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Gatekeeping Strategies for Administrative Assistants


Learn key strategies to better serve as a gatekeeper, allowing access when needed but preventing unnecessary interruptions.

It almost seems like a gatekeeper role is old-fashioned and unnecessary, but the truth is, you are the protector of your executive's time and attention. Your role is critical in helping your executive to focus on the highest priority tasks without interruption. How do you keep the world at bay when others are constantly developing new strategies to bypass you? What do you do when your boss is one of the most challenging elements of the process? This topic will help administrative and executive assistants to fully embrace their role as gatekeepers. You will learn key strategies to better serve as a gatekeeper, allowing access when needed but preventing unnecessary interruptions. You will be confident in your decisions and actions because you will better understand how important your part is in the company. We will also identify the tactics that others most commonly use to try to bypass us and develop our own tactics to prevent it from happening.



Marie R. Herman, CAP, OM, ACS, MOSM

Marie R. Herman, CAP, OM, ACS, MOSM

MRH Enterprises LLC

  • Owner, MRH Enterprises LLC
  • Supported Chief Technology Officer at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Chairman Emeritus of ServiceMaster in her prior roles
  • Conducts regular seminars, workshops, and study groups on technology and professional development topics with a particular focus on office professionals
  • Published author of numerous articles including being regularly featured in Executive Secretary magazine
  • Microsoft Office Specialist Master
  • Certified Administrative Professional with an organizational management discipline
  • Member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals and American Society of Administrative Professionals
  • Can be contacted at [email protected] or on Twitter® @msmarieh

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