Show Notes

Lucy started out working for McKinsey in London and discovered that she loved organising diaries rather than being the one with the diary that needed organising…

Once Lucy was married and had her daughter she and her husband found the daily stress of working in London and running to drop off or pick up their daughter from her carer. They decided to move out to the country and have a better work life balance – with Lucy being a Cornish girl at heart….

Lucy was introduced to VIPVA and found out about being a VA and has not looked back since.

Our Guest - Lucy Messaritis

Lucy Messaritis, founder of Nixon Executive Support, has been a successful (APVA accredited) VA for over 4.5 years. Her current portfolio of work includes diary management and general PA duties for the Editor of a current affairs publication and for two directors of an employment law specialist, plus personal PA support to a private entrepreneur and via association with fellow VA colleague, virtual EA
support to a founding Partner of a management consultancy firm.

Lucy is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Association of Professional Virtual Assistants, who’s mission is to raise the industry standard with its support of VAs and OBMs and educating them on the fundamental requirements to be properly set up in business, to ensure both they and their clients are protected.
Prior to becoming a VA, Lucy spent 7.5 years learning the art of complex diary management and general right-hand-womanship at McKinsey & Co London as EA to various senior Partners in the Healthcare, Pharmaceutical and Private Equity sectors. Teamwork, a keen eye for detail, the ability to put herself in her charges’ shoes and a good sense of humor were key to ensuring that Lucy’s support
for those under her care was always to the highest level.

Outside of making diaries look neat and getting people from A-B as gracefully as possible, which she genuinely gets a kick out of, Lucy loves baking cakes and trying overly complicated recipes, trying to burn off some of those calories with long walks in her local South Gloucestershire countryside with her husband and 10 year old daughter or pounding the lengths of her local pool (when it’s open!) and pretending she knows what she’s doing in the garden.

“Lucy makes it so much easier to cope with a busy and demanding meeting and travel schedule. She is creative in her approach to diary management – she is way beyond admin – a real partner in a busy life” – Annabel Kaye, Director, Irenicon Ltd

You will learn

  • The importance of networking to establish yourself
  • A unique way of packaging services

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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