AdminSecret's Featured Writers and Partners
Currin Berdine / AdminSecret
AdminSecret is lucky to host content from some of the most highly acclaimed and seasoned professionals in the administrative field. From authors to bloggers to a toy company, AdminSecret aims to deliver expert, applicable and fun advice and tips from the best in the business. Check out our list of Featured Authors and be sure to glance at their sites, too!
Jodith Allen for Administrative Arts
Jodith Allen has worked in the administrative support field for over 20 years. Her experience includes being an Accounting Clerk, Receptionist, Secretary, Administrative Assistant, and finally Executive Assistant. Her blog, Administrative Arts (http://administrativearts.com), is a resource for persons working at all levels of the administrative support field, from beginners to those with years of experience. On Administrative Arts, Jodith talks about making travel arrangements, provides tips and tricks for Word, Excel, and Access, and gives advice to help you be the best Administrative Assistant possible. She recently released her new e-book, Receptionist Arts, to help those just starting in the field.
Jodith currently lives in Bellingham, Washington, with her husband, three dachshunds, and two cats. She enjoys reading, blogging, gardening, video games, needlework, and walking with her husband and dogs.
Read Jodith’s blog at AdministrativeArts.com.
Terry Brock, MBA, CSP
Terry Brock, MBA, CSP
Terry Brock is a marketing coach, professional speaker and a syndicated columnist for business publications around the world. He writes about technology, marketing and the Internet weekly in his column Succeeding Today. In addition to that he provides unique insight into living life and doing business successfully. He has been in business since 1983 helping business leaders and professionals to achieve success.
Terry has helped thousands of administrative assistants, as well as their colleagues in many industries. Some of these include banking, distribution, sales, marketing, real estate and finance. If you want fun, informative sessions, and to change your life for the better, Terry is your man! His sessions are entertaining and packed with useful, “put-it-to-work-right-now” information. This MBA in Marketing has a background in radio and newspapers and brings excitement and zest to the platform as he speaks.
Contact Terry today about speaking for your group and find out how to turn boring, dull meetings into events packed with information and delivered with a powerful presentation.
Joan Burge for Office Dynamics
Joan Burge writes books, lectures, and personally consults administrative professionals and the companies they support and is considered one of North America’s foremost administrative experts. She has worked in the administrative business arena for more than 30 years, with administrators in hundreds of companies such as AT&T, Cisco, Intel, Microsoft, Boeing, Motorola, ConAgra Foods, Kraft, McDonald’s, Allstate, Mayo Clinics, Universities, U.S. Government intuitions, and more. She wrote the praised book Become an Inner Circle Assistant and is the creator and host of the Annual Forum for Administrative Professionals.
Check out Office Dynamics.
Diana Ennen for Virtual World Publishing
Diana Ennen is the author of numerous books on starting a business including Virtual Assistant – The Series: Become a Highly Successful, Sought After VA which has been called “the Virtual Assistant Bible” and is coauthored with Kelly Poelker (another AdminSecret writer!) She has been featured in numerous books and magazines including Readers Digest, Wall Street Journal, Family Circle, Entrepreneur Magazine, Business Week, Smart Money, USA Today, Woman’s World, Forbes, and Home Office Computing. She is also a publicist and radio host.
See her virtual assistant bookstore and site Virtual World Publishing.
Sydni Craig-Hart, EA to VA
Sydni Craig-Hart, EA to VA
Sydni Craig-Hart liberates Executive Assistants from the corporate world by showing them how to become savvy, self-employed Virtual Assistants. Her business, EAtoVA.com gives Executive Assistants the support, tools and information they need to successfully transition into a profitable career in Virtual Assistance. She is also the co-founder of Craig Hart Consulting, LLC, a full-service small business consulting and Virtual Assistance firm that specializes in helping entrepreneurs boost their revenue, maximize their Internet presence and run productive, efficient businesses. Because of her extraordinary work as the founder of EAtoVA.com and co-founder of Craig Hart Consulting, she was nominated for the award in 2008.
For Sydni’s FREE special report, “The Liberated Executive Assistant: How to Break Free From the Corporate Grind and Become Your Own Boss,” and FREE subscription to her bi-weekly newsletter, “EA to VA Insights,” visit www.EAtoVA.com. In this report you’ll find out everything you need to know about the Virtual Assistance industry, what steps you need to take to get started and run your own successful Virtual Assistance business.
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Sydni currently lives in Emeryville, CA with her amazing husband and business partner, Wil Hart.
Kaamna is the CEO and Founder of HowLegit.com, the only entertainment news site that allows you to vote on what’s Legit, and what’s Full of Sh*t in the world of celeb gossip! Drop in for your daily dose of who’s doing what and who’s doing who in Hollywood!
Read the juice on How Legit.
JEM for AdminChronicles
Admin Chronicles.com is the place where you’ll find the information, resources, tips and tools that you need to prosper, succeed and advance as an administrative assistant, executive assistant, office manager, right-hand woman or man, support staffer or employee.
Because AdminChronicles.com is YOUR place, please feel comfortable and free to contact me at any time with the topics, issues, challenges and questions you would like me to cover – nothing is too specific or too general, from phones, meetings and software to morale, negotiation, attitude and communication skills (and anything in-between). Be sure to check back often because I will be posting new entries every week.
Check out the AdminChonicles blog.
Inspire Productions Event Planning
Jud Yaski, Inspire Productions
Jud Yaski Founded Inspire productions 14 years ago as a performer.
Inspire currently produces full scale corporate events for some of California’s most elite companies, as well as working with smaller companies who didn’t know they could afford a planner, creating exciting, affordable events. When not designing corporate parties or delivering employee lunches, Inspire is producing numerous private events, from over the top birthday bashes to elegant weddings.
Feel free to contact Jud with any event related questions or issues. Call (866) 431-8708 x201 or visit www.inspiremyevent.com.
Bill Lampton, Ph.D. with TheCompleteCommunicator.com
Bill Lampton, Ph.D.
Bill Lampton, Ph.D.—author of The Complete Communicator: Change Your Communication, Change Your Life!—helps clients “Learn More. . .Earn More!” As a communication expert, he has been interviewed by Cosmopolitan, Entrepreneur, Investor’s Business Daily, Delta’s SKY, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and other leading publications. Bill has provided keynote speeches, seminars, and communication coaching for Gillette, Procter & Gamble, the British Columbia Legal Management Association, the University of Georgia Athletic Association, CenturyTel, Environmental Protection Agency, Orvis Company, and the Ritz-Carlton Cancun. Visit his Web site to sign up for his complimentary online newsletter: ChampionshipCommunication.com
View his instructional video blog, and post your comments: TheCompleteCommunicator.com
Call Dr. Lampton to schedule him for presentations and coaching: 678-316-4300.
Lilit Marcus for SavetheAssistants.com
Lilit Marcus used to have a really, really terrible assistant job. So she quit. Now she is the Co-Founder and Editor in Chief of www.savetheassistants.com, “a blog for the beleaguered,” where assistants from all industries can submit horror stories, get advice, and more. A New Yorker via North Carolina, Lilit is also a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Post, and Mediabistro.com. When she’s not trying to save assistants, Lilit lives, works, writes, learns to cook, and shops for vintage clothes in Brooklyn, NY.
Read her blog Save the Assistants.
Julie Perrine CPS/CAP, Qualified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Administrator
Julie Perrine CPS/CAP, Qualified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Administrator
Julie Perrine CPS/CAP is an administrative professional with over 16 years of experience providing administrative leadership and support to multiple executives and their teams, developing corporate and office standards, and operating procedures, with industry work experience in Telecommunications, Insurance, Manufacturing, Sales, Medical, Retail, Safety & Security, City Government, and Non-Profit Organizations. Julie’s passion for helping individuals and teams inspired the launch of Julie Perrine Virtual Assistant, LLC, an executive level administrative support, mentoring, and training company.
Julie is very passionate about supporting administrative professionals and their executives in the pursuit of achieving more productive and meaningful work relationships. Julie has developed several administrative programs to enhance the individual and collective value, image, competence, and influence of Administrative Professionals. As a qualified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator administrator and trainer, Julie also works with startup entrepreneurs, growing businesses, and corporations to help individuals and teams understand and integrate various personality types to improve self-awareness, performance, communication, and team cohesion using the MBTI® and practical experience. She is also an active and contributing member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), A.N. Palmer Chapter.
Kelly Poelker for Another 8 Hours
Kelly Poelker is an author and certified Master Virtual Assistant (MVA), and is the owner and driving force behind the Another 8 Hours virtual assistant team. Kelly’s knowledge and expertise as a support specialist and virtual assistant comes from spending over twenty years in retail sales, home party sales, mortgage lending, banking operations, and manufacturing. Her client list includes industries from air transportation to a gift basket company. Kelly’s background has gained her valuable insight into the world of business, specifically in the areas of budgeting, planning meetings and events, purchasing, office management, and more. Kelly is a member of International Association of Virtual Office Assistants (IAVOA), International Virtual Assistants Association (IVAA), and the International Virtual Women’s Chamber of Commerce (IVWCC) .
Richard Rinyai for The Professional Assistant Blog
Richard Rinyai is one of the few and proud male administrators. He brings an analytical and technical voice to his admin blog “The Professional Assistant.” He has been an administrative assistant “for many years” and has extensive knowledge of organization and setting priorities. His blog focuses on keeping up with the latest office trends and technical information to keep an admin’s work and life organized.
Check out his blog The Professional Assistant.
Patricia Robb for Laughing All the Way to Work Blog
Patricia Robb has been an Administrative Assistant for almost 30 years. She is a member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), Ottawa Chapter. Patricia does freelance writing in Ottawa, Canada. You can find her on her blog “Laughing all the way to Work: A Survival Blog for Administrative Assistants.” The title of her blog, “Laughing All the Way To Work” explains it all. “A blog for today’s Administrative Assistant. We all have to work, but who says we can’t enjoy it too! My goal for this blog is to give good tips and ideas and occasionally put a smile on your face as you start your day! Let’s enjoy our day together.” Her lighthearted and fun approach makes Mondays a little easier.
Read her blog Laughing All The Way To Work.
“Virtual Assistant Queen” Kathie Thomas
Kathie M. Thomas
Kathie’s title is “the Virtual Assistant Queen,” VA Coach & Trainer, Public Speaker and Author of six VA/career oriented books. Founder of Australia’s first VA Network in 1996, she registered her own business “A Clayton’s Secretary” in 1994. She has since become a role model for women who want to work from home and be there for family. She is a Proverbs 31 Woman. She was named a “Top 100 Australian Blogger” and was nominated for the Australian of the Year Award in 2008.
Terri Denise Register has administrative experience as a Receptionist, Secretary, Administrative Assistant, Executive Assistant, and finally Office Manager. She has worked in various industries such as Real Estate, Commercial Construction, Financial/Securities, Economic Development, Health Care, and Non-profit. She is an aspiring writer and is currently working on several projects including a poetry book, a novel, and a life narrative. In her spare time she enjoys reading, writing, spending time with family, and composing music with her boyfriend Courtland. She currently serves as an Office Manager in the local office branch of one the nation’s well-known non-profit organizations.
Ethan and Stephanie Bull for ProAssisting.com
Ethan Bull and his wife Stephanie have over 20 years of combined Executive, Personal and Administrative assisting experience. Noticing a lack of real world soft skills training for new assistants starting out on their career path, they decided to leverage their expertise and create ProAssisting.
ProAssisting is an online, interactive training program for Executive, Personal & Administrative Assistants, in addition to college interns, comprised of its proprietary two-hour e-learning training module, a private membership forum moderated daily by Ethan and Stephanie in addition to the templates, tools and resources they use to continually succeed as Executive & Personal Assistants.
Bonnie Low-Kramen, Author and Celebrity Assistant
Bonnie Low-Kramen has one of the coolest jobs in the world – being an assistant to Olympia Dukakis. She also authored the ultimate guide to being an A-list assistant to any A-list employer, Be the Ultimate Assistant. Warning: her enthusiasm is contagious.
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