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As I'm writing to you, I'm airport-bound, on the way to home to London, looking forward to being reunited with my fabulous team! We have so much in store for you over the next year (as you'll see from our 'meet the team' section) we are just so excited! 

International Day of Charity, September 5th, is approaching, and what better way to celebrate, than to look across our own community... I'm sure you will have seen and heard us taking about our very own Admin Charity, ISIPHO Admin, but do you know what we really do to support the community? Here's our story.

Back in 2014, two of our South African colleagues, Anel Martin & Teri Wells approached us with an idea; to start a foundation. The dream was to give something back to the world by uplifting their local communities. Their goal is to tackle economic and educational problems by changing just one person’s life at a time. They aimed to provide entry to the PA profession, to those in need of an opportunity.

It took two years to set it up but Isipho Admin Bursary became a registered NPC 2015/438143/08 registered officially in South Africa on the 08/12/2015. We are not government funded but are supported by administrative professionals and training companies from around the world financially. We are a team who are committed to leaving a legacy!

Our bursary is still in its infancy but our goal is to change lives and create spectacular careers by not only funding education for deserving bursary students but to support them with mentoring, coaching and on the job training experiences.

How can YOU help? We are currently fundraising for our 2017 intake and want to fund at least double the number of students in 2017. It only costs £480 per student to train them for a year and change their life and the lives of those around them for good.

Sponsor your own student Maybe your business or your Assistant network/forum would like to sponsor your own student. This only costs £480 a year. As their only sponsor, you’ll have a special relationship with your sponsored student. You will receive regular updates from your student of what they are up to. We want to encourage a personal relationship so you can see first-hand how you are transforming their life.

Email me at for details as to how you can fundraise over the next year and see for yourself the difference you can make.

What else do we have in store for you this week? 

Don’t miss our prize draw! There are fantastic prizes including Executive Secretary Magazine Subscription, Executive Secretary LIVE, ES Training & ACEPA! Competition closes on 9 September 2016.
We'd also like to say a huge congratulations to Sannicia Koh, who achieved a 100% distinction at ACEPA in Singapore on 15-19 August 2016. This puts Sannicia in an elite group of only 6 delegates who have achieved a 100% distinction (from nearly 1,000 who have participated in the programme globally since the course was incepted 6 years ago). ACEPA is back in Singapore on 7-11 November. 

We've picked 3 articles this week, which are centred around giving back, gaining support and reaching out, 3 basic principles which help enhance our Admin community. We've also included a number of fantastic offers and events - including some FREE training!! 

Feel free to share this newsletter with anyone that you think would benefit from receiving it. They can sign up to receive their own copy at and take advantage of all the freebies and offers too.

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The Coaching Assistant: A New Role

During my long professional life, my motivation to learn and improve my communication skills has always been very strong. I immediately realized that my role, having to deal with people, involved being able to interact with them effectively, whether they were my colleagues or superiors. What emerged was my need to learn how to manage...

Gaining Support for Training 
You know the scenario. You read about a great seminar, workshop or conference for administrative office professionals. The topics are of interest to you and will help you in your job. You walk into your manager’s office to request his or her approval only to hear “no”. You walk out. End of story.
Creating an Assistant Forum
As the secretarial profession moves in sync with technological changes towards new initiatives to improve communication within the profession, it has become necessary for office professionals to embark on new and exciting adventures that will take them...
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More often than not, you are right! There is an easier and FASTER way.

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Hurry! Competition closes on 9 September 2016!
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Vickie is Back! 
How many hours PER WEEK will you save as a direct result of attending this course? 2 hours 37 minutes - That's over 80 hours in a year 

What would you do with 80 extra hours next year?

Don't miss Timesaving (and jaw-dropping) productivity tips with: Vickie Sokol Evans (trainer to Bill Gates’ team) in LONDON on 12 November 2016.

Just a few comments from the class of London, June 2016 (pictured above):

'I couldn't speak more highly of Vickie and this course'
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'The balance of lecture to practical was excellent'
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Advanced Certificate for the Executive Personal Assistant: ACEPA™
BATH (UK): 26 - 30 September 
LONDON (UK): 28 November - 2 December
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Taking Control of Your Inbox with Dr Monica Seeley
LONDON: 5 October
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The World-Class EA/PA: Advancing from Support to Strategic Partner with Rhonda Scharf
LONDON: 13 October
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Minute Taking Made Easy with Rhonda Scharf
LONDON: 12 October
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PA 2.0: Upgrade Yourself with Anel Martin 
LONDON:  1-3 November 
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Timesaving (and jaw-dropping) productivity tips using Microsoft Office with Vickie Sokol Evans
LONDON: 12 November
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Don't miss the EARLY BIRD booking offers! Limited spaces available
Can’t make it to the UK? We arrange in-house training and open courses all over the world (just let us know what training you want and where).

To find out more, reserve your place or request the training business case/articles, please contact Christian at or visit
Meet the Executive Secretary Team

Lucy Brazier and the other members of the team will be speaking at, holding training days and hosting stands on the following dates:
  • Discovery Health PACE Summit, Johannesburg, South Africa 3rd September (Michele Thwaits)
  • PAFSA PA Summit, Johannesburg 7th September (Michele Thwaits)
  • Old Mutual Association for Professional Assistants, Cape Town, South Africa 7th September (OMAPA) (Lucy Brazier)
  • Secretarial, PA and Administrator Spring Conference, Durban, South Africa 8th September (Michele Thwaits)
  • Assist Travel, London, United Kingdom 9th September (Matthew Want)
  • Vaal University of Technology, South Africa 9 – 10th September (Lucy Brazier & Michele Thwaits)
  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, United States 15th September (Lucy Brazier)
  • NESS - Network for Essex Office Support Staff, Essex, United Kingdom 15th September (Matthew Want)
  • APC 2016, Chicago, United States 18th – 21st September (Lucy Brazier, Jamila Juma Ware & Matt Wignall)
  • Be The Ultimate Assistant, Seattle, United States 23th & 24th September (Lucy Brazier)
  • Deloitte EA of the Year Awards, London, United Kingdom 5th October (Lucy Brazier)
  • IAAP Las Vegas, United States 8th October (Lucy Brazier)
  • Office Dynamics Conference 2016, Las Vegas, United States 10th – 13th October (Lucy Brazier)
  • Third Sector PA Conference, London, United Kingdom 18th October (Lucy Brazier)
  • EUMA Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark 21st – 22nd October (Lucy Brazier, Rachael King & Kathleen Drum)
  • Top of the House Conference, New York, United States 27th & 28th October (Lucy Brazier)
  • EUMA Norway, Oslo, Norway 31st October (Lucy Brazier)
  • Quest Professional, London, United States 3rd November (Lucy Brazier)
  • Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, United Kingdom 3rd November (Matthew Want)
  • Guernsey PA Connect Networking Event, Guernsey 9th November (Matthew Want)
  • Advanced PA Masterclass, Singapore 10-11th November (Michele Thwaits)
  • Advanced PA Masterclass, Dubai 13-14th November (Michele Thwaits)
  • Executive Secretary LIVE Dubai 2016, UAE 16th & 17th November (The whole team)
  • Business Communication Masterclass, Karachi, Pakistan 22nd November (Michele Thwaits)
  • Advanced Supervisory, Managerial and Leadership Skills, Karachi, Pakistan 23rd November (Michele Thwaits)
  • Business Communication Masterclass, Lahore, Pakistan 24th November (Michele Thwaits)
  • Advanced Supervisory, Managerial and Leadership Skills, Lahore, Pakistan 25th November (Michele Thwaits)
  • Business writing and Communication skills, Kuala Lumpur 1-2nd December (Michele Thwaits)
  • PA Forum meeting, Stratford upon Avon, United Kingdom – 1st December (Lucy Brazier)
  • Vonlanthen Conference, Stockholm, Sweden – 5th & 6th December (Lucy Brazier)
  • Vonlanthen Conference, Berlin, Germany – 8th & 9th December (Lucy Brazier)
  • Executive Secretary LIVE Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa – 17th & 18th February 2017 (The whole team)
  • Executive Secretary LIVE London, London, United Kingdom 31st March & 1st April 2017 (The whole team)
  • APC Canada, Toronto, Canada – 28th – 31st May 2017 (Lucy Brazier)
  • Executive Secretary LIVE Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, 14th & 15th July 2017 (The whole team)
Watch this space for dates later in the year.

Interested in any of the above? Please email and he will send more details as they become available.

Don't forget that we have over 900 networking & training events listed on our website from all over the world including all of the above.

If you are speaking at or organising an event or conference, please feel free to upload it free of charge at 
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