A Truly Inspirational Woman That I Admire
There are so many amazing and inspiring Woman across the globe, who I respect and look up to as Mentors and Leaders – making this month’s blog a bit more challenging!
I suppose everyone has a different set of ‘values’ and that determines, possibly, who you follow. By follow, I mean, whose teaching you sit under, whose advice you apply and Leadership you model after. I must say that I look at the Whole of the person’s life, not just their professional life but more so their personal lives. I firmly believe that you get to truly know a person, when you see how those closet to them (e.g. Spouse and Children) relate and interact with them. We good at professional lives, because we’ve been trained to fit a certain model – do or die. But it’s in the intimacy of personal relationship that the real you comes out and especially more so, when one’s personal life can also be a bit challenging – but hey – that’s only what I believe.
Another thought I had as I was thinking about these amazing Woman, and who I could blog about, was there leadership style. You want a Leader whose life will cause you to want to follow them.
Woman in Leadership
Many Woman in Leadership positions today, sadly to say, are power hungry and lead in a dictator type of way.
It was by pure accident that I came across the Woman, I am about to mention below. I was driving in my car one morning on my way to work and this Lady came on the radio and started speaking. Well she was loud and confident but everything she said, resonated truth within me. When I got to the office, I immediately made a note (not much google then), to look up. You say, it was love at first hearing and below is an insert on a bio write up on her, sadly the name of the author was missing.
If you have ever watched ‘Enjoying Everyday Life’, a Joyce Meyer Ministries programme, you would have gotten to see and hear the ever so direct and confident Joyce Meyer. Her teachings are mind changing and heart searching. She just makes so much sense when she speaks, it’s as if she’s living your life, every day. You would think she’s perfect – but she quite assuredly tells you that she’s flawed but she’s living life to the fullest in an overcoming way. You can marvel at that when you know her past.
A charismatic speaker and author
One would have often wondered how a victim of sexual and emotional abuse can talk so assuredly. Well She tells you, its all about God’s grace, His plans and His love. Joyce Meyer is definitely ‘blessed’. A charismatic Christian speaker and author, Meyer went through a great deal of turmoil in her early life but rose to build one of the world’s largest Christian ministries in the world. Her books have helped millions of people find hope and restoration in Jesus Christ and her programme commits at redeeming the words of Jesus Christ by helping people inculcate them in their life. She claims that it was God’s words that helped upturn her doomed life.
She serves as a practical teacher, sharing her experiences and testimony and her life-changing message. Because her life had changed – she longs to see that same change in others and she continues in her effort to help others redeem their life.
- Through Joyce Meyer Ministries, she teaches on a number of topics focussing on mind, mood, mouth and attitude. What has made her Show irresistible, is the fact that she candidly communicates about her experiences and her learning and inspires viewers to learn from them and apply the same in their life. Her practical approach to Bible is quite unique and ground-breaking.
- Over the years, she has authored nearly 100 books, which have been translated in more than 100 languages and have catered to about 12 million readers. The extensive demand of the books and super successful response from readers and critics has led her to become one of the New York Times bestselling authors.
- In addition to hosting a television ministry and writing books, Joyce conducts several domestic and international conferences every year that motivate people to start enjoying their everyday life. Her annual women conference has been quite a big hit, amassing more than 200,000 women from across the globe per year.
- Joyce claims that it is through her teachings that she aims at meeting the needs of the suffering and make people reach out to the Gospel in a practical way. For the same she commenced Hand of Hope, a foundation that serves as the mission arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. It runs several programs, providing food, medical care and disaster relief supplies.
- In 2000, she co-founded the St Louis Dream Center along with her husband, Dave (you want to hear his story of how he decided to marry Joyce – unique!). The Center aims at serving the inner city through hands-on program that are targeted at treating the needy, lost and hurt through the love of Christ.
Inspirational Joyce quotes
Some of Joyce’s quotes that have really inspired me over the years:
“You can suffer the pain of change or suffer remaining the way you are.”
“Character is doing what you don’t want to do but know you should do.”
“Happiness is not a feeling, it is a choice. To be happy, one must choose to be happy, not respond to a circumstance that now controls your happiness.”
“Courage is fear that has said its prayers and decided to go forward anyway.”
Want to know what it’s like a day in the life of a Virtual Assistant? Read more here
Virtual Assistants are essential to the well-being of any organisation. Their role is important because they ensure that resources are made available, timelines are adhered to, objectives are reached, clients are kept informed and expenses are within budget.
The ideal characteristics of an effective virtual assistant include:
Good communication skills
You have to be able to answer questions from your client or his clients quickly and efficiently, making use of correct and up to date information. Staying up to date with the going ons of your client is an essential part of a VA’s day to day tasks. Also not forgetting your client’s clients. Being able to liase with them and able to answer all their questions is essential for the prosperity of any company.
No matter if your dog chewed your favourite slipper or your cup of coffee this morning was cold, you got to have a positive attitude not only when communicating to others but also whilst doing your activities and try to make it fun for yourself to do so. Also having a positive attitude when communicating with your client helps to make for a better and easier working environment.
A good virtual assistant must be able to use spreadsheets, timesheets, Skype chats, emails, Microsoft Word & Excel or any other similar piece of software available to help track their work.
Being tech-savvy allows the virtual assistant to be able to cope, understand and utilze any tech related operations that their client may decide to implement. Constantly being able to update your knowledge is of unestimated value for any Virtual Assistant.
It is important to stay motivated yourself and also to be able to motivate your client and their employees. Staying motivated is essential for keeping everyone’s spirits up and makes for a more enjoyable working environment with less unforeseen problems sticking their heads up. Not every body can be motivated every day and by working as a team with your client can help everybody to motivate each other over time. Some days you motivate them and other days they will be able to motivate you.
“A stitch in time saves nine! Proactivity is key in project management.” – Christelle, traffic and production manager
There you have it – the skills set required to be a successful virtual assistant. In essence, if you are considering virtual assistant as a career choice, you need to be self-motivated, flexible and able to maintain a sense of humour in the face of daily challenges. You have to be able to work as a team and close with your client to make a close working bond causing you to know ahead of time what your client is thinking and in turn, your client will be able to know ahead of time what you are thinking. Doing all this on a daily basis is all in a day’s work for a virtual assistant.
Spend a day in my life as an efficient Virtual Assistant
When I became a VA, the thought of working from home seemed idyllic. I mean, who wouldn’t enjoy being able to get up, go for a run and have coffee before firing up the computer? Not to mention being able to catch up with friends or wear comfy clothes all while tending to your family and work.
It didn’t take me long to realise that I needed to set myself boundaries and a routine if I were to be a top notch VA. I know that I crave structure and social interaction in order to be productive. As race walking has always been my go to “happy place”, I start my day with a 8km walk, breathing in fresh air and starting my day off on a positive note.
After a long walk I fire up the computer, whilst I have a well-deserved cup of coffee. For me the need to dress for success is vital, one cannot be productive if you do not dress for success, I don’t have to don a jacket and high heels, but being clean and presentable does wonders for one’s self esteem and allows me to feel motivated throughout the day.
As I sit down at my desk strategically placed in front of the window, first thing I do is check my emails, as this will determine the type of day I will have. Normally, whilst the emails are loading, I look out of my window at my goose splashing in his pond and that is when I feel truly blessed to be able to work from home. I have found that setting specific work hours has helped me to establish my own unique work style.
I have learnt that I cannot be in front of the computer all day and I need to take regular breaks. Going out during the day, goes a long way to keeping me connected with the world, a trip to the grocery store or a chat to friends at lunch time always lifts my spirits and allows me to come back to my desk after lunch refreshed and ready for what the afternoon might bring.
Every day I have a “to-do” list that I strive to get complete, this ensures that I don’t procrastinate and I maintain a steady pace throughout the day instead of a mad rush at the end of the day. There is nothing as satisfying as crossing off a task on your list (“tick”). Working from home allows me be able to have dinners cooked and the house cleaned as this is all part of my daily routine. There is no greater pleasure than having the kettle boiled for when my daughter comes home in the evening.
It takes dedication to stick to a routine when there is no one there to hold you accountable, however, if you are committed and have support, a day in the life of a VA can be a wonderful experience.
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My Journey as a Virtual Assistant by Jenni Plaistowe
There was a time in my life where I loved the hustle and bustle of the corporate world. I have always been in admin positions, but in various roles from being the receptionist to managing the boxes at the rugby and cricket stadiums. Then the company got taken over, then that company got taken over and so on and so forth. Eventually, I became a number….literally….any queries within the company had to be followed by BUILDING NUMBER, FLOOR NUMBER, DESK NUMBER. Never a name.
It was time. I then had the wonderful privilege of being a stay-at-home mom and that came with a whole new set of challenges. During this time, I did a few work-from-home admin jobs for people I knew and got involved in charity work. But, children aren’t at school forever and things changed again.
I started the search of work-from-home ideas and the internet threw reams and reams of information at me. Sadly, a lot had to be filtered out thanks to the unscrupulous folk out there, but I came across virtual assistant work. The first thing I did was an in-depth course on Medical Transcription. This course took me from “how to open your laptop” to “learning the English language” to “The Anatomy” to “Pharmacology” and everything in between. So, I started doing some work for a couple of companies on and off. In a technology advanced world that we all live in I realised I had far more potential. It is at this point that I “started” again. I found VA Connect!!!! Now let‘s get down to serious business.
I know my strengths and I need to utilise them to the fullest. I want to be able to have that feeling of satisfaction for a job well done and I want my clients and potential clients to have the same, knowledge and comfort that their work is in very capable hands. Working in harmony with VA Connect can give me that. Let’s not kid ourselves though, working from home is fantastic and the only traffic I want to deal with is the cat and dog down the passage. I can do this, I will be disciplined, I will be accurate, I will be professional (slippers and all) and I will deliver to each client’s expectation. My new journey has begun and I am excited, nervous, anxious, confident all at the same time.
I look forward to new challenges, learning new businesses and new courses on how to better myself in the world of being a Virtual Assistant.
My Journey as a Virtual Assistant by Michelle Wilbraham
I recently joined the team at VA Connect as a Virtual Assistant and in the short time I have been with them, I have really enjoyed the experience thus far.
I started my career as a Medical Secretary and gained 10 years of experience and knowledge in the government sector. After the birth of my son, I resigned as we decided that the early stages of a child’s development are crucial and I was privileged to stay at home with him for 4 years until he started day-care.
After this I returned to work and had been working as a personal assistant/office manageress for the past 17 years, basically ending up running the office for the company that I was last with.
I was working in a half day job which suited me at the time as I had a school going son. They decided to make the position full day so I had no other alternative but to resign, so that I could be there for him. He has since left home and I now found myself having so much more time on my hands and suffering a bad case of empty nest syndrome.
I was searching for something that I could do from home and by chance came across Tammy Nortier on a facebook page and she mentioned VA Connect to me.
I have been working for VA Connect for a week now and am absolutely loving it. I have gained so much valuable knowledge and skills during this short time and been exposed to many new software packages and applications.
Working as a VA gives me exposure to new clients and and I am currently working for a USA based company which despite the time difference is easily manageable and a great opportunity.
I love working from home and don’t miss the daily commute to work like everyone else.
I look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with both the client and VA Connect.