Today's PA Conference – PA EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE
About Us

Welcome to Today's PA Conference

Launched in 2015, the Today’s PA Conference is an annual two-day event held in August at a prestigious Central London venue. It gathers together the assistant community from across the UK and the world, and offers high quality educational content as well as outstanding networking opportunities. The Conference attracts over a hundred Personal Assistants, Executive Assistants, and other office professionals each year.

The event is organised by Today's PA which was named “Best PA Training Provider in the UK” five years running, having been voted for by thousands of PAs in the pa-assist.com Members’ Voice Awards in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Since the company was founded in 2005, Today’s PA has always been focusing on providing highly practical training for PAs, EAs and other office professionals. Our hundreds of testimonials say we have succeeded. We have trained over 4000 organisations and our graduates work in over 80 countries around the world.

Visit www.todaysPA.co.uk to find out more about us.

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Below are just some of the organisations who have sent their PAs to the Today’s PA Conference recently.

  • Barclays Banking Group
  • BT
  • Deloitte
  • DHL
  • Facebook
  • GSK
  • Hilton
  • Kellogg’s
  • KPMG
  • Lloyds Bank
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Pfizer
  • Royal Mail
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Williams F1
Decades of experience

Our Speakers

Dr Neslyn Watson-Druée

CBE FCGI FRCN Awarded Best 100 Global Coaching Leader International Professional Speaker

Skevi Constantinou

EA & Founder of The PA Way

Eleonora C. Bastos

Health and Wellness Consultant

Paul Pennant

MD & Principal Trainer at Today's PA

Alice Scutchey

EA & Founder of The Canary Wharf PA Club

Sarah Howson

Former EA & Founder of the Bucks, Berks and Oxon PA Network

Paul Kelly

COO at Strictly Recruitment

Catherine Williamson

EA & Co-founder of Network PA SW1

Gill Quirk

EA & Co-founder of Network PA SW1

Helen Tracey

Group Financial Controller at RSPCA

Jo Malcolm

PA to Helen Tracey, RSPCA

Winnie King

PA to the Director General of the House of Commons
Schedule

Our Agenda

  • First Day 20 August
  • Second Day 21 August
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9:00 – 17:00

Being Assertive and Dealing with Difficult People

The first day of the conference is dedicated to assertiveness. This multi award-winning course will build your self-esteem and sense of self-worth so you begin to see yourself as not just the assistant to an important person but as an extension of their management style and vision.

We will help you acquire the confidence to become the assistant your manager needs. As a result, you’ll feel much more comfortable in your role, making decisions, dealing with clients, and asking colleagues to carry out those tasks that advance the objectives of the organisation. We also make sure you appreciate your own true worth – not just to your manager and yourself, but to the whole organisation.

Major elements covered on this day include:

  • Defining your role
  • Managing your manager
  • Being more assertive
  • Dealing with difficult people
  • Saying ‘No’ without feeling guilty
  • Managing your time
  • Handling stress
  • and much more …

This day is only available to conference attendees and cannot be booked on its own.

  • by Paul Pennant Multi Award-Winning PA Trainer, Today’s PA
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17.00 onwards

One-to-one Support

  • by Paul Pennant Multi Award-Winning PA Trainer, MD, Today’s PA
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9:00 – 9:10

Opening Remarks

  • by Paul Pennant MD, Today’s PA
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9:10 – 9:25

Speed Networking

This quick icebreaker will give you an opportunity to meet other PAs and EAs in the room helping you feel more comfortable and at ease for the rest of the day.
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9:25 – 9:55

Why You are the Best Person You Have Met

The story of Skevi Constantinou, EA and founder of The PA Way, will inspire, empower and motivate you to reach your true potential. By understanding that we all have the gift of time, and learning how to use it to our advantage, this session will reignite the best relationship you’ll ever have - the one with yourself!
  • by Skevi Constantinou EA & Founder of The PA Way
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9:55 – 10:30

Health Hacks for Busy PAs: Managing Your Stress, Mastering Your Energy and Focus

Do you feel stressed? Does your job require you to work long hours? Do you often skip lunch? Do you struggle with your energy levels and how to feel at your best? Join best-selling Author and Health and Wellness expert Eleonora Bastos for an informative session on how to recognise stress and overcome it once for all. Eleonora will show you quick and easy techniques to take charge of your health and wellbeing, and teach you how to boost your energy levels. She will also show you how to regain control when you’re feeling overwhelmed and overworked, meaning you can always feel at your best.
  • by Eleonora C. Bastos Health and Wellness Consultant
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10:30 – 11:00

Tea & Networking

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11:00 – 11:45

Empowering PA Excellence

Personal Assistants in modern organisations engage with their roles and responsibilities aiming to produce good work with speed and accuracy. But in some companies PAs can struggle to understand the objectives of the business and what is expected of employees. This creates a gap between executives and PAs, and as a result, neither the organisation nor the PA are able to maximise their potential. Failing to offer top level training in the most vital skills - ICT (information, communication and technology) - affects the productivity of PAs as well as their employers Dr Neslyn Watson-Druée will address this and other challenges PAs face every day in the workplace. Based on her long-term experience as a leader and executive coach, she will provide valuable insights on how these problems can be overcome and will offer practical tips on how PAs themselves can make their roles better remunerated, more valued and more enjoyable.
  • by Dr Neslyn Watson-Druée CBE FCGI FRCN Awarded Best 100 Global Coaching Leader International Professional Speaker
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11:45 – 12:45

Expert PAnel: What Do Leaders Look for in Their PAs?

In our Expert PA PAnel, speakers and guests reveal what they look for when recruiting a new assistant, and discuss the qualities and characteristics that go make a great PA. Is it a specific skillset, technical ability, or experience? Or do they look beyond the CV, and consider the whole team dynamic? With such a cross section of industries and organisations represented, there will certainly be a range of views on offer!
  • by Dr Neslyn Watson-Druée, Skevi Constantinou, Eleonora C. Bastos, Paul Kelly
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12:45 – 13:30

Lunch

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13:30 – 14:15

Breakout sessions

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14:15 – 15:00

Expert PAnel: PA Networks – Benefits and Challenges

We all know that, at times, the role of PA can be a lonely one, and many find that they benefit enormously from joining PA networks, learning from others’ experiences, and discovering new approaches to their work. Five amazing ladies, all founders of successful PA networks around the country, will share their experiences of the benefits and challenges of such groups. Who knows, maybe after this session you’ll feel inspired to start your own PA network!
  • by Skevi Constantinou, Alice Scutchey, Sarah Howson, Gill Quirk, Catherine Williamson
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15:00 – 15:20

Tea & Networking

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15:20 – 15:40

15 Tips on Handling Interruptions

You are the gatekeeper to your manager. But who protects you from the interruptions that plague your working day? It’s tough enough working for someone who never seems to go home, without also missing your lunch break and rarely leaving office on time. Our research suggests that PAs frequently experience interruptions totalling 90 minutes or more a day! Think what you could achieve if you could claw back two hours of lost time each day. Sounds impossible? In this session Paul will show you 15 (or more!) highly-effective tips to deal with interruptions smoothly and effortlessly (and without that sense of guilt).
  • by Paul Pennant MD, Today’s PA
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15:40– 16:20

How PAs and Managers Work Together

Our PAnel of PAs and managers discuss their experiences of working together and share the secrets of building a successful rapport. They will also answer questions on overcoming challenges, dealing with difficult situations, and what to do when this vital relationship hits a bump in the road!
  • by Helen Tracey, Jo Malcolm
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16:20 – 16:30

Review & Close

  • by PAul Pennant MD, Today’s PA
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9.00 AM - 10.00 PM

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  • by Samanta Doe CEO of Houz
  • Auditorium A
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9.00 AM - 10.00 PM

Modern Marketing Summit Sydney 2018

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  • by Samanta Doe CEO of Houz
  • Auditorium A
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9.00 AM - 10.00 PM

Modern Marketing Summit Sydney 2018

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  • by Samanta Doe CEO of Houz
  • Auditorium A
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9.00 AM - 10.00 PM

Modern Marketing Summit Sydney 2018

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  • by Samanta Doe CEO of Houz
  • Auditorium A
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DAYS 1 & 2

£620 - £720

  • Early Bird offer!
  • Valid till 31st March 2020
  • Later the price of £720 - £820 will apply
  • You will be redirected to www.todaysPA.co.uk to complete your booking
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DAY 2

£310 - £360

  • Early Bird offer!
  • Valid till 31st March 2020
  • Later the price of £360 - £410 will apply
  • You will be redirected to www.todaysPA.co.uk to complete your booking
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