Be the Ultimate Assistant: A celebrity assistant's secrets to working with any high-powered employer

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Foreword by Olympia Dukakis. A must-have insiders guide! Real life tools and advice for every professional assistant and their high-powered employers. A first-hand look at the world of a celebrity assistant, and its application to the larger realm of all professional assistants. Enlightening and entertaining, this book is filled with true stories and lessons from author Bonnie Low-Kramen's 22+ years working with Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis. Low-Kramen is also a co-founder of New York Celebrity ...
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Foreword by Olympia Dukakis. A must-have insiders guide! Real life tools and advice for every professional assistant and their high-powered employers. A first-hand look at the world of a celebrity assistant, and its application to the larger realm of all professional assistants. Enlightening and entertaining, this book is filled with true stories and lessons from author Bonnie Low-Kramen's 22+ years working with Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis. Low-Kramen is also a co-founder of New York Celebrity Assistants (NYCA). The author comments... "I love being an assistant. In fact, I strive to be an "ultimate" assistant, someone who seeks excellence and improvement - not just on some days, but every day. I don't always succeed, but this is what I try to do. Are you so inclined? Ultimate assistants are like that, and I am privileged to know quite a few, including some whose experiences are in the book. I wrote the book for three reasons. The first is that this work is frequently misunderstood and has been subject to warped misconceptions by the media. The second is that there are too few resources for assistants, and certainly not only those who work for celebrities. Third, there is a tremendous curiosity about the work. I decided that I was in a unique position to set the record straight and tell it the way it really is to those who actually want to know the truth of it!" 18 chapters include: How do you find a job? Glamour, Glitz and other perks. Salary & Benefits. Stories & quotes from assts. Skills & Qualities Needed. Public Speaking. Event Planning. Resources-To-Go.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780976326816
  • Publisher: NK Publishing/Loukoumi Books
  • Publication date: 7/7/2008
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

NJ native and Rutgers Univ. grad, Bonnie Low-Kramen is a passionate spokesperson on issues concerning professional assitants. She has been quoted in the NY Times, USA Today, Wall St. Journal, and Entertainment Tonight. She is a teacher and guest speaker at conferences throughout the US while continuing her work with actors Olympia Dukakis & Louis Zorich.
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  • Posted February 9, 2012

    Take and read .It's my recomendation

    Book -is good quide for this profession..Good plot, thoughts, detailed explanation, introduction new ,unknown ,interesting moments and aspect.Very easy to read and understand . There is no doubt. Take and read . It's my recomendation. Igor ,CNA,Chicago.

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

    Great Read - Awesome Tips!

    Just wanted to share that my connection with Bonnie Low-Kramen inspired me to tackle a matter at work that led to an upgrade in salary for me .. And I just wanted to say thank you for being a good listener and optimistic, inspiring individual! Your book was truly helpful.

    Rosanna

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  • Posted November 23, 2010

    Bonnie Low-Kramen, inspired me to make a career choice.

    The book Be The Ultimate Assistant, written by Bonnie Low-Kramen, inspired me to make a career choice.

    When I decided to work as a personal assistant, I started looking for more information on the Internet. I was fortunate enough to find Bonnie's audio lecture on The Learning Annex site. After hearing it, I bought this book. Once I finished reading it I was even more certain that is my calling in life.

    As Olympia Dukakis mentioned in the Foreword, Bonnie is in fact the ultimate assistant. In the book, Bonnie shares her expertise and her experiences with us.

    Bonnie discusses, explains and exemplifies all the important aspects of a celebrity personal assistant career, as well as the qualities and skills needed for the job. She gives an in-depth job description, talks about work environments and how to get a job with salary and benefits. Bonnie also provides a list of resources for the professional assistant's day-to-day work.

    Most importantly, she shows us the bright and dark side of being a celebrity personal assistant, helping us realize the benefits and the challenges we're about to face in this career.

    I highly recommend the book as a mandatory read for anyone seeking a career as a celebrity personal assistant. But it's also a very interesting read for everyone who is interested in working in the entertainment industry.

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  • Posted September 17, 2010

    Great support

    After I read this book, I emailed Ms.Low-Kramen to tell her how grateful I was to have read so many helpful insights about becomming a Celebrity Assistant. Almost immediately Ms. Low-Kramen emailed me back and asked me several questions relating to my goals. Long story short, she has become a mentor to me by giving me great direction and challenging me to move towards my goals. She truly lives the principals described in her book. I will let each reader experience the joy of finding out what those principals are for themselves. However, unlike most other career books, you can actually communicate with this author and get the personal encouragement which will allow you to put your best foot forward and achieve some real success.

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  • Posted July 9, 2010

    A Good Reference Guide for Anyone

    It wouldn't be a bad idea to give this book to young people seeking career choices. Bonnie Low-Kramen presents tools and offers advice related to resumes, salary negotiation, networking, etc, all of which would apply to any field in the market.

    It's a fast read but also a reference book you keep near you. The foreword by Olympia Dukakis is quite moving. I too am a celebrity assistant. What I have found to be true amongst those in our field is that the respect and gratitude of our employers are the ultimate prizes long sought and not always achieved. Bonnie Low-Kramen has not only reached that goal but has maintained it for years. In her own words she expresses the personal satisfaction of a job not only well done, but appreciated. The challenge of pleasing your boss all day, every day is not limited to the profession of celebrity assistant. As such, I would recommend this book for anyone, in any profession, as well for those who ponder supporting those whose life is in the fast lane.

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  • Posted April 6, 2010

    Awesome and insightful book....

    Bonnie is right on point with this book. The Book "is a one of a kind for the Personal Assisting industry". The stories she shares are great examples and so common in the industry. She makes the reader feel as if they were working with her and Olympia. Bonnie gives good pointers for people looking to break into this field as well as good contacts for internet searches, recruiters, and unique and cool gift ideas. This is a great desk reference book. Buy it and you will not be sorry....

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  • Posted September 27, 2009

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    A fantastic book, a must for anyone who wants to be the Ultimate Assistant!

    I read this book because I aspire to be the Ultimate Assistant. It is easy to read and well laid out and Bonnie Low-Kramen tells you all you need to know and more about becoming the Ultimate Assistant whether it is to a celebrity, a MD or in a private household. An excellent read and an invaluable book to keep in any assistant's personal library.

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  • Posted April 25, 2009

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    The ultimate resource for the Ultimate Assistant!!

    Bonnie's book is THE go-to resource, not just for celebrity assistants but for any assistant in any field! Her sage advice is interwoven with great stories and examples which demonstrate the skills and tools needed to be the ultimate assistant. Do yourself a favor and get this book.

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  • Posted March 21, 2009

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    Informative, Precise, Inspiring, Honest, and A MUST READ!

    To my fellow Barnes & Nobles readers, I highly recommend Be the Ultimate Assistant! Why you ask? Anyone that aspires getting into the Personal Assistant field, THIS IS THE BOOK that will provide you with useful tools, advice, and great insight to the Personal Assistant profession. Bonnie knows first-hand what she is talking about, she has been in the Personal Assistant profession for years so please absorb the knowledge she shares. I loved the great stories and inspiring quotations shared by Bonnie and her fellow colleagues. Believe me when I say that you will not regret purchasing this book, you will get your money's worth and I guarantee that once you start reading this book, you will not want to put it down.

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  • Posted January 21, 2009

    A Confirmation to Serve!

    This book is a great tool for anyone who has ever thought about a career in service - service to and for others. Bonnie confirmed for me all the thoughts and ideas I¿ve ever had about working as a personal assistant - someone who pays attention to details, thinks ahead, anticipates the needs of others, prepares a way and is committed to being of service. I will cherish her life¿s lessons and I will create my own. Thank you for validating my career choice and giving me the courage to pursue my dreams fully. If only I had read this book 10 years ago (smile.) The resources offered in this book will prove to be invaluable as I continue my own work and journey. THANK YOU Bonnie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2008

    A wealth of information for assistants in any industry.

    Thanks to the knowledge I gained from the book, this year I received the best performance review for anyone who has ever been in my position as an executive assistant and also as a personal assistant to a high-powered executive and his spouse. I especially liked the entertaining examples for creative problem solving and exploring options for pulling off miracles. I learned how to prepare for ¿whatever it takes moments¿ ¿ and it worked. I saved the day for my employer when he was late for a plane. I loved the challenge. Be The Ultimate Assistant reminds us, ¿You don't get if you don't ask.¿ I called the airport and asked if they could open up a few more security lines as the lines were really long and my employer was running late and might miss his flight. The lady I was talking to said she would see what she could do. The next email I received was from my employer telling me, ¿Never mind about the next flight, they opened up more lines.¿ I just smiled and emailed back ¿ ¿Yes, I know, I just talked to them.¿ He emailed back ¿ ¿You¿re a Star!¿ The resources in the book are worth the cost of the book alone. I love learning from the success of others -- enjoy the read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2008

    An Indispensable Guide for any Assistant

    Bonnie is ¿THE ULTIMATE ASSISTANT¿! I have not met her in person, and yet she went above and beyond to grant me a favor. Due to a postal service mix-up, it took Bonnie three attempts to deliver the book to me. The book is a quick, fun read, and then a must have on any assistant¿s reference shelf. As a recruiter, I also highly recommend the book for anyone interested in getting and keeping a job. By practicing the basic work ethics set out in the book, you will receive recognition and rewards in any profession. Bonnie is also a huge supporter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals and her articles have appeared in OfficePro, published by IAAP. If you are an IAAP member, and have not read the book, support Bonnie by reading and discussing the book with your IAAP chapter. Start by reading the last paragraph on page 140. Practice this one concept, and prepare to amaze yourself everyday!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2008

    Be the Ultimate Assistant -- Best Book in its Field

    Finally! An enjoyable and informative guide to how to build a satisfying, well-paying, career as a celebrity assistant. Be the Ultimate Assistant will inspire both the experienced celebrity assistant and one who is first entering the field. Bonnie's dishy, insider stories about the celebrity world make important points that demonstrate how readers can achieve their fullest potential. In her warm, encouraging tone, Bonnie explores how to interview (resume samples included), negotiate a salary, perform on the job, communicate with an employer, build a professional network, take on new challenges, set limits -- in short, how to create a working environment of all-around respect and efficiency. Bonnie began her career with no professional connections, yet became a leader in her field through hard work and great insight. Luckily for us, she is sharing the secrets of how she achieved her success, and helping others to achieve the dream.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2008

    Fun and Informative

    Even if you are not a celebrity assistant, you will enjoy reading about Ms. Kramen's fascinating job with Olympis Dukakis, as well as anecdotes from many other Celeb Assistants whose stories are included. And if you are interested in how to become Celebrity Assistant, this book contains invaluable tips on how to achieve this goal, as well as numerous must-know resources for any personal assistant who needs to know how to get things done.

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