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Trivinia Barber is an entrepreneur, recruiting expert, and team builder who is on a mission to help entrepreneurs get the support they need to uplevel their lives and their businesses. She's a recruiting expert and integrator for busy, high level entrepreneurs typically involved in multiple businesses that have too many projects and not enough support. Diary of a Doer features interviews with business owners and practical strategies for businesses, thought leaders, and influencers who want t ...
 
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Do you identify as a driven person? What happens when you push yourself to do better at all costs, but the pursuit actually destroys your happiness? My guest today, Doug Brackmann, shares insight into our constant state of self-sabotage. Doug is one of the leading psychologists to some of the most successful and driven entrepreneurs, pro athletes, …
 
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself? Nobody wants to suffer twice in life. If you can prevent future mistakes, why wouldn’t you? This episode is a part of a special Throwback Series. I am re-release episodes from my archive that are near and dear to my heart! In today’s episode, we discuss: - The lessons of leadership …
 
If you're a leader, entrepreneur, or business owner, you're probably used to feeling like you need to be in control. But the truth is, that's not always possible - and trying to hold onto control can actually do more harm than good. In this podcast, I explore why it's so hard to let go and offer some tips for doing so effectively. Ready to take you…
 
As business owners, it's important that we take time for ourselves and enjoy the things we love. After all, if we're not happy and enjoying life, how can we expect our businesses to thrive? However, it's easy to get wrapped up in work and lose sight of the fun. In this podcast, we discuss a few ways you can give yourself permission to have more fun…
 
It's easy to feel upset and disappointed when a team member decides to leave your company. But it's important to remember that this is a natural part of the business cycle - people come and go, and it doesn't necessarily reflect badly on you as a leader. Instead of dwelling on the negative, use this opportunity to evaluate your team dynamic and see…
 
In any leadership role, there will be seasons of life that are harder than others. It's during these times when it's most important to lead well and rely on your team. Here are some tips for how to do just that. In today’s episode, we will discuss: - The benefits of being honest about personal growth in your leadership - The truth of leading when y…
 
Whether you love it or hate it, you have to talk about money as a leader. Your feelings and beliefs about money affect your leadership and may also be the reason you make unwise or fear-based financial decisions. Can you relate? You don’t have to feel like a victim to your money story or money mindset. Ready for a change? In today’s episode, you wi…
 
Have you ever gotten feedback about your leadership and been like, “PSH - I’ll listen to you when you’ve walked a mile in my shoes!” Leadership is a hard job…and feeling like your leadership or your business operations are fair-game for criticism makes it even harder. Today, I want to share my take on feedback in leadership. I’ll also share what I’…
 
No matter how great of a team you build, sometimes, people have to move on. When that happens, you can’t wave a magic wand and replace people overnight. You have to start again. Today’s episode is my story of rebuilding my entire team. The process is hard, but there is a lot of learning and hope that comes from it, as well. In this episode you’ll l…
 
As an entrepreneur, there is no shortage of advice about how to build or run a business. You can’t open Facebook or Instagram without seeing a fear-based caption from a Guru that makes you feel like anything other than their way is the wrong way. I’m all for learning from trusted advisors, but never at the expense of your own authenticity. Today’s …
 
There has been a 115% increase in remote work since 2015. If you are adjusting to the telecommuting lifestyle as a Leader and need tips…this episode is for you. Your team needs the same level of support and engagement in a remote environment, as much as they would in a physical office. If you are thinking of building a remote team — or have to pivo…
 
You know your business is only as successful as your people. But developing those people all day, every day, takes a lot of time and effort! It’s not a set-and-forget activity. Now, I can’t promise you that leadership will ever require less work. But what if I could show you a way for it to feel more natural? Today, I want to share how learning abo…
 
Whether you fear letting go, or need to be in control at all times, there are always reasons that you will struggle to delegate. My question for you is: Aren’t you tired of standing in your own way? Aren’t you sick of feeling like work has to be done by YOU for it to be done well? I see you working with your Executive Assistant to lighten your load…
 
Do you struggle staying accountable to your goals? Who doesn’t, right? You always start with the best of intentions…but then as the year goes on, you get stressed and tired. And goals fall by the wayside. Let’s make goal setting more real, shall we? In today’s episode of Diary of a Doer… - My assistant and I goal-set TOGETHER to hold each other acc…
 
Unfortunately, I’ve seen it time and again how badly a business owner can get burned when they hire to simply put a butt in the seat. I know you don’t want to make a poor hiring decision. That is a waste of time, money and energy. But in order to build a happy team that stays with you for the long-haul, you have to hire the right person from the st…
 
Your engagement as a leader is how YOU best serve your team. Why? Because your engagement DRIVES everything we have discussed in this Retention Roadmap Series. Engagement is how you equip, empower and encourage your team to do their best work. When you engage, you remove roadblocks, drive clarity, empower others to act on your behalf and give your …
 
How would it feel to never have to make another travel itinerary? Or, to never have to send another invoice? Leaders like you can experience this kind of freedom when you empower your Executive Assistant to own outcomes such as travel management, invoicing and calendar management. An empowered EA takes the lead to work on your behalf, so you can sp…
 
If you are new here, we are in the middle of the Retention Roadmap Series. Whether you are new to team building, or are struggling to keep your team happy at work, these episodes will give you practical tips to increase morale among your employees. My hope is that all of you can build trusted teams who are willing to serve you for the long-haul. St…
 
Today, we’re kicking off the four part Retention Roadmap Series. If you’ve got great longevity with your team, first off, kudos to you. There’s still goodness in these episodes to keep things on track. But if you’re struggling to build (or keep) a team - today’s episode has one goal: to help you quickly build trust and gain momentum with your team.…
 
In today’s episode, you will learn THE secret to long-term success with your Executive Assistant. Now more than ever, you should value and invest in employee retention. The secret I share with you today will set you on the right path. Yes, I’m going to leave you baited with suspense to find out what that secret is. In today’s episode, I want to dis…
 
As I gear up for 2022, I thought I’d take you along on a quick look back to the highs and lows and share what I’m excited about for the coming year, since it most certainly involves you! Let’s learn together how looking backward can set us up for success in the future. In today’s episode, I want to discuss: - Why “New Year, New Me” isn’t my mantra …
 
What if onboarding didn’t have to feel like three months of feeling impatient for your team to ramp-up? We know you are anxious for your new teammate to get up to speed. But without the lay of the land, without a solid foundation for success, it will actually take longer for your team to own their role. Onboarding doesn’t have to come from you. It …
 
Right now is my favorite time of year for many reasons, but selfishly, it’s because October through March is the busy season for us! Leaders are ready to say YES to getting support. They seek us out to help them with hiring a fractional or full-time Executive Assistant. I was thinking about all the work we do and wanted to debunk a question I get a…
 
Nearly 4.3 million workers have voluntarily quit their jobs in search of better opportunities, whether that’s at home with their kids or with an employer who offers better work-life balance. Economists have dubbed this mass exodus as The Great Resignation. With so many people out of the workforce, employers are struggling to attract applicants for …
 
How do you measure success? Do you measure it by bottom-line revenue? Client retention? Or team morale? Every leader has a different definition of success. Warren Buffet said he measures success by how many people love him. Other leaders measure it by their ability to do what they love. As you process what success means to you, I want to challenge …
 
Rebranding is a massive undertaking. Most companies rebrand every 7 to 10 years — Priority VA is no exception. As we bring our company brand into the future of how we serve, I want to talk about signs you might be ready for a brand shift. I’m not a branding expert, but I can share my experience about how I knew Priority VA was in need of a change. …
 
Do you have a core desire? Core desires come from deep needs. For a long time, I needed to experience freedom from depression and anxiety. Through support, I discovered my core desire was to be healthy, healed and whole. Reflecting on these three words has transformed my life from the inside out. It has also shaped my leadership. I believe the same…
 
Whether you want to cage dive with sharks, complete a book manuscript or create your first digital course, you have dreams. Why then, do you wait so long to act on them? There is no perfect time to do something on your bucket list (or todo list). There are ways you can push through procrastination and finally START, even if you’re scared. In today’…
 
Today we’re talking about something I suffer from every. Damn. day. It is DECISION FATIGUE. The longer I lead, the more I get why some people wear black T-Shirts and jeans every single day. It’s so they have the bandwidth to decide what book cover they want, or what to name their next masterclass. It’s hard making decisions all day, every day. Inst…
 
When Simone Biles withdrew from multiple Olympic events for her mental health, she received an outpouring of support. In a statement she said, “The outpouring of love and support...has made me realize I am much more than my accomplishments and gymnastics, which I never truly believed before.” Her words struck me because she captured an experience w…
 
No matter what your business is, you serve people. You’re not just “doing stuff” or “providing a service” -- you are solving a problem that a person has. The trouble is, many of us start looking at the people we serve in a silo. We don’t see them, or serve them, as a “whole person.” I believe all Leaders are capable of serving the whole person. Rea…
 
Boundaries are a learned skill, whether you are an assistant, a leader, or a team member. We all have to practice setting and holding boundaries. We have to make it a habit. In this episode, I want to explore how to improve your boundaries as a leader. I’ll also touch on how to support healthy boundaries with your team. In today’s episode you’ll he…
 
Have you ever been self-conscious about your leadership style? Or worried that your leadership doesn’t fit the mold for what a leader “should” be? I feel this way all the time. Sometimes I feel like I’m really thriving in my leadership seat. Other days, I feel totally insecure that I’m not good enough and don’t know what I’m doing. It’s the realiza…
 
Have you ever been in a relationship — whether it was a friendship, marriage or member of your family — that got strained? It sucks, doesn’t it? Even if you’re someone who is comfortable having hard conversations, it’s hard to face someone who has let you down, or to call an elephant out in the room when something isn’t working. Every relationship …
 
This episode is for the “figure it out people.” The ones who don't need to be told what to do in order to make some really great things happen. I know from experience that when you work as an Executive Assistant, you can be asked to help your Executive with almost everything. Planning a funeral, catching and relocating a groundhog, or revising an i…
 
Have you ever allowed an aspect of your business to atrophy, waste away, or lose effectiveness due to underuse or neglect? This can happen in many aspects of your business, can’t it? Team building, finances, marketing, leads, sales, social media engagement and team morale can all suffer if you neglect them. In today’s episode you’ll hear: - How to …
 
Are you a business owner who has felt burned by an Executive Assistant or two? You’re not alone. Maybe it was your fault for not being clear with expectations. Or, maybe your former EA ghosted you without warning. Whatever the case, trying to hire after disappointment is hard. You worry about investing time, money and resources in someone who may n…
 
Do you struggle to get feedback from past or current customers? It can be intimidating to hear what people think. If you fear rejection or criticism, you may be tempted to not ask for feedback at all! The problem is if we don’t ask, we run the risk of LOSING unhappy clients or creating a negative customer experience. In today’s episode you’ll hear:…
 
Passion is the start of any good business idea. That, and identifying a problem. Unfortunately, the rigor of actually creating and sustaining a business can be the reason many of you feel less passionate about what you do every day. Today, I want to talk to you about how to keep the passion alive in your business. I have 11 strategies that you can …
 
I think most of us leaders are aware that we STRUGGLE to stay on track with our priorities. There are many reasons for this. Sometimes, everything really is important! Other times, we are bombarded with interruptions, or fall victim to context switching multiple times a day. Not to mention, real-life happens! In today’s episode you’ll hear: - Why i…
 
Today I want to talk about how to create a culture of accountability in your company. Accountability is my love language. I love when people do what they say they are going to do. But that’s not always the norm is it? What do you do as a leader when the ball drops, or the deadline passes, and your team has nothing to show for the work they committe…
 
Desperation, or hunger to succeed without a backup plan, may be what determines your early success as an entrepreneur, but it can’t be your modus operandi. Desperation functions like a stinky perfume most prospects can sense a mile away. Today we are talking about how to show our power, not our desperation, as business owners. I’ve got strategies a…
 
As leaders, we want to be approachable and open. We want our team members to feel comfortable talking about their personal life with us. But sometimes, it goes too far. Stuff at home, or emotional insecurities, can affect how our team performs at work. How can you handle the emotional insecurities of your team without losing your patience? What sho…
 
In my role, I often get inquiries from people looking for EA jobs. They either want to be hired as a Priority VA or want help pitching themselves for work elsewhere. Most of the people I connect with are great, but there's always that one person who just gets on my nerves. In this episode of the podcast, I want to share about a time a job seeker re…
 
In your role as an executive, you are CONSTANTLY bombarded with interruptions. They make it hard to be productive, don’t they? Rather than trying to multitask (which zaps your energy), I'm going to share practical strategies to manage your interruptions. I'll also share how an executive assistant can protect your time. This way, you can actually ge…
 
Detachment is SO crucial because it is proof that you are leading a trusted, EMPOWERED team. This is the pinnacle of delegation mastery. I’m so excited to explore this topic with you today. This episode is part 4 of the 4 D’s of Delegation Mastery: Decide (what to delegate), Document (your process), Delegate (like a master), Detach (empower your te…
 
There is so much FREEDOM that comes with delegation. It’s an investment, it takes work, but it pays dividends to your mental health and time with family to be able to step away, eat dinner with your kids and know that your business is still OK. The actual act of delegating is often the crux of success for an entrepreneur. It is NOT intuitive and is…
 
In today’s episode, I am going to teach you how to delegate through DOCUMENTING your processes. Documentation and delegation are how you set your business up to scale. Why is documenting each process so important? Because most tasks in your business are repeatable processes. Documentation also ensures that repeatable processes are done the same way…
 
Over the next couple of weeks I want to go back to my roots. I want to go back to WHY I called this podcast, Diary of a Doer, in the first place. This podcast was born from YEARS of me learning what NOT to do. I was the Doer in my business. So many leaders are! Whether you are unconsciously doing it all, or are intentionally NOT delegating because …
 
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