AN unique, two-day training course for top PAs is coming to Aberdeen in June.
It will be run by Paul Pennant who worked for several multi-nationals before setting up Today’s PA with the clear view of taking his own experience as a PA, office manager and business director and creating training courses that mean the real-world needs and aspirations of PAs.
Says a spokesperson: “Every part of the two-day course has been designed to give attendees the knowledge and tools to make them become indispensible aides to business associates and managers, and so much more than a secretary.
“The course will include sessions on tact and diplomacy, stress, Microsoft Outlook, working for more than one boss, minute taking and time management amongst others.”
Said Paul: “With more people chasing fewer vacancies, competition for the top PA posts is as stiff as it’s ever been.
“Our course will not only help PAs do their job better, but will also show them how to manage colleagues and their expectations of a PA. Equipped with this new knowledge and skills, the PA’s life will become easier, more successful and more enjoyable.”
The role of a PA varies from company to company and includes aspects not covered in conventional courses:
• As gatekeeper to a manager, who protects the PA from interruptions that conspire to prevent him or her achieving what needs to be done each day?
• A PA often hears things than challenge his or her sense of discretion. Does the boss need to know or should the PA pass on information on a need to know basis?
• Protecting a manager from unnecessary interruptions is a critical part of a PA’s job and it’s one of the hardest to handle.
• Juggling so many aspects to one job is stressful so stress-reducing strategies are essential.
Paul is based in London and has taken his courses as far north as Edinburgh to date.
“I’m taking our flagship course to Aberdeen for our first visit although we have plenty of general courses for people in all business roles as well,” he added. “I’d like to think that at the end of the two days, all ten attendees will feel they have got their lives back. That’s the feedback we’ve always got so far.”
The course will run on June 15 and 16 at the AVC Business Centre in Wellington Circle at a cost of £699. For more information, visit www.todayspa.co.uk
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