VA Talk Show Episode #3

The Virtual Assistant Talk Show Netcast #3 - Where VAs Talk the Walk [ 1:19:18 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download Woohoo!  Another podcast and I’m still here to speak about it.  I am finding it is tougher than I thought to put together these weekly shows so if I miss one now and then, don’t fret!  Saying that, it it wasn’t for Brent at PC Computer Help, none of these podcasts would even exist!  Thanks Brent, I owe you big time! Leave us comments/feedback in comment area at the bottom of the page as we love to hear what you think! ENJOY! Below are the SHOW NOTES as promised for your surfing convenience. VA Industry Spotlight Click to interact at the VANA Forum with Sharon Williams Sharon Williams tells us all the many exciting reasons why you should attend the Online International Virtual Assistants Conference (OIVAC) held next week!  Don’t miss this educational opportunity for your virtual business! Highlights: Professional lineup of speakers International VA Day Awards Win prizes at the networking events! Get to know people in the industry via the exhibitor booths Follow along with the Podcast & Blog Hopping Tour and win prizes! No better place to get educated for the price. PLUS SO MUCH MORE! Don’t miss it!  Click here to enter the convention area Guest Speaker Click here to interact at the VANA Forum with Diana Ennen Diana Ennen of Virtual Word Publishing joins us to talk about Disaster Recovery. Diana Ennen has been a leader in the work-at-home industry since opening her business in 1985. She’s the president of Virtual...

VA Talk Show and Podcast & Blog Hopping VA Talk the Walk

Hey Tawnya, it’s great to be here today. Everyone is excited about the success of VATalkShow.com, your new internet radio show and blog. I know I’m excited just being here as well as am looking forward to our podcast scheduled for May 9th. But, let me stop talking about the future – let’s roll with our conversation today.   1.     What information should a Virtual Assistant put in their first press release to announce their practice? Good question, Tawnya. The release should answer the five (5) “W’s”: who, what, when, where, why. It should essentially tell your story; who you are, why you opened your business, identify your product or service, your target audience and why they should buy from you.   Also, find a unique angle – answer the question why the readers should care (that you’ve opened your business). Express the benefits they will receive by doing business with your new company, i.e. save money or time, make life easier, etc.   Include a testimonial or quote from a reliable source (adds credibility) or use statistics in support of your industry or business (i.e., economic impact, ratio of new businesses opening, number of similar businesses offering similar services in the immediate community) and/or relate your opening to a recent news item and piggy back on the topic.   Whatever you do, don’t make your release sound like an advertisement – but be sure to “Grab” the reader’s attention. And always use the active not passive voice.   2.    How many more years do you think it will be until the term Virtual Assistant is mainstream? Actually, I...

VA Talk Show Episode #2

The Virtual Assistant Talk Show Netcast 2 - Where VAs Talk the Walk [ 1:05:41 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download Thanks to everyone for such a wonderful response to our first podcast.  All I can say is WOW – Over 250+ downloads in the 3 days!  Hope you enjoy this week’s show and here’s the link I mention in my intro to the Online International Virtual Assistants Conference Leave us comments/feedback in comment area at the bottom of the page as we love to hear what you think! ENJOY! Below are the SHOW NOTES as promised for your surfing convenience. VA Industry Spotlight Click to interact at the VANA Forum with Paula Williams Paula Williams of Money Penny Assistants tells us all about life as a Virtual Assistant on the road.   For the last seven years Paula has been traveling, living full-time in an RV with her boyfriend, a contract helicopter pilot and their 12 yr old 3 legged dog. Prior to running off into life’s newest adventure, Paula was coordinator of a busy Visitors Bureau in California. As her first experience with the tourism industry; this helped encouraged the travel bug to take hold. In 2005, she started searching the web for “at home” opportunities to utilize her administrative, organizational and customer service skills. Researching the VA Industry, finding support on a message forum, and following the advice from books on the subject, such as Become a Highly Successful, Sought after VA by Diana Ennen, she registered her first business license and started her own VA business, Moneypenny Assistants.   Guest Speaker Click...

VA Talk Show Episode #1

The Virtual Assistant Talk Show Netcast 1 - Where VAs Talk the Walk [ 1:16:04 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download Finally, our first episode of the VA Talk Show! I’ve learned many things from putting this show together for the first time.  One is, don’t use the telephone for recordings (I hear you Brent!) and two, have scheduled recording days else you will be stuck in a cubicle recording for days on end!  So other than a few glitches in sound here and there because of telephone recordings, please enjoy the first episode and know that future shows will only get better as I learn more and more about podcasting.  I’d love to hear your comments and suggestions at the bottom of this post. Below are the SHOW NOTES as promised for your surfing convenience. VA Industry Spotlight Click to interact at the VANA Forum with IVAA Debbie Tester tells us all about the International Virtual Assistant Association The International Virtual Assistants Association (IVAA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the professional education and development of members of the Virtual Assistance profession, and to educating the public on the role and function of the Virtual Assistant. While certification is by no means requisite for IVAA members, IVAA holds the distinction of being the only organization offering the comprehensive IVAA Certified Virtual Assistant (CVA) exam, recognized internationally as the standard that Virtual Assistants strive to attain. Information is provided to the public so that a qualified virtual assistant can be found for your project. Read more about IVAA at their website. BIO: Debbie Tester served as...

Introducing the Virtual Assistant Talk Show … Where VAs Talk the Walk

Premiering in April, the Virtual Assistant Network Association (VANA) will be broadcasting a new talk show just for Virtual Assistants.  This will be a Virtual Assistant podcast show to bring awareness to Virtual Assistants and to help their business learn and grow too.  We’d love to get feedback from you on what you would like to hear on the show.  This show is for YOU, so tell us what you want to see on it!  Here are some of my ideas and please leave comments of your suggestions here or at our VANA Forum area set up specifically for VA Talk Show feedback. 1.  Interviews with  other VA organizations to help promote awareness of their group to Virtual Assistants 2.  Guest speakers on business topics to help VAs succeed in their business ventures 3.  Online marketing special feature 4.  Virtual Assistant Spotlight interview 5.  New Products that supplement a VA business Those are just a few of my thoughts for this Virtual Assistant podcasting itinerary.  Please provide yours in the comment area below. Look forward to producing this show for the Virtual Assistant industry. Warmly, Tawnya Sutherland Founder of VANA, the largest online portal for successful and aspiring Virtual...