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Everything you want is out there waiting for you. But you have to take action to get it!

Every January I take the team away on a retreat. It’s a time for reflection on the past year and to look forward to what we want to achieve in the next 12 months.

This year we ended up in a beautiful historic house just a few miles from where my EA, Matthew, lives. We spent a couple of days throwing ideas around before celebrating his 30th birthday.

One of the questions that we revisit time and again is how to inspire you to go and ask for the training that you need to futureproof your careers. The world of work, especially for assistants, is changing so fast that within the next five years the role will be all but unrecognisable from the current way that we view it.

This year, our retreat focused on this question and the result is our #AskForTraining campaign.

#AskForTraining takes place over a two-week period from 9th – 20th September. It is a ten-day discovery process, to help you to decide on what skills training you need and how to approach your Manager for the budget to attend. The team has been working hard to build a bank of resources, films, free training and a workbook to help you to source and ask for the training you need. But don’t worry if you are late to the party. When you sign up it kicks off a 10-day campaign that will begin at the beginning so you can still take part.

We are also collating a full calendar of events for the next 12 months with training and networking opportunities right the way across the world, so that you can find exactly what you need, in the location where you need it.

Join our Facebook or LinkedIn groups to follow along with the campaign. You can find both by searching for Executive Secretary Magazine. Or follow me on Twitter @lucybrazier. Our hashtag is #AskForTraining so you can also follow all the action by searching via the hashtag.

This campaign can be the beginning of anything you want but you will need to take action.

We are so excited to bring you these much-needed tools, all in one place. We must keep learning because we need experience, education and an environment of people who will challenge us to be bigger, better, faster and stronger! It’s time to take the bull by the horns and #AskForTraining.

Want to take part? Click here to sign up so we can send you daily emails packed with free resources.

Check back here if you miss any of it. We will be posting links to each of the daily emails.


Click here for our Welcome email for Day ONE which has links to our workbook, an introductory video and our ‘I’m Taking Part’ logo.


Today’s quote is from Oprah Winfrey.









Click here for our Day TWO email. Our theme for today is ‘Why Invest in You and Your Training’. To support today’s workbook activity, we have created an ebook packed with articles. We have three article recommendations today, as well as a series of videos over on the YouTube Channel. We encourage you particularly to listen to Anel Martin’s video on what training will do for your personal brand.

Today’s quote is from Denis Waitley.