My life as a High-Level Assistant for Chairmen/CEOs of Sony, MGM, Fox, & Executive Producers. These are my PERSONAL stories of being a "Jane of All Trades" to Fortune-ranked companies. Welcome, readers!
Greetings! Sorry for the awkward comment but I'm a little unclear about how to submit a question. Please advise, thanks very much! ~ Jess
Jess - Under the About Me section there's a link which leads to being able to email me
Many thanks! I'm drafting my question now, have a lovely evening.
Jess - Awesome! I'll try not to take forever in answering it!
I'm the EA to a CMO at a hospital. One phrase I like to use is "are you calling to introduce a product or service?" Its a nice way of asking if this is a cold call. I agree that being polite is #1, while also being firm.
Annie - Yes, what a great suggestion! Thank you for the comment!
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Arumugam - Glad you liked my post and my blog! I also write a column at jobstr.com under Hollywood Executive Assistant.
Also, as you get to know your boss and the different projects going on, you begin to recognize names and numbers. If I get a blocked call, 9 times out of 10 it's a sales call, no matter what they say or how many names they drop. Another thing my boss does that is extremely helpful for those highly confidential situations is she'll email someone and cc me on the email, basically bringing me over the wall and telling that person it's ok to speak with me. If someone calls and gives their name but is being vague, I always go into my bosses email and search for that name so I can see what their conversations are about. If I bring it up to them, they will most likely open up and tell me why they called.It's hard to assist people when others don't recognize exactly what an EA does or how I am the best tool for getting something from the boss.
Amber - These are all great suggestions! Thank you for the comment! Happy New Year!
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Annamarie - So glad this is helpful to you. Thank yo for being a reader and I also write at jobstr.com under Hollywood Executive Assistant.
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