The Rockstar VA Podcast

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The Rockstar VA Podcast with Shiela Pialago is a show all about Virtual Assistance, Freelancing and bits of Digital Marketing. The show aims to share with you the most practical and sustainable insights, tips, and techniques for your journey to being the Rockstar VA!
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S2E11: How to Quickly Respond to Clients Without Losing Sleep & Quality Time

How fast do you respond to your clients' tasks/messages? Here's my take on Response Time for VAs and Freelancers and why it is important, why it is necessary for your remote clients, how it affects your relationship with your client, and how you can be more responsive without sacrificing sleep and quality time with your loved ones! Tune in!

S2E10: The Biggest Problem Virtual Assistants DO NOT See

Why do 80% of professionals who switch to be Virtual Assistants and Freelancers after a year or two quit? Why do some thrive well in this industry and some fail? I see one big problem. If you’re one of those VAs who are frustrated from the countless rejections, no response, or worse, no shows. Tune in!

S2E9: Turning Your Creativity Into a Professional Career with Jjay Villamor

What once was just a random convo on art and personal perspectives on choreography at the gym, now turned out into an amazing conversation in this episode on self-discovery, creative blocks, and dealing with the "honest" feedback. Happy to have Coach Jjay sharing how he's fuelling his creative skills into an actual professional career. Tune in!

S2E8: 3 Clear Signs To Gracefully Let a Client Go

"When I start a partnership with a new client, I either end up with a lesson learned or a new me." Here's a little confession of how I gracefully let go of a client and the ultra-clear signs of what made me do it. Tune in!

S2E7: From Call Center to Virtual Assistance with Ivy Manilag

I met Ivy in one of the job interviews I held recently and along with her unique story and warm personality, she shares her journey on being a former call center agent, the advantages of being in the call center industry, and how she found her way to virtual assistance and freelancing, especially in the social media niche. Tune in!

S2E6: Pursuing a Meaningful Career Path with Ezra Ceniza

What do you want from your career? Do you believe that you can love what you do and make money doing it? Enjoyed this wonderful conversation with my special guest, Ezra Hilary Ceniza, a licensed and certified EFL teacher based in Vietnam.

S2E5: How Scammers Impersonated My Clients (And What You Can Do About It)

"Imagine they were able to mimic my client's tone of writing..." Phishing is not news. But when these scammers actually take the time to get to know you, "do their research" per se, let alone impersonate the people you work with a.k.a. your clients, things become a little chair-gripping. Tune in and know what you can do about it!

S2E4: Channeling Your Creativity Into Success

A graduate of Media and Entertainment Management, Dominique Berenguer shares this and more inside wires on being creatively productive, especially in terms of Social Media Marketing (SMM). We all know that SMM is no cake-walk, but having collaborated with Dominique gave me that 'silver lining' that SMM can be something more than just a task. If channeling is done right, a creative genius can rise. Tune in!

S2E3: How Remote Work Complements My Disability

Sound engineer and voice-over specialist, Drae Cerna, opens up about his struggles with Tourette Syndrome (TS), a condition of the nervous system that causes people to have “tics” and how remote work is currently helping him cope with the physical and mental health challenges. FUN FACT: He is the man behind the Rockstar VA Podcast intro and outro voice-overs!

S2E2: Remote Work Trends For 2022 That You Should Know (Part 2)

Whether you're a Virtual Assistant, Freelancer, or a professional pandemically switched to working from home, it's an inescapable fact that remote work has been the most helpful route for us to thrive this year. Join me as I outline the top remote work trends for 2022 that you should know about and hopefully would point you in the right direction.

S2E2: Remote Work Trends For 2022 That You Should Know (Part 1)

In between rapidly changing events and decisions, will this business landscape offer more benefits or challenges for 2022? As Finances Online posed, "is Remote Work a viable long-term strategy for working?" Join me as I outline the top remote work trends for 2022 that you should know about and hopefully would point you in the right direction.

S2E1: Kajabi and Kimi Brown: Factors on Choosing Your Niche (Part 2)

Kimi Brown joins the Rockstar VA Podcast once more to kick off this season! In the second part of her episode, Kimi shares tips on the language of honesty and initiative when it comes to your VA tasks and finding your niche in the Virtual Assistance industry. Tune in!

S2E1: Kajabi and Kimi Brown: Factors on Choosing Your Niche (Part 1)

Kimi Brown joins the Rockstar VA Podcast once more to kick off this season! In this episode, Kimi gave a mini-workshop on identifying your ideal clients and a few tips on finding your niche in Virtual Assistance industry. Tune in!

EP 20 - Launching To Your Zone of Genius in Virtual Assistance

"Work should not really feel like work," says Dr. Gay Hendricks in his best-selling book, The Big Leap, but with the expectations and demands on being a Virtual Assistant, how can you consciously make this happen in real life even when circumstances push you to your limits?

EP 19 - How Strong Is Your Work Ethic?

Do you still exhibit qualities of a strong work ethic now that you’re working remotely or virtually? In this episode, I've shared the Top 3 traits that make up a strong work ethic of a Rockstar VA. Also, we will do a self-evaluation at the end to assess how commendable your work ethic is and what you still have to work on! Tune in!

EP 18 - No. 1 Stumbling Block of VAs From Getting Hired or Renewed

What is this number 1 stumbling block that discourages your potential clients from hiring you or your current clients from renewing their contract with you? This is where a lot of us (yes, even me!) fall short and it is a process you would not want to miss out on! Tune in!

EP 17 - This One Skill That Can Set You Apart from Competition

“Why fit in when you can stand out?” After receiving hundreds of applications from VAs and Freelancers recently, it has been brought to my attention that there’s this one key skill that most Virtual Assistants and Freelancers still miss out on! In this episode, I had a great time tackling this one “self-management skill”, and turned out to be a key work and life skill in general that you and I have most probably missed out on not just once, but also with multiple clients! And by simply applying it in one week, I earned one more client! Mind-blowing… Tune in!

EP 16 - Setting High Expectations and Why You Need To Have Them

How high are your expectations to yourself and to your clients? How does it influence your work as a Virtual Assistant or Freelancer? I had a wonderful conversation with my mentor last week on setting high expectations. And although, setting high expectations connote some level of stress and pressure, here are my top key pointers on how you can leverage high expectations to your professional benefit.

EP 15 - AI Assistants: A Threat to Your Virtual Assistant Job?

Are Artificial Intelligence (AI) Assistants a threat to Virtual Assistants and Freelancers? In this episode, we looked into how AI is rapidly changing the digital environment and even, the market behaviour of our clients a.k.a. the business owners and their customers. Exploring the latest findings and developments in A.I., there are skills that you can also uplevel to keep up with this ever-changing ecosystem.

EP 14 - Why Niched VAs Appeal Best to Business Owners

Are you a Niched VA or a Jack-of-all-Trades? Is it high-time to specialize or broaden your skills now that the competition online is ultra-competitive? Here’s my two cents of why Niched VAs appeal BEST to Business Owners!

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EP 13 - Medical Content Writing Tips and Tools with Winnie Ocaña

Are you a “Newbie Pro”– Someone who has years of experience in the real world (offline) but who has now transitioned into the online world of freelancing/virtual assistance? But, how can you make your offline experiences work to your advantage online? Registered nurse and corporate communications expert, Winnie Ocaña, a corporate communications pro and a registered nurse, shares her transition story to Medical Content Writing.

EP 12 - Winning 150+ Proposals with Mandeep Singh

Struggling with your business proposal with online clients? In this episode, Full Stack Web Developer, Mandeep Singh, is becoming one of India’s young and bold entrepreneurs, conquering the international stage and garnering over 150 foreign online clients at 24!

EP11: My 10-Step Action Plan to Attracting Clients Online

Big thanks to everyone who joined my fundraising event on “How To Be a Rockstar Virtual Assistant in 2021”! In this episode, I’ve thought of sharing one of the highlights of the event: My 10-Step Action Plan to Attract Clients Online. Take notes!

EP10: VA Career Stability with Cydelle Stewart

Is Virtual Assistance a good career for the long-term? What is the key to Virtual Assistant Longevity and maintain a stable source of income? Online Business Expert, Virtual Assistant Coach, and Founder of VA Agency, Onit! Communications, Cydelle Stewart shares her inspirational journey on switching from the corporate to the virtual assistance world and how she found her passion in supporting business owners and maintained long-term relationships with the ‘right’ clients!

EP09: How To Win a U.S. Client with Jason Rigby

How much do you know about U.S. clients really? Do you know about their pet peeves in the virtual workplace? In fact, why do a lot of (Filipino) VAs still struggle to win a U.S. client? Well, tune into my latest episode with Jason Rigby, the CMO of the global tech company, Tartle.co and a high-ticket digital marketing agency owner based in the U.S. and take note of his fresh and career-changing insights from his 2021 experience of hiring VAs and Freelancers from the Philippines.

EP08: Courageous Visibility with Lisa Barry

How Visible Are You? Whether you’re still sending out proposals to potential clients or you’re already busy promoting your clients’ businesses online, our own visibility is often overlooked. It’s almost like forgetting to water and grow ourselves in this ‘space’ that we live in! Join me in my latest episode with the Queen of Courageous Visibility herself, Lisa Barry!

EP07: VA Skills and Experience with Julmar Grace Locsin

Are you a VA who has the skills but don’t have the experience yet? Are you an experienced VA who is wondering if you should niche down or expand your horizon? Or are you a little bit of both? Tune into my latest episode with Julmar Grace Locsin, the Principal Owner at Surge Digital Agency and the Owner of the Filipino Virtual Assistance Consultancy!

EP06: Powerful Branding: What Makes a Rockstar Online Profile?

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression — make it one that will set you apart, build trust and reflect who you are.”

It’s 2021, how powerful is your personal brand as a VA? Yes, Rockstar VAs also need to market themselves better this year now that the world is turning more digital than ever!

EP05: VA Moms: Queens of Time Management with May Martin

How do VA Moms manage their time? In this episode, I will be speaking with a Rockstar VA Mom, May Martin, a mom of 4 toddlers and the CEO & Founder of MomsAtWork, share her tested-and-proven strategies on how she effectively juggles her personal and professional roles!

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Insightful and Inspiring

Rated 5 out of 5
May 14, 2021

Around December 2020, I was able to listen to Shiela's spotify podcasts. Just as I was starting to read and understand freelancing and the virtual assistance industry. The podcast was quite insightful as it was relevant to what I was researching and planning to do for by January 2021. Started to build my UpWork profile by February and gained a client for short project by March. And just this April, my onlinejobs.ph profile. I then had chanced upon the live webinar on "How to be a Rockstar VA". Shiela has inspired me to push a step further to building my career in freelancing and finding my niche. Right now, I am learning courses online.

Elwyn Rodrigazo

Helpful Insights and very Useful Tips!

Rated 5 out of 5
April 29, 2021

Found Shiela's podcast a couple of months ago and I'm just thankful that I did! She has many helpful insights on how you can be a step ahead of the game when it comes to applying for a freelance job, updating your profiles online as well bringing your A-game during your pre-employment interviews. The results? Well, I got a job online a few days after a consultation with her! Thank you, Shiela!

Jethro Fule

A Eureka Moment

Rated 5 out of 5
April 29, 2021

It's heartwarming that beyond the fear of starting a new career, there is still a silver lining because there are experienced people on the field that are willing to share their passion in becoming a VA. I appreciate when Mrs. Locsin on Ep 7 talked about the struggles and the joys as well as the wisdom that comes with it. It's also amazing that she was able to create a community that supports those who are wanting to become a VA.

Coco

Informative, interesting and honest to goodness answers

Rated 5 out of 5
April 21, 2021

I am doing a review regarding the podcast on Career Stability with Cydelle Stewart. It was very informative, interesting, honest to goodness answers. However, I think the podcast is quite long. I would suggest limiting it to a 30-minute podcast. I would try out another episode later and provide another review as a comparison.

Imelda Wong

Response from Shiela Pialago

Thank you for this honest feedback, Imelda! I will do my best to improve on it!

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