Episode 25 Virtually Amazing with Gail Morgan

Episode 25 Virtually Amazing with Gail Morgan

Show Notes

In this week’s episode which was recorded back in June, Shelley and Gail talk about why colour is important, getting dressed for work even when not going out and all things style.

Lots of fun.

Our Guest – Gail Morgan

Gail Morgan is a Style Consultant and Image Expert with over 28 years’ experience.  Her mission is to simplify the art of getting dressed so that you enjoy wearing clothes that flatter your body, support your lifestyle, and boost your confidence.

She has extensive retail and personal shopping experience and specialises in working with busy professionals and business owners who need to improve their visibility. Gail loves seeing her clients blossom and their confidence soar, once they understand the colours and styles of clothes that really suit them.

Gail also runs Study in Style – a training academy, teaching independent Personal Stylists and Image Consultants around the World through her certified online and face to face training programmes. 

During the podcast Gail will be sharing her Top 10 Style Tips for VAs – to include suggestions for working at home and when visiting clients.

You Will Learn

  • Why getting dressed for work even when you are not going out is important
  • How colour and style affect your mood and productivity
  • Tips for looking good in online meetings

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Episode 25 Virtually Amazing with Gail Morgan

Episode 25 – Virtually Amazing with Joanne Munro

Show Notes

This week we are in conversation with Joanne Munro the founder of the Munro PA Services and The VA Handbook. Joanne started her VA business in 2008 after a career in events in hospitality. In this session we talk about building her VA business, starting the VA Handbook and supporting other VAs

Our Guest – Joanne Munro

Writer and creator of The VA Handbook website, Joanne Munro’s sole aim is to help people set up and run their own Virtual Assistant business.

We spend over half our lives at work and she firmly believes that if you dont love what you do, arent valued, appreciated, paid well, and professionally fulfilled, then its a life half lived. 

There are no longer any rules about how we work, and Joanne feels that as long as you can pay the rent, theres no reason you cant do what you want, when you want, where you want and for whomever you want. 

The goal of her website is to show the realities of freelancing and to try and educate, assist and encourage people to design a flexible and fulfilling working life that suits them.

You Will Learn

  • Tips to help you get clients
  • That it is possible to work from ANYWHERE

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Episode 23 – Virtually Amazing with Paul Richardson

Episode 23 – Virtually Amazing with Paul Richardson

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Paul Richardson

Paul Richardson

Resources

https://www.idrive.com/p=inceptionsupportltd

An online backup solution gives you peace of mind that your data is safe should the worst happen to your premises.  It has the ability to back up wherever you have an active Internet connection so you don’t have to worry if you have your computer away from the office (and your backup drive!).

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Show Notes

This week we are in conversation with Paul Richardson the founder of Inception Support which specialises in MAC support. Paul will help MAC users understand the tech they are using, how to improve security by implementing good housekeeping techniques and FileVault.

 

Our Guest – Paul Richardson

Paul Richardson is the owner and founder of Inception Support Ltd, a company that provides expert Mac support for businesses and home users.

Having qualified as an Apple Certified Service Engineer (which was later rebranded as Apple Certified Macintosh Technician) in 2002, he has a wealth of knowledge to draw upon when it comes to solving your Mac-related problems but do yourself a favour and don’t get him started on why you should have a backup unless you’re sitting comfortably…

Paul readily admits that he’s one of those fortunate few people who are doing the job they’ve always wanted to do and is even lucky enough to get paid to do it.  Described by clients as affable and approachable, he is always happy to teach people about their systems without resorting to technobabble.

You Will Learn

 

  • Why you need as much RAM as  you can afford
  • The difference between RAM and storage
  • Why having a back up is essential

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Episode 22 – Virtually Amazing with Susan Wright

Episode 22 – Virtually Amazing with Susan Wright

Show Notes

This week we are in conversation with Susan Wright, tune in to hear how two big life events, being made redundant and then health issues gave Susan the impetus to set up The Wright VA. Find out what Susan loves to do workwise, and why niching down and finding the right clients all helps to get stuff done to everyone’s satisfaction.

 

Our Guest – Susan Wright

After working for over 20 years’ in the Corporate World predominantly in the Private Equity sector, Susan obtained a wealth of knowledge, learned and developed her skillset and gained a fount of experience.  For many years, Susan did so many mail merges that she was able to recite from memory how to do one from scratch over the phone to a colleague whilst being on holiday!!  This was also true with headers and footers in Word.

Susan came about this industry by chance.  Following a couple of redundancies and a second spell of long-term sick leave, she was unsure if she would be able to procure and maintain a new employed role, so having a couple of contacts who required some ad hoc admin support, she set up Susan’s Office Solutions in 2017.  It was at a visit to the PA Show in February 2018 where Susan met a number of inspirational people and came away with a bucket load of information that enlightened her to the industry.  She took this new found knowledge (and a call enquiring if she sold copy paper!) to re-brand and professionalise her business.  Susan re-launched exactly a year later in September 2018 as The Wright VA.

Susan assists a range of clients and as a born organiser, a desire to help and a want for all things ‘right’, she goes above and beyond to ensure these qualities are met for her clients.

You Will Learn

 

  • Why networking is important
  • People do business with people
  • Top tips for networking

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Episode 21 – With Anne Walsh

Episode 21 – With Anne Walsh

Show Notes

In this episode we find out how Anne ended up in Cameroon for two and a half years and why she became an Excel Trainer. We also learn how Excel can be helpful to VAs when tidying up data – we talk, Dashboards, VLookup, Get and Transform and Conditional Formatting and Jo gets excited about spreadsheets.

 

Our Guest – Anne Walsh

Anne Walsh – The Excel Lady – is a freelance trainer based in the west of Ireland who specialises in training users in Excel. She “puts the fun in functions” and wants to help alleviate the fear that so many people have around Excel. She has written Your Excel Survival Kit: Your guide to surviving and thriving in an Excel world which consistently gets 4 and 5 star reviews. She blogs regularly at www.the-excel-expert.com where you can sign up for a free tutorial on that infamous Excel function: the Vlookup(). 

You Will Learn

  • The importance of a great headshot for building relationships with people
  • What makes a great headshot
  • How to work with a photographer to produce a range of images for your social media posts

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Episode 21 – With Anne Walsh

Episode 20 Virtually Amazing with Rachel Hands

Show Notes

This week we are in conversation with Rachel Hands of RHVA. Rachel set up her business in 2013 supporting a variety of people and businesses including solo preneurs and a global organisations. We find out why Rachel left a busy customer service role where she oversaw a team and set up as a VA.

We also had a huge discussion on what Success looks like and means for each of us and it is different for everyone. Tune it – it’s a corker.

Our Guest – Rachel Hands

Rachel Hands of RHVA started her business in 2013. She has over 20 years’ experience in customer service and business administration management, in the engineering, manufacturing and logistics sectors.

Rachel believes that each business is unique and as a result is proud to have longstanding clients who in turn have referred RHVA to other businesses. 98% of her clients have come from other happy customers.

Alongside providing administrative support to businesses large and small, Rachel forms part of the operation’s committee for a local charity where she is Training and Schools Coordinator and a volunteer mentor for new parents receiving a diagnosis of Down’s Syndrome.

Rachel was honoured to have been awarded VA of the Year 2019 for the West Midlands, England Region and Runner Up – England VA of the Year 2019.

Married to Dave and Mum to Connor and Ella, she lives in Warwickshire but supports clients throughout the UK.

 

You Will Learn

  • There are many reasons for becoming a VA
  • That Success is individual and everyone defines it differently.

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