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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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    Why it’s Worth Sending Your Administrative Assistant to a Conference 


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    “Why is it worth sending my administrative assistant to a conference?” is a question that a lot of executives ask themselves when they know there is so much free content on the internet their assistant can learn from.

    However, we all know that attending an in-person administrative conference is light years ahead of watching an online webinar.

    Besides all the fun perks, the chance to travel to a new city, and once in a lifetime experiences there are more reasons to invest in your administrative and executive assistant.

    Knowledge. Conferences are the best place to discover new trends and practices. Administrative assistants from around the world gather at the Conference for Administrative Excellence and share their stories, experiences, and best practices with one another. This creates a vast pool of knowledge and potential.

    Top Minds. Conferences not only attract those that want to excel in their work but they also attract some of the top minds and trail blazers of the industry. The speakers that come to the Conference for Administrative Excellence not only have worked for some of the biggest names but have also established themselves as distinguished figures in the administrative and executive assistant industry.

    Discovery. Attending a conference will allow your administrative or executive assistant to discover new trends, techniques, groundbreaking ideas, and practices that will help propel them and your business to new heights.

    Networking. Attending a conference will allow the attendees to surround themselves with like-minded people that strive to exceed the expectations of their managers and executives. By surrounding themselves with these type of hard working individuals it allows them to make connections that could not only last a life time but carry on to future business ventures.

    Taking a step away. Sometimes taking a step away can lead to a greater solution and by attending a conference your administrative or executive assistant will be given the chance to step away from their current work (momentarily) and put their focus on something else that is constructive and beneficial for the business long-run.

    Investing in your administrative or executive assistant is not just an investment in them, it is an investment in your company and your company’s future. The Conference for Administrative Excellence has been providing some of the industry’s best practices to administrative assistants and executive assistants from around the world, for decades. Click here, to learn more about the Conference for Administrative Excellence.

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  • feedwordpress 15:45:54 on 2018/11/13 Permalink
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    High Fives at an Administrative Assistant Conference 


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    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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