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I am Cora Belle Marburger, a digital marketing strategist, with Your Ace Virtual Assistant. My business provides assistance digital marketing to solo entrepreneurs and small businesses with blog posts, digital marketing, administrative support, and webinar support, so my clients can connect and increase their visibility to their target audience. I am very passionate about helping my clients grow their business and being a partner with their business success. My core values are commitment, adaptability, integrity, respect, and communication. “A social media marketing strategy is a successful key to building strong businesses” - Cora Belle Marburger My leadership roles, within administrative, business, and virtual associations gave me a wonderful experiences with other career-minded women. Achievements: President, Secretary, Webmaster, Newsletter Editor, Publicity, Education, Programs, Seminars, CPS/CAP Certification committees. Elected Secretary of the Year and runner up for Division Secretary of the Year.

Eight Practical Steps to Obtain Positive Thoughts

Eight Practical Steps to Obtain Positive Thoughts

Eight Practical Steps to Obtain Positive Thoughts

“I am the master of my mind.  I dwell on positive thoughts.” – Lailah Gifty Akita, Beautiful Quotes

The power of our thoughts can give us creative power or it can lead us astray.

Use positive thinking along with a positive attitude to empower yourself to attract business opportunities that match your target audience.

This is a way we can surround ourselves with positive thoughts and become more positive thinkers.

Here are eight steps to consider:

  1. Set a daily goal to have creative and positive thoughts around you.  Make it work for you.
  2. Keep a daily journal about the positive things in your life, then you can review those thoughts when you are having a bad day.
  3. Have a freedom from fear and step out of your comfort zone.  Have a healthy relationship and don’t seek approval from people.
  4. Challenge yourself to stress-free relationships.  Daily try to maintain your peaceful composure.
  5. Make a choice to focus on the bright side of life and expect positive results.   Being persistent in this area is very important.  It takes practice.
  6. Have positive quotes around your office to help you keep a positive attitude.
  7. A positive attitude is very contagious.   People around you will be asking for your secret about staying positive.  Use positive words with people around you.
  8. Read articles about having a positive attitude and how to control your thoughts.

I read a book called, “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Norman Vincent Peale during my teenage years.  Even though I had a mother that had a positive attitude about life, I still had some negative people around me.  This author really changed my thoughts about the world around me.  I am so thankful that I corrected my life in positive way and tossed out some negative emotions that I had in my life.

Resources:

One of my favorite author’s is Joyce Meyer.  Her book “12 Strategies to Win the Battle of the Mind” has been a blessing to me over the years.

I really like Brian Tracy’s blog on “Transform Your Life with the Power of Positive Thinking.”  http://www.briantracy.com/blog/personal-success/positive-attitude-happy-people-positive-thinking/

Thank you for reading my blog about “Eight Practical Steps to Obtain Positive Thoughts.”  Want to know more?  You can subscribe to my blog at http://blog.youraceassistant.com/

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Cora Belle Marburger, Online Marketing Virtual Assistant

 

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Three Steps to Job Empowerment

 

Three Steps to Job Empowerment

by Cora Belle Marburger

“An empowered organization is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire, and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organizational success.” ~ Stephen Covey

Job empowerment is the authority, influence, strength, energy, and control that makes you believe that you can do anything.

 How to Feel Empowered for Your Job:

1. Distinguish Between Task and Responsibilities

  • A comprehensive list of responsibilities provides the person with a larger view of the job.
  • People feel more freedom and purpose with a larger prospective of the job duties.
  • Conscious creation is when you are pro-active in the process of creating what you want.

2. Building Pride through Responsibility

  • A person needs to feel a sense of power in his/her job.
  • Pride in themselves and in the company is most important.
  • Pride in your job creates a desire to succeed and to draw on upon untapped inner resources.
  • Give that person a sense of responsibility by helping them know that their job is important to the company.

3. Prioritize Responsibilities

  • When the job priorities change, be sure to review the changes with your client and understand why they changed.
  • The primary consideration should be that the work has to be done and how to accomplish it most effectively.
  • Power comes from knowing what to do, knowing when to do it, and doing it in the correct sequence.

In conclusion, when you distinguish between your task and responsibilities, building pride through responsibility, and prioritize responsibilities you are empowering yourself to a have the authority, influence, strength, energy, and the control that makes you believe that you can do anything.

 Resources:

16-Steps for Discovery and Empowerment

http://charlottekasl.com/16-step-program/

I was doing some research on the subject of job empowerment and I found “this link by Charlotte Kasi, MA, PhD.   I just love her phase, “The 16-step model encourages people to use this or any other model as a springboard to find their own voice.   And while it is crucial to acknowledge the power of addiction, this model helps people affirm the power they do have to take charge of their lives and overcome addiction.

Empowerment: How to Feel Less Powerless

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/26/empowerment-deepak-chopra_n_1939930.html

My Thoughts:

Within this blog I wanted to express my feelings about having a purpose and a freedom as a Virtual Assistant vs. an Executive Assistant.   I feel that I am now empowered to complete the tasks I am given by my clients without being micromanaged.    This gives me a feeling of respect and freedom to be happy with my business and assisting people with their business tasks.

My Personal Story:

Many years ago when I was an Executive Assistant working with several Vice Presidents in corporate job was always wanted the freedom to complete my daily job without micro-managers breathing down my neck.   I would happily listen to my added tasks for the day, then go to my office to complete them.   My new priorities for that day did not bother me, but the people that seemed to want to micromanage me did bother me.

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Six Strategies to Make Your Connections Count

Your First Impression Counts

Your First Impression Counts

You only have the first seven seconds to make your first impression with a potential client of JV partner.   I do believe that with a small window of time you will receive full attention to what will align with their goals and expectation.

“Any communication or marketing professional needs cross-cultural research and communication skills to be able to succeed in the future.”  Unknown

 Your First Impression Counts

Watch what your body language says about you while listening and networking with others.

  • Have a smile which communicates an openness to a conversation, you are approachable, and that you are trustworthy.
  • Be sure to keep consistent eye contact so the other person fells respected and understood.
  • Remember to nod during conversations to show that you are listening to what the other person is saying.
  • Always stand tall to appear that you are confident in talking to your possible clients.
  • A clear voice tone will also show that you are confident in your conversation.

Networking with Like-Minded People

  • Effective business networking is to connect with like-minded business professionals, in which we build a trust through relationships where we can see a need to support each other.
  • Networking in a business community can be through Meet-Up Groups, Business Associations, BNI, eWomen Network, Seminars, Lectures, Public Meetings, Breakfast Networking Clubs, Hospitality Events, Conventions, and local Chambers of Commerce.

Be Authentic and a Memorable Communicator

  • Have the ability to be present and respond more effectively.
  • Be able to adjust your content and deliver your presentations to suit particular audience styles.

Set Yourself Apart

  • Zero in on prospective clients by offering sound advice and guidance to those in need.
  • Get to know your customers to build your relationship based on their business needs.
  • Touch base with your past customers and offer them a loyalty discount.

Give and Receive Great Business Referrals

  • Give referrals to get referrals is the basis for business networking.
  • Keep your client’s best interest in mind.
  • Give at least three recommendations in any situation.

Use Networking Events to Build Your Business

  • Know the purpose of your networking event and save the date.
  • Be consistent and attend your weekly and monthly network events.

Resources:

Making Great First Impressions with Networking 101 

http://www.samdiener.com/2009/08/making-great-first-impressions-networking-101/

Five Pointers on Giving Referrals 

http://businessnetworking.com/5-pointers-on-giving-referrals/

Steps to Expand Your Business Network

http://blog.youraceassistant.com/category/business-networking/

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Experience, Knowledge and Talent

Experience, Knowledge and Talent

Steps to Expand Your Business Network

“Networking is marketing.  Marketing yourself, marketing your uniqueness, marketing what you stand for.” ~Christine Comaford-Lynch

Effective business networking is connect with like-minded business professionals, in which we build a trust through relationships where we can see a need to support each other.

Life of an entrepreneur can sometimes be lonely, so expand your circle with your ideal clients.

Networking in a business community can be through Meet-Up Groups, Business Associations, BNI, eWomen Network, Seminars, Lectures, Public Meetings, Breakfast Networking Clubs, Hospitality Events, Conventions, and local Chambers of Commerce.

Supercharge the way you build business relationships.

Consider these ten essential principles:

  1. An elevator speech – Describe yourself.
  2. Be different – Differentiate yourself.
  3. Help others – Find out how to support others.
  4. Personal integrity – Trust, integrity, and reputation are vital for networking
  5. Relevant targeting – Seek relevant groups and connections
  6. Plans and aims – Plan your networking.  Strategically play what you want.
  7. Follow-up – Follow up with your meeting referrals do make things happen.
  8. Be positive – Your positive influence will reflect on everything you do.
  9. Sustained focused effort – Be focused on networking with others.
  10. Life balance – Focus on being balanced and grounded, which builds assurance

There is no magic formula to networking.  Just a positive attitude about building relationship’s and a willingness to learn from others.  Developing business relationships can improve your life and your career, and your goals.

After your daily, weekly, or monthly networking be sure to create networking categories.

Your database

List your contacts.  Think about listing their name, birthday, their business name, business contact information, when you contacted them on their social media platforms, and your follow-up responses.

Your Network Circle

This can be a simple, quick list of your business contacts of your clients and possible clients, with their business needs and follow-up action items.

Your Inner Circle

This can be a small group of people you trust who can give you direct feedback about your career and ideas to advance your business.  I found out that a survey from surveymonkey.com can also give you an honest thoughts about your business.

Your Family

The obvious group of people who like you and will be most judgmental of your business. Be sure to include them in your business and they will be happy to help you.

Resources:

Top 10 Business Networking Groups You Should Join, a B2C. 

http://www.business2community.com/strategy/top-10-business-networking-groups-you-should-join-0385283

Business Survival Tips

http://www.letip.com/inside-letip/1037-sign-up-now-for-free-business-survival-tips.html

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Time Management Tips for Virtual Assistants

A highly successful virtual assistant will need to use time management to strategically plan their business day to stay on task with their clients.  Success is a learned skill, which requires continual lessons about organizational skills, time management, and project management.

 Here are some tips to successful time management success:

  • Take a time management class to better ways to organize, prioritize and schedule your day.
  •  Daily, set aside a specific periods of time to complete specific tasks, like your social media sites.
  •  Record your thoughts conversations and activities for a week.
  •  Before a phone call decide what the results you want at that time or can it be rescheduled for another time.   I seem to have a lot of unwanted sales calls during the day.
  •  Use online calendars to organize your work day.
  •  Schedule time for interruptions and take much needed time for meals.
  •  Remember to have a “Do Not Disturb” door sign for your family members, so you won’t be disturbed.

 Resource:

Time management

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/20-quick-tips-for-better-time-management.html

Thank you for reading this blog about time management tips for virtual assistants.  Remember that a your virtual assistant career is built one task at a time.  Want to know more about time management, please subscribe to my blog at https://www.youraceassistant.com/contact.html.  Please share this article and you can follow me at @CoraOnlyVA .

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Blogging for Online Success1a

 

Blogging for Online Success

“Blogging is a conversation, not a code.” ~ Mike Butcher

Blogs are a great medium to express yourself, getting involved with an online community, pass of valuable information, teaching newbies, and how-to tutorials.

Types of Blogs can be:

  1. Academic – A great way to maximize the impact your blog with a blog series.  Breaking your blog into parts will help build anticipation for your next post and improves your SEO, if you link to posts the organic way.
  2. Branding – This type of blogger that has a long term goal of making money from their blogs. Here you will find a targeted blog on a single area of expertise.
  3. Business – You can be a guest blogger to build massive a massive audience.   Here outside experts contribute to your blog which gives you fresh content to your blogs.
  4. Commentary – Interviews are a great way to take the pressure off of your to create content.   You can get a fresh perspective from industry leaders, potential clients, and your satisfied clients.
  5. Journals – These blogs are usually set in a narrative style.  This blogger will post on regular posting schedules.
  6. Microblogs – Posting of small pieces of content, which can be less time-consuming than regular blogs.  An example of this is Twitter.
  7. Photoblogs – These blogs contain photos and are maintained by photographers.
  8. Promotional – Bloggers use promotional blogs only for the purpose of selling a new book or to increase awareness of a unique product that their readers will remember.
  9. Vlogo – These blogs contain videos rather than a written blog.   Embed your videos in an article on your own blog, which will really attract a larger audience.

 

Why Do People Blog

  • Sharing a passion and being creative – These bloggers demonstrate an enthusiasm for a variety of blogs subjects.  Pinterest is a great place to get visual inspiration and to be creative.
  • Enjoyment of writing content – Here you can write to your ideal client.  Your audience will find your topics appeal to them and they will be waiting for more.
  • Connecting with other people – Be sure to write to a broad audience in which your blogs will appeal to a large audience.
  • Sharing your expertise – This is a wonderful way for continuous learning on a certain subject.  We all need to keep up with the latest changes in our high-tech world.

 

Tips for Blogging

  1. Check around on different websites to see the blog categories to get an idea on what blogs attract your ideal clients.
  2. After you create your blog be sure to have a person read your blog to get feedback before you post it.
  3. There are pros and cons to free and paid blog websites.  For more information be sure to check my blog, “Attract More Clients with a Blog,” at http://blog.youraceassistant.com/2015/02/attraction-marketing-new-clients/
  4. Popular blogs help with specific problems that give advice in which it attracts a large audience.
  5. Images help personalize your blog and will help you be unique and help your business stand out from the crowd.
  6. Be sure to use certain keywords, used throughout your blog, for browsers to direct specific blogs to your audience.
  7. Schedule your blog posts during business hours in order to attract a larger audience.
  8. Be consistent when blogging, like a couple times a week or two times a month.
  9. Try to have your blogs coincide with events connected to your subject matter.
  10. Use infographics to help you write a blog when you have writer’s block.
  11. Repurpose your blogs during the year to attract more possible clients and new followers to your blogs.

 

Resources:

How to Write a Month of Blog Posts in 1 Day

http://www.blacksburgbelle.com/2011/01/how-to-write-a-month-of-blog-posts-in-1-day/

How to Start a Blog for Your Business

http://proactiveva.com/642/how-to-start-a-blog-for-your-business/

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Cora Belle Marburger, Social Media Virtual Assistant

#CoraOnlyVA; Dallas, TX; https://www.youraceassistant.com/; http://blog.youraceassistant.com/

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Attraction Marketing for New Clients

 

Attract New Clients with Attraction Marketing

Attract New Clients with Attraction Marketing

Attraction Marketing is a natural way to attract new clients by providing business solutions they desire by selling yourself on social media platforms.

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein

Most Important Factors to Attraction Marketing

  • Have personal branding for your social media platforms
  • List your links of your affiliates on your website
  • Focus on your target market with keyword conversations to have traffic generation
  • Work on list building to generate leads for recurring revenue streams for a secret to your success
  • Find joint ventures for your business
  • Join a network marketing forum to have conversations with your industry

Understanding the Basics to Branding

  • Implement a strategy and a plan
  • Create weekly content to your blogs to add value to your business
  • Use social media platforms to create a successful attraction marketing campaign
  • Have ideas, on your website, to help solve the needs of your client’s

Resource:

SEO Networker http://myprou.co/docs/seo_2.pdf

Thank you for reading my blog about entrepreneurial success

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#CoraOnlyVA; Dallas, TX; https://www.youraceassistant.com/; http://blog.youraceassistant.com/

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Leadership Signpost Showing Vision Values Empowerment and Encouragement

 

“A short saying often contains much wisdom.” Sophocles

Leadership is:

  • The act of making a difference
  • The ability to achieve results and through people
  • No one what you’re best at and what you most love to do
  • Honoring the greatness and uniqueness and others
  • Connecting every day to your deepest and most enduring values to the last of work connecting
  • Doing whatever it takes to honor your word and make a difference through your work and gives hope to people around you
  • Making adversity your ally
  • Knowing that from time to time you have to look backward to see forward
  • It’s social selling instead of competing against your competitors
  • Realizing your potential and committing yourself to liberating your hidden capacity

I hope that you enjoyed my inspiring leadership thoughts.

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#CoraOnlyVA; Dallas, TX; https://www.youraceassistant.com/; http://blog.youraceassistant.com/

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Five Power Secrets for Entrepreneurial Success

 

 

Entrepreneurial success starts off with defining your mission and purpose for your business.

Entrepreneurial success starts off with defining your mission and purpose for your business.

Entrepreneurial success starts off with defining your mission and purpose for your business. Your inspiring vision acts as a springboard for your future business successes and makes you unique. Use your high expectations to tap into your creative side to fulfill your vision for your business.

“It’s not about ideas.  It’s about making ideas happen.” – Scott Belsky

 The Power Secrets for Your Entrepreneurial Success are:

  • The Power of Customer Service
  • The Power of Focus
  • The Power of Branding
  • The Power of Internet Marketing
  • The Power of Excellence

 The Power of Customer Service

  • Be accessible to existing and new clients. Make it easy to do business with you.
  • Provide impeccable customer service. This will build your rock-solid business reputation.

 

The Power of Focus

  • Concentrate on your strengths and expertise, then you will grow your business and have more success.
  • Get and stay organized by establishing a daily routine of business activities and list them on your calendar.

 

The Power of Branding

  • Define your business to your audience by branding your business.

 

The Power of Internet Marketing

  • Remember it’s all about the customer, so be focused on your customer’s needs.
  • Become a self-promoter with helpful articles from businesses you want to promote. This is a marketing tool that is most underutilized.

 

The Power of Excellence

  • Remember your brand and your expertise will help you stand out from the business crowd.
  • Sharpen your skills to be the best that you can be and your potential clients will seek you out.

 

Resources:

Entrepreneur Success Stories

http://www.entrepreneur.com/topic/success-stories

http://www.entrepreneur.com/node/successstories/134-3

 

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#CoraOnlyVA; Dallas, TX; https://www.youraceassistant.com/; http://blog.youraceassistant.com/

 

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Why are Webinar’s Important?

A webinar is a seminar or training presented over the Internet for online training to an audience.  In the past they were once called a web conference, an internet meeting, or a web seminar.   Webinar’s can be only audio presentations, audio-video conferencing, and web-based streaming services.

Webinar’s are used for:

  • Awareness and Ideas
  • Products and Teaching
  • Relationship Building
  • Profit and Income
  • List Building and Audience Creation

Webinar’s are important to a business for the following reasons:

Awareness and Ideas

  • Webinar’s are available 24/7 for prospective leads to view over the world.
  • It can be used to present polls and questionnaires to the audience.

 Products and Teaching

  • It increases attendance levels for your training events and social gathering.
  • Web-based seminars are more cost-effective for attendances for vs. travel expenses.

 Relationship Building

  • It builds long-lasting relationships with your attendees.
  • Reinforces a personal bond with your clients.
  • Association coffee chats.

 Profit and Income

  • Webinar’s can maximize the sales of your product and sales.
  • They helps enhance your business brand name and help show you as an expert.
  • Webinar’s allow you to deliver your message and build the relationships, which are different from the audience we have with a written blog.

List Building and Audience Creation

  • Webinar’s can be recorded for later playback for your audience.
  • With webinar’s, you can receive real-time feedback from your audience.
  • When you write a blog post, you have to wait and see if anybody cares enough to post a comment. And, in most cases, they won’t.

Resource:

How to create an impressive webinar at http://webinar-howto.com/why-should-you-use-a-webinar-for-your-business/

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#CoraOnlyVA; Dallas, TX; https://www.youraceassistant.com/; http://blog.youraceassistant.com/

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