Weekender Issue #102

The Assist Newsletter
September 29, 2023

Brainteaser of the day: Which word in the dictionary is always spelled incorrectly?

Click here to see the answer.

🤔 Check out all of the September 2023 Weekender Brainteasers here.


Treat Yo’Self


To Yummy Coffee
Get fancy with your coffee for International Coffee Day (tomorrow). Try making these speciality coffee recipes at home >

👱‍♀️ To Saving Your Mems
Don’t forget to backup your phone or you’ll risk losing your photos, videos, messages, and more. Here’s how to backup your devices >

👱‍♀️ To Silky, Full Hair
Fall is for full, luscious hair! Try out these hair care must-haves >

🎧 To Podcast Listens
‘Tis the season for podcasts! Check out this list if must-listen to podcasts >

🍎 To A Cozy Drink
In celebration of Hot Mulled Cider Day, make your first cider of the season. Try this recipe (and it will make your house smell amazing!) >


The Problem We’re All Ignoring


Bonusly's Employee Engagement Guide

Gallup’s 2023 State of the Workplace Report found that globally, over half of employees are considering leaving their job, and most are disengaged.

The term “employee engagement” has become a buzzword in corporate circles, yet its true significance is often underestimated or misunderstood.

In this free guide, you’ll learn:

  • Why employee engagement is so hard to solve for
  • 5 core solutions you can implement on your teams to improve engagement
  • The ROI of employee engagement

Address the the challenge of employee disengagement and discover solutions that can transform your company into a into winning workplace.

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How to Win at Networking


I recently went to Dallas to speak to a room of executive assistants and administrative professionals at a corporate event. I marveled at the collective knowledge in the room and basked in the encouragement and idea sharing that comes when we get out of our silos long enough to engage with other assistants who “get it”.

This got me thinking about how many times I’ve relied on (and helped) those in my network. My network has helped me find key players in my executive’s world, office space, trusted vendors and that one-of-a-kind gift that was nowhere to be found.

If you want to start expanding your network, and therefore your resources, here are some things to consider…

Start with what you’re doing right.

Before delving into strategies, it’s important to recognize the network you’ve already built. Think about the doorman or security personnel you encounter regularly, the cleaning crew you greet in your office building, and the vendors you interact with. These relationships are the building blocks of a robust network. Being present, acknowledging others, and building mutual respect lay the foundation for meaningful connections.

Just show up.

As you begin to put yourself out there, you will feel uncomfortable. It’s a natural part of the process. Don’t compound the issue by pressuring yourself into having to “perform” or be something you’re not. When you’re just starting out, showing up can be enough.

4 Practical Tips for Effective Networking:

  1. Be courteous and make eye contact: A simple smile and eye contact can go a long way in establishing a positive impression. These small gestures convey respect and openness.
  2. Ask open-ended questions: Engage in conversations by asking questions that encourage more than a yes or no answer. This shows your genuine interest in the other person and will keep the conversation going.
  3. Bring business cards: Despite the digital age, a business card remains a valuable tool. It’s a tangible reminder of your encounter and can facilitate follow-up communication.
  4. Cultivate genuine curiosity: Approach everyone with an attitude of curiosity and attentiveness. People appreciate when others show interest in them.

Developing your network is completely doable. Start with the connections you’ve already built and keep going. Remember, people value authenticity over perfection.

To learn more about Annie, please visit her website: WholeAssistant.com or connect with her on LinkedIn.


What Else To Read


The Daily Upside

You’re probably (actually, definitely) subscribed to too many newsletters right now, but one newsletter worth checking out is The Daily Upside.

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Their team of scholars, journalists, and investment bankers (with actual industry experience) provides a balanced perspective on what’s happening below the surface, comfortably removed from the clickbait noise.

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From Stan Lee


“No one has a perfect life. Everybody has something that they wish was not the way it is.”

Joanna’s Recs


Joanna Ericta

Show to binge 📺 :

Song to bump 🎵:
Paramore Album

Podcast 🎙️:
Stuff Mom Never Told You

Book 📚:
Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica

Wishlist 📝:
Anise Suede Mule

Cameron’s Recs


Cameron Huber

Show to binge 📺 :
The Golden Bachelor

Song to bump 🎵:
Rush by Troye Sivan

Podcast 🎙️:
The Just Enough Family

Book 📚:
Holly by Stephen King

Wishlist 📝:
The Most Adorable Socks You Will Ever Own


In Case You Missed It…


A bunch of our readers are attending this free online event on 10/20 on how to empower your team to build a winning workplace culture. Sign up for free here.

Who doesn’t love a good mood board? Get the free mood board template created by designers at Mixpanel.

Morning Brew is the free newsletter that gives you a shot of business news with a side of wit, so you can stay informed without dozing off.

This free guide will take you through everything you need to know about creating more resilient, engaged teams today.


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Lucky pet of the week

A mature lady, Lucky is a 16 year old rescue who knows exactly what she wants out of her “retirement”: naps in the sun, naps on laps, chicken-based food, and naps by the radiator.

She’s very vocal (probably due to hearing issues) and will absolutely let you know when she needs something or wants to say hi.

The queen of grumpy face, she has the standard tortie sass.

💌 We’re huge pet lovers at The Assist and want to feature a pet each week — fill out this form for your fur baby to be featured!
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