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132: Why an Executive Assistant Should Be Your First Hire

An executive assistant can make a huge difference in your life as an entrepreneur, as Dr. Sabrina can attest. Her own EA, Melissa Swire, joins her in this eye-opening discussion on how executive assistants can take so much off your plate that you have time for those $10,000 an hour activities that are the hot topics among many of Tap the Potential’s clients.

In addition, an executive assistant is a forward-thinking, strategic partner, as you will hear in their conversation. Melissa has tremendous insight into how to teach us entrepreneurs to let go so that we can grow our teams and have that opportunity to work from our strengths.

Melissa is the Founder of the Servant-Hearted CEO, Co-Founder of the non-profit Patriots Cove, and the Elizabeth Dole Fellow for the State of Pennsylvania. She helps entrepreneurs maximize executive-assistant relationships so that together, they can get their lives back.

Her course and coaching program, the Servant-Hearted CEO Executive Assistant Certification®, prepares executive assistants to support business leaders remotely, ending overwhelm and freeing up their time to do the things they love.

Melissa is on a mission to bring financial stability to disabled military veteran families. For every course sold, one is given to a military caregiver, and together we make an impact.

Profit by Design is a Tap the Potential Production in collaboration with Small Business Consulting Group.

Show Highlights:

  • Melissa shares the compelling story of how she got into the world of executive assistants.
  • Melissa is very involved in the military caregiver community and is passionate about providing people (many of whom have left high-level, corporate jobs) with the skills to be an EA and the opportunity to stay home and care for their military spouse.
  • The inspiring history and mission behind Patriot's Cove.
  • How describing your ideal day to your EA can give your EA the confidence and insight needed to organize your calendar to your distinct advantage.
  • Having a dedicated two-week period to focus on projects while minimizing meetings is very productive.
  • Dr. Sabrina explains how she and Melissa worked together to make her calendar flow very efficiently, which enables her to be fully present with people when she knows what to expect.
  • Melissa provides tips and tricks to organizing a calendar.
  • Melissa addresses common misgivings and fears when considering hiring an EA.
  • To consider: If you had an executive assistant to help you create your ideal schedule and to follow that schedule to protect your time, what would your life and your business look like 60 and 90 days from now?
  • NEXT WEEK: We will have a follow-up episode around the fears of letting go, and how to delegate effectively so that your EA can take things off your plate for you, what qualities to look for, and more!


Connect with Melissa!

Connect with her on LinkedIn, like her Servant Hearted CEO Facebook page, and check out her Website!

FREE Download: How to Get Started with an Executive Assistant

Melissa’s Tip: Use the download in conjunction with her EA download! This will help you to see all the things you are doing that are holding your business back.

Links and Resources:

NEW! Facebook Group: Entrepreneurs Take Your Life Back! Upon joining, you’ll get access to exclusive, free, mini-trainings from Dr. Sabrina, including the Better Business, Better Life™ jumpstart, as well as the “How to Hire the Best” jumpstart! No charge to join! Let’s get to know each other!

BUY THE BOOK ON AMAZON: How to Hire the Best: The Entrepreneur's Ultimate Guide to Attracting Top-Performing Team Members by Dr. Sabrina Starling PhD

How to Hire the Best Toolkit

COURSE: How to Hire the Best

Taking care of yourself is important now more than ever. Are you ready to take your life back from your business?

The FIRST STEP is taking our Assessment at:

NEXT, meet with our Success Team Lead to debrief your results.

THEN, join our Better Business, Better Life™ program.

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Books Frequently Mentioned:

How to Hire the Best: The Entrepreneur's Ultimate Guide to Attracting Top-Performing Team Members by Dr. Sabrina Starling PhD

How to Hire the Best: The Rural Business Owner's Ultimate Guide to Attracting Top Performing Employees by Dr. Sabrina Starling PhD

How To Hire The Best: The Contractor’s Ultimate Guide to Attracting Top Performing Employees by Dr. Sabrina Starling PhD

Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine by Mike Michalowicz

The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field by Mike Michalowicz

About The Author

Dr. Sabrina Starling, The Business Psychologist and international best-selling author of the How to Hire the Best series and The 4 Week Vacation™, is the founder of Tap the Potential and host of the Profit by Design podcast. At Tap the Potential, we work to free business owners from the constant demands of a growing business.

We believe work supports life, not the other way around. Clients in our Better Business, Better Life coaching program have more time for what matters most and more money in their bank account than they’ve ever had. Next, we send them off on a 4 Week Vacation™ to celebrate their hard-earned journey to take their life back!

Dr. Sabrina and her team at Tap the Potential are on a mission to change the story of entrepreneurship from one of long hours, grinding it out, to one of sustainably profitable businesses that support and enhance life. The Tap the Potential Solution™ and our Tap the Potential Family of Business Owners are disrupting small business as usual. We are on our way to making the Tap the Potential Solution™ the mainstream model for growing business.

By 2023, 150 Tap the Potential clients will have taken 4 Week Vacations. These are the trailblazers, role modeling what’s possible for entrepreneurs. In many entrepreneurial circles, it is becoming more and more common for one entrepreneur to ask another, “Have you taken a 4 Week Vacation™?” (as opposed to asking “How many employees do you have?” or “What is your annual revenue?”). Taking a fully unplugged 4 Week Vacation is rapidly becoming the recognized symbol of entrepreneurial success.

Never one to accept the status quo or back down from a challenge, Dr. Sabrina’s How to Hire the Best series grew from her desire to solve the toughest hiring challenges interfering with her clients’ growth and profitability. What sprang from her experience working with entrepreneurs in rural areas catapulted her into becoming the world’s leading expert in attracting top talent in small businesses—no matter what hiring challenges those businesses are facing—and earned Tap the Potential’s reputation as the go-to resource for entrepreneurs committed to creating Great Places to Work with thriving coaching cultures and highly engaged team members working from strengths.

As The Business Psychologist, and with her years of driving profit in small businesses, Dr. Sabrina knows what it takes to find, keep, and motivate exceptional performance out of your biggest investment—team members.