I’m attending the second day of the annual PA Show at London Olympia on 27th February and I’d love to meet you if you’re also going to be there. I’ve been asked to take part in two panel talks but I’m also staying nearby overnight if you’d like a coffee and a chat either at the event or in the pub. Here’s some more info about the show:
What’s the event about?
The UK VA Conference 2019 is the second day of the annual PA Show (which used to be called ‘The Office Show’). The PA Show takes place on Tuesday 26th February and the VA Conference is the next day on Wednesday 27th.
This is the one I’ll be at.
The entire two-day show is a really popular event in the admin/VA calendar and covers things such as career and skills development, management and leadership and a host of other things.
Day one (PA Day) Tues 26th Feb
There will be sessions covering a multitude of subjects including speedreading, how to mange your manager, the role of the PA in the digital age, mastering Microsoft and Outlook, minute taking, how to get recognition, raising your profile, learning to lead, and adapting to economic changes. There are also quite a few sessions on event management this year.
Day two (VA Day) Wed 27th Feb
There are loads of learning and development sessions aimed at helping you become a better VA. These include info on transferable skills, keeping your VA business on track, communication, Office 365, LinkedIn, OneNote, improving your performance, confidence, and shaping your strategy.
The day begins with award-winning VAs sharing their personal insights on why they set up their own business, and then later there are announcements and an award ceremony.
I’m actually on the panel of judges of the UK VA Awards
This is pretty exciting and it’s definitely an honour to be asked to be on the panel, but rest assured there is never any favouritism. There are many judges and we’re not allowed to assess any VA with whom we have a close connection. So I don’t vote if any of the nominees are trainees for example.
My two panel talks
#MyVAFuture: What should my VA business model be? 10.15am
Discussing the different business models available (sole trader, limited company, freelance, associates, employees, and franchises), myself and the other two panel members will share our experiences via short presentations and then there will be a Q&A session.
My presentation is going to be on my location-independent business model.
#MyVAVision: Shaping your strategy for your VA business. 3.30pm
This is a chaired panel discussion and Q&A on the types of things VAs should consider in order to thrive and survive in the future. From hashtags and social media services to artificial intelligence and digital nomads, we’re going to debate what we think the future role and services of a Virtual Assistant might be.
Where I’ll be and when:
As mentioned, I’m going to be taking part in the above panel discussions at those times but in between I’ll be wandering around the show and drinking coffee in the Networking Area.
I’ll update the Facebook event so you know what I’m wearing so you can find me if you’re not sure what I look like!
I’ve attended the event for the last few years (mainly just so I can get to meet some of you!), and I really enjoy it. It’s wonderful to put real faces to tiny profile pictures and I really like hearing your stories and how you’re finding freelance life.
After the event
This year I’ve decided to stay near the venue so I can hang out with some of you in a less formal environment as well as meet anyone who isn’t attending the show.
There’s a really nice pub near my accommodation called The Crown and Sceptre (34 Holland Road W14 8BA). I’m not sure exactly what time I’ll be there yet but it will probably around 5pm .
I’ll comment on the event in the Facebook group when I’ve arrived.
Whether you’re attending the show or not, please feel free to swing by the pub and have a chat because it will be absolutely wonderful to meet you.