I am the type of person that needs a project on the go. I think it is in a PA’s blood. After going public and venturing onto Twitter with Me.Wife.PA.Mum (very brave!) I soon found myself looking at posts from other PA’s, checking out networking events advertised and going through hashtags. Back in the days before Edward – when I was working – I used to get invited to so many amazing PA networking events in London. It was always difficult to get into town in time for the event so I always had to decline. The events were usually held at swanky venues, had an amazing speaker, fab goodie bags, presented a great learning opportunity but more importantly, a chance to network and meet other like-minded professionals. I absolutely LOVE my job and other PA’s will know that the majority of the time it is not what you know but it is who you know! The power of networking and knowing someone you trust who you can turn to and ask for help in our profession is invaluable. Building relationships is so important.
There ‘hatched’ BUCKS PA NETWORK… I’d like to thank Lindsay Taylor at Your Excellency for getting in touch with me and sending me her fab article To Tweet or not to Tweet….that is the question. I’d also like to thank a few other lovely Twitter contacts for advice including Matthew Want from Executive Secretary Magazine. I now really understand the power of social networking!
I’ve set up all the social media accounts I need and I’m working on a website. I’m slowly but surely making fantastic progress. A launch event is in the making – I already have several companies interested in being involved. I’ll hopefully have a launch date and venue secured in the next week or two. I am working with a fab event company who are on the case with me – (Mabrouka Events http://www.mevents.net).
Am I excited? YES.
Does this fulfil my need for a project? YES.
Am I loving the list writing and more importantly the ticking off? YES and 100% YES.
I can’t wait to meet other professionals and get this off the ground. Watch this space – part 2 to follow after a successful launch!
Over and out – a PA on maternity leave with a purpose! Sarah x
If anyone is interested in being part of the Bucks PA Network team, whether it be to help spread the word, assist at an event or become a member – please do get in touch. The current email address is BucksPANetwork@gmail.com. The same applies for local Buckinghamshire businesses who would be keen to sponsor the Network, do not hesitate to get in touch with me.
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