Why are some people so negative all the time?

Okay, so I just have to start February off by saying one thing – “Stop Being So Negative!!!”

I have the kind of personality where I am 99% positive all the time (the other 1% is me complaining about Michigan weather).  I feel like negativity just brings people down and makes a bad situation worse.  There are not a whole lot of positive people in this world, and it’s really frustrating.  Sometimes I feel like I’m in a world all my own.  Is anyone out here with me???

Here’s the thing… I am a busy entrepreneur, mom, wife, daughter, sister, and friend.  I juggle my own business, my teenage boys, my widowed mother, a house, normal human responsibilities, and I find time to exercise, read, and learn new things.  BUT…I know some people who think I’m crazy.  Why?  Because I like to better myself?  Because I want to be successful?  Because I want to make some kind of change in the world, even if it is small?

Am I perfect?  Hell no!  I just don’t believe in people sitting around waiting for good things to happen to them.  You have to go out and make it happen, people!  You have to work hard, put your time in, put some effort into your passions, create a life you want by doing what you want, and hopefully, good things will happen!

Since my audience is entrepreneurs, I wanted to share this with you!  I want to tell you that you have to go after what you want.  You have to push hard and learn new things and put yourself out there.  One of my fears is talking face-to-face with people (which is why I love being a Virtual Assistant).  I get severe anxiety over meeting new people.  But, when I’m behind my desk I don’t mind having phone calls with new people.  And I must be good at it because 90% of new calls turn into new clients.

My point here:  I stay positive and push through.  I remain professional and contain my anxiety and move forward.  I hope to have my own physical building one day.  I also want to have other professionals around me, where we’re all working together to make a difference in our community, doing what we love.  That’s my goal within the next couple years.  How do I plan to get there?  By continuing to build my business and by staying positive!!!

Can you share your positive stories, your successes, or your dreams in the comments below?  I’d love to hear how you’ve built your business and reached your goals!!!  And I bet you stayed positive the whole way!!!

Elizabeth Debol
Executive Virtual Assistant
elizabeth.debol@smallbvs.com
www.SmallBVS.com

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Event Marketing Presentation

Since I work with mainly business coaches who need assistance with event marketing, I recently put together this presentation to help coaches fill seats to their events in 2018.

I hope this information is very helpful!

Download the rest of the slides by clicking on the link below:

Event Marketing Presentation

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!  🙂

Elizabeth Debol
Executive Virtual Assistant
elizabeth.debol@smallbvs.com
www.SmallBVS.com

How Outsourcing Can Improve Business

As a Virtual Assistant, I often get asked these questions:

  1. What tasks can you help me with?
  2. How can I get more done each week?
  3. Will your assistance bring me business?
  4. What would be the first step to working together?

 

I am going to take a few minutes to answer these 4 questions below:

Q:  What tasks can you help me with?

A:  Well, it really depends on your business, your skills, your time, and your budget.  If your business consists of multiple people working together, then we would need to focus on team tasks.  If you are the only one in your business, then we would need to focus on what you need to get done and where you need help.  That brings us to your skills (and time).  What are you good at?  What do you enjoy doing?  What do you want to do but don’t have time to?  What needs to get done but never does? And the list goes on and on. We would brainstorm your strengths (and weaknesses) against mine and come up with a solution.   Now, we need to talk about your budget.  I have created an interactive spreadsheet HERE that allows you to type in your monthly income, what tasks you currently do yourself (or plan to do), how much it costs you to do them versus having a Virtual Assistant do them, and how much you can save if you do get help.  So, this not only helps you work on a budget, but it shows you how much money you may be throwing away trying to do everything yourself.

 

Q:  How can I get more done each week?

A:  Here’s the thing.  If you are unfamiliar with a program you need to use for creating email campaigns, or if you’re not good at typing and need to create multiple documents each week, or if you find yourself consistently trying to learn something you don’t even want to do, then you’re not using your time wisely.  We ALL have our area(s) of expertise.  Business owners want to focus on what directly brings them income.  This could be one-on-one meetings, staff training, client workshops, or networking. It’s the back-office, out of the way tasks that pile up.  These tasks often bring indirect income, meaning they generate curiosity and possibly leads, but they don’t always close the sale.  You need someone to help you generate those leads, keep your name in front of people, encourage efficiency and productivity, and push you to get more done! You may still be doing the same tasks every week (the ones you love and those you’re good at), but the administrative/lead generating tasks are ALSO getting done.  So, more will be getting accomplished every week.  The key is consistency and communication.

 

Q:  Will your assistance bring me business?

A:  Yes, eventually it will.  There is not a sure formula out there or an exact science to this.  It’s consistently posting to social media and sending emails.  It’s keeping your name in front of your target audience.  It’s making connections with ideal prospects. It’s working with a plan, creating reasonable goals, and moving forward.  And if done right and consistently, yes, your business will grow.

 

Q:  What would be the first step to working together?

A:  The first step would be a good conversation (about an hour) where we learn about each other, how our personalities fit, and how we can best work together.  We would come up with a plan, create goals within that plan, decide on a budget, and communicate effectively.  It’s often a trial and error sort of relationship.  There will be things that don’t work, things that work great, things that need some nurturing along the way, and things that we won’t even try.  But, with a good plan in place and a consistent path to move forward, you will see that working virtually with a professional can relieve stress and grow your business.

 

If you are interested in having a short chat with me, please schedule a day/time here:  https://calendly.com/elizabethdebol

There is no obligation to use my services, but I can guarantee you’ll have a clearer idea of how to move forward with your business.

Thanks for reading.  And I look forward to hearing from you!

Elizabeth Debol
Executive Virtual Assistant
elizabeth.debol@smallbvs.com
www.SmallBVS.com
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What Does Your CRM Look Like?

OK.  I need to start a topic of conversation regarding CRM programs & database management.  I talk to at least 1 person a week (sometimes more) regarding their contact database and CRM platforms.

I currently work within the following platforms for clients:

www.Soffront.com
www.ConstantContact.com
www.MailChimp.com
www.Zoho.com

What does your CRM look like?  Here is what I often see:

  1. Thousands of contacts getting no consistent communication.
  2. Thousands of contacts getting regular communication, but poor list segmenting means poor open rates.
  3. Thousands of contacts added to the wrong lists, resulting in poor open rates and no engagement.
  4. Thousands of contacts, segmented fairly well, getting the same communication, resulting in no engagement.

Now, some of the individuals I speak with say they have thousands of contacts, hundreds of business cards, numerous clients, and dozens of suspects, but when asked what they do with all them, they say NOTHING.

Does this sound like you?  If so, don’t feel bad.  I’m not trying to call you out or put you down.  It’s just the way it is.  Why? Because not many people really know what to do with their contacts. They just don’t know where to start.

Well, let me explain something to you.  Email marketing and list segmenting is NOT something magical.  It doesn’t happen overnight.  It doesn’t create instant clients.  But, if done correctly and consistently, it does get your name out there and get you in front of people.  And it can get you new clients. And that’s what you want!

It doesn’t have to be complicated.  It can start with a simple spreadsheet and turn into so much more in a short time if the work put in is consistent and effective.  But who has time for that?  I know you don’t. I speak with so many business owners who say they WANT to get starting with email marketing and they WANT to see the results, but they have no time in their busy work week to even think about sitting down and starting from scratch.

Don’t let all those contacts go to waste.  Don’t let all those years of networking and hours of meetings leave you with no prospects or leads. Utilize all that hard work.  Put it to good use.  Find a CRM program and email marketing platform that works for YOU.

Need help?  Contact me.  That’s what I do.  I help the overwhelmed business owner keep track of their communication efforts and consistently work with them to effectively keep their name in front of those who need their business.

Elizabeth Debol
Executive Virtual Assistant
elizabeth.debol@smallbvs.com
www.SmallBVS.com

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What’s Your Why? (Guest Post)

by Paul Hatrak (Focal Point Coaching) in New York

Webster’s Dictionary defines “Purpose” as the reason Why something is done or used.

In September 2009 British/American Author Simon Sinek filmed one of the best TED Talks illustrating the concept of Purpose titled “Start With Why: How Great Leaders inspire everyone to take action.”

His theory is that great companies and leaders all Think, Act and Communicate in the same way and it’s the complete opposite of everyone else.

That’s because they explain their Why up front, representing their purpose, cause or belief.

Many companies today have a mission statement which drives HOW you follow a path and a vision statement which describes WHAT is the destination or goal.

But how many companies have a purpose statement?

A Purpose Statement captures succinctly WHY the organization exists and WHAT it does.

And what about you as a professional?

Do you have a purpose statement?

Simon says…people don’t buy WHAT you do they buy WHY you do it.

In my opinion you will make more waves in your pond if people believe you are the best person to help them define and achieve success on their terms.

That’s my WHY!

My purpose is help business owners define and achieve success on their terms.

And in many cases faster than they could on their own.

And HOW do I do that?

I involve them in the process 100%.

I begin every workshop with my favorite quote from Benjamin Franklin… Tell me and I forget, Teach Me and I remember, Involve me and I learn.

Simon also says…The goal is not to do business with everyone who needs what you have, the goal is to do business with people who believe what you believe.

And in the end, like Glinda, the good Witch from the Wizard of Oz says to Dorothy, I help my clients believe and realize they’ve had the power all along.

Paul Hatrak, CPA, CGMA
Business Growth Expert
Helping CPAs, Financial Advisors and Attorneys grow their Businesses exponentially.

Reach out to me for a free thirty-minute business assessment at
908-420-5736 or via email at phatrak@focalpointcoaching.com.

Website: https://paulhatrak.focalpointcoaching.com.