webinar support

How To Host A Successful Webinar

“I love feeling stressed!” – said no one ever!

I’ve met a lot of entrepreneurs who have built a product, created a course or had a million-dollar idea but struggled to get it in front of enough people to really make the six figures they’d hoped for.

Why? Because hosting a webinar is freaking hard!

Sure, there are influencers who host a webinar and it looks like a piece of cake. But with the first strokes of the keyboard, your blood pressure begins to rise. Suddenly, what looked like a breeze feels unattainable. I’ve been there, we’ve all been there. Even the best online marketers have spent years refining their webinar strategy. They’ve been there, too!

Many have created courses designed to teach you how to create and host webinars. Perhaps you have invested in a course or two yourself… I know I have! Even though we spend our hard earned money on these programs, it isn’t always easy to go in and build a webinar on our own.

Your worst nightmare

Imagine this…

You’ve spent hours creating a beautiful webinar presentation. You can see your heart and soul in each passing slide. Except….No one else can see it! –gasp-

No one else can see it! –gasp-

You know the old saying, “Practice makes perfect”? I’m a firm believer in this! If you want to be good at something, you practice it! Instead of hopping on a webinar like you’ve been there a million times before, I recommend enlisting the support of a Priority VA to go on a practice run of your webinar.

Not only will you feel prepared for your live webinar, but the confidence of which you speak will help you come across to your audience as an authority in your field. That is our goal, right? To speak to our audience in such a way, that we set ourselves apart from the rest and truly set ourselves us an expert.

If you build it, they will come

This may have worked for Kevin Costner in the corn field, but it doesn’t hold true for online business.

You can’t expect guests to show up if they don’t pre-register. Your mom might, but that’s it!

If you don’t have a registration page, no one will be able to register.

Sarcastic? A little.

Truth? Absolutely!

In all sincerity, it’s important that you take time to create a registration page for your webinar in advance and write a few emails to send to your registrants.

They need to hear from you. Get your audience ready for the abundance of information you are going to unpack on your webinar.

Begin to build a relationship with them. When they see value prior to your webinar, they will trust what you have to say on the webinar and are more likely to invest in your offer.

Outcome

What is the ultimate goal for you?

Do you want to sell a product or service? I’m a firm believer that webinars work! We live in an information age and people are looking for new ways to cook, eat, sell, market… anything! This is why I believe that anyone can host a webinar and it’s important to be intentional with your webinar strategy to get the most return for your time invested.

My goal is to help entrepreneurs succeed and the best way I can do that is to offer outstanding VA support, including top notch webinar support.

I’ve built a team of VAs who have a heart for entrepreneurs. One of the ways we have chosen to use our talents is to offer high-end webinar support.

No longer are you trying to navigate the webinar beast alone, but rather, investing in a partner who can help you from start to finish. I’m thrilled to share this with the entrepreneur world!

Gone are the days of hosting a webinar all alone. Praying that your slides match your words, forgetting to press the record button or celebrating a successful webinar with a party of one!

Priority VA is here to help you with your next webinar.

Would you like outstanding support on your live webinars? Support that includes a webinar rehearsal, webinar debrief and loads of support in between.

Click here to get more information on what is included in this special Priority VA webinar support. My team is standing by! Too, QVC? Eh..hem….

Let’s try this again! Priority VA would be honored to support you on your next webinar.

To watch entrepreneurs succeed and truly achieve their goals is the life blood of my business.

Hosting a successful webinar is just one of the ways we can serve you. Get started here.

 

5 Reasons You Can’t Keep Team Members And How You Can Retain Your Team For The Long Haul

Are you struggling to keep team members? If you feel like there is a revolving door of team members, it’s possible that your team isn’t 100% at fault.

We’ve all been there, myself included when you hire someone who isn’t all they appear to be. However, this goes far beyond a bad hire. I’ve witnessed countless entrepreneurs who couldn’t keep anyone on their team only to realize that they were the common denominator?

No one ever wants to admit that a relationship didn’t work out due to their own inability to work well with others. But a good leader knows that self-evaluation is crucial to a successful business.

If you’re working with a team or are just starting, it’s important to know what will make or break the relationship.

Here are the top 5 reasons you can’t keep team members.

Communication Isn’t a Priority

Imagine having a spouse or best friend, but you only talk to them when it’s necessary. Chances are, communication will be rough at best. If you aren’t talking with your VA on a weekly basis, you’re doing it wrong.

My team and I have weekly calls to make sure we’re all on the same page. Personally, I like to use a video chat such as Zoom. I like to have “face to face” conversations…. even if it’s through a screen. There is something about seeing someone that makes me feel connected.

If a phone call is more your style, that’s completely fine. As long as you’re making communication a priority you’ll stay on the same page with your team and will build a solid working relationship.

You Refuse to Delegate

I’ve heard this time and time again. “It’s easier for me to do it myself. I’ll show my VA when I have more time.”

Permission to be blunt? You will never have time if you don’t start delegating!

You hired your VA for a reason. Most likely, because you need help. Your VA can’t help if you don’t give them the opportunity.

I’ve been on both sides of the coin here, wearing the hats of both CEO and VA.

As a CEO, it can be scary to hand off those first few tasks. Will your VA handle each task with the same care and detail as you? The answer is yes.

As a VA for over a decade, nothing gave me more satisfaction than offloading tasks from my clients, lighten their load and treat each task and project with just as much detail and respect as my clients would. It was my priority to treat their business exactly like my client would.

You’ve waited long enough. Start delegating today!

 Your Vision is Blurry

 Before you do anything else in your business, get clear on your vision. If you don’t know where you’re going, your team sure as heck won’t know.

  • What is your why?
  • What is your 1 year goal?
  • What is your 5 year goal?

Take some time to get super clear on your vision. It shouldn’t take long, but you DO need to write it down and relay the vision to your team. It doesn’t have to be fancy or include buzzwords, it just needs to be clear and concise.

 You’re a Helicopter CEO

 If you’re still exhausted after you’ve delegated to your team, chances are, you’re a helicopter CEO.

We’ve all witnessed it in one way or another. The parents and the park who won’t let their kids play on the swing set or gain independence on the slide. I’m all about keeping kids safe, but if they eat a little dirt, it isn’t going to hurt them. However, some parents can’t help but hover over Sally and Tommy to make sure they are doing exactly what they should be.

So many business owners tend to do this with their team. It is so, so important to let your VA do their thing. Don’t become a Helicopter CEO. Instead of micro-managing, trust your team to manage tasks and projects. It’s possible that they’ll do it better, anyway.

You keep it all business

 Do you know your VA’s birthday? Do you know their kids’ names?

Why not?

If you want to build a long lasting relationship with your VA, get to know them. Not just what they can do for you, but who they are when they aren’t online.

I send my team birthday gifts, call and leave messages for their kids when they have a big event, and take the time to learn who they are as individuals. It’s given me to an opportunity to know them on a personal level and in turn, has built trust as we’ve worked together over the years.

Are you tired of team members leaving?

Communicate, delegate, get clear on your vision, don’t be a Helicopter CEO, and last but not least, get to know your team as individuals.

Make each of these a priority and you’ll see your team members stick around for the long haul.

Become Fit In Every Area Of Your Life

Do you want to become fit in every area of your life? Balance is a beautiful thing, though it doesn’t always seem attainable.

We’re often told that we can do whatever we want and everything will be just fine. As long as we think that it’s best, then what’s the problem?

I’ve found that mindset to be 100% false. Not only in business, but in my personal life as well. You know the whole, “I’ll start Monday” mentality or my personal favorite, “I’m an adult, I work hard and I deserve it”. That mindset only brought me stress and pain. I struggled to find balance.

No one told me that running a business could be stressful. Sure, I KNEW that it would be hard, but I never fully understood the weight that would be on my shoulders.

As time passed, I began to stress eat. Not just a little, but A LOT. Somedays it was because I was stressed. Most days it was because I was tired. Or it was a Saturday and I’d worked all weekend, so I deserved it. That quickly led me down an unhealthy path. I was eating antacids like candy, sugar was my best friend and a plate of chili cheese fries was my entree of choice.

It wasn’t until I took a step back and evaluated my life and realized the destructive path I was on.

This year, I decided to get my life back. I started a new eating regimen. I cut out sugar, unhealthy foods, and half & half in my coffee. Torturous, but necessary.

Since February of 2017, I’ve steadily lost the weight I put on and have cut the antacids out of my diet. Is is easy? Heck, no! When my kids want Dairy Queen, I want to indulge with them. However, I know that staying on course with this healthy lifestyle will be so much sweeter than an Oreo Cheesecake Blizzard.

This same principle applies to business. I want to become what Todd Herman calls Entre-Fit. It’s important to take a step back and ask, “How am I doing?” and “Is my business healthy?”.

Much like how I was living my life in January, pre-lifestyle change, consuming too much and lacking in activity, my business was like that two and a half years ago.

I was spending too much time-consuming information left and right, but not doing anything with it. There were too many voices in my head telling me to do this or that. Leaving me feeling overwhelmed and helpless and with an inbox full of courses I would never complete because I was looking for the next shiny thing.

That was until I met Todd Herman.

Todd spoke my language.

He understood that I was using what he calls, the OWW brain. Everything was a struggle. I felt like I was throwing spaghetti at the wall. Feeling as though I was going nowhere. Looking in the mirror and feeling like a failure because I was experiencing struggles.

He taught me to shift my way of thinking to the WOW brain.

Last week, I experienced a difficult situation in my business. Yes, there were tears. Yes, I was frustrated. The difference between now and two years ago, is that I was hustling to find a solution.

What I once would have considered detrimental was considered a challenge that I would face head on. I am better because of it and so is my team.  

Making that shift in my brain cut down my anxiety by leaps and bounds. No more taking years off my life because of difficulty. I stop, evaluate the situation, determine a plan of action and move forward.

As with dieting, it isn’t always easy. Somedays you want to stick your head in the sand, but what kind of leader would you be if you only took on the easy parts of business? Though it’s difficult, your business is reliant on you to square up your shoulders and know in your heart that you are good, you are capable and you were created for this very moment. Now show it who’s boss!

Staying true to the WOW brain will set your business up for success in ways you’d never imagined.

Difficult situations allow you to see cracks in the system that should need to be filled, you become a problem solver, you become a stronger leader and your business becomes refined.

Are you ready to shift your brain from OWW to WOW? Enroll in The 90 Day Year. Todd will teach you how to focus on 1 area of your business instead of unsuccessfully working on 9 areas and not gaining any traction. 

Had I not taken a step back two years ago and realized that unless I wanted to continue down an unhealthy path, I had to make changes. Changes that revolutionized the way I schedule my day, manage my business and empowered me to become the leader I’ve always wanted to be.

When you invest in The 90 Day Year, know that I will be there right along with you. I’m offering some incredible bonuses this year that will maximize implementation of the 90 Day Year.

First up, you’ll receive downloadable PDFs that will help you and your team implement The 90 Day year. I’m a checklist fanatic, so it’s only natural that I share with you the very checklists I use with my team. A training plan, how to set up systems and achieve high performance.

The second bonus you’ll receive are coaching calls with your truly. We’ll walk through the implementation process together. Each week, you’ll join our call ready to ask the questions that are important to you. This is your time. I’m here.

Third, and one of my personal favorites is a live mastermind. Each year, Todd hosts an event for 90 Day Year Live. We show up a day early, eat some great food, have some in-person face time and map out your next 90 days. I love hosting this live event because it gives us an opportunity to unpack your questions before heading into 2 days of live teaching from Todd.

Lastly, and quite possibly the most valuable for your business is the opportunity to work with one of my Priority VAs for 5 hours. That’s right! You’ll also receive 5 hours of free VA services. We’ll hop on a call and decide what is the most crucial to your business and match you with a VA that can knock out some tasks for you. The value you’ll receive from this bonus will completely change your business moving forward and I want to be a part of it.

Are you ready to become EntreFIT? Are you ready to end 2017 better than you could have imagined?

Todd is here.
I am here.

Become fit in every area of your life with The 90 Day Year.

3 Ways To Get To Know Your VA

Do you know the people that work for you?

I don’t mean a formal chat on the phone or even looking at them through the lens of your laptop camera. I mean really, truly getting to know them.

  • Who they are.
  • What they excel at.
  • What makes them tick.

There are two types of people in this world. Those that are relational and those who are not.

I fall into the relational category, all thanks for my dazzling, extroverted personality. Honestly, I don’t understand the non-relational people. It isn’t how my brain operates. Nonetheless, I know that there are a lot of people out there that are more “director” style personalities.

One isn’t better than the other. Both have excellent qualities! Regardless of your personality type, it’s important that you get to know your virtual assistant.

When I started Priority VA, my vision was to create a business that is relationship based. I’ve found, the more I get to know my team members, the better we work together.

How can you do this when you work virtually? It’s easier than you might think.

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Get to know each other on your weekly calls

When a new Client and Priority VA kick off, I ask them to schedule a weekly, non-negotiable check-in call. The purpose of the call is to keep you on the same page. Lines of communication stay open and you have conversations each week.

I’ve been told that some clients start their calls with,“Give me one good thing that has happened this week”. This gives your VA and team members an opportunity to share a little piece of their world. Something that is relevant to them.

I know it’s hard to believe, but your VA has other interests and people in their lives other than you. Let them share. You don’t have to be all business, all the time.

Listen to them, share in their excitement, then move along to business as usual. Your VA will feel valued!

Follow them on Social Media

I’m not a private person at all. If I have a thought, I tweet it, Instagram it, Facebook it. To the outside world, it’s a peek into my brain. (Scary, I know!)

Ask to follow your VA on Social Media. You’ll see pictures of their family, friends, outings and what they enjoy. You may find common interests, mutual friends and one more way to get to know each other.

My team and I are friends on social media. I love looking at their vacation pictures, weekend excursions and funny thoughts that pop in their heads. It makes me proud to see how the influence the world around them and to know that I get to spend my weekdays with them, growing by business is a thrill!

Give them a test

There are two tests that I feel is necessary when on boarding a new team member.

The first is the Gallup StrengthsFinder. Do you want your VA to operate in their strengths, then ask them to complete this test. I would rather pay a small fee to know what someone is capable of rather than spend time trying to push a square peg into a round hole.

The second is the 5 Love Languages. By asking your VA to complete this test, you’ll know the best way to show your appreciation. No sense wasting money on gifts if they could care less about them.

Results from this test will give you such great insight into their personality and how they feel loved. If you aren’t good at words of affirmation, but your VA NEEDS to know that they are doing a good job, then it’s time to brush up on your kindness vocabulary.

Remember, you should show appreciation to others in their love language, not your own.

Getting to know your VA on a personal level will not only help you get to know them, but it gives them an opportunity to know you, too. This will trickle into other facets of your business and will truly benefit you, your business and your brand.

Tell me… what is your communication style?

How 2016 Was Nearly The Year That Destroyed Me

My business nearly doubled again in 2016 and it almost took me down, too.

Through a series of insane events early in the year, I had some very clear choices to make if my business was going to survive. Well, that’s not actually right. I had clear choices to make if I was going to survive.

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2015 was epic. Crazy business growth, some insanely cool clients to work with and dreams bigger than I’d ever imagined starting to come true.

Late last year I decided to make some large investments in my business.

Namely, new branding, new website, new everything. I had 90 day goals for Priority VA into 2016 and we were well on our way to meeting all of them, early.

Then, what seemed like a shit storm decided to park directly over my head and continue to pour down on me at what seemed like every turn.

First, it was a (horrible) web designer that took $10k, then claimed I was a disruptive client because I didn’t like going weeks without being spoken to and wouldn’t refund my money. My big investment in my brand was down the toilet and it turns out suing people in another country is quite challenging. Emotionally, I wasn’t up for the fight, so I didn’t. She took my money and ran, not because she was right, but because I wasn’t in a space to battle for it. I was angry, bitter and gun shy to trust anyone with anything, really.

On a recommendation, I hired a celebrity branding photographer to take new headshots. I flew to Hawaii to have a 7 hour photo shoot. (Word to the wise, 7 hours is ridiculous for a photo shoot, that alone should have signaled “newbie” to me). I got the images back and they looked like Olan Mills vomited in a rain forest. They were terrible.

I’m a big girl, and made it clear before the shoot that I needed all the help I could get. More “contouring” than is allowed in most theatrical productions was used and I felt humiliated. Photos not worth sharing, terrible ethic of those I was trusting to deliver (no response to my emails of concern about the horrific photos) and way more money that I was ever ready to part with, was down the drain. I was taking bad advice and I needed to regroup.

I couldn’t. I was a mess.

Business got shaky for a bit. I blame it on my inability to bounce back from setback. I’d gotten comfortable with the successes we’d had in our business, and honestly, we’d not really had setback face us. So when I had a rogue contractor lose their marbles (and integrity along with it), I lost several clients that were high profile.

Did I have a part in that? Yes. I should have done so much more to save those clients, and give them the value they deserved.

But my confidence was shaken, and I wasn’t sure I could get out of bed in the morning, let alone save relationships that I wasn’t sure were worth saving.

I was operating out of fear, using my OWW brain like I’d worked SO hard not to in the previous two years from all that I learned in my 90 Day Year Training. Something was seriously wrong and I had to get it sorted out, quickly. My clients depended on me, my contractors and my team all needed me to be at peak performance, not loads of potential not being acted on.

I had to dive back into something I knew I could trust. Weeks had been lost and I had to get my stuff straight, fast.

Why I had been failing so miserably at these areas of my business, I’m not sure but I was confident that I had to return to what I knew worked for me, both personally and in business.

Technically speaking, the business was amazing. We were crushing goals and hitting our numbers in record time. I was excited about that, but yet, something was missing.

I was a mess.

Constantly filled with anxiety and worry, regardless of what the numbers said.

At a speaking event, normally poised and full of confidence, I was having a mini melt down, not even knowing if I could walk on that stage.

Backstage, my friend and mentor Todd, the creator of 90 Day Year asked what I needed. I said “I need you to tell me that I can F’ing do this.”

“Of course you can F’ing do this, I wouldn’t have asked you if you couldn’t”

Crap. What was happening to me? I was losing it. Anxiety in lieu of confidence was consuming me. I was looking at where I needed to go, instead of watching how far I’d come. I was literally losing it because I saw a mountain of opportunity in front of me and struggled to grasp the steps needed to climb it. Even a speaking engagement was hard for this extroverted, talk to anyone in the world girl.

I’d been in the space before.

This dark place, that leads me to compare everyone else’s smallest wins to my biggest failures.

This space that pushes me deeper into procrastination for fear of failure, rather than forward because I’m assessing my progress.  

I nearly had a million dollar business. I had more clients than I ever dreamed, an epic team that was killing it, (except the rogue ones!), and a family that believed in me.  

I couldn’t see it though. I only saw this massive big picture that showed the end of 2016, and where I was supposed to be.

What if I didn’t get there? What if my goals failed? What if they were the wrong goals? Was the vision I’d set for us too high? Was my team capable of this? What if clients left? What if referrals stopped coming in?

I didn’t know the answers to any of these things, but I knew one thing:

I wasn’t going to die. (Another wise woman once told me at a 90 Day Year Live Event how she asks herself that mantra whenever she’s filled with fear)

My mindset was broken and I had a choice to make.  

Was I going to stay stuck in the “do it my way” mentality, or rely on the framework that had gotten me this far?

So, I dusted off the login details to a nifty little Leadership Training I’d bought and implemented 18 months earlier. And I dove in again, determined to not get complacent with progress, and instead continue to sprint toward my goals with the same laser focus that had grown my business 220% in just 6 months in earlier rounds.

The result:

In October, I broke a million dollars in revenue.

I hired a rockstar (after one massive failure, but that’s another email) to help scale the business.

I shifted our model to serve only the clients we could really help most.

I started writing again.

I bought a second home that will be used as another business for additional passive income. On the beach.

I had a team retreat to be sure we were all on the same page headed into the next year.

I filmed videos for our business that will uplevel the clients we attract and the contractors that work with us.

I contracted with another web designer to finally complete our re-brand.

I stopped working weekends.

I hired a personal trainer and work out 5 times a week.

I am repairing lost relationship with my family and friends as a result of working too many hours putting the wrong things first (instead of my health, my sleep, my family).

Overall, the 90 Day Year Achievement System is still the method that works for my brain. It’s the engine that I understand. Why I thought I could coast, is beyond me.

The OPP Method (who else is signing the song right now?) is the framework that fits my entrepreneurial spirit. It’s as though Todd knows every excuse we come up with for ourselves, and has a model to bust through it and into the right action.

That’s what I needed to pull myself out of a very dark funk. I’d forgotten how powerful his system is, and started to rely on myself again, instead of the process.

No matter where you are at in your business, or even if you’re familiar with some of Todd’s teachings, it’s always a great idea to ground yourself in the truth’s of his message.

No matter how far you stray from it, you’re one decision away from getting things back on track.

Join me, and get back on track, too by watching his free training series and get serious about your process for 2017.

10 Tasks To Delegate Today

Raise your hand if you feel overwhelmed. Okay, hands down.

I think we can all agree that life can get a little insane.

The longer I’m in business for myself, the more I realize the line between personal and business is very thin. If I’m not careful, both sides blend together to create chaos.

Not the beautiful chaos in abstract paintings, but the “Holy crap the house is on fire.” kind of chaos. Like it or not, it’s happened!

A few years ago, I reached a point in my business where I realized if I’m going to continue to serve my clients well, I needed to recruit help. That’s right, the VA hired a VA! Since then, I’ve continued to grown my team. The more I delegate, the lighter I feel.

If you’re having a “house is on fire” moment or perhaps, you’re just beginning to smell a little smoke, then I have a solution for you.

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  1. CRM Management

  • Keep up to date on your customers.
  1. Social Media Management

  • Build your online presence through amazing graphics and repurposing content.
  1. Copywriting

  • You VA can quickly learn your voice and can write newsletters and blog posts.
  1. Email Management

  • Email can bog us down. Your VA can manage that beast and get you to inbox zero.
  1. Blog post clean up and posting

  • If you love to write, but don’t have time to post to your site, your VA has that handled.
  1. Project Management

  • Your VA will stay on top of your projects and make sure that everything is moving along.
  1. Event Management

  • Speakers, food, travel. It can become a lot for you to manage.
  1. Set up timelines for product launch

  • Ask your VA to determine a timeline for your launch and keep you accountable.
  1. Set up LeadPages

  • Setting up beautiful LeadPages can take time. Why not delegate?
  1. Set up affiliate accounts

  • Affiliate accounts are a great way to create residual income.

When it comes to working with a VA, this list is just the tip of the iceberg.

Feel free to start small. Once you’ve assigned the first few tasks, it becomes easier to delegate more to your VA. And believe me when I say that there is nothing more your VA wants, than to help you build your business.

Still not sure what to delegate. Let’s hop on a call. Let’s start outsourcing together!

Time is of the Essence

“I wish there were more hours in the day!!”

You’ve heard that sentence spouted out more times than you can count. Sometimes it comes from a colleague, other times it’s from your own mouth.
We all have times where we wish there were more hours in the day, but guess what…. We all have the same 24 hours. If I had a genie in a bottle, that would be my #1 wish!

Since this magical genie is nowhere to be found, I have to decide to be intentional with my time. It isn’t easy. There are a lot of days when I’m working 14 hours and barely step out of my office for food. So, please hear me when I say that I am preachin’ the the choir here!

No one is perfect and we won’t get it 100% right all the time, but I’m willing to give it a try.

Are you?
There are several theories and more self help books that you could ever want on this topic. While I agree that we need to read different opinions, I also think that we can tend to over complicate this issue of time management.

If you struggle with time management, try these three pieces of advice.

Time isof the Essence

1. Set Boundaries

In Henry Cloud’s book, Boundaries, he says:

 “Boundaries define us. They define what is me and what is not me. A boundary shows me where I end and someone else begins, leading me to a sense of ownership. Knowing what I am to own and take responsibility for gives me freedom. ”

I love that! It’s so important to set boundaries, whether personal or professional. Often times, we think of boundaries as being these negative rules. We feel as though we’re being harsh with those around us when we set boundaries, while on the contrary, they are there to give us freedom. Freedom to say “No” when it isn’t right and “Yes” to times when it is right.

We often times take on tasks that aren’t a priority for us (or our client), because we feel like we should. Just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you should do it.  This is so hard for me, but I know it’s important to how I manage my time.

2. Be Intentional

Once you’ve set your boundaries, be intentional. If you decide that the hours between 8:00am and 4:00pm are designated for work, then do just that.

Work your tail off! Be intentional with your time. Build that website, write those blogs, check off your lists and know that with every swoosh of the check mark you are being intentional with your time. Not only are you checking off your to-do list, but you’re ending the day feeling accomplished.

3. Get rid of the guilt

Retraining ourselves to set boundaries isn’t easy. Not for those that we work for and with, but for ourselves. I feel completely guilt ridden when I think I should be working. Let’s make a pact! Let’s choose to ditch the guilt and enjoy our time. After a long day of (intentional) work and I’m playing at the pool with my kids, the last thing I want to think about is email. Do I? Yes, because that’s how I’m wired. I know that my clients are happy that I get to hang out with kids after a hard day of work, in fact they encourage it, so it’s a battle within myself. We’re all just a work in progress, but we’ll get there!

As I said, there are a lot theories on time management and I’m sure many of them are good, but if you’re looking to start small, then start here.

Set boundaries.
Be Intentional.
Ditch the Guilt.

 

The Value of Membership Sites

If you have been in the market for or have recently purchased access to a new program, it’s likely that you were given access to a membership site. Membership sites have become more and more common in our digital age of online training.

Although they are more common, they can still be a little intimidating when it comes to setting one up for yourself. There is the content, graphics, videos and all of the bells and whistles that you have to think about. It can cause anxiety long before you’ve even purchased your domain name.

If you’ve been mulling over the idea, but still don’t know where to start, I’ve listed out a few options for you when it comes to setting up your own membership site.

The valueof membership

 

Coaching

This one is the most obvious. If you’re a coach, then you will have a membership site, no doubt.

The question lies in what are the features that you want to offer to your customers. How many modules would you like to create? Will you feature videos or just text? The possibilities are endless! I personally love video training. Give me a guidebook and a video and I’m happy as a clam.

Training

Do you have a large team that you manage? Setting up a designated member’s area for your team will allow you to streamline your training. Have you ever attempted to onboard a team member and had something go wrong? Perhaps a step was missed and you were certain that you told them how to do “x, y and z”, only to wake up at 2:00am in a sweat because you really did forget? It’s happened to the best of us! Creating a member’s area where you keep all of your training modules, while continually adding value to your team members will be a valuable asset. Everyone will be on the same page and your clients will see a seamless transition each time you add a new team member.

Forums

Perhaps you aren’t ready to dive into the members area pool with both feet. That’s okay! A simple way to ease into this realm of virtual training is to set up a forum. Simply add your clients, team members, mom and dad, whoever will join you and begin the discussion. Some clients send out their products via ebook or PDF, but still want to provide support for Q&A in one location. This would be a great solution for you.

Regardless of which level you’d like to provide your tribe, you don’t have to do it alone.

If this has been on your to-do list, but haven’t had the time, fill out this form.

We have a team of VAs that are trained to offer high level service, including the setup of a member’s area. By providing places like a member’s area, you are telling your audience that you want to give them the best support and experience possible.

 

How I Grew My Business With Infusionsoft

We live in a world where things are constantly changing. New ideas are being thrown at us left and right. Along with it, comes someone telling us that it’s the latest and greatest thing out there. If we don’t use their specific program, our business will surely fail.

More often than not, we are distracted by the shiny object. Purchase it and it’s never to be opened again. However, there are exceptions to the rule!

Take Infusionsoft for example. When I first started my business, I avoided it like the plague! I had worked inside of the program FOR my clients, but never for myself. I tried my hand at different CRM programs or email autoresponders that were cheaper or even free. I was certain that I would be able to make everything work with what I had. Well, the old saying is true, you get what you pay for.

If you’re one of those people that loses a bit of their security thinking that robots are taking over our plant, you can let that go. I worried for my team members. I didn’t want them to lose income because I was converting to this new program. It was quite the opposite, actually. Not only was I able to automate a large portion of what we do, but it also freed up time for my team members to focus on other key areas of my business.


 

How I grew my businesswith infusionsoft


 

Over the last year, I was able to increase my email list 10x ! The beauty of this list is that I know that they are receiving valuable information from me on a regular basis.

We all have good intentions. We intend to follow up. We intend to update a spreadsheet. We intend to create a task. However, good intentions are just that. If we don’t act on them, that warm lead that wants a follow up in 3 months is going to be overlooked.

Once we drank the kool aid, we were all in! I spent time in Arizona training on the Infusionsoft program. It’s a tedious training, but so worth it! Because my Husband and I are slightly competitive, he not only attended the Infusionsoft training, but became a certified partner.

He totally one-upped me there!

Even the best of the best get stuck once in awhile. Let me tell you… Infusionsoft has the best support! The chat feature is great and if you call, they’re crazy fast to get an answer for you. Again, it’s worth every cent!

Last year, our business increased over  200%. A good portion of that was due to our automation. It seems a little crazy to think that one little program can make that happen, but when you’re constantly capturing leads and staying in contact with them, you’ll start to see rapid growth in your sales. Once you have your content built out, you’re set!

If you’re ready to get started with Infusionsoft, but don’t have time to set up all of the automation? We’ve got you covered. My motto is “Don’t do it alone” and this is one area that you don’t need to do alone.

Remember, my Husband, Chris? He didn’t just complete his Infusionsoft Partnership for the fancy certificate. He did it to help entrepreneurs like you and me. People with the best intentions, but not enough time. We’d love to hear from you!

At the risk of sounding like a telethon…. Chris is standing by, waiting for your call.

Take the Infusionsoft leap and we’ll be here to support you along the way!

Staying On Track In A Fast Paced World

Life can tend to get a little crazy sometimes.

Building your business, raising a family, managing your home and fulfilling your countless responsibilities. Every one of those things on their own are wonderful!

There was a time in my life when I worked for two very high profile clients, started my business all while adopting our fourth daughter. Crazy? Maybe, but needless to say, I had to have a system or else I was going have a disaster on my hands.

One of the most intricate parts of this job is keeping myself and my clients on track.

How did I do it, you ask? Well, let me tell you…

Staying on Track

1. Everything Gets a Color

I live and die by my google calendar. Whether you’re managing one calendar or 15 calendars, it’s important to label each one. We have a several calendars for different projects and each one is color coded.

For Example:

  • Personal: Purple
  • General: Blue
  • Meetings: Light Blue
  • Podcasts: Green
  • Live Events: Orange

It may seem complicated, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to look at a glance and know where you need to be and when (and, if the appointment requires makeup!). If you’re managing this for your client, they’ll love the efficiency!

2. Always Stay One Step Ahead

One of the most loved traits of a VA is always staying one step ahead. This will help you avoid disasters ahead and will make your client feel valued. It isn’t hard, it’s just a matter of being proactive.

  • How can you do that? Start by confirming every appointment the week prior.
  • Check the calendar details. Make sure that you have Skype IDs for everyone involved in the call. If they’re using a different platform, make sure that you have the correct link and pertinent information that will be needed for the call.
  • Is it an interview? Get the interview questions ahead of time and put them in the calendar. It’s a one stop shop for links and topics. Your client doesn’t need to spend time shuffling through their inbox trying to figure out where in the world their call is taking place and what they’re talking about. They’ll feel calm, cool and collected by the start of the call.

3. Get In-Sync

It’s more than just a band in the 90s. You’ll say “Bye-Bye-Bye” to calendar questions when you sync your calendar with your clients and team members. In doing so, everyone will stay on the same page. I don’t know what we did before calendar sharing, but it has been a lifesaver for me!

Often times, we get so caught up in the more complicated side of the VA business that we forget the simple things (like showing up on time).  By following these steps, your client will arrive on time and prepared.

If you’re looking for more options to stay on track, I have a couple of extra resources for you.

I’m in LOVE with the offline feature that Google Calendar offers. It’s perfect for days when you’re stuck in a blizzard without power. True story…. I’ll save that for another day!

Want to pop your to-do list into your calendar? No problem! This handy little article gives great advice on this feature and several more that might be up your alley.

How to you keep your clients organized?