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Bloodhound super sonic car world land speed record attempt

What is a VA?

An executive assistant who works in her own office instead of in yours.  Someone who takes care of the routine matters or the special projects.  Someone who takes the strain and gives you back control of your time.  A sounding board.  Someone who has your back when you need to venture into new territory. Someone who's always there yet never in your way.

 

See advice on finding admiin support by asking for what you want, not accepting what's on offer here and how collaborating with someone with varied experience can be a boon here.

I'm here to help

I'm Linda O'Neil, a bilingual Secretary/PA/VA of over 35 years' standing and an affiliate of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.  I launched Admin Answers in 2001 and the experience has proved to be very rewarding.  Before starting up Admin Answers, I worked within Unilever for 15 years and have also worked for Data General Computers and Hygrotherm Engineering Ltd.  I have trained clients in new software products, provided IT support to hundreds of users across two factory sites, and I have experience of the ISO9002 Quality Assurance system, having written technical procedures, conducted audits and maintained an audit schedule for a production environment.
 
Some of the things I can do for you include:
 

  • project management
  • taking minutes of meetings
  • transcribing dictated reports, interviews, etc
  • proofreading/checking copy
  • maintaining web-based applications and websites
  • liaising with your customers
  • making hotel and travel arrangements, maintaining your diary
  • translation from French to English
  • plus almost anything else you could need - just ask!

 
Whatever you would ask of the traditional office secretary, I can do for you from my own office - other than make you a cup of coffee!  See the Testimonials page for some insights to how clients have benefitted.
 
In the arena of positive psychology, which focuses on a person's character strengths, my top five strengths are: curiosity, fairness, love, forgiveness and honesty (http://www.viacharacter.org/www/ Character-Strengths-Survey)
.  I believe in working in ways which use my strengths to lighten the client's load and allow them to focus on their strengths, thereby doing their work better and achieving their aims more quickly.

Being ethical is important to me

When I'm off duty ...

Outside work and family, my chief interests are dancing, music and motor sport.  As you can see from the photograph, I was interested in anything on wheels from an early age.  My experience in motor sport has helped me to be a better virtual assistant - you can see how in my blog on LinkedIn.  In 1983 I became Honorary Secretary of the Lancashire & Cheshire Car Club for 26 years, then was Chairman from 2009 until the club's closure at the end of 2014.  I was also Secretary of the Meeting for British Racing & Sports Car Club race meetings at Oulton Park.  I've had a go at the racing school at Oulton Park and wish I could afford to go racing on a regular basis as it's such fun!  I can thoroughly recommend the services of a racing driving coach for anyone considering having a go at the sport: you can find out about David Bailey at www.dbracedrivercoach.co.uk.

 

Moving to France in the Autumn of 2014 changed my life considerably and I have embraced my new home, garden and lifestyle.  I continue to work as before with my clients in the UK and elsewhere, and I have improved my language skills and found new friends by attending a local dance class and going to many of the huge range of live music concerts that take place frequently in almost every town and village in my part of France.

 

As we say over here: la vie est belle!

 

 

 

Admin Answers is proud to be one of the many small sponsors of the Bloodhound SSC world land speed record attempt, which will take place in Africa after the project to build the car has been completed.

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