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I have started my career late so I feel like I am playing catch up. I took and pass the Cap Sept 2015 Thanks Marie H. for all of your hard work. Joining your study session was one of the best decisions I ever made. Now I am on to my next journey, which is to work from home part time and transition in to retirement.
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I’m a huge fan of planners and came across this gem. It is different from the traditional planners that are often too big and heavy to cart around from work to home and back to work again or too small to write in to capture the details you need. These other planners also don’t automatically include sections to remind us about creating healthier lifestyles and habits. It’s something we would have to remember to schedule on a daily basis. A lot of people, including myself, have sincere intentions to do this, but we often get distracted and pulled away from the REALLY important items we set out for ourselves that work towards our overall goals. We don’t make...
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I am starting a four week online OneNote study group on January 5, 2016. This study group will meet the requirements for 8 CAP recertification points.All sessions will be recorded. If you'd like to learn more, check out my website: http://www.mrhenterprises.com/onenotegroup.shtml Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.
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After hearing about the LAN Coordinator opportunity, I naturally thought one of former Wausau Chapter members would take on this opportunity. They would blaze the trail and help the Wausau Chapter transition to a Local Area Network. Never did I imagine myself in that role. At the time, all I was thinking about was submitting my application for the Foundation of IAAP Scholarship to attend Summit 2015. After learning our chapter would dissolve, I was approached by a fellow member and asked if I would consider being the LAN Coordinator for the greater central Wisconsin area. The first thoughts I had were how big of a responsibility this would...
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SCANDALOUS ORGANIZATIONS

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Good morning everyone. I just read about a fake certification organization for Administrative Professionals (TNAOAP) and it is so disheartening when you are scammed. I just want to inform everyone that if you have been scammed, report it immediately to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Unfortunately, I was a victim to the "Tax Club" when I was in the process of attempting to grow my side business. The FTC started an investigation and is presently suing the "Tax Club." Refunds are being processed through court order. The website link is Submit a Consumer Complaint to the FTC Complaints can also be reported to Consumer Affairs. The...
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(SORRY EVERYONE! This event is completely full!) In the spirit of sharing for the holiday season, please join me for my next Advanced Techniques Webinar which is FREE ! The 90 minute webinar will focus on Sharing Data Across Microsoft Office . I'll essentially be teaching you how to make Microsoft Office programs play nice in the sandbox together. Learn more here: http://mrhenterprises.com/nextwebinar.shtml
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Thank you for reading my review and participating in this giveaway. A name was randomly drawn by a third party and the winner is Joelle Nevinger! Joelle, kindly let me know where you would like the book to be sent to. To read the previous post about the book review: Stress is Optional! How to Kick the Habit, A Practical Guide to Living Free & Clear by Adam Timm
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This proverb was very much top of mind when I didn’t pass the March 2015 CAP exam. I missed it by six points! I couldn’t believe it! I was so disappointed, but all the more determined to try again in September and pass. For so many years I was intimidated by the CAP exam and wouldn’t even consider taking it, and I’m not easily intimidated. However, after attending several EFAM (now Summit) conferences and listening to my peers’ experiences with prepping for and passing the exam, I started to have a change of heart and resolved to get over my intimidation and challenge myself to obtain certification. It became a personal and professional goal that I wanted...
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My CAP and OM Journey

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I have been working in the administrative field for pretty much my whole work life – almost 30 years now – and had to change my employer of 21 years about 3 years ago. This change allowed me to rethink some processes and opportunities because my previous workload was so heavy and constant that I really didn’t have the chance to ‘think’ – I was always ‘doing.’ It was in these last 3 years that I even learned of IAAP and other organizations that support admins. I learned of a couple certifications I could earn and that really sounded appealing. As I approach 50 years of age, I certainly am more aware of my age and how many admins are now younger than me,...
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Please call IAAP to inquire if this qualifies toward recert credits. Many do but they will tell you definitively. You will need the details of the webinar when you call. Date: November 17, 2015 Time: 10:00 AM Pacific / 1:00 PM Eastern To Register: The Revolutionary Assistant It’s no secret that our world is changing faster than anyone thought possible. As an assistant in the modern workplace, it can feel practically impossible to keep up with the ever-evolving landscape of technology, innovation, and connectivity. All too often, assistants struggle to adapt. Even those who are naturally agile still feel pulled along by forces outside their control....
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Third Times A Charm

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I am sitting for the CAP exam for the third time (hopefully this will be a charm) because I recently just took the exams in March 2015 and September 2015 and did not pass the exams on both occasions. I’m not a person that gives up easily so, failure is not an option in my book. And something you have to get several No’s and until you get a Yes. Or in this case it would be getting a passing of the certification CAP exam. I hope to gain by becoming certified for one will be furthering of my career development, receiving a job raise, and fulfilling another personal education goal. The reason I chose an online study is because honestly, I heard that the Marie...
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TO CAP OR NOT TO CAP

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Since I have over 40 years of administrative experience, I asked myself “Why should I sit for CAP?” I came to the conclusion that: 1) learning is fun, regardless of age, 2) there is always room to learn more especially in a changing business environment, and 3) why not! I look forward to sharing and networking with other administrative professionals. So, I plan to sit for CAP in March 2016.
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FYI, for all the free webinars I'm posting on my blog from AMA, some of you have contacted me to inquire if they can be counted as recertification credits. I called IAAP to discuss this and it looks like they most likely would; however, they asked that you call them directly with the webinar details for each one you are enrolling in so they can tell you definitively. Hope that helps everyone. The webinars are chock full of great info.
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Stress Is Optional discusses one type of stress we all suffer from at some point called chronic stress. It talks about how daily chronic stress builds up in our lives, how we don’t even recognize the signs, the damage it causes, including the relationships around us, and how to free ourselves from it in simple easy steps. Even if you think you don’t suffer from chronic stress, read this book and you just might be surprise. Health problems you may be having but never go away just might be ridden after taking these steps. Or if you feel something is just not quite right, it might be this. It worked for me. I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed...
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Well, after trying to study on my own for several years to take the CAP exam, I decided to join an online study group with Marie Herman this time, so I can sit for the March 2016 tests (CAP-OM). There was soooo much information out there, it was too much to go through. In the end, I never sat, or even applied, for the tests. I wanted to "prepare" first. I didn't get anywhere, as many times as I tried. It was so overwhelming. I didn't know how or where to start. Honestly, have you see the list of "recommended" books?! Seriously? They seem to go on forever. Mind you, I am someone who can study on my own, have created learning plans successfully, trained...
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I wholeheartedly agree with everything Yolanda stated in her post. Knowledge is power. I believe you are not going to know all the answers regarding your occupation, but knowing your resources is the key. My motivation is not only receiving a supplementary salary increase if I become certified, but having a sense of accomplishment; that feeling of “Yes, I did it! I earned this!” I am more determined this time around than before. I wish everyone the best if you are preparing for the March 2016 exam. Thank you Marie Herman for providing this study group and sharing your resources!
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I decided to take the CAP-OM exam in March 2016 to refresh the skills I have attained in the last twenty years plus learn new efficient and effective ways to successfully fulfill my obligations as the Executive Administrative Assistant to my Vice President. I have no degree and have hit the glass ceiling within my organization. With these Certifications (plus others I plan on getting through IAAP) this will give me a chance to move forward with my administrative career within my organization. I researched the CAP-OM exams beforehand and realized that a study group would be more beneficial than studying alone because of the amount of work/reading/research...
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I have more than 30 years experience in the administrative field and have worked with all levels of management from presidents to directors. I’ve decided to take the CAP Exam for the sense of accomplishment and pride I will gain when I pass the exam. I do not have a college degree but have taken some college courses. Sometime I regret not pursuing my degree immediately after high school. My current job duties will be changing in the next 6 months and I’m not sure if a degree will be required. I was undecided about going back to school or taking the CAP exam until I attended a CAP Boot Camp a few weeks ago. I met some amazing women in the profession and...
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I am taking the Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) exam in March 2016 not only for a sense of personal accomplishment, but to let the world know that I am a professional committed to achieving excellence in my chosen field. To me, those three important letters stand for something more than Certified Administrative Professional: they are an indicator of life-long learning and a commitment to honing awareness of the ever-changing “body of knowledge” of the administrative profession. For someone with 25+ years of C-level administrative experience, I thought I knew it all. Not so! I joined two study groups to help me to learn and better understand...
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IAAP CAP Exam

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So I was asked to post why I decided to take the CAP exam. I do not have a college degree and believe the CAP certification will not only help with my career but will give me a confidence boost to continue to expand my knowledge in all areas. Right now it seems a little overwhelming with everything you need to know, but it will be a great feeling of accomplishment when I pass the test. Positive Thoughts!!
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