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Old 11-13-2011
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Default Re: Do you refer to yourself as a 'Virtual Assistant'?
I use the term Virtual Assistant, but on the back of my business card I have a definition of what that means to help explain it.
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Old 11-15-2011
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I do call myself a Virtual Assistant. Depending on the direction my business takes in the next year I may have to amend it to whatever makes me most identifiable to my target market.

Everyone has to do what they are most comfortable with. There may be a stigma attached to the title, but the way I see it, people can call me anything they want as long as they don't call me "out of work."
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Default Re: Do you refer to yourself as a 'Virtual Assistant'?
Originally Posted by Elise la Mode View Post
I do call myself a Virtual Assistant. Depending on the direction my business takes in the next year I may have to amend it to whatever makes me most identifiable to my target market.

Everyone has to do what they are most comfortable with. There may be a stigma attached to the title, but the way I see it, people can call me anything they want as long as they don't call me "out of work."
So true! Everyone has their preference and it depends a lot of where you are based. I am based in the Canary Islands (Spain) and the translation does kind of give the impression of being a subordinate so I took that on board as well because the term isn't known here at all and to throw the word "assistant" into the mix would cause me more hassle in the long run so I went a different route but the work description is the same. May the work keep pouring in...
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Old 11-23-2011
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Ive had a lot of people give me a blank stare when i say virtual assistant...its harder to explain because i think they tune you out at that point. I now say Business Support Specialist or start off with the fact that I own my own business. The questions after that are easier to answer....
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Old 11-23-2011
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After reading a blog post regarding this topic, I think I'm going to use Administrative Consultant. I do not plan on changing my business name though, which includes 'Virtual Assistance' in it.
I like the ring to this:
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Now, I just need to work on my elevator speech!
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Old 01-18-2012
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I too like Administrative Consultant and Business Consultant.

I have found that many people really have no idea what a Virtual Assistant is or what to associate with it. I worry that they will tune out as soon as they hear "virtual assistant" so using Administrative Consultant and/or Business Consultant seems like a great idea.

Carol Anne, I absolutely LOVE your intro/elevator speech. It will be my inspiration when drawing up my own.

~Lori
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Old 01-26-2012
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I use my elevator speech in networking. I rarely use the word "virtual" because so many people don't understand what it means. I call myself an Administrative Consultant.
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When I did the SEO for my website the words "VA" had minimum clicks/competition/recognition. So I switched to using "outsourcing" in my marketing content.
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What if we considered using the term 'Virtual Assistant' actually as an opportunity for your elevator speech? Did you arouse your listeners' curiosity when you used the phrase? And once you had done that did you capitalize on it to promote your business? Would saying Business Consultant for example have raised that level curiosity and given us the chance to deliver the specifics. Something to think about.

It would be interesting to actually find out from our listeners whether they were now more informed, whether they now understood how they could use our services or generate referrals.
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Old 02-17-2012
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I've been referring to myself as someone else had mentioned, an Administration Consultant.
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