Skills Check

Skills Check offers articles to help you boost your skill set with technology tips and shortcuts; communication strategies to improve presentations; self-assessments on work- and career-related topics; problem-solving techniques; and negotiation tactics on how best to deal with bosses, co-workers, clients and vendors.

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A hard look at soft skills

October 25, 2017 Categorized in: Admin to AdminSkills Check

Sometimes it’s worth taking a hard, honest and brutal look at our soft skills. As administrative professionals, we often worry more about keeping up our technical skills, while our interpersonal and self-management attributes end up on the lower rack of our administrative toolkit.
Julie Perrine, founder and CEO of All Things Admin, reminds us that dropping someone into your job for even a few days is twice as complicated as you think it is, and she won’t let you take carefully organized procedures for granted.
They’re out there, hiding, ready to sneak up on your document and make it look amateurish. Can you stop them before the damage is done?
To get the information you really need to do your job well, you have to listen—not just “hear,” but really listen. How’s your approach to active listening? Take this quiz and find out:

Lessons from Admin Pro Forum 2016

July 11, 2016 Categorized in: Skills Check

Administrative Professional Today held its first skills-building conference, Admin Pro Forum, for administrative professionals June 15–17, 2016, in Orlando, Fla.

SharePoint admin woes

June 9, 2016 Categorized in: Skills Check

Quick launch quirks; Site space; SharePoint governance

3 soft skills you can’t skip

March 18, 2016 Categorized in: Skills Check

While you can find many classes that focus on technical skills in the workplace, it’s the soft skills that we’re often left without training on.
No matter how well we plan our projects and define our goals and objectives, sometimes it seems like putting out fires is the most important task in our job descriptions. How well do you handle crises that break up your workflow? Take this quiz and find out.
When it comes to small talk, some people get it and some people don’t—or do they? Here are the five stages of conversational intelligence.
Poorly written notes from a meeting may result in confusion over who is supposed to do what moving forward. To keep assignments clear and concise, follow these tips.
Jorie Scholnik is an assistant professor of student development at Sante Fe College in Gainesville, Fla., as well as an etiquette associate at the Protocol School of Palm Beach. We connected with her recently to learn how administrative professionals can best conduct themselves on the job.

How to speak like a leader

August 14, 2014 Categorized in: Skills CheckSpeaking

The words you speak tell others about who you are and what you value. Anita Bruzzese shares how you can use your words to sound like a leader.
Are you a good leader? Are you a good teammate? Would your teammates evaluate you the same way you evaluate yourself? Are you sure? Here’s a self-audit.
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