2013 Australian VA Conference

2013 Australian VA Conference

I attended AVAC (Australian Virtual Assistant Conference) in Sydney at the end of March and have to say I came away feeling inspired and motivated. Fantastic presenters, fanciful venue (the Star Room in the IMAX at Darling Harbour) and 53 fabulous VAs!

But holy overwhelm! What a mountain of info and actions to sift through and start implementing.  One step and intention at a time – as Christine McKee taught us about in her presentation, in ‘snack-sized chunks’ – and here’s one of the first ones – my first blog!

It was such a powerful two days with presentations spanning a wide range of topics all so relevant and interesting.  Our MC, Mariette Rups-Donnelly did a wonderful job ensuring both days ran smoothly and really brought a fun and engaging edge to the conference. 

Our first day comprised of Nick Bowditch imparting his knowledge on all things Facebook; Dr Natalie Shepherd teaching us about individual communication styles of VAKD; Pam Brossman with suggestions and digital tools for growing the VA business; Terri Bell talking terms and conditions, Robyn Henderson discussing networking and LinkedIn, Christine McKee on achieving results by setting clear intentions for our “snack-sized chunks” and finally Rosie Shilo throwing the floor open for a discussion on offshore outsourcing and the Australian VA industry.

And before the dust could settle from the information overload from day one, we were back into it for the second day.  Donna Toothaker discussing a value-based business model rather than charging hourly, Phil O’Brien giving us hints and tips for staying safe, Charly Leetham teaching us about WordPress and Blogging, Marianne Broeng on all things CRM, Elissa Farrow’s modified version of the Three Little Pigs for Project Management, Dana Skopal on setting priorities and finally Rosemary Marchese and the importance of a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise.

It truly was an awesome event and opportunity to finally put a face to so many names from online forums and social media. We certainly have a thriving VA industry in Australia and one that I am proud to be involved with.  There were so many talented women who each have their own strengths and areas of expertise and as a fairly new virtual professional, I learnt something from each and every one of them.  With the bonus of meeting some great new friends! 

Finally, hats off to everyone who organised 2013 AVAC – Kathie Thomas, Anita Killkenny, Monika Newman, Kylie Short, Paula Wynyard, Gai Brown and of course all of the sponsors.

I’ve cleared the diary for the 2014 AVAC to be held in Brisbane.  It’s an event that I’ve set an intention to attend every year – wouldn’t miss it!

Now moving onto my next snack-sized chunk….