Education. Education. Education.

Don’t you just love it when someone else does all the legwork and compiles a respectable list of the information you were looking for?

Those of you working in the A/E/C industry know that the Society for Design Administration (SDA) holds its Annual Meeting (typically) in May each year (and if you don’t know, you should; SDA is your go-to source of best practice management for design firm administration). In addition to that business meeting, SDA offers its EDSymposium—a wealth of knowledge-sharing in the form of educational sessions geared to what you need to know and learn about your role in the industry.

But what you may not know is just how many conferences for assistants (no matter what industry you work in) are being held throughout the world this year. There’s a ton! (Okay; not an actual ton, but at least 20.)

Let me introduce you to the person who compiled that impressive list. It’s Christina Holzhauser, founder of the blog Tips for Assistants. I’m not sure how long it took her to compile the list, but kudos to her for taking the initiative to share, and for adding the website links for each one!

The following is reprinted with permission by Christina Holzhauser. Originally published 12/30/16 on Tips for Assistants.

Conferences for Assistants: Get Energized in 2017!

Conferences are a great way to not only learn mind-blowing tips but to reenergize your passion for being a top-notch assistant. Here’s a list of links to great conferences to keep on your radar now that 2017 is on the horizon. (Note: Be sure to check their websites in case dates or locations have been adjusted).

Admin Pro Forum

May 31-June 2 | Orlando, FL

Admin to Admin

May 5 | Sacramento, CA

Administrative Professionals Conference

September 17-20 | Las Vegas, NV

*APC also has an Executive Assistants’ Summit that EA’s can apply to participate in; see EA Summit for more details

Administrative Professionals Conference Canada

May 28-31 | Toronto, Canada

The Assist Conference

February 24 | London, England

Be the Ultimate Assistant

March 4-5 | Chicago, IL

May 19-20 | San Diego, CA

June 10-11 | Minneapolis, MN

September 23-24 | New York, NY

November 16-17 | Paris, France

Behind Every Leader

February 24 | Washington, D.C.

April 28 | San Francisco, CA

June 9 | Atlanta, GA

August 11 | New York, NY

September 22 | Miami, FL

Conference For Administrative Excellence

October 17-20 | Las Vegas, NV

*You also have the option to attend virtually

DEMA Convention

September 15-17 | Orlando, FL

EAN Conference Series

February 15-16 | Perth, Australia

March 15-16 | Sydney, Australia

July 25-26 | Canberra, Australia

September 12-13 | Brisbane, Australia

November 29-30 | Melbourne, Australia

EAO Annual Global Summit

November 10-11 | Las Vegas, NV

EUMA Annual Conference

September 29 | Hague, The Netherlands

Executive Leadership Support Forum

January 25-26 | Chicago, IL

February 8-9 | Indianapolis, IN

March 8-9 | Toronto, Canada

March 29-30 | Atlanta, GA

April 5-6 | Raleigh, NC

May 3-4 | Boston, MA

May 17-18 | Bay Area, CA

June 14-15 | San Diego, CA

June 28-29 | New York City, NY

July 19-20 | Philadelphia, PA

September 13-14 | Phoenix, AZ

September 19-20 | Seattle, WA

October 4-5 | Minneapolis, MN

October 11-12 | Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

October 25-26 | London, England

Executive Secretary Live

February 17-18 | Johannesburg, South Africa

March 31-April 1 | London, England

July 14-15 | Auckland, New Zealand

November 10-11 | Washington, D.C.

IAAP CEC

May 26-28 | Ontario, Canada

IAAP Executive Admin Symposium

October 27-29 | Chicago, IL

IAAP Summit

July 22-25 | New Orleans, LA

IAAP TEC17

March 5-7 | Tucson, AZ

NWVA Conference

June 22-23 | Manchester, England

Office*

March 1-2 | London, England

PA Life Summit

April 24-25 | Berkshire, England

Secretary Conference 2017

April 26-27 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Special Event

January 10-12 | Long Beach, CA

Don’t hesitate to ask your principal or organization to cover the cost of joining a conference, especially since they will also be reaping the benefits from your increased knowledge. An article in Brazen titled “How to Get Your Company to Fund Professional Training and Development” does a great job of outlining best practices on how to do so.


For more tips to keep you performing at the highest level or to add to this list of events, you can connect with Christina on the following platforms:

Knowledge-sharing New Year

Happy New Year! I’m starting 2017 off by a little knowledge-sharing. Specifically, a how-to on creating PowerPoint handouts. And what’s so special about that, you say?

Well, maybe you don’t realize that there’s actually a feature in PowerPoint called Create Handouts. And maybe you typically created a handout of your PowerPoint slides by going to the Print screen and printing directly from your slide deck.

If that’s how you usually create a handout of your slide deck, you might want to take a look at what I’m including in this post, just for you.

Why?

Because the cool thing about the Create Handouts feature is that you can easily update your handouts if your slide deck is edited, without having to edit both of the files.*

And, since the Create Handouts feature means you’ll end up with an MS Word file, you can jazz up those handouts all you want, however you want.

Here is the handout I created. It contains the PowerPoint slides I made (the steps to do so), and you can see that I added a footer, etc.

It’s my New Year’s gift to you, dear readers. Enjoy!

*There are some bugaboos that the Create Handouts feature won’t do (darn those Microsoft developers!). Like if you insert a new slide in your PowerPoint file, then update the Handouts you had already created, that new slide won’t show up in the update. But still, being able to link the Handouts to your slide deck is a really nice time-saving feature to have on hand.

There’s this woman at work

As I wrote the title of this post, it felt like it might be interpreted as the start of some gossip. Yes, I’m going to talk a bit about that woman, but it’s definitely not gossiping.

Although that woman and I are both in the admin group, our jobs don’t have us working closely together. She sits near me, though, and sometimes hears the same conversations I’m hearing from within the office.

And let me tell you—there’s been some drama going on (and I feel like I’m in the crossfire).

What is it about co-workers who make such a big deal about things during the course of their workday? I mean, really. Can’t you just leave some stuff alone? The stuff that’s not in your circle of influence? The stuff that has nothing to do with you? Why do you feel the need to get involved in another co-workers’ business? Why do you feel the need to share that kind of stuff with your co-workers?

Yeah, yeah . . . it appears you are trying to be helpful, but you know what? The people who don’t like overhearing the gossip and the derogatory remarks someone makes about another, and the drama you pull co-workers into . . . well, they’d rather not have you be helpful to them if it means you are gossiping, even in a roundabout way (you know I can see right through your, “I just thought you should know because . . . ,” right?).

Ugh.

Witnessing it, hearing it, and trying to stay out of that drama can really tax a person, you know?

Okay. Enough of the ranting. Let me get back to that woman.

Nope, she wasn’t involved in the drama. But, she did make a point of telling me that she is learning to and getting better at not getting sucked into all that negative stuff.

Double yay for her!

So I said (stating a fact, and throwing the “D” word in there because that’s what it feels like), that there’s been a lot of drama going on, and she acknowledged it (from where we sit, we can hear it, see it, feel it). And I told her it’s hard for me to be able to stand up and say “I don’t want to be involved in that” (what I had to say the other day). And she told me she is learning to say, “I don’t want to hear about that.”

So that woman at work, bless her heart for sharing: She inspired me to try to be a bit stronger and not be so afraid to tell others that I don’t want to be a part of or hear that. No way. Nope. Not even.

I’m going to keep working on that, because . . .

there’s this other woman at work.