Executive Assistant Masterclass, Muscat, Oman


It was a privilege in April to work with a talented group of Executive Assistants in Muscat, Oman.  The 2 day training took place at the beautiful 5 star Grand Hyatt Hotel in Muscat https://muscat.grand.hyatt.com The 5 star hotel caters for all your needs with elegant meeting rooms, spa facilities, restaurants, bars and lounges.

The 2 day Executive Assistant Masterclass was attended by 25 EAs from some of Oman’s top organisations and all the delegates work at CEO and Director level.

Topics covered on the course included the following:

  • How to develop your role and exceed expectations
  • Increase your understanding of business leaders styles and how to respond effectively
  • Strengthen your intuition
  • Become the Office Diplomat and discover how to handle  confidential information and people discreetly
  • Master your communication skills in assertiveness, negotiating, influencing and persuading
  • Become a Time Management expert and manage the time thieves in your working day
  • Develop skills in project management and complete in class a project management case study
  • Increase your personal power by understanding your emotions and how to respond appropriately
  • Update your personal brand, style and image

The session also included a web conference with Vickie Sokol Evans, Microsoft Certified Trainer on ‘Time Saving Microsoft Productivity Tips’. http://www.redcapeco.com

Contact us at Global PA Training Academy for further information on our EA & PA Training Programmes globally. enquiries@globalpa-association.com

EAs & PAs: Invitation to Rules Restaurant, London


Rules Restaurant, the oldest restaurant in London and a venue for Government Ministers & Captains of Industry is delighted to invite C-Level Executive Assistants & Personal Assistants for Cocktails, Canapes and an exclusive showround of the Private Dining Facilities on 9th May at 6pm.

Throughout its long history the tables of Rules have been crowded with writers, artists, lawyers, journalists and actors. As well as being frequented by great literary talents – including Charles Dickens, William Makepeace Thackeray, John Galsworthy and H G Wells – Rules has also appeared in novels by Rosamond Lehmann, Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, John Le Carré, Dick Francis, Penelope Lively and Claire Rayner.

The actors and actresses who have passed through Rules are legion. Down the decades Rules has been an unofficial “green room” for the world of entertainment from Henry Irving to Laurence Olivier, and the history of the English stage adorns the walls. The sibling art of the cinema has contributed its own distinguished list of names including Buster Keaton, Stan Laurel, Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Charlie Chaplin and John Barrymore.

The past lives on at Rules and can be seen on the walls all around you – captured in literally hundreds of drawings, paintings and cartoons. The late John Betjeman, then Poet Laureate, described the ground floor interior as “unique and irreplaceable, and part of literary and theatrical London”.

Rules established in 1798 serves classic British Food (especially Game) in Edwardian surroundings.

34-35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB.  Tel. 0207 836 5314. www.rules.co.uk

Places are limited at this exclusive event. Please register your interest with amanda@globalpa-association.com

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Executive Secretary Life at KAUST, Saudi Arabia


King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia by Rosemary Parrkaust-saudi

I recently had the opportunity to travel to King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST). This University if the vision of late King Abdullah and 7,000 people from 90 different nationalities live and work there exploring the future of science. Its a unique venture where everyone lives together in a massive compound of over 17 square miles.

It was a privilege and a pleasure to meet some of the Executive Secretaries who work there and who support the President, Professors and Directors of the University.  Global PA Training developed an Executive Secretary Programme which focused on the 21st century skills required, analysis of strengths and weaknesses, how to work productively with Leaders, Emotional Intelligence, Listening, Conflict Management, Political Intelligence, Personal Branding & Goal Setting.  Many of the Executive Secretaries have been living at Kaust a number of years enjoying a lifestyle and facilities that are out of this world.  I was driven around the campus in a golf buggy admiring the beautifully designed homes, enjoying the views of the Red Sea, visiting the Sports Centres, Restaurants and Theatre. Everyone’s needs are catered for and in this tranquil setting you can make lifelong friends, take up sports you have never tried before and learn, grow, develop and flourish!  I look forward to returning in February 2017.