The Influential & Persuasive EA, PA & Administrative Professional – Part 2

Consider your role a privileged position.  You are privy to lots of information.  You have contact with your Executives, team members, customers, clients and suppliers.   

Even with the current COVID restrictions in place limiting face to face contact, if you take a minute to think about all the people you have connected with today (good old Zoom and Teams and an ever increasing reliance on email!), that’s a pretty impressive list I’m sure.  Consider that list over the course of a week – a month – a year – and you’ll realise what a vast “reach” you have to influence and persuade.

In this blog post let’s consider the benefits of being able to persuade. 

A fun “back-to-school” activity is considering the benefits in an A-Z format.  (For those who have a copy of my book “A-Z Pearls of Wisdom for Executive PAs” you already know my love for the alphabet and using it as a structure and framework for collating ideas and information).

Here is my input. This is in no way an exhaustive list as I’m sure you can think of some more benefits to add.

Persuasive communication will help you to: 

Avoid conflict
Achieve your goals and objectives and build Authority
Advance in your career

Be respected and liked
Build and maintain the best working relationships
Build credibility in the workplace

Collaborate with others and be Comfortable in challenging situations
Contribute valuable ideas and proposals to your Executive, team and organisation

Develop your skills and a self-perpetuating attitude of “I am capable…”
Delegate tasks and responsibilities

Engage with your Executives, team members, clients and customers

Foster respect and empathy
Further your career 

Get things done with efficiency and effectiveness
Generate new ideas
Grow in self esteem and abilities

Be Happy

Influence with integrity

Join together as a team

Keep to timescales and deadlines more easily

Listen and be listened to

Manage tasks, Manage yourself and Manage others
Motivate yourself and others

Notice where and when things need improvement and put forward your suggestions and ideas

Open up opportunities

Progress ideas and put forward solutions and proposals

Apply Questioning skills

Reach agreements more easily
Realise your own potential
Reduce stress

Sway opinions

Take control of your role (and career)
Increase your Time management effectiveness

Unite your team
Understand others better

Feel Valued
Put forward your Viewpoints

Work more effectively and efficiently

Excel in whatever you do

Get “Yes” answers when you most need them

Enjoyed this post? You can read Part 3 of The Influential & Persuasive EA, PA & Administrative Professional here! 


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