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      We had a great week at the PA Expo in Liverpool making new friends and showing our support for admin professionals in the North West of England. We hope those of you we met that are reading this now had a great time too and we hope to see you all again soon. As we get ready for Monday’s PA Life Training Day, let’s take a breather and find out what your fellow PAs have been reading this week.

      1. 7 tips to help shy PAs network effectively
      The PA Life team has heard from many PAs that the role can be extremely isolating, especially if you’re the only assistant at your company. That’s where strategic networking comes into play, but it’s not always easy to get past your fears and meet new people. Here are our top tips for a successful networking event for shy PAs.

      2. App of the week: Image to Excel
      Welcome back to our weekly spotlight on helpful apps. We focus on a variety of products that are useful for work, personal use, or both, providing our own thoughts on the apps and what you can do with them. This week we convert documents to spreadsheets quickly using Image to Excel.

      3. Win a meal for 4 people at Balls Brothers of London
      Balls Brothers is one of London’s pre-eminent wine emporiums for more than 150 years and purveyors of fine wine, exquisite spirits and classic British food.

      4. PAs and admins worried robots may replace their role
      Almost half (44%) of London-based PAs and admin employees fear that robots or artificial intelligence may replace their role, according to new research conducted among 200 support staff in the capital by luxury support specialist the Change Group.

      5. Stunning rooms now available in the newly expanded Main Stand at Anfield
      It’s not just on the pitch that a new development enhances Liverpool Football Club’s status as a world-class institution. This new era for the club provides an opportunity for guests to experience events at Anfield like never before.

      6. Who is eating your logo?
      Eat My Logo is a family-run bakery based in Chorley, Lancashire that specialises in producing high-quality edible branded merchandise that enables businesses to promote their brand in a fun and tasty way.

      7. Digital tools shunned at UK board meetings
      New research with senior business executives has revealed that many UK boards are not utilising digital tools in meetings, with 59% admitting that minutes are still hand written and then circulated once typed out.

      8. Research highlights public attitude toward employing people with a learning disability
      New research released today by charity Mencap to coincide with the launch of Learning Disability Work Experience Week reveals that 52% of the public say they would prefer to work for a company that employs people with a learning disability.

      9. How to deal with the aftermath of your office Christmas party
      A recent survey conducted by DBI Furniture Solutions revealed that one in three people in the UK naturally expect their employers to organise a Christmas party.

      10. Yorkshire office manager avoids jail for theft
      An office manager from Elland, near Huddersfield in Yorkshire has avoided a jail sentence for theft because the judge believed it would negatively impact her disabled daughter.

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      Molly Dyson

      Former Editor – PA Life

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