Ask The Oracle: When’s Judith’s Next Small Business Drop-In Call?

When’s the next drop-in call for Judith’s Small Business Big Magic group Monday 4th June at 1700 BST Wednesday 6th June at 0800 BST Friday 8th June at 1600 BST Tuesday 12th June at 1100 BST Thursday 14th June at 1900 BST Monday 18th June at 1700 BST Wednesday 20th June at 0800 BST Friday 22nd June at 1600 BST Tuesday 26th June at 1100 BST Thursday 28th June at 1900 BST

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Cristina Palma is our Guest: Podcast Ep 182

Cristina Palma is our guest today on Own It! the Podcast and she talks about Social Changers and Professional Volunteers. Who are they? What’s that all about? Who’s it for? How does it help you as a professional volunteer? How does it help the social change project you work with? Cristina explains and gives us lots of handy tips too and shares with us examples like Tom’s Shoes, Pencils of Promise and Skilled Impact. Watch Cristina’s interview on Facebook with Anna from Skilled Impact. LISTEN HERE TO EPISODE #182 of OWN IT! The Podcast: Cristina Palma, Social Changers and Professional […]

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Q40: Why Do I Keep Self-Sabotaging and Slowing Down My Own Progress?

“What do you do when you have a major #1 project which is very important to you, paramount even, but LIFE STUFF keeps on getting in the way?” This is something I see my clients do. And, for sure, we all have varied and interesting and busy, even full, lives. And what I try to get them to do, not always successfully, is to see two things. How to prioritise and say no to stuff that gets in the way See that what they let in must be at least as important as their #1 project, if not more so, […]

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Q39: What’s the Best Way to Avoid Compromising My Freedom?

Earlier this summer, my client was negotiating a Big Contract. This was going to be quite a commitment for her and involve her in working with a few sub-contractors too, but it was what we’d been talking about and the sort of income she had been desiring and taking steps towards and following up leads and going to meetings in order that she would manifest precisely that; a big chunk of work and cash. Her intentions became her reality. And next, her immediate fear was that the new juicy Big Contract would limit her freedom, that most precious of precious […]

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Q38: When Is Enough Enough?

Oh! I so agree with you. I know you and I both know when enough is enough. And we are both quite or very close to that place where we appreciate that we are enough, we have enough, and we know enough. Gentle Reader, my questioner is a consultant but she also does another couple of funky and interesting things on the side. She’s not my only consultant client and there’s often a somewhat tricky quandary that goes with being a consultant which my freelancer readers will also recognise. When we have a contract we are grateful to have it […]

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Q37: Why Do I Feel Bad That My Work Isn’t Hard?

“Why do I feel bad that my work isn’t either hard enough or sufficiently worthy or intellectual?” Self-employment feels too easy to my client; it’s all dropping into her lap. Hard work was hardwired into me at birth. And it is worthy, it really is. I ran my life and my accounting business according to the principles of hard work once upon a time* and guess what? It only works! But it isn’t The Way. It’s just one of the ways. When I am tired and not thinking straight and I want to get something done, I fall back on […]

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Doing What You Love or Wasting Your Time

My clients are my greatest teachers. Here are some of the invaluable lessons they have taught me this week and all before Wednesday coffee break. One of my mentors once taught me the expression “delay is increasingly expensive” and he was right. But expressions like that can just as easily be countered by other circumstances. I spoke to a woman I’ve known for four years who is starting to create a business she’s had in her heart for far longer. And although you could apply that phrase to these circumstances, I am not. I am just delighted that now seems […]

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On Becoming a Weirdo

I knew there was a song about being a weirdo and I could hum the tune, but I wasn’t sure about the lyrics and I’d forgotten that half of the weirdo thing is about being a creep (no) as well as a weirdo (yes) and I am surprised that some of the rest of the lyrics speak to me too. Great tune. Not going to leave me all day now. [What the hell am I doing here? I don’t belong here!] Let me explain the weirdo thing. After having spent the majority of the last ten years or more exploring my […]

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The Story of An Ideal Client

Take one woman who I have known for a while, perhaps as long as a decade. We already like and respect one another. I’ve met her in the flesh, ditto her other half. I follow her on social media and she me and we say lovely things to each other and about each other and we mean them. We enjoy each other’s content. We’ve wished each other a Happy Birthday for years now. She books a PWYW consultation, asking if I think I can help her with something off what she considers to be my normal beat. It isn’t but […]

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The Future of your Business: Podcast Ep 181

What is the future of your business? No, I have no idea either! Fresh from the ICF Conference in London, Nicola has some questions for me about the future of coaching as a business, the future for any sort of business and how much and to what extent do we need to be futurologists, is that even possible? Even Warren Buffett admits he cannot predict the future. We both agree on agility, creating the sort of business which is responsive to the changing needs of our clients and customers. And keeping an eye out for change and deciding whether you […]

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