I’ve been writing a series of blogs on topics beginning with ‘M’ (you may also have seen the video versions on LinkedIn).

Today I’m going to talk about magination. Okay, it’s actually imagination but we’ve been talking M’s in this series, so it has to be ‘magination’. Work with me on this.The Power of Magination

So, imagine that you, as a VA or a small business owner, have a piece of work to do. Wouldn’t it be great that you could just pick it up and know how to get it done?

I’m not talking about the nitty-gritty of the research or the content knowledge because I’m assuming you have that. No. I’m talking about the mechanical knowledge of using your everyday software to get stuff done.

Let’s take Microsoft Word, for example.

Let’s suppose you need to create a lead magnet or an eBook, either for yourself or for a client for somebody else. You have to consider the brand, branding and Styles in Word.

Do you have your Style Sets set up in Word to take account of that? Can you switch easily from one client or business to another? When you have your Styles set up that way in Word, it just makes things a breeze. Imagine how that would feel.

What about PowerPoint?

You may be a Virtual Assistant or a small business owner that’s forever creating PowerPoint presentations, either for yourself or for your clients. Make it easy by mastering the Slide Master. Learn how to set that up so that all you need to focus on is the content.

It’s really easy, especially when you can learn how to do it from somebody who knows.

And then there’s Microsoft Outlook.

Are you in control of your inbox or is your inbox in control of you? Do you know about Quick Steps? Do you know about Quick Parts? Do you know about Rules?

Do you know about the things that are going to make working in Outlook more pleasurable for you, and not so totally overwhelming? As I say on my course page, Outlook is a bit of a puppy – adorable yet capable of being a little naughty if you don’t show it who is in charge.

And then, of course, with Microsoft 365 there’s the new kid on the block – Microsoft Teams.

Are you using it with your clients? Are you using it with colleagues? Are you delivering training using Microsoft Teams?

It’s a very powerful collaboration, communications and teaching tool. There’s a good deal to learn if you want it to work smoothly for you.

When you don’t know how to do something, imagine how fabulous it would be to be able to simply log in to an online system and learn the bit you need to do. It would take away all that worry and stress.

Imagine it.

No need to waste time googling how to do something. No need to spend ages trawling through all of the search outcomes that you get, with no clue as to which ones are of high quality or right up to date.

Imagine that the access you have is to a top-quality training programme delivered by somebody who really knows their stuff. And not only knows their stuff but knows how to put it across in a way that helps you take it in easily and memorably.

You won’t be surprised that I’m talking about my training academy at Tomorrow’s VA. It has a comprehensive range of online courses in the course directory.

In the course directory, I have courses on How to Use Styles in Word. There’s Master the Slide Master in PowerPoint, How to Take Back Control of Your Inbox in Outlook, and How to use Microsoft Teams, whether you want to use it as a small business owner or as a trainer.

There are versions for Windows users, versions for Mac. Whatever machine you use you’re covered by my courses.

So, why don’t you hop over and have a look at the course directory and imagine how amazing it would be to have access to all of that knowledge at your fingertips, whenever you needed it.

Not only do you get the course but you are also able to get support with the built-in Community that comes with the learning. A safe space to ask questions, see the questions of others and share challenges and successes.

Let your imagination run wild. What would you create and how will you shape your future with wonderful access to all this learning?

If you have any questions you know what to do. Just ask. I’m on a mission to help VA’s become a superhero to their clients. So, no question is too small, silly or stupid.

Please, just ask.

Shelley Fishel



P.S You can see the video that this is based on – on my YouTube Channel

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