Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Definitive Personal Assistant & Secretarial Handbook by Sue France

The book, The Definitive Personal Assistant and Secretarial Handbook by Sue France is a great guide for anyone interested in assistant type work. It helps you understand how to be a great assistant and do your job right! There is even helpful ideas on how sleep and creating a good habit or routine to follow. I actually thought the addition of the sleep routine and information to why this might be a good thing to get enough, was pretty interesting. It's like a book telling you to sleep, which is always a good thing for everyone to do and get enough of. However, that was just one thing that really stuck out to me. 
Now the book really gives great tips and ideas to perform the duty as a assistant very well. There is a technique she mentions inside the book called, "U-SOFAR'. Now this actually stands for Understand, Stop, Observe, Focus, Ask, and Respond. Each of them will help you work with what you are being presented or asked to accomplish. A way to make things just go easier and something that should be done with many of the things your being asked. I guess it's a new way to think and work through certain ask, completely. That way you get it right the first time. However, to me It really makes sense and is an easy way to remember things and keep an idea how to take in new tasks and be sure to full fill them so that the Boss shines. Of course, there are many other ideas and tips to follow, which can make this job simpler than it has to be and allow you to succeed!

A few of these other topics covered inside the book are such things like organization, appearance, book keeping, calendar management, folders and pretty much any topic a secretary or assistant may need to do and know while working in that position. I think it really is quite helpful and an excellent guide to understanding the procedures and what you should know when being an assistant.

Information About The Author:
Sue France has over 30 years of experience as a secretary and personal assistant. She was the UK National Training & Development Officer for European Management Assistants (EUMA). She presents at PA conferences throughout the world, and is also involved in training and coaching PAs and secretaries.

Book Information:
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Kogan Page; Third Edition edition (August 28, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0749474769
ISBN-13: 978-0749474768
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches

If you're interested to learn more, please follow the link below:
Kogan Page USA- The Definitive Personal Assistant & Secretarial Handbook by Sue France

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