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  • The VA Voice: Supporting Your Small Business Success - Part 17
    that allows us to learn In my opinion if we never made mistakes and everyone was perfect our world would be a much different place and pretty boring Some may say that we would all be better off I on the other hand think not Continue reading Aug 19 Creating your Vision Take inventory of the present Marketing Madness Small Biz Spot No Comments In my opinion one of the most powerful statements you can create for your business is your Vision Statement It also tends to be one of the most difficult statements for us to create Why do you think this is Is it because it s difficult for us to articulate where we want to be in 5 10 years Is it fear that if we write a Vision and do not achieve that vision we ve somehow failed I m not entirely sure what the answer is but I do know that during my 4 years of teaching at Red Deer College creating a Vision statement can be a little challenging for some Continue reading Aug 14 The Olympics a few life lessons learned VA Vault 1 Comment I will be the first to admit I know nothing about Sports I mean is it an Umpire or Referee If you play in the forward position does this mean you can t go backwards How many innings in football Or did I get that wrong as well See what I mean totally sports illiterate I may not understand the rules of engagement in basketball football well any sport for that matter but what I do understand is the spirit and drive it takes to give it your all each and every time you go up to bat Continue reading Aug 12 A time for reflection that oh so important question Coaches Corner No Comments If you read my last post you would have noticed that I was on vacation and what a glorious vacation it was For me vacation always tends to be a means of reflection As I mentioned in my last post by taking a whole self vacation it allows me to get back to being me It also allows me some personal reflection time Something we can all use every now and then if not more A time to ask myself that oh so important question that somehow doesn t get asked too often in the midst of my daily work family life Continue reading Aug 05 I m taking a Whole Self Vacation Coaches Corner 2 Comments As you re reading this post I m most likely at this moment sitting on a dock with my feet in the water engaged in the beautiful scenery at my cottage in Muskoka I wrote this post before I went on holidays and of course set the timer for it to release today I m not in office not connected in fact I barely get a cell reception where I am I m relaxed rejuvenated and

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  • The VA Voice: Supporting Your Small Business Success - Part 18
    course was a little surprised when I walked in the house my son referring to me as a Rocker Chick offering to buy me some black lipstick to complete the new look Not quite the reaction or the appearance I was going for but hey that s okay It s a change and I ve been getting really good at embracing change Continue reading Jul 17 What Are You Tolerating Coaches Corner No Comments Every now and then I ll be asking a few of my special friends to be a guest writer for my blog I couldn t think of anyone better to start this off than my dear friend and fellow blog lover Pam Thomas Certified Coach and owner of What s Within U LLC What Are You Tolerating Imagine having more energy or more time to focus on the things you really want Imagine being able to move forward in your life without some of your current stress Doesn t that sound good We all have things in our life that we just put up with or tolerate for example a cluttered desk a messy closet a squeaky door a sloppy significant other or child even STRESS While the tolerations may not seem to be a big deal on the surface don t be fooled they are Continue reading Jul 15 Rejection Let s face it it happens Small Biz Spot 1 Comment The fact is we will all be faced with rejection at one time or another in business We re all in agreement it s not fun but it s a part of doing business Even though we may think what we do is awesome not everyone is going to share that feeling If you are offering a service in essence your offering yourself and

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  • The VA Voice: Supporting Your Small Business Success - Part 19
    a community whether it is a person to person community or a virtual community for me is really the heart of being a Virtual Assistant As an instructor for Red Deer Colleges Virtual Assistant Certificate Program where I teach marketing I am sometimes asked the question What does building community have to do with building a business where is the connection So I d like to share with you what I share with them Continue reading Jun 26 Are you doing what you love Coaches Corner 1 Comment In my opinion if you are not doing something you love then you shouldn t be doing it You know the old cliché Life s too short well can you argue with it I know I can t This line has always resonated with me however never so much so as it had recently when I lost a dear Uncle suddenly in March to a heart attack at the young age of 54 This was a devastating blow to our family a shock that we still have not yet recovered from and quite honestly disbelief still enters our thoughts on the daily basis Continue reading Jun 24 Childproofing the Office Small Biz Spot 2 Comments As a mother of a 2 year old I found out the hard way about what it means to have a childproof office At two my daughter is at the height of curiosity her little hands can find their way into the smallest of areas To her a computer keyboard resembles a piano any piece of paper lying on the desk is fair game and needs a little red crayon even the garbage basket can become a little too tempting for my little munchkin to explore It was becoming a growing concern I came to realize very

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  • The VA Voice: Supporting Your Small Business Success - Part 20
    familiar with what a Client Welcome Package is Now Coaches are not normally the administrative type and nor should they be Their job is to Coach their clients in living the life they truly desire Not an easy task but an admirable one just ask my Coach My job is to ensure they have all the items they need to support their clients as successfully as possible So why do I feel so strongly that a Coach have a well designed informative Client Welcome Package to write about it here Continue reading Jun 12 First Week of Blogging No Perfection Here VA Vault 3 Comments So it s been one week since I started this blog and I have to tell you I m loving it And pretty surprised that I am Let me explain When I decided to jump into the blog pool it was more of a one toe at a time I mean I had my hesitations after all it is a commitment a commitment I wasn t sure I wanted to make It was such a point of indecision for me that it became a topic of one of my coaching sessions with my Coach Jerry The internal conflict for me was how do I approach blogging as not being work I really didn t want to add another task to my list I wanted this to be a want to not a have to Continue reading Jun 12 Recommended VA Resource Right On Resources No Comments HUGE Congratulations to Kristi Pavlik of Adonai Business Solutions LLC for launching her ebook Systems of a Successful VA I read it love it recommend it A must have for any VA You can check it out by clicking here Jun 10 Celebrating Coaches Coaches Corner 4 Comments One

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  • The VA Voice: Supporting Your Small Business Success - Part 21
    they will do all they can to help you balance both sound familiar Continue reading Jun 05 Client Service Inventory Marketing Madness 2 Comments As a business owner providing great customer service is the most effective and least expensive way of marketing In my humble opinion I believe that majority of a small businesses marketing time and budget should be spent on building solid relationships with clients and prospective clients In my 10 years in business relationship based marketing has been the single most effective way I have marketed my business For me the key part of relationship based marketing is being customer service driven and providing a continuous value added approach To date majority of my clients at least 80 90 have been a direct result of referrals from individuals who I have developed a relationship with and who are happy and content with my services enough so to spread the word Continue reading Jun 04 Google Rocks Techie Tools 6 Comments I Love Google let me say it again in case you didn t hear me the first time I LOVE Google Not just from the standpoint of being our friendly neighbourhood search engine but also for the cool extra s they offer One in particular from the VA standpoint that I absolutely love is Google Calendars Sharing Calendars with clients has never been an easy task I ve tried many different mediums in which to do this some complicated and some ridiculously complicated Then Google Calendars showed up with this fantastic sync software for Outlook and I m in heaven Best of all it s a free tool let me say it again yes it s FREE Continue reading Jun 03 VA Mentoring Why Not VA Vault 3 Comments I thank my lucky stars that when I

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