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Professional Speakers and Outsourcing: Top 3 Mistakes and What to Do Instead – Felicia Slattery, Public Speaking Coach

Professional Speakers and Outsourcing: Top 3 Mistakes and What to Do Instead

Professional Speakers and Outsourcing: Top 3 Mistakes and What to Do Instead

If you think you are saving money in your business by doing everything yourself, you are making a HUGE mistake and actually LOSING money.

It’s true.

One of the biggest misconceptions, especially of speakers and business owners new to using the internet to get new clients, goes something like this:

“Oh I don’t have much money, so I’ll just do everything by myself!”

Is that you, too? Read on for 3 mistakes that speakers and other business owners make when hiring a virtual assistant.

MISTAKE 1: Thinking You Are Saving Money By Doing It Yourself

>>>> Why This Is a Mistake:

You’ve probably heard numerous times that “Time = Money”, and that is 100% right! If you’re trying to perform all the necessary tasks it takes to be successful at marketing on your own, you’re severely limiting your success.

I’ve worked with virtual assistants since the beginning of my business back in 2006 because even then I knew time is a finite resource. Every minute (or hour!) you spend trying to figure out how to do something on your own is time that you could otherwise be using your God-given gifts for helping people the way you are best able to.

Your time is worth actual value.

>>>>What To Do Instead: Get help. Find someone who knows how to do what you don’t and pay them to get it done. It can be a one-time thing or it can be on-going.

MISTAKE 2: Doing Work That Is Best Suited for Someone Else

>>>> Why This Is a Mistake: You may have heard the saying at the top of this post, which is often attributed to Albert Einstein, although there is evidence it is not, but I digress. The point is, YOU are made to do certain work. You know it. You FEEL it when you are doing that work. It feels easy, effortless, exciting, and fun.

When you are doing work that is NOT suited to your skills, abilities, personality, and talents, you feel that, too. It’s HARD. It’s confusing. It’s frustrating. It’s like reading the same sentence 5 times and still not getting it.  There’s a reason for that. YOU SHOULDN’T BE DOING IT.

Plus – and here’s the real ah-ha moment for many of my clients over the years – what takes you literally HOURS or even DAYS to figure out and get done, a virtual assistant who KNOWS what to do can get it done in mere minutes.

And you won’t be beating your head against the wall and feeling frustrated.

>>>What To Do Instead: Find someone who *IS* suited to what you are not. The thing you hate? Someone out there LOVES it. Yep. Someone loves to do all that junk you avoid.

MISTAKE #3: Thinking It’s Easier To Do It Yourself Than to Explain
What You Want to Someone Else

>>>>Why This Is a Mistake: This is a classic control-freak mistake. Either you want to be in control so at least you know it’s right or who to blame when it’s wrong. Or that you can do something faster than explaining to someone else how you want it. Well, you’re wrong on both counts because someone out there IS better than you – likely LOTS of people. And it would be like a 2nd grader explaining to a professional paleontologist her theory on what happened to the dinosaurs. When you try to tell someone who knows what they’re doing YOUR way… well, as they say in the south, bless your heart.

>>>What To Do Instead: Hire a person who you can trust and who knows the work you need done at least as well as you do, if not better. You may need to have various people doing different tasks, and that’s a good thing. Let the expert be in charge of what they know.

I recently came across a fabulous guide that explains all about how to outsource the kind of work that you need done to virtual assistants.

So if you’re busy, frustrated, and wish there were more hours in the day, here’s how you can get help:


I’ve gone through this program myself and highly recommend it to you today. Go get it now before the launch special goes away. It’s worth WAY more than the teeny tiny price tag they have on it.

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