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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.
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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!!!

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