I thought today would be a good time to give you all a quick update on where we are with the Virtual Summit. Being the first event of its kind for Personal Assistants there is a lot, lot, lot of planning going on! So, who is attending the Virtual Summit? Well, hundreds of you have already signed up to the Summit, which is really exciting! We have assistants, literally from all over the world, booked onto the event. Just this morning we had our first booking from China. Ni hao! I know we have PAs also booked on from the States, Australia, Europe and South America. I’m over the moon! Welcome everyone, the Summit really is going global!

Watching from your part of the world

I have been getting a lot of emails from assistants wondering how they can watch the Summit in their time zone. Well, this is going to be a little tricky. I think we have come up with a good solution. The Summit will take place 9am – 7pm GMT. I know this is early hours of the morning for some of you and the middle of the night for others. But, you will have access to the recording of every single second of the summit for a whole month after the 20th October. So, you don’t have to get up in the middle of the night in your PJs and log on to the Summit (although if you want to, that would be totally awesome!) Instead, you can log on to the Summit the following day and watch the sessions in your own time.

We are going to monitor the hashtag #pppavirtualsummit for a month after the Summit so if you are watching the recording and want to ask a question on Twitter you can. We are also going to set up a private Facebook group for the Virtual Summit attendees so that you can all meet each other online and exchange your thoughts on the content. Again, the Facebook Group will stay active over the following month while everyone catches up on the content.

Trust me it is going to feel like a big party that you don’t want to miss!

So what is new on the programme?

I am just putting the finishing touches to the programme, but can share some of our brilliant sessions with you. Here are a few that we have added over the last few weeks:

How to make minute taking an absolute breeze 

Minute taking is a much sought after skill in organisations. Many administrators are self-taught. If you were wondering whether you are on track, what the latest trends are and keen to pick up some proven techniques this session is a must!

Speaker: Robyn Bennett, Minute Taking Madness

Starting out as a VA

This session will act as a starting point for anyone interested in starting their own Virtual Assistant business.  It may be that you are looking for a new career, or that you are looking for something that can be done part-time alongside your current employment or family commitments.  Maybe you’ve just been made redundant or approaching retirement age and are considering setting up as a VA and wondering whether there is a place for you in the market place.  In this session,  Amanda wants to give you the answers to the common questions most new VAs have; she will cover everything from the research to do, the business structure to create, the legalities around setting up as a VA through to the most popular services to offer, where to find those first few clients, the fees to charge, how to get paid and everything else in between.

Speaker: Amanda Johnson, Virtual Assistant Coach, Trainer & Mentor, Virtual Assistant Coaching and Training Company

Am I really being proactive?

Simone is the Founder and Chair of the ACE Network (Assistant Community EMEA) at BlackRock, the world’s leading Asset Management Firm.  Having worked in the field of administration for over 20 years, Simone has gained a wealth of experience in supporting executives at every level as well as managing teams and offices. As Chair of ACE, she works with managers, HR and assistants to ‘raise the bar’ and elevate the role of the admin professional.

Simply put, Simone is an inspirational Assistant. In this session, she will share her story with you and show how a little proactivity can take you a long way…

Speaker: Simone White, Executive Assistant at Blackrock

Developing your business acumen on a shoestring budget

Business acumen is a fundamental requirement for the modern day assistant. Assistants support people that have very strong business acumen and must match their knowledge to be able to help them succeed. Assistants need to understand their organisation and  where their boss fits in. They also need to know how they can help support the goals and objectives of the business.

Developing business acumen will also give Assistants a fantastic foundation and allow them to move up the career ladder. In this session, Nicky will discuss all the different methods she has employed to improve her business acumen as an Executive Assistant and business owner.

Speaker: Nicky Christmas, Editor & Founder, Practically Perfect PA

How do you book your ticket?

It is pretty simple. Head over to the Virtual Summit website and follow the link through to our ticket shop. Individual tickets are only £50. If you would like to get your whole office or local PA network involved, you can also purchase a hub ticket for £250.

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