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Assist With Impact

A podcast for assistants and administrative professionals. If you're ready to be more impactful and show up as a Linchpin Assistant then this is a must-listen podcast. Join your host Liz Van Vliet and learn practical tips, strategies and insights that will help you move beyond being simply an order-taker.
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Dec 18, 2023

In this milestone episode (we've hit 190 guys!), Liz celebrates overcoming challenges and embracing change and opportunity.

2023 marked her Ten Year Cancerversary with Liz sharing the joys and trials of this significant personal triumph. Reflecting on the evolution from 'My EA Career' to 'The Linchpin Assistant', we also delve into the concept of 'co-opertition' - cooperating while competing, and how this approach helped me stand against imitators while proudly acknowledging my pioneering role in developing Power Skills for assistants.

This episode also offers a reflective look at the word of 2023 - RENEW. How has this theme shaped the year's endeavors? We explore the exciting, albeit exhausting, aspects of going global and the achievements it brought along.

Pride points of the journey include:
- Persistently delivering this insightful podcast.
- Establishing a distinct voice as a connector and communicator.
- Guiding listeners to proactively engage with AI.
- Critically assessing the Chief of Staff role and its implications.
- Championing efficiency and effectiveness in professional roles.
- Personal strides in efficiency by hiring a Virtual Assistant.

Looking forward, 2024 promises more global adventures, enhanced communication strategies (hint: people scan, not read emails), and more AI insights. The episode concludes with exciting opportunities for listeners to engage with our host in 2024, including coaching sessions, bespoke corporate presentations, extensive training programs, engaging webinars, and an upcoming LinkedIn newsletter 'Admin Insider'.

Join us for this special episode as we commemorate past achievements and eagerly anticipate the future of The Linchpin Assistant and the Assist With Impact podcast.

To discuss working with Liz in 2024, email her at liz@thelinchpinassistant.com

Connect with your host Liz Van Vliet on Instagram or LinkedIn, and 

Learn more about her coching, speaking and training at The Linchpin Assistant

Dec 4, 2023

You would have to have been under a rock in 2023 not to have seen at least ONE podcast episode, article or social media talking about the rise of the CoS role (Chief of Staff) as a potential career path for Executive Assistants.

So unless you have just emerged from under your rock, you may be familiar with Maggie Olson from Nova Chief of Staff. 

In this episode I interview Maggie about the WHAT, the WHY and the HOW when it comes to her innovative online self-paced CoS course that has been designed from real-world experience to educate and elevate professionals looking to maximize impact.

If you are an EA who is looking to upskill and build your commercial acumen, Maggie's program should be on your list of courses to consider. Her alumni are not just assistants who are aspiring to a CoS role, they're also 'lifetime' EAs who want to develop themselves...and if you know me, you will know that's what I'm all about!

Connect with Maggie and find out more about her program on Friday 8th December @ 8-9pm GMT+11 

Maggie can also be found on LinkedIn here:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/maggie-olson-cos/

 

Nov 20, 2023

Doriette McIvor Stone is an Executive Assistant with over twenty years of experience supporting C-Suite leaders. She is also a marketer, a salesperson and a customer service person.

Currently Doriette supports the CEO of the Australian Olympic Committee. In Part Two of our interview we explore the importance of intuition and emotional intelligence and how Doriette uses these power skills to protect her executive's time and energy.

We talk about the importance of asking the right questions and questioning as a key skill and we explore why adopting a sales mindset can be so empowering for you as an assistant.

Enjoy Part Two of this refreshing and enlightening conversation with a true Linchpin Assistant.

Connect with Doriette on LinkedIn: 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/doriette-mcivor-stone

Read the Admin Avenues article featuring Doriette here:

https://adminavenues.com/admin-spotlight-doriette-mcivor-stone/

Nov 6, 2023

Doriette McIvor Stone is an Executive Assistant with over twenty years of experience supporting C-Suite leaders. She is also a marketer, a salesperson and a customer service person.

Currently Doriette supports the CEO of the Australian Olympic Committee. In Part One of our interview we explore how Doriette came to the role of EA from a career in Events Management and successfully running her own business and hear about the core values that drive her in her role.

We discuss the complex nature of her role and the importance of being an effective stakeholder manager. Doriette shares her philosphy of treating everyone at every level and learning from everyone. Being a connector and building influence by genuinely being interested in other people.

Doriette is all about elevating people and epitomises the value of building reciprocity to elevate your influence.

Enjoy this refreshing and enlightening conversation with a true Linchpin Assistant.

Connect with Doriette on LinkedIn: 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/doriette-mcivor-stone

Read the Admin Avenues article we discuss here:

https://adminavenues.com/admin-spotlight-doriette-mcivor-stone/

Part Two will drop next week!

Oct 23, 2023

A solo episode where your host, Liz Van Vliet gives an update on what has been a whirlwind of a month and shares some highlights from her recent trip to Ottawa. It's been a jam-packed schedule but Liz is enjoying meeting so many new faces and giving them a dose of Vitamin Liz.

Mentioned in the episode is the following question that Liz asked of Bank of Canada training attendees...feel free to send Liz an email at liz@thelinchpinassistant.com to tell her which one is your spirit animal:)

What Australian animal is your EA spirit animal?

A) Koala - looks cuddly but has claws that will scratch your eyes out!

B) Kangaroo - seems maternal (that lovely pouch) but if you get on the wrong side it has a mean kick!

C) Wombat - slow moving but if you run into me, you're history!

D) Quoll - I'm the Scarlet Pimpernel of Australian Animals. Elusive. You won't even know I've been there but I will leave my impact.

E) The Great White Shark - I take no prisoners!!!!

Don't forget to leave a rating and review to help more assistants hear about the podcast.

Connect with your host Liz Van Vliet on Instagram or LinkedIn, and 

Learn more about her coching, speaking and training at The Linchpin Assistant

Sep 18, 2023

Welcome to Episode 185 of Assist With Impact, where we empower administrative  professionals like you to make your hard work visible and impactful.

In this episode, we're diving into "Five Ways to Ensure Your Invisible Work is Visible."

It's an important topic because so much of what you do as an assistant is like the proverbial iceberg - hidden beneath the waterline.

Listen to the episode to hear practical and tactical ways you can ensure that your executive and colleagues see the contribution you're making.

Don't forget to leave a rating and review!

Connect with your host Liz Van Vliet on Instagram or LinkedIn, and 

Learn more about her coching, speaking and training at The Linchpin Assistant

 
Sep 5, 2023

A solo episode where your host, Liz Van Vliet gets her 'ranty pants' on about advice she sees being given to assistants that is flippant and unhelpful (in her opinion).

Listen to the episode if you want to be reminded that you're more than just an 'admin' and deserve the same level of respect and consideration as any other professional.

Connect with your host Liz Van Vliet on Instagram or LinkedIn, and 

Learn more about her coching, speaking and training at The Linchpin Assistant

Aug 21, 2023

In the second part of her interview with Liz Van Vliet, Robyn Greaves talks about the silver lining of redundancy, the value of curiosity and the skills and capabilities that allowed her to adapt and adjust as an Executive Assistant. 

Robyn shares how her final role as an EA gave her "permission to have a voice" beyond the one on one relationship with her executive. How it opened up a world of possibilities and enjoyment for Robyn. In short, it allowed Robyn to be the same person in the office that she was at home.

We then explore the birth of Start Sort Scale, how assistants can see and leverage Artificial Intelligence as an opportunity rather than a threat and Robyn's adventurous life as a digital nomad. 

Enjoy Part Two!

Robyn Greaves is a full-time digital nomad and start-up founder. She spends her time travelling the world and collaborating with business owners to optimise their processes and set them up to scale. She is passionate about giving people the freedom to work from anywhere and live life on their own terms.

Prior to launching her business, Start Sort Scale, Robyn spent 15 years as an Assistant, gaining experience across diverse industries including not-for-profit, media publishing, and digital businesses. In 2021, Robyn won an Australian Admin Award for excellence in a multi-functional admin role.

Robyn's passion for the pivotal role of Assistants led her to create "Mastering the Power of ChatGPT: a Guide for Executive Assistants" and the online course "Intro to AI for Executive Assistants." She has emerged as a leading voice in this space, empowering administrative professionals to leverage Artificial Intelligence and get their work done faster, with less effort.

Links:

Connect on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robyn-greaves/

Follow her digital nomad journey on Instagram: @onthegocouple

Buy the ChatGPT Guide: https://startsortscale.com/chatgptguide/

Learn more about Start Sort Scale website: https://startsortscale.com/clarity/

To see a preview of what Microsoft Copilot will be able to do, check out this YouTube clip: https://youtu.be/hGb9UZ8DyDc

Connect with your host Liz Van Vliet on Instagram or LinkedIn, and 

Learn more about her coching, speaking and training at The Linchpin Assistant

Aug 7, 2023

Robyn Greaves is an award winning business administrator with 15 years experience as an Executive Assistant. Born in the UK, Robyn has extensive experience providing high level strategic and operational support to CEOs and Directors both in the UK and Australia. She has worked across a wide range of industries including not-for-profit, media publishing and digital businesses. Robyn is passionate about supporting business owners to achieve their goals.

In the first of our two-part interview we explore Robyn's origin story. How she began her career as an Administrative Professional and her talent was quickly spotted by a dynamic executive. Listen to the episode to hear about Robyn's experience navigating the career 'spider frame' and the skills and capabilities that have supported and empowered her growth as an Executive Assistant.

Connect with Robyn via LinkedIn and Instagram.

Connect with your host Liz Van Vliet on Instagram or LinkedIn, and 

Learn more about her coching, speaking and training at The Linchpin Assistant

 

Jul 25, 2023

A special solo episode sharing the audio from a series of three videos I posted last week on LinkedIn to celebrate my ten year 'cancerversary'.

An episode for new listeners who haven't heard my cancer story and old listeners who I'm fortunate to have in my life because of the serendipity of my cancer diagnosis.

An episode that shares both the grim and the grateful. Because we're human beings, not human doings.

 

Jul 11, 2023

Amy Crumley learned the intricacies and nuances of the Executive Support profession from her mother and grandmother, who rendered their support to high-level executives in Atlanta, Georgia, and Denver, Colorado in the United States.

Amy's own career path has followed a diversified route, traversing the foundation of owning a cabinet company, owning a staffing company, traveling around Europe, and teaching English as a second language. Returning to the United States, Amy pursued a remote working dynamic, managing a bookstore and cocktailing while deliberated about her future endeavors. Eventually, she secured a part-time remote executive assistant position that sparked her passion for the field once again and never looked back.

In part two of our interview, listen to Amy explain her approach to being not just efficient but effective as an Executive Assistant supporting the C-Suite leaders at Samba TV. Amy talks about the importance of putting yourself in the shoes of your executive and managing them the way THEY want to be managed, not the way YOU want to be managed.

We also discuss Gretchen Rubin's Four Tendencies and how so many assistants (including Amy) are 'Upholders'. You can do the survey for free here.

Amy epitomises what Liz describes as a Linchpin Assistant. She has exceptional functional competencies (her hard skills) as well as displaying high strategic competency. Even more, in this interview, you hear how Amy uses her Power Skills, her supercharged 'soft' skills to manage up and influence others to not just get things done but get the RIGHT things done!

Enjoy Part Two of this Assist With Impact interview with Amy Crumley.

Connect with Amy here

Check out the new and updated website for The Linchpin Assistant

Connect with Liz on Instagram or LinkedIn

Jun 26, 2023

Amy Crumley learned the intricacies and nuances of the Executive Support profession from her mother and grandmother, who rendered their support to high-level executives in Atlanta, Georgia, and Denver, Colorado in the United States.

Amy's own career path has followed a diversified route, traversing the foundation of owning a cabinet company, owning a staffing company, traveling around Europe, and teaching English as a second language. Returning to the United States, Amy pursued a remote working dynamic, managing a bookstore and cocktailing while deliberated about her future endeavors. Eventually, she secured a part-time remote executive assistant position that sparked her passion for the field once again and never looked back.

In this first in our two-part interview, join your host Liz Van Vliet as she interviews Amy to explore Amy's journey to becoming a lifetime EA and her role now remotely supporting the dynamic C-Suite leaders at Samba TV.

Connect with Amy here

Check out the new and updated website for The Linchpin Assistant

Connect with Liz on Instagram or LinkedIn

Jun 14, 2023

Join your host Liz Van Vliet as she gives you an overview of what will be covered in her upcoming webinar designed to help you build your strength in the area of strategic thinking!

We discuss the 4 areas that Liz will be outlining that all contribute to you being able to show up as a more strategic assistant. The four focus areas are:

  1. Know
  2. Think
  3. Speak
  4. Act

If you like the sound of Liz's strategic thinking 'workout', register for the webinar to be held on July 12, 2023 12:30 PM AEST. The recording will be made available to those who register but cannot attend live.

You can register here or by going to bit.ly/linchpinsarestrategic

Check out the new and updated website for The Linchpin Assistant

Connect with Liz on Instagram or LinkedIn

May 29, 2023

Nikki-Lee Prismall is an extremely busy woman. She is EA to the Enterprise COO for KPMG Australia and also National Manager Business Support at KPMG Australia. 

In Part Two of this episode pair, your host Liz Van Vliet explores Nikki's EA role supporting the Enterprise Chief Operating Officer for KPMG Australia and how an invitation to contribute to a project team exploring ways of more efficiently leveraging the Administrative Support Function across the enterprise opened up a new and exciting path for Nikki. 

We discuss the impact of Covid and being intentional around your communication and how assistants can lead by being ambassadors within their teams and for their managers. 

Connect with Nikki on LinkedIn here:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/nikki-lee-prismall/

Make sure to catch up on Part One of Nikki's story in Episode 176 if you haven't already!

Learn more about Liz and how she can support you through training, coaching or speaking to your team by visiting the website - The Linchpin Assistant

Connect with Liz on Instagram or LinkedIn

May 22, 2023

Nikki-Lee Prismall is an extremely busy woman. She is EA to the Enterprise COO for KPMG Australia and also National Manager Business Support at KPMG Australia. 

In this two part series, Liz Van Vliet uncovers Nikki's early career experiences and the transferable skills she developed and brought across into her EA role with KPMG. 

We discuss the importance of emotional intelligence and self insight, self belief and confidence. 

Connect with Nikki on LinkedIn here

https://www.linkedin.com/in/nikki-lee-prismall/

Make sure to join us for Part Two of Nikki's story next week.

The new and updated website for The Linchpin Assistant

Connect with Liz on Instagram or LinkedIn

 

 

 

May 9, 2023

In this weeks solo episode your host Liz Van Vliet shares five tips that Executive Assistants, Personal Assistants and Administrative Assistants can implement that will ensure they are seen as more than transactional and reactive and instead be perceived as strategic, big-picture thinkers.

Apr 26, 2023

Description: In this solo episode, we explore how AI and ChatGPT are changing the administrative profession and whether they pose an opportunity or threat for you as an administrative professional. We discuss a recent experiment conducted by the New York Times and share insights on how AI can help you in your daily tasks while also emphasizing the importance of adaptability and staying ahead of the curve.

Show Notes:

  1. Introduction

    • Discussion about the recent New York Times article on ChatGPT and Bard as executive assistants
    • Results of the experiment and the implications for human executive assistants
  2. Adapting to AI and ChatGPT

    • The importance of embracing new technology in the administrative profession
    • Historical examples of technological advancements, such as the electric typewriter and early PCs
    • The need for adaptability, flexibility, and curiosity
  3. Insights from Toby Walsh, chief scientist at UNSW's AI Institute

    • AI taking over the four Ds of work: dirty, dull, difficult, and dangerous tasks
    • The limitations of AI, including social and emotional intelligence, creativity, and adaptability
  4. Opportunities for administrative professionals

    • Offloading dull tasks to AI and focusing on more creative contributions
    • Upcoming podcast guests who are thought leaders in the administrative profession
    • Following these thought leaders and experimenting with tools like ChatGPT
  5. Tips and precautions when using ChatGPT

    • Privacy concerns when using free versions of digital products
    • Inaccuracies in AI-generated results and the importance of verification
    • Mastering the art of crafting prompts for better results

Links:

Apr 12, 2023

Liz is sharing some big news in this weeks podcast episode relating to her business.

Listen to this episode to hear the what, when and the why!

Connect with me on Instagram and LinkedIn and make sure you're subscribed to my newsletter to be the first to hear when my exciting new program launches.

Mar 27, 2023

In this episode of Assist With Impact, Liz’s guest is Dr. Kirstin Ferguson AM an author, columnist and company director. Liz talks with Kirstin about her experience navigating the career ‘climbing frame’ and her latest book, Head & Heart: The Art of Modern Leadership.

Kirstin shares some pivotal moments in her career, including when she was debating whether to become a journalist or join the military after leaving school. She ultimately chose the military, but her love for writing and journalism remained. She shares that she often suffers from imposter syndrome, but has learned to say yes anyway and trust herself.

Listen to the podcast to hear Kirstin discuss what readers can expect from Head & Heart: The Art of Modern Leadership and why it is different to the many other leadership books that  have been published. Kirstin explains that the book is unlike any other book on leadership because it combines her own research and experience with interviews of a diverse range of people, not just corporate leaders. She also talks about the importance of an Australian view on what it means to be a modern leader and how the book covers a mix of theories and research behind leadership.

The Head & Heart Leader Scale™ is a tool developed by Kirstin Ferguson with Lisa Bradley at the QUT Business School to assess leaders' ability to integrate emotional intelligence with their professional skills. The scale is based on the concept that leadership involves not only technical competencies, but also a range of emotional intelligence skills, including empathy, self-awareness, and social skills. 

The scale consists of 24 questions that assess a leader's ability to lead with both their head and their heart, with each question assessing a different aspect of leadership. The aim of the scale is to help leaders identify areas where they can improve and develop their emotional intelligence skills to become more effective leaders.

Kirstin and Liz discuss the results of Liz’s Head & Heart Leader Scale Survey and how the results should be interpreted.

Throughout the interview, Liz and Kirstin discuss the various ways Kirstin has advocated for women, including her viral social media campaign called #CelebratingWomen and how Administrative professionals can and do lead from within, and we discuss the contribution of Kirstin’s own Chief of Staff Luisa.

Visit https://headheartleader.com/ to take the 24-question survey and find out where you can order your copy of Head & Heart: The Art of Modern Leadership.

 

Connect with Liz

https://www.instagram.com/lizveevee/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/lizvanvliettrainerspeakercoach/

Mar 15, 2023
There seems to be a real push on for assistants to aspire to more. 
 
Even the term 'assistant' is apparently uncool!
 
On the one hand, you're being told that you're more than 'just an assistant' and then seeing programs that promote you to aim to be more than just an assistant.
 
I don't know about you, but I'm confused.
 
In this solo episode I share my perspective on the realities of the assistant career. What it looks like to be an assistant for a 'reason, a season or a lifetime' and why no one path is right for everyone.
 
I also share why I believe that:
 

- You are valuable and of value as an assistant

 
- You can expand the boundaries of your role as an assistant 
 
- You are not your job and you are not tied to the manager or leader you support
 
 
 
And why I encourage you to:
 
- Get clear on your value
 
- Get clear on your values
 
- Build your confidence and your competence

The Boston Consulting Group I reference can be found here: https://www.bcg.com/publications/2020/heart-ceo-effectiveness

Connect with me on Instagram and LinkedIn and make sure you're subscribed to my newsletter to be the first to hear when my exciting new program launches.

 

Mar 13, 2023

In this episode, Liz shares a simple yet effective framework for assistants to build and maintain their understanding of their manager's needs and priorities. She talks about how managing different needs and priorities across different executives can cause stress and anxiety and contribute to overwhelm.

Liz introduces the 3 Ps - Preferences, Priorities, and Pet Peeves - and explains how they can be used to set up new relationships for success and reset existing relationships.

She emphasizes that assistants are not mind readers and need information, insight, and experience to manage their manager's needs and preferences effectively. Liz breaks down each of the three Ps and provides examples of how assistants can gather information about them, including asking their manager directly.

Liz also emphasizes the importance of ongoing dialogue and structured approaches to checking in with managers as priorities are constantly changing. She suggests documenting the three Ps for managers and keeping the list handy and updated.

Liz highlights the 3 Ps as a dynamic document that can be used as a handover document and shared with other EA colleagues. She encourages assistants to be proactive, curious, and interested in their manager's needs and priorities.

Finally, Liz talks about how to put the 3 Ps into practice, emphasizing the importance of using open-ended questions and fostering curiosity for insights. She also mentions that she provides a workbook for coaching clients and training program attendees that guides them through how to set up a 3 Ps conversation with their manager.

Listeners who want to learn more about Liz's training programs and membership platform can sign up for her email newsletter at myeacareer.com.

 
Feb 13, 2023

Liz’s guest is Ruth Kilah, Founder & CEO of Hoxton Hyde. She is an Australian based, International Executive Assistant Coach + Mentor and International Speaker. Ruth provides one to one and group coaching program for Assistants.

Ruth specialises in helping assistants become strategic thinkers and operators. As a former Senior Executive Assistant and Project Manager, Ruth has over 13 years’ experience in managing time for C-Suite Executives in Australia and in the United Kingdom, predominantly for large global corporations.

 

Listen to this interview to hear Ruth share her background and her experience navigating the career Spider Frame. Ruth also outlines her approach to working with assistants, what motivated her to establish Hoxton Hyde (and the origins of her business name).

 

Ruth also shares three top tips for upping your effectiveness when it comes to being a strategic partner to your business leader.

 

Ruth also shares a bonus tip that is pure gold…so make sure you listen right to the end!

 

Connect with Ruth Kilah via Instagram and LinkedIn and join the Extraordinary Executive Assistants free Facebook Community.

Jan 31, 2023

All good things are worth waiting for, including Liz's word for 2023!

In this episode Liz shares the word that she has decided aptly describes her outlook for 2023.

If you want to stay across all the upcoming announcements around Power Skills for Linchpin Assistants, make sure you're following Liz on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/lizveevee/

Liz also invites you to connect on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/lizvanvliettrainerspeakercoach/

Jan 16, 2023

A solo episode encouraging assistants to embrace their inner 'slinky' and reflect on the Power Skills that enable Linchpin Assistants to stay in that impactful zone. 

Episode 107 - Why Assistants Are The Human Equivalent Of A Slinky can be found below:

https://myeacareer.com/podcasts/107-why-executive-assistants-are-the-human-equivalent-of-a-slinky/

The following are two blog posts I wrote on the same topic:

https://myeacareer.com/why-executive-assistants-need-to-adopt-a-slinky-mindset/

https://myeacareer.com/how-executive-assistants-can-manage-expectations/

Connect with Liz on Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/lizveevee/

Connect with Liz on LinkedIn

https://www.linkedin.com/in/lizvanvliettrainerspeakercoach/

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