by Rhonda Scharf
I’ve had a recent attraction to all the Law & Order types of shows that seem to be on television every night. I like to pretend I am the investigator; I pay close attention to the suspects. I have found that sometimes they are very credible in what they say and how they say it. Those people are usually the good guys. Now yes, I realize these are TV shows and the people aren’t real. However, they still give us insight into what people say and the way that they say it – and whether or not we believe what they are saying.
Credibility makes such a difference. It can make a lot of good things happen in your life, such as job promotions. Lack of credibility, on the other hand, can hurt your reputation and cost you those same promotions.
You’re in control
One of the biggest things I miss right now is being able to contact chapters across the country for assistance. I have a friend who has recently relocated from Boston to LA in California to be closer to family. I think we can all understand that. However, she has been looking for a job since she moved 6 months ago. It has been so hard.
Back in the day, I would have automatically contacted the nearest chapter to ask for assistance...maybe reach out to her. Now, I don't know where to go.
If anyone in that area of California can assist me...I would greatly appreciate it!
I am definitely going to miss being able to reach out as easily as before.
I know it’s early but let me wish all of you a wonderful Administrative Professionals Day on April 22. Being a member of IAAP already sets you apart as dedicated, ambitious professionals. Administrative Professionals Day was created to celebrate amazing, essential, office and administrative professionals across the globe. All of you do so much every day. If you don’t hear it anywhere else this year (and I hope you do) thanks for all you do for your workplace, your profession and for IAAP. There is no better way to celebrate APW than with education (and a pat on the back is nice as well). IAAP is giving you a gift of a webinar worth one recertification point. In addition, the staff at Headquarters will host a reception
On Thursday, April 16, 2015, the IAAP - Woodlands Area Chapter will host their 14th Annual Administrative Professionals Week - Recognition Breakfast & Vendor Expo.
We are thrilled to have our keynote guest speaker – Dr. Mac McQuire presenting "How to be a Superhero at Work (and at Home).” for this year's event. The seminar discusses the five character traits needed to become a very successful person at work and at home.
Remember to come early to network and shop at our popular vendor expo that goes on before and after the breakfast/program. Cost is $30.00 per person - Vendors $75.00.
As our chapter, Queen City North in West
Chester, Ohio prepares for the final meeting on April 14 I would like to
reflect back on how I became involved with IAAP. While I have been in the administrative field
for over 30 years, I have not been a member of IAAP for anywhere near that long.
I first became aware of IAAP back in the late
80s early 90s while I was working in Evansville, Indiana. An IAAP chapter met in the hotel where I
worked and I became familiar with the group and considered joining at that
time. However, I lived 35 miles away and
it was not convenient for me to attend.
I am sharing some good news with you!
Nashville Chapter and Tennessee Division member, Donna Grace CAP, has been notified that she is one of the recipients of a scholarship to IAAP Summit 2015: Louisville! Donna has been an active and dedicated member and is very deserving of this scholarship. Join me in congratulating her.
I also send congratulations to all other members who are scholarship recipients!
Registration is open for my online study groups to prepare students to sit for the September 2015 CAP and OM exams. These study groups will last for 16 weeks, beginning in May.
It can be frustrating and overwhelming to work your way through all the material alone. I am here to help guide you through the process and hold your hand!!!
My study groups include review of the material, helpful additional online resources, recordings of all sessions so you can participate even if the live sessions aren't convenient, general test taking tips, practice questions and more.
Contact me privately to learn more.
Hello Everyone! I have never done a blog before, but I wanted to share a little something about myself. Although, I've been with IAAP for only a year, I still consider myself a "newbie". I came during the changes to the organization, so I really don't have anything to compare the changes to. I like being a part of IAAP, and I hope that the changes are for the greater good. I look forward to many more years to come!
I finally had time to watch the Branches and LANs Informational Webinar. I found it very informative and responsive to members questions and concerns. Thank you for listening to us, and making changes as needed on this new revitalization journey in IAAP.
I am writing this blog to mark the end of an amazing period in my IAAP experience, the start of a new period, and to pay homage to my chapter which had its final meeting today. I joined IAAP in April 2008 when the Celgene Corporate Chapter was chartered, thanks to our first president, Heidi Romano. I had never heard of IAAP prior to this despite having been an administrative professional for 20+ years. I was excited about the networking and learning opportunities that were available, and I was active within my chapter from the start. I attended almost every meeting, and I was chapter secretary from 2009-2010. After attending EFAM 2013, my eyes were opened to the scope of the association beyond the chapter level. I became even more involved and began attending New Jersey Division meetings. I served as chapter vice president in 2013-2014, which increased my confidence in my leadership capabilities, and helped me see the possibilities I could achieve as I continued on my career path. In 2014, I studied for and passed the CAP exam, and I attended EFAM for the second time.
By Darcy Eikenberg, PCC
Most of us have been taught that there’s no room for emotion in today’s world of work. We were told “it’s not personal, it’s just business.” Well, we’ve been taught wrong. Work is always personal. As long as human beings are doing the work, it will always stay personal. Unlike machines, plants, or animals, human beings are uniquely equipped with emotions. That’s what makes us messy—and marvelous.
This past Saturday, March 28th the Greenville, SC Chapter of IAAP held their closing Ceremony at the Hilton Garden Inn, Greenville, SC. We had 35 past and present members in attendance. One member had been a Chapter President in all 3 names of the organization, NSA, CPS and IAAP! What a milestone!
We began with a fabulous buffet luncheon that everyone enjoyed. Then we started the program titled “Past, Present, Future”. First some of our retired members talked about the history of the Chapter over the past 67 years. The reminisced with stories of events, learning and fun they had over the years. Next presenters talked about the current state of the Chapter and how we worked together with The Greenville Tech Student Chapter and the importance of Certification and how many members had been through certification classes and hold the current CAP or CAP-OM certification. Last our Division President shared a vision of the future of IAAP and what we can look forward to in the new revitalization to continue to Lead, Learn, Connect & Excel!
You are invited to attend the LAST educational program
offered by the Cutting Edge Chapter! We appreciate your attendance at
our past webinars, your membership and dedication to the chapter, and
all of the support you have given us since 2008! We hope you will enjoy
this final presentation!
The Cutting Edge Chapter
Cutting Edge Chapter
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
8:00 pm ET
“Power Presentation Using PowerPoint”
Presented by Greg Creech
more boring presentations! This PowerPoint Presentation course covers
intermediate/advance areas of PowerPoint for incorporating multimedia,
custom design themes and templates plus charts and SmartArt.
Here are some of the learning objectives for this fast paced and engaging session:
Incorporate multimedia - video and audio files directly in PowerPoint
as well as linking to YouTube and other video applications plus edit
video and audio files within PowerPoint,
* Create custom designs
and themes for your organization using logos, colors, fonts, photos, and
other branding elements for marketing with PowerPoint and Microsoft
Office through Slide Master, Notes/Handouts Master, and the Design Tab,
March has been a busy, but exciting month for The Foundation of IAAP! Two of The Foundation’s key fundraising events, the Amazing Ride and the Silent Auction, launched this month and the board of directors made a trip to Albuquerque, N.M. for our spring board meeting.
During our trip to Albuquerque, we visited Vista Grande, our “place in the sun.” This was my fifth visit and it was wonderful to see it again. I am so proud of our investment there. We have some exciting news to share about Vista Grande in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for next month’s Foundation News e-newsletter.
I hope everyone plans to sign up to participate in the Amazing Ride! If you haven’t yet, it’s not too late. It’s easy to join — just register
It's always so gratifying to receive that Members of Excellence certificate and signature block every year. No matter how many times I receive it, it still brings a smile to my face because my efforts are being recognized. Thanks IAAP for this program!
I received my certificate for meeting the Pathways of Excellence requirements and becoming a 2014- 2015 Member of Excellence. Happy!
By Carol Schulte
They say your net worth is determined by your network. I do believe the more people you meet, connect
with, and get to know, the more opportunities arise and the more enriched your life will be. What is one great way to meet new people? You guessed it! Networking.
For many people—especially you introverts out there—networking can be intimidating. However, networking success relies on how you perceive it. When viewed as a pressuring situation—one in which you have to make an outstanding first impression, nail your 30-second elevator pitch, and be able to ‘work the room’ with ease and grace—it may appear impossible! If, on the other hand, networking is viewed as an exciting opportunity—one to meet new people, enter into a curious conversation, and potentially create new business and/or personal connections—it may not seem so bad after all.
Did you know that you get 5 CAP recertification points for each Microsoft Office certification exam that you pass, up to 20 points maximum towards your recertification?
I have online certification study groups starting for Word and Excel (both 2010 and 2013 versions) during the week of March 23. Why not make this the year you check Microsoft Office Master off your professional development bucket list? It's not too late to sign up!
Contact me privately to learn more.
All of us on the board and at Headquarters are excited and anxious for the new, revitalized IAAP to come to fruition. However, it’s not realistic to think everything will happen overnight. Rather, the revitalization of IAAP is a gradual and evolving process. Through this process, we are ensuring members are heard.
You are an integral part of making this revitalization a success, and we are indeed listening to what you have to say about the coming changes as we receive feedback. A new Branch and LAN structure will soon be in place. This structure will allow IAAP local touch points to focus entirely on professional development, education, and networking. We aim to make the Branches and LANs as professionally focused and unencumbered as possible.
It's not too late to join the Cutting Edge Chapter on Wednesday, March 11, at 8:00 pm ET for a webinar presented by Greg Creech, “Success Skills for the Administrative Manager.”
As an administrative professional in clerical, non-management roles who was
promoted to management to manage the 17 member team from which I was
promoted, I offer the practical takeaways. Greg will discuss:
1. Communication skills
3. Delegation and Follow-up
5. Subject Matter Expert (SME)
6. Career Pathing
Attendees will be able to:
* Transition skill sets from task management to decision making and
associate management through
the art of delegation and follow-up.
* Conduct proper performance management and position task reviews, communication, and
* Implement effective communication techniques for having difficult and
critical conversations with
subordinates, fellow managers, and
* Use technology and people skills to monitor performance, improve
results, and be a better first time