Yes, I live in Buffalo, NY. Worse, I live in the part of Buffalo that was buried under a pile of snow all last week. We were snowed in for five days before the plows and high lifts made it to our street and dug us out.

In the sixteen years we’ve lived in Buffalo, I can remember not even half a dozen times being snowed in this bad. Fortunately, the electricity didn’t go out this time. And, of course, I could still get on the internet.

So I spent the week enjoying myself at the VAVS conference. (Have internet, will travel!)

Tawnya Southerland of www.VANetworking.com hosts and organizes a VA Virtuoso Seminar every year with guest speakers presenting on their areas of expertise all week long.

Here is the complete list of my take aways from all of the great VA speakers I listened to this week, along with each person’s website:

Day 1

  1. Jennifer Hazlett                Work expands to fill in the time available for its completion
    1. http://www.altadmin.ca
  2. Kathy Goughenour         Listen 80% of the time and talk 20% of the time
    1. http://expertvatraining.com
  3. Kevin McCarthy                It’s important to not just know about DISC, but to put it to use.
    1. http://kevinmccarthy.com/va-networking/
  4. Amie Flowerday               Require a date and time specified for each and every task.
    1. http://windyranchadmin.com/

Day 2

  1. Sarah Santacroce           Great information about how to get the most from LinkedIn!
    1. http://simplicitysmallbiz.com
  2. Michelle Mangen             Zapier can bridge the gap between applications
    1. http://www.thevirtualasst.com/
  3. Yvonne Weld                   I learned about Job Boards and the proper way to answer RFPs
    1. https://ivaa.site-ym.com/
  4. Kaylee Spinhirn              Focus on your YES! List:
            1. Activities that grow your business;
            2. Actions that serve your client.
    1. http://spinhirnsolutions.com/

Day 3

  1. Lori Bruton                         Don’t add stress by taking on clients that are not the right fit.
    1. http://lbessentials4u.com/
  2. Sharon Williams                People buy YOU: Not your online presence, but your Brand Promise!
    1. http://shop.allianceforvirtualbiz.com/?post_type=product&p=2524
  3. Lynn Terry                         Create passive income through affiliate marketing
    1. http://www.socialmarketingresults.com/
  4. Mark Hunter                      PAUSE: an acronym for the 5 Pillars of a successful WordPress site
    1. http://markofapproval.com/

Day 4

  1. Kathy Colaiacovo                Use an editorial calendar to plan and schedule your on-line marketing
    1. http://social4business.com/
  2. Tiffany Parson                     Job Boards can help you start your career as a VA
    1. http://tiffanyparson.com
  3. Michelle Schoen                 Learn Camtasia and become a webinar specialist
    1. http://vademogirl.com/
  4. Dawn Goldberg Shuler        Write from your soul and create powerful content
    1. http://www.writingfromyoursoul.com/

Day 5

  1. Amy Hall                              How to Create a MailChimp Mobile Responsive
    1. http://amyhall.biz/
  2. Michelle Arbore                   Why your business needs to be on social media
    1. http://savvysocialmedia.net
  3. Dan Morris                          How to get a site generating $2,000/month
    1. http://www.bloggingconcentrated.com/
  4. Paula Burgess                    Starting and building a business around the needs of your children.
    1. http://beyondthemaze.com.au

It was an amazing event and an amazing week. I recommend the VA Virtuoso Symposium whole heartedly to anyone with an interest in the Virtual Assistant industry. This was the first time I had ever attended one and I’ll definitely be going to the next one!