Tania Bryer is a British television broadcaster with a wealth of experience. As Presenter and Executive Producer working with International Business Television Network CNBC, her critically acclaimed series ‘CNBC Meets..’ profiles some of the world’s most successful and inspiring people and reveals the motivation behind their success and how their philanthropy transforms lives. For the series so far she has interviewed amongst others, President Bill Clinton, Sir Richard Branson, President Jimmy Carter, Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise, Matt Damon, Sean Penn, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mayor Boris Johnson, Cherie Blair CBE, Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Sir Bob Geldof, Naomi Campbell, Sir Philip Green, Chelsea Clinton, Tamara Mellon OBE, Jon Bon Jovi, Andre Agassi, will.i.am, Jessye Norman, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, HRH The Duke of York, Lang Lang, Maria Sharapova, Diane von Furstenberg and Dolly Parton.
She also presents ‘The CNBC Conversation’ series meeting international headline-makers including rare interviews with HSH Prince Albert of Monaco, Former South African President F.W. De Klerk, Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and fashion titan Tom Ford. With NBC Universal she presents ‘The Best Advice’ series interviewing entertainment industry heavyweights including Ron Meyer, Jeff Shell and Michael Edelstein.
Tania holds a B.Sc. in International Politics from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
What educational qualifications do you insist on (if any)? / Do you require your PA to have a degree?
I don’t necessarily look for a degree as a requirement. I do think it is a good foundation to have but most important is a willingness to work hard, good communication skills and an enthusiasm for the job in question.
Most important is a willingness to work hard, good communication skills and an enthusiasm for the job in question.
Would you agree that behind every great business leader is a great PA?
Not in every case as a great leader should be able to manage themselves as well as others. However in terms of time constraints, a great PA is extremely helpful and valuable!
Do you think the importance of emotional intelligence in a PA is sometimes overlooked for a strong skill set?
Emotional Intelligence is a great skill to have in itself and is an extremely valuable asset as most skills can be learnt.
Would you agree that chemistry is the key ‘ingredient’ for a successful long term working relationship between a PA & Principal?
Yes the chemistry is so important as you are working very closely together and it can make or break the working partnership.
What key attributes, traits and skills do you look for above all others when employing a PA?
As well as a good work ethic and a calm, positive attitude even when things get hectic, I think a sense of humour, trust and understanding all go a long way too!
Is your PA a confidante and sounding board for you?
Yes a good PA can be the best person for brainstorming and confiding in especially in pressurised times. The key to this is having trust and confidence that it stays between you!
Do you empower your PA by allowing autonomous decision making in any key areas?
Yes it’s very important to let go of control and trust that your PA will be able to make decisions without you!
How do you keep your PA motivated?
By empowering them to make key decisions!
Do you encourage ambition in your PA by offering a structured career path into an alternative role within your organisation?
Yes ambition is a great quality to have and within the media world there is a whole host of opportunities that if they wanted to try for I would encourage them to do so.
Would the lack of a PA impede your everyday output?
I like to be in control of my own diary as it changes daily due to filming commitments. The lack of a PA would not change this but having a PA is incredibly helpful!
Are you conscious of boundaries where a task may be classified as beyond the call of duty?
Yes boundaries are very important and I would not expect my PA to do anything that I would not do myself.
What makes a great PA over a competent PA?
One that understands what you need before you ask.
(A great PA is) one that understands what you need before you ask.
Is your PA an ambassador for you and your office?
Yes definitely and I would hope that they would represent me and the company I work for in a way that I would represent myself; treating everyone and everything with respect and taking the time to listen and be enthusiastic and personable.
Do you give your PA access to your inbox/Do you allow your PA to answer e-mails on your behalf without vetting?
Yes I do give access but not to everything as I believe there is a boundary between personal and professional emails. I like to know what my PA is answering on my behalf as I fell they represent who I am and what I do.