Jump to content
Tawnya Sutherland

VAnetworking Conference 2011

VAnetworking Conference 2011  

55 members have voted

You do not have permission to vote in this poll, or see the poll results. Please sign in or register to vote in this poll.

Recommended Posts

Hello All!! My business is still in the start-up phase but I love the ideas that Terri put out there. Although, I've never been to a VA conference before so I'm not sure I'm qualified to give an opinion at this point.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you Tawnya for doing this.

 

I went to the first FOVA conference and enjoyed the idea of various workshops targetting either newbies or those with their business up and running. I would like more vendors i.e. showing software of interest to VA's, various "recommended" training programs, business related books, and other ways to build and run a successful business.

 

As far as food goes, continental breakfasts would be fine with healthy snacks midway; Brown Bag Lunches (sandwiches/fruit/beverage) and no supplied dinners could keep the costs down. We could have a "dine-around" one evening for those interested.

 

I look forward to visiting Vancouver again. I would like to help out.

 

Heather

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah, a conference in Vancouver - perfect Tawnya. And I'd love to help out.

 

I would like to see a workshop style as well.. really hands on.

 

eg. Set up a Facebook page in 30 minutes

 

And bring in other B2B people is a good idea to expand the scope of the conference to not just VA's.

 

thanks, Theresa

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Tawnya,

 

I think this is a fantastic idea, especially for those of us on the West Coast. So much in this industry seems to happen on the East Coast and I'm all for continuing to build our industry's momentum on this Coast. Plus, it will give others the opportunity to visit beautiful Vancouver.

 

Having attended conferences in various industries throughout Canada and the US, I'd like to see something with some real substance to it. Speakers and panels who provide sound business advice, tools and ideas on building our industry. I was at a Vancouver Board of Trade this past week and not one of the people I spoke to had even heard of this industry; however, regardless of their industry, each person I spoke too was excited about the idea of having virtual contract workers (VA's) help with their business support needs. There is so much potential out there for us if we can increase the profile of the virtual workforce industry.

 

Is there a way we can open up a session or two to our target audience to help showcase what we do and how it can help their companies succeed? This would help with promotion of the event as well as capitalizing on all the effort that will go into putting on an event like this...might as well see if we can get some potential clients in the room, so to speak.

 

Let me know if I can help.

 

Cheers,

Karen

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I will need a committee of people to help out too and if interested, please let me know.

 

Tawnya, I would love to be on the committee and help in any way I can.

 

As far as what to include, I would love to see a newbie VA track and a seasoned VA track, and do some buddying up between the groups.

So, a newbie VA would be paired up with a seasoned one during meals, etc. Kinda like the IVAA dinner thing.

 

I would also like to see a lot of info on multiVA teams and how to be a six figure VA.

 

Oh, and a little bit of educational component. Maybe have Craig Cannings, myself, Stacy Brice, and other VA learning companies participate in a panel.

 

I am sure there is more, but that is a good start.

 

I must say, I am thrilled you are doing this. Sydni Craig-Hart and I have been toying with the idea for a couple years and we are just too darn busy (with our six figure VA practices, teaching, etc.).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Timing is a tough one! Since IVAA's conference is in April, anything in March, May or June may not draw those active in that one. I know when FoVA had theirs in early June I heard people had to choose between them. Late June could work if people felt they could turn it into a family vacation too. Early February is another time I think could have potential. Dec & Jan are too close to holidays and such. October & early November could work though IVAA's *online* conference is around that time too. (I think people would attend both but there are those who disagree.) That's why I chose September! :) Of course, I don't have kids of school age yet so wasn't thinking about that...

 

Topic-wise, I'd want something meaty and new for established VAs.I've been in this business for nearly 8 years now and see the same topics repeated. I know that newer VAs need them and that's great. Just want more advanced topics for myself. I like hands-on, how-to type stuff - setting up Wordpress, Social Media Marketing plans (or anything related to what Craig does!), etc. Q&A/panels are good with the right panelists and a specific direction for them to speak to. Maybe something on how to get over plateaus. Oh, something on how to manage/change your business when life changes - for example how to handle your biz when starting a family.

 

Speaker-wise, I like to see some from outside the VA industry. While I love all the fabulous and experienced VAs we have, I feel like most of them I hear from and have access to in other arenas. At a conference, I want to hear from speakers who can see a different perspective (client's perspective maybe) and give inspiration. Has to be substance and take-aways as well though.

 

That's my $.02 for the night!

 

Cindy

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

Hi Tawnya!

 

I'm soooo excited to see this post! We talked so much about it at FoVA that I am glad to see a VAnetworking Conference in the works!!

 

Anyone who hasn't been to a VA conference before really should plan to attend this - there is nothing like getting together with colleagues who understand our industry, no matter what phase they are at with their business.

 

I much prefer the workshops to the discussion panel format, although one discussion panel would be great, like a mastermind or something. I prefer the hands on workshop type of session where you can really learn something specific.

 

In terms of setup, I like the two track system - one for newer VAs and one for experienced VAs, with some selections available for everyone together.

 

Subjects I would like to see covered are too numerous to mention - everything! Because I have been in business for a long time, I'd love to see things like shopping cart tricks, Wordpress plugins and customization, social media automation, and affiliate program tips and tricks.

 

I chose September because my husband works seasonally and the spring and summer are just really busy times in our household but in September I could definitely get away, and even bring him!

 

I would be happy to help with any organizing you need ... :)

 

Tracey

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Tawnya and everyone,

This sounds like a wonderful idea.

 

I've been to a few non-VA related conferences and I think I would love to have some form of classes or demonstrations on the training that is available to VAs, like what VAclassroom offers, different software and hardware that can be utilized in your practice, marketing strategies that work, product creation, etc..

 

Perhaps a pannel including a Marketing Specialist, REVA, Bankruptcy Specialist, Medical Professions Specialist, Self Publishing Specialist, etc..

 

I would also love to have something involving Client/ VA relations. Maybe a few Clients who have worked with successful Virtual Assistants and why they value their working relationship.

 

How about Lead VA/Subcontract relations? Again to hear from a Leading Team VA and their views on a successful subcontractor relationship. There are so many wonderful teams out there and it would be so wonderful to hear how they make it work out so well.

 

Can't wait to hear more about the plans being made.

 

Have a great day,

Renee

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I love Tracey's idea of a Mastermind session. This would be fabulous for more established VAs - maybe a couple of session times in small groups to do true mastermind type work on our own businesses? Could even set up phone/web follow up with the small group following the conference. Would be fabulous to take time to work *on* our businesses and go home with an action plan!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am definitely at the point where typically covered topics don't interest me anymore. I've been in business for 4 years now and it has changed so much during that time. My needs are definitely more advanced so I like the idea of the two tracks or mastermind sessions.

 

Sometimes it's just good to get with other VAs to pick their brains and see how they do things. There is definitely always room for improvement and it's my humble opinion that everyone, regardless of what business they own, needs to invest in professional development. This could be a conference, network membership, attending webinars or doing online courses.

 

For what it's worth, I've spent over $3000 AUD to get to the IVAA Live Summit this month. It's been really hard getting the money together and there has been times where I thought it wouldn't happen but it is and I'm so excited.

 

For me a VA conference isn't necessarily about making connections with potential clients, it's about learning more about being a rockstar VA, it's about connecting with potential colleagues and subcontractors, and it's definitely about getting some Vitamin D. Hibernating in my cave (aka office) is not good for the health.

 

So I'd start saving now for next year!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

For what it's worth, I've spent over $3000 AUD to get to the IVAA Live Summit this month. It's been really hard getting the money together and there has been times where I thought it wouldn't happen but it is and I'm so excited.

 

For me a VA conference isn't necessarily about making connections with potential clients, it's about learning more about being a rockstar VA, it's about connecting with potential colleagues and subcontractors, and it's definitely about getting some Vitamin D. Hibernating in my cave (aka office) is not good for the health.

 

So I'd start saving now for next year!

 

Fantastic that you found a way to come up with $3000 to attend IVAA this year. Did you get to AVAC in Australia? I'd like to attend it one day and meet my Aussie friends :)

 

I hear you that many of the topics at our industry conferences don't necessarily interest the more Veteran VAs and that is why I would like to see what it is everyone wants from this conference through your feedback :) For me, I attend now mainly for the networking with like-minded getting my advanced training at conferences outside the VA world.

 

I truly wish I had attended the conferences in my early years of business as they would have really benefited me then. But like many new VAs today, I said, "I can't afford it!" HA! Funny thing is as I look back now...my business suffered because I didn't attend my industry conferences in the early years. I could have skipped a couple of years of growth and moved up quicker in my business having attended same :(

 

I remember in Dallas at the IAVOA conference years ago, we had a Mastermind group which was about 10-12 VAs who were in a higher income range. It was really beneficial to my company to learn from the others in this Mastermind group. That is one of the very reasons I started the VAinsider Club ...to connect with like-minded that wanted to invest in their company with continued education on a monthly basis. The only issue I had with the IAVOA Mastermind group was that I felt segregated from the others and didn't feel I got to connect/network with as many as I would have liked to have done. There must be a happy inbetween which is what I'd like to find with everyone's feedback.

 

Enjoying reading the thread...keep it going!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Tawnya,

I was hoping for January to kick start my business for the new year with great networking and information, but I wasn't thinking of the weather aspect of attending in Vancouver at that time of the year! Are you going to include any "virtual" aspects of the conference for those who want to attend, but it may not be feasible? It would be great to have access to some of the workshop classes virtually. I would rather attend in person if I can, especially since it's been a while since I have been "home", but it I can't make it, I would sure like to know I still will have access to what I am sure is going to be FANTASTIC information and networking.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I know I'm a little late on the scene here, but...

ME ME ME ME ME!!!!

 

LOL, I would be soooo up for this, because I would love to be able to meet all of you in person, and I would love an excuse to get out to the West Coast again, and because I think it would be REALLY, REALLY valuable. I love the idea of separate tracks for new vs established VAs, mentor partnerships, etc. Pretty much all of it, lol!

 

Of course, traveling out that way from Indiana isn't exactly cheap, so I voted for September, to give me more time to save up.

 

Although.... I'm sure Patty would agree with me that Indianapolis is a FABULOUS city for a convention :whistlin::lol::D Just kidding!

 

I would also be more than willing to do what I can to help out!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Want to Become a VA?
    Invest in The VAC!
    How Do YOU Startup A



    Are You a VAinsider?
    Virtual Assistant Organization Association
    Upgrade Your FREE Account & Receive Today...
    * Access to Our Job Board *
    * VA Training Tracks*
    * Group Coaching *
    * Private Mastermind Area *
    * Business Templates *
    * Contracts & Forms*
    *Checklist & eBooks *
    * Seminar Archives *
    * Plus VAinsider Perks! *
    UPGRADE HERE

    Virtual Assistant Organization Association





    HootSuite - Social Media Dashboard


    Click to see your AD here!


    Cool Virtual Assistant of the month!

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.