I am, like Rudyard Kipling’s Elephant’s Child, full of insatiable curiosity.
Believing that there is more to being a human being than we will ever understand, I investigate and explore ideas that attempt to explain what we are, from ancient wisdom to the latest scientific discoveries.
I founded The Inspired Group in 2005, starting with monthly “Inspirational Speakers” events in Cambridgeshire UK and quickly realised that many business owners were looking for support and, more importantly, accountability as they worked to grow their businesses.
From this came an Accountability Programme, a truly innovative Business Development Programme and MasterMind Groups; peer groups of business owners who share their expertise, skills and knowledge and help each other in their business development.
The group now has over 3,000 participants in many countries and several programmes for both business and personal development.
The unique nature of the group is due to our innovative use of social media and on-line collaboration, resulting in a true community of people who willingly help and support each other.
I am a presenter on a popular radio show The Business Hub that attracts over 30,000 listeners and 13,000 podcast downloads every week and gives me access to all the latest business ideas, thinkers and innovators.
As an early adopter of social networking, I think this is an exciting way to create new business opportunities and so I now own and present The Social Media Show – a weekly radio show that broadcasts interviews with the people who are using social media and social networks in exciting ways.
I qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Personnel Management (now incorporated into the CIPD) while working for The British Printing Corporation in the 1980′s. Psychology, Economics, Statistics and Industrial Relations were later augmented by studies of Transactional Analysis and NLP (about which I have reservations).
I saw the introduction of the first Equal Opportunities Legislation (incorporating Sex Discrimination, Race Relations and Equal Pay) and my claim to fame is bringing this to an industry where both management and trades unions were fiercely opposed to it.
Since starting my first business in 1985, I have produced several business development and personal development programmes and mentored many business owners.
I recently produced The A-Z of Business Success in 26 weeks of radio broadcasts. This series is now available free of charge (see sign up box in side panel).
An avid user of Twitter and other social media, I can usually be found poking fun at people who take themselves too seriously or indulge in woolly thinking.
“Ann came to speak at our NRG lunch in London and although I was ready to be impressed I was in fact blown away in the best possible fashion. The way Ann articulated the value of mastermind groups was robust and business like whilst being thought proving and creative.
Ann involved the whole audience, kept people’s attention and most importantly the essence she delivered was exactly what I wanted members to take away. At a personal level Ann is deliciously straight talking, helpful and inspirational; she is an essential ingredient for your network!”
Bernie J Mitchell
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