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133: How to Make Your Life Better By Having An EA 2

Welcome to the second part of a two-part series featuring Melissa Swire, Dr. Sabrina’s executive assistant!

Today, Dr. Sabrina and Melissa discuss the fear of letting go and delegating, the important qualities to look for when hiring an EA, as well as some tips on what to do if things go awry with your EA.

If you’re wanting to free up your time to do those $10,000 an hour activities, then you’re going to find this episode very helpful!

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:

  • Dr. Sabrina and Melissa share that Melissa will be taking on a different position within Tap the Potential, and Dr. Sabrina is getting a new EA: Nichole!
  • What drives the entrepreneurial fear of not wanting to let go of tasks.
  • Melissa describes how she manages Dr. Sabrina’s ideal-day calendar.
  • How saying “no” is really saying “yes” to your clients and to the most high-priority meetings.
  • It’s important to share with your EA the parts of work that really energize you.
  • An EA is your gatekeeper!
  • Qualities to look for in an A-player executive assistant.
  • When something goes wrong, learn to take a look at systems before you take a look at people.
  • Melissa offers tips on how entrepreneurs and business owners can work more effectively with their EAs.


Connect with Melissa!

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

FREE Workbook 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.

Part 1: 132: Why an Executive Assistant Should Be Your First Hire to Free Up Your Time with Melissa Swire

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.