Visit the St. Louis campus of Boeing and you’ll soon discover that Antoinette Smith, CAP-OM, not only knows every inch of the campus, but that most everyone knows, and also respect, her. Through her 38-plus years of employment at Boeing, Smith has gained a reputation for being a leader, a mentor and an innovator, not just for her executives, but also for the administrative staff.

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Three Common Playground Behaviors to Increase Professional Resiliency

The playground seems like a place for play - an unlikely place to take our professional cues. It turns out, however, that some of the most common childhood habits can actually work as resiliency-building tools.
Children often have naturally resilient tendencies – think about a toddler learning to walk and hitting the ground over and over, never giving up. Three childhood habits we can all attempt to adapt are:

1. Climb High, Lay Low
Benefit: Find new perspective and new solutions

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Understanding Social Media Lingo

Social media is a vital tool for every administrative professional. Social sites, including LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook, can enhance your networking abilities, develop your personal brand, and help you identify new job opportunities.

As an administrative professional, you are the gatekeeper, travel coordinator, expense tracker, concierge, scheduler, event manager and overall go-to person for everything. Every day is different and everyone knows you are the one who has all the answers.

Here are three ways LinkedIn can help you keep your reputation solid as a miracle worker:

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Four Reasons People Ignore Your Emails

You are being ignored. No one likes being ignored, but people are deleting your emails without even reading them. You’re writing these updates and memos and you’re attaching minutes and agendas for meetings, yet when everyone shows up, it’s quickly evident that no one read the information.  They received it, but they didn’t read it. That’s a problem---and a huge waste of time.

So, if you want your coworkers to continue to cast aside your emails without so much as a second glance, stick with these commonplace e-writing slights:

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Tips for Attending and Hosting Networking Events

When I’m invited to an afterhours networking event, two questions never fail to cross my mind: 1) Will I know anyone there? 2) Do I have to go?

Social work events can be nerve-wracking, but they are also a fantastic way to work your way out of your comfort zone. Networking events present opportunities to meet people you might not meet otherwise and broaden your web of contacts.

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Tips for EFAM 2014

Over the years, I have traveled throughout North America attending IAAP's annual EFAM conferences. It has been a remarkable way to network with other professionals and help develop my career. I am excited to attend EFAM 2014 in Milwaukee, Wis. July 26-30.

Here are a few tips to help you prepare for EFAM this year:

Upon Arrival in Milwaukee

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Assert Yourself at EFAM 2014

According to the New York Times, 40 to 75 percent of people suffer from social anxiety. In fact, it’s the number one social phobia. Do you suffer from social anxiety? Is coming to EFAM causing you worry because you won’t know anyone (or won’t know very many people)? We may be mature adults, but social situations can feel just like high school, looking at the “cool kids” from the outside.

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Revitalize! A blog about the restructure and revitalization of IAAP

Welcome to the inaugural post of Revitalize!—the new blog about IAAP’s revitalization and restructure. Here, we’ll be communicating developments on the new structure of IAAP and having a conversation with our members, stakeholders and sponsors. Watch for periodic questions you can weigh in on.