Summer is well and truly over, and with the lockdown, it was a bit of a ‘wet weekend’. So, while it is a little early to be mentioning Christmas at least, it gives us something to look forward to. For many as the holiday season approaches the amount of “pressure” they feel increases exponentially.
Of course, it shouldn’t be this way. Christmas is supposed to be a happy time of year when we take time to celebrate and get together. Perhaps the overt commercialism of the season is what causes the blood pressure to rise.
However, the fact is there is a whole lot more to do at this time of year. One of which is finding time to communicate with all the people in your life, business and personal.
Whether we like it or not, we are really “expected” to reach out to others in all walks of life at this time of year, which means that we have to think about what gift is the most appropriate for business contacts. We also have to try and remember what gift we have previously given to other family members so that we don’t make the mistake of getting them something that they already have!
‘Tis The Season To Be Jolly
The holiday season can be a great draw on your most valuable commodity – TIME. You might have to make special dinner reservations, special travel plans, send out gifts and greeting cards to all of your customers and even plan an office party. Even preparing your holiday to-do list can take the time you just haven’t got. All in all, this can lead to stress and to other people asking why your behaviour is more like Scrooge than Santa Claus.
Your Very Own Christmas Elf
A Virtual Business Manager can be your virtual “Christmas Elf” in many respects. They can help you to source unique and thought-provoking gifts for your customers. Hence, enabling you to present yourself well in the eyes of business contacts.
Ask the virtual business manager to manage your Christmas this year. To do all the research necessary to find and then order your personalise gifts and cards. Once you have set a budget and given directions all those gifts for friends, family, colleagues, employees, customers, and suppliers can be outsourced, leaving you to relax and enjoy the fact you will be everybody’s good books.
Office Christmas Party
Now Christmas is sorted, and all those gifts have been taken care of, what about the office party?
After a tough year, you will want to reward your loyal staff for their hard work. However, who is going to answer the phones when the office party is taking place? Who is responsible for decorating the room and for ordering the food and drink? How can it work if some employees are still working from home? Again, your virtual business manager can save the day, after all, it’s been a tough year, and your employees will appreciate that extra thought.
A Virtual Business Manager Is Not Just For Christmas
Of course, you don’t only send gifts during the holiday season. When you have an excellent working relationship with your virtual business manager, they can continuously be on the lookout for that special type of gift that’s very difficult to source. They can be an additional resource to help you find a truly inspiring gift for someone special in your life. Do not underestimate the look in the eyes of the recipient when you present them with such a gift. They don’t need to know that your trusted virtual assistant was the one who came up with the inspiration – it can be your secret!