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Apps That Customize Success

A guest post by Elijah Dawson

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Your Business, Your Way: Apps That Customize Success

In today’s fast-paced world, small businesses face the challenge of maximizing both time and effort. The technological era offers myriad solutions through applications designed to streamline your business operations. Embracing these tools can be a game-changer and catapult your efficiency to new heights. 

Tasks that once consumed hours can be completed in minutes with the right apps. These applications enhance productivity and open new avenues for growth and innovation. Today, Elijah Dawson shares his research with The Evolving EA and explores how these apps can transform your small business landscape, turning every challenge into a stepping stone for success.

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Now Available in PDF Download: Goal Setting for Assistants

SMART Goal Setting for Assistants Teri Case

Goal Setting for Assistants is Now Available in PDF Download

Dear Amazing Assistant,

I’m happy to announce that you can now download Goal Setting for Assistants immediately.

2019 Performance Reviews and 2020 Goal Setting are just around the corner, and I want to make sure you have the right performance or SMART goals–or have time to meet with your manager to make appropriate adjustments–so you get the review and annual bonus you deserve.

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Until next time, thanks for being you.


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How Can I Help You Reach Your EA Goals?

Six Months Until Your Review

It’s hard to believe it’s June 16th and you have six months to achieve your performance objectives at work. Your performance will influence your annual review with your manager resulting in a potential year-end bonus, salary increase, or promotion. Or all three.

I had years that I was ahead of my goals in June and years where I was behind due to a variety of reasons.

How are you doing? How can I help you now to reach your goals? If y0u are so overwhelmed you can’t even answer this question, that’s okay. Send me an email and tell me what’s going on in your EA world. Maybe I can help–for free.

Until then, thanks for being you. You rock. Don’t forget it.


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Process Improvement for Assistants

  1. Process Improvement for Assistants by Teri Case

Dear Executive Assistant,

I hope your 2018 goal setting exercises are going well. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the Goal Setting for Assistants workbook or if you are struggling with your goals. I am here for you!

I’m excited to tell you about a new workbook I’m working on for you: Process Improvement for Assistants. The objective is to build rapport and trust with your manager because you are an efficient process user and owner.

The format will be similar to Goal Setting for Assistants–it will be short but impactful, because I know you are busy and carving out time to focus on YOU can be a challenge when a million people need your input and assistance.

Though I have a list of areas to include based on my own decades of experience, I’d love to hear from you. What processes or responsibilities do you own that are sucking up too much of your time? You know, those time-killers, those things that have to be done in a timely manner, but otherwise aren’t a priority and they might be keeping you from focusing on what you really  need to focus on: the goals you’ve committed to.

I want to make sure I write the best workbook for you. Let me know if you have a responsibility or process you’d like me to cover.

Have a great day.


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Tis the Season for SMART Goals

How can I help you?

Wow! There has been a surge in subscribers to the Evolving EA newsletter and purchases of Goal Setting for Assistants. Thank you!

How can I help you with your goals? Do you have any questions for me, or do you want to bounce around a few thoughts?

I’m here for you. Send me an email:

Happy Holidays to each of you. Let’s SMART the heck out of 2018 together.


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How and When to Leverage Recognition


How do I toot my own horn with my manager and ask for a raise?


Let me know if you found this video helpful. And if you have any questions, please email me at or and I will respond in a video*.

Have a great week.


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It’s Time to Assess, Reflect, and Move Forward

I Support You

I know each of you are facing two important processes that will not only financially impact your life, but will impact your job satisfaction and work-life balance:

  • Your year-end review
  • Your performance objectives for 2017

For your year-end review, now’s the time to pull out your 2016 objectives, recognition you’ve received, and any SMART changes you discussed at your mid-year review.

And you can use this guidance to set your SMART goals for 2017.

If you have any questions, want to toss around a few ideas, or need any help, please do not hesitate to contact me.

You’ve got this!


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What Great Executive Assistants Have In Common

Proactive vs. Reactive

Every excellent executive assistant I’ve ever worked with has a similar trait: she finds a solution to a problem. Not a Band-aid to the problem, but a proactive solution to avoid the problem occuring again.

This trait is often demonstrated in the way she approaches issues in her personal life, too, which brings me to the following.

With the recent tragic murders our nation has suffered on both sides of the law, I want to proactively participate in looking for a solution and being a person of change in a productive manner.

From now until September 1, 2016, I am donating 100% of my profit on Goal Settings for Assistants to a proactive organization, The Badge of Life. You can read more about the proactive efforts of The Badge for Life and WHY I chose them in this newsletter on my personal website.

If you’d like to participate, please Click Here to order a paperback or e-book of Goal Setting for Assistants which includes an example of an EA’s annual performance goals from beginning to end.

Please feel free to share, share, share this newsletter. I look forward to updating you in September with the amount of money donated. Thank you so much for participating.

Until next time, stay proactive.


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Are You on Track for Success? Stay SMART

You Own Your Goals – Stay SMART

We’re about to enter the seventh month of 2016 and this means that you have six months left to meet the performance objectives you agreed to six months ago—goals that will determine your contribution to the organization and possibly a bonus, merit increase, or promotion. Continue reading

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Toot Your Horn

We’re about to end the first quarter of 2016. The corporate goals are hopefully on track and earnings will be one of the measurements. Working closely with your manager, you’re probably clear where he or she stands on the department’s goals. But if you had to sit down with your manager today, would you be able to say how you’re performing? How often do you tell your manager about a compliment you’ve received for a job well done? Perhaps when you’re asked, you freeze up and can’t think of one off the top of your head.

We all want recognition and when the time comes for our reviews, we hope we will hear what we deserve. But we are assistants. The people in our orbit are used to getting nudges, reminders, and support from us. We should include reminding our managers how awesome we are and what we contribute to the organization, too. We are often the silent partner. Usually, we only hear when something is going wrong.

It’s time to toot our own horns or, at least, keep track of the horns.

I want you to start saving every compliment or word of praise and feedback you get in person, emails, instant messages, meetings…anywhere and everywhere. This will take you five minutes a week. If you wait until a mid-year or end of the year review, you’ll never remember how many times you were recognized by peers, managers, executives, or third parties.

Here is a simple way to collect comments that Toot Your Horn:

  • Create an electronic file on your computer titled “Great Job”
    • choose a location that’s easy to drag and save information
      • I always create my folder directly on my desktop
  • Learn how to do print screens from your computer
    • On a PC there is a shift + print screen function key
    • For a Mac, press Command, Shift, 4
      • A navigation box will come up and you can hold down the mouse key and highlight the area you want to copy
    • Look at applications such as Snagit which allow for quick screen captures
  • Every time you receive an email thanking you or complimenting you, I want you to capture an image of it and pull it to your Great Job folder
  • Create a PowerPoint, Notes, or Word document in your folder where you can quickly add a verbal compliment before you forget

Trust me, you’re too busy to remember every compliment so file them somewhere.

When you need to write your own review, open this folder. Include quotes in your review. Have a file ready for your discussion with your manager.

When you’re having a bad day and feel unappreciated, go to this folder and remind yourself that you have awesome days, too, and co-workers value your input and experience.

Toot your horn and when someone else deserves recognition, be sure to send them a quick email that he or she can capture, too.

If you have a moment, tell me about a compliment you received this week.

Have a great day!


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