Gastro-intestinal (GI) cancer is a broad term used to encompass cancers of the digestive system: the oesophagus, stomach, liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, pancreas and bowel. It is collectively the most common form of cancer in New Zealand. Each year nearly 5,000 New Zealanders are diagnosed with a GI cancer; half of these people will die within five years of diagnosis. Yet despite being the most prevalent form of cancer, it is under-represented in funding and awareness.
Click here to read Hilz' story.
My Virtual Assistant is a very proud sponsor of 'Raise It' for Hilz. This is a fundraising event for gastro-intestinal cancer, to be held on Saturday 22 August 2015, at The Lounge, 186 Wellington Street, Howick, Auckland.
For more information on this event, or if you wish to make a donation, please click here.
My Virtual Assistant takes care of the website and various social media for this very worthy cause.
Had a fabulous time at The Cath Vincent Show Season 2 Launch Concert, held at The Tuning Fork, on Saturday night, 2 May 2015.
An awesome night of music and entertainment, plus we got a sneak preview of the upcoming series.
Lots of special guests (My Virtual Assistant was one!) attended the evening and the music line-up showcased some hugely talented, up-and-coming New Zealand singer/songwriters, including Sam RB, Jasper Hawkings, Veronica Grace and the ever-popular Wilde & Rich.
On the other hand, those websites which are mobile-friendly can expect a significant boost in mobile search engine rankings and site traffic, which could potentially mean more sales.
My Virtual Assistant creates affordable template websites, all of which are mobile-friendly. :)
Oh my goodness! My Virtual Assistant was interviewed on The Cath Vincent Show today!
Filming for Season 2 of The Cath Vincent Show started on Monday 23 March, with energetic host and award winning international speaker, Cath Vincent, bringing you an exciting lineup of guests to energise and inspire you.
Interview topics include anything and everything that will contribute to your long-term success and boost energy levels, confidence and motivation.
Health, wealth, fulfilment and fun will be coupled with a business focus that draws on the expertise of inspirational and successful people.
The Cath Vincent Show is back on air at the beginning of May 2015 (FaceTV, Sky channel 83) or you can view episodes online on the website or on YouTube - be sure to watch the show and look out for your favourite Virtual Assistant!
I've been in a networking group for around six years; since I first started working for myself, and I have found it an invaluable way to generate business and learn about other people's businesses. It's a lovely 'safe' and supportive environment in which you can share tips, advice, struggles and successes with a fantastic group of like-minded business people. I highly recommend it for start-up business owners and for people who are old hats at running a business.
I admit that I still get butterflies when I have to stand up at each meeting and promote myself and what I do, but when it comes to running a business, I have always been a believer of stepping out of my comfort zone and trying new things. After all, as the saying goes... if it doesn't kill you it makes you stronger!
This morning I ran my local networking group meeting; I was the Facilitator for the very first time. To say I was nervous is an understatement! The very thought of trying to control 20 extremely confident and enthusiastic meeting members was something I was not really looking forward to!
As the meeting started, twenty pairs of eyes were upon me, ears were listening, ready and waiting to hear what I had to say. Deep inside I was wondering how I'd managed to get myself into this situation. I took a deep breath, words came out of my mouth and the meeting kicked off.
One hour later the meeting was over. A couple of people even came up to me and said I had done a wonderful job. Apparently I appeared confident and in control. If only they knew!
I read somewhere that people who appear confident tend to enjoy greater success, because others see self-assured individuals as more trustworthy. If you exude low self-confidence, or a lack of self-belief, others may assume that you’re incompetent, untrustworthy or unreliable.
Preparation and a good understanding of what you are saying is vital when speaking in public, whether it's when you're up there in front of an audience or when you're running a meeting.
After the meeting, as I drove back to my office, I reflected on the past hour. I remembered to sit up straight, breathe deeply, speak clearly and a little bit slower than I normally do. I made eye contact with others around the room and listened carefully when other people were speaking. Oh and I provided Hershey's kisses for everyone, because chocolate bribes are a must!
One meeting down, 12 more to go...
Recently I was asked about my business wins and lessons...
I’ve always loved art and design, but when I was 16 my art teacher told me I was too much of a perfectionist to ever be any good at it. Now I'm running my own business, one of the things I absolutely adore doing is designing and creating brochures/flyers, and of course, websites.
After being knocked back as a teenager and about to leave school, I decided not to pursue my dream-career of training to become a graphic designer and instead, found myself working in the Travel Industry!
Now that I am a lot older and working in my own business as a Virtual Assistant, I receive immense satisfaction in finally achieving my dream of doing design work and simply revel in the enjoyment of being allowed to be as creative as I want to be. So a LIFE lesson for me is don’t let silly art teachers destroy your dreams and never, ever give up on your passion!
In 2009, I built my first ever website for my brand new business - My Virtual Assistant - and if someone had told me that I would one day be building websites for business owners, I would have laughed and said, ‘Yeah right!’
As I write, I have so far created 44 websites with two more due to go live in the near future.
My 'favourite' is when a client doesn’t know how they would like their website to look and they grant me free reign to do whatever I want to do. Consequently, I often feel a wee bit nervous when I'm about to send them the first draft and so far, thankfully, every single client has loved what I've come up with - that in itself is a massive WIN and huge buzz for me.