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!
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.
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.
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.
Ann Kristine A. Peñaredondo is a Facebook Marketing Strategist who has managed and grew Facebook Pages of top shopping malls, lingerie, and dairy brands, as well as authors and experts in business, food, health, and education. Ann's podcast show, Pin To Top, is listed in Growth Mentor and Feedspot as one of the top podcasts for Facebook and marketing for 2020. Ann is also one of the Manila Workshop’s resident speakers and facilitators. She’s been featured in Jomar Hilario’s Online Show and book Virtual Careers, Wazzup Pilipinas, Astig.PH, Prime Influencers, Marketing in Asia, Thrive Global, and The Manila Times. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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