When did life admin become a thing? We’re not quite sure but we do know that a “day-off” can often be entirely consumed by sitting on hold to British Gas, or searching for a holiday destination. Unless you love life admin, there is 100% a better way. One big benefit of a personal assistant is that they can take care of your personal life and your business one. As ibLE Co-Founder Georgina explains, a personal assistant can organise everything from “booking hair appointments, doctor appointments and sourcing gifts to doing research on trips, booking travel and even just looking through the diary to make sure everything makes sense.”
Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, Microsoft Cortana, and Google Assistant are all, to some extent, chatbots. A chatbot is a special computer program using artificial intelligence (AI) that conducts a conversation with people, either via auditory or text input. This is precisely what you do when using Alexa and the other products mentioned. However, none of these apps are as advanced as many other chatbots – they really only give predetermined answers to questions that people ask, rather than using much AI to learn from conversations.
A virtual PA isn’t like an employee. In that, if you need to switch PAs or even use a couple of different ones for different tasks, there’s no emotional aspect involved. At ibLE, we match entrepreneurs with the best PA for them, but as our Co-Founders know, changing requirements can mean that a different PA becomes more suitable for a more-developed business. In this case, it’s easy to work with the right person for the job.
No business is too big or small to use a PA, and with recent technological development with the internet, the new era of PA’s has come in the form of virtual assistants. Virtual assistants work remotely from their own home but undertake the same duties a normal PA would, and this can offer a cost effective alternative for smaller business who need help. So, what does a PA do? Some of the duties a personal assistant may undertake include email and calendar management, organising transportation, call handling, research and event planning. As an independent contractor, you might also use a PA for basic bookkeeping and invoicing your clients. If you are trying to build an online personal brand, PA’s can also help with managing your social media profiles.
This chatbot is one the best AI chatbots and it’s my favorite too. Evidently it is the current winner of Loebner Prize. The Loebner Prize is an annual competition in artificial intelligence that awards prizes to the chatterbot considered by the judges to be the most human-like. The format of the competition is that of a standard Turing test. You can talk with Mitsuku for hours without getting bored. It replies to your question in the most humane way and understands your mood with the language you’re using.
Similarly to helping keep track of your to do list, a personal assistant is also a second pair of eyes. Whether it’s checking that your calendar is well-organised and you haven’t double booked, or thinking ahead about booking travel transfers, it’s the type of forward-thinking that will prevent problems before they’ve happened. When you’re trying to keep multiple balls up in the air this is how you place a safety net underneath, helping to catch any that might drop.
Executive Assistants face challenges and problems every single day, sometimes every single minute. How are we going to plan a leadership summit this year that actually accomplishes a goal? How will we fit all these must-do meetings into the calendar for the London trip? How can we resolve this payroll emergency before anyone finds out? These are all questions Executive Assistants might face. (And these questions make up just a sampling of potential questions.)
The value of Lobster is that every AI assistant is carefully designed and tailored to a specific business-use case that is consistent across web, app, telephony and smartspeakers. In addition, the EBI.AI team are continuously reviewing and improving each AI chatbot with the end goal of increasing lifetime value of each customer. EBI.AI are the brains behind some of the smartest AI chatbots in Europe including Cooper of Coop Sweden, SmartHelp of Legal & General Insurance and Stina of Stena Line.
When outsourcing your job search to an external agency you can expect a quality selection of reliable candidates. An experienced staffing agency will have the best contacts and filters in place to ensure that the candidates who are selected for your position are of the highest calibre. They can also produce effective job adverts that attract the right kind of talent, and quickly screen through CVs, eliminating weaker CVs earlier on in the process.
Agencies who specialize in private assistants have a unique insight into the private staffing market, they can help to advise you on matters such as salary benchmarking and what is the going rate for particular roles. They will also know what skills candidates are likely to have, and where there may be skills shortages. If there is a surplus of candidates with particular expertise then this would likely affect your chances of recruiting.
The easiest way to make an intelligent chatbot is to sign up for one of the platforms we have covered here. You can use the tools they provide to make a chatbot that will meet your needs. Most of these platforms cater to non-coders. For example, Botscrew allows you to create, update, train, and analyze the chatbots results on the go with a simple, user-friendly interface. Many other platforms also cater for non-technical users. Some, like ItsAlive and Pandorabots, target more technical users.