Speaking

Melissa Smith has spoken to administrative professionals and small business owners across the country. She speaks on virtual assisting, administration, and small business virtual assistant hiring needs. Known for her insight to the needs of small business owners and motivating VA’s and admins alike, Melissa’s small business audiences learn how to best utilize and hire a VA based on communication strategy and ideal client fit to create time so they can make more money. Leaders leave the room feeling empowered to take action and start working on their business instead of in it.

As a lover of all things VA and admin related, Melissa enjoys speaking to and mentoring her peers. Guiding them through how to create value in their positions, being a leader and finding their niche VA’s and admins walk away with concrete steps to create a better working environment in their businesses and offices.

These are sample topics; please feel free to contact us if you’d like to schedule a talk or discuss a customized presentation.

> Hiring A Virtual Assistant: How To Attract Your Ideal VA

Hiring a VA can be a full-time job and finding a candidate that has the right experience doesn’t mean that you’ll hire the right person. So how do you make sure that you’re hiring the right VA? In this talk based on her book Hire the Right Virtual Assistant: How the right VA will make your life easier, create time and make you more money, Melissa Smith, The PVA – a Virtual Assistant Staffer & Consultant – explains how to attract your ideal VA.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Identify where a VA can have an immediate impact to make a difference in your company.
  • How to write a job description so that only the right candidates apply.
  • Discover the best communication strategy so that the most work gets done with the least amount of communication.

> How To Get The Most Out Of Your Administrative Assistant

Too many business owners believe that their assistants know their needs and simply aren’t taking the initiative. So instead of having the hard conversation they pay an admin and do the work themselves. That’s simply bad business. To advance your business or your cause, you have to inspire others to listen and take action. In this talk based on her 15+ years as an administrative assistant, Melissa Smith explains how to get your admin excited to work for you and help you achieve your goals.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Break through the subtleties and communicate in a way that makes your admin respond
  • Create an office culture that supports your goals and mission
  • Get your admin to go above and beyond using his/her natural talent and strengths
  • Create a team that runs efficiently, effectively and happily

> You’re More Than An Administrative Assistant

Being recognized as a compelling leader can dramatically accelerate your professional success. Building on her experience as an administrative assistant for 15+ years, Melissa Smith – will show you how to cultivate a powerful professional reputation.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Communicate your skills and talents effectively to others
  • Establish and cultivate your reputation over time
  • Set boundaries so that you don’t become overworked
  • Ensure others understand your true leadership abilities

> You’re Not Just A Virtual Assistant, You’re A Business Owner

Are you overwhelmed with the tasks of being a business owner? Have you learned the hard way what it takes to own a business? To be a successful business owner you’ll need to change your mindset and value your services more than ever. In this thought-provoking talk, Melissa Smith—author of the book Hire the Right Virtual Assistant: How the right VA will make your life easier, create time and make you more money —will discuss concrete strategies to think like a business owner, not an employee.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Discover how you currently perceive yourself
  • Identify your ideal client
  • Network to build relationships and receive client referrals
  • Take calculated risks to grow your business

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