Annual Leave

Pippa’s advice on Annual Leave

Annual leave AKA holiday. Referring to one’s holiday as annual leave is a relatively new ‘thang’. I’ve noticed it more and more recently. Emails come back saying ‘I am currently away on annual leave.’ I suppose it sounds quite officious. It screams ‘this is time off I am absolutely entitled to so don’t bother me please, I need a break’ and is less likely to conjure up images of someone mainlining Pina-coladas and getting a tan. Continue reading…


Pippa’s advice on How to Present Yourself Confidently

Some months ago now, my boss was asked to give a speech to two hundred of his ‘not at all close’ fellow industry professionals, on a subject he’s completely adept in. Continue reading…

multiple managers

Pippa’s advice on How to Cope with Multiple Managers

Hello fellow worker bees. How are we all? Working and playing hard I hope? Trying to ignore the fact that the government seem to be in utter disarray? Personally, if I never hear the word Brexit ever again it will be too soon. Continue reading…

corporate events

Pippa’s Guide to Finding the Right Venue for Corporate Events

It’s interesting being a PA for many reasons. One of the main ones is that it involves being many things to many people. Whenever I start a new job I feel like a psychologist as I work out how best to adapt to the different personality I am now working for. At times during my career, I’ve also felt like a therapist. I had one boss in particular who liked to really ‘share’ and came to see me as a confidante for all areas of her life. Over the years I’ve also been nursemaid, sales woman, accountant, marketer and general dogsbody, all under the umbrella of the word ‘assistant.’ Continue reading…


Pippa’s advice on How to Achieve Better Recognition in the Workplace

At school I used to quite look forward to receiving my end of term report. Or at least I did until I was in year nine at which point there was a phase during which I dreaded it. This phase coincided with being best friends with Cassie Robinson and also being at my most hormonal. Not a great mixture. I remember trying to ‘infiltrate’ our faintly alarmed postman one morning, hoping I could get to my report before my parents did. Mum was onto me though. She was deeply suspicious of my early morning appearance so was essentially spying on me from her bedroom window. And so it was that I had to suffer her ‘I’m very disappointed face’ when she discovered that Cassie and I had been, shall we say, a bit disruptive that term. Still, other than that particular time, I was a pretty diligent student on the whole, so usually a report meant proud looks all round and maybe even a few quid to spend. Continue reading…


Pippa’s Advice on How Executives should handle their Assistants

I’ve been a PA for years now. I love it and, as my experience and pay packet grow so does my sense of fulfilment. I realise how lucky I am to have a job I enjoy, so maybe the best piece of advice I can ever give is this. Find a job you’re good at. The rest will follow. Continue reading…

Getting the Best from Meetings

Getting the Best from Meetings

What makes a good meeting, apart from fresh croissants, coffee and fruit (breakfast) or platters of sarnies from Pret or M&S (lunch) of course? I only ask because the culture of meetings can vary widely from one company to the next. Some adopt a ‘less is more attitude,’ and hold them sparingly, whereas others view them as the only way to decide anything and will gather people in a boardroom at the drop of a hat. Continue reading…


Pippa’s Guide to Weekly Reviews and When to Have Them

What’s your favourite day of the week? I’d imagine a large percentage of the British population would cite a Saturday or a Sunday but for me it’s Friday. I genuinely love going into work on a Friday. The week is nearly done, people are usually more relaxed and the promise of the weekend inevitably seems to put most people into a good frame of mind. My boss certainly takes longer lunches on a Friday and, depending on how much wine is drunk, has even been known to let me finish early. Continue reading…


It’s all in the mindset

“Sometimes the only person holding you back is yourself.”

It might be a cliché but it’s true; you can be your own worst enemy when it comes to self-motivation and actualising goals. Summoning the courage to go for your dream job is difficult as it requires a lot of patience, confidence and energy, a lot more than you initially might think, and if you’re not wholly committed to pursuing your chosen ambition then it’s all too easy to fall at the first hurdle. Continue reading…

Year of You

Pippa’s Guide to January 2017 – The Year of You

Hi everyone, Pippa here with my first column of 2017.

Did you have a lovely break over Christmas? I certainly did. It’s unbelievable how exhausting the build- up is though isn’t it? By the time I’d made the long train journey home, up North, with bags so heavy and stuffed with presents they nearly snapped my spine and fingers, I felt utterly broken. Nothing to do with the serious hangover I had from my work Christmas party the night before of course…..

Anyway, Dad picked me up from the station, like a wonderful mirage, a true Christmas angel of the North, promptly relieved me of my bags and bundled me into his nice warm car at which point I feel asleep and dribbled onto his upholstery.

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