organization Feb 06, 2020

Welcome to our second Stories From The Frontlines post. I’m so excited about this new segment because it’s all about my fellow assistants sharing their stories and wisdom with other assistants.

Stories from the Frontlines: The Best Task Management Tool for Assistants

As a group, we assistants can tend to feel siloed or isolated. It’s my intention with this new segment to minimize these feelings and foster a sense of connection with one another. Hopefully, we can draw off of one another’s experience through hearing how our fellow assistants have tackled similar challenges to what we’re facing.

Today I’m talking with fellow assistant and student of mine, Tracey Hunter, about her task management tool of choice. If you’ve followed me for any amount of time, you know what a huge fan I am of investing in your long term success by figuring out systems that work for you. One such system is task management.

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upleveling Jan 23, 2020

Have you avoided networking for fear of coming across fake or disingenuine? In this month’s Resource Corner interview, I sit down with Melissa Mosher of to discuss how to network without that icky fake feeling. 

How to Network Without Being Fake

Melissa is one of those people whose online presence is everywhere, which has resulted in a large online network. I love to watch her do her thing especially in the online assistants-only groups we have in common. She always offers a lot of value and her perspective is often fresh and unique.

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upleveling Jan 16, 2020

I have a confession to make, networking is not my strength. I’m a very social person and I love making friends but for whatever reason when it comes to “networking” I get a knot in my throat and a churning feeling in the pit of my stomach. If you’re in the same boat then buckle up my friend! We’re about to go on this journey together. 

Why Bother Networking?

Why is networking so important anyway? 

As assistants our network is vital. We are constantly faced with unique challenges and situations most of the workforce doesn’t have to deal with. What helps with these challenges? Having a network of other professionals with a wide variety of experience and expertise. 

Check out this video where I’ll break down why I’ve made networking a priority in 2020 and why I’m encouraging you to do the same.

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career advice Jan 09, 2020

One of my goals for 2020 is to improve my networking skills in an authentic way. In today’s Stories From The Frontlines post, I sit down with fellow assistant Sarah Stankevitz to chat about the qualities and mindset shift necessary to see your network grow in an honest and genuine way.

Stories from the Frontlines: How to Make Networking Easy

Whether it’s a meeting with our executive or a cold call attempt to sell something, I’m sure we’ve all had an experience where someone tried to “network” with us that left us feeling walked over and used. I used to fear reaching out to people to expand my network because I didn’t want people to view me this way. As I’ve grown in this area I’ve begun to realize this fear is irrational and is holding me back. As I’ve chosen to set this fear aside, I’ve noticed my network begin to grow along with my sphere of influence and ability to genuinely help people. I believe this transformation is available to us all!

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career advice Nov 15, 2019

I’m just going to say it. I love the holidays. I love everything about them. I love exchanging gifts and I love all the tasty treats that accompany Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. 

Resource Corner Interview with Priscilla Terrero

I’m very excited about today’s Resource Corner post. I had the privilege of chatting it up with Priscilla Terrero who is not only a friend and chocolatier but also one kickass chick! She runs her Brooklyn based company, Morito Chocolate, sourcing her cacao from local farmers in the Dominican Republic. Priscilla makes her chocolate in small batches and I love how you can actually hear the passion in her voice throughout this interview. 

And guess what? Priscilla has gift packs, you guys! She’s also offering 15% off for my Whole Assistant community. Seriously, if you are in charge of corporate gifts for your office then I strongly urge you to consider giving these unique gifts from Morito Chocolate. They were handcrafted in Brooklyn, made with love, and it...

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self care Nov 07, 2019

Less than a week ago we celebrated Halloween here in the US. I haven’t dressed up for Halloween in a long time, however, there’s something about wanting to make the most of every minute of pregnancy that made me want to dress up this year.

3 Strategies for Maintaining Your Sanity Through the Holidays

Check out my expectant mother costume:

Halloween marks the beginning of the holiday season. Regardless of your enthusiasm for the holidays, I’d like to encourage you to take care of yourself through this season of festivities and increased demands. As assistants, we instinctively put everyone else first. Please check out this video full of strategies for how to carve out time for yourself amidst the chaos of the holidays:

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One final note, my pregnancy will be at term in two weeks! Which means 2 things:

  1. There will be one last Resource Corner post next week and no further posts through the end of November. Be sure to check the blog in December for the most popular posts of 2019.

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office dynamics Oct 31, 2019

Have you ever heard of listening intelligence (LI)? Neither had I, which is actually surprising given all the buzz around emotional intelligence. In today’s Resource Corner post with Dave Momper of, we dive into the ins and outs of what listening intelligence is and how listening intelligence can help us become more adaptable and overall better assistants. 

The premise of listening intelligence is that we all listen in specific ways and for certain types of information. By becoming aware of how we listen, as well as how those around us listen, we can become more adaptable. Understanding how our executive listens for information, as well as how we listen for information, is vital to our success as assistants. 

I had the privilege of taking Dave’s LI assessment (known as the ECHO assessment) and I was surprised by my results. If you’re interested in what my results were then you’ll have to watch this video:

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office dynamics Oct 17, 2019

Welcome to the second half of a two-part series on active listening. In last week’s post, we looked at the many benefits of increasing active listening. This week we’re going to discuss strategies that will help us all become better listeners.

Admittedly, I’m not where I’d like to be when it comes to active listening. Especially when it comes to listening to something I disagree with. I find my brain defensively starts piecing together my rebuttal as I’m “listening”. When I listen to respond instead of listening to understand I’m likely missing at least a part of the intention of the person I’m conversing with.

How to Reach Your Listening Potential

One of the things I love so much about creating Whole Assistant is that I get to walk my journey with you all! I’m not an expert on a lot of the topics I cover on this blog and yet I cover them anyway. Why? I want to grow and if you’re reading this that means you want to grow too and growth is exciting!


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office dynamics Oct 10, 2019

Whether we admit it or not, active listening is an acquired skill. Most often when we are listening to someone we are listening to respond, not listening to hear and understand what the other person is telling us.

This month at Whole Assistant is about upping our game as assistants by becoming better listeners. I realize active listening may seem simple but believe me when I say it’s a lot harder in practice. If you’ve ever tried to understand someone you have a disagreement with then you know exactly what I mean.

Benefits of Active Listening in the Workplace

This post is the first half of a 2 part series about listening. In this video, I’ll walk you through 3 benefits of active listening. Next week I’ll share with you my tried & true tips for becoming a better listener. 

Check out this video and be sure to leave a comment below letting me know other benefits of active listening.

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career advice Sep 26, 2019

I could not be more thrilled to present this month’s Resource Corner post with Karen Nanninga. Karen is a certified coach who has geared her business toward helping executive assistants & administrative professionals of all kinds find happiness and fulfillment at work and in their personal lives.

Resource Corner Interview with Karen Nanninga

In this interview, Karen breaks down how we can all design our own contribution in the workplace while maintaining alignment with our executives and organizations. It was a definite treat for me to interview Karen and I’m certain you will find it equally engaging and helpful!

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If you would like to learn more about Karen and her services please visit her website at

A bit more about Karen:

Karen Nanninga, after a career as Executive Assistant at Management and Board level, has been a Trainer, Consultant, and Speaker in the field of management support for over 25 years. She is also a Certified Business and Life Coach for...

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