Just five minutes…


Something very strange has been happening in my house. Bizarre even. I have actually been enjoying… the washing up. In case you don’t know, domestic goddess I am not. More like reluctant housewife. So I ran out of dishwasher tablets and decided to wait until the next weekly shop to restock. Normally I’m frantically clearing the table, loading the dishwasher, tripping over the laundry, filing a mental note of ‘yet another thing I have to do’, dropping something sticky or saucy on something important that I should have cleared away earlier, thinking about all the things I want to get […] Continue reading »

Are you trying to reinvent yourself?


They say kids are constantly learning. I think that’s true of us parents too. Sometimes those learning moments come in the form of challenges circumstances. And then sometimes it’s when we’re having fun – like in kids’ films – you may have noticed me blog a few quotes from films like Megamind and Kung Fu Panda before. The latest one to take centre stage in our house is Tinker Bell, a story of a fairy who dreams of going to the mainland with all the other fairies – except tinker fairies don’t go to the mainland, “it’s not what they […] Continue reading »

Bitesize Business Networking


One of the most powerful and cost-effective ways of growing your business is by word of mouth. And as much as I love social media, there’s something about meeting people face-to-face that’s hard to replicate. So at our next Bitesize Boost teleseminar we’ll be talking about: Bitesize Business Networking - How to do local, face-to-face networking confidently and effectively – in a way that grows your business rather than simply fill your diary. On Tuesday 19th July at 1pm UK time In this 30-minute call I’ll be sharing: Different types of networking events and how to make the most of […] Continue reading »

What makes a great sales call?


At my local Busy Mums networking group today we discussed making sales calls and the resistance we often have with them. So many of us have had that experience of sitting down to make a sales call, looking at the number, mentally rehearsing what we want to say, wondering how the other person will respond, cringing at the “what if it goes horribly wrong” scenarios, and thinking of a ton of other things we’d rather be doing. Next thing we know, something else has come up and we’ve run out of time. At the end of the day it comes […] Continue reading »

What gets you stuck?


Recently, my daughter figured out how to fasten the harness on her high-chair, except she hasn’t quite worked out how to undo it. So “stuck” or rather “duck!” has been a very common word in our kitchen! I’m wondering, what are the most common things that business owners get stuck on? From my own experience and from working with my clients, I would say my top two ‘biggies’ are: Indecision - not knowing (deciding and committing to) what to do; and Insecurity - that feeling of doubt, of whether you can actually do it, that has us hesitating, freezing or […] Continue reading »

Non-Guru Way to Online Video


Have you wondered about using video to market your business, but don’t know where to start? Have you seen how effective they can be, and dismissed it as a big budget, big business thing? The truth is, more and more small businesses are using video in their marketing and it’s actually easier than you think. That’s why I’ve invited Simon Jordan, author, speaker and host of SimonJordan.tv, who specializes in helping small businesses attract more clients, to share his expertise in our next Bitesize Boost teleseminar: Non-Guru Way to Online Video On Wednesday 29th June at 8pm UK time In […] Continue reading »

Balance and sanity – is it possible?


When I introduce myself at networking meetings I often say that I provide support, sanity and success strategies for people juggling business and family. And sanity is what most people leap at! The funny thing is, it’s not rocket science actually, when you come to think of it: Sanity comes with that feeling of knowing what you’re doing, and seeing how it contributes to the bigger picture. Sanity comes when you realize you don’t have to be supermum to get great results in business and have great fun with the kids. It helps when you know you don’t have to […] Continue reading »