Planning projects for April: making remote presentations that rock, managing virtual assistants

There are two interesting projects I’d like to get going for April. One will be a guide on making remote presentations that rock, and another will be a guide on managing virtual assistants. I would like to put together blog posts and perhaps a nicely-formatted e-book. For the presentation project, I’m also planning to run a couple of seminars at work, and maybe even offer one-on-one coaching too.

What do those projects look like?

Making remote presentations that rock

Possible topics:

  • Technology tips and screencasts
    • Sametime Unyte
    • Audacity
    • Camtasia Studio or some other video/screencast software
  • Challenges and opportunities of remote presentations
  • Tips on information organization
  • Tips on visual presentation design
  • Delivery techniques
  • Preparation and follow-up
  • Virtual conferences – when you’re part of a bigger event

Coaching opportunities:

  • Give feedback on title, abstract, and bio
  • Give feedback on outline, navigational structures
  • Give feedback on design and organization
  • Evaluate delivery (in person or with recordings) – maybe swap with people? =) – to help people learn more about how to do presentations even more effectively

Possible tasks to delegate:

  • Transcribe my presentations and audio recordings on the topic
  • Edit audio to remove ums, ahs, and repeated words
  • Compile presentation tips from the Internet
  • Find illustrations for slides
  • Create draft slides
  • Format the blog posts into an e-book
  • Follow up after coaching

Managing virtual assistants

I’d like to focus on documenting lots of processes so that we can come up with something like a manual. =) Possible topics:

  • Web research
  • Product search
  • Calendar management (meetings, phone calls, and get-togethers)
  • Writing and content development
  • Everyday tasks (wake-up calls, concierge services, etc.)

Each post will have the following structure:

  • Why outsource to a virtual assistant
  • Sample requests and time saved (Examples for 15 minutes, 1 hour, 4 hours)
  • What information should be included?
  • What milestones are useful?
  • Example step-by-step process, similar to the ones I’ve shared
  • Sample output template so that both the client and virtual assistant know what results are expected

Possible tasks to delegate:

  • Compile sample requests and templates
  • Find me other bloggers interested in collaborating on an e-book
  • Draft the text
  • Document step-by-step processes, including screenshots
  • Find client testimonials
  • Format the blog posts into an e-book