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A Year Of Saying YES!

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No.47 - Show-Up!

2018 Nov 07, 2018

September 2018

Last week was one of busiest weeks of the year for us - it was Bootcamp week.

This year, every quarter we have put ourselves, and our customers through our paces by running two new Business Bootcamps in one week. It seemed like such a good idea when we first thought of it last year and it has proved to be a big success.

It puts an enormous amount of additional pressure on us to create and then deliver two linked Bootcamps together in the same week, but we know how beneficial they have been this year to help our fellow business owners take their next steps forward.

The extra effort on our part is worth every minute to see how people (who often attend both Bootcamps) progress across the course of the two days, as we share the Concepts; Teaches and practical Tools and Exercises created for the events.

The last few months have been absolutely full on in our business. Aside from our normal day to day activities we have taken our next big steps forward which has meant...

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No.46 - Strictly Business - Lessons For Success

2018 Nov 07, 2018

September 2018

 

This weekend heralded the start of Autumn in more ways than one… It was the start of another season of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and as we all know ‘Strictly’ marks the start of the long run up to Christmas!

Strangely, over the last few years I have become an avid watcher of ‘Strictly’ and that often surprises people who know me, as I’m not really a sequins and frocks sort of gal!

To be honest I rarely watch regular TV but I find myself looking forward to the next few months programming for a number of reasons.

There’s the obvious one of it being something so different to my normal life that it is guaranteed to allow me to switch off fully, and share a few enjoyable hours with my family.

But surprisingly I have found that part of my fascination is that I can extract lots of business lessons from the process and the programme.

  • Everyone involved in the show, from the core Team to the Celebrities, talk about...
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No.45 - Time To Take Stock

2018 Nov 07, 2018

September 2018

 

So we've crossed over into September - it's officially the start of autumn!

It's a time of year that I love, when I review my original plans for the year and assess what has been achieved and what else I think I can realistically complete in the four months of the year that are left to me.

But recently I have also spent time revisiting some of the basics about my business.

Some of you will know that we are about to do a national launch of our Membership Business Club, and as part of this process we have engaged the services of a top online marketer. One of the first things that we had to do was to have a conversation to brief him about some of the most basic things about our business:

 What is our Vision for the business and its future growth 
 Who is our Ideal Customer Avatar 
 What are our key Messages (based on our customers Pain Points)

These are some of the most fundamental questions for any business and should be the easiest things...

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No.44 - Are You At A Tipping Point

2018 Nov 07, 2018

September 2018

 

Over the last couple of weeks I have heard from a few business owners who have, as they described themselves, had to ‘bite the bullet’ and go back to work either full time or part time in a traditional ‘job-job’.
 
The recognised summer months ‘lull' has proved to be one thing too many for them to be able to contend with and the understandable need for more consistent income has come to the fore and forced them to reassess the potential viability of their business and decide that (for now at least) that the numbers just don’t stack up.
 
Times like these in business are recognised as ‘Tipping Points’. These are the make or break moments in time when you are at the threshold of something - good or bad. Perhaps not earning enough this month to pay the bills, or conversely finding that suddenly people have fallen in love with your product or service and business growth is beginning to boom.
 
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No.43 - Growth By Design NOT By Accident

2018 Nov 07, 2018

August 2018

 

"Nothing in life or business ever stays the same"

If you or your business isn’t evolving, innovating, growing, or reinventing you are in danger of failing.
 
Change is the one true constant and it’s all around us and it can come in many forms. Merely acknowledging the need for change is not sufficient to provide for successful business outcomes. We all need to be deliberate about the growth of our business if we truly want to succeed. That means having defined systems and processes in place to effectively plan and manage our growth.
 
The global business landscape is littered with the remains of organisations that rose to great heights (some over many, many years) only to have their fortunes plummet because they were unable to transform themselves as times changed.
 
Big High Street names such as Woolworths and Blockbuster Video failed to adapt their business models to the advent of new mega shopping malls; big-box retailers and the rise...
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No.42 - Is Your Business Model Holding You Back?

2018 Nov 07, 2018

August 2018

 

When we first set out on our own, all we really want to do is get paid for doing work that we love.
 
We want to use our skills and see what we can create with them to help people. We want to carve out a better life for ourselves and our family; have more freedom; happiness and fulfilment.
 
We have a Vision for our business that feels ambitious but achievable. To be honest, for most of us, we start off hoping that we can replicate the wage we earned in our old employed 'job-job’ (or our last contract). We dare to hope that if things go well we can earn a little more perhaps.
 
Sound familiar?
Then after a slow (but steady) start things begin to take off... suddenly you have so much to do! The work is coming in, and you certainly don't want to turn it away, but your dream of having a less stressed, better life, with more time for family and friends begins to seem as far away as ever!
 
Then one day you wake up and you feel like...
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No.41 - Mobilise Your Greatest Asset

2018 Nov 07, 2018

August 2018

 

Way back in December 2015 I wrote my first ever Blog. 

It was in the gap between Christmas an New Year and Kate and I were busy thinking about how we were finally going to make our full time move to live in our dream home in Scotland. 

We'd had the house for 18 months by then and had been leading a split life between England and Scotland, which was gradually becoming more exhausting and was doing nothing towards helping us achieve the goal of the full time move. 

We decided on a strategy that I had used many times with organisations that I worked with - the notion of doing 'A Year of Saying YES!' In our case this meant a year where we would consider every opportunity that came our way through the prism of how much it would help us to move to Scotland full time. A key part of this strategy is that you need to hold yourself to account by spreading the word as far as you can and by doing so enlisting the help and support of others. And so, my Blog...

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No.40 - Are You Stuck In The Confidence Interval

2018 Nov 07, 2018

August 2018 

 

I was recently asked to speak at a local event, and as I thought about what would be most useful for me to talk about I revisited what had been shared in advance about the session.
 
Part of my standard biog and introduction says:

“Anything is possible if you put your mind to it”

As I thought about this statement I reflected on how confident (almost brash) it sounded and it started me thinking about self confidence and where it comes from, and how it has developed.
 
It’s not unreasonable to think that a good deal of my confidence came from my up bringing. My Mom and particularly my Day brought me up to believe that there was nothing I could not do in life.
 
My father displayed this mindset himself right until the day he died - leaving behind a large number of affirmations written in his own hand including this one which had become a key part of my story:

“I have the Power to overcome and Difficulty I may encounter and...

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No.39 - Comparison Is The Thief Of Joy

2018 Nov 07, 2018

July 2018

 

Theodore Roosevelt once said: “Comparison is the thief of joy” and in my work as a Business Coach I can quite understand what he meant.
 
I see many new businesses under-mining their success by continually comparing themselves to others. So much so that it minimises their ability to celebrate their own successes.
 
When starting our businesses it is right that we should research our competitors and even 'forensically review' what they do; what they charge; what is working well for them and what is not hitting the mark for their customers (potentially our customers)!
 
This sort of comparison gives us parameters to work within and helps us to frame our own offerings to attract those customers to our business. It gives us a picture of what type of business model we should use to be most successful. It can keep you regularly up to speed with competitor and customer trends; and can act as a great way to be able to see what you...
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No.37 - Relax - Recharge - Reboot

2018 Nov 07, 2018

July 2018

 

The Time To Relax Is When You Don’t Have Time For It

Sydney J Harris

It’s official - we’ve just passed the half way mark of 2018!

If you are anything like me you find yourself asking - Where on earth did those first six months of the year go?

It’s the time of year when most of us get that feeling of 'not having done enough' begins to rear its head, and we start to question how we can ‘get back on track’ and ‘achieve more’ in the remains of the year. Ironic then that is also coincides with the start of the holiday season! A time when our minds should be focusing on doing a little less (even if for short while).

The schools are out (here in Scotland at least) and the expectations of our families and friends is that we will be able to spend more time enjoying the summer with them! And so begins the dilemma of every business owner - how can I stay on track AND do less?

When you are starting a new business, or in the midst...

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