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HireMyVA Podcast 16 – I don’t have the time to train anyone as I’m already so underwater

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Dave Braun
Hello. Again, everybody. Welcome to the HireMyVA Team and Business Building Podcast, where we help you reclaim your freedom through hiring and thriving with virtual assistance without breaking your bank. I said, bank, not back one of these days, I’m going to come out. I’m not going to come up with new ways or whatever for that, but I can give back. No, we don’t want to break your bank or your back. Well, anyway, I’m Dave Braun, Dave Braun. I’m here with Larry Broughton friend partner and back home after being evacuated.

Larry Broughton
Yes. Yes. Thank you, Dave. I love you. I’m glad to be here. Thanks.

Dave Braun
All right. Let’s get into the topic for today. Today’s topic is I don’t have the time to train anyone as I’m already so underwater. So you may be thinking that if you thinking about hiring a person, maybe for the first time, you may not have the time to train anyone because you’re just so, so swamped right now. Yeah.

Larry Broughton
Yeah. You know what? We’ve got past members of this program who said that exact thing, right? Yeah. I’m so in the weeds, I don’t, I forget what their actual quote was, but they couldn’t handle a business load that they currently have, knowing that they’re going to have to actually train somebody. Well, I think Dave, one of the things that we need to need to do is when we hire any team member and I’m calling them team member for a reason is that people want to be on a winning teams, right? They don’t want to be like they’re out there by themselves. But when you have a team member, when you invest money, what do you do? You, you recognize that the effort I put into this today, the sacrifice I put into this today is going to pay off in the future. Right? And so you’re right.

Larry Broughton
It’s going to take you time. But if you don’t do this, what’s the alternative. And before I get to that, about the alternative, listen, we have to, one of the problems I think that we have is as a society, we want a quick fix to everything, right? Microwave. Exactly. To microwave society. We want immediate satisfaction. We want somebody to come in and save the day today and believe me, I believe we’re in COVID right now when we are recording this thing, I think a lot of people want this to be over. However. I’m one of them. Yeah, that’s right. Those folks that are investing their time and energy into pivoting, their businesses, creating new skill are preparing for the future. And so that’s the same way when you’re build, when you’re bringing team members on board, my son is in lacrosse and he is 16 years old.

Larry Broughton
And I love my son just about, more than anything in the world. But he’s part of this society. He wants to be an immediate rock star when he was playing drums or when pointing, when he walks on the field, he wants to be the all-star immediately, but we have to invest time and energy into this. And so I’m just telling you folks, sometimes you got to put in the extra long hours. Sometimes you do have to pull the all nighters. This is hard work, this whole entrepreneurship stuff, launching a new business, but I promise you, if you follow the program, we take a lot of the guesswork and the training out of it for you. We can help you get someone on board very quickly. Right? We’ve got people, who’ve done it in two weeks. Dave just did it recently in 10 days. From the time we identified that we needed somebody to going through the entire vetting, interviewing and having somebody to start was a 10 day process. Okay. So if you’re going out on your own to do this, it will take you a whole lot longer, but it’s an investment in time. It really is. Absolutely. Oh, I was going to say that there’s other thing about where I kind of deferred. What if you don’t do this, Dave, what if they don’t invest the time? What do you think is going to happen, Dave?

Dave Braun
Well, you know, you’re going to, you’re going to head towards burnout if you’re not already almost there and your business is going to collapse soon and either you’re going to collapse or the business is going to collapse. Right, right, right. You know, and, and I’ve gotten to the point and sometimes I’m still at that point and I know that something is wrong where all of a sudden I’m ready to yell at a customer or a client. Gosh. Yes. Right. You know, they text me out of the blue. I’m like, what are you texting me for? That’s not a good, a good sign. You know, I, you know, Nathan Ingram, my, my mentor, a business mentor of mine, one of them he’s been, he’s been my web coach for a long time. Yeah. You know, he says, be careful not to build a business that you hate. Right. And when you’re working for yourself, you’ve got some limitations there, your time, your own efforts, your own intelligence, and there’s going to be limitations and you got to decide, am I going to live with those limitations and just have a, you know, something on my own, which is totally fine. Or do you want to grow a team and expand and increase your significance into the world? Right.

Larry Broughton
Yeah. And oftentimes burnout, it doesn’t just come from too much work. And oftentimes more often than not, it comes from too much work in areas that are outside your strength or outside your comfort zone. Right. And this is why you want to bring on VA. This is why one of the, the, the exercise tools that we have as a three column exercise to identify what are those things that you are currently doing, that you’re not great at, and that you don’t love. Right? You’re doing things that you’re not great at. And you, that you don’t love. Those are perfect things to have a VA start doing. Right. And so usually those things that we’re great at and that we love, we tend to get them done much more quickly. We find more joy in it. And if you could imagine, if you’re doing things in which you’re more joyful, you’ll show up with your clients with the more happy light, light hearted, joyful spirit, and people want to be around those, those types of people. They don’t, people don’t want to be around stressed out angst, bad energy, negative, negative people.

Dave Braun
Yeah, absolutely. You know, there’s, there’s another belief related to this that I, was just listening to, you know, basically a podcast to me talked about when you’re building your team and you’re hiring somebody, they said, you know, make sure you just, you know, set aside the time to train them and realize that they’re not going to get that much done for a while. And I was like, what? That’s crazy when you hire correctly. Yeah. There’s an, there’s some time when somebody is going to have to take, to get used to things, but they should start being able to do a few things right away. Otherwise, I mean, you’re not, you’re not hiring, right. If you have to sit and train them for three months to do something, Yes, you are right. then not, then, then there’s something wrong.

Larry Broughton
Well, let’s not get stuck on it. Do, you do have to train them. You have to train them. I want to say this one more time. You have to train them. But if you’re hiring somebody who this is their strength, or they’ve got some experience in this area and they share your core values and they understand your mission, the training period, ought to be much short, shorter, but once they’re on board, we ought to dedicate certain number of hours a week or quarter to training to expand their skillset. I think that that’s really important. And Dave, you did something. I think that is really important. Finally, we got to the point where as soon as we started bringing VA’s on, on board, we started having them document everything that they do, because the truth is no matter who you hire, they’re not going to be with you forever.

Larry Broughton
That’s right. Rare that you’re going to make that first hire. And they’re with you 15 years later. Yeah. It’s just, it just really is. So what you want them to do when you bring somebody on board to start documenting everything that they do, how are they doing it, recording it, doing videos, however you want to document it. So that in the event that they do leave, you’ve got all that documentation to the onboarding and training the next time around is easier. Okay. But you also, even if they stick around, what if they get sick? What if they have to take a leave of absence, you know, and you have to have somebody come in part-time or short-term, that’s always a good thing to do.

Dave Braun
Yeah. You know, and, and there really, I mean, it’s, it’s, it isn’t really that difficult to start setting up your systems and you can say, well, you know, I really don’t have much in the way of systems right now, as far as a training videos and all that kind of stuff. Well, that shouldn’t stop you from hiring somebody, hire somebody and then guess what have them on a zoom call with you and record that, train them while you’re recording. And then you’ve got a two for one right there. That’s right. That’s right. And then that goes into your, your overall training system. That’s right. Yeah. Yeah. So, so, you know, I, I tell ya getting a, getting a VA on board, it, it just opens up a new world. You start thinking a lot more strategically instead of tactically. And it’s just, it’s, that’s the way to go. Yeah, for sure. Any other thoughts?

Larry Broughton
I think we got this one, but Hey, listen, listen folks, if we didn’t cover this well enough, and you’re in the community, please go to the community, ask questions. That’s one of the most powerful elements of this whole program. And this masterclass is the community. So if there’s something that Dave touched on or I touched on and we didn’t go over it enough, or I kind of triggered an idea, go to the community, ask the question and not just us, but you know, our VA’s and the fellow community members can help flush out the challenge that you’re facing. Or you can write the question and wherever you find that this podcast is on a variety of front podcast sites, you can make, ask your question or make your comment right here, wherever you find this video. All right. How about you Dave? Anything else?

Dave Braun
Actually, there is one other thing, you know, a lot of times when we think of this training, somebody we’re thinking of, oh my gosh, that person knows nothing. Well, a lot of, most of the time they’re coming in with a lot of skillsets on their own and some background, and then you’re just training them, maybe the way that you do it. So it’s a slight tweak, right? So it’s not like it’s going to take you hours and hours and hours of time. Right? It’s more like training them into the way you do things. Not exactly how to do it. If that makes sense.

Larry Broughton
It does that. It’s triggered one more thing. Sorry, folks. But one of the things that we do talk about is a whole MIC thing, right? Do you remember this motivation, integrity, and capacity? So the key here is during the hiring process, hire somebody who’s highly motivated, got lots of integrity and has tons of capacity. They may not have the experience doing it, but they’ve got the ability to learn quickly to help you grow. And we help you through that during the, of the prepare and hire modules. All right. That’s it for me.

Dave Braun
Okay. I think that’s it for me. Oh, no, no. One more thing. Alright. Hi. All right. We’re done. All right. Thanks folks. Thank you for being on with us today for listening. Thank you for your time. It’s valuable. And remember though, building a team to have you have support you, et cetera, is the way to reclaim your freedom. We’re here to help you. So three things for you to do. We’d love you to do those and really we’d really appreciate it. So subscribe to the podcast, if you haven’t already done. So number two, give us a rating. Obviously we’d love five stars, but do what you need to do there. And number three is go to hiremyva.com for more information on our course and community pricing offerings are changing all the time. So go there for the latest. Yep. But no matter what we’ve got there, remember, even without experience, you learn how to prepare for, hire, and thrive with virtual assistants. Larry and I we’ve helped, you know, a lot of people we’re helping people as we speak and we’d love to help you too. So again, go to hiremyva.com for more information. Okay.

Larry Broughton
Right. And do yourself a favor. Folks. Do the world a favor. You were put here to do something awesome to do something great. Now go do something significant today. Go get ’em

Dave Braun

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