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Tips for networking with other admins

Nancy D O’Reilly, author of Leading Women: 20 influential women share their secrets to leadership recently caught up with Business Management Daily to explain how admin professionals can use the advice contained in her book. She says there are some very simple ways PAs and EAs can network to learn from others.

O’Reilly believes the best way to gain knowledge from other admin professionals is to ask them how they got to where they are and the lesson’s they’ve learned. She also recommends finding a mentor who can help you create new opportunities.

Some of her tips for connecting include:

Set goals Decide how many people you want to meet in a month and stick to it. Find ways to nurture the relationships you start.

Branch out at work Join a committee or ask to sit in on departmental meetings. Offer to help out another team with a big project. By stepping out of your comfort zone, you can meet new people and learn new skills.

Give back There will come a point in your career when younger admins will look to you as a mentor. Don’t be afraid to step up when you’re needed.

Continue to learn The PA role is constantly changing, so it’s important to keep expanding your skill set. Attending training sessions is a great way to meet other assistants with similar interests who may have the answers you’re looking for.

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