Category Archives for "Exceptional VA’s Journey"

Learn Facebook Marketing at Raket Remedies!

January got me stoked and busy because of Raket.ph’s Raket Remedies!

Raket.ph launched their Raketeer School, the first Freelancing School in the Philippines this year. Under the Raketeer School is Raket Remedies, which will conduct live seminars and webinars for freelancing concerns. For Raket Remedies’ first offering, Raket.ph invited me and dear friend, columnist and social media consultant Carla Bianca Ravanes to share what we know about Facebook Marketing.

If you remember, Carla wrote the Raket.ph feature article of me and another common friend and virtual professional, Sami Aldeguer Roxas. Check the article that she wrote a few years ago here.

Raket Remedies on Facebook Marketing is a focused workshop which includes sessions and interactive streams on how to create and manage effective Facebook advertising campaigns, utilize ways to effectively drive traffic from Facebook to blogs & websites, and learn how to integrate Facebook with other marketing strategies.

If one of your goals this year is to improve your Facebook marketing skills, then the Raket.ph team, Carla and I are excited to meet you on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at UnionBank Plaza, 47F Meralco Avenue corner Onyx Road, Ortigas Pasig City. The seminar will start at 1:00PM. For more details, click here for the Raket Remedies Facebook Marketing live event.

Got a full schedule this Saturday? Don’t fret! There is a webinar version on February 18, 2016. Check the link for the Raket Remedies Facebook Marketing webinar.

For other Raket Remedies events, check here.

Closing 2015 by Paulo Coelho

One of my favorite authors, Paulo Coelho, captured the best message as we close Chapter 2015 of our lives. See the post here.

As soon as I saw the post, I immediately thought of doing another thing that was not planned – launch Ann Exceptional VA Soundcloud! This is where I will put all inspiring messages of exceptional people who I will read. Okay, okay, I admit: I was inspired by Tom Hiddleston reading poems and sonnets. If he can do it, why can’t I?

In case you’re asking, I am using Plantronics Audio 326 Stereo Headset and Audacity for the recording, and a WAV to MP3 online converter.

As you continue to do your planning (you should, YES?) or your new year’s resolutions (whichever you prefer), let his message motivate you to do your best for your new 365 days.

Happy listening and happy new year!

P.S.: My site is complete – two days before my self-imposed deadline! Whew! Let me know what you think!

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Have you found the book that can change your life?

I recently tweeted that I am now on my 15th book of the year!

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I was happy to tweet that for many reasons: one, I am beyond my target of one book a month (12 books a year); two, I am reading more physical books you know, the one with paper and you hold it with your two hands?) than listening to audio books; three, as related to reason number two – is because I now have the time to read a physical book!

But out of the 15 books, I found two that are really life-changing. The two books are easy-to-read and easy-to-apply. If I will follow the instructions of the book, I will again see myself on a new adventure. But since it is not yet the end of the year, I will keep the book titles a secret (wink wink).

Indeed, reading books is not only expanding my horizon and imagination; it also lets me discover new things that can help me improve myself.

How about you? Have you found the book that can change your life?

If I may suggest, I recommend you to buy “Virtual Careers: Earn Dollars at Home, Eliminate Daily Stress, Embrace Your Family More”, the first-ever book of my mentor, Jomar Hilario. You will discover a secret formula that unlocks the steps to your virtual career, unique solutions to fix most online job problems and more.

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Screengrab from Jomar Hilario’s Facebook account.

 

Get a chance to peep on the stories of ordinary Filipinos who work from home (like moi). And for inspiration, the book also has wonderful freedom scenes that you will experience if you follow the instructions in the book!

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Virtual Careers is the book version of the How to Become a Virtual Assistant Seminar that Jomar ran for many years. I have attended that seminar twice – one in a downloadable version (learn at your own pace) and one live event (where I got to share my experiences as a virtual professional). The seminar paved the way for me to become a virtual professional.

I am happy that the Virtual Careers book finally came out. It is one of the few books in the country that talks about virtual careers (because people think we don’t exist). I was able to attend a few live meet ups with Jomar where during our activity, he would write this book. I realized how hard it is to write a book, yet it inspired me to publish mine in the near future.

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We dropped by the Shepherd’s Voice Publications booth at the 36th Manila International Book Fair for the Virtual Careers book! Photo credit: Niña Lauren Mendoza

 

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Got my copy!

 

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From left: Jomar Hilario, Nath Reyes, Dha Teñoso, Jones Mancilla and I.

 

My mother has read the book right after I got home from buying it at the 36th Manila International Book Fair at the SMX Convention Center. She realized she reached the middle of the book! Go check her mid-book review.

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Screenshot of my recent Facebook status. My mom might finish the book tomorrow.

If you think this book is for you, then go get your copy at the 36th Manila International Book Fair happening at the SMX Convention Center from 16 to 20 September 2015. Go to the booth of Shepherd’s Voice Publications in Aisle K (K for Kerygma!). Who knows? You might get to talk to my mentor, too!

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You might want to check the blurb at the back cover of the book. 😉

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How I Am Improving My Marketing Skills with iPod

In 2012, I bought an iPod classic from Olx.com (then Sulit.com). After attending the How to Become a VA Seminar two weeks before, I decided to look for a second-hand iPod classic so I can put Jim Rohn audios, amazing Christian songs (and other positive songs), and audiobooks (believe me, I could be unstoppable when buying audiobooks, same as the good ol’ physical book).

My iPod classic was an exceptional companion (it still is!) during my employment years until I became a full-time virtual assistant. Since I bought it three years ago, I have added webinar audio versions of the other Jomar Hilario programs, videos, and podcasts. I have also downloaded several Hard to Find Seminars audio files. Continue reading

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The Secret of Following Up Your Delayed Pay

One of my former clients took a while to pay my services.

It was an agony, honestly. The client did not update me every time the deadline payment past.

I am the type of person who ensures that my payments are due. On the other hand, I believe that if someone owes me, it is his or her responsibility to update me on the payments. I really do not like following up. In the first place, I was not the one who has a due.

So what do you do when this happens? A recent webinar with a Filipino lawyer gave these tip: PROTECT YOURSELF. Continue reading

2 Something exceptionally unimaginable happened in my email inboxes

I have four emails in Gmail. I have one each specifically for:

  1. purchases
  2. social media platforms
  3. online marketing/virtual assistant lessons
  4. official VA email (where I get messages from my clients and from the freelance sites I’m subscribed to)

Yes, you may call me OC (obsessive-compulsive). But that’s my way of sorting my online life. Continue reading