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.
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.