About nine years ago, quite by chance, I met a woman who would change my life and the lives of thousands of Assistants across the world.
Jo Denby is a remarkable woman. Shy and understated, she recognised the need for the profession to be taken more seriously and the necessity for training for Assistants. The result was that she launched Executive Secretary in the UK just over 21 years ago. This true visionary was battling and campaigning for Assistants, long before I took up the global mantle.
To cut a long story short, nine years ago, after a telephone conversation and over a one off lunch in Devon, she gifted me Executive Secretary Magazine on the strict understanding that it continued the work she had started and that we would never carry any advertising. Maybe this is why am so evangelical and passionate about doing what I do. There is a great quote from leading businesswoman Fabienne Fredrickson which says ‘The things that you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling’ and I believe that I was called to continue Jo Denby’s mission to get you all the recognition that you deserve. And we kept our word. The magazine’s ethos is a clear now as it was when she started it.
But now Jo is involved in her own private battle. I had the very sad news this week that she has suffered from a serious heart attack and stroke. I would ask all of you to keep her in your thoughts this week. She has done so much to advance the profession. It was such a privilege to have her as our guest of honour at the first Executive Secretary LIVE in London last year and I know many of you met her there, so if any of you would like to send a direct message. please email me. We will collate them and pass them on.
As usual, this newsletter is packed with free resources, events and our favourite three articles from the last week.
Feel free to share this newsletter with anyone else you think might benefit – we are always delighted to welcome new recipients.
I am in Australia, hosting the EA Leadership Forum in Sydney and Melbourne all next week so please forgive me if I am not as visible as usual for the next seven days. This will be my first trip to Australia and I am looking forward to meeting lots of Assistants from the other side of the world.
And finally, a belated Happy Receptionists Day to all our fabulous Receptionist followers for Wednesday.
SO HERE ARE THIS WEEK’S FREE RESOURCES – THIS WEEK IT IS A MICROSOFT OFFICE BONANZA
VICKIE SOKOL EVANS
If you are not familiar with Vickie yet, you should be. She is smart, she is sassy and she is probably, quite simply the best trainer of Microsoft Office in the world right now. 98% of my audience at Executive Secretary LIVE in March want her to return in 2015. So how luck are you that she currently has two free webinars available. Enjoy!
On-Demand Webinar – Preview “Why Styles” Module for Free
Note: You will receive an email with login instructions to view the free replay
TOP TIPS FOR EXCEL AND OUTLOOK
Shilpa Wymer, Managing Director of Pitman Training’s centres in London and Manchester has put together 21 top Excel tips that will help increase your productivity and get you noticed.
Today, anybody working in an office will come into contact with spreadsheets and increasingly we are finding that expert knowledge is a prerequisite to many office jobs.
In fact, today’s PAs are increasingly aware that they need to have a thorough understanding of Microsoft Office packages, and Excel is a valuable and sought after tool in the PA’s arsenal.
You can find her tips here
Shilpa has also put together a whirlwind introductory tour of Outlook 2010
Check it out here
AND FOR EVERYTHING ELSE MICROSOFT OFFICE
Join Office every Tuesday for free webinars about how to use Office programs. You can watch the Office 15-Minute Webinars live; or view them later by clicking the links below. They run 9:15 am-9:30 am Pacific time on Tuesdays with a live Q&A session to follow. They add links to previous recordings as they become available.
UK ASSISTANTS – VISITOR REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR OFFICE* 2014
office* will return to Olympia, London on the 7-8 October 2014. Uniting 4,000+ office professionals with 175+ exhibiting brands office* provides a unique platform where key corporate buyers can meet and do business with a range of relevant and carefully selected suppliers. Running alongside the show is a world class education and training programme which will aid personal development and attract executive support professionals from across the country. This is an event not to be missed by any PA, EA, VA or office manager!
Free registration for the event is now open – click here to register. Once you register we will keep you up to date with all the latest news and updates.
AND IF YOU PRE-REGISTERED FOR THE HAYS CONFERENCE IN THE UK…
bookings open on Monday. I understand that the list of pre-registrations for tickets from interested parties was over double the availability, and tickets are strictly on a first come, first served basis. Let the madness begin!
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