Why the modern VA, Executive Assistant and PA Needs To Be
on Top of Their Game

The good news is there is growing demand for your services.

The Virtual Assistant role has evolved beyond managing diaries, a bit of bookkeeping and writing reports.

You might still be asked to do those things. But today’s client might also ask you to put together presentations, manage social media posts, do data analysis, schedule meetings, create eBooks and infographics, research and write blogs, and handle online meetings.


LEARN MORE, EARN MORE

There are opportunities out there for the smarter-thinking VA, EA or PA. That’s the case whether you are thinking of freelancing, a fresh start-up, already established or at an advanced business stage. Part-time or full-time.

Clients crave the professional administrator who can solve their problems, show creativity and deliver excellence, on time and every time.

They expect you to know how to use Office and Microsoft 365. The growth in remote working means more of them want you to also be Zoom-savvy and on top of Microsoft Teams.

You have three learning options…

Trial and Error

Work out how to do something in Microsoft 365 as you go. This can be time-consuming and VERY frustrating, especially if you don’t embed the learning and have to refresh your memory with each repeat task.

Search the Web

You could go trawling through the Internet and YouTube for answers. Good luck with that.

There are more than 100 million hits for ‘Microsoft Office Training on YouTube’ alone. Even if you find a video, the information could be out of date and quality of ‘training’ quite poor.

Find a Professional Microsoft 365 Trainer

You can learn via online courses or through personalised 1:1 sessions and customised group workshops.

A Bit About
Shelley Fishel

The MS Office Maestro

The Internet is amazing yet should also carry a health warning. Because anyone with a smartphone or computer can claim to be a ‘trainer’ or ‘expert’ in this or that.

Rest assured, you’re in safe hands with me.

I have been training people in Microsoft Office for 20+ years, in the classroom and online. Some people have called me ‘The Queen of Microsoft Office’, others know me as ‘The Microsoft Office Maestro’.

Experience

After working very happily with a training company, I went freelance in 2002. In 2007, I set up my own company and continued serving corporates and organisations through The IT Training Surgery.

I grew the business and then sold it. My work began to focus on helping VA’s and more of my training went online. That brings us to here and Tomorrow’s VA.

You’re reading about someone who is on a bit of a mission. My big ambition is to help thousands of VA’s, EA’s and PA’s across the globe be superheroes for their bosses and clients.

Qualifications

I hate to see VA’s and other administrative professionals paying for shoddy or lazy training. Paying for something that’s ‘padded out’ with stuff you’re never going to use.

You can be assured the training from me is practical, step-by-step and all about quality.

As a Fellow of the Learning & Performance Institute, my training standards are assessed regularly. The LPI has approved me as a Certified Online Learning Facilitator (COLF) and a Certified Designer of Online Learning (CDOL).

Presentation Style

My training gives you a step-by-step guide to carrying out the essential tasks in each application. You see what’s on my screen as I talk you through it. Every cursor move. Every click.

It’s delivered in an easy-paced, clear way, with a bit of fun along the way. To get a flavour of my style you can watch a preview [LINK to an online course page which has a PREVIEW available] of one of the course training videos.

International Speaker

My talks and presentations are designed to share practical know-how and time-saving tips – in an entertaining way.

Whether it’s a webinar or workshop, seminar or summit, I want people in the audience to be able to use the learning straight away. 

I have spoken at events such as The PA Show, the Practically Perfect PA online summit,ExecSecTech for Executive Secretary magazine and European Management Assistants (EUMA) 40th Anniversary Conference in Paris.

My talks and presentations can cover any aspect or application of Microsoft Office and Microsoft 365: Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Teams and more.

Podcaster

I have a podcast called Virtually Amazing [LINK to Podcast page] – The Podcast for Virtual Assistants.

Each week with co-host, Jo Brianti, I share tips and interview guest experts on topics which help VA’s to build their skills and grow their business.

I absolutely love doing the podcast and we’re excited about the lovely feedback we’re receiving.

Topics featured include setting up a VA business, GDPR, contracts, content writing, websites, coaching and training, tech security, using LinkedIn, blogging, copywriting and productivity.

Author, Blogger and Writer

You can find my range of ‘how to’ books – on Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and more – on the Bookboon website.

I also wrote a book called ‘Business Barista – Essential Excel Skills to Streamline Your Business’.[L|NK to Amazon page] It tells the journey of a fictitious coffee shop owner called Matt, and how he’s able to use the Microsoft application to grow his business.

I’m a contributor to Executive Secretary magazine. You can also explore more of my tips, blogs and articles through LinkedIn [LINK to your profile] and if you sign up to my newsletter.

Mum and More

As well as being an entrepreneur, IT trainer, author, writer, podcaster and business owner, I’m also a mother, a grandmother and wife. Family is important to me and I know what it’s like to juggle work and kids.

You might be thinking of a career change or going freelance. You may be just starting out or already up and running. You might be part-time or full-time.

You may work at the kitchen table, or in the dining room, bedroom or study. Perhaps you use a shared workspace or even have a nice office.

Wherever you are and whatever stage you are at, I’m here to help.

My training and online courses are not just about learning how to use applications in Microsoft 365. They are about how they allow you to do more in less time, so you can create the life and lifestyle you want.

I really like Shelley’s courses. She has a clear and easy to follow teaching style. In ‘How to Create Fillable Forms’ I’ve learned about the functions of the Developer ribbon which will mean I’ll be able to create a bespoke Returns Form for a client who has an online shop

Freya Henderson – Virtual Office Orkney

Shelley was really clear in her teaching and went at a pace that was helpful to us. We covered all we needed to know to get us started, as a small team, using MS Teams. She was also very helpful in the run up to the session, with check in calls and ensuring our platform was set up correctly. I would highly recommend Shelley to anyone wanting to learn to navigate their way around MS Teams.

Sarah Clements – Inuous

Absolutely superb course, easy to follow and to refer back whilst putting it all into practice! I was unaware of the extent you can customise a presentation and it’s just made me want to know more – what’s next Shelley?

Denise Williams

I thought I had a pretty good grasp of Outlook until I did this course! In her videos, Shelley is clear and concise, and the language she uses is straightforward and jargon-free. Each module is broken down into manageable chunks, which helps keep your attention and means the course is easy to fit in around other commitments. I’ve created email templates and implemented rules that are already saving me time, and as all the other things I’ve learnt start to become second nature, the positive impact on my efficiency is fast becoming clear. This course has been incredibly beneficial and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to strengthen their skills and boost productivity.

Pip Doleman VA

I thought I knew Powerpoint really well, but I wanted to specifically learn how to use Powerpoint to create better infographics, easily and quickly. Shelley explains everything in a very logical and clear way, so I understood everything the first time I heard it. The most useful thing I learnt was that Powerpoint can do so much more than I thought it could. By also using the short cuts that Shelley showed me I am much quicker than I have ever been and I thought I was already quick!

Susan Marot

Shelley Fishel of Tomorrow’s VA has a wealth of experience in Microsoft Office. I met her in person 2 years ago at the PA Show in London. I also saw her in action in a fab workshop and knew she was the whizz that everyone had told me she was. I have since bought a lifetime access to her HUB and all the courses in there are a MUST if you are a VA on a mission. The courses will give you confidence in all the Office 365 components and will catapult you to dizzy heights

Alex Hughes