VAAP Contains Information, Tips, Advice, and Resources for Administrative Assistants and Executive Assistants

This is…

…information that makes you think.

…information that is practical and can be applied in your administrative job performance and career management.

…information that benefits both you and your employer.

This is Professional Development and Online Training Resources for Administrative Professionals (all levels, all titles of administrative assistants and executive assistants)

by Karen Porter, advisor at TheEffectiveAdmin.com to assistants globally since 2004.

Get Hundreds of Tips in These Resources Described Below!

Dear Administrative Professional,

What do you want to know?

I’ve been providing tips and advice to administrative assistants and executive assistants since 2004.

My Virtual Association for Administrative professionals (VAAP) private member eLearning Web site has information, advice, tips and resources to help you excel as an administrative professional in your workplace and career.

At the VAAP private member eLearning Web site, you can read hundreds of simple strategies and tips that can make you more efficient and effective in your administrative assistant or executive assistant role starting now.

The VAAP private member Web site is the ultimate repository of information, tips and advice for career-minded, hardworking administrative and executive assistants (and similar titles).

And it’s easy to access and use.

You simply log on to the VAAP member site with the provided password, and then read and learn–and, of course, apply some of the tips to your administrative role and workplace.

Small tips and changes you implement can make BIG improvements in your efficiency and effectiveness at work in your administrative role and in your career management efforts.

That is good for both you and your employer!

  

The VAAP private member site contains knowledge and tips categorized into 11 general topic areas important to the administrative role and career.

You will learn about…

►Business Writing Skills
►Career Management Skills
►Health, Safety, Security, and Well-being
►Interpersonal and Communication Skills
►Manager/Executive Support Skills
►Managerial Skills for Admins
►Meeting and Event Planning, Coordination and Participation Skills
►Office Technology and Technical Skills
►Organizational Skills
►Time and Workload Management Skills
►Travel Planning and Coordination Skills

You will read advice and learn tips to help you…

…set goals as an admin. 

…prioritize your workload.

…make your ideas heard.

…manage your boss’s e-mail.

…make better workplace decisions. 

…be a good gatekeeper. 

…coordinate travel plans. 

…be a partner to your executive. 

…support multiple managers. 

…be more assertive. 

…manage stress at the desk.

…handle unrealistic (and realistic) deadlines. 

…organize the office. 

…plan and set up meetings. 

…coordinate events.

…manage your executive’s calendar.

…manage your time better.

…keep up with technology.

…improve your business writing skills.

…communicate better with coworkers and managers.

…build business relationships.

…stand out at work.

…add value to your executive and the company.

…recognize your own accomplishments.

…manage your workload efficiently. 

…get more respect at work. 

…ask for a raise. 

…take better minutes.  

…advance in your career. 

…be a better administrative assistant or executive assistant.

…and more (lots more!)

You will read tips submitted by your administrative colleagues and in their own words about…

…how they respond when something goes wrong at work.

…how they stay organized in their administrative roles and jobs.

…how they saved their company money while working in their administrative roles.

…what are their favorite technology tips.

…how they read their manager’s or executive’s mind in their efforts to support.

…what advice they suggest for newcomers to the administrative profession.

…what makes their business relationship with their manager or executive (or others) they support a successful one.

…ways they’ve made their offices operate more efficiently or ways they’ve made someone they support operate more effectively or efficiently.

(This is in the Admin to Admin/Submit Your Tips section at the member Web site.)

You will read advice from Karen Porter, VAAP owner and also advisor to administrative professionals globally since 2004.

Some of the one-on-one questions I have answered, for instance, in just the Admin Pro Coach column of The Effective Admin Newsletter are about…

…Admin Pro Coach Addresses How to Persuade Manager to Meet With Admin Weekly

…Admin Pro Coach Addresses Is it Appropriate to Make Suggestions Regarding My Executive’s Wardrobe

…Admin Pro Coach Addresses What to do in Board Meeting Minutes After Loss of Quorum

…Admin Pro Coach Addresses Recovering Workplace Bully Victim Asks How to Explain Poor Performance to the Boss and Move Forward

…Admin Pro Coach Addresses How to Work With an Executive Who Communicates in a Passive Aggressive Manner

…Admin Pro Coach Addresses Does Age 50+ Spell Doom for Admin Who Still Has Career Aspirations

…Admin Pro Coach Addresses How to Get the Other Assistants to Share My Work Ethic and Professionalism

…Admin Pro Coach Addresses Staff Relocating; Assistant Asks How to Best Support Them Remotely

…Admin Pro Coach Addresses What are Your Recommendations for Turnaround Time on Various Administrative Tasks

…And many more questions from administrative professionals requesting my advice range from practical on-the-job function matters to administrative role and career advice. In fact, I’ve responded to (and posted) more than 60 questions so far solely in the Admin Pro Coach column in The Effective Admin newsletter (all posted at the VAAP site for your reading).

Plus this:

News, trends and product briefs related to the separate topics of technology and travel. These “briefs” are just a few descriptive sentences with links to the sources of the information.

–Information with research and trends such as administrative job titles, where to find salary information, administrative skills in demand, and facts about administrative professionals.

–200+ links to Web-based resources and tools related to…

…Clipart, Icons, Photos and Images
…Job Search Resources
…Meeting and Event Planning and Coordination
…Online Learning
…Shopping
…Technology
…Travel Planning

Those are URLs to outside resources of potential usage to administrative professionals.

–In addition there are publications (PDF format) tips booklets, special reports, lists, eBooks, etc.) on the site and more article and tips content not specifically listed here on this page.

However, on the VAAP member site you can access all of this information from its front page, and also much is organized into 11 departments at the VAAP member site:

►Business Writing Skills
►Career Management Skills
►Health, Safety, Security, and Well-being
►Interpersonal and Communication Skills
►Manager/Executive Support Skills
►Managerial Skills for Admins
►Meeting and Event Planning, Coordination and Participation Skills
►Office Technology and Technical Skills
►Organizational Skills
►Time and Workload Management Skills
►Travel Planning and Coordination Skills.

This is all information you can implement in your own administrative job, role and career.

Don’t just read about it; implement it!

Put your own twist on the tips as needed and put them to work for you in your workplace and career management.

Make the tips and advice work for you and/or your employer.

1) Log-in to VAAP member site; 2) Browse; 3) Read; 4) Learn; and 5) Implement the ideas in your work life.

This is a screenshot of the front page of the VAAP private members eLearning Web site:

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To access the private member site, you’ll be given a username and password. Log in and browse, read, and learn. It’s that simple.

This is all information, tips and resources that will help you perform your administrative job better and manage your career.

check In addition to the thousands of tips and article content already at the VAAP Web site, you also will receive a current issue of The Effective Admin newsletter every other month (digital PDF format, 8 pages).

Archives of this newsletter go back many years and are already posted at the VAAP member site.

The newsletter is produced specifically for administrative assistants and executive assistants and offers articles, tips and advice to help you on the job and with managing your career (as does all of the content posted at the VAAP member Web site).

The newsletter contains tips in regular columns on software and business writing plus more short columns and tips.

In addition, every issue contains a two-page feature article. Some recent articles (that you can still read in the newsletter archives) are these:

  • Two ways to simplify your work life so you can be a more efficient, stress-free administrative professional.
  • The roles perception and perception management play in your professional image in the workplace.
  • Step by step workplace goal setting advice for administrative professionals.
  • The importance of maintaining and improving attention to detail for admin professionals and how to do it.
  • How an assistant can grow within the role, and not beyond it.
  • What is information overload, and what can you do about it?
  • Three ways to work better with other assistants in your company, and manage and develop relationships with them.
  • How to use role reversal as a technique to improve your job performance and meet workplace and career goals.
  • Embracing frustration in your administrative workplace, job and career.
  • What it means to be both effective and efficient in your administrative role.

check Plus when you join VAAP as an individual for a 12-months membership, you will be issued a membership certificate (company rate memberships and associate memberships don’t get the certificate).

All individual VAAP members get a digital membership certificate. Frame it, display it, put it in your career portfolio — demonstrate that you continuously learn in your administrative field to maintain your expertise. Small moves like this distinguish you in your career and give you an edge. This certificate figuratively says, “I keep up with best practices in my administrative professional career. I continuously learn.”

The best administrative professionals never stop learning.

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Your membership also includes digital copies of two books by Karen Porter (same format and content as the paperback versions currently sold at Amazon for $14.99 each). These eBooks are Communication Strategies for Administrative Professionals and Starting Meetings of Administrative Professionals

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Are you ready to learn tips to help you be more efficient and effective in your administrative work and career?

If so, sign up to access VAAP educational and informational resources by choosing whichever one of the following options describes your needs:

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Choose one of the options below and click the “Buy now!” button to add it to your shopping cart and checkout:

Option 1. I WANT THE FULL 12-MONTH INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP:

 Cost: $165 (The payment method choices of PayPal, debit or credit card, or check are described further below).

Access all of the content at the VAAP member site for 12 months. Full individual membership.

Individual (as in “just you”) is a 12-month VAAP membership subscription. The cost is a one-time payment of $165. (There is no auto renewal; so at the end of 12 months if you choose to renew, you just subscribe again.) This includes:

♦ access to the VAAP private member Web site (for 12 months) and so all the professional development and training content and resources posted there; content updates are added to the VAAP member site ongoing but not on any particular schedule.

♦ a current subscription to The Effective Admin newsletter (PDF format); The Effective Admin newsletter issue is added every other month to the VAAP member Web site. You will be notified by e-mail approx. bimonthly when and where the current issue is posted.

♦ a VAAP membership certificate in your name (PDF format); print it and include it in your career portfolio).

♦ Priority (over nonmembers) will be given to printing and responding to your question(s) or dilemma(s) seeking advice that is sent to the Admin Pro Coach address/column (found in The Effective Admin newsletter); when/if  you submit a question at any time during your membership, write a note with it that you are a current VAAP member (so I know to move you to priority processing of your question in the Admin Pro Coach column).

♦ Unlimited support navigating and finding items at the VAAP private member Web site (if you need help accessing or navigating the member site, e-mail Karen Porter at karen@albeepublishing.com).

Option 2. I WANT THE “I LOVE THIS INFORMATION” AND “I WANT TO SHARE IT” WITH MY COWORKERS OPTION (AKA COMPANY RATE):

 Cost: $497 (The payment method choices of PayPal, debit or credit card, or check are described further below).

Access and share all of the content at the VAAP member site with coworkers/employees for 12 months. Company membership.

Company (as in “you’re free to share and distribute these resources to everyone and anyone in your company”) is a 12-month VAAP membership subscription for $497. This includes:

♦ access to the VAAP private member Web site (for 12 months) and so all the professional development and training content and resources posted there; content updates are added to the VAAP member site ongoing but not on any particular schedule.

♦ a current subscription to The Effective Admin newsletter (PDF format);  The Effective Admin newsletter issue is added every other month to the VAAP member Web site. An e-mail will be sent approx. bimonthly that notifies whoever is coordinating your company’s membership when and where the current issue is posted.

♦ Unlimited support to whoever is coordinating your company’s membership for responding to questions or issues about navigating and finding items at the VAAP private member Web site (if you need help accessing or navigating the member site, e-mail Karen Porter at karen@albeepublishing.com).

♦ With a company membership you have permission (license) to distribute the VAAP resources to every employee in your company (or just the administrative professionals in your company if you want). This is the membership you need to buy when you need to ask me “How can I share these VAAP resources with my coworkers or all the other admins in my company?”

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Multiple ways to pay:

Pay with Pay With PayPal or Pay with Visa, MasterCard or Amex  or check by postal mail.

Online PayPal or Visa, MasterCard, Amex payments are processed through a PayPal-hosted page where you can either 1) login to PayPal and pay with your PayPal account, or 2) if you don’t have and don’t want to create a PayPal account, you can simply click the button on that same page that says “pay by debit or credit card” (so, no PayPal account or login is necessary in that case). Note though that your VAAP order information will go to whatever e-mail address you input on the billing/payment page.

Payments also are accepted by check (USD drawn on US banks) through postal mail; if needing this payment option e-mail me for an invoice. I’ll e-mail an invoice to you with the payment address information and amount due. Tell me in your e-mail if you want the invoice to list option 1 for $165 or option 2 for $497 as described above. –Karen Porter at karen@albeepublishing.com

Need help?

If you have any issues with your order, e-mail Karen Porter at karen@albeepublishing.com. Also contact me at this e-mail if you need an invoice and/or W9 form to submit to your employer for payment processing (if not paying out of your own funds).

NOTE: Payments on your credit card or PayPal may appear as payments to Albee Publishing Company (which is the official name of the company under which I operate The Effective Admin and Virtual Association for Administrative Professionals). Also, a receipt is distributed to your e-mail automatically by PayPal (if you misplace the receipt or for whatever reason need another one, e-mail me and request another receipt).

Thank you for your business!

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“Karen, you have been supplying each of us in the administrative support roles since 2004 with exactly what we needed to make our success possible.”

“Some of the things written were simple ideas and things that we already knew but refreshed what’s often forgotten. I appreciate the organizational tips that I hadn’t thought of that are especially useful while supporting multiple executives. Your publications have become a reference book for my top drawer! I especially enjoy the spelling and grammar refreshers that we may have forgotten since school.

I appreciate your willingness to share your knowledge and personal time given in each of your publications. Your passion to share and mentor those in our field is evident and very much appreciated….” –With the utmost admiration and gratitude, Dawn Hill, executive assistant, Atlanta, Georgia

“I Have Already Found So Much Information That I Can Use”

“I have been receiving your newsletters for quite some time now and have thoroughly enjoyed reading them. I had a membership with another organization for admins, but did not really get much from the website to enhance my knowledge or skills. I am so glad that I reviewed your membership page before thinking of renewing that membership. I have already found so much information that I can use, and I’ve only checked out two tabs! Thank you for gathering and putting this information out there. I wish I had had the sense to utilize it years ago!” —Elizabeth P. Hennessey, administrative assistant to the dean, Fort Worth, Texas 

 “VAAP Has Helped Me With My Job”

“I renewed my subscription this past Sunday. I really enjoy being a part of VAAP. It has helped me with my job over the past two years. Thank you, Karen.”–Linda R. Albrecht, Saint Louis, Missouri

“I Can’t Wait to Spend More Time on the Site!”

“Thank you, Karen. I had the opportunity yesterday to start perusing the eLearning Community and was impressed with the content. I love to read and learn and I can’t wait to spend more time on the site!” —Allison Poorman, executive assistant, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania