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3 Ways to get the Most from Your Virtual Assistant

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Are you thinking of hiring a Virtual Assistant or wonder if you are getting the most value out of the one you already have?

Here are three tips to help you work more efficiently with your Virtual Assistant:

  1. When giving a new task be clear and concise. Think of the Who, What, Where, When, Why and How involved. By answering all these questions up front it will be less likely your assistant will need to interrupt you for clarification later.
  2. Present one task at a time, making sure your assistant fully understands what is expected before you move on to the next item. As an assistant, I like to repeat back what I think is expected of me to my client to make sure we’re both on the same page.
  3. If you need something in a hurry, make sure that it is clear that the task is high priority; ask for an estimated delivery time and regular progress updates if necessary. But try to resist the temptation to ask for status updates too frequently—interruptions will only make your task take longer.

Good communication is essential when working virtually. Find what works best for you and your Virtual Assistant and you’ll soon be wondering why you didn’t hire one earlier.

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