Follow-up Fridays help you stay on top of your to do list

Follow-up Fridays: Get your to do list under control with this weekly ritual

The slump continues…I’ve spoken with several assistants this week who continue to report feeling as if they are in a bit of a slump.

Contributing factors

Weather

If you are in a hemisphere where the world where the days are growing shorter and the weather is getting wetter and colder

More overload

With recent layoffs, redundancies and furlough assistants that have remained on staff are now expected to cover more work and support more managers and executives

Pandemic Purgatory Fatigue

General anxiety of the unknown. When will we feel safe? Still figuring out the balance of home and work life? When will we go back to the office? Will they let me continue work from home? Will my partner ever wash another dish again?!

Continue reading Follow-up Fridays: Get your to do list under control with this weekly ritual
Event Planning and Management for Assistants

Event Planning and Management 101 Course

An event can be a powerful tool to bring people together. Being tasked with planning, implementing and managing a company event is a big responsibility.

Officials know this all too well. Admins and assistants are often tasked with planning various types of events. It could be a large annual general meeting, an internal conference, a social event, holiday party or a client event… and now we have to figure out how to do it all virtually!

On top of all of our other responsibilities, event planning and management can be daunting.

That’s why we have roped in the magnificent Lisa Boissel of Miss Jones PA to give us a crash course in event planning basics. Lisa is a pro under pressure and thrives on running the show. She walks you through planning and managing a successful event step by step and has gifted you with the same templates she uses for friction-free events.

Continue reading Event Planning and Management 101 Course
Those that make the biggest impact may be people you've never met in Lockdown

Lockdown reflections: How people you’ve never met can make the biggest impact on your life

This wasn’t the year I thought it would be.⁠

Today is my birthday and I’ve been thinking about where I was this time last year and all that has happened up to now.⁠

I was just barely a month into launching The Officials as a full training platform, hoping that my idea had legs and would help admins and assistants far and wide. I gave myself 6 months to prove the concept. ⁠

Six months in I had proven the concept. The Officials had grown 6x what it was when we started. The feedback was incredible and I knew I was helping so many across the globe. I was ready to push hard to let every admin and assistant know that there was an affordable option out there that brought them the quality training our industry is so thirsty for….then lockdown hit and the demand for affordable online training went through the roof. Now are growth is 30x what it was when we started. I am so happy that we were able to be there for those who needed to differentiate themselves, excel and frankly…distract themselves from the news of the world.⁠

But I did not get here alone. When I think of the success The Officials has today, I think of the people. ⁠

Continue reading Lockdown reflections: How people you’ve never met can make the biggest impact on your life
The secret my own weddng taught me about price negotiation and sales

Let’s talk supplier negotiation: How I negotiated thousands off the price of my wedding

My own wedding taught me a HUGE lesson in negotiating with vendors and about sales in general. I even used this lesson when I would negotiate my salary with new employers.

My husband and I had an unconventional relationship. For starters, he lived in London and I lived in Pittsburgh a mere 3,700 miles away. He proposed the day before Thanksgiving (after about 1.5 years of dating) and we were married less than 3 months later. In fact I quit my job the Monday after he proposed, not to return and flew off to London with him a week later until just before our wedding when we returned to Pittsburgh to get hitched.

Continue reading Let’s talk supplier negotiation: How I negotiated thousands off the price of my wedding
Community support for admins and assistants

How community support can change your life

If you have ever felt isolated and stuck in your career…please read this. It will only take a moment. This was written by our founder, Lauren for our weekly newsletter, The Dossier. It originally appeared on October 14, 2020.

I have to share this with you! Yesterday I heard news that made me cry.

An Official had been presented with an amazing opportunity and after asking for some advice she was able to negotiate for payment she wouldn’t have believed possible 6 months ago. She is worth every penny and more. She always has been. But she was telling me that since finding The Officials she felt the support she craved to help boost her to that next level…to be honest, she is skipping levels. The sky’s the limit for her and for you.

Continue reading How community support can change your life
One Year Anniversary

It’s our birthday but we have a present for you! Presents actually!

As part of our celebrations of The Officials turning one this month we have decided to throw tradition out the window and bring the gifts to you!

We will be releasing several gifts of sneak peek access to some of our most popular courses. Set a reminder and come back on different days to find out more.

Continue reading It’s our birthday but we have a present for you! Presents actually!
Lauren Bradley on The Leader Assistant Podcast with Jeremy Burrows

Lauren on The Leader Assistant Podcast

Lauren Bradley was a guest on The Leader Assistant Podcast with Jeremy Burrows. In this episode, Lauren talks about company culture, managing interruptions, being a strategic partner with your executive, owning mistakes, and more.

At the beginning of each interview, Jeremy likes to asks guests to give one of their favorite leadership quotes. Here is the quote that Lauren cites

Continue reading Lauren on The Leader Assistant Podcast
VA Pricing Lesson

Free Pricing Strategy Lesson from our EA to VA Course

Thinking about becoming a virtual assistant? It’s the dream role, right? You take your well established skills and work for yourself. Those who would have previously been your boss are now your clients! The mindset shift alone is incredibly tempting.

But we hear from VAs over and over again who are unsure how to get started. They have so many questions, especially about money.

Continue reading Free Pricing Strategy Lesson from our EA to VA Course