The elevator pitch—a brief speech to create interest in your company, your product or yourself—is a staple for those in sales. You may be thinking, I’m an admin, why would I need an elevator pitch? We’re all in sales, whether we’re selling a product, an idea or ourselves to potential customers, our team members or upper management.
The importance of discretion was recently reinforced during a panel discussion with four senior executive assistants who work for high-powered individuals.
Recent research suggests that supervisors target those who are least likely to defend themselves. This dysfunctional pattern can be shifted if you’re willing to take action.
Written words, especially in emails or texts, often can be misleading as they are void of vocal inflection, body language and other cues. How often have you written something with a hint of sarcasm only to discover the reader took it at face value?
Some meetings provide a chance to interact and showcase your skills with higher-level staff. But it helps to be aware of the challenges you may face depending on whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert.
Even the most efficient and organized admins can get sidetracked by unforeseen interruptions and unplanned demands on their time—endless emails, chatty co-workers and yet another to-do from the boss. But before you boil over, adopt these boilerplate responses so you’re not tongue-tied in the moment when you need to speak your truth.
What message are you sending to others when you minimize your job to the point where you believe you don’t need a business card?
Thinking about exiting your company? Conventional wisdom holds that employees leave managers, not companies. But recent LinkedIn surveys reveal deeper truths.
“Can I help you with that?” asks your colleague as you struggle to load an ink cartridge into the printer. If your co-worker says it in a sincere tone, you’re grateful for the offer. But that same question delivered in a sarcastic or exasperated manner leaves you feeling irritated. If you want clarity and connection, pay attention to the following four vocal components.
Research shows that young girls who are smarter-than-average tend to believe their abilities are innate and can’t be changed, whereas young boys are more likely to believe they can learn something by persevering and re-doubling their efforts. What challenge would you undertake if you embraced the truth that through your efforts you could find success?