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1. Four underrated skills that will make any assistant indispensable
Megan Trzcinski, director of office services recruiting at LaSalle Network, a staffing, recruiting and culture firm, reveals why assistants should master more soft skills to help them become an essential tool in the workplace.


2. 5 minutes with…Samina Azam, EA at CCEP
Ahead of the next PA Profile in the upcoming July/August issue of PA Life, Jade Burke sits down with Samina Azam, EA at Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP), to find out who inspires her and what jam gets her on the dancefloor.
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3. Fake it to make it – how confidence can boost your career
It’s probably not earth-shattering news, but a new study has underlined the assertion that confidence is key to professional success.


4. Opinion: Remember your Ps and Qs
Getting to attend numerous events is part and parcel of the PA sector. But with so many in the industry calendar every month it is crucial to remember our event etiquette, warns Declan Halton-Woodward, EA to CEO at Handelsbanken Wealth/Heartwood.

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5. ‘Snooping’, ‘unfair sex practices’ & ‘dull stories’ – what men hate about women in the office
A list of the top 20 things men hate about women in the office has been sweeping across social media. But before you furiously hit the hashtag key, it’s an extract from a book published over 70 years ago.

6. Younger employees to blame for security breaches, says study
Have you ever been guilty of a security breach at work? It turns out that more than a third of senior executives believe the blame lies with younger employees.


7. PA Life Club: Experience Formula 1 at the Williams Conference Centre
On September 18th, from 4pm to 7pm, members will be given a private tour of Sir Frank Williams’ private collection of Formula 1 cars, as well as the space’s corporate offering.

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8. 4 ways businesses can maintain workplace motivation during the World Cup
It’s fair to say that most businesses can see a slump in productivity and motivation during the FIFA World Cup (or any big sporting tournament that takes place on working week days).


9. Top ways your business could benefit from a team breakfast
George Rouse, owner and executive chef at George’s Kitchen, provides the benefits of organising a team breakfast can have for your business, as well as your employees’ wellbeing.


10. What your workspace says about you – seven signs that reveal your true personality
An awful lot can be revealed about a person’s personality by taking a look at their workspace, according to new research from commercial property specialist