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Hello, my name is Kathie Thomas and you are on this newsletter list because you have subscribed to my website. Or perhaps we've met and you've given me your business card so we could stay in touch. Welcome to all new subscribers.
Thank you for joining us and your interest and also to those who have been clients of "A Clayton's Secretary" over the past 15 years.
This month I have the following for you.
- May/June update - support in my absence
- More on Twitter
- Need a speaker?
This newsletter is for both May and June. I've been very busy this month preparing for my trip to Canada for June, and therefore organising my Virtual Assistant team to look after my own clients while I'm away, as well as continuing to do work. Almost a double load in that I needed to organise what to give the VAs and how to brief them so they could continue servicing my clients as seamlessly as possible.
Time seems to be passing so quickly these days. It always seems to when you’re planning some time away and lots to do before you head off. Do you find that?
For those who don’t know, my husband and I are heading off to Canada for the month of June. In August 2008 I was asked by an events organiser to speak at a conference in Niagara June 2009 – she was in the audience of a teleseminar I was doing for the Virtual Assistant industry in the US and had heard my presentation. I was thrilled to be asked as I’d set a goal to get an international speaking engagement and then this opportunity came along. I can’t believe that was 9 months ago and the time is almost here.
The event is the Forum on Virtual Assistance and I, along with several other VA Industry leaders, will be presenting workshops, speaking on panels and meeting each other face-to-face for the first time for many. I’m excited to be able to meet in the flesh so many names I know so well. If you’re a VA and would like to attend this conference it’s not too late to book and you’ll find details at the website linked above.
After the event my husband and I will join an APT tour and travel up the west coast of Canada starting from Vancouver via road, rail and sea over almost 3 weeks. I will be blogging about the conference on my VA Blog and the rest of our trip at my family blog for those who might be interested. The new camera I received at Christmas will be my constant companion (second to my husband, of course!) and so you can be sure there will be lots of photos to share as well.
Of course, being away for a month means there are clients to be looked after and things that still need to be maintained and thankfully I have a team of VAs at hand to assist with this. If you are one of my clients and anticipate you may need support in June but haven’t yet reqeusted a VA to support you in my absence, please get in touch with me ASAP so I can make arrangements and introduce you to a team member. Alternatively you can still ring my office number and my assistant Anita will put things in place for you in my absence. This also applies to webhosting clients if you need something looked at in my absence.
I return home 27th June and will return to office duty 1st July so I have a few days to recuperate from the time changes (coming back always seems worse than going) and catch up on the 1,000+ emails I know will be waiting here for me. Actually, make that 3,000+ but who’s counting?
More on Twitter
If you find Twitter rather confusing and can't get your head around it, then don't worry, you're not alone. It does take a while to understand how it works and how to use it for effective networking.
A VA colleague, Teri Dempski and I have been putting together a dictionary on Twitter which is still very new. However, it should prove to be useful already when you want to know about how something works or what it means. The Twiticionary is your Dictionary for Twitter.