WHAT IS YOUR NAME?

There was a HUGE debate going on and posted on the “Linked In” website regarding the Virtual World. The issue was regarding whether you should drop the name Virtual Assistant from your title, logo, or whatever, and use other options to promote yourself, or your small business in the virtual world…or EVEN in the real world!

The debate went on for several months, and came to no definitive conclusion, more – that it was a voting platform to see who agreed to dropping the name vs. who disagreed. Now this is not the platform to vote either way…even though my profound belief is that anyone that is setting up business in their own home, are virtual any way you look at it. They also assist business people with whichever specialty niche they possess. So, on a personal note, although I thought the initial discussion was very good, I think it soon became a contest, and reply’s became redundant and serving no real value after a while. If you want to call yourself a VA do so, if not, don’t. That simple – no one has to “prove”  their title to be successful in the virtual world.

Here is what the International Virtual Assistant Association has to offer…as stated right on their website. They offer first, their definition of a VA.

“What is a Virtual Assistant?”

Virtual assistants are independent contractors who (from a remote location, usually their home or office) support multiple clients in a variety of industries by providing administrative, creative, and technical services.

“What is the International Virtual Assistant Association?”

The International Virtual Assistants Association (IVAA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the professional education and development of members of the Virtual Assistance profession, and to educating the public on the role and function of the Virtual Assistant. The IVAA provides continuing education, networking opportunities, member benefits and optional certification to its members, as well as provide a member directory and Request for Proposal (RFP) system for parties interested in utilizing the services of a member virtual assistant. http://www.ivaa.org.

Now, who is, The Georgia VA Connection? (GVAC)

Simple too…we are a State member site that is a direct connection from IVAA. So far, there are 10 states that expanded locally to promote virtual business (ideal for businesses who don’t want to go out of town to hire a VA) and the GVAC is the newest member site dedicated to:

Promoting IVAA
Virtual Assistants
Connecting local businesses with Virtual Assistants in Georgia
The bottom line? Change your business name if you must, that’s fine, but don’t go down that lone mental- health road of losing your identity of who you really are, and always will be…a VIRTUAL ASSISTANT, no matter what your “title” is.

Thanks to Virtual Assistant Networking Association (VANA) and The International Virtual Assistant Association (IVAA) for making the industry what we are today… not hundreds, but thousands of happy VA’s providing Virtual Assistance all over the world!

MISSION4MAUREEN MAY DAY$ LOTTERY!

My website/blog is normally used for business purposes, however, there are times, as a certified Grief Counselor that I will also use my site to embrace those who suffer from one kind of affliction, death or illness. In this case, I am remembering my niece and Godchild, Maureen Lowis who died of Brain Cancer, leaving 3 children at very young ages. You can read the story in older blogs on this site.

This event is an annual Lottery where you simply purchase a ticket for $25.00 (which is tax deductible) and you have 60 opportunities to win! That is because if your name is pulled as a winner for one drawing, it goes right back into the hat with the chance to win again! The best part however, is helping all those families who are struggling with finances due to their loved ones suffering from Brain Cancer, which is where the proceeds go for this non-profit.

Go ahead and have some fun and perhaps win once or MANY MANY times!!

Provides Direct Financial Aid to Qualified  Brain Cancer Patients & Their Families

MAY DAYS DRAWING – $2,500 Cash Grand Prize

Plus Daily Cash Prizes

Win Often In The 5th Annual May Days Drawing

A $25 Donation GETS YOU A TICKET

You can win more than once!

Each ticket will give you more than 60 chances to win!

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.mission4maureen.org

CLICK  LINK TO PURCHASE MAY DAY$ MAY DAY TICKETS

Mail your $25 contribution for EACH ticket to:
Mission4Maureen

PO Box 21602
South Euclid, OH 44121
Make checks payable to Mission4Maureen.
OR Donate Online, $25 per ticket by through Network for Good!

learn more

Notification of Winners will be posted below and on the 95.5TheFish website and announced on 95.5 The Fish, Cleveland’s Contemporary Christian Music Station.
Winners’ checks will be mailed weekly.

See the calendar for prize details.


WHAT DOES YOUR BLOG SAY ABOUT YOU?

 

 

"I'm breaking the word-check rules today and writing about me, I, myself"...1st person!

 

I received many comments about my blog when writing about merging technology and sports. Obviously, this passionate topic warrants a lot of considerations. It got me thinking…”Isn’t it funny how some blogs get very little attention while others are jammed with responses?”

One comment that alerted me to my topic today, was suggesting that I should teach others how to write a blog. I smiled big on that one because my blogs are probably the most “relaxed and informal” work of all my writing skills and talents. On my blogs, I write as I talk…it’s like having a conversation with you on paper, or should I say, a screen…LOL.

Let me share with you my take on blogs.

I see blogs as being an instrument to show others “who” you are, more than what products you are selling or what marketing you are doing for your own business. Sometimes, it’s just good to see the person behind the scenes, you know.

Oh, don’t get me wrong, it’s a perfect place to market your business and get some free advertising for yourself. I assure you, I can write formal blogs that would gain attention, and I do write them for clients that want strictly professional. However, a blog is also the one place you can get to know someone by his or her writing. Consequently, it invites a comment or response from the reader with whom you have just made a connection with through your blog.

Now social media is a venue that does play into gaining a viable connection. However, you can only write one or two liners, “you are doing this or that today”, but where on the net can you just express your ideas, feelings, favorite things in life, or even promote yourself in a manner that expresses who you are as a person…right, a blog.

In my world of opinions, there are several types of blogs:

Opinion blogs
Marketing blogs
Product blogs
Point of Interest blogs
Political Blogs
Inspirational blogs
Self-help blogs
Technology blogs
Family/Parenting blogs
Sports blogs
Pet blogs

The list could probably go on and on…but guess what? If you really want to be a great blogger, write about every single one of those topics and pretty soon you have reflected the person you are behind the scenes. Don’t forget, a picture is also worth a thousand words…so don’t be afraid to use them. The main suggestion is to just be you and have fun with it. It is your website/blog site and it’s the one place you can communicate who you are – by what you write…and that my friend is the best place to strut your personal (not private) stuff!