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Asking for What You Need as an Administrative Assistant


Don't make others be mind readers; learn how to ask for what you need.

Dropping hints and playing games doesn't work. Whether your supervisors and teammates are too busy, too stressed, or just too absorbed to look beyond their own immediate needs, they may not see your needs unless you ask for them. Don't make others be mind readers. Ask for what you need. This topic will show you what self-advocating is and why it's important. We will also discuss ways to lay the groundwork, potential approaches, and the most effective ways to ask for - and obtain - what you want at work.



Patricia Simpson

Patricia Simpson

Game Changing Etiquette

  • Owner/consultant at Game Changing Etiquette
  • Has worked in higher education for over 25 years; currently Director of Academic Advising and Career Services for the School of Chemical Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Has presented etiquette dinners and workshops to corporations, universities, and civic groups for over 15 years including Dow, Shoals Chamber of Commerce, First Metro Bank, Alabama JLDC, Dominican University, and University of California Riverside
  • Delivered and moderated webinars for groups of 1000+ for the American Chemical Society as well as a number of other professional organizations, multishow guest on "In the Know with the Shoals" and WCIA’s "Current"
  • Certified etiquette consultant through The Etiquette Institute©
  • Golden Shamrock Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Outstanding Service Award, University of North Alabama; Rotary International Group Studies Exchange; Outstanding Placement Professional of the Year, Alabama Association of Colleges and Employers
  • M.Ed. degree, Azusa Pacific University, California; B.A. degree, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
  • Can be contacted at 217-722-0286, [email protected] or

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