Jean Thompson 1927-2020

Jean Thompson 1927-2020

My Mum’s life She was born in October 1927 and was brought up in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. She later worked there and in Leeds. She married my Dad in 1950 and worked with him in special schools in Yorkshire and Shropshire. In 1960 they moved to Cheadle, Greater...
What is a PA?

What is a PA?

The PA/EA ‘job description’ “Does that role still exist?” I was asked when I explained what I do. “I thought nobody needed PAs anymore…”. After I’d metaphorically picked myself up from the floor, I said “yes, very much so”. Technological innovations and changes in...
The Art of Communication

The Art of Communication

We all communicate naturally; most of us find it impossible NOT to communicate… but we don’t always communicate effectively First of all, let’s analyse communications. We pick up messages from each other in three ways; from body language, tone of voice and the words...
The world’s your oyster

The world’s your oyster

We’ve all done it — dreamed of a top job, an exotic holiday or a catwalk figure — yet, how often do these things come to fruition? “When we’ve got a bit of money, we’ll go on a really nice holiday.”“I’ve always fancied working abroad.”“I’d love a job like that.”“I...
Common mistakes

Common mistakes

Whoops! Shouldn’t’ve clicked on send. There can be so many opportunities for error in writing. The speed of email encourages us to click on send without proofreading what we have written. Tight deadlines mean we don’t always take enough care over our...
You and your manager working as team

You and your manager working as team

The PA and the manager spend a great deal of time together They have the same objectives and carry out different tasks to achieve those objectives. Communication is vital; it would be impossible to work together successfully without excellent communication. Your team...