BBC Radio Interview – Listen here

Well it’s been a day now since I was sitting in the BBC studios in Glasgow being interviewed by Fred MacAulay for the “MacAulay & Co” radio show on BBC Radio Scotland and the feedback I have had from all who heard it, out of the people I know like other virtual assistants, to clients, to other small business owners I’ve “met” via Twitter etc – the response and feedback has been fantastic.

I wasn’t too sure at the time how I came over live on air. I must admit, I do feel very self conscious about public speaking and before and during the interview, the nerves were jangling.  But I’ve been told I did very well, which is great to hear.

I arrived early at the studios and, not having been on that side of the River Clyde before, was really surprised at the size of the place.  It’s huge! Really impressive new building. After being given my pass, I waited in reception, then I was taken through security and upstairs to the studios.  Whilst I waited, I took this photo out of the window.  This is the view from the studios looking onto the SECC Clyde Auditorium – or “Armadillo” as it’s affectionately known in Glasgow – and along the River Clyde towards the city.  Not great quality as it’s from my phone camera and it was a rather grey dreich day outside!

I was then taken into the studio and it was all over far too soon.  Unfortunately the interview was cut short as they had Andrea Corr, of the Irish band The Corrs, being interviewed after me.

I won’t spoil the surprise of what was actually in the interview, save to say that my 2 objectives of raising awareness of the virtual assistant industry as a whole and raising the profile of Secretary4hire were achieved.  And I had fun, even if I didn’t get a shot on the typewriter!

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Twitter Medical Story

As a follow on from the newspaper story from my point of view published in the Clydebank Post yesterday (7 July 2010), the guy who has the illness Patrick Johnson’s version was published today in his local paper in Cornwall.  He made the front page too! 

Read it as a PDF here on this blog or read it online here – “Tweeting Makes Man Seek Vital Medical Aid” in Patrick’s local paper


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Medical Emergency – Newspaper Story Here

Newspaper Article Below on the recent medical emergency of Patrick Johnson

News Article - I Saved Man from Paralysis via Twitter

If for any reason this does not show or you cannot read it, you can download the story from the newspaper

How I helped in a medical emergency – via Twitter!

As a Virtual Assistant and as a businesswoman, social media plays a huge part in my day-to-day activities.  Working in an environment where, physically, you are alone every day, it’s important to have contact with people.  And even more so, it’s important to build and foster good relationships – could be with your clients or potential clients, other virtual assistants or generally just chatting to people.  It’s good to talk, as the old advert for BT used to say. Nowadays in business, the talking is done online.

There are still some cynics out there that say social media is a waste of time.  Well what I say to that is, they just don’t “get” it.  As I said, it’s not about bombarding people with sales info about you or your product, it’s about building relationships.  And to do that, you communicate with people the way you would in “real” life. Talk to them not only about their business, but about them – if they’re watching the footie or the tennis, what their favourite tipple is, how they’re planning their weekend, what sort of app do you need to do whatever on your phone. Anything and everything.  

And, as one conversation I had this week unfolded, a whole other side of social media came into its own.  I was chatting to Patrick Johnson, a graphic designer from Cornwall on Twitter (@PMJtweets) and he mentioned that he felt like he had had a stroke as half his face didn’t work properly.  I firstly thought, it’s some kind of joke and was waiting for him to tweet the punchline. No punchline came and I got worried. I tweeted back that if he was serious, he should visit A&E urgently as the symptoms of Bells Palsy can mimic a stroke. 

I know about Bells Palsy as one of my friends (a drummer in my band) was diagnosed with this a few years ago.  He thought he had had a stroke. Left side of his face totally dropped and it was very debilitating.  I also knew that if you caught it early enough, it could be treated but if you left it, there was a chance of permanent disfigurement. 

A couple of hours later, I got a message from Patrick that he had indeed been diagnosed with Bells Palsy at A&E and he wouldn’t even have gone to the hospital had it not been for the info I gave him. 

So, for all the cynics out there still not convinced, this is proof that it is has got enormous value not only in the virtual workplace, but for the human need to communicate – and could maybe even help you in a medical emergency! 

If you want to read Patrick’s blog “How Twitter Saved My Face”, read it here

I wish him a speedy recovery. 

Thanks to you for reading. More power to you all if you already communicate with me on Twitter (@Secretary4hire), on Facebook (“Like” me here), on Linked-In here or by reading my blogs here on WordPress. Or Skype me on Secretary4hire. 

If you haven’t communicated with me yet, fancy a natter? 

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