• Book club

    Registration and seminar bookings open for office* 2018

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    Registration and training seminar bookings have now officially opened for 2018’s office* show. Available for PAs, EAs, VAs and office managers to attend, over 40 training sessions dedicated to careers and personal achievement will be on offer during the event, alongside the Keynote Theatre. Those wishing to attend the show can head to the office* […]

    Travel While You Work

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    Travel While You Work by Mish Slade (Paperback available to buy at amazon.co.uk, £9.66) Travel While You Work is aimed at people who like to combine travel and work in order to experience the flexibility and freedom that running your own business on your own terms brings. Often called ‘Digital Nomads’ these people come from […]

    How to be a PA – a practical guide to becoming a super-efficient personal assistant

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    How to be a PA – a practical guide to becoming a super-efficient personal assistant by Maria Fuller (Available to buy at amazon.co.uk, £17.60) This book is very comprehensive and interesting, however it would possibly be useful to have an author’s section regarding her career at the beginning of the book so the reader can […]

    A-Z Pearls of Wisdom for Executive PAs

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    A-Z Pearls of Wisdom for Executive PAs by Lindsay Taylor (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, £12.99) When I opened Lindsay’s book I thought, “Ooh this looks interesting…” It’s totally different to other career development books and I really like the style. It’s one I can read again and again without starting over. It’s also a great […]

    The Mindfulness Colouring and Activity Book

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    The Mindfulness Colouring and Activity Book by Gill Hasson and Gilly Lovegrove (Capstone, £8.99) The concept of a colouring book for adults originally made me raise an eyebrow, but having received a copy of this title as a gift I now consider myself a true believer in their therapeutic qualities. Hasson and Lovegrove have created […]

    The CEO’s Secret Weapon

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    The CEO’s Secret Weapon by Jan Jones (Palgrave Macmillan, £24.99) The CEO’s Secret Weapon outlines what an assistant is and how executives can maximize their working relationship with them. It features an in-depth analysis of the partnership between boss and PA, as well as tips for assistants to achieve their full potential. The publication has […]

    Not “Just an Admin!”

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    Not “Just an Admin!” – Peggy Vasquez (Turning Point International, £15) This book takes you through the author’s personal and professional life, from starting out in her career to her current role as a chief executive assistant. The section on the power of partnerships is written in an easy-to-digest manner and the author covers all […]

    My Fight to the Top

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    My Fight to the Top – Michelle Mone (Blink Publishing, £14.99) This book is a moving and gritty autobiography. Michelle describes in detail her humble beginnings in the West End of Glasgow, where she gained her stripes in sales, right up to the creation of Ultimo, which is now one of the most recognised fashion […]

    Managing the Matrix

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    Managing the Matrix – Dawn Metcalfe (Wiley, £18.99) This book is about how to thrive and survive if you’re employed at a “matrix” organisation. Put simply, if you work for a large firm with multiple bosses and different workflows you are operating in the matrix. It can pull you in many directions with lots of contradictory […]

    Instant Motivation

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    Instant Motivation – Chantal Burns (Pearson, £12.99) The surprising truth about this book is that the title doesn’t match the subject matter. This is not to say it isn’t good; it is and I found it interesting, informative and thought provoking. It’s more for those interested in how your mind works. Burns draws on her 15 […]