Sampling the fizz at Office* ...
Posted on: 27/09/2012 By: Jenny Eaton
Two blogs from me this month, but what a month it has been! There has been quite a lot of fizz, not only celebrating 12 months as a Genie but I was also lucky enough to escape from the office and attend my first Office* exhibition ...
just like the joy of a sherbet fountain the exhibition was full of fizz
Every year - celebrating National PA day - the Office exhibition runs for PAs, EAs and Office Managers. There was a wealth of expertise in the room from PA clubs, magazines, conference and hotel venues, stationary suppliers, gifts, florists, office furniture, a pamper stand, caterers, training and recruitment companies - not to mention keynote speakers the likes of Deborah Meaden and apparently, I'd missed him the day before, but David Beckham was there too.
There was a real buzz about the exhibition. Even on the train to Olympia I encountered other delegates talking about what they were hoping to achieve for the day. For me there was the fizz and excitement of being out of the office and meeting new people. One of the great things about exhibitions is that there is an exuberance and an enthusiasm that is catching. Everyone has put their best sales people out there to make new contacts and to sell their company. There were a lot of venues, office supplies, pens, pencils, goody bags, keyboards, magazines trying to persuade you that they were the best - it gave the atmosphere a real sizzle.
For me it was a chance to learn more about being a PA. I stumbled into it being a general gopher for my father and simply began taking on the tasks for The Office Genie that I was capable of doing. More and more this has meant that I work closely with clients providing them with PA support. I was booked into two seminars and found both of them fascinating and useful. Learning about managing multiple bosses and writing for business purposes.
It was great for me to be amongst other PA's and understanding that we all face the same challenges - a heavy workload with different priorities pulling us in different directions. Most PA's these days are working with more than one boss or involved in more than one project, making it difficult to juggle the workload. But as someone pointed out, when you are talking with someone face to face it is easier to understand them and explain your position to them. It is also easier to get time critical responses from them and to chase them down for an answer when you are in the same building - working 100 miles or more down the road makes it infinitely harder and more frustrating.
I came away from the exhibition with some useful contacts, some great resources, not to mention some fantastic giveaways! Chocolate, sweets, cookies, pens, bags and apparently if I'd just gone to the Center Parcs stand I could have come home with a tree - kind of glad I didn't - imagine travelling 2 hours on the train with a tree - it was bad enough with 6 bags and my laptop!!
I'm looking forward to next year's event; it's already in the diary. Oh and did I mention that my quote from the survey they did a month or so beforehand was used in the exhibition guidebook/brochure? Not attributed to me obviously as they were all anonymous - but I know its mine!!
Until next time ...
I love playing with words and I have dreamed of being a writer since I was a child. With a romantic idea of scribbling away in a cold attic room with my trusty fountain pen. I have always dabbled, but until now it’s not come to much.
When I started with The Office Genie it was to provide me with a part time income to support my writing. Over time though I have developed into the Marketing Genie on a full time basis. I love it, I get to play with words all day as I try to share the dream and the passion that Jacqui has turned into The Office Genie. My work involves blogging, letter writing, email writing, web copy writing, e-book writing, campaign planning, strategy planning, social media interactions – it’s like I write and talk all day every day, my parent would say it’s the ideal job for me!
My first blog posts were about my day to day life as a Genie but they are growing into sharing my view of the business world. I am passionate about helping small businesses be the best that they can be, standing out from their competition in the small things that come together to give an impression of great service – to find out how we can help you should call me on the number below.