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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Spiraling: My experience with toxic culture in the workplace

Spiraling: My experience with toxic culture in the workplace

I am currently writing a section in our new Organizational Culture, Diversity and Inclusions course about toxic culture and I couldn’t avoid this story.

Sit back…this is a long one.

They approached me online. I hadn’t applied for the role but it had popped-up on my LinkedIn feed and I had “Liked” the post. It looked like a dream job, supporting an inspiring leader.

It intrigued me but I had a great job. I was working part-time as a private household assistant, my principal didn’t even live in the country full-time and though I worked 5 days a week I was remote for three of those days and the other two days I worked from a gorgeous home in Belgravia (a swanky part of London).

They reached out to me. I met with the CEO – smart, energetic, female.

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