Being a professional administrative assistant requires an astonishing and varied range of skills involving interpersonal communication, written presentations, and organizational ability. Between coordinating meetings, making travel arrangements, and running the phone lines, administrative professionals are involved in nearly every aspect of the office.
5th Edition release date August, 2011 Foreword by Olympia Dukakis. A must-have insiders guide! Real life tools and advice for every professional assistant and their high-powered employers. A first-hand look at the world of a celebrity assistant, and its application to the larger realm of all professional assistants. Enlightening and entertaining, this book is filled with true stories and lessons from author Bonnie Low-Kramen’s 25+ years working with Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis. Low-Kramen is also a co-founder of New York Celebrity Assistants (NYCA). THE AUTHOR COMMENTS… I love being an assistant. In fact, I strive to be an ultimate assistant, someone who seeks excellence and improvement – not just on some days, but every day. I don’t always succeed, but this is what I try to do. Are you so inclined? Ultimate assistants are like that, and I am privileged to know quite a few, including some whose experiences are in the book. I wrote the book for three reasons. The first is that this work is frequently misunderstood and has been subject to warped misconceptions by the media. The second is that there are too few resources for assistants, and certainly not only those who work for celebrities. Third, there is a tremendous curiosity about the work. I decided that I was in a unique position to set the record straight and tell it the way it really is to those who actually want to know the truth of it! 18 chapters include: How do you find a job? Glamour, Glitz and other perks. Salary & Benefits. Stories & quotes from assistants. Skills & Qualities Needed for the Job. Public Speaking. Event Planning. Resources-To-Go.
The words Inner Circle conjure up visions of an exclusive group of people whose achievements are admired and rewarded. The Inner Circle Assistant title doesn’t show up on any organizational chart but she’s the woman or, the man, who knows how to make things happen and supports the movers and shakers in the organization. Become An Inner Circle Assistant outlines the steps to earn the Inner Circle status as well as thrive in the position. It is a book of strategy and workplace philosophy that will help administrative professionals become top performers in work and in their careers. The book presents the competencies that characterize successful office professionals and is based on the author’s popular training program, the Star Achievement Series®, which is delivered to thousands of administrative professionals nationwide. Assistants who learn these competencies and incorporate them into their work will be successful. They will increase their impact on the company’s results, be visible and recognized as a star performer, prepare for future positions, increase self-esteem and levels of confidence, and ultimately achieve Inner Circle status.
The goal of this book is to get practical about building and maintaining a strong personal brand.
Filled with real-life experiences, with case studies, example documentation from genuine events, and the wisdom that has come from years of running such projects, this book is the most invaluable resource available for anyone tasked with being a conference or other major event project manager.