Helping Others..

Since I can remember as a little girl in First Grade, in Western Maryland, I have always been of belief that you should help others.  As a little girl I participated in many church and Girl Scout activities that I had the joy to help others.  From soup kitchens to sorting clothing for homeless, I believe  I’ve experienced a wide variety of helping others.  I have received more joy in these moments than in any other.

As a Virtual Assistant now, I am always searching through Social Media sites and I watch for those that are promoting helping others.  I was impressed with this video on YouTube about students helping others.  As a Girl Scout Troop Leader, I believe strongly in the Girls giving back to their communities and helping others.  I hope you will spend just a moment to watch this video:

Please – I’m always looking for feedback – Tell me Your Thoughts, ~ Anita

Social Networking Sites

Well, for me, it is amazing when I find my daughter coming to me with a request to watch a YouTube video because it is about World Hunger.  Together we watched it – A Billion for A Billion – It was really cool to see her have information to give me on the internet.  The totally amazing part  (To Me) was that this video contained all this information about our growing social networks, you know, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, & LinkedIn, just to name a few of them.

As a new Virtual Assistant,  (or Virtual Angel, as my fairy of a boss calls me), I have immersed myself into the world of social networking.  Now, I am watching this video where I think that Hannah and I are going to see hungry children, and we do, but,  in addition they supply us with information on the fast growing social network. 

In this wonderful donation request for the World Food Programme, they also inform us – In 60 seconds,

  •   83,273 Facebook friends will Log-in!  
  •    2,083 Tweets will go out on Twitter

  This is an amazing concept – that many people in the world – on together , but more than that – they are on Social Networks.  LinkedIn is becoming fast the first place that Employers check to find a new staff member.  Of course, let us not leave out the MySpace, Perfect Networkers, and the list goes on and on.

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What Is A Virtual Assistant?

Really – I’ve now had so many people ask me – So,  just what does a Virtual Assistant do ??

“Starting a home business sounds like a terrific idea, until you realize all that’s involved in getting it up and running. So getting some assistance really helps–especially if it doesn’t cost a lot of money.” – Washington Post

Yes, there is all that pesky paperwork that is involved in being a business owner, but being a Virtual Assistant (VA) is more than virtual paperwork.  As I have begun to learn,  from one whom I consider to be the very best at this VA stuff, Kim Wesley, of TKM Virtual Services, being a VA is so much More

Ok, so maybe I am making a huge leap here as I’m very new and in training ,  But,  if I may,  from all the many articles I’ve read, my own experience, my social media accounts, from books and from many VAs blogs, here is what I think a VA does. 

A VA helps clients to handle their social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and their emails.  A VA also can help to establish, maintain and give reports on your business clients; creating a database from business contacts and social networking events.  A good VA will then use these to continue your online presence for your company.  [Read more…]

Virtual Assistant in Training

Well here it is – my Day 1 blog on WordPress. I guess we all start somewhere – Reminds me of my favorite quote from Martin Luther King – You can take one step at a time, not necessarily the whole staircase – baby steps,  I like that 🙂 This will be for my virtual assistant stuff that I’m learning day by day.  After about a month of long hours

  • sitting in this chair
  • reading
  • pouring over information
  • checking out 5 websites at one time – I really just have to say

Thanks Kim! I have learned a great deal in a very short time thanks to a great teacher. WE all need that – someone who will help you, teach you, listen to you and it helps when she is the miracle worker of the internet. For years I had realized that if you want to know how to do something online or find some info – just ask Kim Wesley.  Naturally she is now the owner of TKM Virtual Services.
Now here I am with a Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts.   Although I’ve used the computer for years, I will admit that I am new to all the tools of social media, networking and forums.  Yet with direction, dedication and great teaching, I am feeling more confident every day now.

A few things I’ve learned already are how to use other sites to help you along (I’m loving & bet a few others are:  http://www.socialoomph.com).
I guess the connections that happened immediately to people I know; but also those I do not,  are Amazing me too!
Stay well out there friends in the Virtual World 🙂