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  • feedwordpress 14:15:42 on 2018/07/17 Permalink
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    Word Alert! Pompous Phrases Can Set an Arrogant Tone 

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    With the spoken word, we have the privilege of adding voice intonation, hand gestures, and emotion with our vocal cords. That doesn’t happen as easily in writing. You might leave readers guessing about your intended meaning and risk setting a tone that can be misconstrued.

    Does your writing come across as arrogant? Are you using pompous phrases? To avoid confusion, consider dropping the following idioms and phrases from your writing altogether. Not only will you convey your thoughts more directly, but your writing will gain clarity.

    Question using these suspicious phrases in your writing:

    • Not to mention . . . (then why mention it at all?)
    • It goes without saying . . . (then why say it?)
    • If I may say so . . . (it’s your writing; of course, you may say so)
    • I believe that . . . (it’s your writing; of course, you believe it)
    • In my humble opinion . . . (what makes it humble, anyway?)
    • To tell the truth . . . (you mean you weren’t telling the truth?)
    • To be honest with you . . . (you weren’t being honest before?)
    • For the record . . . (are we in court?)
    • Let me be perfectly clear . . . (followed by bafflegab)
    • This may sound stupid but . . . (it already sounds stupid)
    • With all due respect . . . (prefacing a negative comment this way doesn’t change it)

    One More Phrase: “In Other Words”

    Another oh-too-common phrase to question is “in other words.” Why? Because it often introduces a clarifying sentence that follows a mediocre one. Instead of adding a sentence, go back and strengthen the first sentence. Then you might not even need a follow-up clarifying one. Test this idea in your own work.

    Ultimately, you strive for clear, intentional expressions of your thoughts and beliefs in everything you write. Don’t let phrases such as these get in the way!

    Barbara McNichol is passionate about helping administrative professionals add power to their pen. To assist in this mission, she has created a Word Trippers Tips resource to quickly find the right word when it matters most. It allows you to improve your writing through weekly resources in your inbox, including a webinar, crossword puzzles, and a Word Tripper of the Week for 52 weeks. Enjoy a $30 discount at checkout with the code ODI at www.wordtrippers.com/odi.

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  • feedwordpress 15:30:47 on 2018/05/23 Permalink
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    Insights from a “Rock Star”: A Conversation with Joan Burge 

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    OSU Administrative Professionals Hosted Joan Burge

     

    Ohio State University Administrative Professionals Group hosted Joan Burge April 23, 2018, in an informal session called Insights From a Rock Star: A Conversation with Joan Burge. Many of the professionals attending had questions about Joan and her accomplishments, however, there were several questions during the event that were asked that are often asked by our own readers.

    We thought we’d share some of those questions that were posed to Joan.

     

    How does one enhance his/her value in a partnership with an executive who has challenges delegating work?

    My number one is don’t ask for permission. Just jump in and engage in the change and do it. As far as the value the second place you can add value is by looking within your own area of the work. Identify the areas in which you excel and leverage them. If you have a good leader, they should be observing your talents and sending work your way that play to your talents.

     

     

    What are a few key strategies for “managing up” when one’s new manager is resistant to change?

    Number one, focus on selling the benefits of the change to your executive. Number two is to ask your executive to try this new process or idea that you are recommending for at least 21 days. The reason for that is because it usually takes us 21 days to feel semi-comfortable with something new. After 21 days, you can ask your executive their thoughts on the new process. Is there anything that should be changed or tweaked?

     

    What challenges do administrative professionals face today compared to ten years ago?

    There is a huge lack of information. Years ago, before all the technology, everything had to cross an assistant’s desk. Therefore, we saw everything, we had to read everything, and we had access to information. Today, information is out in space or in the cloud and assistants don’t have access. That makes their job more difficult. So, my advice for an assistant is you have to ask questions, you have to pull information out of your executive, and you have to get your nose in their business in what they’re doing so you can do your job better and be more proactive.

     

     

    Of all the skills and talents that an Administrative Professional must have in today’s world, which are the most critical and why?

    The most critical skill is resiliency today. You absolutely have to be resilient with all the changes that are taking place. You have to be adaptable, agile, and go with the flow. You also have to be resilient to whatever your executive dishes out to you. Executives need it done now and they need it quick. They are not always going to cushion the words they use or worry about how they say it. They are just going to tell you what they need. So you’ve got to be resilient, you can’t take it personally. You can’t get offended because your executive is not wording their request exactly like you want.

     

    What piece of advice did you not receive that you wish you had?

    It’s not personal. Business is just business, work is just work. The decisions your executives and managers make are just decisions they just make. It’s not personal! It doesn’t have to do with you personally even though it affects you personally. It’s just business. You’ve got to toughen up.

     

     

    Joan Burge has been speaking to small and large groups for over 25 years. Her passion and drive for the administrative field, the women, and men that are involved in it continues to fuel her desire to improve the overall standard of the administrative and executive assistants around the world. With creative teaching techniques, powerful lessons, and high-impact training Joan and Office Dynamics continue to lead and set the standard for all administrative training.

     

    Joan is available to speak at your events. Please call 800.STAR.139 to get more information.

     

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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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    Joan Burge
    Founder and 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 14:30:14 on 2018/04/13 Permalink
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    Why Good Writing Skills Are Important In The Workplace 

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    Do you ever find yourself asking “Why Good Writing Skills Are Important In The Workplace? Why home in (or is it hone in?) on the technicalities? Who notices? Who cares?

    Those who care about productivity, for one. Studies show that 6% of productivity in corporations is affected by poorly written communications. And that number is probably low. Still, it reflects the time wasted going back and forth, back and forth, to clarify messages that should have been clear, concise, and complete in the first place.

    Who else cares?

    Those who sign your paycheck. If your written missives are riddled with errors, you will likely fall short of getting the results expected and could be (or should be) forced to redo the work. Incorrect grammar, misused words, long-winded sentences—all too commonly found in business writing.

    Who else cares?

    The recipients of your message. Perhaps you expect them to take action on something as straight-forward as “attend this meeting,” but your message fails to convey the when, where, and/or why clearly. They’re not sure what to do; you’ve left them wondering about the meeting itself—and about your competence.

    Being impeccable in your writing is essential to doing your job well. The credibility and reputation you arduously build into your career is undermined when sloppiness gets through.

    As you strive for your best during this Administrative Professionals Month, take to heart the importance of a high level of competence in your written communications. You are judged by it constantly. The effort you make perfecting your grammar and writing skills will pay off in increased influence among those who do care.

    Be impeccable in your writing … always.

    Barbara McNichol is passionate about helping administrative professionals add power to their pen. To assist in this mission, she has created a Word Trippers Tips resource so you can quickly find the right word when it matters most. It allows you to improve your writing through excellent weekly resources in your inbox, including a Word Tripper of the Week for 52 weeks.

    To celebrate Administrative Professionals Month, visit www.wordtrippers.com/odi during the month of April for a $30 discount on Word Trippers Tips.

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