If you're ready to be more proactive and be the "little hinge that can swing big doors" then Assist With Impact is a must-listen podcast.
Join your host Liz Van Vliet and learn practical tips, strategies and insights that will help you move beyond being simply an order-taker.
Interview with Ursula Kohler: Founder & Managing Director, Capital EA
Ursula Kohler understands just how vital an effective EA can be for their manager and their organisation. As the founder and MD of Capital EA, Ursula is a leader and advocate for upskilling and training EAs in Australia so that they can cultivate a "can do" solution focussed attitude.
It was an honour to interview Ursula for the podcast. It is a 'high-water' mark for me as a host to feature someone of Ursula's calibre. Both in terms of what she delivered as an EA herself and in terms of what she delivers as a provider of training, mentoring and coaching to EAs around Australia.
Connect with Ursula and Capital EA here:
Find Ursula on LinkedIn:
And on social media:
Learn more about the Lead EA Network:
- How Ursula identified her strengths early in life
Tapping Into Your Emotional Triggers
While our emotions have evolved to help us, there are times when our emotional responses no longer serve us for a variety of reasons. Unwanted emotional triggers can range from being a minor nuisance, to in some instances, leading us towards behavior we may later regret.
I like to say we are human beings, not human doings. Assistants are required to give and receive feedback.
Being able to stay 'above the line' in terms of our thinking and behaviour is a key part of being able to Assist With Impact.
Understanding the six triggers that can get in the way of us being able to engage with people in a healthy and productive way is an essential part of knowing yourself.
In this episode I share:
- six emotional triggers that can be at play in our relationships
- how awareness of these triggers can help us avoid an Amygdala Hijack (what happens when emotion takes over and our lizard brain fires up)
- why this self awareness is important
I hope you enjoy the episode.
Connect with me on Instagram or LinkedIn to stay in touch.
Lauren Calvert: Founder, CEO & Change Catalyst
Lauren Calvert is a Strategic Business Partner and career EA with over 15 years experience working with CEOs of multi-national and blue chip organisations.
In 2019 Lauren launched The Well-Suited Group - a ‘go to’ agency for businesses and individuals in need of premium administrative support, creating opportunities for women in senior executive support roles seeking more flexibility and partnering with CEO’s and companies who value good support and champion flexibility that works for all.
Listen to this interview to hear Lauren describe her own experience navigating the career spider frame (as I like to call it).
Lauren shares how she developed the combination of project management skills and commercial acumen led to her moving out of the Executive Assistant role and how she intentionally returned to the role of EA because of the opportunity to partner with her business leader to deliver strategic business support.
You can connect with Lauren at The Well Suited Group:
How To Reset & Re-energise Your Relationship With Your Executive
In Episode 152 I'm sharing the outcome of a 'laser' coaching session I had recently with an Executive Assistant earlier this year. Listen to this episode to hear: 1. The situation/context
2. The gaps we identified and the steps I suggested to help this assistant reset and re energise the relationship and build trust and confidence
3. The five challenges that I present to all assistants who seek out my assistance and why these five challenges are built on intentional communication with your manager
4. Five simple actions you can take RIGHT now if you are looking to assist with impact.
Empowering YOU to Assist With Impact
I'm sharing some exciting news in this episode of the podcast that I hope you will be excited about too.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on my news so feel free to email me at email@example.com or send me a message on LinkedIn or Instagram
150. Lack of Confidence - The Biggest Challenge I Hear From Executive Assistants
Episode 150 is the third in my series on the three biggest challenges I hear from Executive Assistants.
In this episode I share my own struggles with this topic and how I strive every day to overcome lack of confidence.
I share three resources to help you continue to make progress with building and maintaining your confidence.
I also celebrate that I've reached the milestone of 150 episodes. How this topic is so close to my heart, so it seems serendipitous (you know I love that word) that in this milestone episode I can reach out to you, my lovely listeners, and give you some ideas for lifting yourself up.
Resource 1 - The Confidence Spiral
My Instagram carousel where I shared how it works:
Blog Post - 5 Ways Emotionally Intelligent People Boost Their Confidence at Work
Book - Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person (Shonda Rimes)
Love her voice!
There is something very soothing and comforting about her voice that I really needed to hear. She speaks to the listener as though catching up with an old friend while out the same time expressing a sincere desire to share helpful content to the listener. It’s hard to find a podcast wherein the host speaks slowly and clearly, while being engaging and honest.
Invaluable insights and inspiration
I found Liz and Being Indispensable at a crucial time that involved a significant transition in my EA career. I have found her insights, personal and professional vulnerability, strength, advocacy for the field, interview style, and authenticity to be incredibly helpful and inspiring. Her podcast is something I go to regularly for tips, insights, and personal and professional inspiration. I highly recommend taking a listen!
I wanna say that I really have learned a lot from this podcast series but I’m a little disappointed if I were to be honest. I feel like there’s a lot of story telling without details, a lot of he and she and kind of unnecessary details. I’m a new personal assistant and have been desperate for real hardcore advice. Such as, tips on daily management of the boss, what skill sets and software sets seem to be most useful for most personal assistants. Diagrams, spreadsheets, etc? Or different types of bosses and how to deal with them. What methods to do.. most of these podcasts just say stories about how to be “indispensable,” and not really giving any real information other than stories. I want to keep listening but I’m not receiving any real conclusive tips or info or real stories. They’re vague explanations and I just which there were more details.