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Get Focused and Increase Your Productivity! Tune out your distractions and turn off notifications to get some work done. Have a great day.
"It's all about the quality of life and finding a happy balance between work and family and friends." -Philip Green
Work with a VA to create systems and streamline the reoccurring tasks in your office.
“Time, like a snowflake, disappears while we're trying to decide what to do with it." - St. Louis Bugle
Planning and creating action steps will help increase your productivity. Tune out distractions of all kinds and stay focused to complete your To Do list.
" You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it." - George Buxton
40% of employees work overtime or bring work home with them at least once a week.- Xylo Report, Shifts in Work and Home Life Boundaries
Put the power back into your presentations! Have your VA create your PowerPoint presentations.
“How you spend your time is more important than how you spend your money. Money mistakes can be corrected, but time is gone forever." - David B. Norris
"Don't be a bottleneck. If a matter is not a decision for the President or you, delegate it. Force responsibility down and out. Find problem areas, add structure and delegate. The pressure is to do the reverse. Resist it.” Donald Rumsfeld
Are you double booking or missing key appointments? A VA can help manage your calendar and schedule appointments for you.
To Do list in place for the day! Creating action steps and priorities to ensure timely delivery and efficiency for our client's projects!! Have a productive day.
"The first rule of management is delegation. Don’t try and do everything yourself because you can’t.” Anthea Turner
Want a stronger Social Media presence? Your VA can help create, schedule and manage your posts, tweets and social media accounts.
"Productivity is less about time management than it is about mind management.” David Kadavy
"The whole life of man is but a point in time; let us enjoy it." – Plutarch
“When asked what their number one concern was about their career in 2002, 32% of the respondents said Work/Life balance" -Office Team Specialized Administrative Staffing Survey, 2002
“Although your time and attention are finite, the demands on your time and attention are infinite.” Merlin Mann
Want to blog more often? Have your VA post and schedule your blog posts for you, allowing you more time to write and create.
"First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.” Napoleon Hill
Spell check may not be enough, have a VA proof and edit your important document before you send it out.
Wish you had a form for that? Give the details to your VA to create a custom form for your business.
"Do not wait; the time will never be "just right." Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” Napoleon Hill
Small business can look BIG when a VA manages VoiceMail, Email Inbox and Social Media. Have a bigger presence with VA support.
“Doing more things faster is no substitute for doing the right things.” Stephen R. Covey
“Companies need to shift their focus to grow engagement with their fan base, not just to collect more fans.” Mike Hotz
Stay in touch with your customers, have your VA create and send your newsletter for you on a regular basis.
A VA can help you to focus on the bigger picture.
Work with a VA to create systems and streamline the reoccurring tasks in your office.
“It’s better to think of social media tools as amplifying customer opinion rather than improving it.” Joshua Porter
Tune out and turn off to maintain your focus!!! Get those projects done with 100% of your attention.
Your Virtual Assistant can create business letters, spreadsheet, and presentations your clients will adore!
The Ace plate is full of wonderful diverse client projects for the week. Productive working on events, doc edits/proofing, social media mgmt, blog posts, writing, e-newsletters and more. What are you doing?
Thanks so much for visiting Ace Concierge. Please let us know how we can best assist you with your time management and productivity.
A Virtual Assistant is YOUR vested business partner.
“Social Media is about the people! Not about your business. Provide for the people and the people will provide for you.” -Matt Goulart
"It's not just about consuming content, but sharing it, passing it on, and adding to it." - @ariannahuff
"Twitter is not a technology. It's a conversation. And it's happening with or without you." - @charleneli
How many hours do you think you spend searching and reading sharable content? Outsourcing your content curation gives you more time to focus on relationship building.
“Companies that blog get 55% more web traffic and 70% more leads than those that don’t.” -Hubspot

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“I highly recommend Suzie Poirier, my go-to choice for virtual assistant services. Suzie is efficient, thorough and highly professional. She also stays current in the latest technology; every time I work with her, I pick up several new time-saving tips to benefit my business.” J.V. Miller Partner/Founder
“Susan has provided virtual assistance to my business for a number of years. Initially the work was ad-hoc, however I soon began to delegate more of the routine work and Susan became an integral part of running important functions in our business. Susan is hard-working, diligent and honest. Susan has done everything from researching trade-mark law, market research, document and presentation preparation to managing an overflowing in-box. I highly recommend Susan (Ace).” M. Field Pres/CEO
“I personally and highly recommend Susan Kummins-Poirier and her company Ace Concierge. As a result of her tireless and professional efforts, we have grown our Social Media coverage and our web presence dramatically. Suzie is very professional, attentive to detail, intelligent and resourceful. She took the time to study our company and our industry and in the process has become an indispensible part of our team. Through her efforts we have been asked to be part of a national TV show on wood fired cooking, we have given several interviews on wood fired cooking to internet radio stations, and her efforts have brought on several new dealers. On a personal side, Suzie, with her cheery disposition, is always a delight to talk with, but professionally and socially. She is very timely in her responses and in our opinion is a top ranked Virtual Assistant who would be a great addition to any company or team.” - Jeffrey H. Pres/CEO
“Hiring Suzie to take care of my admin tasks is one of the smartest business decisions I've ever made! She is very responsive to my needs, in a professional, confidential manner. She is always ready to help me with whatever needs doing, with a can-do attitude. She saves me thousands of dollars by doing the work I have no business doing. I recommend Suzie and her work without reservation! She is fun, intelligent, efficient and a joy to work with.” - Charrise M. CEO/Business Coach
“Susan's the best. I shy from absolutes, especially in recommendations. But in this case it is absolutely true that she's the best. She's attentive, detail-oriented, relentless until she delivers the best results for you, clear, always striving to find a better solution for you, well-connected as everyone seems to know her and she has a great sense of humor which is so valuable in these stressful times of constant change. Susan's the best.” - Zane S. CEO
“As a business owner, my time and energy are valuable. I could spend time sending out client contracts, confirming appointments, doing mailings, automating newsletters, sending invoices or doing marketing research. As a business coach, I encourage entrepreneurs and business owners to outsource as much as possible so they can do what they do best, serve their clients and close business. Outsourcing to Ace Concierge has allowed me to grow my business by 36% this past year and the trusting, dependable professional service is a small investment in comparison to the return. Thank you Susan for your continued professionalism.” - Debora M., President- Nashua NH
“Ace Concierge made the impossible possible. My boss requested that I arrange for a bottle of champagne to be delivered to one of the partners of the firm I work for in Washington, DC. It wouldn’t have been a difficult task except he wanted this done on a Saturday and this particular partner happens to live in New Hampshire, where it is prohibited to ship alcohol. Luckily, I found Sue. She picked up the bottle of champagne within an hour of my call and had it successfully delivered before I was even out of bed on Saturday morning! Thanks, Sue— you were a lifesaver.” - Amy C, Washington, D.C.
“We have been using Susan for the last few years as our primary virtual assistant. She has done an outstanding job for us. Quick to follow up and very thorough. We are quite pleased with her work. S. Buser, MD Founder/Pres.
“I hired Suzie as a virtual assistant but over the last few months helping with my social media presence and my blog, she's become a friend. She is extremely organized, very capable, creative and helpful. She brings great skill and a wonderful attitude to everything she does. She created some processes for the way things worked with guest bloggers that streamlined and simplified the way our multi-author blog operated. I highly recommend Suzie and Ace Concierge! You can trust her to do what she says on time, with quality, energy, and a passion for excellence!” M. Henry. Sr. Pres/CEO
"If you're a solo-preneur and think it's best to do everything yourself, think again. And talk to my VA @AceConcierge. She rocks my world!" ~C.M.
"Rarely have I met, much less hired, a more organized, efficient, and thoughtful professional than Susan. She goes the extra mile, exceeds expectations on every assignment, and demonstrates time and again that her ideas and creative strategies are inspired as much on her own time as on her client's time. I would strongy commend Susan's expertise and vibrant personality to any Senior Manager or Top Executive choking on family vs. work responsibilities." - Alan B., President/CEO - Durham NH
"An amazing human being, an incredible friend, and it all started when she became my VA. The business would not be as far along as it is without her!" Patti B - President/CEO
Suzie has done work for me and I've been very happy with her service, responsiveness and sense of humor. If you need help, don't miss the opportunity to work with Suzie. D.E.
Suzie's energizing, creative personality and razor-sharp, organizational focus drive ROI for your company. She proved to me that 2 heads and sets of hands are better than one in helping me create sustainable marketing, prospecting, sales and scheduling systems. As Steve Urquhart articulated well, her 'on-demand' offerings relieve the pressure of daily delegating. I know that if next week a new project or marketing need arises, I can reach out to Suzie, and she'll alleviate the work load as a true partner to business, while also offering unexpected value adds along the way. For service, quality and enthusiasm, call or write Suzie! JBP
I've been working with Suzie for almost 2 years now and I couldn't have built my brand without her! She's been there to help with everything from posting blog posts and Twitter feeds to getting my doctor's appointments arranged while I've been going through both cancer treatment and business start-up. She's awesome! LJL
I am pleased to be the first one to post a review for Suzie and Ace Concierge services (on Facebook) ... even if you don't think you need a virtual assistant or you aren't sure what you could delegate, you need to give Ace Concierge a look. You will be amazed by the level of service and quality of work! And with value pricing that lets you set up support services in blocks of hours, you will have the ability to delegate on demand and get outstanding work on time and above expectations. Be prepared to be thrilled! S.U.

15 Simple Tips to Harness Your Productivity

Harness Productivity Entrepreneurs are always strapped for time!  You need more. Want more. Gotta have it but you need to realize the value of your time and how to best use every second, all 86,400 of them.

You can learn to maximize your productivity and feel like a rock star. I’m not talking about just being busy as that isn’t efficient. There is a difference between just using up some time, watching the hours tick by and truly cranking out some real work that has an impact.

There’s always plenty of tips and tools you can enlist but it really comes down to you and what you are willing to do to best leverage your time, output and true success.

It is a choice. Everyone has the exact same amount of time in their day so it is about how you invest in it. Invest in you.

Achieve your goals and master your To Do list and projects for your greatest accomplishments or merely float through the day, kinda hoping things magically get done. Don’t operate your business like it’s in Disney Land.

You all need some downtime, nap time and some time, BUT, don’t expect to realize winning results without a plan, focus and dedication. It just doesn’t happen. Simple as that.

Victory comes at a cost.

Pay it or concede.

Productivity Simplicity
  1. Determine what is most important: in your day, in your life, in your business. That’s what you need to be doing.
  2. Make a plan: to achieve these important tasks and milestones. List out action steps.
  3. Priorities: have them. Understand them. Commit to them.
  4. Allow time for diversions: it always happens. A sink hole or you are somehow sidetracked but with proper planning, you are prepared.
  5. Set realistic timelines: if you don’t, you may be scrambling and only half finishing your lists or not putting in 100%. If you can’t give it your all, then it is half ass. Do you want that??
  6. Tick tock: don’t be ruled by the clock. It doesn’t tell you if you are being more efficient and productive. Your output does. 9-5 doesn’t mean anything if you are just “busy.”
  7. Create your goals: this helps to keep you on target daily, weekly, monthly. Revisit your list and revise as needed.
  8. Eliminate your distractions: there is nothing worse than the ping of a notification, TV, phone, etc that will detract your focus. Tune out and turn off. It’s okay. You won’t lose anything but you have everything to gain. Be in the moment and nowhere else.
  9. Don’t multi-task: it really does impede your productivity, decrease your brain power and limits your true attention to get one thing right. Put the emphasis on one project, one task at a time.
  10. Ask yourself, “how or does this serve my goals?” If something doesn’t really serve you, then STOP!
  11. Be accountable: yes, your day and how you manage your time is up to you. Own it. Do it.
  12. Timers: they work! Set a timer for 30 minutes that you will devote to the time on task. Don’t stop. Don’t stray. Just do it. At the end of those 30, take a 5 minute break and then hit it again.
  13. Break the chains: don’t be a prisoner to your email. Check it at set intervals.
  14. Review time: every night, review your day and set your goals/action steps for the following day.
  15. Sing ME ME: yes, you must give back to you and establish a healthy work life balance. Schedule in time that is away from work; away from must do’s and have some fun. Refresh and refocus. Your brain needs it.

Michael LeBoeuf: “Waste your money and you’re only out of money, but waste your time and you’ve lost a part of your life.”

There are posts everyday about what the most productive people do, 5 minutes to increase your productivity, how the top 10 entrepreneurs get things done, 30 second productivity boost; the list is endless but no matter what the post suggests, it is up to you to find and implement the tips and tools that you will use. The ones that resonate the most to help you increase your efficiency, work life balance, time management and productivity.  Unless you are ready for a change, to kick it up to rock star status, then all of the recommendations are worthless.

You choose the productivity hacks that work for YOU.

Social Automation: Do it within reason

social automation

As you have read countless times, social media is about relationship marketing, engagement and making authentic connections. Real-time conversations with real people, doing and wanting real things. Your audience is not a conveyer belt digesting your content. They want and need genuine dialog and interactions.

Yes, it is all extremely time-consuming; eating many hours of

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The Social Disconnect

Social Disconnect

 

The digital landscape is abundant with incredible industry thought leaders sharing the knowledge and best practices in social media. The circle of influencers crest the lists of who to follow and how to engage them.

You admire them. You follow them. You learn from them. You implement their suggestions. You share and comment on

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What the Heck is a Virtual Assistant?

What the heck is a Virtual Assistant

It’s me! I’m not talking about Siri or Google Now. I’m real. I’m live. Not some plug and play doll, but a real human being, and educated executive with a vested interest in YOUR business success.

A Virtual Assistant is similar to an in-house team member but we help you manage your daily business operations

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Significant versus Success

Significant versus Success

Most people equate success with financial wealth and independence but is there something more intrinsic beyond the mighty dollar? In my post “Measure of Success | Is it Dollars or Sense?” I shared what success means to me and the different levels for my personal evaluation. Every person, every entrepreneur has their own vision

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The Cheat Sheet on Content Marketing

Content Marketing Ace Concierge

Marketing has drastically changed over the past several decades in terms of the delivery methods but no matter how you look it, it is still content driven and always will be. It used to be solely about print media and ad space but now it is more about vying for

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