Personal Assistant of the Year
0 Anne-Marie Garrard was shocked when it was announced that she had won the
00 Personal Assistant of the Year award. ‘The other candidates seemed me
34 to be very strong, and I have to say I found that the selection procedure really
35 hard,' she says. 'I didn't think I had any chance of winning. When I heard my
36 name, my legs were so weak I could only hardly stand up,' she laughs. So
37 how is 'the best' personal assistant chosen from a group of so extremely good
38 and very different individuals? The final decision was reached after a
39 day-long session of the tests, interviews and exercises. Garrard believes
40 the skills she uses in her job helped her how to perform well. For instance, although
41 most of her work is for her company's Managing Director, she works for six bosses
42 in all, so she always tries out to be prepared for anything that might happen.
43 As for the future, her firm has closed for its summer break now; as soon as
44 they will open again, there is a pay rise waiting for her. But Garrard is not
45 going to be relax. She says, 'There's always room for personal development.You must keep trying to improve.