I’m off to London on 25th April for the UK Blog Awards – keep your fingers crossed! I’m taking along my wee sis and making a weekend of it by seeing some old London pals, so I’m going to enjoy it whatever happens! It is such a big honour to be shortlisted as in the Top 10 UK digital/tech blogs, I’m thrilled just to be nominated.
This month we have a couple of special deals:
- Win a book Build A Business From Your Kitchen Table
- And get an exclusive 10% discount for the Northern VA Collaboration Event – just quote the discount code “VAForum” here
Really looking forward to seeing some of you at the Office Management and PA Exhibition 15/16 May and the Northern VA Collaboration event on 31 May. Not long to go now!
Particularly for VA only events, it’s important to show your support as otherwise we just won’t have these kind of events – and they are so important for the future of our industry (not to mention your own business success!). Having organised a few myself, I know just how much financially and emotionally the organisers put on the line – get out there and show your support!
ExCel, London 15-16 May 2014
Office Management & PA exhibition and conference line up has been announced – there’s tons of great VA skills being demonstrated on both days (I’m there on Thursday!).
I’m doing my patented Top 10 Tips for Becoming A VA talk – so there will be loads of opportunities to ask questions afterwards – a great first stop if you are thinking of becoming a VA and aren’t sure about making the leap. Book the day off work, come along and say hi and have a great day out! It’s free!
IYOTSA 2014 – monthly themes
You’ll have seen the somewhat cumbersome “IYOTSA” tag on a few posts recently – it stands for “International Year Of The Secretary/Assistant” and is a push for PAs and Secretaries to step into the limelight for 2014…
Each month we have themes to talk about – last month it was:
- Last month it was The role of training in staying relevant
- and this month it will be: The Value of Team Work
Join in on the comments section!
What have we been up to this month?
Win a book – Still time to win “Build A Business From Your Kitchen Table” – great book, you’ll enjoy it!
International Year of the Secretary/Assistant – Our series continues… This month we’re looking at The Value of Team Work – got a great example on this one, a must read for all newbies or those who struggle with hitting deadlines!
A Picture Tells a 1,000 Words – Or why you shouldn’t use stock photography on your website… Yup, you need to put your smiling face all over it!
The Northern VA Collaboration Event – Join us in Newcastle on 31 May – I’m there, along with several other veterans who’ll you will recognise from the SVA Forum… Including at least one VA travelling all the way from Cornwall! (That’s you Dawn!). Angela assures me she’ll be giving away all her industry secrets, so it’s well worth a little trip to Newcastle!
If you have an event you’d like listed on The Virtual Assistant Diary – just let me know on email firstname.lastname@example.org! It’s free and we’re happy to list anything which will help VAs in their businesses.
10 April: VA Taster day in London with VACT
25 April: Final of UK Blog Awards – fingers crossed!
15-16 May: Office Management and PA Exhibition, ExCeL London
31 May: Northern VA Collaboration Event, Sunderland