A staggering amount of business owners are overwhelmed with the day-to-day grind of their business. I speak with clients on a daily basis about their issues. Mostly, it is related to time, stress, and organisation. This all leads to less time with their families and friends, and more time stuck in the day-to-day activities of their businesses.
They come to me to avail of my tech knowledge, organisation skills, and coaching background. I help them take back control over their business and grow their revenue streams. You only need the courage to start today and push through overwhelm.
A little about me
This is why my clients have confidence in me:
- I support Coaches, Consultants, & Web Professionals
- I work with the online aspects of their businesses
- I also help build sales funnels and lead magnets
- I am a qualified Business Coach and Trainer
- I bring 20+ years experience to the virtual table
- I was a Training Specialist for 15 years
- I also had a Coaching Practice for 6 years in Ireland
- I worked with Multinationals, and Gov Departments
- In 2013, I moved from Ireland to SW France
- I have travelled half the world on a BMW sidecar
- I can be found hiking or biking in the Pyrenees
- I strive for work-life integration.
Please Get In Touch
There are many ways you can connect with me
work @ thesmartva.eu
(just in case you’re interested in how I got here)
In 1994, having qualified from University and working in Finance Administration in the Manufacturing Industry for 3 years, I left Ireland to travel extensively across Africa, South America, Central America, USA, and Canada. For many, this is a trip of a lifetime. It was for me! It was also the beginning of my love affair with travel and experiencing other cultures.
My return to Ireland in 2000 instigated my involvement in training and development. While working as an Office Manager, I went to college in the evenings and began my training experience part-time.
After a few years of working for others in a 9-5 environment (well it was more like 8-6), I felt I needed some direction in my life. In 2004, I developed my training experience further and left the comforts of employee-ship to become a Training Contractor. I also came across Life Coaching in 2004. This proved to be the catalyst of many great happenings for me.
I qualified in Personal and Business Coaching to pursue my passion for positive change. In 2007, I set up a Training and Coaching business in Ireland where I moved into providing remote training and coaching sessions. It was wonderful to work again with different nationalities and cultures, despite certain language barriers. Designing and facilitating workshops for small business owners around Ireland were empowering experiences.
My passion and interest in people has stemmed from a long career in Training and Developing people out of and beyond their comfort zones. I advanced my Coaching skills in the areas of Career Coaching. I developed a coaching practice in my home, to accommodate personal clients looking to improve their personal relationships, work prospects, or explore business possibilities.
In 2013, I left my homeland again to live in the foothills of the Pyrenees in the SW of France, and another new chapter in my life began. I have now changed the way I work to be more in line with my lifestyle, hence my move into the virtual world.
I work with business owners like you, to develop the crucial aspects of your business and enhance your personal & professional effectiveness. My aim is work/life integration. It is also my wish for you and the success of your business.
As a dedication to my clients, my own learning, and my business, I embark on continuous learning and development. Here are my qualifications and expertise to ensure you receive quality work and assurance that your commitment to your business growth will be worthwhile:
- Certificate in Training & Development
- Diploma in Entrepreneurship
- Microsoft Master Instructor Train the Trainer (MMITTT)
- Diploma in ICT (Train the Trainer)
- Bachelor of Arts Degree in Computers and Mathematics
- TEFL Qualified
- MOS / MCAS Qualified
- ECDL/ICDL Qualified
- NLP Practitioner (inc Time Line Therapy and Hypnosis)
- Advanced Certificate in Career Coaching
- Diploma in Personal and Business Coaching
Elaine really cares about doing the best for her clients.
Elaine gets really clear on a project so she can go ahead and do the required tasks. She gently chases me for an answer or input from me when she needs it. She listens carefully to my requirements. She takes initiative but also checks in to make sure I’m happy.
Elaine is a recipe for success!
Elaine came up with a social media strategy my business and walked me through all the different platforms. She set up lots of back office scheduling tools to make the whole process smooth and efficient. I was kept accountable and having Elaine on board helped me overcome the overwhelm and resistance to publishing.
From start to finish Elaine is amazing!
I am a control freak so handing something over and not micromanaging is difficult for me but with Elaine, I am able to just send the info and leave her to it, and the results are always perfect. I know how difficult it is to find really good support and how bad experiences can put people off outsourcing, but not outsourcing prevents you from growing your business, so finding the right person is imperative and Elaine is that person.
Elaine just gets the job done!
Elaine came highly recommended. She is always on time, always proactive rather than reactive (I like that), and a lovely person too. She’s easy to work with, works to a minimal brief, and just gets the job done.
Elaine is responsive, creative, and thorough.
Elaine came highly recommended. She is responsive, creative, understands the briefs and delivers precisely to it. She questions and clarifies as needed. Elaine is a great person to work with. She is creative and very thorough. She makes sure she understands what is needed and delivers what she promises, on time.
I wish I could work with Elaine full-time!
When I spoke with Elaine, I was impressed with her knowledge and aptitude. She is organised, exceptionally capable, and knowledgeable about business and marketing. Elaine is truly exceptional at her job and she consistently goes over and above the call of duty to help me deliver results in a very short time.
Elaine’s questions and approach forced me to step up!
I was spending time and energy doing things for my business I didn't want to do and didn't feel like I was getting good value from my last VA. I work with Elaine because of her coaching background, and her no-bullsh*t approach. I have had things fixed and changed in my business I didn't know were an issue, and Elaine’s questions and approach have forced me to step up as a business owner and take my business more seriously.
Elaine is a great communicator and delivers!
I was overwhelmed when it came to funnels and how everything would integrate. I found Elaine helpful, clear and organised before we even began to work together. She is approachable and pro-active in her communications. Elaine will get down to the nitty-gritty of what you’re trying to achieve in your business and not make assumptions.
Elaine is very well organised and straight-forward.
Chaos is disappearing! I've tried planning my time for the past 4 years and failed miserably. Elaine is very well organised and is straight-forward. She tells me what to do, when and how, with great tools. She encourages me and I feel more self-confident. I am learning a lot AND achieving a lot too!
Elaine does an excellent job!
Recently Elaine worked with one of our clients to produce website content by interviewing, corresponding and writing SEO friendly content. She treated our client with respect and did an excellent job.
I encourage anyone looking for this service to avail of Elaine’s talents in this area.
Elaine is Awesome!!
She has worked with us in a number of different capacities over the last number of years and most recently as a virtual trainer delivering training in ‘Social Media for Business’ webinars for one of our largest clients. Elaine always goes above and beyond of what is expected of her and is a true professional in everything she does.
Elaine offers a high quality, friendly and efficient service.
Elaine is a dynamic and engaging person and this allied to her deep knowledge of training methods and ability to grasp the details of the application ensured her success. I would have no hesitation in recommending Elaine as she has proven to offer a very high quality, friendly and efficient service.
Terry Casey ~ IT Services Delivery Manager
Elaine is a safe pair of hands for my company reputation.
Elaine delivered bespoke training to one of our most important clients. She was meticulous in her preparation of notes for the training. She made a great impression on the client and the feedback I got was excellent. I felt that Elaine was a safe pair of hands for my company reputation and I would recommend her services to anyone.
Ruairí Browne ~ Software Development Manager
Elaine’s articles are interesting and thought-provoking!
Elaine’s articles are always interesting and thought-provoking and demonstrate her in-depth knowledge of how to motivate and empower individuals.
She is always courteous and professional and very impressive when delivering presentations.