Info

Being Indispensable

Being Indispensable is a podcast for Executive Assistants. It's about the mindset shift required to form a true partnership with your executive but it's also about never losing sight of the fact that we are human beings not human doings and we need to be kind to ourselves and focus on progress over perfection. Join Liz as she explores the skills and leadership development required to build a true partnership with your executive.
RSS Feed Subscribe in Apple Podcasts
Being Indispensable
2020
May
April
March
February
January


2019
December
November
October
September
July
June
May
April
March
February


2018
October
September
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2017
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2016
December
November
October
August
July
June


All Episodes
Archives
Now displaying: Page 1
May 19, 2020

As you support your managers and colleagues, families and friends during Covid-19 it's important to support yourself. In particular, your immune system.

Ange Sinclair, otherwise known as the Digestive Detective is a qualified naturopath and specialises in helping people improve their gut health which leads to improvements in other areas of wellbeing.

Ange left the corporate world and pursued study to gain qualifications in Western Herbal Medicine, Nutritional Medicine, Naturopathy and Aromatherapy and runs a thriving health practice in Sydney, Australia.

She understands the pain and discomfort that poor digestion can cause and in this episode she shares her top tips for the small things you can do that will support and supercharge your immune system.

Ange has also provided a brilliant download that can be accessed here:

https://mailchi.mp/digestivedetective.com.au/g6pjo6kfo0

Find out more about Ange at www.digestivedetective.com.au

I loved speaking to Ange and found her advice practical and realistic. I hope you enjoy our chat.

 

May 11, 2020

As I celebrate the milestone of making it to 100 episodes I am looking back at my most downloaded episodes and re-releasing them for those of you who are new to the podcast and haven't scrolled all the way back through the previous episodes available in your podcast listening app of choice.

Episode 5 was all about the results of a LinkedIn survey I ran asking EAs what was the ONE word they wanted to show up as in their role/workplace....spoiler alert, indispensable was the top word! Listen in to hear what the other words were. 

I also share in this episode the research and thinking of Amy Cuddy who has written a book on the topic of Presence, called...you guessed it, Presence.

You can find Amy Cuddy's TED talk here if you're interested in learning more about her story.

May 4, 2020

A solo episode celebrating 100 episodes of the podcast. Celebrating you, the lovely listener. Celebrating me for sticking with this project and celebrating serendipity for the turn of events that guided me to the role of Executive Assistant and in turn inspired me to start a podcast in the first place.

Thank you for listening and for all of your support for what I do.

If you're interested in my book you can find details at www.lizvanvliet.com

Orders within Australia can be made via the website and via Amazon for outside Australia. 

Apr 27, 2020

Linda Emslie escaped the corporate rat-race and embraced a new career as a Transformation and Wellbeing specialist running her business Lovlali and using Reiki and massage to help her clients manage high stress loads, chronic pain or illness and multiple responsibilities. 

In this episode Linda shares some simple practises that will help you manage the stress and anxiety of the Covid-19 lockdown and virtual work environment and ensure that you are supporting your nervous system and doing the things that will help you stay well.

Connect with Linda via her website www.lovlali.com 

Apr 20, 2020

In this solo episode I share with you the reasons behind my announcement that I am rebranding the business side of Being Indispensable under the banner My EA Career. 

Learn more about my approach to Executive Assistant training and development at myeacareer.com

 

Apr 13, 2020

Throughout her career, Michelle Broadbent has been the eyes and ears for intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs across an array of industries. She has helped business owners build and diversify, increase their profits and transform their lives. In other words she has been a Linchpin assistant delivering tangible business results.

Her clients describe her as "calm, centred and utterly unflappable" and say she is "the engine room" in their business. Wow! She is absolutely the person people love having in their corner and whether you are working with an intrapreneur (ie someone inside a large organisation) or see yourself building your own Virtual Assistant business in the future support solopreneurs and entrepreneurs, you can learn something from listening to Michelle talk about what she does and how she does it. 

To find out more about Michelle, go to her website https://www.michellebroadbent.com.au/

Connect with Michelle on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/michbroadbent/

Connect with Michelle on LinkedIn at

https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelle-broadbent-39b763122/

Learn more about Liz at

https://myeacareer.com/

Apr 6, 2020

A bit of fun with my daughter who is self-isolating at home during her first year at university.

She is sharing a home office with me and so has been listening to me conduct interviews and decided she needed to have her moment in the podcast limelight (it's been a long time coming).

We hope you enjoy it x

Mar 31, 2020

For many of us the Covid-19 pandemic will mean the first time we're working from home. Presenting your best self online in whatever virtual setting you find yourself is important to managing the perception of your boss and co workers as well as other key stakeholders.

This weeks episode is an interview with Kaye Ure from Styling Individuals. We cover Kaye's tops for setting up a physical environment to ensure you look professional on screen and she also shares tips for how to adjust your clothing and makeup for a virtual context.

Kaye has an offer at the moment for individuals that want to work with her 1:1 to set themselves up for success. Contact her at kaye@stylingindivuals.com for more information.

Connect with Kaye on Instagram as well to see how she works with clients and ensures they look great and feel confident.

Mar 23, 2020

Today's episode is an interview with Michelle Bowditch from Door20A.

Michelle is a Sydney based tech lover, tech educator and advocate for the EA profession and is the perfect person to interview to understand how you can leverage technology and set yourself up for success working remotely.

Michelle's top tips discussed in this episode:

1. App - Tom the Grizzly Bear (search for Bear Focus Timer in app store)

2. Take a photo of your OFFICE environment and replicate it at home as best you can

3. Don't set up in lounge or on dining table. Set up a dedicated space (ideally with natural light and a pleasing outlook)

4. Have back up communication platforms (ie if you use Zoom also have Skype, Messenger, Facetime or set up or Webinar Jam etc)

5. Take scheduled breaks and get out into the fresh air

6. Set up 'virtual coffee breaks'

7. Watch Michelle's '2 Minute Moves' video on Instagram

8. Send video messages to colleagues instead of just emailing and texting

If you need some support, take advantage of Michelle's tech audit ($99 for 1 hour consultation conducted via Zoom/Skype/Messenger etc)

Mar 16, 2020

In these times of volatility and uncertainty it can feel like we can't control anything. In this short episode I just wanted to encourage you that your mindset matters SO much right now. We can't control what is happening but we can control how we react to it.

Remember, you are the boss of your own mind and looking after your own mental and physical health is something you can and should do.

Sending you love and support during these trying times.

Feb 4, 2020

A solo episode where I share three techniques/tips that I find invaluable. I've chosen these three specifically because

  • I use them all the time in my coaching
  • They are techniques I use personally (really important because I believe in walking the talk and not recommending something that I haven’t used myself)
  • All three of them will help you be more effective and show up differently in your interpersonal relationships at work and with your manager/s.

Find out more about my coaching and training at my website www.beingindispensable.com

Follow me on social at Lizveevee and Being Indispensable

 

Jan 14, 2020

Welcome to 2020. In this road rambling* episode Liz explores how social media can leave us feeling overwhelmed amidst the onslaught of posts telling us that we need to have big plans and big ideas and if not, there's courses we can sign up for and people to show us how to get ourselves sorted.....but we don't need to jump on this bandwagon.

Instead, we can set realistic expectations for how we might proceed in 2020 without setting ourselves up for any FOMO or letting comparison be the thief of joy.

The reality is that for many Executive Assistants the pressures that were there when we logged out on Christmas Eve are still there and even worse when we come back after New Year and learning how to navigate this is more valuable to you. So, here's to 2020 and me helping you feel more effective and able to expand your circle of influence. 

Oh and there's some rambling about where I'm at and what my priorities are right now and for 2020 (the word family gets mentioned quite a bit).

*Road Rambling refers to the way this episode is recorded in the car, on the go so excuse the background engine noise!!!

Dec 23, 2019

Wishing all my listeners a safe and happy Christmas. This episode is a wrap up of my year. I hope you enjoy listening to it and look forward to bringing you more episodes of Being Indispensable in 2020.

Nov 27, 2019

Today's episode is all about why it’s essential to understand your manager’s preferred communication style. How to think about and evaluate this and some tools and resources to help you explore this area of knowledge for yourself. 

Resources discussed in this episode:

Being Indispensable Ep 32: Building A strategic partnership with your exec

Being Indispensable Ep 48: How to interview your boss to clarify expectations

Being Indispensable Ep 57: Five tips to help EA’s manage up

Being Indispensable Ep 64: Indispensable Skills: Managing your manager

HBR Article "Figure Out Your Manager's Communication Style"

Office Dynamics Communications Style Quiz

Fast Company article "These are 4 styles of communication that you need to know"

Find out more about how I can tailor a training workshop for your company's needs at www.beingindispensable.com

Nov 14, 2019

The sixth in a series on POWER Skills for Indispensable Assistants. These are often called 'soft' skills but they are anything but soft. 

I believe that you can be functionally competent and you can even be strategically competent and know who’s who in the zoo and understand the intangible power dynamics that operate in all organisations (both competencies are essential in my experience to being truly on your way to being perceived as indispensable). But if you soft skills are lacking or you're simply not investing in constantly developing them then you are missing the vital element that’s going to really allow you step into the space of being a truly indispensable assistant. 

Resources discussed in this show:

https://hbr.org/2015/12/assessment-whats-your-curiosity-profile

https://hbr.org/2018/09/curiosity#the-business-case-for-curiosity

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Rising Strong by Brene Brown 

Oct 29, 2019

The fifth episode in a series about the essential POWER skills for Indispensable Assistants. 

Recorded from my hotel room in Freemantle Western Australia where I've been presenting and sponsoring the 2019 Australian Institute of Office Professionals Conference. 

Resources discussed today:

Jonas Altman https://qz.com/work/1270483/management-today-requires-these-four-types-of-leadership/

Adam Grant TED talk: Are You A Giver Or A Taker

https://www.tonyrobbins.com/career-business/are-you-a-leader-at-work/

Oct 15, 2019

AIOP 2019 National Conference - Liz has two tickets to giveaway. If you have the ability to get yourself to Freemantle, Western Australia then email liz@beingindispensable.com. Giveaway is for conference and workshop entry only it doesn't include travel and accomodation!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

http://www.oprah.com/own-super-soul-sunday/first-look-oprah-and-dr-edith-eva-eger

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7470943/The-apologetic-phrase-women-stop-using-work-ban-vocab-now.html

https://www.bustle.com/p/how-to-be-more-assertive-at-work-in-3-days-according-to-experts-18755104

Oct 2, 2019

Welcome to the third episode in my mini-series focused on POWER skills for indispensable assistants. This week the topic is Influencing Skills.

Being able to get things done needs cannot be reliant on de facto positional authority that comes via who you support.  Instead I coach and train EA's and Office Professionals to build their personal and professional reputation capital and develop strategies that allow them to effectively influence.

Resources discussed in this episode:

https://www.inc.com/molly-reynolds/how-to-spot-visual-auditory-and-kinesthetic-learni.html

https://www.drloisfrankel.com/

 

Sep 19, 2019

The first episode in a series of episodes I'm doing on what I call Essential POWER Skills for Indispensable Assistants. Otherwise (and inadequately) described as 'soft' skills, these are the skills that differentiate you from the pack. 

You can be functionally competent and great at the bread and butter aspects of your role (essential in my opinion). You can be totally across the strategic implications of things going on in the sphere of your manager and business unit. But if you are not developing and improving your POWER skills you will not be delivering the value and effectiveness that will help to catapult your manager to their next level of effectiveness and capability. 

As the enabler of your manager, demonstrating and developing these POWER skills is vital and will position you as an Indispensable Assistant.

Links to topics discussed:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140716064410-14771168-do-you-have-conversations-or-yoursations/

 https://www.nonviolentcommunication.com/pdf_files/4part_nvc_process.pdf

https://www.franklincovey.com/the-7-habits.html

 

Sep 19, 2019

This weeks episode is the first in a series of episodes that will focus on what Liz describes as POWER skills for Assistants. In this episode she outlines what are your POWER skills and why are they essential to being perceived as an indispensable assistant.

Join her in the coming weeks as she brings out episodes focused on the POWER skills that you need to develop in order to differentiate yourself and be seen as relevant, effective and irreplaceable.

Connect with Liz on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Jul 31, 2019

My philosophy is 'progress over perfection' and remembering to be kind to ourselves. But I'm also all about being self-aware and I came across this way of thinking about our mindset and how we 'show up' and I use it extensively in the face to face corporate training I deliver...so I wanted to share it with you my lovely podcast listener!

Tools mentioned in this episode:

https://youtu.be/fLqzYDZAqCI

https://discoveryinaction.com.au/above-or-below-the-line-where-are-you/

Jul 17, 2019

Road rambling including audio of me narrowly avoiding random elderly driver in a Suffolk country lane!

Jul 3, 2019

Hot on the heels of Part One, here is Part Two of my interview with Lucy Brazier, CEO of Marcham Publishing, specialist  publishers  of  Executive  Secretary  Magazine  –  a  global  training magazine dedicated to the professional development needs of senior and aspiring administrative professionals  - Lucy works  with  the best trainers  of Executive Assistants  from  around the world to  deliver the most up to  date and current training in the market.

Lucy just also happens to be a thought leader and subject matter expert on the EA/Administrative Assistant/Personal Assistant profession. It was a delight to interview her. One of the key discussion items was the upcoming Executive Secretary LIVE Sydney and Wellington events. In Part Two we also talk about the important initiatives that are happening at the World Administrator Summit and the 2020 event which is taking place in Wellington, New Zealand.

To book your place at Executive Secretary LIVE Sydney, please go to 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/executive-secretary-live-sydney-2019-tickets-48155712031?aff=SYDNEY2019

and enter the code SYDNEY2019 to receive a 30% discount.

Connect with Lucy:

lbrazier@executivesecretary.com

Visit the Executive Secretary website

www.executivesecretary.com

Information on World Administrator Summit

http://www.worldadministratorssummit.com/https://mailchi.mp/executivesecretary/wasummitcommemorativesupplement

http://executivesecretary.com/the-10th-world-administrators-summit/

http://executivesecretary.com/world-administrators-summit-2018/

 

Jul 1, 2019

Thrilled to bring you Part One of my interview with Lucy Brazier, CEO of Marcham Publishing, specialist  publishers  of  Executive  Secretary  Magazine  –  a  global  training magazine dedicated to the professional development needs of senior and aspiring administrative professionals  - Lucy works  with  the best trainers  of Executive Assistants  from  around the world to  deliver the most up to  date and current training in the market. Lucy just also happens to be a thought leader and subject matter expert on the EA/Administrative Assistant/Personal Assistant profession. It was a delight to interview her. One of the key discussion items was the upcoming Executive Secretary LIVE Sydney and Wellington events.

To book your place at Executive Secretary LIVE Sydney, please go to 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/executive-secretary-live-sydney-2019-tickets-48155712031?aff=SYDNEY2019

and enter the code SYDNEY2019 to receive a 30% discount.

Connect with Lucy:

lbrazier@executivesecretary.com

Visit the Executive Secretary website

executivesecretary.com

 

Jun 19, 2019

Part Two of my interview with Andrea Clarke, author of Future Fit, How to Stay Relevant and Competitive in the Future of Work. 

Find out more about Andrea and her company CareerCEO here:

https://www.careerceo.com.au/

Download the first chapter of 'Future Fit' and order the book here:

https://majorstreet.com.au/products/future-fit-br-i-small-by-andrea-clarke-i-small

Connect with Andrea here:

https://www.instagram.com/careerceo/

https://www.linkedin.com/company/careerceo/

https://www.facebook.com/careerceo

1 2 3 4 5 Next »