It seems to dominate the news around the world at the moment. I’m talking, of course, about this horrible Coronavirus pandemic.

Touchwood, my family and I are all well at the moment. Although we did cut short our trip and came back to Israel early. We are in Self Isolation at the moment as the rules here are anyone coming home from abroad must quarantine for 14 days. Our neighbours have been amazing dropping off essential supplies and I have done my online shopping here for the first time too.

Please do follow the advice given by the health experts and do all you need to do to take care.

It may not feel as if there’s much good news around but life and business do go on.Coronavirus – a time for Teams

And in a curious way, the response to the outbreak of COVID-19 does create opportunities for the VA who has got to grips with all the collaborative power that Microsoft Office offers.

As you may have seen on the news, many big brand companies – including Apple, Amazon and Google – are encouraging employees to work remotely.

Their corporate lead will be followed by smaller businesses, for sure.

To be successful, remote working requires excellent communications and access to collaborative tools.

Microsoft Teams is one of the solutions to that challenge. It offers:

  • Secure flow and storage of information in one central place
  • Voice or video calls and meetings, linking inside and outside the organisation
  • Chat messaging between groups or teams within the company
  • Real-time and easy collaboration on documents
  • Flexible channel and project setups for how you work best

In a world where agile working is one of the hottest trends, companies are looking for reliable solutions to help get the best out of their teams.

Because of this virus outbreak, we’re going to see – for many, many months ahead at least – businesses using fewer in-person huddle, scrums or micro meetings.

As increasing numbers look to remote working, they are going to be making more use of the collaborative functions provided by tech giants like Microsoft.

That means there’s likely to be a sudden spike in the demand for and use of the Teams tool.

If you are a VA who is already using it – and knows it inside out – you are going to have a ready advantage in the market.

Not only will you be able to demonstrate to prospects and clients your expertise in working with Teams. You will also be able to help less-confident clients set things up, and maybe even train some of their people.

Coronavirus – a time for TeamsBecause Teams is also a great productivity tool, you and those you serve will both benefit.

If you haven’t done so already, ensure you highlight your Teams credentials on your website, in your marketing and during your conversations.

Don’t assume people know what you do or what you know. Tell them.

I’m not making light of what’s going on out there in each country, it really has shocked the world. But to survive and thrive in business you do have to see opportunities and take action.

Not in an unethical, money-grabbing or selfish way, of course. That’s not how a professional VA would ever act.

When you operate in service of others, you can put your hand on your heart and say you’re doing it for the right reasons.

Businesses need our help. Go serve them the best way you know-how.

If you’re not yet familiar with how to use Microsoft Teams you can always get up to speed with my online course.

It covers all the essentials you need to get started and use it with clients. How to set it all up, how to use ‘channels’, how to use the chat, how to run meetings, and how to collaborate the smarter way with documents.

Learn at your own pace, where you want, when you want. The course is yours for life so you can pop back in whenever you need a quick refresher.

All the course details are here.

Do let me know how you get on with Teams. I use it with my lovely VA and it just works so well for us.

As we are currently in unprecedented times I have applied a 25% reduction to the cost of the course. Normally it would be £75 but until the end of April 2020 the course costs just £56.25. 

The session was well structured and the explanation was very clear. It was amazing how Shelley managed to squeeze so much info in just one hour and a half! Colin’s support and contributions were also very valuable, and so were “Virtual Veronica”‘s. Thank you for a most interesting and useful training session at the Miss Jones Virtual Summit!

Laura Carizzo- Royal Norwegian Embassy in Argentina

I haven’t used PowerPoint in 20 years, this has really boosted my confidence.

Lyn Parker

Course is packed with so much valuable information in a easy-to-understand and follow language, even for a complete beginner. I can respect the fact that sometimes it’s very hard for an expert to break the information down to basics. but Shelley has done it brilliantly. I was sure that I knew quite a bit but Shelley has proven me wrong even at the very beginning of the basics of PowerPoint. Lessons are short and precise which allowed me to easily transfer the new skill into practice without being overwhelmed and to carry on adding on more with each lesson. I had so many ‘Aha!’ moments and for most of them I couldn’t believe I used to pay graphic designer to do it for me, now, thanks to Shelley, I am looking forward to creating, designing, converting my presentations all by myself!

Iva Freeman – Vertex Human Capital

Shelley was very thorough and knew a lot of tip’s for using Teams, thank you 🙂

James O’Connor – Cavannah Homes

Very informative, constantly getting everyone in the meeting involved, loved every bit of it!

Dylan Teal Hopkins – Cavannah Homes
Fantastic and informative training and great to see all of the exciting functions with Microsoft Teams.
Laura Rigby – The Apprenticeship College
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.
Leigh Dowling – Innuous

Microsoft Teams One to One Training Session

Shelley was approachable, easy to work with, and agile with answering questions to apply the session to my specific needs

Melissa Marshall – Present Your Science

A course on Outlook had been on the top of my list when Shelley asked VA’s what they wanted to learn.

It was a real case of ‘so that’s how you do it’ or ‘I never knew that’. I have to say that I learnt so many great tips it has definitely improved the way I work in Outlook and my inbox is looking colourful and organised and I can’t wait to share this knowledge with my clients.

Jacqueline Leake – JLeake VA Services – Outlook

A great course with lots of examples and step by step instructions. I can now confidently create infographics and as a bonus, I learnt a lot of new PowerPoint functionality that will enhance all my PowerPoint work and save me so much time.

Jessica Bailey – Integral Resource

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