Join international speakers and trainers, Bonnie Low-Kramen and Vickie Sokol Evans as they tackle the burning issues for Executive Assistants, Personal Assistants, their executives and teams in today’s complicated and demanding workplace. Listen in and stay up-to-the-minute with Bonnie, Vickie, and their guests. Bonnie and Vickie have been professional colleagues and friends for more than a decade. Since 2011, they have been traveling the world teaching “Be the Ultimate Assistant” workshops, speaking at international conferences, and training inside corporations. They are both passionately committed to affecting positive change in the global workplace through tackling the burning challenges for today’s professional assistants and managers.
“I love the podcast! I have listened to every episode and some more than once. They are compelling, funny, and thought provoking and about real-life issues that happen to every assistant and manager. What Bonnie and Vickie have done is amazing. There is nothing like this out there.”Carrie Ann Miller, EA Salt Lake City
About the Hosts:
Bonnie Low-Kramen worked as the Personal Assistant to Oscar-winning actress for 25 years and is the bestselling author of “Be the Ultimate Assistant.” Microsoft Certified Trainer, Vickie Sokol Evans is the trainer to Bill Gates’ support team and a bestselling author of the 100 Tips series. She is a former Executive Assistant and now CEO/Founder of The Red Cape Company (RedCape), the global leader in engaging Microsoft, Google and Apple productivity training for the world’s busiest superhero assistants and their teams.
Is 2016 the time for you to land your dream job? A job where you are being paid what you deserve while working with managers and peers who respect and appreciate you. After all, it’s never been a better time to work as an Executive or Personal Assistant than right now. However, there has never been a more complicated time to be an assistant than right now. These complications have made job searching particularly challenging. Read more
Assistants all over the world ask us: how do you land a job as a celebrity assistant? Tune in to Part 2 of Bonnie and Vickie’s conversation with Kelly Engstrom, Personal Assistant to Nate Berkus and President of New York Celebrity Assistants (NYCA.) So where do you even begin to look for a job working for a famous person? Kelly talks about what skills to have, networking with the right people, and being in the right place at the right time and lots more. How do some assistants work for certain celebrities for years and others experience “Devil Wears Prada”-type experiences? We discuss what assistants can do right from the interview to set themselves up for success. And once you land the job, what do you do then? Tune in to find out! Read more
You asked, we listened! Find out what it’s really like to work as a celebrity assistant. Bonnie & Vickie welcome Kelly Engstrom, Personal Assistant to celebrity designer Nate Berkus to the podcast. Kelly tells us how she landed her job with Nate, why he calls her the “Queen of Boundaries,” and how Nate came to makeover her entire kitchen and living room which ended up in a magazine. As the mom of a one year old daughter, Kelly discusses her passion for work-life balance. She has the secret ingredient to living the life you want which includes enjoying time with family and friends. As the President of New York Celebrity Assistants (NYCA,) listeners hear about why belonging to a professional organization is critical to success. And oh yes, Kelly even tells us about the most unusual thing she has ever been asked to do involving a 300 year old rare violin, plus words of wisdom from Norm, her dad!
Simon Sinek is one of the most in-demand leadership experts in the world, so how does he do it all? Meet Monique Helstrom, Simon’s assistant, aka the HOW Girl to the WHY Guy. Her title – which she chose – is Chief of Simon. Find out their secret to a long-lasting and highly productive working relationship. Tune in to take notes as Simon and Monique explain precisely how you can have this too. Simon even tells us what happens to anyone who dares to disrespect Monique. It’s not pretty.
“Imagine a world where people wake up inspired to go to work.” These words scroll on the Home page of Simon Sinek’s website, startwithwhy.com. Simon is a leadership expert and a bestselling author of the highest order. His TED talk is the 3rd most viewed of all time with over 23 million views as of August 2015. In Part One of this episode series, Simon talks with Bonnie and Vickie about his work with leaders all over the world and how we can build a culture where all of us can transform the world for the better.
“Imagine a world where we feel safe at work.” Imagine that. We can and you can too.
Part Two: Bonnie and Vickie continue their conversation with a true advocate of the global workplace and friend to assistants, Jeff Hoffman. Get your laptop ready to take notes as Jeff answers the question, “How should assistants respond when they are referred to as ‘just an assistant’ or worse, think of themselves as such? Want to know how to ask for training and get it? And…hear one of his best stories of all time and certainly Vickie’s favorite. She even made a video about it! Jeff Hoffman is a national treasure. Listen, learn and act. Then listen again. Read more
Part One: Bonnie & Vickie welcome special guest Jeff Hoffman, world famous CEO, entrepreneur, Grammy winner, and consultant to the United Nations, world leaders, and the White House. Jeff pulls back the curtain on an executive’s mind to reveal what they really need from their Executive Assistant. Find out why assistants line up to apply to work as his new assistant! He shares Laurie’s secrets who was the best EA he ever worked with and find out what made Laurie so very special. Jeff even tackles the tough subject of workplace bullying and tells the powerful “London” story. Don’t miss learning precious insights from one of our country’s finest executive leaders who tells it the way it is. Get ready to be inspired! Read more
Can I really ask my assistant to do that? This is the question that executives, managers, entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, and small business owners often ask Bonnie. If fully utilized, assistants can support and empower managers to increase revenue, be highly productive, and save precious time. But how? Bonnie brings clarity to the confusion about the roles of the Executive Assistant, the hybrid role of the EA/PA (Executive Assistant/Personal Assistant), Personal Assistant, and Virtual Assistant in the context of our complicated 24/7 workplace. It is about creating realistic job descriptions that are not set in stone and setting expectations that are discussed and agreed upon. It is also about keeping the lines of communication open to design a customized and personalized system that is specific to any given relationship between manager and assistant. Tune in to listen and learn from Bonnie and Vickie as they discuss it all in detail. Read more
Ep 7: The Tech-Savvy Assistant Part 2 of 2: How to Become Tech-Savvy
In Part Two, Vickie and Bonnie discuss what assistants and managers can do to assess one’s “tech-savviness” and identify the steps to take to get you where you need to be to rock at your job, whatever your role is. Vickie cuts to the chase on the resources, webinars, and workshops you’ll want to access to achieve your “tech-savvy” goals specific to your own situation. The hard truth is that in the complicated workplace of 2015, one size fits none. Listen in to explore your learning options with Vickie Evans, President of the Red Cape Company. Read more
Ep 6: The Tech-Savvy Assistant Part 1 of 2: What It Means to Be Tech-Savvy
Vickie has been burning to discuss this topic for a long time. Tech-savvy is a phrase that we are hearing more often and seeing more and more in job postings every day, but what does it really mean? Microsoft Certified Trainer, Vickie Evans has over 15 Microsoft certifications and nearly 20 years’ experience and even she knows that she is not “savvy” in everything about technology! Vickie discusses what “tech-savvy” really means in the workplace of 2015, by identifying the 7 Core Skills and 5 Specialty Skills that assistants need. You will learn why this information impacts every person who uses a computer and considering that 1.2 billion people use MS Office (that’s one in seven people on the planet!), that is a lot of people. In Part One, Vickie and Bonnie give an overview of what is happening and the trends they see with technology and productivity around the world. Read more