Archive for May, 2016

Free Support & Help for You and Your Business

stress1  There are millions of reasons why entrepreneurs struggle to keep their heads above water, most of which others who have trod the road before can shed a lot of light on and help make their journey to success a whole lot easier and much less traumatic.

I have been very lucky with my mentors and many, many people who have helped and supported me along the way, and are still doing so.  That is not to say, that  I have not had my share of charlatans and been taken for substantial amounts of money from supposedly “experts” and even people who I had thought as friends.  It has been a bitter-sweet battle, and one I hear over and over again the more successful entrepreneurs, or business people I speak to.

With this in mind, I wanted to do something to eliminate some of the fears and worries about personal and professional development no matter where you are on your pathway. Offering the Support and Mentoring Group page on Facebook is a way of sharing experiences, ask questions  and get honest feedback, answers and experience to make your progress a lot smoother, less stressful and certainly less expensive.  There are no silly questions, ask and share your knowledge, it may just be the gem that somebody else behind you on the pathway will need.

Entrepreneurship is a wonderful thing to be involved in, there is more freedom, there are loads of opportunities, but there are also huge responsibilities and personal learning curves to conquer along the way.  If there is a way to make this a little easier and more manageable, then that is a way I can pay forward the wonderful advice and support I have received from some pretty amazing people in my onward going journey.

All you need to do is simply sign up via my website  and then log into the Facebook Group, ask as much as you like, share as much as you want.  There really are no overnight successes, they have all worked hard to achieve their success, but it is possible, to achieve your goals and dreams without pulling your hair out, or suffering alone.

Three major “musts” for any entrepreneur or small business

Three major “musts” for any entrepreneur or small business

Deciding to become an entrepreneur is a huge step in any career path, a step that is risky and very scary, and most entrepreneurs are very naïve at the outset of their business career.  Even when you come from a corporate or educational background and have a sound knowledge of your subject or product, the diverse amount of skills and abilities for one person is incredible and for most daunting.  It is depicted as a luxurious life with all the benefits and none of the negatives of being tied to a “job,” but unfortunately this is equal to an urban myth.

Three major “musts” for any entrepreneur or small business,

1: Be teachable, willing, ready and able to learn, new skills and adapt old skills as flexibility is a key factor in changing markets and societies. Modern technology and Social  Media markets for more mature start ups is a mind boggling experience, unless you have a good mentor to lead you through the maze of modern technology.  This will also save you a lot of money and frustration in the long run.  Don’t jump on gimmicks or instant get rich quick sales pitches, as they are not true and cause many people to lose faith in others and themselves.

  1. Be open, network your socks off, there are millions of people out there trying to launch, increase, and develop their business, just like you. Your knowledge could be their golden key, just as somebody else could hold a golden nugget for you. It is the most inexpensive form of marketing and business development on the planet.  Stop seeing everyone as competition and seeing them as support and a knowledge base.  Surround yourself with positive people, treading a similar path and your journey will be enhanced.

3: Be constant; nothing is created in a rush, or over night, it takes work, dedication and consistency on a daily basis, there is no short cut, lottery win or magic wand.  However, learning to enjoy the journey as much as the outcome, build a daily routine, plot your progress and build on your outcomes. There are many tools to preload your SM output, but they do not load themselves, working on a future basis gives you flexibility and reduces pressure.  Instagram, one picture tell a thousand words, if you are not a wordsmith, then use pictures or outsourcing.  You have to be out there to be found, being out there on a regular basis reaps high return.

Keeping on track, accountable and focused is an ongoing challenge, but like washing or cleaning your teeth you do it on at least a daily basis if not more than once, it is no different, be involved, be present and be interested in ideas, to keep you fresh and moving forward and upward.

Is Your Dream for Sale?

Is Your Dream for Sale?

Have you had a moment when it seemed like every light bulb in your head popped on at the same time, and your thoughts were crystal clear? It does not happen a lot, but when it does…. Wow, it is powerful!!!   This happened to me just last week.

When I am speaking or mentoring, I always talk about the immense progress that is made by being accountable to a mentor, somebody who has your interests at heart and wants to see you progress. As part of my own development I tread the same path.

darren n craig      Very recently I started the online Storytelling Course from Darren LaCroix and Craig Valentine,  Darren’s work I was familiar with, but I had never seen Craig before.  As the programme evolved Craig told one of his stories “Your Dreams are not For Sale,” it was a very good story and Craig told it very well.

For two years I had been chasing a position with a major cruise line, as I had relinquished my dream of being a professional speaker, I consoled myself that I would have been happy bobbing around the last employable years on the high seas. I had been through a multitude of interviews in the UK and USA, in person, online and it came down to I was over qualified, but the Directorship of Training was being put together and they were very interested in me.

After reigniting my dream at Darren’s Las Vegas bootcamp last summer, I have prepared myself and launched my new website as a professional speaker, author and trainer, engagements have increased steadily and I have worked hard to maintain focus and my development for this role. The day after I heard Craig deliver his speech “Your Dreams are not for Sale” I received the email confirming that the Directorship position was now available and they were very keen for me to join them in Miami as soon as possible. Phew….. scales tipping one way or another, do I – don’t I,  then I listened to the speech again and wrote a very polite email, saying thank you but no thank you.

craig    When you are looking for support, open to information, you can find it. Craig’s dream was not for sale, and now neither is mine.  I hope in a year’s time, I can say I was as successful as he was in a year.