When Is It Time To Ditch Virtual?

I’m so very thankful for virtual opportunities. Opportunities to work, network, stay in touch with family and friends, even meet new people all virtually. Sometimes you need to get out IRL (In Real Life) though.

In October 2015 I had the opportunity and honor to host OfficeNinjasIRL in Dallas. No virtual casting could have taken the place of this live event. Hosting or not, being with over 300 administrative professionals from different companies with different administrative styles and backgrounds was amazing.

I got to meet a finalist for the Dallas Admin Awards in the Spirit category and the co-worker who nominated her. I met another woman who works as the sole administrative employee in her company. I was thrilled to also be part of the giveaways.

Calling out names, having women run up to claim their prize and have their photo taken was such a rush. I was hugging each winner, and BTW, I’m not a hugger. Then there were the moments I got to meet people I have been in the same online communities with for over a year, face to face, for the very first time. For all this I happily ditched being virtual!

These feelings are what I keep in mind when I meet with new, current and prospective clients. They need to know what kind of person I am and who they are trusting their business to. Knowing that I understand the hesitation of working with someone virtually puts their fears to rest when I match them up with long-term VAs. They know if there should come a time to ditch a VA and get someone in an office IRL I’ll be there for them as well.

There is a time and place for being virtual and being IRL. Are you ready for a VA? Do you need to ditch virtual? Do you need an EA IRL? Let me know how I can assist!

Because you can’t do it all yourself…….. Melissa Smith, The PVA is the bestselling author of Hire the Right Virtual Assistant and host of the Admin to VA Summit. To learn more about working with the right Virtual Assistant contact Melissa here.

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