100 episodes

Being Indispensable is a podcast for Executive Assistants. It's about the mindset shift required to form a true partnership with your executive. Listen to interviews with indispensable executive assistants themselves, insights from executives and business leaders who share what they value in their indispensable assistants and join Liz as she explores the skills and leadership development required to build a true partnership with your executive.

Being Indispensabl‪e‬ Liz Van Vliet - Executive Assistant Champion

    • Self-Improvement
    • 4.2 • 25 Ratings

Being Indispensable is a podcast for Executive Assistants. It's about the mindset shift required to form a true partnership with your executive. Listen to interviews with indispensable executive assistants themselves, insights from executives and business leaders who share what they value in their indispensable assistants and join Liz as she explores the skills and leadership development required to build a true partnership with your executive.

    130. Negotiation Skills for Linchpin Assistants

    130. Negotiation Skills for Linchpin Assistants

    Linchpin Assistants are 'superpowered' by what I describe as their Power Skills...soft skills on steroids!
    Negotiating for mutual benefit is one of the 10 Power Skills that I train assistants to be able to rely on to help them be that little hinge that can swing big doors.
    Resources discussed in this episode:
    - Huthwaite whitepaper can be downloaded here
    https://info.huthwaiteinternational.com/effective-negotiation-skills
    - Create Winning Agreements, A Practical Guide to Negotiation by Gavin Presman
    - https://whitneyjohnson.com/hbr-six-tips-for-reluctant-negotiators/

    • 21 min
    129. Reflecting & Refocusing: It's Not Too Late

    129. Reflecting & Refocusing: It's Not Too Late

    It might be February but it's still early enough in 2021 to spend some time reflecting and refocusing so that you can march forward purposefully into this still fresh year.
    In this episode Liz shares some resources to help you do exactly that.
    Firstly, Dr. Peter Fuda is a thought leader in the area of high performing teams and leadership. He has a brilliant blog and is someone to follow on LinkedIn. Find him at: 
    https://www.enixa.co/
    Liz also mentions the concept of S.M.A.A.R.T. goals (as opposed to just S.M.A.R.T.) The extra 'A' stands for Action-Oriented and this idea was one she picked up from listening to Michael Hyatt in Episode #66 – What SMART Goals Get Wrong. You can find it on Apple Podcasts here:
    Finally, Liz mentions Pat Lencioni and his encouragement to be 'Hungry, Humble and Smart' as an employee.
    Follow Liz on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/lizveevee/

    • 20 min
    128. Covid 2020 Christmas Wishes

    128. Covid 2020 Christmas Wishes

    A solo episode from Liz to wish all of my lovely listeners a safe, healthy and happy holiday season. 
    In this episode I share my own experience of Christmas in hospital attached to a drip being cared for during Breast Cancer treatment and finding myself in Intensive Care coming close to death. 
    I talk about the lessons I learnt about what's worth caring about and what can be kicked to the curb. I talk about gratitude and perspective and why for me these are not just empty words.
    It's been a tough year and I want you to know how much you mean to me lovely listeners. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    • 16 min
    127. The Road Rambling Edition: Thank You 2020, You Can Leave Now

    127. The Road Rambling Edition: Thank You 2020, You Can Leave Now

    Welcome to a 'road rambling' episode where I share what's been going on in my house in the last few weeks and why I've been MIA to a certain extent as a result.
    If there's a takeaway from this episode it's that we need to be as kind to ourselves as we are to others. Life is messy and as I like to say, we are human beings not human doings and the realities of 'being a human' have been what I've experienced in the last few weeks.
    Onwards and upwards. Bring on 2021!

    • 15 min
    126. Interview with Emma Rhoades (Part 2)

    126. Interview with Emma Rhoades (Part 2)

    Part 2 of my interview with Emma Rhoades from Her Corporate Journey. In this episode Emma shares her 5 tips for managing your manager and how she has learnt from experience the value of each of these tips.
    This episode reinforces why I believe the five elements of my Knowing Assistant Framework are vital to helping you develop as an assistant. This episode particularly reinforces the value of Knowing Your Manager and Knowing Your Power Skills (Managing Up being one of them!)
    You can learn more about Emma and Her Corporate Journey at
    https://hercorporatejourney.net/

    • 25 min
    125. Interview with Emma Rhoades

    125. Interview with Emma Rhoades

     The Being Indispensable podcast is about inspiring and educating you as assistants and OPs and Emma Rhoades is someone I have enormous respect for in terms of her knowledge and expertise in the area of management skills and self leadership.
     
    Emma walks the talk and in Part 1 of our conversation she shares her own experience navigating the career spider frame and how she has arrived at the point of founding Her Corporate Journey.
    In the first of two episodes we also discuss:
    The value of noticing and observing the patterns and themes that are present in your work history  How curiosity and courage drive Emma and how important self-reflection on her values and value have been to her We talk about what drives her and the change she wants to make in the corporate experience of women You will hear how Emma has made conscious decisions in the way she has sought to show up as a manager and how she wants to empower and support others to do so Emma shares her thoughts on the idea of leading from where you are Finally we talk about the value that can be gained from getting clear on your value proposition and your goals. You can learn more about Emma and Her Corporate Journey at
    https://hercorporatejourney.net/

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

EvelynGDLC ,

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.

ARHaskin ,

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!

chickwithkix ,

Disappointed

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.

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