16 - 18 May, 2016 | Shangri La Hotel Sydney,
New South Wales, Australia

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EA PA Letter to the Boss

Thinking about attending EA PA Sydney 2016? Download the letter to the boss which you can send to your own manager or executive to demonstrate the key takeaways of attending the summit.


Building resilience: how to find the opportunities in change and adversity

In today’s modern workplace, the ability to cope with change and deal with challenges is an essential trait for any EA or PA looking to excel in their role. But remaining positive in the face of adversity can be tough. Fear of failure, reactive behaviour and fear of rejection are just some of the many hurdles which stop people from being resilient in tough times.

The secret to workplace motivation: step outside of your comfort zone

Jeff Petrie is one EA who knows all too well about why stepping outside of a comfort zone is critical to career success. Jeff has had a colourful career to date, and took a chance that changed the direction of his life.
Two years ago he completely changed careers from being in television production to taking the role as Assistant to the CEO, Health Hawke’s Bay. While Jeff describes being an EA as the ‘most rewarding but most demanding job’ he has ever had, he credits getting to where he is today by embracing risks and not being afraid of the unknown.
In this article, Jeff shares insight into his colourful career progression to date and a few realistic tips EAs can use to embrace change to stay motivated at work.

Exclusive Content

Climbing the ladder to success: EA stories from the frontline

The  EA PA Summits across Australia and New Zealand have been running for over ten years now, bringing together some of the country’s best professional development trainers and experienced EAs to share their strategies for success. While the EA PA Summits are a great platform for EAs to update skills and take away new tools to excel in their roles, perhaps the most rewarding part is the inspiring stories that are shared in the room. 
With that in mind, we caught up with four EAs who have attended our EA PA Summits in the past, to find out exactly what they learnt at the summit, and how they have taken these learnings back to their own bosses, office and teams to become more efficient, productive and to shine in their roles.

Exclusive interview with Paul De Gelder, Navy Diver & Shark Attack Survivor

In this exclusive interview, Paul De Gelder, Navy Diver & Shark Attack Survivor, shares insights into his story and how EAs can learn to adopt a positive attitude in the face of adversity.

What does it take to be a successful EA?

In an age where effective senior management leadership is reflected in the role of the EA, what steps can EAs take to remain versatile, flexible and up to date with new technology and trends?

We caught up with three award winning EAs – all who have very different career paths and backgrounds – to find out the strategies and tools they have used to get them to where they are today.

EA PA Tool Kit: accelerating technical skills for the modern EA

The EA of the 21st century must now be equipped with skills to navigate the internet, have a high understanding of software packages (like PowerPoint or Excel) and the ability to deal with the pressures associated with a changing
workplace environment. And given the acceleration of change and evolving nature of technology, the role of an EA is only set to continue to transform in the future.

With that in mind, we have compiled a complete tool-kit of specific strategies you can use to equip yourself to become future-ready.

Whether you’re looking to strengthen your productivity and efficiency in your current role, or looking for new avenues to excel and take the next step in your career, this tool-kit outlines the key strategies for success.


Video transcript: perfecting the art of persuasion

In this interview, Michelle Bowden, best selling internationally published author (Wiley), editor of How to Present magazine, producer of Michelle Bowden TV, and a regular commentator in print, radio and online media, explores the way you communicate with the people around you so your relationships become easier… 

Interview transcript with Paul De Gelder, Navy Diver & Shark Attack Survivor

Paul de Gelder is an exceptional young man.  After losing two limbs in an attack by a bull shark while on a Navy training mission in Sydney Harbour, Paul will be taking part in EA PA Sydney 2016 to share  his incredible motivation and fortitude in coming to grips with his new life and how the attack led him on his current life path to motivate and inspire people across the globe.

In the below interview, Paul shares insights into his story and how EAs can learn to adopt a positive attitude in the face of adversity.


Are you Efficient or Effective?

You often hear these terms being thrown around, but what do they really mean? Are efficient people more productive because they get more work done? Or should you be more focused on being effective?

While efficiency refers to how well something is done, effectiveness refers to how useful something is.

In the forever busy role of an assistant, Mario Halouvas, National Training Manager Priority Managementgives you some very practical tips on how to achieve a balance of both, to be more productive.

Solving Problems

In this presentation from EA PA Sydney 2015, Malcolm Dawes, Managing Director, dta Worldwide, explores:

  • A guided tour through WISDOM. 6 steps that follow a logical path through the maze that can sometimes be problem solving
  • Learning to see problems as an opportunity to improve things from what they were
  • Obstacles to, and effective elements of, problem solving are considered
  • Practical applications of the relevant tools for problem solving

Don’t Allow Fear to Hold you Back - Transform Fear into Action

Fear holds so many people back from achieving in life. It could be a fear of public speaking, fear of failure, fear of success or many other fears. Fear is valid but quite often irrational. Maureen breaks down what fear is, how you get caught in the fear trap and most importantly how to get out of it. 

In this presentation from EA PA Sydney 2015, Maureen Bell, Director, Speak with Presence, explores how to harness the adrenalin we experience when fearful and how to conquer your fear through the three P’s – Preparing your mind, Preparing your body and Preparing through practice.


The art of persuasive communication

In this interview, Michelle Bowden, Director of Michelle Bowden enterprises explores how to improve the way you communicate with the people around you so your relationships become easier

You're not paid to have a bad day

In this interview, Mark Maguire, Director of I am Captain of my Ship, provides simple practical tools to deal with the chaos around you without losing your cool, and how to separate and leave your personal life at home to be focused and on fire at work.