Speakers 2018

The Call for Speakers is closed.

Our event is taking place in Brisbane, March 16th & 17th 2018.

Our MC Katrena Friel, has been a speaker at our 2016 & 2017 conferences, having been very well received with great feedback from delegates is back as our MC.

Katrena will also talk about “How to become a Strategic Partner Virtually”

By expending the effort to remain consistently two steps ahead of their executive, VAs often inadvertently neglect their own professional development and career planning. With the role becoming increasingly multi-dimensional, successful VAs must actively transition to a strategic partner mentality. This workshop will walk you through the process required to shift from a transactional to strategic mindset and role. By understanding the critical factors, proactively developing a plan and setting goals you can greatly improve your performance, and business trajectory.

Want to know more? Please go to www.becomingtheexpertprogram.com

Kate Norris, founder of Presentation Boss, is obsessed with analysing every aspect of presentation skills. Combined with a refusal to be anything other than her kind-of-dorky self, she knows how to own the stage…like a boss.

Her presentation, “The camera loves you! How to use video to market your business” – With an online business, it’s hard for clients to see and connect with YOU. Video helps to break through the “know, like and trust” barrier. Of course, first impressions count, so understanding the basics of presenting over video will help you avoid the pitfalls and let your personality shine through. What you’ll learn: – How to look and feel confident on camera – How to create a clear message your audience will remember – The basic equipment you need to make great videos (you probably already have most of it!)

Want to know more? Please go to www.presentationboss.com.au

Andrea Smith has a passion for copyright and the rights of artists. She has attended many copyright seminars, run copyright information sessions and in 2016 presented a case for QLD artists and performers at the Federal Government initiated Productivity Commission Copyright Information Sessions.

Andrea will talk about “5 Copyright Myths All VAs Need To Know”In these times of easy access to imagery on the internet, it can be hard to know if you are doing the right or wrong thing when sharing on social media, your website and other products. – Find out about common misconceptions around image sharing. – Understand the basics of copyright and how to apply for small businesses. – Discover the rights that all creatives have and context for users of copyright imagery. Andrea will bust the myths and outline what you need to do, when and how so as not to have angry creatives on your tail.
Want to know more? Please go to www.mycreativebiz.com.au

Derek Rowe has been training and presenting to groups for over 20 years. He specialises in simplifying, updating and extending currently accepted approaches in the time management, leadership and communication spaces. In the last year alone, the ideas contained in this presentation have assisted thousands of workers in businesses such as The Red Cross Blood Service, Coles, WorkSafe, Ford, Thermo Fischer and CGU.

His presentation “Make Now Count: Life Priority Balance” will assist you to better fit your work role into your other roles – such as parent, daughter, spouse – as well as how to “make now count” when you’re doing things for your clients. Working virtually means working from anywhere, and potentially at any time. This challenges the accepted norm of work/life balance. Work bumps into life all the time, right? Let’s call it Life Priority Balance instead. The presentation will be designed to engage and challenge participants and the style will be interactive, discussive and activity-based.

Want to know more? Please go to www.derekconsulting.com.au

Amanda Vanelderen is a working copywriter based in Brisbane. She leapt into freelancing after 18 years in comms, marketing and media. Establishing WorkWords in 2016, she’s focused on making a connection through smart communications. And cutting the crap. Life’s too short for bad writing and poor communication. She’s passionate about teaching writing skills to people who don’t think they’re writers.

Cut the crap: Smart writing in the digital world
A relaxed look at:

* why writing is the key skill for VAs
* writing for business Vs copywriting as a service
* practical tips on cutting the crap in your writing and communication.

Everyone can be a writer. Amanda takes you through writing rules and when to break them, and why writing well will get you booked out and grow your business.

Get hands on and ‘cut the crap’ with worksheets and samples

Want to know more? Please go to www.workwords.com.au

Kathie M. Thomas will talk about “Succeed with Networking”

Do you really know what networking is about? Do you know the difference between a bad and a good networker? Did you know there are health benefits to networking? This and much more will be shared in the presentation “Succeed with Networking”

Kathie began her business in 1994 and saw the VA industry birth here in Australia. She is co-founder of the Australian VA Association and AVAC and former past president. Kathie is a VA and a VA trainer and started her business to be home for her 5 daughters while at school. 23+ years later she is still active in her business and the industry.

Want to know more? Please go to www.vadirectory.net

Janet Camilleri has turned her passion for words and the web into a successful copywriting business. Following a redundancy, she began as a VA offering a range of digital marketing services. Upon realising her passion was Search Engine Optimisation, she registered her business Front Page Web Writing, where she specialises in writing web content that gets found by search engines.

She will talk about “How to Get Found Online” – AKA Search Engine Optimisation for your business website – yes you can DIY!

  • What’s all the fuss about SEO?
  • Why DIY?
  • The 3 Elements of SEO
  • Keywords – What are they? How to choose and use them wisely
  • Backlinks – and how to get them
  • Helpful SEO tools
  • SEO is a long term strategy
  • Real life examples of how SEO has worked

Want to know more? Please go to www.frontpageweb.com

Lyndal Harris makes podcasting easier. She is passionate about helping people get their message out to the world via podcasts! 

She has been a Virtual Assistant since 2011 and recently re-branded to become Podcast VA, the first VA in Australia to niche into podcast support. She loves being a business owner and has learnt through trial and error that there are some things that we should just not even try if it’s not in our zone of genius. So she’s a big believer in building your team and outsourcing to reduce stress, and save you time and money.

“Podcasting Why podcasting is a content medium not to be ignored! – what is podcasting? – podcast – why would you? – why you (or your clients) should consider a podcast – podcasting as part of your product ecosystem. – re-purposing your podcast content.

Want to know more? Please go to www.podcastva.com

James Flaherty is founder and Director of Social Beast a Brisbane based strategic marketing consultancy that helps small business to achieve their marketing goals. Previously CCIQ’s General Manager Strategy and Innovation, James’ core strengths lie in critical analysis, change management, strategic planning and a rare ability to translate big picture thinking into tangible results with commercial benefits and outcomes. With almost 20 years commercial and marketing experience, James is now the Director at Social Beast. His unique experience spans consumer and business to business market segments, with clients ranging from SMEs through to major blue chip companies.

James’ presentation on “Business Strategy and Innovation”

Want to know more? Please go to www.socialbeast.com.au

Since creating Virtually Yours, Rosie Shilo has become one dedicated business woman. Currently Rosie owns and runs ‘Virtually Yours’, a network for over 200 Australian Virtual Assistants which she founded in 2004. Rosie has mentored many new and experienced VAs in their business, and seen them overcome many hurdles to achieve amazing goals. This inspired her to write “VA VA Voom: How to become an amazing VA and every client’s most Valued Asset” which was published in May 2014 and has sold hundreds of copies to date. On a personal note, Rosie is a dedicated mother to 2 little girls, Ruby (7) and Ella (3). Rosie is thankful that she is able to run her businesses from home in order to be there for her family. This passionate woman who has been described many times as ‘awesome’ is a true asset to the Virtual Assistant industry and her desire to see the industry grow and develop shines through in everything she does.

“What Makes for a Stand Out VA” A lot of VAs are running good but average businesses so this presentation will run through some points about what AWESOME VAs do to really stand out and wow their clients.

Want to know more? Please go to www.virtuallyyours.com.au


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