July Update from our Group President

16 Jul 2020 4:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Kia ora koutou,

Angie Simms, Wellington Group President

Our first newsletter post COVID lockdown. We’ve all had enough, I’m sure, of COVID this and COVID that in the news, our lives, and possibly even personally affecting our own whanau. The majority of us survived and even thrived! In the usual admin professional fashion, we’ve taken a negative and come out with so many positives.

Most of us were working from home and this has ensured we were up to speed pretty quickly with connectivity, if we weren’t already, and getting used to the “new normal” of working in our home offices, on our kitchen tables, often with the kids doing school work, on a daily basis, and we survived.

Alongside our work, we also used that time to upskill ourselves with technology, attending webinars and scheduling “upgrade time” around home life and whanau. Our employers also now realise they can trust us to work from home, get the work done, be more focussed and productive even, in a much more flexible way, whilst helping the environment. It’s a win-win, and we need to keep that conversation going in our workplaces.

To help our members with having difficult conversations, we had international presenter, Anel Martin recently present to AAPNZ members nationwide. I’m sure those who attended will agree, she was well worth it! If you missed the session, we have a number of coupons to give away so you can watch the presentation retrospectively. More details are in our July Newsletter.

Kim Chamberlain presented on Public Speaking at our recent virtual June Group Meeting and was a great success, with around 40 attendees from all over New Zealand participating and taking advantage of Kim’s knowledge, experience, and tips in this area.

As administrators, we are now more than ever, required to step up and speak to groups, whether they be our work colleagues, community groups or with our AAPNZ group. Stepping out of our comfort zone is all about growth.

Recently, I had the privilege of attending the virtual ExecSec Live Conference which was originally scheduled in Wellington this year. What can I say – the speakers were all top of their respective field, and although the sessions were pre-recorded, each speaker participated in the online chat, answering questions and participating. I always come away with something new from these conferences.

Speakers such as Vickie Sokol-Evans, Peggy Vasquez and Bonnie Low-Kramen, to name a few of the 51 speakers! Attending this virtual conference allowed us to reap the benefits of additional speakers and to later review any the pre-recorded presentations we missed.

I’m looking forward to catching up with many of you at our Mid-Winter Networking Dinner which is to be held at the Thistle Inn on Thursday, 23 July. Please see registration details here. Our National President, Vicki Faint, will be joining us and presenting briefly to the group so it should be a great night. Have a great month!

Nāku noa,

Angela Simms

Wellington Group President

PO Box 5431

Lambton Quay

Wellington 6145


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