The conclusion from the longest (75 years and ongoing), most expensive (20 million USD) and most extended scientific study about happiness (The Grant Study, named after its main funder), conducted by Harvard, was: the ONLY great factor defining happiness in our lives is the quality of our relationships! Furthermore, another …Read More »
Behind the Smile: What Your Assistants Are Really Thinking
“Imagine a world where people wake up inspired to go to work.” Simon Sinek “Start With Why” It happened again. Hardly any hands in the air. I believe executives and principals need to know this. I was recently speaking at a professional conference for Personal and Executive Assistants in …Read More »
Make yourself Indispensable: from stressed to impressed
In our 24/7 society there are many distractions, things to do, things to read, things to Google and of course there are all the social media channels to explore and indulge in. And all that coexists with our crazy schedules and responsibilities. No wonder there are so many relaxation techniques…mindfulness …Read More »
Parallel realities of Assistants: Corporate vs Private
Not surprisingly, what assistants do is not exactly clear to others. There are a few reasons for this. First, we don’t promote ourselves correctly. Then, there is the issue of too many different titles. Some research says that there are over 150 variations of what we Assistants do. And the last …Read More »
Who should hire a Virtual Assistant
I started my Virtual Assistant (or VA) business in September 2015 and I find I get asked the same questions time and time again by perspective clients as well as my friends and family. I have written the following article to try and answer some of these questions Who …Read More »
8 Game-Changing Ways to Manage Your Manager
Early in my career, I was under two significant misconceptions. I thought that just because someone was my “manager,” that they, 1. Knew everything and 2. Had to be right about everything. By the time I was working for about five years, I realized that I was dead wrong about …Read More »
Remedy 101: Boost your effectiveness…your secret PA selection tool!
In our world where good is never good enough we all strive to be perfect. We want to get the maximum out of every minute, every penny, every contact, every employee, every meeting and every task. But then, somewhere along the way we realize – we are exhausted! This ‘burn …Read More »
6 Steps to Find Your Voice and Speak Up!
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” Alice Walker (The Color Purple) There’s good news and bad news in the workplace of 2016. The good news is that there has never been a better time to be a personal assistant than …Read More »
What does it take to work for a Celebrity?
Many professionals within the private service and childcare industry see working for a celebrity as the pinnacle of ones career. Imagine working for megastars such as David Beckham, Justin Bieber (maybe not..) or Beyonce? I think many would at least enjoy the challenge of working for extremely high-profile, dummy spitting …Read More »
7 ways to enhance the chance of your requests being fulfilled
Do you know why things don’t happen the way you want them to? Most probably it’s because of miscommunication. Even a slight variation will result in a very different outcome. The well-known butterfly effect. It’s your Personal Assistant’s job to make the communication easy and smooth for you. But even …Read More »