• Ordinary

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: curious birds at Miami’s Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden

  • Really

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: Havana’s colourful Paseo De Marti in the glow of late afternoon February sun

  • Happy

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: the view from atop Kowloon, looking over Hong Kong Harbour

  • Shine

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This post: the Chain Bridge in incredible Budapest, Hungary

  • Weekend Poll: Professional Associations & Networks

    For the fourth consecutive year, I’m asking readers about your professional associations. Take a couple of minutes to add your voice to the results.

  • Optimism

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This post: sunset over the incredible Cannon Beach in Oregon, USA

  • Perceptions

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This post: a peacock strolling through its (yes!) Havana, Cuba restaurant

  • Weekend Poll Results: An Unintended Career

    I asked readers whether you’d originally envisioned a career as an assistant, how long you’ve been in the role, whether you’re satisfied with your choice, and more. Here’s what you said.

  • Goals

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels and gardens I’ve loved

  • Acceptance

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: a rose from Balboa Park in San Diego, California

  • Weekend Poll: Did You Plan to Become An Assistant?

    It’s time for our first Weekend Poll of 2019, and I’m asking you to take a couple of minutes to reflect on your choice of career.

  • Deliver

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: the Malecon in Havana, Cuba

  • 2019

    A thought for your day and your new year … Happy New Year, everyone, and thank you as always for turning to my website and me for professional development, travel insights and more. I never take this wonderful international community for granted, and look forward to seeing many of you again (or for the first time!) at one of my 2019 conference presentations.

  • Friends

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: a pair of ducks on ice at Jericho Park

  • Everywhere

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: Science World in Vancouver, Canada

About Shelagh: Speaker and Trainer

How do you pronounce that name? “Shelagh” is the same name as “Sheila”, but with spelling that reflects Gaelic origins. Want some help remembering how to spell it? As you look at this photo, you may think to yourself, she laughs. Put She and laugh together. Then…

Real Careers – My Interviews With Assistants Around the Globe

Do you ever look at your administrative role models and wonder how they  pull it all together? Or how the lives of your counterparts in other cities and countries vary, and where there may be areas of common ground? Exceptional EA features Real…

Travel Resources and Inspiration

Are you planning a holiday or business travel, either for yourself or your executive? Looking for some inspiration, or insights into cities in other locales? Or perhaps you’re planning a bit of bleisure travel. If so, you or your principal are in good…

weekend poll

Weekend Poll: Did You Plan to Become An Assistant?

It’s time for our first Weekend Poll of 2019, and I’m asking you to take a couple of minutes to reflect on your choice of career.

Weekend Poll: Gearing Up for the 2018 Holidays

It’s time again: each December, I touch base with readers on your approach to the holidays, and your plans for the festive days ahead. Take a couple of minutes to share your experiences in my latest Weekend Poll.

Weekend Poll: 2018 Office, Network Holiday Parties

Welcome to December! Ironically, even as I tapped these words out on my keyboard, a hummingbird just whirled around one of the hanging baskets outside our dining room window. If your world is anything like mine, November doubtless whirled past…

Ordinary

A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: curious birds at Miami’s Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden

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Really

A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: Havana’s colourful Paseo De Marti in the glow of late afternoon February sun

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Happy

A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: the view from atop Kowloon, looking over Hong Kong Harbour

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