What do you do?
I help people who run their own business to get more profit, fun and satisfaction and to create a good life as well as a good living.
Because I run three businesses I know what it takes to get things done!
My own coaching and mentoring practice is enhanced by two two other businesses: Drive the Network, a business network for the 21st Century that helps business owners to build quality connections, and Pitch for People, a free service, supported by sponsors, that allows people to find the right talent for their projects and lets people with skills and talents be found.
I get hired to speak at business events and I love it!
Why do you do what you do?
I do what I do because I believe that running a business should be a joyful adventure, not a struggle. I believe that people who start their own businesses have put their hopes and dreams into what they do and it’s important that they get the right help to succeed.
I founded The Inspired Group in 2005. It started as a local monthly event and grew into an international collaborative learning group with many Mastermind Groups where business owners helped each other to solve problems.
Who are you?
I am an egalitarian and blues music makes me happy.
I dislike ritual, bureaucracy and received wisdom.
My biggest fault is that when someone asks my opinion I think they really want it.
I’m described as helpful and patient, rarely as ‘nice’.
Despite appearances to the contrary I am a self-sufficient, anti-social, confident, introvert.
My Pecha Kucha talk (6 mins) about the labels we use to define each other and why we need to be smarter about what we use has been watched more than 3,500 times and an extract has been used by calligrapher Andrew Kelly to form the backgound of this poster. I’m honoured. Watch Disabling Labels – it’ll tell you more about who I am than anything else I’ve done.
I’ve been blogging since 2005 and have had my book “New Business: Next Steps” published by Pearson.
In 2010 I helped to found a commercial radio show “The Business Hub” and co-presented it for five years during which time I produced The A-Z of Business Success from 26 weeks of radio broadcasts. The show is now sponsored by Lloyds Bank and broadcast by the UKRD Group.
As an early adopter of social networking, I started podcasting and presenting the latest thinking from world experts on The Social Media Show but, as social media marketing matured and became part of mainstream digital marketing, I decided that the show had served its purpose and canned it.
I’ve created two on-line workshops : How to create digital products and Work Smart, Not Hard.
What’s your background?
I qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Personnel Management while working for The British Printing Corporation in the 1980’s. I studied Psychology, Economics, Statistics and Industrial Relations.
I saw the introduction of the first Equal Opportunities Legislation and my claim to fame is bringing this to an industry (printing) where both management and trades unions were fiercely opposed to it. I continue to campaign for equal rights and opportunities for everyone regardless of gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation.