Do You Need a Brain Dump? by Liz Saunders

I recently spoke to a former client who lamented the fact that he’s TOO busy to work with me, unless, that is, I could find a way to capture his mind and work with it while he went away on holiday. We agreed that he needed a Brain Dump.

A Brain Dump you say? Yes indeed. Sometimes, when an entrepreneur has so many irons in the fire, he just can’t get all the ideas in his head out of his head and onto paper. Either the brilliant ideas come to him while he’s driving the car, or on the golf course, or somehow not near paper or his computer. The solution? A small, digital recorder. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? I’ve used an Olympus Digital Voice Recorder WS-110 for years for recording meetings at which I’m doing the minutes…just in case I think I’ve missed something important. This is what it looks like:

But there are lots of them out there. There’s a site that does a comparison of some of the higher end models: Small Business Canada But you can get one at Best Buy for as little as $34.99.

Just think, if you could get some of those things off your mind, into a .wav file and off to your Virtual Assistant to transcribe how much more productive you could be. And of course, with today’s technology, you can send that .wav file from any computer, anywhere. It doesn’t get much simpler than that, unless you have the luxury of having a full time assistant at your beck and call to listen to and record your Brain Dump at your whim.

So, if you think you’re too overwhelmed to even think about hiring a Virtual Assistant, or are struggling to think what to give to your Virtual Assistant…consider a Brain Dump…it will be such a relief!

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Published by J. Liz Saunders

With over 30 years of experience, J. Liz Saunders delivers exceptional office and sales support to a wide range of businesses. More importantly, she does so with creativity. Her ‘can do’, ‘can solve’, ‘can source’ attitude results in the most efficient and effective completion of her clients’ requirements every time. Upon first meeting, Liz’ her most notable quality is her energy. When preparing for and running the Toronto marathon in 2004, Liz channelled this energy with discipline and determination. She uses those same qualities when organizing her many clients and delivering high quality support services in a timely manner. As a virtual assistant, Liz cold calls and generates leads for sales people; researches sites for meetings; schedules appointments and provides client support; offers transcription services, manages broadcast emails, arranges printing, handles basic bookkeeping; writes correspondence, proposals, quotes and invoices for clients; and acts as a call centre taking registrations for seminars. Liz is a certified Virtual Assistant with extensive experience in Microsoft Office. She has a BA from the University of Toronto and studied Fundraising Management at Ryerson University. She has experience in legal services, construction, insurance, real estate and facilities management. Liz builds her business based on trust, quality and a commitment to exceptional results.

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