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4 The Exceptional Things I Have Learned during the First Ever Virtual Assistant Summit 2013

Snapshots of what you missed (if you weren't there): fun games. Christmas gifts, fun people, and answered questions. :)

Snapshots of what you missed (if you weren’t there): fun games. Christmas gifts, fun people, and answered questions. 🙂

I was super glad to be one of the participants of the first ever Virtual Assistant (VA) Summit 2013. The Luneta Hall of Bayview Park Hotel Manila was packed with top-caliber Filipino VAs, aspiring VAs, employees, and entrepreneurs. Our mentor, Jomar Hilario, hosted the summit.

Eight speakers, including Jomar, took turns in imparting empowering messages, heartwarming stories, easy-to-do action steps, and a lot of a-has.

It was fitting to note that the first ever Virtual Assistant Summit 2013 took place on the 150th Anniversary of one of our heroes, Andres Bonifacio. I think it’s because Bonifacio fought for what is for Filipinos – their land, their country, their freedom. Same with us VAs (and newbies, even wannabes), we have gathered in one event to sought another way of having financial freedom, time, and pursuit of our passion.

What I love about the summit was that each speaker were given 15 minutes to answer questions on each table. I was so humbled to be asked questions, too, even if I was not a speaker, because I am already a virtual assistant. I hope my seat mates learned something from me (a big shout to Table #6!)

Moreover, it was great to see people in the flesh because we only see each other online! 🙂

It was great to learn from these exceptional Filipino Virtual Assistants!

It was great to learn from these exceptional Filipino Virtual Assistants!

So, what are the exceptional things did I learn from the first ever Virtual Assistant (VA) Summit 2013?

1. Marvin Macatol – A VA needs 3Es to Nurture (endowment, energy source, and endurance), 4Ps to Watch Out (priorities, progress, phrases, and posture), and 4Cs of Getting Gigs (connect, communicate, correspond, and contract).

2. Mr. Clement Wong (Managing Director, SocialMetric Pte. Ltd.) – A VA’s best bet is education. It is best to invest in 200 hours of education a year! Later, Mr. Marcus Ho (SocialMetric Pte. Ltd.’s Operations Director and a best-selling author in Singapore) said that they look at a VA candidate’s suitability and eligibility when hiring the best person for their company (thanks to Sir Marvin for correcting data here!)

3. Noemi Cariaso-Mora – techonology is a VA’s frenemy. A VA has to stay focused. And it’s okay to ask for help.

4. Joyce Villarisco – one is never too young to start thinking big (and having a Rich Dad mindset!). Joyce is the YOUNGEST Filipino VA that the circuit knows – she left school to pursue what she wanted. And I think she got more than what she asked for.

5. Shawi Cortez – a VA is and should never confined in a four-walled home office. She has traveled many countries that even I could not pronounce correctly and still earned money. If she can do it, so can we!

6. Franz Escolastico – time management, doing tasks in advance, and having a ME time made her earn money as a VA and at the same time play violin in different music gigs. She even played two songs for us! (Get well soon, Franz!)

7. Joanne Vergara – a Filipino can become a VA – that’s a fact. But Joanne taught us that it is also possible for a Filipino VA to become a leader through empowering one’s online team.

Feast Builder JC Libiran sealed the summit deal when he shared to us that we VAs are not only earning money at home and are with our loved ones most of the time. We are serving somebody else’s mission. JC and his wife also shared God’s faithfulness in us. JC gave these inspiring insights after the video message of Bo Sanchez, Philippines’s leading Catholic preacher.

Bro Bo. Sanchez and Feast Builder JC Libiran gave empowering messages.

Bro Bo. Sanchez and Feast Builder JC Libiran gave empowering messages.

Everyone went home happy, thanks to the Christmas exchange gifts, 1 minute dances, and new friends.

Attending the VA Summit was a great way to start my week-long break for an out-of-the-country trip (hey, did we say that a VA is not confined in a four-walled home office?). I will bring with me the exceptional learnings that I learned and the online friends that I finally met.

Next year’s VA Summit is on November 29, 2014. So if you already got a 2014 calendar, I suggest you mark it red.

Super thanks to our mentor, Jomar Hilario, for making this event happen (and kudos to the volunteers, too!)

Super thanks to our mentor, Jomar Hilario, for making this event happen (and kudos to the volunteers, too!)!

Helping Ricelle

Last February 2, 2013, I was one of the guest panelists in a private webinar by my mentor, Jomar Hilario.

The private webinar was the prize of the second winner of Sir Jomar’s Christmas promo. The webinar is a one-and-a-half hour no-holds barred question and answer about my life as a part-time virtual assistant. My co-panelist is the amazing work-at-home mom, Noemi Mora (for those of you who attended the September 15, 2012 VA seminar of Sir Jomar, Noemi is the first sharer of her VA life. Such is our team up, I guess.)

The winner’s name is Ricelle Velasco. Man, she came really prepared on her questions! She was very honest in telling us that she has not started listening in the Virtual Assistant Bundle that she bought, which was okay with us. Sir Jomar’s role was to listen (while typing) in the webinar. It was really the three of us talking.

We ended up the private webinar with full of hope for Ricelle. Just after signing off at the Access Webinar and Skype, I whispered a prayer to Ricelle. I prayed that she finally finds out what she wants to do in life, and be aggressive in going for her dreams.

It is always humbling to have the chance to help people who want to finally reach for their dreams through becoming a virtual assistant. Never in my dreams did I imagine that I’d get to do this. All I really wanted was to be a full-time virtual assistant – update my blogs, apply on jobs, and eventually get many gigs. I didn’t know that I’d get to share my VA experiences.

Here’s to Ricelle and to other aspiring virtual assistants: never never never never never never never give up.


Want to become a Virtual Assistant? Jomar Hilario’s running the first “How to Become a Virtual Assistant Seminar” on March 16, 2013. Go to http://filipinova.com for more details.

Here's my email to Ricelle minutes after the private webinar. Try changing Ricelle's name to yours. :)

Here’s my email to Ricelle minutes after the private webinar. Try changing Ricelle’s name to yours. 🙂

4 Planning My 2013

This is a print screen of my 2013 plan. I was officially finished on December 27, 2012, 5 minutes before 5 PM.

This is a print screen of my 2013 plan. I was officially finished on December 27, 2012, 5 minutes before 5 PM.

Others woke up last December 26 to brace another day at work after Christmas. Me? I did my 30-minute ran, cleaned the house, took a bath, then closed my door’s room.

I was so excited for my two-day ME Planning. I waited for this day to happen. This was my second time to do this after learning how important it is to plan our life for a year from one of my mentors, Jomar Hilario. My 2012 came into light through my attendance of Sir Jomar’s Plan for Your Best Year Ever last January.

My room was not the ideal venue for ME Planning; Sir Jomar advises anyone who would like to do this to get out of the city (or your house) and go somewhere else where quiet and nature is closer. Alas, the hotel rates during December have sky-rocketed, so I settled for my room this year. Well, I made sure that my ME Planning next year will be in another place!

As I reviewed my 2012, I again remembered how blessed I was. I went through a lot this year, like getting rejections for online jobs almost every day, then getting a job then losing it for a week. The sacrifices paid off – I got a part-time job after months of trying. Not only that, I got to share my experience through one of Sir Jomar’s webinars and his last How to Become a Virtual Assistant seminar of 2012.

The 2013 plan was completed thanks to MindMaps app. This was my second time to plot my year through MindMaps, so the preparations were a breeze. What gave me a bit of headache was the plotting of schedules – I had to make sure that I my plans for the year were there, without sacrificing all the targets in all areas of my life. To release myself of confusion, I did the following: got out of the room to eat spaghetti (my all-time comfort food), read books, and watched movies (I finished Ratatouille and 3 Idiots for my two-day planning).

Now, my 2013 is now printed, like a spider ready to create more and bigger webs. I was even happier to have our parish priest blessed my plan.

Even though my 2013 is already printed, I still remembered some plans that should have been there. I am about to open my file again to add some details.

Planning my year is one of the best things that I have learned ever since I decided to take responsibility for my destiny. But I’m not resting everything on what I have put on paper. I believe that in every year, the best is yet to come. Planning my year does not mean I hold every little detail in my hands. I still open myself to whatever the Divine Providence will give. I just made sure that the new 365 days that He’s going to give me is well-planned; that I’m prepared.

And I’ll keep doing it even until I meet my dreams.

Happy new year, everyone! Cheers to new 365 days!

Happy new year, everyone! Cheers to new 365 days!

3 How to Become a Virtual Assistant Seminar was a success!

We’re about to start a new life!

I was happy to go to Jomar Hilario’s Rosewood Point residence. Jomar is my Internet Marketing and Virtual Assistant mentor. It was my first time to attend a VA seminar (I learned about it through the downloaded seminar two years ago) and I would get to share my VA experience, so even if the rains were pouring down hard, I brave my way through it.

I arrived at the Rosewood Pointe Clubhouse at 7:50 AM of 15 September. I approached Sir Jomar as he was testing his Apple stuff and speakers. He then introduced me to the seminar team. I placed my bag in the designated bag area for the staff then started helping out. By 8:30 AM, the registration started. I think 100 participants came for the seminar. The Clubhouse was full of participants!

We’re ready. This was the clubhouse minutes before we opened the doors to participants. That’s Sir Jomar doing last Apple checks.

Positively Awesome VA checking the names of the participants.

I assisted in providing script for participants who volunteered for video recording of their messages. I also gave a suggestion for them to take their lunch outside the clubhouse so they could enjoy Sir Jomar’s residence. One unforgettable moment was when Sir Jomar asked me to choose Christmas songs from his iPod classic. Honestly, it was first time to ever hold an iPod classic (insert you laughing here), so I did not know what to do. When Sir Jomar asked if I know how to use iPod, I immediately said I “no.” Sir Jomar then said, “Okay, go do something else.”

Some participants approached me in different times in the morning and in the afternoon to ask details about becoming a VA. There are those who were excited; they almost couldn’t wait for my sharing. There are those who were excited but nervous about what they are about to learn and do.

Great job, VA Seminar Team! Thanks a lot, too, for letting me help out!

I met Positively Awesome VA, Jones, and my co-sharer, Work-at-Home Mom Noemi Mora. We got to talk now and then to share what we thought of what Sir Jomar said in the seminar. I could say that we all learned from the seminar (added details and added assignments! No wonder Sir Jomar said it’s the VA Seminar 2.0) and from each other.

I finally took my five minutes of fame at 4:30 PM. If you know me, you know that I could talk for hours. So my five-minute sharing was my shortest presentation ever. I waited for my turn but still felt nervous by the time Sir Jomar gave me the microphone. But by the second slide of my PDF presentation, my confidence came back. I was so happy to have concise my best and worst VA experiences in five minutes for future VAs.

Mentor Jomar Hilario and I.

More people approached me and Noemi after the seminar. I took the time to answer all their questions, as I can not go home right away anyway (the rains came back). Some told me that they knew me from the VA # 3 Webinar last August, and that they learned a lot from it (one even said she’s still waiting for the YouTube upload so she could hear it again). I went home with a picture of my mentor and I, a ride up to Guadalupe MRT, and new friends.

Two years ago, all I ever wanted was to on a journey in becoming a full-time Virtual Assistant. I never thought that along the journey (and engaged in a part-time VA gig), I would get to share my experiences. I hope that most of the participants will get to continue the journey and be better.

Yes, you can work at home in 3 months’ time. Ask me how!

I am VA #3

Sir Jomar’s Facebook banner photo days before the webinar.

“Okay, okay, stop, stop. We will start in a few minutes.”

That’s what my mentor, Jomar Hilario, said. I just finished almost a non-stop sample blubbering (that’s a sample) to check if my audio is working. Sir Jomar, as he is fondly called, finished setting the sites for the webinar. He called me through Skype a few minutes after I called him. “There are noises, I’ll call you,” he said.

I really could not believe what I was seeing: I saw on justintv my picture (sent through e-mail to Sir Jomar minutes before the webinar) and my “screen name,” Ann Peñarazzi.

I used to attend his webinars. Being a guest was far etched on my mind.

How did I get into this pretty perfect mess?

I just posted my monsoon rains story here in my blog, when I saw the “kumusta? (flood stories of my VAs)” of Sir Jomar (by the way, for non-Filipinos who passed by my blog, “kumusta” is Filipino for “how are you?”). I e-mailed what happened to me. My e-mail got him confused, so Sir Jomar clarified if I still working on a full-time office job. I replied, stating that yes, I still do have a full-time job; my Social Media Manager position is a part-time VA job.

“Dami mo nang adventures ah (You seem to have experienced a lot of adventures). Are you game for an interview?”  Sir Jomar said.

e-mail exchanges

Funny thing was it has not sunk in to me that I’ll be a guest VA, not a participant. My wits got me when the exchange of emails on Skype tests and final schedule of the webinar became frequent in a span of 5 days (honestly, I it was a miracle I got 80 in my Logic class back in college).

Uh-oh, what did I get myself into?

During the 4-day holiday, I saw the Interview Your Virtual Assistant #3 Webinar announcements. I got cold feet. Sir Jomar’s really serious about this! My mind was on a race of thoughts: does he really know that I am not a full-time VA? What if participants will leave the webinar once they find out that I’m not a full-time VA?

Uh-oh, here it is. Cold feet!

But then, I thought, I was honest admitting that I am a part-time VA. Besides, I have been a participant to many webinars of Sir Jomar; people only leave to refresh their pages, then they’re back after a few minutes. I started thinking: what if participants will stay and learn from me? What if my experiences will lead to them going on a better path than mine? What if I they would be able to relate to my experiences and never leave the webinar?

Wow, such is the power of Brendon Burchard’s book, The Charge. I can change my what-if questions into something positive! I was challenged. Though still nervous, I waited for the webinar night head on.

Hours before the webinar, I wrote down notes on how I became a VA, plus a list of my experiences. I did this so that the story-telling would be fast; it would lessen the pauses that I could do just because I kept on thinking of the next story. I was also thankful that Sir Jomar sent me an e-mail with a list of questions; it gave me an idea of what the webinar participants have in their mind. What I was not ready for was the question “what books do you read?” I honestly never thought that would be asked; good thing my wits were still with me, so I got to say that book titles, their authors, what are the books about, and how I got them!

Here are my notes so I can keep on talking (and laughing)!

In the end, I felt so great and grateful of the 135 people (close to that) who listened, asked questions, and stood with my brand of entertainment (I hope my voice was not screeched, I tend to be like that if I’m really happy and excited). I really do hope they learned a lot from me. My most important prayer was that they got inspired to do better than me.

My view from JustinTV. That’s Sir Jomar’s Mac with ANN Exceptional VA on the screen. Hey, it’s this blog!

I was so glad my Internet connection and my Skype were fabulously efficient during the one and a half hours of webinar.

This was when I was discussing BrainBench. I also got to answer questions in JustinTV (right).

I was happy to go over my fear of not being good enough. My mentor already said time and again that I am a success. My Great Maker, the Divine God, has His own words for me. I slept soundly but not before whispering in prayer, “those 135 people will start getting their overflowing blessings starting tonight.”

Damn, I can’t wait for magic to start!

Thanks a lot, Sir Jomar, and to those who catched the webinar! By the way, the next VA Seminar is on 15 September 2012!

Want to work from home? The next “How You Can Work From Home as A Virtual Assistant” Seminar is on 15 September 2012 at Rosewood Pointe, Taguig (that’s where Sir Jomar lives). Details here.

Ask a Virtual Assistant #3 Webinar: THANK YOU!

Go for your dreams!

A massive THANK YOU to everyone who joined the Wednesday webinar on Ask a Virtual Assistant #3! I would like to thank Sir Jomar for inviting me to inspire my co-virtual assistants. I hope you learned a lot!

Were you supposed to ask but just to shy to do so? Or your question was not answered (sorry for that)? Or you just need more clarification? Well, you can ask away here!

Just click “Leave a Reply” below and I’ll be glad to answer your questions!

Spoiler Alert: I’m VA #3 on this week’s Ask a Virtual Assistant #3 Webinar

I am VA #3! Ask me questions on this week’s Wednesday webinar!

If you don’t like spoiler alerts (whether it’s your favorite show or an upcoming movie), then skip this post. But for those who love to kill excitement, read on. 🙂

I hope all goes well (my Skype and Internet are to be put to the highest level of test) on Wednesday because I am VA # 3 on this week’s Ask a Virtual Assistant #3 Webinar of my mentor, Jomar Hilario.

When Sir Jomar asked me if I could be interviewed, I happily say ‘yes.’ But when he got my Skype ID and told me we’ll do Skype test calls, I got cold feet. Jeeesh, I WILL BE VA #3!

To further add to the “cold feet” feeling, I got to see the screen shots of my shared stories to Sir Jomar that merited spaces in his blog. I’ve kept them in my ever reliable flash drive to drive motivation. Jeesh, I’M REALLY VA #3!

Well, it’s not because I feel that my virtual assistant experience is not that grand (ok, that’ all I’m about to say; more on the webinar). It’s just that I never imagined that I would get to tell and inspire other aspiring virtual assistant through my humble story. If this is a part of my dream to inspire people, then I’m going for it!

Well, for those who hate spoiler alerts but have read this anyway, I’m stopping here. But for those who love to kill excitement, sorry buddies (you may want to read my earlier posts if you can’t wait ’til Wednesday, wink wink).

Here’s the link on how you can join the webinar on Wednesday: http://www.jomarhilario.com/2012/08/free-report-free-webinars-this-week.html

Word of warning: no questions on love life and Math, please (ha-ha-ha).

The Truth about WordPress

I got this infographic from Pinterest. It’s about WordPress.

Personally, when I got into blogging in 2008, my mentor, Jomar Hilario, said that WordPress is for experienced bloggers because WordPress is more technical. So when Sir Jomar said that I should have a WordPress blog (as a graduate of the VA Seminar last 2010), I got scared. But I had to do it because Sir Jomar said possible clients will see advantages in a VA with a WordPress blog. Because Sir Jomar’s tutorials, I have been in WordPress for two years now.

1 I didn’t know I inspired a few.

I never expected that my VA story will inspire others. Take a look at this post that I saw in our Facebook group (I erased the name and picture for the person’s security):

I might be an angel to you now, because you were to me before (and now).

I’ve got a lot of comments from my “Whirlwind” posts. Thanks to my mentor, Sir Jomar, for sending the link through our almost daily e-mail updates. Thanks also, to my new-found friends in JM Mastery Group and Marketing Master Insiders for all the prayers and support.

So now you know why I call myself Exceptional (wink wink).

One thing’s for sure: I’m never giving up.

Hope that’s your mantra, too, as we look for our online employers

1 The Magic of Part-Time by Jim Rohn

I knew about Jim Rohn through my mentor, Jomar Hilario. Recently, he posted this link to one of Rohn’s videos, talking about the magic of part-time. Sir Jomar encourages us to listen to this before the start of 2012.

I did everything in my power to download it (I finally saw savetube.com and hhdownloader.com and jumped for joy). It was fantastic listening to it.

I hope you’d get to listen to it, too.

Cheers to 2012!