Ask Denise Griffitts Your Virtual Assistance Industry Questions
Do you live in fear that you current or potential clients will decide that outsourcing to an offshore Virtual Assistance company might be something that is interesting to them?
In their official report, 52% of all Office and Administrative Support Occupations are classified as HIGH or MIDDLE ranked jobs likely to be outsourced. As a virtual entrepreneur, virtual assistant or remote contractor, have you made your offshore competition irrelevant?
You are personally invited to join me and Development Expert Tony Bodoh for a free teleseminar where we will share real strategies that you can use today to increase your value and ensure that your clients don’t offshore your livelihood.
Thank you and I look forward to talking to you on the 19th!
When: Friday, March 19, 2010.
Time: 11 am Pacific / 12 pm Mountain / 1 pm Central / 2 pm Eastern. Please be on time! We always begin promptly according to http://www.time.gov/so mark your calendar and be sure to call-in a few minutes early so you’re not pre-empted by other teleseminar callers.
Where: Your home office telephone.
Submit your questions prior to the call here. We will do our best within the time constraints of the call to answer as many of your questions as we can.read more
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- Your Partner In Success Radio Show Welcomes Denise Wakeman
- Denise Griffitts Interviews World Class Speaker Craig Valentine
- Lou Bortone Discussess How to Generate Visibility & Traffic With Online Video
- Denise Griffitts Interviews Business Coach Carma Spence- Pothitt
- Learn the Art of Business Journaling with Judy Peebles
- Denise Griffitts Interviews Web 2.0 Expert Jack Humphrey
- Your Partner In Success Radio Welcomes Paul and Layne Cutright
- Your Partner In Success Radio Show Welcomes Author and Career Expert Ford R. Myers
- Ask Coach Frank Dolan Your Health and Fitness Questions – May 22
- Your Partner In Success Radio Show Welcomes Back Ben Cope
- Your Partner In Success Radio Shows Welcomes Back Ben Cope
- Your Partner In Success Radio Show Welcomes Karyn Greenstreet
- Your Partner In Success Radio Show Archives
- Your Partner In Success Radio Show Welcomes Kristin Robertson
- Your Partner In Success Radio Show Welcomes Donna Gunter
- Your Partner In Success Radio Show Welcomes Kim Beasley
- Your Partner In Success Radio Show Welcomes Deborah Dubree
- Your Partner In Success Radio Show Welcomes Ali R. Rodriquez
- Your Partner In Success Welcomes Rosalind Gardner
- Your Partner In Success Radio Show Welcomes Dr. Jack Singer
- Your Partner In Success Radio Show Welcomes Jim Bouchard
- Your Partner In Success Radio Show Welcomes Bud Bilanich
- Your Partner In Success Radio Show Welcomes Loren Fogelman
- Your Partner In Success Radio Show Welcomes Jay Speyerer
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Your Partner In Success Radio Show
Please join me as I interview Ali Rodriguez, Business Coach Strategist and Passionista™ expert. Ali helps professionals fuse passion with profits, monetize their expertise, and create a lifestyle to match. Ali’s multi-lingual and multi-cultural background adds diversity to her coaching style and to her business and marketing programs. Her focus is on growth, expansion and bottom-line success.
Ali is the Proud Owner of VISION FOR SUCCESS, a global, full service coaching and consulting firm dedicated to providing clients with professional, personalized services and guidance in the areas of Business Planning, Strategies, Marketing Plans, Branding, Networking, Operating Procedures, and Business Overview.
Ali shared a couple of her favorite quote with me recently, and as she put it, These two quotes resonate so strongly with me. They speak to the need to find and follow your passion in order to create the success you desire. Once you apply action to your passion, with the right knowledge and support, your work becomes a joy, and the struggle of ‘work’ never dissipates”.
“Follow your passion, and success will follow you” ~Arthur Buddhold
“He who builds business around passion, never has to work again.” ~Confucius
We will be chatting about the following topics:
Creating business success in today’s market.
Becoming the leader that creates the life and business you desire.
Developing a vision for your business Understanding your purpose that will underscore everything you do.
The Power of Five ™ and why it is important to you and your business.
Staying motivated and enthusiastic regardless of the speed bumps that may come along.
Listen and learn how to:
- Fuse passion with profits
- Monetize your expertise, and
- Create a lifestyle to match!
Your Partner In Success Radio Show
When: Friday, Oct 16, 2009
Time: 9 am PST, 10 am MST, 11 am CST, 12 pm PST
Where: Your home office telephone or computer.
Website: Your Partner In Success Radio Show
Call-in Number: 347-843-4988
Time permitting, we will take questions so please be sure to join us in the chat room.
We look forward to “seeing” you!read more
FREE teleseminar tonight!
Do you struggle, strive, work, and wish for more virtual assistant clients, better paying clients… and still not have as much as you need and want? With the economy failing, companies making cutbacks, and your financial future at stake, you might be feeling pretty grim. But don’t even think about throwing in the towel. There are plenty of opportunities out there – opportunities to attract the type of clients you love working with and who love working with you.
If you had 60 seconds to ask Denise Griffitts one question about the virtual assistance industry what would it be?
Join us for a LIVE 60 minute teleseminar Tuesday, Sept 1, 2009
This call will be recorded but will not be made available for download so to speak directly with Denise you must be on the call.
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, September 1 at 7:00pm Central (5 pm PST/ 6 PM MST / 7 PM CST/ 8 PM EST)
FORMAT: Simulcast! (Attend via Phone or Webcast — it’s your choice)
EVENT: Ask Denise Griffitts FREE teleseminar
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, September 1st at 7:00pm Central
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Remember, this call will be recorded but will not be made available for download so to speak directly with Denise you must be on the call.
I look foward to “seeing” you!
Customer service is a powerful differentiator that can set a virtual assistant apart from her competitors. This translates directly into more new clients, more work from existing clients and ability to charge higher professional rates.
And yet for all its potential benefits, some virtual assistants believe that simply being polite, professional, and accommodating is enough. In other words, they seem to confuse customer service with “being nice”.
The truth is a business cannot be grown on “nice” alone. The most common complaint that I hear from people about their FORMER virtual assistant is not that they weren’t “nice”, but that they didn’t communicate, didn’t respond to calls or emails and never let the client know what was in the pipeline or where there might be problems.
So if you are a virtual assistant and an overall nice person, but have a problem retaining clients and getting repeat business and word-of-mouth referrals, ask yourself if you’re making any of these mistakes.
Being a VA first and everything else second
This mindset is the luxury only employees have. When you work for someone, you have a well-defined job – an administrative assistant, a sales rep, an editor. Now that you are a business owner, you are first and foremost a marketer and a customer service manager.
Not listening to your client
Take time to understand each client’s communication and work style and preferences. This includes how often should you contact them and by what means; how detailed should your reports be; what are their procedures for handling problems; even file-naming conventions and use of proper software versions.
Some clients might find it hard to let go when it comes to delegating work to a virtual assistant and will require frequent and detailed progress reports. Others will find such updates unnecessary and distracting. Some will be ok with just e-mails while others will be more comfortable with regular phone calls.
Not managing client’s expectations
Just like their clients, virtual assistants have different capabilities and limitations when it comes to skills, availability, and work styles. It is absolutely critical to match client’s expectations to your capabilities even before the retainer agreement is signed.
For example, if you do not work early morning hours or weekends, state it clearly. If there are hours when you’re offline or unable to answer the phone, let clients know. If you will be out of your office for any period of time, be sure to provide your client base with a cell phone number where they can reach you in emergencies. Be crystal clear about the length of time it will take you to respond to client’s messages.
Be upfront and honest about your skills and experience. Clients are not guinea pigs. Taking on projects that require skills you don’t have or for which you only have theoretical knowledge is a guaranteed way to lose a client and begin the slippery process of earning a bad online reputation. You can be assured that your name will come up in conversation with the next VA or an online friend or colleague. And not in a good way!
Not turning down prospective clients
Turning down clients doesn’t seem like a good idea, especially if a prospect is a good fit for your skills and work style. Yet having too many clients or too many projects means your efforts are spread too thin. Setting aside the issue of quality, taking on more work than you can handle will have a major negative impact on your customer service efforts.
You have a couple of choices in this situation. You can hire a sub-contractor VA to assist you with some of your projects, thereby beginning the process of building and growing your own practice into a multi-va firm, or you can refer the client to another virtual assistance firm that you know and trust.
Ignoring client’s need for transparency
Transparency is a popular word nowadays. But all it really means is simply showing your clients what it is that you do for them. This includes letting your clients see work-in-progress as well as tools and procedures you use when working on their tasks.
There are plenty of options that allow just such information sharing. It can be something as simple as sharing documents through Google Docs or as detailed as creating a client-specific wiki to hold all the documents, links to resources and standard operating procedures. We use and recommend ClientSpot which allows our team to collaborate with the client on projects, share files, and keep track of assignments and deadlines.
Not dealing with problems and ignoring emergencies
It’s ok to make mistakes. Most business owners understand that occasional mistakes are unavoidable. What matters is the way you handle the errors and emergencies. Handled correctly, even a bad mistake can turn into an opportunity to build client’s trust and loyalty.
When you do make a mistake or face an emergency, let the client know right away. Apologize and own up to whatever you’ve done wrong. Then throw all your resources into making things right. And when it’s all over, apologize again and let the client know how you plan to avoid similar issues in the future.
Not rewarding your clients
Sometimes business owners get so busy following up the leads and chasing potential clients that they forget about their existing ones. Go beyond thank you notes and season’s greetings cards. While I am not a fan of offering discounts for your hard work, I do recommend doing a little something extra or “lagniappe for a client as a gift every now and then. What is lagniappe?
Something unexpected – the extra benefit or gift should be a surprise. It is a “bakers dozen”, something thrown in for good measure that surprises and delights the recipient.
Relevant – the item or benefit should be of value to the recipient. Has your client ever had a Squidoo lens built for their business? Take an hour and put one together as a gift.
Authenticity – it is more about “how” it is given, as opposed to “what” is given. The small gift or lagniappe communicates that you care about your client and that you appreciate their relationship with you.
Committing any one of these customer service mistakes will slow down your virtual assistant business growth as you will not be in a position to ask for, or receive referrals. Consistently committing several is a quick form of business suicide.
Your ability and willingness to provide sincere “added value” will set you apart from your competitors, cultivate your niche and develop your professional reputation. Your satisfied and happy clients will be more than happy to refer your services to their sphere of influence.
Have questions about the Virtual Assistance Industry? Email them to me at info @ virtualassistantindustry.com
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