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‘Grace Under Pressure’ at Office Management and PA Show

Date: 18 February 2015 09:30

London PA Network  are delighted to be exhibiting at the Office Management and PA Show (OMPA) at Olympia on 18/19 February 2015 –  to attend you will require to register. OMPA Show has become one of the UK’s leading events for Office Managers and PAs, EAs, VAs, attracting over 2,500 visitors with considerable decision making and purchasing authority. The 2015 show will be co-located with International Confex and the Event Production Show. Situated on the gallery of the Grand Hall, this co-location aims to capitalise on the ever-expanding element of event management with the PA role. The show presents the opportunity to network with your peers and benefit from a Masterclass and/or workshop at no cost to you or advance booking – just come along!

Catherine Arden finalIn partnership with London PA Network  Catherine Arden, Theatre Director/Trainer/Educationalist will be presenting ‘Grace Under Pressure’ a Masterclass on Wednesday, 18 February 2015 at 1400 hrs and is also teaming up with Deborah Shaw, President, Celebrity Assistants for Using your initiative – thinking outside the box’ on the same day at 1045 – 1115. Catherine is a London based, independent, theatre director, producer, trainer and educationalist.  She has staged theatre productions from Stand-Up comedy to Shakespeare for Brighton, London and Edinburgh Fringe festivals and UK touring as well as in Italy and Mumbai, Pune and Delhi, India. Catherine has developed an interactive, drama based, ‘Life and Social Skills’ workshop programme for the Corporate, Education and Community sectors. These fun sessions help people become more centred, confident and effective, in personal or professional life – sustainable skills that increase opportunity in life. The workshops, for all ages and abilities, combine time honoured principles of theatre craft with modern innovative improvisation and role play that uses real life scenarios in a safe and nurturing environment. When asked, “Exactly what do you mean by ‘guts’?” Nobel Literature prize recipient, author and journalist Ernest Hemingway replied: I mean, grace under pressure.”

A successful PA requires resilience, forbearance and fortitude while having the ability to exude cool, calm and a certain amount of stoicism in any situation. However with increasing IMG_8501 (3)pressures at work and home these days it’s getting harder to start the day with a smile let alone end the day. Theatre director Catherine Arden combines universal values with honoured theatre craft in a fun and  practical workshop, using real life scenarios,  to learn to how to set boundaries, handle ‘No’, achieve a better work/life balance. Develop personal power for the professional edge – and maintain ‘Grace Under Pressure’!

Members who attended the London PA Network Workshop run by Catherine say: ”

Having been to two of Catherine Arden’s sessions last year I can fully recommend the experience. They are great fun as well as being very instructive. Those attending Catherine’s Masterclass can certainly look forward to an event with a difference! Catherine’s own personal profile tells you how much she has achieved in the Theatre/Arts and it is exciting for London PA Network to be able to draw upon her experience to run a Masterclass at Office Management IMG_8715 (3)and PA Show.” Brenda Barwick

“I thoroughly enjoyed Catherine’s workshop “Grace under Pressure”. Apart from being good fun and I got to meet some lovely people, I found it hugely beneficial and it is one of the most useful courses I have ever been on as an Executive Assistant. It has really helped me deal with the day-to-day stresses of office life.” Rebecca      


Location: Olympia, London