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    5 Reasons to Attend Office Dynamics World Class Assistant Course 


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    There are many reasons why you should attend an administrative assistant certification or designation course but are those reasons right for you or are you still trying to figure out why you should a certification and designation course? Joan Burge, founder and CEO of Office Dynamics International is the creator of the World Class Assistant™ course and has helped men and women from around the world get their CWCA designation.

    Based on Joan’s experiences, conversations, and testimonials Joan has put together a short list of the top reasons why attending the Office Dynamics World Class Assistant™ course is a must for all administrative assistants and executive assistants.

    #1: Robust content. This course was created by Joan Burge, founder and CEO, Office Dynamics International. Joan has more than four decades of experience in the administrative and training industry, with an emphasis on instructional design. The course content is current, relevant, and vigorous.

    #2: Experiential learning means you retain what you learn. It is a fact that we retain information far longer and better by doing than just reading or listening. At the WCA live class, you will be fully immersed in your learning. No sitting on the sidelines. This means you have a far better chance of retaining information and changing behavior after your training.

    #3: Elite group. Stand out among the crowd. unlike other administrative certifications and designations which are awarded to tens of thousands of assistants, Office Dynamics’ CWCA designation has been awarded to 750 assistants. This means this designation stands out far above the crowd and so will you!

    #4: Intimate class size. The class is limited to 25 attendees thus creating a better learning environment. Attendees have ample time to practice newly-learned skills, work in teams, receive peer feedback, and experience exceptional networking.

    #5: No re-certification. You do not have to recertify for the CWCA designation. CWCA is a curriculum-based designation meaning the only way a person can obtain this one-of-a-kind designation is by attending the live course, demonstrating behaviors in class, and passing a quiz at the end of the class.

    Boost your confidence and career. Register today!

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  • feedwordpress 17:15:20 on 2018/11/08 Permalink
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    Snuff Out the Burnout 


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    If you feel you are on the verge of stressing too much because of your job or even home life, take a step back. You might be burning out. Before it becomes full-blown, take these steps:

    1. Find time to play. Even if it means forcing yourself. People on the verge of burnout usually are spending less time with family and friends. They have trouble getting away from the workplace. If you can’t take a few days off, even just one day, in a relaxing environment with no computers, faxes, e-mails, phone calls or any thoughts of work, can help renew you. Try a technology fast on this day off to get the full benefit of rejuvenation.
    2. Set realistic objectives. If you are feeling snowed under at work, sit down with a boss and prioritize your projects. Categorize them and then attack!
    3. Use your support network. Everyone needs people inside and outside of work to turn to for support, encouragement, and candid feedback. Most important are those folks who laugh with you and are true friends.
    4. Keep your options open within the Company. People who burn out usually feel they do not have a way out of a situation. Update your resume and be prepared to talk about your accomplishments in the past five years and what you can contribute to the organization. Determine areas within the company that you may contribute to.

    Other tidbits:
    * Plan a vacation or quick getaway

    • Sign up for regular, non-work activity during the weeks that makes you leave the office early.
    • Subscribe to publications that have no relationship to your profession.

     

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  • feedwordpress 20:00:13 on 2018/07/19 Permalink
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    It’s COOL to be an Administrative Professional 


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    It’s COOL to be an Administrative Professional because you have a pulse on how people feel. It seems that most people in a workplace confide in administrative professionals. How many times have your executive’s direct reports talked to you in confidence? Or how many just talk to you about how they feel about a project — or changes taking place in the company?

     

    Often, you are viewed as a confidante. They are comfortable talking to you. And they look to you for answers or insight. How many times has one of your leader’s staff members come to you to check the thermostat of your leader? They will ask, “Is this a good time to see Joe?” Or, “Do you think this is a good time to talk to Melissa about the project?”

     

    You often have a clear understanding of what’s going on behind the scenes and can provide valuable information to your leader, if you choose. Or sometimes you keep quiet because you know that is the right thing to do. People will come to you and open up that would not go to your executive and open up. How cool is that?

     

    One thing you might want to consider is – are you a trusted confidante? Do you know when you should share something you heard with your leader and when you should be quiet? Are you careful to not put your spin on the information you have heard when transmitting it to your leader?

     

    Are there times you wish people would not share with you? Do you wish your leader’s staff would not come to you? What are your thoughts on this topic?

     

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  • feedwordpress 16:30:28 on 2018/06/19 Permalink
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    Introduce Yourself to Yourself 


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    You’re not the person you once were. Times change. People change. You have changed, too. You owe it to yourself to make time for introspection so that you’re not a stranger to yourself. Don’t wait for quiet time to open up because it never will. There will always be a project to work on, family demands, another errand to run, another memo to write.

    Schedule time for getting to know yourself. When the time arrives, ask questions. As you search for answers, avoid knee-jerk responses, which tend to camouflage the truth. For example, if you ask yourself “Where do I want to go?” and the answer is “I  want to work for this company until I retire, and I’ll do my best to keep my job,” it may be the answer your spouse or friends expect from you. If so, you’re operating on automatic pilot! Perhaps you would really like to work for a top executive instead of a middle manager. If so, say so. Soon you may think about steps to take to groom yourself for the job. There’s a very slim chance that you’ll ever work for a top executive unless you know that is what you want to do.

    Are You Courageous?

    Don’t neglect to ask yourself about courage. Courage is that inner quality you possess that enables you to face challenges (e.g., change) and act without showing fear.

    Are You Easily Intimidated?

    This is another good question to ask yourself during a period of introspection. That’s because feeling intimidated is self-limiting.

    • It holds you back from being the best you can be or from offering good suggestions to improve work conditions.
    • It can lower your sense of self-worth.
    • It stunts professional and personal growth and doesn’t allow your star qualities to shine.

    You may not realize that this heavyweight is chained to your ankles. If you look down and find it there, get ready to break the chain.

    Such things as another person’s title or tone of voice intimidate some people. Some feel intimidated when a coworker is opinionated and speaks loudly, stands too close or is considerably taller.

    It’s likely that each of us feels intimidated on occasion, but it’s very helpful to combat the feeling because it’s plain old not good for you!

    After you tap into this reservoir of information about yourself, notify yourself that you’re in charge: “I’ve got five years of valuable experience behind me, and I can build upon that.” Find a way to do what you want to do. You may need others to help you reach your goals. Reach out to those folks. It’s impractical to wait and see if someone will come and take you by the hand. Moreover, the journey to attain your goal should fill you with excitement and bring you joy. (Did you ever hear the saying, “Getting there is half the fun”?)

    When life pitches you curves, conjure up creative ways to knock them out of the ballpark. You might get knocked down, but you don’t have to stay down. Pick yourself up and get on with it.

     

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  • feedwordpress 22:00:37 on 2018/05/06 Permalink
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    Meeting New People as an Administrative Professional 


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    Meeting new people as an Administrative Professional is cool! Think about all the people you have met because of the people you support and where you work. Where else would you meet such a broad range of individuals? Many executive assistants and administrative assistants work with a variety of cultures. Even in my “good” old days as an executive assistant, I worked with people from Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and France.

    In our company, we have been so fortunate to meet administrative professionals from Russia, Japan, Italy, and Qatar.

    Then think of all the high-caliber people you have met through your executive or organization. Do you ever stop and think about how fortunate you are to have met such a repertoire of people? What about any local networks you have developed through your job?

    Do you ever stop to think how fortunate you are to meet so many diverse individuals because you work in the administrative profession? How many people would you not know if you didn’t work in the administrative profession—or for the executive you support? Are you showing an interest in others? Do you extend yourself to learn about people even though they don’t think just like you? Do you try to know the people your executive knows? Do you display a good attitude with everyone you meet? Is your network vast?

    Be Cool! Get to know others — you may learn something new — and you never know who they might know that you need to know!

     

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    Founder and CEO

     

     

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