Maximise the relationship with your boss at the PA Life Training Day

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Managing the relationship with your executive can be a difficult task if you don’t have the right tools. Adam Fidler strives to provide PAs with everything they need to be more effective in their jobs during his interactive session at the next PA Life Training Day.

Adam’s session follows on from the popularity of his appearance at previous Training Days. ‘Maximising and managing the relationship with your executive’ continues to instil confidence and self-belief in PAs by giving them the strategies and tools to be more effective. In this interactive seminar, Adam introduces concepts that continue to push the role into middle management, providing a tool kit and ideas for practical application in the office, as well as strategies for personal effectiveness outside of work.

The session covers the following key topics:

  • Managing upwards to maximise your impact, presence and profile at work
  • Executive presence for PAs. Why this is key and how you to enhance your ‘gravitas’
  • Earning trust and respect
  • Managers and leaders. What’s the difference? Where does the PA fit in? How you can help your manager be a better leader
  • The PA competency model – the ‘what’ and the ‘how’. It’s all about behaviours
  • A model for success – the ‘ABC and D’ of a successful working partnership with your executive
  • Next steps and ideas for implementation when you get back in the office.

Adam Fidler head shotAdam (pictured, left) is the Principal Consultant at Adept Executive Consulting, a company he established to inspire and train professionals the art of executive support. He has more than 20 years’ experience as a PA, during which time he worked at board level at blue-chip organisations such as Boots PLC and Bank of America. He was the EA to the Chief Executive of Salford City College for six years and qualified as a secretarial tutor in 2008. Adam has since trained PAs all over the world from a range of backgrounds.

The next PA Life Training Day takes place on 22 June at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel. Attendees can choose from a half-day programme for £175+VAT, or a full day for £295+VAT. There are also discounts available for PA Life Club members and groups of three or more. For more information or to register, visit

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    Molly Dyson

    Former Editor – PA Life

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