Each year we’ve had wonderful discussions on what attending AVAC has meant to the many delegates. Last year’s popular phrase was ‘not-negotiable’. The date for the AVAC event should be put into every VA’s diary for the following year and marked as a not-negotiable date. That means you don’t let clients, family, hobbies or other interests get in your way.
It’s a known fact that when people attend an industry based event, they come away filled with new knowledge, ideas and will often grow their businesses even faster after applying what they’ve picked up from an event.
But there’s so much more than that.
Imagine being in the company of VAs you only know online for a full 2 day period (longer if you plan to do things before or after the event). This means sitting with them at the lunch or dinner table, as well as chatting during refreshment time. Being able to pick the brains of those you’d wanted to meet and chat with. Share ideas and thoughts, swap business cards, develop friendships. Many have developed strong friendships after meeting for the first time, face-to-face, at an AVAC event.
Here is some of the feedback from last year about the presenters:
- She made me feel like a million dollars! 4BAs will rule my business
- Networking is most important to business and the only way to grow your business
- I am a new VA – this session shows me networking is a key business builder
- Very good practical working knowledge for this industry
- I didn’t think I’d like this one because I don’t do too much in Word/Excel and I know the programs well, but I loved what she shared, and she was delightful to watch
- Awesome hints and here I was thinking I had a lot of knowledge in these programs
And some about the event in general:
- Meeting some very interesting ladies and speakers that covered many relevant topics to business that many of us may or may not be aware of. Interesting topics to improve my business.
- Very informative and funny. It made me realise being a VA doesn’t mean my struggles/concerns are just mine- we all go through the same thing.
- Starting out as a VA it was being in the presence of practising VAs giving their working knowledge
- I crystallised who my ideal client is; renewed friendships and may have secured a client
- I have learnt so much that is relevant to my VA business. The speakers are tailored to my profession and very relevant.
- Meeting other VAs that you talk with on forums. Opportunity to network.
- Socialising and meeting more VAs, and reconnecting with the old. Being re-inspired in business.
AVAC is for all VAs – new and experienced, and even those who haven’t started yet but are thinking about it. Here’s an ideal opportunity to get a lot of information in a short space of time.
Finally, I’d like to share with you words from a seasoned VA who attended a VA conference in the US. Her words very much apply to our Australian event too:
QuoteMany newer VAs say that because their client load is low, they don’t have the money to spend on such things. I can safely say I attracted more clients, and earned several thousands of dollars more, the year following my first convention, simply due to putting into practice some of the relatively easy revenue-generating ideas I got from others at the conference–from the speakers, of course, but especially from the other attendees. In my opinion, coming to the convention is not an extravagance; it’s something you owe to your career. It’s an investment in your business–and it may very well be the thing that keeps it from failing. I have seen a huge percentage of those who try self-employment give up and go back the job world because they simply didn’t know enough about how to get and keep clients.box text here
I believe this is an event that many really cannot afford to miss out on and it’s not too late to book. Why not do that today? Register today at http://australianvaconference.com/registration/
Written by Kathie Thomas for AVAC