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The Virtual Assistant Report – April 19th

How to Find Guest Speakers for Your Online Conference

Over the last month I’ve been busy finding guest speakers for a online conference I’m hosting in May for Virtual Assistants. If you haven’t heard about it yet, check it out here. (We are almost sold out and it is still two weeks away!)

I thought I’d share with you some of the ways I went about finding 20 guest speakers to speak at my conference in a very short time.

Online conferences or webinars are excellent vehicles for establishing yourself as an expert in your field. But that doesn’t mean that you have to do all of the talking. Sharing the floor with a guest speaker can add to your credibility and give your audience the benefit of a different perspective.

The Virtual Assistant Report – Jan. 20th

Windows 8 – Love it or List it?


I love that TV series “Love it or List it” where homeowners have to make a decision to keep their current home and upgrade it or just buy a new house.

Reminded me of comments I’ve been hearing both positive and negative on the new operating system Windows 8.

Windows 8 is getting a lot of bad press and frankly I don’t understand why.

(Actually, that’s not true, I do know why folks are upset, I just think it doesn’t have to be an issue as you’ll see later on in this article.)

The Virtual Assistant Report – Dec. 16th

How Positive Thoughts Can Lead to Success in 2013


“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill

Ask any successful person or professional coach how to achieve your goals and the first piece of advice is likely to be, “think positively.”

Positive thoughts are your key to achieving your dreams and goals in 2013. While being positive isn’t the only ingredient and characteristic necessary, it is an essential one.

The Virtual Assistant Report – Dec. 8th

Here’s your VA Report to keep you “IN THE KNOW” with informative and entertaining resources for your virtual service business success this coming week!

How to Persuade and Influence Others For Your Gain

A highly coveted skill to learn as a Virtual Assistant is the ability to influence and persuade others. When you can accomplish this, you’re more likely to build your business quickly with new clients, work better with your virtual colleagues and attain your business goals with less struggle. And the good news is that influencing and persuading others is actually less complicated than you may think. Let’s take a look at the basic steps to learn how to persuade and influence others for your gain.

The Virtual Assistant Report – October 12th

Here’s your VA Report to keep you “IN THE KNOW” with informative and entertaining resources for your virtual service business success this coming week!

Marketing Essentials to Gain Maximum Benefit

You know the importance of marketing your business. You may even have written a marketing plan and are now implementing it. But is simply marketing your business going to bring you the results you need? Do you have a way to measure the success of your marketing? If your marketing isn’t successful, do you know how to find out where you went wrong?

The Virtual Assistant Report – October 6th

Here’s your VA Report to keep you “IN THE KNOW” with informative and entertaining resources for your virtual service business success this coming week!

How do you get more subscribers to your blog? 

That’s a topic a lot of people struggle with. The truth is, it’s really not that difficult.

You first need traffic, and then you have to convert that traffic to subscribers.

Here are six tips to make it happen:

#1) Focus on SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

Getting ranked in the search engines will probably be your best source of long-term traffic. Just don’t have unrealistic expectations.

The Virtual Assistant Report – September 14th

First of all, my apologies for sending out the wrong URL to our FREE VA Training webinar this past Thursday. We have rescheduled this webinar with Trish Robichaud on October 4th at 1PM PDT who will be speaking on: How to Develop, Promote and Deliver a Webinar Without Spending a Dime!

Are YOU Attending a Virtual Assistant Conference Anytime Soon?

Attending your industry’s conferences will keep you on top of the news, events and leaders in your industry plus you’ll gain valuable training to take your business to that next level. Every career/trade business entrepreneur attends their industry conferences from Water Well Conferences for plumbers to Blog World for bloggers. If they are doing it, shouldn’t we?

The Virtual Assistant Report – September 10th

Strategies to Lure Social Media Traffic to Your Website

Social media is all the rage! Websites like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and MySpace have become a daily part of mainstream culture. Celebrities tweet, have Facebook pages and everyone seems to be connecting via these online mediums. Business owners are smart to tap into these tools to drive traffic to their sites, yet many are missing the mark.

The Virtual Assistant Report – August 25th

Do you ever wonder what separates highly successful Virtual Assistants from the average VA? 

There are a few key ingredients that are essential to attain the kind of success you’re striving for. Now you’re probably thinking this is another article about passion. It’s not. Passion is good; however, it isn’t enough. Passion has to lead to something more. Passion has to lead to action and in order to have the wherewithal to take action you need to have these two key traits:

Commitment and Discipline!

Let’s take a look at them individually.

Commitment is defined as:

The Virtual Assistant Report – August 18th

Would You Hire a Family Member?

Many may not know this but my daughter, Danielle Beauchemin of Proactive Virtual Assistant Services, works for me in my Internet Marketing business. I thought it would be fun to talk this week about the pros/cons of hiring a family member.

Hiring a family member could be a great decision or the worst choice you ever made. It all depends on their skill level, willingness to learn and dedication.

Lucky for me everything worked out absolutely fabulously and this month I’m celebrating a two year anniversary of having my daughter work for me!