12 Executive Assistant Blogs You Should Be Following
You can learn a lot from a good Executive Assistant blog.
The Executive Assistant blog provides a rare and honest glimpse into the real life of an Executive Assistant. One Executive Assistant blog might provide a healthy dose of comedic relief in the midst of a high-pressure job while a different blog might offer helpful resources and tips that help aspiring or beginning Executive Assistants know what to expect on the job.
Whatever the subject matter, all Executive Assistant blogs serve up invaluable information aspiring EAs can use to launch their careers or existing EAs can use to get ahead.
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12 Popular Executive Assistant Blogs
This Executive Assistant blog features first-hand advice from an Executive Assistant and “Jane of All Trades” with experience working with executives at some of the biggest companies in the world, including Sony, MGM, and Fox.
- 10 Tips for Setting Up Your Social Media & Internet Presence Safely to Improve Your Job Search & to Protect Yourself
- Better Communication in the Workplace Starts With These 5 Tips
- 5 Traits of the Best Boss I Ever Had
If you long to be a Mary Poppins-style Executive Assistant, ready for anything and practically perfect in every way, then this blog is for you! What kind of tips does the blog provide, you ask?
According to the blog owners, “Practically Perfect PA offers practical tips, honest advice and all kinds of career development support specifically for assistants.”
The ELS blog is designed to “support the supporters.” The ELS forum “strives to improve the profile and professional lives of executive assistants by creating an educational outlet that inspires growth, collaboration, and community.”
The blog offers perspectives on the latest technologies, and it even provides profiles of real assistants in the recurring “Executive Assistant of the Week” posts.
- How to Embrace Artificial Intelligence as an Executive Assistant
- Executive Assistant of the Week: San Diego
- How to Navigate the Multi-Generational Workplace
Geared for ambitious professionals in all roles and positions, Levo offers an extensive “tasting menu” of practical and inspiring career advice, tips, and perspectives.
The website’s name speaks to the company’s philosophy. Levo says, “It’s no coincidence that our name is the Latin root of the word “elevate.” With technology, we can move forward together. You are no longer alone in this marathon we call career.”
- Coaches Corner: Tips for how to be vulnerable (and not get hurt)
- Tiffany’s Epiphanies: To Leap Out of Your Comfort Zone, You Might Need a Push
- 4 Signs You’ve Hit a Career Plateau—And How to Get Unstuck
Bonnie is a veteran personal assistant who’s seen and done pretty much everything. She started her blog to help other assistants thrive in an environment that gets more and more complicated by the minute.
- What would YOU do if you were CEO for one day?
- Ethics for Executive Assistants
- Connecting the Dots: A Key Attribute of the World’s Top EAs with Guest: Debbie Gross, CEA at Cisco (audio)
It’s no secret that interpersonal communication is key to being a successful Executive Assistant. This blog will help Executive Assistants build the subtle people and communication skills necessary to excel in any work environment, with all types of personalities.
- Formal vs. Informal Power: Two Paths to Social Success
- 6 Ways to Protect Yourself against Indoctrination
- How to Improve Your Critical Thinking Skills
The author of this award-winning communication blog explores a range of ways communication—and miscommunication—affects relationship, productivity, and career success.
- Why Business Owners & Entrepreneurs Must Hone Public Speaking Skills
- The Role of Relevance in Purposeful Communication
- How To Speak Persuasively…In Your Own Skin
Elise is a “three-time CEO, leadership strategist, executive coach, author, and speaker.” She created her blog to help professionals with goal setting, decision making, leadership, and more.
- 3 Ways to Improve Your Strategic Thinking Skills and Make a Bigger Impact
- Team Mind-Reading: How You Can Acquire the Ultimate Leadership Superpower
- How to Create a Personal Board of Directors and Accelerate Your Career
Created for the Executive Assistant who wants to hear about new work and technology hacks to make the days a bit more efficient, this blog provides “advice, tools, and hacks for smart teams.”
- How to Use Technology to Increase Your Productivity
- Top Takeaways From The Adobe 2018 Digital Trends Report
- Essential Hacks to Apply to Your Calendar and Task View
This blog offers “insights from an experienced A/E/C administrator on how to grow professionally and personally in an admin role.”
This blog may be targeted at Administrative Assistants, but it provides laughter and advice to Executive Assistants and really anyone else who works in an office, with humans.
Here’s what the author has to say about the blog’s goals:
“We all have to work, but who says we can’t enjoy it too! My goal for this blog is to give good tips and ideas and occasionally put a smile on your face as you start your day! Let’s enjoy our day together.”
We’ll give you one guess on the goal of this blog.
That’s right, the blog helps cultivate the mindset necessary to be an indispensable assistant who understands and anticipates manager whims and develops deep, valuable partnerships.
Special shout out to the Tips for Assistants Gigantic List of Awesome Assistant Websites for pointing out a few of these blogs!
Start Your Own Executive Assistant Blog
Starting your own Executive Assistant blog will help you immerse yourself even deeper into your career while building new skills, exploring new interests, helping others, and building a solid network.
Naturally, if you want your Executive Assistant blog to do well, then you’ll have to do a little homework. But don’t worry, your blog homework doesn’t have to be complicated.
To start, or really to plan to start, your Executive Assistant blog, simply do a basic who-what-when-where-why exercise.
- Who do you want to read your posts? Voila! This is your target audience. Your “who” should be as specific as possible to make it easier to build a blog strategy designed to serve your audience’s needs.
- What is the age, profession, and gender of your target audience?
- What do people in your target audience like to buy?
- What media do people in your target audience consume online? Do they read any blogs already? How will yours be different?
- Who will you write your blog for specifically? Consider 1-5 actual people you know who fit the profile of your target audience. Now use these people as your “audience personas,” examples of your target audience you can use to make your content planning more human.
- Jot down some facts about your audience personas, including their internet browsing habits. What questions might they Google? Maybe those questions should be the titles of your first blog posts.
- What will you write about? Break this broad question down into a few prompts to make it easier to answer.
- Consider what you want to write about. What topics interest you?
- Now consider what your target audience wants to read about.
- Somewhere in the middle of these two considerations, you’ll find a healthy summary of what you should really spend your time blogging about.
- When will you launch your blog?
- How often will you post and on what dates and times?
- Carefully consider your current schedule to make sure you have time to deliver on your “when” promise. When you release your first post, it might be helpful to summarize your post schedule so readers will know when to look forward to new posts.
- Where will you host your blog? SquareSpace, WordPress, Tumblr, or a different platform? If you’re planning content that’s work appropriate, then you might pitch the concept to your communications team to see if you could host the blog right on your own company website.
- Where will you promote your blog? Do you have social channels you can use to build your audience? Do you have a network that can help you get the word out? Finding out how to “invite” people to your blog is just as important as finding out where the blog will “live.” (If you want people to read your blog, that is!)
- Why do you want to start this blog?
- Rewrite the answer to that question as a mission statement. If you had to pitch the idea to your boss right now, would you feel comfortable, or could your master goals and objectives use a little clarity?
- Keep polishing your “why” until it’s compelling enough that you would be willing to use your answer during a funding pitch.
Do you read any EA blogs you absolutely love? Or do you already run your own EA blog? Either way, we want to hear about your favorite Executive Assistant blogs. Pass on some knowledge in the comments below.
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