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Melissa Smith

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Casual Confabs with Melissa Smith of Hale Bone Broth and The Hanovers Farmers Market

The Frame Center Podcast

   On todays episode we sit down with Hanover Local, Melissa Smith.  She's here to speak to us about the benefits of Bone Broth, supplied to us by Hale Bone Broth, a company she started with her Husband right in their own kitchen.  Listen to how and she got started and how it led to forming a local farmers market along with the support of local buisnesses like Frame Center.  


3 Sep 2022

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How a Virtual Assistant Can Change YOUR Life w/ Melissa Smith

The Orthopreneurs Podcast with Dr. Glenn Krieger

Having a VA is one of those things you don’t know you need until you get one and realize what you’ve been missing.Having some tasks taken out of your plate not only saves you time but can improve your quality of life significantly. It allows you to focus on what you love doing and, in the process, even earn more.Those 1 or 2 hours a VA helps take off your daily schedule adds up fast. It might be the difference between spending more time with your family, getting adequate sleep, or finding time to work out.A virtual assistant is a highly-skilled, knowledgeable, and experienced person who chooses to work remotely. They are not your regular high school graduate looking to make a few dollars.Personally, I have greatly benefited from having a VA handle some of my tasks that would otherwise take a lot of my time.In this episode, I am joined by Melissa Smith, a Virtual Assistant Matchmaker who has helped me and others find VAs who are a good fit.If you don’t know what exactly a VA does, how to get one, what to look out for, and how to onboard one into your life, then this episode is for you.Tune in!Key Takeaways- Meet Melissa Smith (01:01)- What a Virtual Assistant does (06:39)- The real test and mark of a VA (10:55)- How to onboard a VA (16:52)- How much to pay a Virtual Assistant (22:57)- Best practices to ensure your VA succeeds long term (33:35)Additional Resources🔹  Hire the Right Virtual Assistant: How the Right VA Will Make Your Life Easier, Create Time, and Make You More Money by Melissa Smith🔹  Register for OP Summit 2022  here: https://opsummit2022.com/🔹 For more information, visit: https://orthopreneurs.com/🔹 Join our FREE Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OrthoPreneur


9 Aug 2022

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I Have Decided to Hire a VA. What’s Next? with Melissa Smith Ep # 101

Solopreneur Money

If you have been thinking about your What’s Next, a virtual assistant may be on your radar. Hiring a VA is a great way to help you grow your business. Making this decision is a great first step! Now that you’ve made the decision, what do you plan to do with your VA once you hire them? Do you have a plan?  Melissa Smith is the Founder & CEO of the Association of Virtual Assistants and The PVA, a firm that matches clients with the right virtual assistants. She is here today to discuss how to maximize your time with your VA.  You will want to hear this episode if you are interested in... Melissa’s story [1:22] What you should do once you hire a VA [10:00] Determine what to get done [15:46] Checking in with your VA [20:52] Communicate often [23:15] Setting boundaries opens up communication [26:49] The money questions [30:41] Connect with Melissa Smith Association of Virtual Assistants Check out this FREE PVA Hiring Workbook Melissa’s podcast Melissa Smith on LinkedIn Connect With Gabe Nelson BOOK – The Solopreneur’s Money Manifesto by Gabe Nelson www.GabeNelsonFinancial.com/contact FREE Downloadable Resources at https://www.gabenelsonfinancial.com/resources/ EMAIL: Gabe (at) GabeNelsonFinancial.com Follow Gabe on LinkedIn Follow Gabe on Twitter: @GabeNelsonCFP Follow Gabe on Facebook Follow Gabe on Instagram: @GabeNelsonCFP Subscribe to Solopreneur Money Audio Production and Show notes by PODCAST FAST TRACK https://www.podcastfasttrack.com


8 Aug 2022

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Creating a Family Brand with Guest Melissa Smith {Episode 179}

Outnumbered the Podcast

Are you ready to take back your family's time?  You're in luck because in this episode, we chat with Melissa Smith from Family Brand.  She shares 3 easy steps to take back your time!  And more than that, we discuss creating a family brand, how to get your family on board, and a different perspective on how to run your family. Please support our podcast on Patreon! Mentioned in this episode: Family Brand website Family Brand podcast Family Brand course Episode 12: Mothering with Intention Never miss another episode by subscribing to our email HERE!


14 Jun 2022

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Releasing the Imposter Syndrome with Melissa Smith

Waking Up From Breaking Up

Like a lot of people, we tend to struggle with imposter syndrome at one point in our lives! Melissa is no different.  Before Melissa started her interior design business she had this internal conflict with herself and believing that she was a fraud when it came to her career. With the help of her yoga practice and her life coach, she learned to let go of the expectations she had of herself that were based on the opinions of others and societal norms. She then realized that she can mould herself into whoever she wanted to be and curate her own life. When she finally let go of the idea that she had to conform to other people's ideals, she finally became her authentic self. Which gave her confidence to make decisions and to live a life in alignment with her values.  Connect with Melissa on Instagram @melissa_interiordesign and @the_auspicious_dragon. Podcast theme music by Transistor.fm. Learn how to start a podcast here.


27 Apr 2022

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Restoring Family Time and Fostering a Belonging Culture at Home with Chris & Melissa Smith

18 Summers: Podcast for Parents

No one has a perfect family, but everyone is willing to work together to build the family that we all want. In today's episode, Chris and Melissa Smith share encouragement about overcoming an almost-divorced experience, rebuilding their marriage, and reclaiming their family time together. Tune in to discover family values that bring more love, joy, and connection at home!  Key takeaways to listen for How to align your business model with your family Profound ways to define your family identity  7 family core values that foster excitement Impacts of surrounding yourself with successful married people Encouraging open communication within the family to strengthen relationships Parenting skills to educate children on vices Resources mentioned in this episode The Go-Giver ⏐ Hardcover and Paperback DigitalMarketer The Campfire Effect Gift link: Weekly Check-Ins About Chris & Melissa Smith Chris and Melissa Smith are the founders of Family Brand, a podcast and website that helps families figure out what they want to be recognized for. They also help families define who they are and develop a family culture where relationships last and each family member is seen and valued for who they are. With their 5 kids, they have guided dozens of families through their training, which teaches them how to identify what core values to build their family brand around and how to make their brand inspirational and transformative. Connect with Chris & Melissa Website: Family Brand Podcast: Family Brand Instagram: @ourfamilybrand Facebook: Family Brand Connect with Us To learn more about us, visit our website at www.18summers.com or email us at info@18summers.com. To get a copy of our book “The Family Board Meeting”, click here. Subscribe to 18 Summers Podcast and leave a rating and written review! Social Media Channels Facebook Group: 18 Summers LinkedIn: Jimmy Sheils Instagram: @18summerstribe


6 Apr 2022

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Ballet, banking, and the innovation economy, with JP Morgan’s Melissa Smith

Women on the Move Podcast

As head of specialized industries at middle market banking at J.P. Morgan, Melissa Smith is focused on helping female and diverse founders grow and scale over time. She sits down with Women on the Move host Sam Saperstein to discuss the innovation economy, her passion for supporting women in business, and how her early life as a ballerina prepared her for a banking career. From ballerina to banker Melissa says she developed early skills in discipline, commitment, and focus from her classical ballet training. She began studying ballet at age 4, and by the seventh grade, her mother was driving her 120 miles a day to train in Washington D.C. Between her determination, her family’s support, and the willingness of teachers to re-arrange her high school schedule so she could finish classes by noon, Melissa ended up graduating high school a year early and starting a professional ballet career.  By her early 20s, Melissa made the decision to give up dancing in order to go to college full time, eventually earning her master’s in public policy from the University of Chicago. Straight out of that program, she joined JPMorgan Chase in public finance. “For me, the public finance role was a great way to leverage the quantitative skills I had acquired at school with my interest in the public sector,” she tells Sam. From the associate program, Melissa moved to the debt capital markets team, where she got to experience the fast-paced trading floor. “I just loved the pace and the energy level and the phones ringing all the time and the noise,” she recalls. She also loved the opportunity to be up close with senior leaders on the trading floor, learning by observing everything from how to lead effectively to how to manage complicated client needs. Focus on the innovation economy After 16 years on the Investment Banking side of the firm, Melissa switched to the Commercial Banking side where she now leads the industry coverage teams within the Middle Market Banking business. Today, she’s focused on building an ecosystem around the innovation economy. Melissa describes the innovation economy as high growth, disruptive companies across a variety of industries—primarily technology, consumer retail, and healthcare payments. She shares examples of how innovative companies have changed how we live and work in recent years: online fitness, food delivery, and streaming services. Of particular interest to Melissa is supporting the gender and racial diversity of those founders, their employees, and their boards. She notes that while progress has been made, female and diverse founders continue to receive a much smaller percentage of venture dollars than companies founded by men. One reason for that, she says, is that female founders often don’t have access to the same networks for seeking funding that their male counterparts do. Another is that often their companies have products targeted to diverse markets, making it harder to capture the attention of mainstream funders. Both of these are issues that Melissa’s team aims to help female founders navigate. Another area of focus for Melissa and her team is increasing female representation on boards. “Internal appointments on VC backed boards are actually part of the reason boards have become more diverse,” she notes. Empowering other women: coaching, mentoring, and sponsoring Melissa tells Sam that some of the most inspiring work she’s done is coaching women and their businesses. She also discusses her own experiences and what she’s gained from mentors and sponsors. She says she’s gained the most from mentors who are honest with their feedback and help women process the constructive feedback they get from other sources, such as performance reviews. Melissa believes that sponsorships are invaluable to women. She defines a sponsor as someone “helping to make sure you have the visibility and network internally that you need to get a promotion [etc.].” She says that she was helped the most by a sponsor who was more prescriptive and helped her develop a list of people to meet with each month. Today, she continues to devote energy to helping other women. “The thing that I very much learned in watching these more senior women who were mentors or sponsors was what a difference it made, and the passion that they had around it,” she tells Sam. “And I consider that so much a part of my day job. And it's really one of the most rewarding things that any of us can do – to help somebody else, give back and help them advance their career.”


10 Mar 2022

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70: How to Find the Ideal Virtual Assistant with Melissa Smith

The Business of Meetings

Today, we have the great pleasure of speaking to Melissa Smith! Melissa is a pioneer in the world of virtual assistants. She is the Founder and CEO of the Association of Virtual Assistants and the PVA (The Personal Virtual Assistant). She is also the bestselling author of Hire the Right Virtual Assistant and Become a Successful Virtual Assistant. Melissa is with us today to explain what defines the ideal virtual assistant. She will also discuss when to hire a virtual assistant, how to communicate with them, and some common mistakes to avoid. Melissa Smith’s bio: Melissa Smith is the Founder & CEO of the Association of Virtual Assistants & The PVA (The Personal Virtual Assistant), a virtually-based firm that matches clients with the right virtual assistants. Melissa is also the best-selling author of two books, Hire The Right Virtual Assistant: How the Right VA Will Make Your Life Easier, Create Time, and Make You More Money and Become A Successful Virtual Assistant: Learn the Business Side & Ditch 9 to 5, which is an integral part of the College of Western Idaho Administrative Specialist Program curriculum. Additionally, she mentors for Remote-how Academy, the first global, online education and individual certification program about remote work, and is a passionate teacher and consultant for those looking to grow their business remotely.  In 2013, Melissa began working remotely, and in 2017, she became location independent. This transition gave her a newfound sense of freedom, allowing her to travel to 16 countries in 12 months, all while running successful virtual businesses.  Drawing from her experience while working on five different continents and numerous time zones, Melissa truly understands the challenges of running a virtual business and uses her knowledge to serve clients all over the world. She knows firsthand how and where to get the best work done and she passes her insight on to her clients so that they can create the life they love – on their own terms. Melissa has been featured by ABC News,  Forbes, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, U.S. News & World Report, & Thrive Global and most recently named a female entrepreneur to watch in 2021. No plans to become a virtual assistant Melissa never planned on becoming a virtual assistant or owning a business. She did want to be an assistant, however, so she went to secretary school. After that, she found a job she loved and was happy doing it.  Everything changed In 2012, Melissa lost her husband unexpectedly. Everything changed after that, and she moved to California.  Melissa Smith’s introduction to working virtually After a year, Melissa told her boss that she wanted to put in her notice because she wanted to return to Georgia so that her daughter could graduate in her home state. Her boss did not want her to go, and Melissa could do most of what she did virtually, so her boss agreed to let her continue working virtually. No plan  After receiving her annual contract, Melissa decided to try working for herself. She was naïve when she started and had neither a strategy nor a business plan, and although she had no idea what she was getting herself into, she felt okay with that.  The first year Melissa’s first year was a joke that she can only laugh about now.  The best time The best time to hire a virtual assistant is before you need one because by the time you need one, something is already wrong, and you are in time debt.  Where people go wrong People tend to go wrong because they think about hiring in old and antiquated terms of a specific number of hours per week.  There are many ways to hire a VA You can hire a virtual assistant on a project basis, or you can have someone on call, as you need them. You can even retain a VA for as little as ten hours a month.  If you wait too long If you wait too long before hiring someone, they will have to put out fires and rearrange things, and no one wants to walk into that kind of situation.  Red flags The most productive people think about their time in hours, not days, weeks, or months. So when someone approaches Melissa wanting to hire someone for twenty or thirty hours a week, she sees it as a red flag and lets the VA know that they need to be willing to jump into the fire because anyone needing to hire someone for that many hours will already be way behind. Time debt Time debt is when you use the time that you set aside to do one task to do another.  Melissa Smith’s suggestions for getting the most value from a VA If you had an hour to do whatever you wanted to do for yourself, and someone else could do what you normally have to do, think about what that would mean to you, advises Melissa. Hire a VA to do things that are valuable to you, and think about it in terms of an hour. Then start building from there. It could be to answer your emails, create an FAQ list, help with your social media outreach, or even do some research for you. Start small Start small and remember that there is no limit to what you can outsource and give someone else to do. The biggest mistake You don’t want to cut corners when letting someone into your business. The biggest mistake that people make is not to do their due diligence. That usually tends to happen because they hire too late. When hiring someone, you need to have more than one interview and conduct reference and background checks, rather than just relying on your gut feeling. Where to go when hiring someone Where to go when hiring someone usually comes down to your management level and what you want and expect from that person. Although there are many great resources in countries like the Philippines and India, there will be a cultural difference, a difference in communication, and a difference in English and grammar. Hiring someone from those countries will also require a lot more management and possibly even some step-by-step instructions. When people have client-facing requirements, they often ask Melissa about virtual assistance within their home country.  Matching Hire people who match your level, whether you are at the C-Suite level, a small business owner, or a startup hustler. There are virtual assistants with diverse skill sets to match people’s expectations. Match for your expectation rather than for someone’s skill set.  Communication Hire someone who likes to communicate in the same way that you do. It could be via text, Slack, or even a phone call. If you hire someone who believes in you and your business, it will make your communication even more seamless. More great advice in finding the ideal VA Find a VA who is clear about the people they serve on their website or social media. If someone says that they serve everybody, that is a red flag because it means that they haven’t been in business for long enough to know who they are best able to serve. Look for a match in the language you use, the industry you are in, and your mindset and attitude in their bio, website, or social media profile. Melissa’s journey Even though Melissa made some mistakes with her first book, she evolved, became a better writer, and revised it. She is glad she wrote the book because it launched her business, and if she had not written it, she would not be where she is today, sharing a stage with so many great people. Success  Success is a journey, not a destination, so even though Melissa has not yet done everything, achieved every goal, and realized every dream, it doesn’t matter. She knows she has made it and has reached a place where she can enjoy the journey as well! Connect with Eric On LinkedIn On Facebook On Instagram On Website Connect with Melissa Smith On LinkedIn Email: Melissa@thepva.com


13 Jul 2021

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S3:E15- From Least Likely to Graduate to Association Founder with Melissa Smith

Blaze Your Own Trail Podcast with Jordan Mendoza

About Melissa: Melissa Smith is the CEO and Founder of The PVA, a firm that matches clients with the right virtual assistants, and the Association of Virtual Assistants. She is also the best-selling author of two books, Hire The Right Virtual Assistant and Become a Successful Virtual Assistant which is an integral part of the College of Western Idaho Administrative Specialist Program curriculum in 2019. Additionally, Melissa also mentors for Remote-how Academy, the first global, online education and individual certification program. Drawing from her experience while working on five different continents Melissa truly understands how to operate a successful virtual business. In this episode we discuss: Melissa's upbringing Some context into her family Early adversity Exceeding expectations Her work experience How she pivoted And more! Connect with Melissa: https://thepva.com/ Connect with Jordan: https://linktr.ee/byotconsulting This season is sponsored by View Arcade & Atlanta Global Realty check them out below: View Arcade: Make sure to check out the Vumi app launching soon! https://linktr.ee/viewarcade Atlanta Global Realty: Contact Francisco Nunez for your home buying or selling needs! https://linktr.ee/francisconunez Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Email us: podcast@blazeyourowntrailconsulting.com--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/blazeyourowntrail/message


4 Jun 2021

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Ep 78 : Melissa Smith

Game Dev Discussion

This week we had Snr Enviro Artist at Sony Santa Monica on, Melissa Smith! This was a really fun chat where we got to unpack team culture during remote working and just what kind of effect it has on mental health!.Melissa’s ArtStation ⯈https://www.artstation.com/melissasmith.Listen on Spotify ⯈ https://open.spotify.com/show/7spDMpMZJ9dr3Ziu8bRwCAListen on SoundCloud ⯈ https://soundcloud.com/gamedevdiscussionListen on iTunes ⯈ https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/game-dev-discussion/id1459400002Listen on YouTube ⯈ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKfTBvcsO9Kw0b5EVuf4CJQ.Follow my Artstation⯈ https://www.artstation.com/alexbeddows/blogFollow my twitter ⯈ https://twitter.com/BeddowsDesign


20 May 2021