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    18 Books Every Administrative Assistant and Executive Assistant Should Read 


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    Office Dynamics has put together a list of books for administrative assistants and executive assistants that will help you with your professional development and personal life.

    Because we had so many great choices we decided to make it a little easier for you to find what you are looking for by breaking the blog into two sections. The first half of the blog contains titles that are dedicated towards the administrative assistant and executive assistant while the second half of the blog contains titles that are general to career and business but very applicable to the administrative profession.

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    Joan’s Greatest Administrative Secrets Revealed by Joan Burge

    In Joan’s 5th book for administrative assistants and executive assistants, the red-lipstick-wearing Rock Star, and pioneer of administrative excellence exposes the game-changing truths and unwritten rules you need to know in order to maximize your potential. In an unapologetic, uncompromising, no-holds-barred style, Joan shares never before revealed career stories and life lessons in a tell-all book that will challenge your perspective and teach you how to master your craft and triumph in today’s business environment. What are you waiting for? The world is waiting for you.

    This is Joan’s newest book for administrative assistants and is great for all levels.

    Click here to purchase Joan’s Greatest Administrative Secrets Revealed.

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    Why Took My Pen…Again? By Joan Burge, Nancy Fraze, and Jasmine Freeman

    Amazon Best Seller

    This book is for executive assistants written by executive assistants! Overflowing with secrets, tips, and tools of the profession, this book is a ready resource created by those who “walk the walk and talk the talk” of the complex administrative professional role. They really “get it.”  Inspired by the Office Dynamics 18th Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence, themed The Path Forward: Adding Value Every Day, the authors drew on the attendees’ knowledge as well as their own years of experience to develop the content for this book.

    Who Took My Pen … Again? offers practical, creative strategies for achieving success and building leadership attributes, compiled from the diverse experiences of high-achieving administrative professionals in a wide variety of businesses and industries, representing four generations of experienced and highly-seasoned executive assistants. It will change your life.

    Click here to purchase Who Took My Pen…Again?

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    Become An Inner Circle Assistant by Joan Burge

    Earn Inner Circle status, thrive in your profession, be visible and recognized as a star performer. Joan Burge brings almost 35 years of experience in the administrative field to this groundbreaking book! The words Inner Circle conjure up visions of an exclusive group of people whose achievements are admired and rewarded. The Inner Circle Assistant title doesn’t show up on any organizational chart but she’s the woman or, the man, of the hour. The people who support company movers and shakers have the opportunity to move into an Inner Circle and this book outlines the steps to get there as well as thrive in the position. It is a book of strategy and workplace philosophy that will help administrative professionals become top performers in work and in their careers. This book for administrative and executive assistants is filled with road maps for success, scoring quizzes, real-life stories and examples.

    Click here to purchase Become An Inner Circle Assistant.

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    Underneath It All by Joan Burge

    In this cutting-edge book, Joan Burge intimately shares with administrative professionals the bottom line to achieving success and maintaining your edge in a worthwhile career. Joan Burge gets to the core of what’s ‘Underneath It All’ when it comes to living a life of significance as an administrative professional and individual. In a chaotic world where everything seems urgent and important, Joan has learned through the difficult journey of helping her husband battle pancreatic cancer, what matters most. She intimately shares with administrative professionals the bottom line to achieving success and maintaining your edge in a worthwhile career. You’ll read why it’s essential to maintain your competitive advantage and how continual improvement makes it possible. You will explore key points with Joan that lead to success in the administrative profession and you’re likely to wonder who switched on the lights?

    Click here to purchase Underneath it All.

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    The Innovative Admin by Julie Perrine

    If you want to be the admin every executive wants by their side, The Innovative ADMIN is for you! You’ll learn how to embrace innovative thinking that makes you invaluable to your boss, your co-workers and your company. The Innovative ADMIN empowers you to become the best you can be by enhancing your capacity for innovation! Innovation isn’t just for technology – it’s the key to your career future.

    Click here to purchase The Innovative ADMIN.

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    Become A Procedures Pro: The Admin’s Guide to Developing Effective Office Systems and Procedures

    Does taking time off lead to more stress than relaxation because you’re worried what will (or won’t) happen at the office while you’re gone? Are you looking for a way to demonstrate the skills and value you contribute to your organization and team? Do you want to be ready to act if your dream job suddenly becomes available? If the answer is “yes,” then you need to create your administrative procedures, and this book can help!

    Click here to order Become A Procedures Pro: The Admin’s Guide to Developing Effective Office Systems and Procedures.

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    The Organized Admin by Julie Perrine

    Are you struggling to create order in the disorganized chaos that is your workspace? Do you want more effective systems for keeping yourself and your executive organized? Do you want to better understand your unique organizing style?

    If you answered, “yes” to these questions, The Organized Admin is for you!

    Click here to purchase The Organized Admin.

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    Not “ An Admin!” by Peggy Vasquez

    In this book, Peggy will empower you by sharing her knowledge and experience, entertain you with humor, and inspire you through passion. Peggy’s objective is to help administrative assistants feel valued and know their contribution makes a difference. It is her desire to eliminate the saying, “I’m just an admin.”

    Click here to purchase Not “Just An Admin!”

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    The Proactive Professional: How to Stop Playing Catch Up and Start Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life!) by Chrissy Scivicque

    In business, the advice to “be proactive” is repeated like a sacred mantra. And yet, no one ever bothers to explain exactly what that means or how to do it…until now. 

    The Proactive Professional reveals all the missing pieces of the proactivity puzzle and offers a step-by-step actionable framework for becoming proactive at work and in life. 

    Click here to order The Proactive Professional: How to Stop Playing Catch Up and Start Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life!).

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    Build Your Professional Development Plan Workbook – The Ultimate Career Planning Tool by Chrissy Scivicque

    **Also includes bonus material: Build Your Professional Portfolio Guide**
    Created by career coach, Chrissy Scivicque, this step-by-step guide helps you create and implement an effective, personalized professional development plan. This workbook offers detailed training on specific, proven techniques and strategies that will help you grow your professional skills and achieve your career goals. It includes comprehensive instruction on how to create and implement an effective career plan, along with tools, templates and resources so you’ll have everything you need to achieve the professional success you long for now and in the future. 

    With this workbook, you won’t just LEARN IT, you’ll DO IT.

    Click here to order Build Your Professional Development Plan Workbook – The Ultimate Career Planning Tool.


    This is the second half of the blog that has books for administrative assistants and executive assistants but is a bit more generalized in consideration to professional and personal development. These titles come highly recommended from the Office Dynamics team.


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    18 Days to Become a Better Writer by Barbara McNichol (eBook)

    Absorb these 18 solid writing techniques—one a day for 18 days—and you’ll gain skills toward your next career step. The techniques come together in this 18-day mini-program; you simply pick the start and end time.

    Click here to purchase 18 Days to Become a Better Writer.

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    Word Trippers E-Book by Barbara McNichol

    This easy-to-use word choice guide features almost 400 pesky pairings that commonly get confused. You’ll find answers to questions such as:

    • Do you use “fewer” or “less” when counting things?
    • When is “that” used instead of “which” in a sentence?
    • Can “famous” and “notorious” be interchanged?
    • Do “convince” and “persuade” mean the same thing?

    With Word Trippers at your fingertips, you won’t embarrass yourself or confuse your readers. Don’t waste (or is it waist?) time wondering which word is right. Quickly choose the perfect word when it really matters!

    Click here to order Word Trippers E-Book.

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    How to be Like Walt: Capturing the Disney Magic Every Day of Your Life by Pat Williams and Jim Denney

    While many recent biographies of Walt Disney have reveled in the negative, this book takes an honest but positive look at the man behind the myth. For the first time, the book pulls together all the various strands of Disney’s life into one straightforward, easy-to-read tale of imagination, perseverance, and optimism. Far from a preachy or oppressive tome, this book scrapes away the minutiae to capture the true magic of a brilliant maverick.

    Click here to purchase How to be Like Walt: Capturing the Disney Magic Every Day of Your Life.

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    The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

    No gimmicks. No Hyperbole. No Magic Bullet. The Compound Effect is a distillation of the fundamental principles that have guided the most phenomenal achievements in business, relationships, and beyond. This easy-to-use, step-by-step operating system allows you to multiply your success, chart your progress, and achieve any desire. If you’re serious about living an extraordinary life, use the power of The Compound Effect to create the success you want.

    Click here to order The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy.

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    13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do: Own Your Power, Channel Your Confidence, and Find Your Authentic Voice for a Life of Meaning and Joy by Amy Morin

    Amy reveals that healthy, mentally tough women don’t insist on perfection; they don’t compare themselves to other people; they don’t see vulnerability as a weakness; they don’t let self-doubt stop them from reaching their goals. Wise, grounded, and essential, 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do can help every woman flourish—and ultimately improve our society as well.

    Click here to order 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do.

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    Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Age by Jo Ann Jenkins

    In Disrupt Aging, Jenkins focuses on three core areas–health, wealth, and self–to show us how to embrace opportunities and change the way we look at getting older. Here, she chronicles her own journey and that of others who are making their mark as disrupters to show readers how we can be active, healthy, and happy as we get older. Through this powerful and engaging narrative, she touches on all the important issues facing people 50+ today, from caregiving and mindful living to building age-friendly communities and making our money last.

    Click here to order Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Age.

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    Successful Women Speak Differently: 9 Habits That Build Confidence, Courage, and Influence by Valorie Burton

    The most successful women are often not the most talented, the most gifted, or even the most experienced. What these women have is a knack for communicating that opens doors and gives them influence. 

    Gleaning from powerful research, bestselling author and life strategist Valorie Burton unearths practical insights you can put to work in your life immediately.

    Click here to order Successful Women Speak Differently: 9 Habits That Build Confidence, Courage, and Influence.

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    Popular author and professional certified coach Valorie Burton knows that successful women think differently. They make decisions differently. They set goals differently and bounce back from failure differently. Valorie is dedicated to help women create new thought processes that empower them to succeed in their relationships, finances, work, health, and spiritual life.

    Click here to order Successful Women Think Differently: 9 Habits to Make You Happier, Healthier, and More Resilient.

    Please share this article with anyone that you may think it could help. If you have any books that you think should have made this list,  please post it in the comments below and tell us why you love that book so much!

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  • feedwordpress 17:15:31 on 2019/03/02 Permalink
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    How Do You Choose the Right Punctuation? Emphasis Is Your Clue 


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    A subscriber to my ezine Add Power to Your Pen asked, “Should I put spaces before/after a dash?” Getting on a roll, I answered a different question: when to use a dash vs. commas vs. parentheses to offset phrases in your sentences? The answer will be useful to professional administrators or anyone who writes.

    Of these punctuation choices—dashes, commas, or parentheses—how do you select the one to use?

    Degree of Emphasis Is Your Clue

    First, consider the degree of emphasis you want to create with the phase as part of your sentence. Dashes set off a phrase in a highly visible way. For greatest emphasis—when you want the phrase to stand out—use long or “em” dashes (not the shorter “n” dashes). To imply the phase is an aside (something that’s helpful but doesn’t beg for special emphasis), use parentheses. For a phrase that doesn’t need to stand out, requiring less emphasis, use commas to set it off. (Notice how these sentences demonstrate exactly that!)

    So the hierarchy of emphasis is:

    1) dashes

    2) parentheses

    3) commas

    Space or No Space Question

    For clear explanations of all things punctuation, a good reference is The Best Punctuation Book, Period by June Casagrande. To the question about dashes requiring a space before/after them, Casagrande’s answer would be “it depends.”

    I like Casagrande’s book because it guides correct usage depending on its application. Her guide applies to books, journalism, and business, as well as science and academic publications. On the subject of “em” dash spacing, for books, scientific, and academic applications, she says no space before/after the dash. For news media and business, she says one space before/after the dash. My own preference for all of these is no space.

    Given the proliferation of texting and other shortcuts, is it any surprise that punctuation errors are more common than ever? As a conscientious admin, how do you know what’s right? I offer a free 3-page summary of “what to use when” as a handy guide. To request it, email me with “Punctuation Guide” in the subject line.

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    With the right references at your fingertips, you won’t go wrong! 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 excellent 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 15:45:35 on 2019/01/22 Permalink
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    2018 Word of the Year: Don’t Be Misinformed! 


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    Dictionary.com’s 2018 Word of the Year—misinformation—is more than a word; it’s a call to action.

     

    Dictionary.com defines “misinformation” as “false information that is spread.” And today’s rampant dissemination of “misinformation” poses special challenges for navigating communications in every field.

     

    It’s important to distinguish “misinformation” from “disinformation”; the two are not interchangeable. “Disinformation” means “deliberately misleading or biased information; manipulated narrative or facts; propaganda.” The difference is marked by intention.

     

    Thus, when people spread “misinformation,” they believe the information they are sharing to be true or unbiased. In contrast, “disinformation” is crafted and disseminated deliberately to mislead others.

     

    A piece of “disinformation” can ultimately become “misinformation” depending on who’s sharing it and why. For example, if politicians strategically spread information (via articles, photos, etc.) they know to be false, that’s “disinformation.” When a person sees it, believes it, and shares it, that’s spreading “misinformation.”

     

    The point is to learn the difference between them, heighten your sensitivity to their nuances, and don’t knowingly spread either.

     

    What can you do to fight misinformation at work and elsewhere? Armed with awareness, you can:

    • learn to recognize misinformation and work toward stopping its spread
    • improve your own media literacy by carefully considering the sources of your information
    • fact-check the stories you encounter on social media before believing them
    • commit to reading entire articles—not just the headlines—before sharing them
    • point others to fact-checking resources when you recognize how misinformation being spread

     

    You’re encouraged to read more on this topic by doing an online search. You’ll see it’s a hot discussion that affects everyone who communicates.

     

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    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 excellent 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 19:11:50 on 2018/12/26 Permalink
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    Chiasmus: When Words Mirror Each Other in a Sentence 


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    Using figures of speech in our business writing makes it fun for us and entertaining for our readers. Truly my favorite figure of speech is the chiasmus (ky-AZ-mus). That’s when words in a sentence mirror each other.

    Politicians have made them famous (e.g., Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country. – John F. Kennedy). Experts have made them accessible and even popular (e.g., Dr. Mardy Grothe’s book: Never Let a Fool Kiss You or a Kiss Fool You: Chiasmus and a World of Quotations That Say What They Mean and Mean What They Say).

    My contribution to the joy of words is a 4-page Chiasmus Collection I’d like to share. Simply email me with Chiasmus Collection in the subject line.

    Those included come from years of gleaning examples from authors, clients, and subscribers in my daily editing work. A few choice examples:

    Write only what you love, and love what you write. – Ray Bradbury

    New York is the perfect model of a city, not the model of a perfect city. – Sir Lewis Mumford

    It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old; they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams. – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    What is your favorite chiasmus—one you’ve found or one you’ve written yourself? Email it to me to add to this Chiasmus Collection.

     

     

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    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 excellent 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 19:15:36 on 2018/11/28 Permalink
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    Administrative Training Sources – Friends of Office Dynamics 


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    We recently posted a blog that listed free training sources we provide;

    6 Free Training Sources for Administrative and Executive Assistants

    At Office Dynamics, it is our goal to elevate the level of the administrative profession through knowledge and training but that got us thinking, “What else can we do?”

    So, we are going to provide you with links to some of our friends that you can use for your professional and personal life.

    Enjoy!

     

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    Word Trippers – Barbara McNichol

    Barbara and Office Dynamics have been working together to help improve the ability of the administrative and executive assistant with Barbara’s writing expertise.

    Barbara provides several different resources for you to enhance your writing ability and take you to the next level. Please visit her site and learn how you can improve your writing skills.

    Visit Word Trippers

     

     

    All Things Admin – Julie Perrine

    Julie Perrine is another affiliate of Office Dynamics that we just love to have around.

    Julie’s printed books, The Innovative Admin, The Organized Admin, and Become a Procedures Pro can be found in our Success Store.

    Another great source of information and knowledge!

    Visit All Things Admin

     

    Executive Secretary Magazine– Lucy Brazier

    With a history of cross-promotion, the Executive Secretary Magazine and Office Dynamics team have been working very hard to encourage the administrative field with forward progress and thinking.

    Lucy has a database of blogs, information, and education.

    Visit The Executive Secretary

     

    Admin to Admin – Lisa Olsen

    Lisa Olsen is not only the CEO of Admin to Admin but also the talented and entertaining emcee of multiple Office Dynamics Conferences.

    Admin to Admin offers a large selection of programs to learn from as well as the Admin to Admin Book Club!

    You would be missing out if you didn’t visit!

    Visit Admin to Admin

     

    AdminUniverse™ – Joanne Linden

    Joanne Linden is President and Master Trainer at AdminUniverse™ as well as an authorized user and training facilitator for the Star Achievement Series® created by Joan Burge, founder and CEO, of Office Dynamics International. We are very privileged to call Joanne and AdminUniverse™ our friends!

    AdminUniverse™ offers a great blog for admins to pull extensive knowledge from.

    Be sure to visit their website!

    Visit AdminUniverse™

     

     

     

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