Jan Jones, CEO of Jan Jones Worldwide, an international speakers bureau, and the author of The CEO’s Secret Weapon: How Great Leaders And Their Assistants Maximize Productivity And Effectiveness, joins Host Deirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide. Throughout her career, Jan has surrounded herself with successful business leaders and high profile executives being privy to the unique behind the scenes perspectives of how they function with their executive assistants.
On the show, Jan discusses working with CEOs, and what it takes to be an executive assistant, who is viewed as a business partner and a trusted confidant. She explains there are no shortcuts; you’re working hard and it could be 24/7, managing many different responsibilities. Jan explains the role of the executive assistant to help executives understand how they serve as the ultimate PR person. The assistant must always represent and be an extension of his/her boss, from the project work and fielding calls and questions to interacting with others inside and outside of the organization. Jan also shares advice on how to manage very demanding responsibilities, and the best ways to relax in extremely stressful business situations.
A little more about Jan Jones … Prior to starting her business, Jan spent almost twenty years as executive assistant to successful business professionals, including personal development icon, Tony Robbins, and ten years as exclusive representative for small business guru and entrepreneurial visionary, Michael Gerber. Jan remains a passionate advocate for the executive assistant profession. She enjoys mentoring assistants and guiding executives on how to get the most out of the relationships.
A little more about Your Host, Deirdre Breakenridge … Deirdre is an author, entrepreneur and CEO of Pure Performance Communications. A 25-year veteran in PR and marketing, she is the author of five Financial Times Press books including her latest titles, “Social Media and Public Relations,” and “Putting the Public Back in Public Relations.” Breakenridge speaks nationally and internationally on the topics of PR, social media and marketing. She’s an adjunct professor at NYU and UMASS at Amherst, a recognized blogger at PR Expanded, and also the co-founder of #PRStudChat, a dynamic twitter chat with PR professionals, educators and students.
Connect with Deirdre by following @dbreakenridge on Twitter and on her blog at www.deirdrebreakenridge.com.