This show was really fun and was definitely a chance for personal introspection on my part - as someone who USED TO believe it was important to be 'ultra professional' on all social platforms, I discuss with Luz Donahue how and why that changed for me while we talk about what it REALLY means to be authentic in business and in social media in particular - and why this is so difficult for some people.
Listen in as I dish with 6-figure virtual assistant Michelle Mangen about working from home, finding balance, and how to define 'success' for yourself in our FIRST ever live show for Virtual Assistant Forums!
This was a lot of fun, and as you can see I'm not as serious as some might think (not even close!)...
Doing this show was a HUGE departure for me as I tend to be somewhat shy in some circumstances (stage fright!) - but I firmly believe that it's the things that scare or intimidate you the most that MUST be pushed through. I mention during the show that I woke up the morning we were scheduled to go live and literally called Michelle to try to figure out a way to 'get out of it' (half joking, half serious)...
Learning on the fly is part of the deal and Tess Strand of Oregon, founder of Virtual Assistant Forums, the virtual assistant industry leader and pioneer will attest to that in a heartbeat.
“You dive into a business or a project or even just the idea of making something new out of thin air, and there is no way you are going to have all the tools and skills you need to make it happen – you’re going to have to learn on the fly; you’re going to have to get in and get messy and try new things and not always play it so safe because, unless you step out of that comfort zone, unless you reach for something that stretches you, where is the growth?”
It's hard for me to believe it's already almost the middle of December - we're rolling into a new year VERY SOON and I'm seeing clients and colleagues alike preparing to go into 2014 at full speed... It's a time of review - looking at what we've accomplished the previous year and a time of brainstorming - crafting plans for the coming year.
Have you ever wondered why some virtual assistant businesses take off seemingly overnight and some just fall flat, or are stuck in "neutral" for years? I've been watching aspiring virtual assistants as I've curated the forums over the last 7+ years and it's true - while some just get it and get it right (and fast) others literally do just fall flat and ultimately disappear, or stall for months or even years. Why is that?
Marisa Murgatroyd will tell you that it's all about your message, your brand and how you "position" your business in your prospects' minds.
Marisa's the real deal, by the way - a brilliant web and branding strategist for some...
From Darlene's show notes: Episode 7 has to do with the belief that you can reinvent yourself and start a business of your own. To take that thought a step further, you have the ability to do whatever it is you want to do in this life. You just need to get out there and grab it, make it happen. This episode solely centers on jumping in and starting your own business. To help me explore this topic is my guest, Tess Strand of VirtualAssistantForums.com. Tess is also a longtime friend and business associate, making episode 7 yet another fun and amazing episode...
If you've been thinking about using more video in your business but you're struggling with the whole concept, I can absolutely relate! A lot of really confident entrepreneurs (like me!) haven't gotten into connecting with our tribes via video because it's intimidating, or downright scary...
That's why my friend and colleague, branding and positioning expert, Marisa Murgatroyd gathered the top 10 Superheroes of Video Marketing for a FREE 10-Day Summit starting May 13! I've already registered and am looking forward to getting ninja on video and learning the tricks to driving traffic, forming relationships, and making more money in my business. Here's why you should join us too!
I just wrapped up the most fun interview I've done in a long time and wanted to share it with you! I am usually camera shy but because I adore my friend and colleague Dina Lynch Eisenberg (and her message!) so much I agreed to a Hangout. Her writeup about our chat is here.
You can also watch the video here (advance warning, lots of laughs!):
In a previous post "No Phone Calls" I noted that evolution is not reserved to nature alone. Business - like life - can and should evolve.
In this series of posts I'm revisiting business policies I've either outgrown and/or have completely changed my perspective on.
Business policy revisited #2 - Weekends are Sacred.
Being self-employed is a pretty great lifestyle if you can maintain that healthy (but sometimes elusive) balance we all need to function at our best in each of the many roles we live: mother, wife, business owner, colleague, friend, etc. etc. And don't forget SELF.
Whatever your own roles are, if you're working at starting up a virtual assistant business or are...
This is the first in what I hope will be a series of questions and answers between myself and my fellow VAF members. Some questions I will take straight from the forums and answer here, some questions that come to me by Private Message will be featured here as well. I'll keep it all anonymous unless requested not to do so.
I'll tell you up front that I focus on the positive and although I will always be honest with you I also understand it is not my place to make or break your dreams (that is YOUR job). My responses here are my own thoughts and feelings and while I don't claim to have the magic solution to your issues or the 'right' answer to all of your questions I am very much invested in offering support and guidance when...
I've been in business for just over 6 years now and reading back through my old business plan[s], policies, and forum posts I have come to know that evolution is not reserved to nature alone. Business - like life - can and should evolve. Mine certainly has.
In this series of posts I will revisit business policies I've either outgrown or have evolved my perspective on.
Business policy revisited #1 - No Phone Calls
I never used to give clients my phone number. And I mean never ever.
I was protective of my family life and uncomfortable with even the suggestion of blurring the lines between business and personal. But I've learned that when you run your business from home there really...