5 Minutes with a Top PA, Natalie Taylor - Vertigo Films
What do you love most about your job?
As weird as it sounds I like organising people/things/events. So
getting to organise some and tell them what they are doing is
something I actually get a kick out of (my friends don't get
What are the three things you couldn't do your job
Even in this high tech world I'm a pen and paper type gal so
highlighters (to colour code),
My things to do today book (I love that book)
My ical on my phone is my life (I know I know going against
the what I just said about technology)
What do you think makes a good PA?
Have a friendly approachable nature and a good sense of humour
(otherwise you could go mad).
What's in your handbag right now?
Oh wow, too much... ok in my handbag right now is
Copy of shortlist
Emergency sewing kit
Sunglasses (one can still hope)
Letter from the dentist
To do lists
What's your lunch time routine?
I take lunch every day at one if I can and have lunch with some
lovely ladies generally we head to the café across the road and I'm
rather partial to a bacon sandwich and cheese with a cup of tea
(the café know my order now), and we shoot the breeze about life,
work and everything in between.
Who has been your greatest influence?
Oh gosh this always ends up sounding cheesy, I'll say my mum,
she'll like that.
What do you do after a stressful day?
Nothing kicks the stressful day away that a nice glass of wine
(or if things have been really bad cider) and hanging out
with my friends being stupid.
What are your tips for being a top PA?
No job is too small or beneath you, never let things get
you down. Sometimes you'll be put under a lot of stress and people
forget that, but people skills are important as everyone wants to
feel like they are the top of your list. Don't be afraid to ask
questions and say when you're having difficulty getting a job done
and need help, have a good clear to do list (colour coded of
course) and a good sense of humour and you'll make it through even
the worst of days.