S2 EP 02: How to Build Long-Lasting Relationships With Your VA

How to Build Long-Lasting Relationships with Your VA

Dr. Sarah SoonLing Blackburn is an educator, speaker, author and coach. Her work focuses on identity, diversity and justice with an emphasis on inclusion and belonging within the Asian American community.

Through her time with Don’t Panic Management, we’ve been given the opportunity to work with Dr. Sarah Soonling to help her reach more people through her workshops. She believes that education can be liberating, and with her workshops, she aims to develop and deepen these mindsets.

Key Takeaways:

  • When you’re a busy entrepreneur, VAs enable you to allocate time to a healthy work-life balance once you begin delegating tasks that can be lifted off your plate.
  • With VAs, it’s crucial to develop and discuss clear procedures in order to streamline your tasks.
  • Establishing trust and a safe learning environment for those you work with helps create strong working relationships.
  • Fear is often the reason why people tend to hold back from working with a VA. Dr. Sarah SoonLing advises that once you overcome those barriers, you’ll have the ability to clearly see how you can better utilize your time towards your clients with a VA assisting you on the backend. 

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Jess Tyson, CEO & Director of Calm

Jess is the founder and proud Director of Calm at Don’t Panic Management. (And yes, she invented that title because that’s what you do when you’re the boss!) She wrote the book on how building a successful relationship with a virtual assistant can make all the difference in helping business owners get to the next level. Her life is often a whirlwind of wrangling her toddler, speaking at conferences (virtual and beyond!), researching productivity hacks, and meticulously making matches between overworked entrepreneurs and focused virtual assistants. Jess's first book, Panic Proof: How the Right Virtual Assistant Can Save Your Sanity and Grow Your Business is available now: panicproofbook.com

  • Current location: Redding, CT
  • Go-to Karaoke song: “Hand in My Pocket” by Alanis Morissette
  • Favorite kind of cheese: Aged Goat Gouda
  • Beverage of choice: Champagne
  • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
  • Superpower: Delivering miracles, especially when all hope is lost.

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