Get marketing lessons from my Medium blog!

I am currently attending Jomar Hilario‘s Unlocking Success Secrets : Marketing Mindset Webinars. It’s a two-part webinar series that will hopefully change my mind into a full marketing droid (just kidding).

One of its assignments is making YouTube an ultimate hangout for learning and posting the lessons on our blog. For a change, I tried putting the marketing lessons on Medium.

The site’s cool – and so are the lessons that I have learned so far:

1. Gary Vaynerchuck‘s take on social media;

2. Jack Canfield said writing a book is good, but you need to market it;

3. Ted Rubin on return on relationships.

After a week, I got surprising results: one from my VA gig, and one from Ted Rubin himself!

This is my recent share of how my recent learning experience has paid off.

This is my recent share of how my recent learning experience has paid off.

I hope to populate the blog within the next few weeks.  Check my marketing musings here: https://medium.com/@annexceptionalva

The truth about my VA journey and the World Cup

Happy to have witnessed an awesome sporting event at the comforts of my home!

Happy to have witnessed an awesome sporting event at the comforts of my home!

 

Four years ago, I was in an 8-5 job. I just finished my VA assignment and looking for a VA gig. At the same time, the World Cup is everywhere on the Internet and the news.

Four years later, I’m happy to be in a different state: I’m now a full-time VA, catching up with my Online Marketing Club and VA 101 assignments (I’m trying!).

This time, the World Cup in on – and I have totally fallen in love with soccer.

Many people do not like the sport because it takes a while (90 minutes – and added extra times in case no goal was done) to make a score. Others say they are already asleep once a player scores a goal. But for millions of fans across the globe, soccer is in their blood. Indeed, the game takes patience, hard work, skills, and a lot of dedication.

 

My intention was to just watch the opening ceremony. I ended up updating myself on the World Cup games.

My intention was to just watch the opening ceremony. I ended up updating myself on the World Cup games.

 

You need patience - lots of it - before you see a goal.

You need patience – lots of it – before you see a goal.

 

The World Cup memes  - just like this one - were just hilarious!

The World Cup memes – just like this one – were just hilarious!

 

As it was my first time to get to know the game, I relied on history as to who is the best team to cheer for: Brazil. Unfortunately, they missed to win their important games. It took me half a day to sink in Brazil’s 7-1 loss to Germany. Oh well, like what they say in Filipino, “bilog ang bola” (the ball is always round).

I am glad I kept myself updated in the matches, the players (eherm, ok I’m admitting here that Julio Cesar of Brazil is my #mancrushWorldCup), the fans (they are simply creative and passionate), and the game through the official site of FIFA, Facebook, Mashable, Twitter, and Google’s Doodles.

 

So heartbreaking. The Germany-Brazil game took a while to sink in.

So heartbreaking. The Germany-Brazil game took a while to sink in.

 

Four years ago, I was just trying to find my way to become a VA.

Four years later, I am now a full-time VA.

Hhmm, I wonder where will I be in four years’ time.

An online marketer?

Chief Marketing Officer of the next best thing that ever happened in the universe?

A best-selling author?

The cutest marathon finisher?

Wow, I’m excited for the next four years.

 

I'm excited to the next four-year journey of World Cup - and myself!

I’m excited to the next four-year journey of World Cup – and myself!

My Spotify is now filled with wisdom.

I got my Spotify account early this year, just in time when I became a full-time VA.

So far, I got 20+ playlists. In fact, I was able to alphabetized my playlists.

But then, I got bored today. So I mindlessly typed the name JIM ROHN in the Search Area.

Let the images continue the story.

 

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I’m happy because the curious kid in me found gold. :)

If you are a member of the Jomar Hilario Mastery Group, VA Group, and the OMC 3.0 Group on Facebook, you should see these images, too.

So, who’s on your playlist?

My 6-year old self can beat me into Marketing.

Jomar concluded his 2-part series on “Are You Smarter in Marketing  than a Six-Year Old?’ last night.

Boy, I was dumbfounded. My 6-year old self can really beat me into marketing.

Here are my learning posts from last night’s webinar.

 

The game is Marketing.

The game is Marketing.

 

The secret of financial success is marketing mindset.

The secret of financial success is marketing mindset.

 

How honest are we on our life on earth? We say life is short. But we live life like it's in our hands.

How honest are we on our life on earth? We say life is short. But we live life like it’s in our hands.

 

To my 6-year old me: please let me amend my ways (some of them).

Click on this link to watch the webinar replay here: http://jhilario.com/betterthan6yearoldpart2webinar

Cashflow Game 101 Event: learning about game and life

Let's play!

Let’s play!

 

(This was the testimonial I sent to Jomar Hilario a day after volunteering for the Cash Flow 101 Game. He read it last May 26 on his Free Weekly Webinar.)

For the first time since knowing Jomar, I made it to his seminar volunteer list. I tried doing the VA Summit last November 2013, but the others had faster fingers than me.

As an Online Mentoring Club 3.0 member, I was privileged to sign up as volunteer. I did not get the confirmation until Friday night, so I did not know what will my Saturday was going to be until I got the notice. I made it! I’m going to finally see how this game in played!

The event was CashFlow Game 101, the famous board game of Robert Kiyosaki. Rich Dad Poor Dad was one of the books that made me curious about financial freedom and gaining wealth for others’ good. I have an unofficial Cashflow Game on my phone (created by fans of the game).

As a volunteer, I know I would have slight chances of playing the game. But I went for it because I know that 1) I’d get to go out of the house and see people (I’m a full-time VA) 2) I’m excited to see how the game is played and 3) I know I’m going to learn a lot.

"What I like sharing about is..."

“What I like sharing about is…”

 

It was a fun and learning experience volunteering for the Cashflow Game 101 Event. I was with co-OMC 3.0 colleague Jervie Jala, who is on his two-week vacation from working in Singapore. I saw how people played. I felt great when I saw teenagers who joined the session. Ah, the future is indeed bright.

Aside from that, I was able to help the players in the Success Game (another board game played that I think is better than the CashFlow Game 101) by becoming a banker. Never in my entire life did I imagine that I’m going to be a banker. I was happy I never screwed up with counting money (I hated Math in school).

Here are some of my CashFlow Game 101 Event snippets:

  1. I finally met Dha Teñoso, another successful VA. I also met Ms. Cheng Go, the businesswoman from Cagayan de Oro, who flew to Manila to play the game. She was my seatmate during the first Plan Your Best Year session that Jomar facilitated.
  2. Like I previously mentioned, I hated Math when I was studying. Such was my disappointment when Jomar said that Trigonometry and Calculus are useless subjects in school! I couldn’t remember my Calculus, but I remembered my Trigo teacher because she was so nice. But then again, I wasted 10 months of thrice a week 40 minutes of my life.
  3. Star struck moments – Ms. Eden (she is so tall I asked God again why was I only 4’11”. And I told myself I’m going to stay longer in the magazine section in a famous grocery store nearby), Jay Castillo (the Foreclosure Philippines guy! I wanted to bow down and say “I’m not worthy!” but I controlled myself), and – believe it or not – Lucia, Jomar’s first born, whose smile as I entered their home was a charming way of saying I’m welcome. I’ll cherish our selfies because she’s going to be a great cinematographer in the future (she couldn’t stop taking videos).

 

Let's roll the dice!

Let’s roll the dice!

 

Decide, decide...

Decide, decide…

 

It’s great to know that Jomar’s planning to hold Cashflow Game 101 Event sessions monthly. Maybe I’d get to volunteer again or sit down and play the game. Whatever role I’d play, the game is a great reminder of why I got into working from home and online marketing – financial freedom.

 

View from the deck. A rewarding treat after a day in a life of a volunteer. :)

View from the deck. A rewarding treat after a day in a life of a volunteer. :)

 

You have to attend the next CashFlow Game 101. Jomar’s going to hold another event next month! Stay tuned to his site to get the details soon.

Day 98 – Writing Mode in Starbucks

Writing mode starts now.

Writing mode starts now.

 

I’m not a coffee drinker.

I had a bad experience on drinking a strong coffee after class back in college that I ended up having palpitations and super energized until 3AM. I thought it was the end of my life.

But I survived. I lived to tell the tale.

Now, I’m in a Starbucks branch writing stories.

Let me say a disclaimer as early as now: I have not rekindled my relationship with coffee. In fact, I ordered what they call Banana Mango beverage. I specifically asked for non-caffeine drink from the woman in the counter.

 

So as you may have known by now, I don’t frequent coffee shops.

So why am I here?
Number 1 reason: I need to write. I got a lot of stories to tell that I feel my brain is fully loaded. I’m afraid my brains will break my skull if I don’t write. I miss writing.

Number 2 reason: I could not write in the house. The bed is there. I had a long day yesterday – hearing Mass and doing confession in Baclaran Church then headed to the Cash Flow Game Session to volunteer (see the story here). The bed is saying I can sleep the day away and feel guilty waking up because I lost hours of better things to do.

Number 3 reason: I could not write in the house. The computer with awesome Wi-Fi connection is there. I look at them as work. If I turn them on, I will see myself checking on my work email and Basecamp, and… yeah, I might end up working.

Therefore, I’m here in Starbucks, with the aircon about to make me shiver and the Banana Apple beverage half-full. The music is good and there are few people here.

It’s just a Mac, my brains, and me.

 

I was able to write 7 posts for this blog, thanks to these. :)

I was able to write 7 posts for this blog, thanks to these. :)

 

I’m writing the next funny (or ridiculous) blog posts.

Hopefully in the next weeks, I would be able to refine my book that I wrote last year (it has been stored in my thumb drive for a year!). And yes, wear better clothes to fight the cold.

Let it be known that I spent Day 98 as a VA by preventing my brains to rebel.

But still not drinking coffee.

May the 4th be with you. :)

It's my blog's 4th year anniversary!

It’s my blog’s 4th year anniversary!

 

 

WordPress told me today that it’s my blog’s fourth year anniversary!

After changes on names and from just a simple portfolio, my blog now is an online journal of virtual assistant adventures. I guess YOU like it – there are 703 of you following my exceptional craziness.

Cheers to more years for my blog – and for your great future in work-at-home!

My First 100 Days as a VA: Days 1 to 40

Here's a recap of my first 40 days as a VA.

Here’s a recap of my first 40 days as a VA.

The president  has first 100 days in the office. Some of my friends in Facebook have counted their first 100 days of 2014. Since I also entered a new adventure in my life, I also thought of doing my first 100 days as a VA.

So, I have worked from home for the past 6 weeks. There were ups and downs, but the most important thing is that I am living in what I have imagined – well, kinda not yet, but that’s another story.

So here’s my first amusing 40 days (photos from Facebook Bitstrip and Instagram)

Day 1 - Attending our weekly meeting for the first time.

Day 1 – Attending our weekly meeting for the first time.

Day 6 – I waited for 10 hours for a 30-second moment with one of my favorite authors, Mitch Albom. I promised myself that I’d book the hotel room next to Paulo Coelho if he comes here.

Day 6 - a 10-hour wait for a 30-second moment with Mitch Albom. :)

Day 6 – a 10-hour wait for a 30-second moment with Mitch Albom. :)

Day 12 – I directed a charity concert for our parish. The church (where the venue was) was jam-packed) and I saw every minute of happiness that they felt during the 3-hour concert. There was a nerve-wracking moment when the lights went off (one of the longest 15 minutes of my life) but the people never complained.

Day 12 - super blessed concert for a cause!

Day 12 – super blessed concert for a cause!

Day 13 – The day after the concert, I sat down for 2 1/2 hours to had my hair cut. I always wanted to have my hair long but I’m so impatient growing it. Since summer is coming, I had it chopped. As they always say, a woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life (wink wink).

Day 13 - channeling Katniss Everdeen. :D

Day 13 – channeling Katniss Everdeen. :D

Day 18 – I got so frustrated over a month’s content which a client rejected at the last-minute. What’s a girl to do but cry? Then, I picked up the pieces of my aching hands and mind, got help from my colleagues at work, then moved on.

Day 20 – Laughter replaced my tears when I watched “Wicked: The Untold Story of the Wizard of Oz” in the Cultural Center of the Philippines. I asked my mom to get my jump suit since the play was at 7:30PM; plans of wearing a dress while traveling to and from Cavite crossed out. I never felt so comfortable wearing the jump suit until that night. Facebook and Instagram responded with many comments from friends (thanks pals!). The jump suit has avenged itself, I guess.

Day 20 - avenge of the jumpsuit. :D

Day 20 – avenge of the jumpsuit. :D

Day 26 – My childhood neighbors and I planned to go to Potipot Island, Zambales for a summer escape. Unfortunately, one got sick. And since a few could not join us (total of attendees were down to 4), I decided to have it cancelled. The bad news is we can’t go there by May due to the big waves. To Potipot: see you next year. Maybe.

Day 27 – I visited my orthodontist after three months. I was glad to know that my teeth are healthy. My orthodontist finally got to tighten my retainers. Ouch; please pass the brown rice.

Day 28 – I attended a recollection in our parish on a Sunday night, something that I never did before (as I had to prepare my mind and body for the Monday traffic hurdle). I felt great!

Day 28 - I attended a Sunday-night Lenten Reco in our parish.

Day 28 – I attended a Sunday-night Lenten Reco in our parish.

Day 30 – I had my first sick leave from work as I also went impatient with my comeback run training (that kept on being halted by the world’s glamorous athlete – me). I suddenly performed a heavy exercise that made my whole body went cold. To call it stupidity is an understatement. Yes, I hear your giggling. I don’t blame you.

Day 34 – I attended the VA 101 Seminar at Morgan Suites, McKinley Hill, Taguig. It was my first time to go in that part of Taguig even if I have frequented the near Bonifacio Global City. It was great to see VAs and friends that I knew because of joining Jomar Hilario’s mentorship. It felt great to attend a level up VA seminar less the info overload. I was also humbled by a number of people who saw my webinar guesting last month.

Day 34 - Met and learned from my mentor again - the level up way!

Day 34 – Met and learned from my mentor again – the level up way!

Day 40 – I attended my first company meet up. It was my first time to meet my colleagues in Social Metric in person. I saw them display their talents in Timezone (I just observed them). Then we headed for a billiard game (where I learned a valuable lesson: it seems easy when you’re watching it! I’d rather run a 10K than play this game! Much respect to Efren “Bata” Reyes and Django Bustamante). We continued our story sharing and munching at Dad’s (where I got many plates because of their merienda buffet. Sheesh, I really need to run a 10K…). The one thing that’s really cool? I was in a mall on a Friday afternoon, having no worries!

Day 40 - Buffet! Geesh I need to run 10K for this. :D

Day 40 – Buffet! Geesh I need to run 10K for this. :D

 

So there goes my first 40 days as a VA. I’m looking forward to completing my first 100!

Hhmm, any ideas for the next 60 days that you want me to do? No death-defying stunts, please.

 

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Click here to learn more: http://www.filipinova.com

 

 

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