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Hi everyone

Back by popular demand! We are delighted and proud to bring you our new updated and renamed feature on DeskDemon - 'Ask the PAnel'. Our experts are here to help and support you with any PA problems you may have. Check out the current questions and answers (from all four panelists) here. And please email your questions to

Well the countdown to Christmas has begun - so let the celebrations begin. Tired of boring gifts? Head over to TRULY for magical ideas.

And if you need a gift that can be spent in many high streets and online the Arcadia Gift Card is an ideal hassle-free choice.

Whether your planning parties or meetings, Marriott has some fabulous offers on, but hurry confirmations must be made by the end of the year. 

SVM Gifts Cards are easy to buy and a fabulous choice whoever you are buying for - colleagues, friends and family.

And who doesn't like hampers? - especially when they are Selfridges extraordinary gourmet ones! I know I do.

And with 3M colourful post-it notes you can keep track of everything you need to do - and click to be in with a chance to win a dispenser.

Happy Reading, Alison Pedrick

Find what matters. Fast!
Flagging a page or document doesn’t have to mean scraps of paper, bookmarks or folded pages. The Post-it® Index range means you can be better organised as well as save time. There is a wide range of products to make your home and work life a whole lot easier. Here’s your chance to win a Post-it® Index desk dispenser worth £20.
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Selfridges' Extraordinary Hampers
It’s that time of the year when you need to start planning how you’ll treat the clients. Luckily for you, Selfridges has a new collection of luxury hampers and gift boxes, each expertly curated by their in-house team of food and wine experts. With gastronomic gifts to suit any sized team, Selfridges is your one-stop-shop for gifts that are sure to impress.
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Still time to book! Meetings are a Win-Win with Marriott®.
Make a new enquiry today and when you confirm before 31st December 2013 1 in every 10 of your participants goes free, plus earn up to 100,000 Marriott Rewards® points for your next meeting or event. Choose one of over 50 UK Marriott hotels, in town, city or countryside locations. For new meetings held before 31st March. Book today! 
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Now's the Time to Buy the Perfect Gift
The Arcadia Group Fashion Gift Card is the ideal reward for your staff. It’s ready to use in Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Miss Selfridge, Outfit, Topman, Topshop and Wallis and you can add any amount to it from £1 to £300. (or €1 to €450 in NI and Eire). And all in time for Christmas.
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Make your Corporate Gifts Memorable

Tired of looking at boring gift ideas? We are too! At TRULY, we believe that an experience makes the best kind of gift. It’s something you do; something you remember. And ultimately, it says a lot about your business.

Christmas gifts, staff incentives, client development, thank-you gifts. Whatever the occasion, our TRULY Concierge can help you find THE most meaningful corporate gifts.

Call +44 203 086 7698 or email
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Your £100 gift card
Buy gift cards from high profile brands including M&S, Debenhams, Sainsbury’s, Harrods, Spafinder, House of Fraser, Cineworld, Starbucks plus 60 more and automatically enter into a competition for a £100 gift card or e-code. All available through an easy order one stop shop with discounts available, also take advantage of savings on Christmas entertaining through cards such as Great British Pub Card.
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Just For You - Ask the PAnel
Back by popular demand! Many of you have asked for our 'Agony' section to be brought back, so here it is. This time we have a panel of experts to help you with any work related questions, queries or problems you may have.

Some of you are already familiar with Paul Pennant, our original Agony Uncle and we are also delighted to welcome on board PA Trainer Lindsay Taylor, who is currently wowing us all with her great A-Z Pearls of Wisdom series and also Alison Boler, an award winning legal PA whose passions include championing PAs (and you know how much we love to do that at DeskDemon) - and each month we will have a guest boss panel member. If your boss would like to take part - please email

So, everyone, what's niggling you? What keeps you awake at night? Don't sit and fret in isolation - the team is here to help. Please send your questions to us via the form on the link or email and we shall pose them to our panel who will then reply via DeskDemon, PA Enterprise - our monthly e-magazine - and What's New at DeskDemon. If you prefer to remain anonymous, just let us know and we will omit your details.

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Say Hello to a PA...Meet...Kate Simmons
Kate is a PA a Talbot Underwriting in London and has the task of working for three bosses. 
Here we learn how Kate got the job, what she likes most about her role - and find out what superpower Kate would love to have to help her do her job better.
If you would like to take part in this series and see your words in print please email - and we'll get right back to you.
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Bullying in the Workplace Must Stop
It's anti-bullying week (18th-22nd Nov) and in this article Cognitive Neuroscientist and Business Improvement Strategist Dr Lynda Shaw is calling for more to be done by businesses and the HR industry to tackle the crippling effects of workplace bullying which is rife in the UK, but often goes unnoticed and unreported.
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A-Z Pearls of Wisdom - H
So, yes H for Helpful - the PAs middle name.

This time Lindsay Taylor explores helpfulness - and more importantly how to say 'no'.
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National PA Day Survey Results 2013
The results of this year’s National PA Survey are now out. Completed by a sample of 1018 PAs working across the UK last month, the survey results provide a fascinating insight into the role of modern PAs - often the unsung heroes of the workplace.  
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Nov/Dec Diary Dates for Virtual Assistants
If you are looking to learn brush up on your Virtual Assistant skills, learn more about being a VA or want to meet up with other VAs either online or by getting out and about in November and December - take a look at what VA Christine Todd found.

If you would like to add your event to our on-going diary listing - please email
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News from DeskDemon's community
  • Susan is discussing Dress Code
  • murphy is discussing Seriously????? UGH! Just a TAD upset....
  • Atlanta Z3 is discussing Holiday Gifts
  • jenniker is discussing Outlook in Office365
  • Blogs
  • The Award by Dena S
  • When Social Networking Can Pay Off for Your Work by jennika
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    So that's it for the penultimate issue of What's New of the year (no, we can't believe it either!). Please keep your ideas coming - don't forget we're here to help YOU - so let us know which topics you'd like us to explore, please email
    Have a great month and we'll see you again in December.
    Until the next time
    Best wishes
    The DeskDemon Team
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