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I will be running a four week online Microsoft Outlook Certification Study Group starting Monday June 29. Learn the nuances of Outlook from calendars to email to tasks and more! Every Microsoft Office Specialist exam is eligible for 5 CAP recertification points (up to 20 points maximum), so this is a great way to earn points too! This is actually a great way to learn more about the program even if you don't want to get certified in it.

Live sessions aren't convenient for you? No problem! All sessions are recorded and be reviewed at your leisure.

Contact me at
iaap@mrhenterprises.com if you'd like to learn more.

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by Cathy Cassata
Previously published in the May/June 2015 Issue of OfficePro Magazine.


Whether you're looking to expand your networking pool or ready to find a new job, social media can help you reach your goals. 

"Most jobs are still found because someone knows someone. However, remember 
when you're networking online, the whole idea is to move the online to the personal, not just to be collecting a database of people, but to be building relationships, and out of relationships come opportunities, and from opportunities come jobs," says Arnie Fertig, CEO and Founder of Jobhuntercoach.com. Here's how to make the most of your online presence and 

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By Amy Lawrence
Previously published in the May/June 2015 Issue of OfficePro Magazine.



A new study by Pew Research has shown that women equal men in most qualities, such as intelligence and innovation, needed to be a good leader. In some areas, such as ethics and the ability to mentor employees, women are seen as equal or even better qualified for leadership than their male counterparts. And yet, only 5 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are women. What's the deal?


The study found that one of the key reasons women are not in more senior positions is that, unlike men, whose leadership abilities are 

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I am so excited to be heading to Summit in Louisville in just six short weeks! Time is slipping away so quickly! I love having the chance to see old friends and make new friends.

If you are going to Summit and would like to stay a little extra for sightseeing, but maybe you are nervous about venturing out on your own, I'm actually setting up a tour for those who are interested.

I am organizing a full day tour on Thursday, July 30, 2015. I'll be chartering a bus which will take us to a bourbon distillery for a tour, then go to lunch, and then doing a tour of Mammoth Cave (a gorgeous WOW of a place). It's possible the tour might include one more stop like the Louisville Slugger Factory (seeing if I can fit it in with our timing). Cost for this full day tour will likely be $80-100 (cost will be based on the number of people I expect to sign up as it affects the size bus I have to get) and will include ground transportation, tour fees, lunch and gratuities..

If you are interested, drop me a private message and include your email address please.

I expect to open registration within the next week or two. 
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It seems that every week I am reminded that sometimes consciously making the choice to take a breath and take a break is an essential skill for all professionals.

 I was reminded of this just yesterday.  I had spent quite a bit of time working on a project, and I thought it was looking pretty good.  I carefully considered the colors, font choice, text, and other elements of an announcement to be included on a website. I emailed my client, and asked her to take a look at what I had done. In her reply, she said the layout looked a bit strange. A bit of frustration and fatigue got the better of me, and I was tempted to write her back and ask, "What the heck are you talking about?" But, I didn't. Thank goodness. My colleague and client certainly didn't deserve that kind of attitude from me.

 As I've done a few times before when I've reacted emotionally to an email, I took a deep breath, and then I got up out of my chair and took a walk. As I was walking, I realized that the announcement I designed must have looked differently on her computer than it did on mine. So, when I got back to my desk, I asked her to send me a screenshot of what she was seeing. I also sent her a screenshot of what the announcement looked like on my computer. It turns out that she was seeing a messed up version of the announcement. In fact, as can happen with websites, two different computers were rendering two different versions of the same page.  My client simply refreshed her screen and, suddenly, all was right with the world and we were able to move ahead with the project.

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As an active member of Toastmasters, I've been privileged to have exposure to many individuals who are making fantastic progress as they learn and lead by example... all the while, overcoming the fear of speaking in front of other people. Many have become professional speakers. One of my favorites is a young man who tells it like it is when it comes to time management and procrastination. He has an intriguing new take on how "procrastinating on purpose" fits into our busy, overloaded lives. After asking the usual questions about importance and urgency, then deciding whether to do or delegate, Rory suggests that we consider as well whether the action will have a lasting effect--whether doing it now will open up time later, or whether doing it later opens up time to do something else right now. Hmm... maybe now is the time to check out his TedX talk:  http://roryvaden.com/blog/rory-vaden-tedx-talk-how-to-multiply-time/
Enjoy!
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Good morning.

At the risk of embarrassing myself, is the upcoming Summit in Louisville the last of its kind, the last "convention," and IAAP is now moving toward more "local" or regional TEC conferences?

If Louisville is not the last of its kind, and there will be another annual meeting of the entire membership in 2016, any chance we could find out where it will be?

Please enlighten me.

 Thanks,

Debbe Millet
Member of-what-used-to-be Golden Gate Chapter
millet@oakwood.edu
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A few weeks ago, I could not quiet my mind to sleep so I just embraced insomnia and called it a partial night.  Of all the unfinished items on my home to-do list, I chose to go clean out my computer’s desktop folder, which I tend to utilize like my kitchen junk drawer.  A folder I routinely try to ignore, also labeled “TO DO”, reminds me of more pursuits unfinished.  There is a subfolder for downloaded but unread Kindle books on time management, productivity hacks and even one on combatting insomnia that I probably should read soon.    Another subfolder contains purchased but not downloaded e-book bundles on DIY, cooking and homemaking.  I skimmed through the other subfolders without deleting anything yet.   

I realized I don’t do well without a deadline.  I thrive on lists with due dates and fail with lists of ideas that have no follow through.

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Date:   Dec 9, 2015

Time:   12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Eastern

 

 

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Research shows that one of the most important roles of a leader is to mobilize their team around a shared vision. But vision comes naturally for only about 1% of leaders. If you’re not part of the 1% or if you haven’t been struck by the lightning bolt of vision, you can still create a shared vision by learning the principles we will discuss in this webcast.

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Date:   Nov 18, 2015

Time:   12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Eastern

 

 

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It’s not your boss' job to develop you, motivate you, or inspire you. That's your job.

 

This humorous, highly interactive webcast will delve deeply into the awkward, unnatural boss-subordinate relationship and help you to manage even the scariest relationship.

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Date:   Oct 28, 2015

Time:   12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Eastern

 

 

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How to Drive Strategic Initiatives

 

It's sometimes said that there is no constant but change.

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Date:   Oct 7, 2015

Time:   12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Eastern

 

 

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How Improvisation Improves Creativity and Collaboration

 

Leadership has never been easy, but today’s leaders face unprecedented challenges: technology shifts, globalization, once-in-a-generation changes in the workforce as baby boomers retire.

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Date:   Jul 22, 2015

Time:   12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Eastern

 

 

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Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is the world’s authority on how successful leaders achieve positive, lasting behavior. 

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Date:   Jul 8, 2015

Time:   12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Eastern

 

 

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In a rapidly changing world, experience can be a curse. Rookies are unencumbered, with no baggage to weigh them down, no resources to burden them, and no track record to limit their thinking or aspirations.

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Date:   Jul 1, 2015

Time:   12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Eastern

 

 

Although the description says for managers, this can be readily applied to assistants, especially high level ones.

 

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Date:   Jun 24, 2015

Time:   12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Eastern

 

 

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Women who have a “Be the Perfect Driver” outlook are bound to be disappointed.  In our busy lives, if we see ourselves as having and doing it all at the same time to be perfection, failure is all that we will get. 

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Live a Big Life is a memoir about Joan Burge as she reflects on her life, the challenges she overcame and offers wisdom on how to live life large and get the most out of it, despite what life throws at you, starting with the 5 pillars that act as your supporting foundation. Although the underlying message is for anyone, it is specifically written for women.

There are very few books that make it to my guest room book shelf. This is one of them. This was an enjoyable, easy, fast read that can be completed in 2 – 3 days. Many of the chapters were short, some only a few pages, very manageable when tight on time or if you want a quick reading break. It was written in a very personal style, almost like an older family member talking with you and teaching you many lessons they learned about life, in hopes of veering you in the right direction.

The Afterword is a compilation of materials the reader might find useful or of personal interest.

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I'm sure most of you have seen this in an email at one time or another in your career:

Prison vs Work

  • In prison, you spend most of your time in an 8x10 cell.

  • At work, you spend most of your time in a 6x8 cubicle. 

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While I was certainly as upset as anyone last year wihen the changes were announced (still am, actually), I have decided to renew my membership for at least another year. As I've continued telling people who ask my opinion, we have to give the new structure a chance to be set up and get functioning.

For me, the bottom line is, do I want IAAP to fail? So long as the answer to that question is no, then I will do what I can to support it. In my case, I show my support through networking, education (through the webinars I offer for recertification points) and the seminars I facilitate, and the CAP and OM study groups I lead (since ya'll know I am passionate about helping others improve their career through certification). I may choose to join the speaker's bureau (still thinking on that one). I visit the forums regularly and provide input and guidance where I can. I'll be attending Summit to see old friends and make new ones and hopefully get some quality education.

I can't say I am at all thrilled about the decisions that have been made. I CERTAINLY am angry that censorship continues to this day (as I recently witnessed in the IAAP facebook group). I also find it ironic that after years of chastising the chapters for focusing too much on social, the first program they roll out is Connections & Cocktails - no philosophical disconnect there, eh?
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Recently my company merged with a larger company.  Our corporate headquarters has changed into a division headquarters.  Being the remaining assistant for the legal department, I finally got my wish to clean out everything.  I cleared out six file cabinets - off to storage.  Then I cleaned out all the clutter in the file room.  From there I moved on to our copy area.  I threw out or recycled three trash bins which were the size of a medium copier.  This included about 200 three ring binders of various size age and condition, our ancient and unused Law Library and a plethora of miscellaneous office supplies.  Three ring slotted dividers anyone, overhead transparencies and floppy discs oh my!

So after this month of purging my hands were in horrible condition and my natural nails even worse.  Because we were being sent to HQ for orientation and I wanted a treat, I had fake nails done.  This has led me to a customer service conundrum. I am failing to understand how, when there is a nail salon on every corner (there are at least 15 salons within in five miles of my house) none of them appear to be able to keep an appointment schedule.

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