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  • feedwordpress 16:36:52 on 2018/05/07 Permalink
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    Forever A Student 

     

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    I am so jazzed! Yesterday I flew to San Diego (with Jill and Brian from ODI), to attend the ATD  International Conference and Exposition for 3 days. This is the training industry’s premier event with about 10,000 attendees, 300+ breakout sessions, and more than 600+ exhibitors. It’s amazing and can be overwhelming.

     

    I am excited to be the student this week. As you know, I am usually the teacher. At heart, I have always been a student and absolutely love to learn. I enjoy attending our industry event because I learn new trends and how they will impact me, our industry and businesses in general. I am exposed to hundreds of ideas and meet interesting people from around the world.

     

    In perusing the more than 300+ sessions, I noticed a several themes/trends. Here are two that intrigue me and should interest you.

     

    • Thriving in a disruptive workplace. One write up says: To thrive in a disruptive and accelerating world, you must develop a crucial new survival capability. Conscious leadership is the capacity to evolve and change. The obsession with being the smartest person in the room doesn’t work anymore. Being conscious is your key for adapting and thriving in a changing world. Using your conscious mind as an asset is a new way to think and feel—a new way to stand out from the crowd.

     

    • The ability to think and be creative. One of the session write-ups says: Many of our current systems train us to function: We learn the routine. We master the process. The problem? We have lost the ability to think critically, to be creative, and to contemplate ideas of the unknown. Standards, procedures, technology, and incessant demand for short-term results over long-term planning dominate our lives and plans. But the losers have become the long-term health of employees and organizations. When you think, you grow. When you grow, you learn. When you learn, you thrive.

     

    I plan to do some Facebook Lives from the conference and share some key learning points so check out our Office Dynamics Facebook page.

     

    Wishing you a great week of learning as well.

     

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    Joan Burge
    Founder & CEO

     

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  • feedwordpress 14:30:27 on 2018/04/25 Permalink
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    Happy Administrative Professionals’ Day! 

    A message from Joan Burge, Founder and CEO of Office Dynamics International:

     

    Happy Administrative Professionals’ Day!

    The team at Office Dynamics is grateful for each and every one of you. You have enriched our lives, challenged us to think big, and honor us by supporting our work. There is no greater joy for us than to serve you.

    It is my hope that you will always hold your head up high in this profession. For decades I have said being an administrative or executive assistant is a Career of Choice. There are millions of good assistants who love what they do and have committed themselves to this highly-valued work. Do you really know how special you are to your executives and organizations? I hope so and not only on this day but throughout the year.

    Well, what can I possibly tell you that you haven’t heard before or read somewhere else in relation to Administrative Professionals Day?
    Have a grand vision for yourself in this profession. That does not mean you have to climb the ladder and work for a CEO. Maybe that is not your desire. I mean expand and grow where you are planted. Expand your mind; add to your skill set; challenge your thinking; look at your day in a new way; be a life-long student. You will amaze yourself! Who you are today is not all of what you are capable of becoming. Trust me.

    To have a grand vision, you have to dream and ignore the naysayers. They don’t know you! You know you. But sometimes you don’t even know yourself. Often when assistants show up for our training, they are already skilled and experienced. During the course of the training day, they are stretched out of their comfort zones because of the learning activities we facilitate. These seasoned assistants are excited to see, at the end of the class, that they tapped into potential they didn’t even realize was within them.

    I congratulate you on how far you have come and where you are today.

    I encourage you to think bigger, to take takes risks, and become all you were created to be.

     

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    Joan Burge
    Founder and CEO

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  • feedwordpress 17:03:56 on 2018/03/29 Permalink
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    Professional Development Value 

    Professional Development Value

    Dana Buchanan is a 20 plus year professional assistant and coordinator with a passion for writing. Last year Dana attended our Conference for Administrative Excellence but in order for that to happen, she needed to justify the budget and explain the benefits to her executive. In her latest blog entry, “Professional Development Value,” she explains what she did to win her executive’s decision and how Office Dynamics helped her become a better assistant and writer! Read “Professional Development Value” and follow her blog by clicking the link!

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  • feedwordpress 15:51:34 on 2017/09/28 Permalink
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    Make Educated Decisions When Choosing an Administrative Conference (Part 1 of 6) 

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    Since there are so many administrative conferences being offered, I would like to walk you through a series of blogs on how to select the conference that is right for you, gain approval and how to get the most for your investment.

    I am keeping these blogs to the point.

    A conference should feed your brain and soul!

    1. Start with the end in mind. What is your goal or goals for going to a 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 network and meet new people?
    • Learn best practices from peers?
    • Learn best practices from subject matter experts?
    • What is the value of the program? In other words, what are you getting for your money? Any extra events such as a welcome dinner?
    1. Inquire about the quality of the workshop materials? Will you be able to use them as a reference guide after the training? Do they provide robust information?
    1. Do your research. Make a comparison spreadsheet, if necessary
    • Topics to be covered – do they align with your goals?
    • Speakers
    • The flow of the agenda – is there time for networking? Hallway conversations?
    • Location/Dates
    • # of attendees (you may not always see this number listed on the conference website)
    • The pros and cons of large vs. intimate conferences.
    • WHO is hosting the conference? Are they on a mission to help assistants?
    1. Identify your learning style (and why that’s important)
    • 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
    1. What kinds of people do you relate to or want to be around? (This is very important. Who attends is just as important as the speakers.)
    • Low-key vs. high energy
    • Who are a step or 2 ahead of you or just like you
    • Passionate about the profession or it’s just a job
    • Committed to making personal change or someone who just wants to be 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?

    Be sure to look for the rest of this 6-part Series.

    Joan Burge

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  • feedwordpress 09:12:59 on 2017/01/12 Permalink
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    How to Get the Most Out of Your Upcoming Administrative Conference 

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    Next week I’ll be attending a large conference in Las Vegas to further my education. Today, my head is swarming after reading through what seemed like a never-ending website, each page loaded with tons of information. This is a training-industry conference and is one of the big ones. This is the first time I am attending this particular training industry event which is mostly focused on learning technologies. But it’s not that simple. It is a massive arena.

    I wanted to plan which sessions I want to attend. Quite honestly, I feel more confused than ever. On the first day alone, there are 70 sessions to choose from. Yikes, I only have 7 hours at the conference including lunch, exhibit halls and breaks. How am I supposed to choose? The second day of the conference offers 65 sessions. Really? How can any one person make a decision as to which sessions are the best?

    And to top it off, to figure out which sessions I want to attend, I have to click on each session title to learn about the session. Do you realize how time-consuming that is for me? So after almost 2 hours of reading and barely touching the surface, I am somewhat frustrated and my brain is saturated. I’m definitely on overload.

    This experience got me thinking about our own administrative conference we hold each fall and the attendee experience.

    I now understand why administrative and executive assistants have raved about the intimacy of the Office Dynamics Conference for Administrative Excellence. Aside from the less than 500 attendees, past attendees have told us they love that we do not offer concurrent sessions or when we do host concurrent session, we offer only 3 at a time.

    Whether you’re attending a large or small event this year to continue your administrative learning, take these three tips into consideration and make them part of your planning process.

    4 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Upcoming Administrative Conference:

    1. Have a goal in mind for the learning event. Think about why you are attending this event. Are there specific learning objectives you wish to accomplish? New skills you want to acquire? New technologies you want to learn about and begin to implement?
    2. Take in the information bit-by-bit. If you’re attending a large event, you don’t need to attend everything that is being offered. It’s simply not possible. Allow yourself to soak in the offerings and choose what’s best for you and the goal you selected for yourself (tip 1).
    3. Use the tools offered to get to know attendees before, during and after the program. Follow the event hashtag, use it. Ask questions and introduce yourself to people who are also attending. Networking doesn’t only happen at the live event, it also happens before and after the event, so take advantage of that.
    4. Write your goal(s) for the event down on an “Action Log” for the event. During the event, begin to create your plan of action. What are the obstacles you will face when you return to the office, what are the steps you need to take and in what order? What are the resources you’ll need?

    As I’ve been mapping out my own upcoming conference experience, I am reminded that more is not always better. Thousands of participants do not always make for great networking. In fact, it makes bonding and creating long-lasting relationships even more difficult. Hundreds of concurrent sessions are not always better. So many options often cause stress and frustration. Targeted topics around a key theme increase the chances of behavior change. These are just some of the things that make our administrative conference unique from other administrative conferences.

    I’d like to hear from you. What are the methods you implement for a successful learning experience when attending any administrative conference or training workshop?

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