Thoughts on my 20th Sabbatical

If it’s October, it’s time for my sabbatical.  :::cue the band and confetti::: This is the 20th (wow!!) year that I’ve done this, and I have nothing more fascinating to say about it than I’ve said before, with the exception of this: I love my life and I’m...

The Best Time to Work With a Virtual Assistant

I’m often asked the question about “how to know the best time to work with a virtual assistant.” My answer has been the same for 20+ years: If you’re asking now, the time was long ago.  That’s some real truth, right there. If you get quiet and honest with yourself...

Professionalism: Focus Solely on What it Means to You

I’ve been asked recently if VAs shouldn’t be more professional, or display greater professionalism. What a great topic that is, and I thought I’d take it on and see if I can help in how you’re thinking about it. Let’s start with what professionalism is. The simple...

Focus on Context For Remarkable Results From Your VA

I realized this morning that something I’ve mentioned many times but not really ‘splained is the importance of giving your VA context for everything you do and want her to do for you. Context is a specific path to getting remarkable results from your virtual...

Are Your Beliefs About Delegating Holding You Back?

Peter and I were talking during a Wise Help Session about what he called his “inability to delegate because it takes up too much time.”  He said that giving up the things he already knows how to do requires more time and energy than just doing those things himself. He...

Why a VA May Have No Social Media Presence

I was working with a client in my Registry Gold process. He was looking at one of our VAs who had responded to his request and told me he didn’t think she would be a good match for him. I probed: “What do you see that leads you to that conclusion?”...

Valued: Big Ways to Celebrate Your Admin

Next week is Administrative Professionals Day here in the US (as well as in Hong Kong and Malaysia!), which is a day set aside to celebrate admins everywhere, and we include virtual assistants in that group. And, boy, do they all deserve to be celebrated! Over the...

How to Manage When You Hate to Manage

Soon after I started working for myself, a mentor told me to read The E-Myth Revisited*. It turned out to be game changing for me, mainly in helping me transition from being an employee and into embracing the three business personalities I would need to be...

The #1 Quality I Value in a Virtual Assistant

I was doing a Wise Help Session last week to help a realtor get clear on his needs for working with a VA, and he asked me a terrific question that, I was stunned to realize, I’d never been asked before. He wanted to know what I consider to be the most important...