sunday brunch, a champagne menu and a very nice selection of cocktails and wine.

    The dining room is perfect for a business gathering or a romantic dinner. This restaurant sits next to a large outdoor patio that overlooks a beautiful waterfall with an amazing array of foliage.

    This blissful restaurant will definitely make you feel that Las Vegas high life.

    We loved the Roasted Atlantic Salmon and the Pan Seared Diver Scallops!

    The Park

    One of the newest additions to Las Vegas, The Park, sits in between New York, New York, the Park MGM and the T-Mobile Arena. It features restaurants, bars, and shops.

    If you are a beer connoisseur or a sushi fanatic, The Park has the right place for you. The Beerhaus houses craft beers from around the United States from Michigan to California. If you are craving sushi then you will want to visit Sake Rok which is inspired by Japan’s vibrant pop culture. You will find other places like Bruxie and California Pizza Kitchen in the same area.

    From the park you will have easy access to New York, New York where you can ride the roller coaster or visit the newly renovated Park MGM Las Vegas.

    This destination is a little further away but you can definitely make your way up and down the strip seeing other attractions like the High Roller, Skyfall Lounge, various Cirque du Soleil shows, and the Chandelier bar located in the Cosmopolitan.

    Linq/High Roller

    The Linq is a hotel/casino centrally located on the Strip sitting across the street from Bally’s and Caesars Palace that is also home to a nice shopping area and the famous High Roller.

    The High Roller is  550 feet tall and has 28 passenger cabins that have a 40-passenger capacity.

    It takes roughly 30 minutes for a rotation and at night it is lit up by a 2,000-LED multicolor system.

    Day or night, you will get a view you will never forget.

    T-Bones Chophouse

    T-Bones Chophouse is located right inside the Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa, so all conference attendees can just take a little walk downstairs and find themselves in one of Joan’s favorite restaurants in Las Vegas.

    The restaurant has an amazing selection of the freshest seafood, side dishes, and decadent desserts.

    In 2015 T-Bones Chophouse was selected as a Wine Spectator Restaurant Award Winner.

    While you are at the Conference for Administrative Excellence, you should consider giving this venue a visit.

    Skyfall Lounge

    This chic bar sits on the Delano’s 64th floor, overlooking the beautiful Las Vegas landscape while serving artisan cocktails and playing easygoing tunes with eclectic beats.

    This Joan Burge favorite opens at 5:00 PM and requires a “nightlife attire” for its dress code but be ready because this one of a kind venue boasts prices that match the requirements.

    Click here, to visit the Skyfall Lounge website.

    O – Cirque du Soleil

    This water-themed production is put on by Cirque du Soleil, a Canadian circus and entertainment company and has had residence in Las Vegas since 1998.

    This stage production takes place in, around, and above a tank of water that holds 1.5 million gallons.

    O is a performance that uses 150 stage technicians, a cast of 85 members that is comprised of international acrobats, divers, and synchronized swimmers.

    You will be sitting in a theater that is made to represent a 14-century European opera house that seats 1,800 people.

    If you visit this show, you will not forget it.

    Whether it is our Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence or a different conference, we hope that you take a night or two to yourself and enjoy the greatness that Las Vegas has to offer.

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