Hello and welcome to my site! You might be here because you are aware you could do with a little support and accountability to help keep you on track. Or perhaps you've now got staff and could do with a little support with the onboarding or skill development/training/coaching?
For many small businesses the whole landscape has changed compared to this time two or three years ago. Many businesses will also have been started in the last year or so, perhaps without a clear plan (as planning was very difficult) and existing business plans for established businesses might be out of date. Your conditions of employment may have changed, or you may have taken on staff for the first time in a while or might need to formalise adjustments to working practices? Roles might have been revised, your marketing message might have adapted, especially is you've 'pivoted' your business, social media and branding might need to be refreshed, overheads re-analysed and sales re-forecast. So much to consider.
And that's why I am here to help!
And having someone to talk this through with, who is unbiased, non judgemental and supportive is a mentoring role which is rapidly becoming a necessity for many small business owners. Sometimes it's difficult to know where to apply your energy and effort. And end up not quite finishing anything off. Having a plan which is flexible but specifically in place to help you run your business more easily with less stress is something which a number of business owners and developing with mentors. So you're in the right place!
I have been lead consultant mentor on the Hertfordshire Growth Hub mentor scheme, run by The University of Hertfordshire and funded by the Local Enterprise Council since June 2020. The scheme has now ended but I am now working on three other programmes run by the Herts Growth Hub and University of Hertfordhire, such as the Watford Council Young Entrepreneur Scheme, the Sustainable Business Acceletator programme and the Help to Grow Scheme. And I am keen to help more business owners and entrepreneurs, as the feedback has been so rewarding.
The introductory graphic which was used for the scheme is as good as any place to start in my attempt to introduce myself.
If you have a small group training need, which I could address with a few of your staff (which also increases team cohesion which is especially valuable when some staff work from home some of the time, please scroll down and you will be linked to information about my most popular courses.
If you are here for a more personal one to one experience, then you might be interested in either of my new mentoring programmes :
'Who Am I, Now?' - a life and desires audit/personal stock check, which is to help you re-acquaint yourself with the person you have become.
Business Reboot, an open ended, four week rolling, one to one mentoring programme to help identify and dissolve any blocks which may be slowing your progress.
Sometimes it’s the apparently small blocks that cause the biggest hold ups. Think of the ducks crossing the road or the leaves on the track! With a business, as in life, it can be something quite small in itself which can hold you up with the rest of the project or development or roll out of an idea.
I see my role as helping you identify those blocks and dissolve them so you’re free to do your thing.
The blocks might involve finding the right words to describe your business offering, or the right colours to be associated with or a logo which you want to update.
You might be struggling to identify your ‘ideal customer’ and the values and adjectives you want to be associated with.
It might be that your goal is not clear (a critical aspect underpinning all your decision making ) or that you’re not sure which aspect to focus on right now.
You may be unsure about which goal(s) to choose or their relative priorities and therefore not make any at all, allowing yourself to be swayed by whatever comes into your inbox or across your screens on your social media.
This list is not exhaustive. But if you would like to discuss your personal situation do get in touch.
One to one mentoring is intended to help you establish a comfortable and enriching environment for your entrepreneurial passions.
Does that sound a bit flowery? I hope not! But when every word counts, I like to really think about what I am trying to convey. And I do believe that making what you do most days as enriching, productive and as stress free as possible is a worthy aim. And I also believe that we change throughout our lives. For example, what we wanted as a teen is most likely different to what we want and need in our thirties and again in our fifties for example, but how many of us carry around guilt that we’ve not achieved what our nineteen year old self promised??
Sometimes it’s helpful to re evaluate and to forgive and to press the reset button.
If you’re ready to get to know the real you, someone you may have only glimpsed amid the busy-ness of life, then I am excited to help and guide you on that path. Who Am I Now?
If you feel your business could do with a ‘spring clean’, restart/reboot/ fresh look – whatever you want to call it! - and would like someone on your side who has been there, is supportive, who is not scared of asking the tough questions, (but importantly non judgemental about the answers) and will listen to what you are saying and also what you are not saying, perhaps I am your woman?
Feel free to get in touch to have a conversation (for free and no obligation) about one to one mentoring.
What else can I offer to help your business with recovery?
You might be looking for a specific injection of targeted action. I specialise in providing one day courses, generally to a small group of up to four, with maximum impact and minimum disruption to workflow. Oh and did I mention the money back guarantee? if you don't get what you need from working together, I will give you your money back. It's important for you not to feel exposed financially. And it makes me a better trainer as I have to agree outcomes properly with you.
What areas am I passionate about? Sales, leadership and marketing, in a nutshell.
You might be wondering about your customers, who are they and where are they now? And more importantly how to reach them.
You may have questions regarding remote management and how to make sure your team are delivering what you need, even if some of them are at more than arm's reach. What people need from leaders has changed and a gentle prod in the right direction can make all the difference.
You may be aware that your brand and message pre covid is not quite right for now. And could do some updating, in as simple and speedy fashion as possible. What is your why? and have your values changed? does your business reflect you and your vision? I can guide you through this, simply and efficiently.
You may have thought about your sales approach and how it might need to be modified to be more in step with how the land lies now. You may also want to encourage all staff to act as 'mini sales people' and this may not sit right with them. Let me help give them soft selling skills.
I can help with all these areas. It's what I've done for over thirty years.
I get excited when I am helping sales people learn to love selling, leaders love leading and your staff love working for and with your business.
I am an accelerator, speeding up the process of effective customer attraction, conversion and retention, helping your business get where you want it to go, faster.
I have spent thirty years designing and delivering one day in house training sessions in small groups to SME's, and picked up awards and accolades along the way.
Why? I've been told it's my passion for the topics I train in and my enthusiastic 'non lecturing' delivery style.
And because I've resisted 'scaling up' - you get me every step of the way, what you see is what you get: initial visit/online conversation, writing the material, speaking to your people ahead of a session, delivering and following up (whether on zoom or in person). 100% consistency, no palming off to other trainers to deliver.
But I don't rest on my laurels. Awards are lovely but it's important to stress that each client is unique, each requires a fresh start and a fresh perspective. And that is what I am offering you.
A fresh pair of eyes, a dynamic, personable, non judgmental manner and quick results, if this appeals please click here to find out more about my tailored one day in house training sessions