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What's been happening over the last three months? News, information, photos, a special offer to attend Executive Secretary LIVE London in 2017 and 2 guest contributors: Andy Cosslett, Business Executive and Chairman, shares valuable advice for new CEOs (and, of course, their PAs) and Jane Luca, my former colleague at Granada and now Chair of Women of the Year, outlines the importance of this event. 

Welcome to the December newsletter.  It's that time of year when we reflect on the months gone. It's been a strange time with some national, international and personal sadness, so it's important to focus on the positives.  It is particularly wonderful to see the rise in the profile of the PA role. When I started coaching and training PAs coming up to 17 years ago, I wanted to help them understand their role, execute that role with excellent standards and build their confidence. Over the years, this expanded to raising the profile of the PA and, today, since the foundation of Lucy Brazier's Executive Secretary Magazine and their LIVE events and Victoria Darragh's Executive and Personal Assistants Association, even newer heights are being reached. Local, national and international networks are being set up and, within organisations, people are creating internal groups to support the Office Professionals. Companies are starting the take the profession seriously. Onwards and upwards together everyone!

On that note, congratulations to EUMA on the new name and brand scheduled for February 2017. It will then be known as International Management Assistants (IMA).  Find out more.

Since the last newsletter I have facilitated sessions in Swindon, Liverpool, Manchester, Edinburgh, Barrow-in-Furness, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, Dubai, Guernsey, Leeds, Canterbury, Durham and London (including presenting at the PA Life Training Day).  I have facilitated sessions on business writing, minute taking, BakerWrite speedwriting, communications and various levels of PA, EA and administrative workshops.  I have also presented webinars for Business Management Daily.

2017 is approaching and my diary is full of new and exciting events (see the right hand column for a small selection of these)... I'm also booked to return to many existing clients in the UK and overseas.

Contact me regarding open courses or if you are interested in an in-house session for your organisation, wherever you are in the world.

As a Prince's Trust Business Mentor, I was delighted to be invited to the North West Celebrate Success Event. It was fantastic to hear of the great things achieved by young people who have not had an easy start in life. You can now buy products from The Prince's Trust businesses; some great Christmas gift ideas.

I'm also proud to be collaborating with Isipho Admin, the wonderful charity set up in South Africa to train PAs. You can find out more and help here.

I had such a good time with these lovely minute takers in Durham.
Heather Baker
I am absolutely delighted and honoured to have been invited again to speak at Executive Secretary LIVE, this time in London and in Auckland in 2017. And, you can join us all for the London event for a special rate. Scroll down this newsletter to find links to the details and to register.

Here are some of my forthcoming public presentations: Get the news as it happens.

Here I am at the EPAA conference in London with the amazing Stevie Phillips, former PA to Judy Garland (among many roles!)

and below presenting at a PA Hub event in Liverpool at the Titanic Hotel.

I would love more contributions from PAs, HR Managers, Training Managers, CEOs, etc; do send me your articles.

The next newsletter will be issued in early March. If we're not in touch before, have a happy Christmas and my very best wishes for 2017. Thank you so much for your support.

Here is our fabulous group of EAs in Sydney in October.  

A wonderful day with these Scottish PAs in Edinburgh for "The Exceptional PA" course in September.

A new group of BakerWrite speedwriters in Canterbury in November.

An in-house group from an organisation in Katmandu in Dubai in October.

I spent two days with these terrific PAs in Guernsey in November. You can see lots more group photos at the company Facebook page..

If you aren't able to attend one of my courses, you may like to take a look at my books on speedwriting, minute taking and business writing.  You can also learn BakerWrite speedwriting online. Or you can now get an online training package with support ... find out more

Take a look at the Executive Secretary Magazine website; it's full of great information - just like the magazine. Quote BT1 to get a 30% discount.

And keep up to date with Executive Secretary LIVE events

We are delighted to offer subscribers a special rate to attend Executive Secretary LIVE in London next year. Simply click on the logo below to register and then quote "BAKER17" to get £150 off the "book it all together" ticket.

Lots of training books available at .... find out more

Jane Luca, Chair of Women of the Year, outlines the importance of this amazing event ...

Find out more...  .
How does an organisation benefit from PAs' training?

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Andy Cosslett, Business Executive and Chairman, shares his insights for newly appointed CEOs ... also relevant to their PAs...

Find out more...

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