Sam Bell said something nice about me on Facebook on International Women’s Day and included me in a group of just four women she thought to mention as inspiring – that’s me and Yvonne Halling, Lady Gaga and Helen Mirren. Wow! Helen Mirren is on my vision board, my personal inspiro-girl. I’ve never wanted to be like Gaga, though undoubtedly she is a Top Bird; I’m a fan without being a wannabe. What I liked especially about Sam’s feedback was that she appreciated me for precisely the things which I already know and love about myself, thus reinforcing them. And […]
I am drawing to my coaching business a lot of clients who, whether they realise it or not, want to make a business out of who they are. OK, a lot of them are Stars. But not exclusively so. Entrepreneurs and small business owners are fed up with the division between their personal life and their professional life, they want to merge the two. Two clients alone (out of three so far today) have talked about this and they are not alone. This is a conversation I am having all the time. Not to worry, I enjoy it and it […]
As a Creator, I think of myself as someone who doesn’t much care for feedback. I don’t really ask other people what they think of my ideas, I just crack on. But I don’t mind telling you its been lonely and testing at times over the last 18 months while I withdrew from work and took a long, long breather. Then came the time when it was obvious I would re-emerge without really knowing how I wanted to be with my clients again. Except 100% authentically, which is always a brave and somewhat risky position to adopt and which also […]
I’ve been offering myself during August on a new and experimental basis, allowing clients to book themselves into my diary in what is normally my holiday month. 30 minutes on Skype so we can reconnect and I can help them work out a financial issue or two. Some recurring themes have turned up and here’s what I’ve been learning from my clients, for which learning I am very grateful to you all. Thank you. What a lot of us have in common right now is how to find a way to express ourselves ever more authentically through our work. All […]
During the first few weeks of 2012, I’ve been doing a lot of phone calls with entrepreneurs and the same recurring themes come up over and over. These people are at the early stages of starting their own small business or self-employment. And they are fearful and uncertain. That uncertainty is usually around what to offer the world and how best to do that. “Will people want me and what I have to offer?” And so I ask them about themselves and discover what their life’s work has been about to date and attempt to excavate their natural gifts and talents which […]
In our Better Bloggers group, Yvonne posted something thought-provoking today about finding your target market. Yvonne’s niche is coaching Bed & Breakfast owners and she’s right in the centre of her authenticity because she owns and runs a successful B & B herself – in Champagne, in La Belle France. If you are struggling with your niche in your own business, here’s Yvonne’s recommended list of questions to ask yourself. Although I know my niche, it is morphing, so I am going to answer these questions below and see what I learn about myself in the process. Why don’t you join in and […]
When I was going through my first career change from accountant to coach, my elders encouraged me to ask ten people who knew me really well to send me a description of myself in three words. The name of the game here is to help you come to know your authentic self as it is appreciated by those around you, so that you can market to those strengths. One of my favourites at the time, from someone who had known me as a friend for at least two decades, was razor sharp and blunt. Witty, well written and spot on. […]
Who are you and how is that reflected in your brand, your business, your life? What peace and success could come from having them all aligned?
Courage, mes braves! I firmly feel that more heart can only be good for our small business world and I think - despite the heartlessness all around us - that there is also plenty of evidence in support of my theory if you only but look. Perhaps you could look with your heart, always remembering that what we watch out for increases?