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IAAP CEC

 


IAAP’s CEC (Canadian Education Conference) is two and a half days of amazing content and unparalleled networking with your fellow admins. CEC 2017 is being held at the Delta Hotels Waterloo near Kitchener, Ontario May 26-28, 2017.

 

Registration is open now! Download the agenda details and speaker bios; CEC 2017 is worth 15 IAAP CAP recertification points.

 

For questions, please contact IAAP HQ.

 

May 25, 2017

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Connections & Cocktails Networking Event

May 26, 2017

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Taming the Wild Document in Microsoft Word

Speaker: Melissa Esquibel

We all know Word, right? Well, yes, right up until you're asked to put together a multi-author, multi-section, gigantic document with tables, graphs, and other objects. There are tools built right into Microsoft Word that can help you do this without losing control of the document (or your mind!)

Key Takeaways:

How to work with multi-author content and maintain a uniform appearance
Working with sections and page numbers for superior document organization
How to use Master Documents to cut down on formatting issues
Why Styles are so important and how easy they are to learn
Paragraph and page tricks to make your document flow from page to page

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 – 11:45 a.m. Faster and Better PowerPoint – Part I

Speaker: Melissa Esquibel

There’s a right way to do things and a long way. If it takes you hours of struggle to produce even an average PowerPoint presentation, there are tools and tips that can help you produce good presentations, quickly. In this session, you’ll understand the steps to designing presentation media that will really engage an audience.  We’ll build a presentation from start to finish and incorporate various types of content. We’ll take it all the way to the handout in Word, producing a value-added document that goes beyond a “copy of your deck.”

Key Takeaways:

Fast-tracking content onto slides to avoid hours typing and adjusting
Guidelines for content load on a single slide
How to incorporate complex charts and graphs into your presentation without making the audience squint
Why the handout and the presentations are two totally different types of media

The session is applicable to all PC desktop versions of PowerPoint. Some skills will transfer to Mac and Office online. (Office 365), but these versions will not suffice for hands-on learning in this session.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch (Included in registration)

1:15 – 2:45 p.m. Faster and Better PowerPoint – Part II

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Break

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Managing Projects in Outlook

Speaker: Melissa Esquibel

You may not think you’re a project manager, but you probably are. Professional project managers get robust tools like Microsoft Project. However, just because you don’t have Project doesn’t mean you don’t have the software tools you need. Whether you’re managing events or assembling annual reports, your tasks have a definite goal with a beginning and end date. It doesn’t matter if you’re flying solo a good project management tool to stay on track. Microsoft Outlook has many features that enable you to set up tasks, record and report status assign work, and more. 

Key Takeaways:

Use categories to define tasks
Employ task subfolders to create repeatable project plans
Assign tasks (or choose not to and still get work done through others)
Work with Excel to do date math for task dependencies
Work with Outlook tasks across platforms like OneNote and SharePoint

The session is applicable to all PC desktop versions of PowerPoint. Some skills will transfer to Mac and Office online. (Office 365), but these versions will not suffice for hands-on learning in this session.

May 27, 2017

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. The Assistant’s Guide to Self-Awareness – Part I

Speaker: Lucy Brazier

This session will show how success as an assistant begins with an understanding of yourself. During the session, we will look at; the Belbin Psychometric testing exercise to explore strengths, weaknesses, and where you fit into your team; Johari Window -- opportunities from self-awareness, your beliefs, values, and behaviours; your Inner Voice, how body language can make a difference, and how important communication is.

Key Takeaways:

Learn how Belbin Psychometric testing exercise can show you your strengths, weaknesses, and where you fit into your team
Discover the use of the Johari Window to help you use opportunities from self-awareness
Discover the beliefs, values, and behaviours in yourself
Determine how your inner voice can stop holding you back
Explore how communication can make a difference, not just in your work life but your personal life also

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 – 11:45 a.m. The Assistant’s Guide to Self-Awareness – Part II

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch (included in registration)

1:15 – 2:45 p.m. Find Your Strengths: Leverage Your Talents and Love Your Work! – Part I

Speaker: Carol Schulte

Let’s face it: you have unique gifts and talents that aren’t being utilized to the max. You’re great at making everyone ELSE look good, isn’t about time we celebrate all YOU have to offer?

Research states only 16% of employees in Canada are actively engaged in their work. And yet engagement goes up 6X when individuals report they are utilizing their strengths in their role on a regular basis. 

Using the Gallop Strengths Finder, discover your top five unique signature strengths (1 in 33 million!) and learn how to leverage your innate skills and unique talents to reach ultimate success in the work you do. 

When you can bring ALL your strengths to the table, you’ll be more engaged, more productive, and far happier at work. And isn’t that what we all want?!?

Key Takeaways: 


Identify your top 5 strengths per the Gallop Strength Finder 2.0 Assessment
Understand the importance of working with your innate talents and strengths to maximize your effectiveness and engagement in your work
Use the SOAR principle to learn and leverage the four domains of leadership style that exist within your workplace 
Discover the benefits of bringing ALL of you to the table, and the impact it has on those around you
Learn how to decrease conflict and absenteeism, and increase trust and engagement

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Break

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Find Your Strengths: Leverage Your Talents and Love Your Work! – Part II

May 28, 2017

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Leading with Influence

Speaker: Rhonda Scharf


Leading with influence explores the science of influence – by maximizing our own personal strengths.  You won’t manipulate anyone, but instead recognize how to lead with influence, and maximize your effect.
There are many ways to influence others – and it isn’t about right or wrong – it is about being aware of the impact you have when communicating. Leading With Influence requires a healthy combination of interpersonal, communication, and assertiveness techniques. It is about adapting and modifying your personal style when you become aware of the affect you are having on other people, while still being true to yourself. Behaviour and attitude change are what’s important, not changing who you are or how you feel and think.


Key Takeaways:


Evaluate your impact on others
Improve your ability to influence others
Learn how to speak your mind without offending
Find out how others see you


10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 – 11:45 a.m. Modern Day Assistant as a Strategic Business Partner

Speaker: Lucy Brazier

Since the recession began seven years ago, the role of the Assistant has changed beyond recognition. There has never been a more confusing time to be an Assistant because the responsibilities have developed so fast. In this session, Lucy Brazier looks at the role past, present and future to explain why it has developed how it has. She explores the opportunities that this creates for you to become a true Business Partner to your Executive including developing the partnership, setting the ground rules, communication, adapting to style & maintaining a great partnership.

Key Takeaways:

Build a powerful strategic business partnership with your Executive, including developing the partnership, setting the ground rules, communication, adapting to style, and maintaining a great partnership
Manage your own personal development and understand why it is one of your 'stones'
Understand the past, present, and future of the role and the opportunities that this creates for you as an Assistant
Learn about Maslow, Addams, and Tuckman and how these theories are key to changing your perceptions

 

 

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