full of participants worked the following 4 questions. Lorinda
Lewis facilitated this forum.
What are the top 10 critical skills to be effective
as an Executive Assistant?
Identify the top 5 challenges for Executive Assistants?
Identify 10 skills they have learned at the APC conference?
To preserve sanity, identify 5 things that can be
done differently to demonstrate you take your job serious and
Each of the questions were discussed and presented by three tables
(there were 12 tables in total). It is interesting to see how each
question, independently answered tie in which the other questions.
The session started out where the answers would be consolidated into
the top 10/5/10/5 answers, but so many relevant answers were given,
they were all listed.
After the brainstorming of the responses below, Lorinda asked us
List one skill from Question 1’s list to improve on.
Choose two skills from Question 3’s list to help with
Choose one thing from list 5 to do to bring your job into
Then she asked to network and exchange an email and in one
month send this person an update to be held accountable.
If you are up to this challenge, please feel free to answer the questions
in an email and in late October, I will email you back and personally
ask how has it gone.
I know I had a great time at the conference, if you have any feedback
or comments or would like to keep in touch please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Question 1 - What are
the top 10 critical skills to be effective as an Executive
Effective Verbal & Written Communications
Ethics & Integrity
Balancing personal & professional life
Question 2 - Identify
the top 5 challenges for Executive Assistants?
Dealing with Multiple Bosses
Changes/ Organizational Change
Keeping up with Tech skills
Ineffective / lack of communications
Not enough time in day
Responding to Email
Last minute deadlines
Question 3 - Identify
10 skills they have learned at the APC conference?
Setting “Smarter Goals” (note smarter)
Art of Living & Design
Speak YOUR truth
Stop seeking approval
Stop being activity driven and more out come driven