[wp_elegant_testimonial name="Robert "Jake" Jacobs" company="Polarity Partnerships" text="Taryn has enabled me to do what I do best — and she does everything else. With her support I now consult, write, and market my services. That’s all. My clients are satisfied, I’m doing great work and my wife and kids are delighted with the time I’m now able to spend with them." image="http://www.merrickmgt.com/images/robertjacobs.png.jpg"]
Taryn Merrick has helped me do things I could never do with the limited resources of my small business. She has helped me to add the type of marketing and communications channels that are normally available only to companies with very large budgets. I can scarcely think of another area in my company’s operations where I get more bang for my buck.
Ted Kerr, President, Kerr Financial Group
I am not sure how she does it… Now that I have been working with Taryn I continually ask myself “Can she do this quicker, and more effectively than me?” The answer…Yes.
Several times I have asked her to work on one phase of a project while I get prepared for the next phase. Almost every time she is finished before I am ready for her. Taryn has the ability to learn the intricacies of my projects, schedule and life, and she takes pride in helping me be more effective, and organized.
I have been blessed to have Taryn as a consultant on many Mac based topics/problems. Every time I run into something she has an answer ready for me. This is HUGE! I have saved so much time on this alone. My inbox never has more than a few messages in it, I don’t get unwanted email, and my scheduled is organized. Life is good!
Taryn is much more than an assistant. She is a consultant, advisor, leader, and an inspiration.
On top of all this, she shares my passion for sustainability, and the environment. Thank you Taryn!!
SG, Sustainable Capitalist
Taryn is very detail oriented. She helped me complete a project that would have taken me a month to do. She is very proficient and cost effective. Merrick Management And Media Services is definitely someone I will continue to use for administrative projects of mine in the future.
Suzy Matthews, Jeans On Friday Custom Stationery
Thank you Taryn for putting my site together..it really pops out and believe will garner the appropriate attention
Larry Weiss, Songwriter and Composer, Rhinestone Cowboy
Taryn has helped me with so many last minute travel plans. I could not have gotten organized without her help. I am not as computer literate as I would like to be. She and her company have helped me in immeasurable ways when I have had PC related issues. The attention to detail is what I value the most. I never used an off-site assistant before but wish I did!
JCE, Retired Executive
Taryn is incredible! She has a high initiative. The computer skills she has would benefit anyone in many ways. She is a fast learner and is so creative. In one word, she is a ‘genius’! She helped us to promote our restaurant by making a wonderful website and menu. She helped us in so many different ways that we couldn’t have done without her. We believe that Merrick Management And Media Services has helped our business to grow.
R.B., Restaurant Owner
Imagine tomorrow you find your email inbox not an undifferentiated pile, but instead arranged with organized replies composed and ready for your approval. In your electronic calendar you find an upcoming trip completely arranged, with all information appearing at the needed time. Your hard drive files have been carefully organized, your to-do list has been reviewed and prioritized, and an email question helps you clarify what your next step is on a nebulous project. Some tasks have actually been completed. With Taryn Merrick’s impressive communication skills and organizational ability, and some synchronization and networking software, this dream can be reality! Taryn’s efforts have contributed immensely to my professional and individual productivity.
Over the first several months we worked together, Taryn and I first arranged for her to be able to access my email, then my calendar and to-do list, then some databases I use, and finally the hard drive of my computer. With each tool shared, Taryn’s help with my workflow increased. I began to feel more on top of my tasks.
Now, my fear of forgetting an undertaking is gone. Annually, for example, I would allow a major convention to sneak up on me, and I would have to scramble, ending up with expensive plane tickets and an inconvenient hotel. This year Taryn saw the convention on my calendar far in advance. She asked me the necessary questions and arranged all the travel, saving me time, money and a great deal of hassle.
Not only has my electronic world become more organized, perhaps surprisingly my physical office is orderly for the first time as well! For years I have wanted to clean up some old physical files and rarely used desk drawers. I always seemed to remember this chore at inconvenient times, and it irked me. Working with Taryn, I put the task on my to do list. At first she would occasionally remind me along with my other to-dos. When it became clear I would never consider “now” a good time, she suggested that I take a few hours on a Sunday, and she made it an appointment on my calendar. I brought my baby daughter over to the office and made a little party out of it (it turns out my baby loves the shredder!) Now the space under my desk is clear, which has relieved me of one more lurking task and made my workspace more professional and effective.
Taryn has herself executed an impressive number and variety of jobs in my stead. Online shopping and research, presentation preparation, bill paying, data recording, data mining…the list goes on. Every time I put something on my to-do list, Taryn asks herself “can I help with this”? If she knows the answer is yes, she goes ahead. If she suspects the answer might be yes but needs confirmation, she asks. (I love getting those emails – “Is this something I can help with” are beautiful words to a busy manager!)
Taryn’s discretion is complete. I work with sensitive data, and Taryn handles it carefully and prudently. When communicating for me, she makes sure she knows what information she should and should not share with another party. She takes into account computer and Internet security issues. When in doubt, Taryn errs on the side of caution in matters of privacy and confidentiality. I have found her sense of professional ethics to be beyond question.
Taryn keeps the lines of communication open. Willing to take on large projects, she evaluates her own time and expertise clearly and accurately. I always feel comfortable proposing she assist with even amorphous tasks that may require some information specific to me, because I am confident she can come back with a rational analysis of what she can do right now, what information she would need to do other parts, and what aspects really need to remain in my court.
I am more effective at work and have more free time at home because of the excellent work Taryn Merrick has done. I also carry less tension, knowing that tasks I have taken on will not slip through the cracks. I recommend her services enthusiastically and without hesitation.
TG, Educational Administrator
Taryn was a superb assistant to my companies for two years. When we were working together it felt like she was in the other room…not thousands of miles away.
I have two consulting businesses and I always asked Taryn to help me in rather eclectic and very unique problems. From business card design and order to database research or reviewing financial Excel sheets she was there to help me in every project.
In my mind, Taryn is like “Shiva”, the Indian Goddess who has eight arms. Any business project you ask from Taryn, it will be done in time, with the very best quality. Could she do that without eight arms? Thank you Taryn!
Edith Bodnar, President, Mona Lisa Consulting, Inc.