There are a lot of misconceptions about working with a Remote Executive Assistant. More often than not, it’s simply from lack of education. Most of us have spent at least a short amount of time in the corporate world and that’s where roles were formed in our minds. Though Remote Executive Assistants have become increasingly popular, there are still some preconceived notions that we’d like to debunk. In this blog post, we want to set you straight on 3 myths about working with a Remote Executive Assistant.
MYTH #1: An Executive Assistant Can Only Do Basic Admin Tasks
Despite what you may think, an Executive Assistant can do so much more than answer emails. If we had a dollar for every time someone asked, “what exactly can I outsource to my assistant?” we’d be rich! The truth is, most Executive Assistants have a robust understanding of calendar management, inbox management, scheduling, operations, project management, online marketing and more. Executive Assistants are more than a receptionist, and with the right person in place they will be the strategic business partner you’ve been missing.
MYTH #2: A Executive Assistant Can Do It All
We like to call this “looking for a unicorn.” Why? Because unicorns are mythical creatures from fairy tales… just like an Executive Assistant who can do it all is equally mythical.
We wish it were possible for one person to house all of the skills each business needs, but we’re also realistic enough to know that it’s impossible! Your EA can strive for excellence (and they should) however, the trouble comes when you have unrealistic expectations for your Executive Assistant. When you schedule a strategy call with us, we learn about the proficiency that is most important for your EA to demonstrate. We also vet their character, Kolbe A Index results and alignment with your vision and values.
MYTH #3: Communication Is Impossible With A Remote Executive Assistant
This is one of our favorite myths to debunk! We’ve met with potential clients who have been concerned about time zones and not meeting with their Ea in person. We compare this to a friend who lives out of state. You may go months without seeing each other, but as soon as you’re in the same room it’s like you never left.
The same rule applies here. In order to keep communication open, you have to be intentional. Make weekly calls a priority, get to know them as a human being… not just a button pusher. When you make communication a priority, you’ll see that communication is 100% possible.
Do you still have questions about working with an EA? Perhaps you have a few myths of your own that you’d like debunked. We accept the challenge. Start here to chat with our team about how an Executive Assistant can support your business.