Coming soon!  The online Executive Assistant Master Programme!

Coming soon! The online Executive Assistant Master Programme!

We’re delighted to announce that, coming soon, will be a brand new online Executive Assistant Master Programme. The co-creators of this advanced and innovative online programme - designed for Executive Assistants - is Företagsuniversitetet AB (based in Sweden) and Adam Fidler Academy. Featuring the world’s most knowledgable trainers and speakers, the seminar contains many units from Adam Fidler’s The Strategic Executive Assistant course, and is sure to be the most prestigious and advanced programme ever put together for Executive Assistants. Details will be announced soon - so watch this space! The image shows Adam Fidler after a day’s filming in Sweden, with Stefan Haglund and Daniel Kjellsson of Företagsuniversitetet AB, along with Inga Ramsten, Media Consultant who directed the filming.

Training Day - 11 October 2019

Training Day - 11 October 2019

Boy, were our students well looked after! Our annual training day held onFriday 11 October 2019 took place in the exclusive Chairman's Club at the Etihad Stadium. Not only the home of the premier league champions, Manchester City, but a fitting venue for the premier league of EAs! The feedback from those who attended has been tremendous. As well as learning the four energies of leadership, developing managerial capabilities and how to have a career conversation, our students had an a-la-carte two course lunch, and an exclusive tour of the Etihad Stadium. The image shows just a few of our students on the tour!

Being Executive as an EA

Being Executive as an EA

Oftentimes, I'll ask a group of Executive PAs and EAs, "Why do you have the word 'Executive' in your job title?" And, the most common answer is, "Well, I support an Executive." I then say, "No, that's not the real reason. The real reason you have the word 'Executive' in your title as an EA is that you need to operate with Executive qualities and be 'Executive'!" Being 'Executive' doesn't just apply to the bosses! Here at Adam Fidler Academy, we believe every EA has the ability to stretch their Executive capabilities and behaviours, and that's why our courses give EAs and PAs the aspiration to develop as a manager, and not just an 'Assistant'. Says Adam Fidler: “As a corporate EA of 20 years, I was proud to be 'Executive' in the way I worked, behaved and dressed.” What does being ‘Executive’ mean to you? You may want to ponder on that and ask yourself, “How, as an EA, can I be more Executive in the way I work and come across to others?”

Evening events - Autumn 2019

Evening events - Autumn 2019

Can’t attend a full day’s training? Then why not come along to one of our bite-sized learning events held after work at our Academy in Manchester? For the latest hot topics and learnings for any career savvy EA or PA, click here to see our events page.

Three levels of 'skill' all EAs must learn

Three levels of 'skill' all EAs must learn

Adam Fidler was delighted to speak at the Hays Glasgow PA and EA Networking Evening on Thursday 1 August 2019, to an audience of over 55 PAs. The main topic for the evening was how EAs and PAs can future-proof their careers by learning, and sticking to, the three key skills of EAs. “What are they?” we hear you ask! Well, those three key skills form the basis of all our courses and offerings at Adam Fidler Academy and to learn more, check out our courses and qualification programmes!

School's out for summer!

School's out for summer!

Just a moment of reflection to thank our wonderful students over the last academic year, that have trained and studied with us - either on 2-day courses, or full qualification programmes. It has been a pleasure to see so many of you flourish, and we look forward to seeing some of you again in September. In the meantime, enjoy the summer!

Alumni Event - 09.07.19

Alumni Event - 09.07.19

It was a delight to see so many of our students - and a few clients! - at the Adam Fidler Academy Alumni event, held at The Abode Hotel in Manchester on Tuesday 9 July 2019. After a short speech by Adam Fidler, guests networked over champagne and food and shared their success in undertaking their formal qualifications. Thank you to all those who attended, especially our students from out of area. We attract so many students outside the North of England, and that really is testimony to our unrivalled EA learning programmes and the experience we offer.

Graduate EA Programme - new for 2020

Graduate EA Programme - new for 2020

Our new Graduate EA programme is designed as a 12 week intensive course. Ideal for recent graduates who are looking to get a step up to becoming a PA, EA or Business Manager. You can find out more here, and register your interest for a January 2020 intake.

The Strategic EA in Scotland - 20.09.19

The Strategic EA in Scotland - 20.09.19

By popular demand, and in conjunction with The Scottish PA Network, we’re holding a special one-day The Strategic Executive Assistant course in Edinburgh on Friday 20 September 2019. So, if you fancy a new job description and the ability to redefine your EA role for promotion or enhanced credibility, then this is the day for you! For more details click here. Places are limited to just 15, so book early to avoid disappointment!

An EA by any other name...

An EA by any other name...

This week in June we were delighted to have a full-house on our Level 3 Get Ahead as an Executive PA programme in Manchester, with our wonderful delegates above! Interestingly, on this course we always debate the ‘correct’ job title… PA, EA, Executive PA? You may ask! Generally, all our students are called PAs or even Executive PAs but our advice is they should work towards the title Executive Assistant, and beyond that Business Support Manager, which is more fitting of their modern approach and actual role. And, for those who aren’t sure - yes, there is a difference between PA, EA and Business Support Manager. Adam Fidler Academy make sure of that!

Our new learning studio!

Our new learning studio!

We’re delighted with our new and extended learning studio here… and so are our students! Our stunning learning environment has more space for group-work, break-out and a library area with our most recommended textbooks and resources. “It’s very trendy, yet professional,” said one student this week. We agree! We’re in a trendy office, in a trendy area. Why not come and see for yourself just why our students love their experience with us?

Qualifications mean professional status

Qualifications mean professional status

We receive many enquiries asking: “Why would I do a qualification, as opposed to a stand-alone training course?”. It’s a good question but one which we’re clear about. If you want to gain professional status, gain even greater respect from your employer and your boss, and increase your promotion prospects and earning potential, then being ‘qualified’ is the best way forward. Quite simply, why spend two or more days on a training course, when by attending just six days with Adam Fidler Academy, you can come away with a formal and accredited qualification? Historically, qualifications for EAs and Business Support staff have stopped at Level 3 (eg NVQ Level 3 in Administration) but now you can achieve a formal Level 4 qualification with us - equivalent to a HNC or the first year of a degree - in just six days, plus self-study. It’s a no brainer, and that’s why we attract students from all over the world on our qualification programmes. Take the group pictured above - a mix of Level 3 and Level 4 qualification students. They said, “We have the experience, and can do the job, but want to prove it to others, and have the certification to prove we are professionally qualified in our field.” Now, there’s ambition for you - and many in the group above have already benefited from the fruits of their hard work. A new job title, a pay increase and greater responsibility… that doesn’t come with luck. It comes with hard work, getting qualified and showing your boss you take your role seriously. Professional qualifications, in our view, are the best way to do this. Why attend just a training course, when you can get qualified?

We're expanding!

We're expanding!

Our contemporary training suite attracts many compliments, and provides a warm and relaxed learning environment for our students and delegates. And, from May this year, to give our learners an even better experience, we’re expanding our training facilities to include an enhanced library area full of resources and artefacts to inspire learning. “It’s all about the experience,” says Adam Fidler. “When students come, whether it’s for a two-day programme or as part of their qualification programme with us, they always love our training facilities - which are in the heart of trendy Ancoats Urban Village in Manchester.” Our Academy is a far cry from the stuffy corporate world, but balances the character and soul of a former Victorian building with the professionalism and polish of a modern office block.

Newsletter - Volume One

Newsletter - Volume One

Our first Executive Assistant Newsletter is available to download now! It’s contains our best-selling and most popular perspectives on the ‘new’ EA role, along with tips to be a better and more effective EA. To download it, flick back to our homepage, scroll down and enter your details. Happy reading!

Scottish PA Showcase 2019

Scottish PA Showcase 2019

What a delight to be part of this year’s Scottish PA Showcase, held in Edinburgh on Wednesday 27 March. Adam Fidler (pictured here with delegates), spoke about the future skills and competencies needed in the EA role to a 50 strong audience. He also announced he will be returning to Edinburgh later this year, on Friday 20 September 2019, to run a special 1-day Strategic Executive Assistant programme, in collaboration with the Scottish PA Network. Details on that are to be announced - so watch this space!

Manchester PA Awards 2019

Manchester PA Awards 2019

Adam Fidler Academy is delighted to be a sponsor, for the third year running, of the Manchester PA Awards. We’re sponsoring the ‘Rising Star’ category again this year, to recognise new talent in the PA and EA role. For more details, and to nominate a fellow PA, then click here.

No apostrophe's please!

No apostrophe's please!

PAs and EAs should know better… Plurals don’t need apostrophes!
(Incorrect: PA’s should know better… Plural’s dont need apostrophe’s!)

Social media, and related commentary or publicity in the PA and EA industry, is littered with this one key grammatically error.  And, I see PAs doing it on a regular basis.  Many of our students struggle with apostrophes, so let me try and help everyone out there who may not have been taught this before. 

When you type or write about the plural of something, there is no need for an apostrophe!  

For example, when we’re talking about more than one PA, or EA, we don’t need an apostrophe. The following illustrations are correct: 

One PA, Ten PAs, 1 EA, 25 EAs, Thousands of PAs 

It may be small, but grammatical errors such as this can really detract from the message.  On our business writing programme, we cover the old-fashioned things that make new-fashioned EAs all the better at their jobs. This is one of those things that every EA and PA should know.

The future and evolution of the EA/PA role

The future and evolution of the EA/PA role

We've had many enquiries over the last two months, asking if Adam Fidler’s public seminars on the future and evolution of the EA and PA role are available on podcast or streaming. For now, there are no plans to share Adam’s unrivalled perspectives through video, but Adam has been undertaking a series of regional events in collaboration with Hays Plc, where he talks candidly about the future direction for all business support roles. If you would like to attend, the next events are as follows: Doncaster - 20 March; Milton Keynes - 21 March; and London (Ebury) - 16 April. To book your complimentary place, or for more details, see Adam’s LinkedIn site or contact us. We look forward to seeing you there!

Future-proofing your EA Skills with Hays

Future-proofing your EA Skills with Hays

Since December last year, Adam Fidler has been the guest speaker at a number of Hays Personal and Executive Assistants Networking Events across the country. Most recently, Adam spoke to an audience of 70 EAs at the Hays London City event on Thursday 21 February in London. Upcoming is the same event in Milton Keynes and Doncaster. The philosophies of Adam Fidler Academy mirror perfectly those of Hays - the UK’s leading recruiter for PA, Secretarial and Business Support roles. If you’d like to attend the Hays events in Milton Keynes or Doncaster, see our ‘Public courses 2019’ blog or contact us for details.

Public Events 2019

Public Events 2019

As well as teaching and training his main portfolio of courses in Manchester and London, Adam Fidler will be teaching and speaking at a number of other key events this year.  Dates include:

  • 25 January 2019, ‘Swedish PA Networking Dinner’ held in collaboration with International Management Assistants (IMA) - London, UK.

  • 31 January 2019, Hays PA Networking Evening, - Hays Manchester, UK

  • 12 February 2019, Hays PA Networking Evening, Hays Nottingham – Best Western Yew Tree Lodge, Kegworth, East Midlands, UK

  • 15 February 2019, ‘Swedish PA Programme’ conference - Stockholm, Sweden

  • 19 February 2019, ‘Strategy: sound judgements and making decisions’, Institute of Administrative Management (IAM) development evening – Hays Birmingham, UK.  

  • 20 February 2019, ‘Leadership, management and the role of the Executive Assistant’, C&C Search PA networking evening – London, UK

  • 21 February 2019, Hays PA Networking Evening, Hays London City – London, UK.

  • 5 March 2019, ‘Strategy: sound judgements and making decisions’, Institute of Administrative Management (IAM) development evening – Barclays Manchester, UK.  

  • 20 March 2019, Hays PA Networking Breakfast, Hays Doncaster – Doncaster, UK.

  • 21 March 2019, Hays PA Networking Breakfast, Hays Milton Keynes – Milton Keynes, UK.

  • 27 March 2019, Scottish PA Spring Showcase Evening – Edinburgh, UK. 

  • 8-9 April 2019, 'The Ultimate Personal Assistant' 2-day programme - Johannesburg, South Africa.

  • Executive & Personal Assistants Association (EPAA) UK Fellow Training Days: 10 May (London), 13 May (Edinburgh), 14 May (Manchester), 16 May (Leicester), 17 May (Southampton).  

  • 23 May 2019, Executive PA Forum - Dublin, Ireland.

  • 22 June 2019, International Management Assistants (IMA) Netherlands Saturday Training Day - Amsterdam, Netherlands. 

  • 20 September 2019, The Strategic Executive Assistant (1-day programme), The Scotsman Hotel - Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • 19, 20 and 21 November 2019, The Strategic Executive Assistant (1-day programme) - Dublin, Ireland.

Details of specific events, above, will be announced on LinkedIn - or please contact us for more information or to book to see Adam Fidler at any of these events.