Forum on Virtual Assistance 2009 Launches New Site!

FoVA 2009 Yes indeed, the Forum on Virtual Assistance (FoVA 2009) has launched a new WordPress based site. Personally, I think it looks pretty great as I was lucky enough to use my favourite skills to setup the entire site.

Although we did choose the iThemes flexx theme for the core, a lot of customization was done to mold it into it’s own unique FoVA style. Keeping with the yellow and black color scheme made it fun to design the graphics to really stand out.

I also took full advantage of the hot new billboard plugin designed by iThemes to generate the custom thumbnails along the bottom of the site that profile the FoVA 2009 Session Leaders.

The blog certainly enhances the event and will make it easy to post information and resources that will be of benefit to anyone who is attending or thinking about attending the event.

I am really excited to attend FoVA again this year and have been given the opportunity to do a WordPress Workshop – ya! I am so excited to package up and share information on “How To Offer WordPress as a Service“.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the event.

Oh, and all FoVA 2009 Attendees… Don’t forget to Map yourself please.



Are you an Internet Marketing Virtual Assistant?

I see tons of people popping up all over the Internet who are proudly displaying the VAclassroom Certification Badge. Kudos to you all for taking such a great step towards enhancing your professional development portfolio. As you know…

Today’s Internet marketers and entrepreneurs are increasingly stressed, overworked and overwhelmed by all that goes into managing their businesses. They’re desperate for great virtual assistants to basically rescue them from drowning in a list of tasks they are not able to manage properly.

That is exactly why the VAclassroom was formed. To not only give people a place to learn the exact in demand skills to make them highly marketable in today’s rapidly growing outsourcing arena but also to give them a place to network, keep current on industry trends, share idea’s and have a central hub spot or home base.

I know first hand the added value that a VAclassroom Membership can give to your business. I finished the initial VAclassroom Certification Program last Spring and use my membership on a daily basis in my business.

A few of the key area’s you can expect to master include:

* Internet Marketing Foundations
* Web Analytics Assistant
* Affiliate Marketing Assistant Part 1
* Affiliate Marketing Assistant Part 2
* Search Marketing Assistant Part 1
* Search Marketing Assistant Part 2
* Blogging/ Social Media Assistant Part 1
* Blogging/ Social Media Assistant Part 2
* Email Marketing Assistant
* Digitally Enhanced Productivity Strategies
* Advanced Blogging VA Training
* Project Manager Superstar

So, as you can see I highly recommend the VAclassroom to anyone who wishes to learn these exact in demand skills.

Already certified as an Internet Marketing virtual assistant from

I would love to here from you… I am currently looking for 5 VAclassroom certification holders to participate in a unique marketing opportunity. I am creating a video presentation that includes some key statistics and information and would love to see you featured… Please send me a quick note to get started!

To your success, certificaton



What Do 8 Amazing Virtual Assistants Have in Common?

question markWhy did I choose the number 8 you ask?

I was inspired by a secret tip directly from Chris Brogan. Chris says, posts with numbers seem to work – especially weird or odd numbers. 27 is odd. Of course Chris didn’t directly tell me this tip however, he did post an inspiring article titled, “27 blogging secrets to power your community“. It’s really good you must read it!

Since a large part of my community are virtual assistants and of course my clients I wanted to point the spotlight on 8 amazing virtual assistants and take a look at what they all have in common. I enjoy following these VAs and have most of them captured in my Google Reader (thanks Google!) which makes it easy for me to keep up to date on their accomplishments and developments.

Are you ready?

8 Amazing Virtual Assistants:

  • Barbara Lang
  • Dawn Goldberg
  • Erin Blaskie
  • Kathy M Thomas
  • Michelle Jamison
  • Pam Ivey
  • Sharon Williams
  • Tawnya Sutherland

If you are a seasoned virtual assistant who converses online then you will most likely see where I am heading with this. Perhaps you are someone who is looking for a virtual assistant or even someone who is aspiring to be a virtual assistant. Regardless of your situation, the main ingredient that I feel these 8 amazing virtual assistants have in common is:

Each and every one of them have taken action to move the virtual assistance industry forward and inevitably pave the way for the future growth of this industry period.

It would take me a long time to write about all of their individual accomplishments (and a lot of accomplishments there are) so instead, I will provide a link to a few places where you can learn all about them just as I have.

Barbara Lang, Virtually Anything Administrative Services, Forum on Virtual Assistance,
Dawn Goldberg, Virtual Angel, Blog, Write Well University,
Erin Blaskie, Business Services ETC, The VA Coach, VA Training Club,
Kathie M Thomas, A Clyaton’s Secretary, Worth More Than Rubies,
Michelle Jamison, MJVA, The VA Voice,
Pam Ivey, My Creative Assistant, Visual Persuasions Canada,
Sharon Williams, The 24 Hour Secretary, Blog, OIVAC, Alliance for Virtual Businesses
Tawnya Sutherland, MediaMage Business Solutions,, Partnering With a Virtual

There are thousands of multi talented and successful Virtual Assistants around the entire globe.  Help grow this list and let me know who you think is an amazing virtual assistant…

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Free Teleseminar on Emerging Niche Opportunities in the Blooming Social Media Landscape

My Lilacs Tress Right in my Backyard

Today, is a very special day for me. I survived through one heck of an Ottawa Winter that delivered a record breaking snow fall of 10.7 feet of snow! You can imagine why I was not able to see out of my front living room window for about 5 months. My poor husband had to shovel, by hand, our very long driveway all Winter long….

But, today landmarks a very special annual event for me, I was able to pick my first, and very lovely, fresh, blooming bouquet of purple lilacs from my very own crop in my backyard. These lilacs are so fragrant and pretty it makes the long horrible Winter blues disappear quick!

So, why am I telling you all this? Well, the moral to my story is to take full advantage of those blooming opportunities that you have been waiting so long for. These opportunities can be both refreshing and rewarding.

If you are an aspiring Virtual Assistant, or simply want to keep up with the emerging niche opportunities to grow your client base or if you are like me and want to learn all you can about enhancing the services that you provide to your existing clients then you will want to sign up for this free informational teleseminar being put on by my Internet Marketing friend, Craig Cannings.

The seminar is titled, “How Virtual Assistants can Profit from the Social Media Explosion in 2008 and Beyond” and will teach you why Social Media is the fastest growing marketing channel on the Internet with no end in sight and the 5 Social Media tasks Internet businesses would love to delegate to you.

Craig Cannings is an Internet Business owner who knows exactly what skill sets are in demand now as well as what is to come in the future. Craig, is the owner and co-founder of

VAclassroom is a unique learning environment designed to develop and enhance the skill sets of anyone who really wants to learn how to manage and grow any type of business online. By becoming a member of you will gain immediate access to specialized training, support, networking with peers and business owners in niche areas of online business management such as:

  • Affiliate Marketing
  • Social Media Coordination
  • Web Analytics
  • And much, much more.

One benefit I like about the VAclassroom is that as new niche areas are being uncovered by the demands from Internet Business owners who are requesting specialists in these area’s the VAclassroom will be busy developing the training tailored towards managing these niche areas.

I sent a note to my clients to inform them about the teleseminar and what I expect that I will take away and one of them even offered to pay for my time while on the teleseminar if I promise to implement the strategies I learn in her business first!

Reserve your spot now and make your calendar for Monday, May 19, 2008 at 6pm PST (9pm EST).

~ photo was taken by yours truly on May 14/08 in my backyard.


A Contest All Virtual Assistants Would Love To Win

As a Virtual Assistant, one thing I miss a lot about my previous employer are all the contests they had.

I worked in a call centre, a telecommunications call centre handling Cable, Wireless, Internet, Blackberry, and Home Phone support and sales, it was both fun and rewarding. We had so many cool sponsors like Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, The Movie Network, HGTV, Showcase Diva, Moviola all delivering really cool prizes everyday for us to raffle off.

Actually, my role as administrative assistant allowed me to work on building an employee satisfaction action team. I created fun contests and team building activities where I would give these prizes as rewards and recognition to those who participated and helped build up the team spirit.

Building this team wasn’t easy and Call Centre Specialists need a lot of love – and deserve it too.

So, I thought I would share this contest with you, it looks really fun, and I would love to see you win a cool prize. It’s not often I get a chance to win cool prizes anymore, not like I use to anyway.

This contest is being put on by a new Virtual Assistant Training and Job Centre called The The prize is really cool, a “VA Business PowerPack” which includes a full website or blog makeover, and a 1 year membership to some popular business tools, Freshbooks and BaseCamp. Check out the full article, “VAClassroom – A New Virtual Assistant Training and Job Center”.

I wish you luck!

Oh, and if you come across other cool contests please share them with me – thanks!

Winner #2
Creative Commons License photo credit: Steve Keys

(in case you have never been to Tim Horton’s this is the annual “roll up the rim to win” winning cup label)