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Korean Hearts Flutter: Date With Freedom Summit 2017

Jomar Hilario’s Virtual Careers Summit: Date With Freedom 2017 recently took place. Over 100 people, composed of summit participants, their family and friends (more on this later) attended.

You may remember that two years ago, I was one of its speakers. This time around, I heard 10 success stories of virtual professionals AND a client (Dr. Sixto Carlos of Makati Dog and Cat Hospital). For the second time around, Preacher in Blue Jeans Bro. Bo Sanchez stopped the summit because of his presence – literally!

Korean Hearts Flutter: Date With Freedom Summit 2017

Here’s what I learned: the virtual professional speakers were getting better, not only in speaking but also in their online careers.

Do you know why?

Because they learned from others who got in the online career path first. They got the best practices. They took note of the face palm moments and decided to never do it.

AND they included their great personalities.

Nagmo-morph din pala ang virtual professionals, ano?

It was a day of learning, fun, and meeting new aspiring virtual professionals, and my super friends!

Here are some of the highlights of the Date With Freedom Summit:

Korean Hearts Flutter: Date With Freedom Summit 2017

Liza Dela Cruz tells us that YES, there is job security in virtual careers.

 

Korean Hearts Flutter: Date With Freedom Summit 2017

Yuan Natividad advised us to “forget what you feel and remember what you deserve”.

 

Korean Hearts Flutter: Date With Freedom Summit 2017

Rowell Austria told his heart tugging story about him leaving his daughter every time before he became an online professional.

 

Korean Hearts Flutter: Date With Freedom Summit 2017

Rachel Buiza brought the hands down with her amusing stories. She told me during the break that she appreciated the Skype call we did a few years ago when she was starting. I actually couldn’t remember, but hey, I think she’s doing exceptionally now!

 

Korean Hearts Flutter: Date With Freedom Summit 2017

FAM BAM Part: an interview with the family members of two of the summit speakers.

 

Korean Hearts Flutter: Date With Freedom Summit 2017

Dr. Sixto Carlos of Makati Dog and Cat Hospital shared with us the perspective of a client. He’s so humble and he. loves. marketing. period.

 

Korean Hearts Flutter: Date With Freedom Summit 2017

Rowen Iral showed us that it’s possible to ask a traditional company if we could do remote work – and they would say YES!

 

Korean Hearts Flutter: Date With Freedom Summit 2017

Jay Sarthou and Pinky Anicete (not on this photo) tempted me to change careers! They are home-based travel agents and they are getting every travel perks you can imagine.

 

Korean Hearts Flutter: Date With Freedom Summit 2017

Melvin Receno, a former OFW, shared how power words – ordinary words used at the right time – could trigger something exceptional for you.

 

Korean Hearts Flutter: Date With Freedom Summit 2017

Analyn Roque is a Virtual Manager. She hires and manages and guides virtual professionals. I love how she shows genuine concerns to all the people she hires.

 

What’s more, this year’s summit allowed the participants to bring their family members and friends! They also got the chance to meet virtual professionals in the flesh because aside from the speakers, there were also virtual professional guests who hopped from one table to another.

I was one of the guests during the summit so I got to transfer from one table to another and answered questions. Here are more photos!

Korean Hearts Flutter: Date With Freedom Summit 2017

Korean Hearts Flutter: Date With Freedom Summit 2017

Korean Hearts Flutter: Date With Freedom Summit 2017

Korean Hearts Flutter: Date With Freedom Summit 2017

Korean Hearts Flutter: Date With Freedom Summit 2017

Korean Hearts Flutter: Date With Freedom Summit 2017

To Jomar and his team and volunteer (hugs to all!) , plus the speakers and other guests, THANK YOU for making this happen for the third time!

12 hours. It may seem sssooo long. But if you’re having fun, it’s not enough.

Korean Hearts Flutter: Date With Freedom Summit 2017

Speakers and guests with Jomar. Thanks, Jomar, for making this happen!

 

To all the Date With Freedom participants, here are some of my unsolicited advices from two years ago (don’t worry; still works):

Date With Freedom Notes from The Avengers and J.A.R.V.I.S.

Date With Freedom Post-Evaluation

 

my first copywriting exercise experience

My First Copywriting Exercise Experience

A few months ago, I published a blog about the lessons on investing in yourself while passing by NAIA-X. I mentioned there that I came from Jomar Hilario’s Masterclass, so I am going to talk about that now on this post.

The said Masterclass is Copywriting 101. Since I have an experience in creating landing pages, email marketing sequences, and preparing Facebook ad creatives, I thought it is about time to formally learn about copywriting. As you know, all the skills that I mentioned would be best combined with copywriting skills.

I had the privilege to attend the Copywriting 101 Masterclass because I guested in one of Jomar’s webinars in 2017. So off I went to the half-day masterclass, armed with a notebook, pen, and colored pens.

A Jomar Hilario seminar won’t end without an assignment. So for the Copywriting 101 Masterclass, the students were asked to COPY one of Robert Collier’s books. “Copy” means you get a notebook and a pen and you literally copy the content of the book.

Can you imagine your life back in school where you had to copy the notes on the board the entire Social Studies time? (Oh gosh, those hand aches.)

Yes, just like that. This time, more exciting.

I decided to look for my own material to write. I saw Gary Halbert’s Famous Dollar Letter. There is literally a $1.00 on the copy so it intrigued me. (As I did my research, one of Ryan Deiss’ sales letters also had a $1.00 on top of the page. Yep, it still works until now!)

After a month and 12 pages later, I finished copying the letter! Here’s the proof of the pudding:

my first copywriting exercise experience

 

my first copywriting exercise experience

 

my first copywriting exercise experience

 

This may seem crazy to you, but something happens when you practice copywriting. As I wrote each letter, I learned how each paragraph provides information, empathize with a customer’s challenges, and clearly explains the solution. Heck, I myself wanted to buy what Gary Halbert was selling!

As of this writing, I just finished writing Robert Collier’s The Boron Letters Chapter 1 in just one sitting. I also learned about exercising on that first letter.

Did my hand ached? Heck, yes! But it’s worth it!

I am excited to get the copywriting vibe of the greatest copywriters in the world! How about you?

 

Would you like to learn copywriting,too? Jomar Hilario’s Masterclass is offering Copywriting 101 and 202. Take your spot here and start learning:

Copywriting 101

Copywriting 202

Copywriting 303 (you can take both classes!)

be the best by getting ahead

Be the Best by Getting Ahead

Here’s a lesson on being the best by getting ahead from a “late bloomer nerd.”

The previous weekends were a feast for geeks. A few weeks ago, Disney held their annual D23 Expo (Disney 23) at Disneyland. On the other hand, fans had a grand time in San Diego Comic Con (SDCC), also an annual event.

What do these two events have in common?

It’s in these events where you could wear cosplay and nobody’s going to judge you, buy hard-to-find and expensive toys, and get the latest on comics, TV series, and movies about anything and everything geek.

I became aware of these two events in 2015, since I was introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Hint: Mark Ruffalo and Tom Hiddleston. Then I found out Robert Downey, Jr. started it all, and yes, the three Chrises…)

If you’re a Marvel Cinematic Universe fan, these three movies are on your movie line up: Thor Ragnarok, Black Panther, and Avengers: Infinity War Part 1. The latter is the culminating movie of the first decade of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So if you’re an MCU fan, this. is. absolutely. and. immensely. important.

Official movie trailers of Thor Ragnarok and Black Panther are already online right after it was shown in SDCC this weekend. Avengers: Infinity War teaser were also shown in both D23 and SDCC.

Here’s the thing: Marvel did not release the Avengers: Infinity War teaser online (website and social media).

Fans are frustrated, some mad. For them, it is not right for Marvel to keep the Infinity Wars trailer to non-convention fans.

Okay, you might say “Ann is a late bloomer nerd”. This isn’t about that. Hang in there.

Marvel may have their reasons for this. But I’m looking at it at a different perspective.
You see, D23 and SDCC convention fans paid to attend the events. They made sure they were PRESENT.

Think of it as your much-awaited seminar or conference, or even webinar in the dead of the night.

If you’re someone who made an effort to book a seat on a life-changing seminar or kept yourself awake for a 2AM live webinar, then the good is on you. You learn ahead of others. The more you’d get if you execute what you learned immediately!

If you want to change your life, invest in yourself.

Learn and execute. Make sure that you are present in a situation where more people could help you so that you could see yourself in a place you dreamed of having, being, or doing.
Stop telling the world it’s not fair. You create your own destiny.

BE THE BEST BY GETTING AHEAD.

When you invest in yourself, you’d find yourself in the midst of like-minded people. Well, not as famous as these guys, but your get the drift. Credit: Facebook.com/MarvelStudios

 

What are the ways you are getting ahead? Share it in the comments below. 

 

Get More Social Media Checklists from Me

Get More Social Media Checklists from ME!

I noticed a lot of questions on social media groups on what social media courses to take. Some aspiring and current virtual assistants want to become better social media professionals by investing on courses.

Moreover, in spite its existence for a long time, some business owners still don’t get how important it is to have a complete Facebook Page.

I am going to make it easier for you.

I compiled a list of top social media online courses so you could stop asking and starting enrolling and studying social media!

As a bonus, I am also giving you a Facebook Page Set Up Checklist. Perfect for Facebook Social Media VAs who are helping clients set up Facebook Page. It’s would also be handy for virtual assistants who are building their own Facebook Page.

Get more social media checklists from me! Enter your name and email here to get the checklists!

People Helping People

People Helping People

Do you know what is one of the best things about virtual careers?

Based on my experience, kahit magkakapareho kayo ng skill, walang inggitan, walang politics.

Instead, I see PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE.

Take this case: In 2016, Sha Nacino was one of the people I asked for help on writing a book and launching it. All-out s’ya sa advice and tips. Because of that, I was able to launch my e-book in August.

When she learned about The Joy and Ann Show, she asked Joy and I everything about podcasting. All-out din kami sa advice at tips. (You know that Sha guested on our podcast, right?)

She launched her podcast, Write Conversations, in the same year. From her words, “Special shout out and BIG THANKS to my friends Joy and Ann of The Joy and Ann Show and Might for the tips and inspiration especially as regards producing a podcast!”

AEVA_People Helping People

Thank you, Sha! We appreciate you, too!

So yes, friends and network ang magiging ally ninyo sa virtual careers.

You’re getting the help that you need. All you have to do is ACT.

So please, act. Work on whatever you’re working on while listening to us and Sha.

The story of people helping people is just about Joy and Sha. You don’t want to hear more stories of this with Jomar Hilario, Niña Mendoza, Jones Mancilla, Nath ‘funchum’ Reyes, Nolan Ray Lazaro, Yuan Te-Natividad, Sweet Reyes and many others. Kasi mababaliw kayo sa blessing of friends and network.

This post was first published on Ann Exceptional VA Facebook Page.

top Focusing on the Profits

Stop Focusing on Profits

“It’s the PROCESS of creating the profits that matter!”

Very true.

I was talking to a new VA early this week and I told her that you think you need only money.

But you don’t.

Money may buy almost anything but not everything.

Also, when your reason for working is for money or if you are always seeking the money; you don’t have anything solid – BIG WHYS – that will push you when the going gets tough, you may not be happy.

Why CloudPeeps deactivated my account – and why I am exceptionally cool about it

Why CloudPeeps deactivated my account – and why I am exceptionally cool about it

CloudPeeps is one of the freelancing sites I’m subscribed to. The site started in 2015, with Kate Kendall as founder. The objective of the freelancing site to have a better platform where clients could find virtual assistants who could work with them long-term.

Why CloudPeeps deactivated my account – and why I am exceptionally cool about it

I signed up for an account in late 2015. I love CloudPeeps because the base rate per hour that a virtual assistant should post is US$30 per hour. So yes, if you cannot accept that rate in your system, you won’t be able to post that on your CloudPeeps profile with utmost confidence.

Recently, I tried to update my payment information on CloudPeeps. I learned that they aren’t serving Filipino virtual assistants for now.

I immediately sent an email to their customer service, told them my concern and asked why.

This was the reply that I got:

Why CloudPeeps deactivated my account – and why I am exceptionally cool about it

CloudPeeps deactivated my account.

Why CloudPeeps deactivated my account – and why I am exceptionally cool about it

Bummer. I love CloudPeeps because of its “exclusivity” feel and the credibility of the businesses that post online job opportunities there. But then, they don’t serve Filipino virtual assistants.

Nevertheless, I was just cool with it. Freelancing sites aren’t the only way to find clients. I got this website (aside from LinkedIn and Craigslist). I can do Facebook or LinkedIn ads to drive potential clients on my website and voila, they would see me.

I am confident that CloudPeeps would open its arms to Filipino virtual assistants. But I won’t wait in vain. I find better ways.

So I’m just exceptionally cool about it.

Second Webinar Guesting for 2017: Show Us Your Workstation

On my second webinar guesting this 2017, I saw myself showing people the four corners of my home office.

My family decided to get a carpenter for minor repairs in the house (while there’s no rain!) on the first quarter of 2017. One of the projects was enclosing the home area where I work to make it officially a home office.

I gave the carpenter a printed photo of the cabinet and table layout that I saw on Pinterest. All he said was, “Madali lang ’yan. (That’s easy.)”

Show Us Your Workstation

I gave the carpenter a printed photo of the cabinet and table layout that I saw on Pinterest. Credit: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/282178732883313886/

 

After one month and a week, I saw the cabinet and table! Well, not the same look yet, but it was so cool, anyway!

 

Show Us Your Workstation

After one month and a week, I saw the cabinet and table!

 

After a few days, I spent an afternoon putting all the stuff (books, supplies, quote on frames, and my Ferrari cars) in my new home office.

Show Us Your Workstation

Well, here’s how the office looks now. 🙂

 

Show Us Your Workstation

Last March 13, 2017, the home office was blessed. Here are some of our visitors!

A month after, I was back at Jomar Hilarios’ Monday webinar to share how my office looked like. Another fellow virtual assistant Rowell Austria was also on the show.

Show Us Your Workstation

Missed the live webinar? No problem! Here’s the replay!

 

My home office is still in the process of exceptionalism! Stay tuned to my website for the updates.

Uncovering The Answers To Common Issues Of Working From Home

First Webinar Guesting for 2017: Uncovering The Answers To Common Issues Of Working From Home

I was humbled and honored to a panelist of Jomar Hilario’s webinar on Uncovering The Answers To Common Issues Of Working From Home. It was my first webinar guesting for 2017 and I’m with fellow virtual assistant friends!

Together with the motley crew Niño and Yuan Natividad, Eleazar Jose and Sheree Brizo, we answered questions that current virtual assistants experience.

Uncovering The Answers To Common Issues Of Working From Home

 

Here were some of the questions during the webinar:

First Webinar Guesting for 2017: Uncovering The Answers To Common Issues Of Working From Home

First Webinar Guesting for 2017: Uncovering The Answers To Common Issues Of Working From Home

Here’s the video of the webinar:

Were you present on the webinar? Let me know in the comments what you have learned!

 

Uncovering The Answers To Common Issues Of Working From Home

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