Top 10 stories of the week

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The weather outside might still be cold and frightful, but the promise of spring is almost in sight. We had a great time this week at our networking event at Office Space in Town Monument with Select Apartments, where in spite of the chill we stepped out onto the rooftop deck for a quick look at the stunning views of London. Next week brings Valentine’s Day for those who are so inclined to celebrate. But first, let’s spread the love and find out what your fellow PAs have been reading lately.

1. 5 tips for working with difficult people
Let’s face it – we’re human beings, so we’re never going to get along with everyone. When you work closely with colleagues every day, you pick up on their more annoying qualities very quickly, and some co-workers are worse than others. In a recent article for Forbes, career coach Caroline Ceniza-Levine gives her top five tips for working with difficult people.

2. App of the week: World Mandalas
As part of the Colouring for Mindfulness series of apps, World Mandalas is built on the idea of using creativity to de-stress and unwind. A mandala is a meditation concept based on the idea of the ‘sacred circle’, a diagram that represents wholeness.

3. PA Profile: Adam Fidler
Some of you reading this will know Adam Fidler, an International Executive Assistant Consultant who offers teaching, training and self-development of PAs, EAs and business support managers. He is the author and trainer of two of the UK’s most sought-after corporate Executive PA courses ‘From good to outstanding’ and ‘The Strategic Executive Assistant’ which run regularly in London and Manchester.

4. How to stop multitasking and start unitasking
Business mindfulness expert Dana Zelicha of the Organisational Well Being Agency discusses how to stop multitasking and start unitasking to reduce stress at work

5. 8 out of 10 buyers reviewed traveller risk strategies in the last 12 months
More than three quarters (79%) of travel buyers have reviewed their traveller risk strategy in the last 12 months to ensure they provide greater duty of care. The new research results are from a survey commissioned by the Business Travel Show, which quizzed 178 European buyers about their risk management policies.

6. 4 things you should remove from your LinkedIn profile
If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile but you’re thinking of looking for a new job, you need to create one immediately. If you do have one but haven’t updated it recently, it’s time to freshen it up a bit. Here are four things you should consider deleting from your LinkedIn profile if you’re hunting for the perfect role, according to The Muse.

7. De Vere Wokefield Estate unveils fully refurbished Executive Centre
De Vere Wokefield Estate, near Reading – part of The Principal Hotel Company – has unveiled its new 1300 square metre 95-bedroom Executive Centre, which is part of the Estate’s wider phased refurbishment project, which will see many areas upgraded. Also offering 51 high-tech meeting rooms, De Vere Wokefield Estate seamlessly combines the modern facilities of the Executive Centre with the heritage and history of the Mansion House.

8. Tips for hiring a celebrity speaker for your next event
If you’re planning an event, hiring a professional speaker is a great idea. And where maximum impact is needed, a celebrity speaker can help to wow your guests and add kudos. However, while big names are undoubtedly impressive, booking the wrong speaker – however famous – can be a costly mistake. The trick is to find a speaker that works for you, according to the experts at Apex.

9. Lucy Brazier and Pitman Training call out for PA SuperAchievers to reward
International online awards the SuperAchievers opens for nominations this week, with a new category, ‘Boss of the Year’ in addition to previous awards including ‘PA of the Year’, as the awards enter their fifth year looking to recognise those who strive to achieve while having a positive impact on their colleagues, families and the local economy.

10. 5 must-see sessions on offer at the office* show
The office* show provides an unforgettable line-up of speakers and trainers. Attendance at the sessions counts towards delegates’ Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.

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    Molly Dyson

    Former Editor – PA Life

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