Career Moves



Kate Williams

Hoxton Event 2017

  • by Kate Williams
  • 19 Oct 2017

Last week we hosted our very successful ‘2017 Career Moves Office Support Essential Skills Workshop: Workplace Communication Tools for Today’s Assistant’ at the Hoxton Holborn. The morning began with the 50+ attendees networking over breakfast before sitting down to an introduction to the day by Career Move’s own, Sarah Savage.

We then had the pleasure of Merryl and Josephine from PA Access All Areas conducting their talk around ‘Supporting Powerful People, Interacting with Senior Staff and Setting Boundaries’ which truly went down a storm! Some of the top tips we took from this session was to communicate your strengths and weaknesses to the person you support so you can both learn the most effective way for you to work together. Also taking the time to consider the types of leaders you work best with and, when you have working to support them by ‘always having their back.’ We also took some really useful practical tips away – not least that when it comes to it, you can ‘say ‘no’ without being negative’!

Representatives from the communication tool, ‘Slack’ were next with a demonstration about what their platform does and specifically ‘a day in the life of an EA’ and how the tool could be applied to our attendees’ days. Those of us that have used Slack previously, really benefitted from learning about its additional features!

Merryl and Josephine then undertook their second session focussing on ‘the Nuts and Bolts of Networking, Internal Networking, Cultivating Contacts and Making the most of Networking Events’. They were able to deliver tips such as: to keep a little black book of important contacts and to cultivate these over time. A great tip we learnt was to ‘bring people into your problem’, give more info than people expect and then they might be able to help you! Crucially be open to new opportunities, be calm, understand that networking events are hard for everyone but try to meet at least 2 new people at each one and, if in doubt, fake it ‘till you make it!

Our panel members (Declan Halton-Woodward, Alex Serruys, Tony Gilchrist and Sarah Savage chaired by Jessica Gardiner) then had the floor for a discussion about emotional intelligence which was then opened up to the room and truly garnered some truly interesting (and entertaining!) insights. Some of the topics they covered included, “is there a difference between working for a male or female”, and “ways to ensure your own emotional intelligence”. Tips on this included: asking for feedback and understanding that it’s OK if it’s not always 100% positive, being open to learning something different but also completing a test such as ‘The Strength Finder’ to recognise what you’re good at and play to your strengths. Crucially passion has to be involved in what you do!

We’d like to say a huge thank you to The Hoxton for such a great venue and to Red Bull for contributing to our Career Moves tote bags for each attendee (which also included a pen, notepad and workbook).

We’re really looking forward to hosting and seeing you all at our next event in 2018!

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