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Liz Van Vliet

Founder | Head Trainer, The Linchpin Assistant

Founder | Head Trainer, The Linchpin Assistant

Liz Van Vliet has always been passionate about people. She loves discovering who they are, knowing what makes them tick, and seeing their unique skills and gifts. Offering care and understanding is in her nature, and so is educating, process thinking, and cheering others on.

Harnessing and channelling these superpowers to create her own ‘career by design’, Liz now works with people in professional support roles to deliver the confidence, consistency and career development that transforms them into thriving “Linchpin Assistants”.

As one of Australia’s most trusted professional support strategists, Liz has worked with hundreds of Executive Assistants, Business Support and Admin Professionals over the last six years. With her E.F.F.E.C.T.I.V.E. Methodology¼, they have shifted from underconfidence and overwhelm to empowered, strategic and effective Linchpin Assistants powering their organisations and thriving in their careers and life.

As Founder and Director of The Linchpin Assistant and a certified executive coach and trainer, Liz partners with organisations, L&D professionals and executives to drive business efficiency, effectiveness, and engagement through her Linchpin Assist ModelÂź, Assistant Competency ModelÂź and the Ten Power Skills for Linchpin AssistantsÂź training modules.

As a global keynote speaker and EmCee, Liz ignites, informs and inspires audiences by guiding events, sharing insights, and creating opportunities to activate thinking and elevate innovation in work, life and community.

  • How to Combine Strategic and Tactical Thinking to be More Effective in Your Role

    To elevate yourself and truly occupy the “Linchpin Zone”, an Executive Assistant must develop confidence, competence and capability in both big-picture or strategic thinking, as well as tactical or next-step thinking.

    Learning Outcomes

    In this session, Liz will share:

    • The components of strategic thinking versus tactical thinking
    • The questions to ask yourself to ensure you are seeing the bigger picture
    • A real-world decision-making approach that builds your strategic thinking and enhances your partnership with your executive
  • Moving Into the Impactful Zone

    As the world gradually transitions to post-pandemic realities, a new playbook for the workplace is something EAs need to adapt and adjust to. Many of the changes are still emerging. But one thing is certain: remaining relevant as an EA means having impact.

    In this session, Liz will share with you what that looks like and what is required of you. You will leave this session understanding the difference between having ‘impact’ as opposed to being just a ‘contributor’ and why the latter is not going how you want to be perceived.

    If you want to be informed, inspired and armed, then this is the session for you.

    Learning Outcomes

    • Understanding what it means to have impact as an EA
    • Reflection on what is getting in the way of you having more impact as an EA
    • Tactics for changing your situation so you can have more impact
  • Three Ways You Can Show Up as a “Little Hinge That Swings Big Doors”

    As an assistant you are supporting and enabling your manager to achieve the outcomes and objectives they are measured against. As a result, you have the potential to be the little hinge that swings ever bigger doors.

    In this session you will get clear on the competencies that enable you to swing bigger doors and the ways you can keep yourself “oiled” so that you can deliver in your role and be valued for the leverage you provide.

    Learning Outcomes

    • How to see yourself as a ‘little hinge that swings big doors’
    • An understanding of the strategic and functional competencies that will enable you to have greater leverage
    • An introduction to the ten power skills that will enable you to be effective not just efficient
    • How oiling your own hinges is an essential part of swinging bigger doors

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