Today we’d like to introduce you to Lindsay Watkins.
Hi Lindsay, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
In 2011, I began working for Career Systems International (CSI), a human resources consulting company. I had just graduated college into and found myself entering one of the worst job markets in recent memory and my degree in public relations was not being used. I took an opportunity from the founder of CSI, Dr. Beverly Kaye, and began my work as an office admin. I quickly learned that Beverly’s philosophy of “engage, retain and develop your employees” was not just “talk.” After about a year at CSI, I began learning about a new learning technology platform called Adobe Connect Meetings and how some of our training solutions were being delivered virtually. I was very intrigued! I had been using computers since I was seven and always loved being the “tech-expert” in the family. Beverly allowed me to take training courses and virtual host certifications to expand my knowledge base. I began to carve out a position for myself as Virtual Learning Production Manager and began to oversee the delivery of over 200 sessions a year. I flourished in that role for years, until in 2017, the decision was made by the owners to sell CSI and condense their office. To my dismay, I was forced out of the role of Virtual Learning Production Manager and took over the role of Executive Assistant to Beverly. In 2019, I slowly began getting work again as a virtual producer for Talent Dimensions, CSI new name. In late 2019, I began hosting more training and expanded our team to five producers.
In early 2020, our main way of delivering these learning solutions was disrupted. COVID no longer allowed us to train or deliver to employees in person, so the decision was made to convert all of our offerings into virtual solutions. Through this intense work, I realized that virtual instructional design was my true passion. In the summer of 2020, I realized was fielding calls left and right, asking for my expertise and guidance in the transition to a “Zoom based workday” and decided that it was time to create Watkins Virtual, a one-stop-shop to help develop and deploy engaging virtual learning solutions designed to provide the freedom and flexibility to learn anytime, anywhere. I talked this over with Beverly in early 2021 and we decided that my career growth and development was of the highest important and importance. We agreed that Fall 2021 would be the end of my full-time employment as an executive assistant so I could begin to work full-time for my own small business. October 1, 2021 was my last day with in Beverly Kaye’s office and I am very excited about what my future as an entrepreneur holds!
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The loss of my Virtual Learning Production Manager position in 2017 was especially crushing. Beverly’s long-time executive assistant was let go when CSI was sold and I was expected to drop the virtual learning side of my work and focus full time on executive support.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a virtual learning delivery specialist. I have been delivering virtual trainings, online webinars, meetings, and events online for almost a decade. I am particularly good a diagnosing a repairing common technical issues users experience and I feel that the combination of years of experience plus technical prowess allows me to be more than just a meeting host, I am there to help participants have the best online experience possible. I love talking to new people and being of service however I can.
If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
I believe my desire to always keep learning, my persistence and my dedication to getting things right have gotten me to where I am today.
- $500 for a complete virtual delivery package
- $1500 for a full day virtual event production
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: https://www.watkinsvirtual.com/