Voice

Finding your voice at work

Some of us aren’t built to make speeches, strike up conversations with strangers or generally draw attention to ourselves, but that doesn’t mean you can’t speak up when you need to at work. Continue reading…

client guide

Be mindful of moving the goalposts

Having collective or set goals in a workplace is a constructive way to drive employees, identify progress and generally boost business. After all, many people work their best when there is an impending deadline or an objective to be reached, but if company culture is too focussed on metrics and not emphatic enough on quality output, it can ultimately have a toxic effect on the team and will prove to be a real detriment to business. Continue reading…

PA

Now it’s interpersonal…

A PA has to have a lot of strings to their bow – competent written skills, time management, data management, multitasking, budgeting – but in order for these attributes to truly benefit a company there has to be a key quality to tie it all together: Continue reading…

Presenter

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…

Diary

Pippa’s look back at 2016

Hello one and all – Pippa here.

How are you? How is the ‘build up’ going for you? Are you feeling glittery, warm inside and as though you’re starring in one of those brilliantly cheesy American Christmas movies which Channel 5 seem to love? Or are you strung out, toxic and cynical with a complexion like suet? I’m sort of oscillating between the two. One minute I’m trotting through the streets of London marvelling at how beautiful it is all lit up and twinkly, the next I’m twitching and terrified as yet another commitment my liver can’t cope with looms on the horizon. Continue reading…

interview

Your quick guide to competency-based interviews

Interviewer: What are your strengths?
Interviewee: I’m hard-working, confident and good at computers.
Interviewer: Interesting. Do you know how to use any design packages?
Interviewee: Erm, no…but it’s okay, because I’m a fast learner.
Interviewer: Great. You’re in.

Life isn’t that simple. And with interviewers getting the same answers to the same questions from more and more people, they’ve started asking more specific questions in order to filter down their candidates.

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