Photo’s from the Corporate PA Summit that took place in Perth earlier this month are available to view on the facebook page – here.
It really was an amazing day, Think Tank Media have made this an event that is more and more outstanding each year.
Narelda Jacobs, Channel 10’s News at Five anchor, was there to speak about Being the best you can be, whatever the world throws at you, and gave insights on giving your family the best of you, learning to say no and learning when it’s important to extend yourself.
Mario D’Orazio, Managing Director of Channel Seven in Perth gave a CEO’s perspective on the role of the Executive Assistant. I loved that he mentioned to all in attendance what EA’s are, here are a few:
– Subtle and Sledge Hammers
– Honest Observers
It was wonderful to hear from a CEO about the EA role and how vital it can be, I really hope The Corporate PA Summit has this type of segment in their upcoming annual events.
Kobi Halbert, EA to the CEO of the City of Bunbury, spoke about Managing Organisational Change, and gave great tips due to personal experience that she had found helpful. Kobi mentioned that her employer had a rumour box where any staff member could secretly add a rumour to then be addressed by the CEO each week. Something I would love to implement in my workplace!
Lisa McInnes-Smith, a Professional Motivational Speaker held an engaging and vibrant session, reminding us all to be the kind of person people love to be around, and not to focus on what we are not, and not to condemn ourselves on the first effort.
Tiffiny Hall from the Biggest Loser was my favourite session, focusing on health and wellbeing and adding her Ninja flair! I was so excited to be able to pick up a copy of her cookbook for trying out my Ninja poses with a massive 36 week belly and my six-inch heels! Once I start making her recipes I hope to feature my attempts on this blog, as I’m really passionate about healthy alkaline eating. One big tip Tiffiny Hall mentioned was to bring Flaxseed Oil into our diets, which I will do a bit more research on! You can see the poses and some of the delegates actually breaking planks of wood on the link above!
Nicole Stafford from Randstad, a sponsor of the event spoke about recruitment for EA’s and what key qualities are in demand. The session was fascinating as I found it really relevant to what I’ve heard in industries, that businesses are looking for productivity gains and efficiencies and see their biggest challenge in being growing middle management into future leaders. It was unbelievable to see that maybe one in ten of the 200+ delegates didn’t have a development plan in place! Do you?
Priya Cooper, a hugely successful paralympian, spoke on success being a choice. I was so fascinated with her down to earth approach on her achievements, and inspired by her sheer determination to reach her dreams.
I spoke on Time Management, and how to save an hour a day every day. Did you know that if you saved one hour a day it equals 32 weeks in one year?! What would you do with all that time! You can read more on my methods on my Time Management, and Learning to Prioritise posts.
Finally, the amazing Fiona Wood, a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, known for her work with the Bali Bombing victims, and West Australian of the Year in 2004, spoke about dealing with extreme situations in extraordinary circumstances. I would hope everyone would get an opportunity to hear Dr Wood speak at some point, she is riveting!
As you can see, it was a jam-packed day, but extremely beneficial! It is a day’s worth of motivation that will set you up for the rest of the year, as well as providing the opportunity to network with the other people within the industry. Events are held in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne also.
If you are interested in any particular session and the insights they gave, please don’t hesitate to let me know and I can write a blog post on the notes I took. And don’t forget to sign up to keep updated and to attend next year’s event here, as it’s already shaping up to be impressive once again!