14 ways to stay sharp and be an effective EA

Oct 13
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If you’re finding it more challenging than ever to juggle the responsibilities of your job, you’re not alone.

The demands placed on EAs change frequently so being effective and focusing on the things you can control is the key to success.

Over the last four years we’ve researched various topics with Australia’s top EAs and we’ve compiled these top 14 takeaways to stay sharp in your role:

  1. Invest time in improving your network. It’s vital and can assist you on both professional and personal levels
  2. Be informed because knowledge is power. To be well versed is an asset
  3. Drink more water and stay hydrated, aiming for at least 8 glasses a day
  4. Take time out to reflect on your achievements for the day, writing down your key highlights for future reference
  5. Try to connect with someone outside of day to day work that you haven’t spoken to in a while
  6. Be the problem solver. Never go to your boss with a problem, always a solution
  7. Work as part of a team with your colleagues; see them as allies not enemies
  8. Be internet savvy and learn new technology when you can
  9. Build good rapport with the IT department
  10. Be pro-active and anticipate your boss’ needs (always be 10 steps ahead)
  11. Communication, Communication, Communication!
  12. Keep came and take a deep breath. Don’t become attached to issues or situations
  13. Use your emotional intelligence – read your boss and the situation and act accordingly
  14. Laugh out loud every day – it is the best medicine

Submitted by John Burgher, Marketing Director, Criterion Conferences

John Burgher, Marketing Director, Criterion Conferences

John is a Marketing Director with over 12 years of B2B experience in the UK, Asia and Australia. He’s an ideas guy, foodie and a gadget geek who is always looking for the next ‘big thing’. If John had a super power he would love to plug into the matrix, and become superhuman. You connect with John on Linkedin http://au.linkedin.com/in/johnburgher

One thought on “14 ways to stay sharp and be an effective EA

  1. Thank you for sharing such great insight and practical ideas John. It’s very much appreciated! I’m starting an EA job in several weeks and it’s peopke like you who are willing to help others through sharing your experience that improve the standards for all. Xo Leisa

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