Archive for September, 2011

How erotic is your social charm? Erotic Capital

Monday, September 19th, 2011

I loved reading “Body Intelligence versus The Intellect: Which is the Greater?” from our Sam, must admit my head has left it’s body once or twice. Then “Elephants Pirouette in Africa” by Andrew, followed by “Do you think your posture affects your appearance and/or health?” where Nick Hodgson asked these questions :

Do you think that having bad posture makes people look…
Older?
Fatter?
Less Attractive?
Less Impressive?
Depressed?
Sick?
Do you believe that making sure you have good posture could make you look and feel…
Healthier?
More energetic?
Younger?
Slimmer?
Sexier?
More trustworthy?

As I see it, the common thread being ‘body language’. Apparently a current social capital worth depends on our charm. So how erotic is your charm? Now that would be a fun scoring system in your network?.

 

To get you started I wanted to highlight the meaning of flirting.  According to wikipedia Flirting is a playful, romantic or sexual overture by one person to another, subtly indicating an interest in a deeper relationship with the other person, and can involve verbal communication as well as body language. Body language can include flicking the hair, eye contact, brief touching, open stances, proximity etc. Verbal communication of interest can include the vocal tone, such as pace, volume, intonation. Challenges (teasing, questions, qualifying, feigned disinterest) serve to increase tension, test intention and congruity.

So come on what messages do you give out when you go about networking?
How do you rate someone’s charm?

Do you re-energise your connections?
Carolyn Williams,  Breathing for Business.

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Branding ~ What makes you different?

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

I had invited Tanya to Ecademy two years ago and since then she has been nurturing her standing in Wales. Her website introduction says it best:

“Welcome to Tanya’s Design Studio where you will find a highly innovative and contemporary collection of jewellery created and manufactured exclusively by designer Tanya Igic. Working with the finest quality delicate leather in an array of beautiful pastel and bright shades, Tanya amalgamates an unusual layering technique with sterling silver to create the exquisite effect you see throughout the collection”.

On Thursday I met the lovely Tanya along with her beautiful baby daughter Maja to discuss her small exhibition of designer jewellery which she will display on September 30th at this Event. Tanya had returned home to Swansea from their holiday visiting her family in Serbia. Great timing as Wales face Samoa on Sunday hopefully bringing a Smile to the Nation.smile Prior to this she had been busy preparing for two major events, the last one being her first Welsh National Eisteddfod exhibition in August.

What makes Tanya’s jewellery quite different in my view, is Tanya herself. Her beauty, her style, her charm, her brand. A unique, family loving business lady. Business today is all about branding and I feel Tanya has that hallmark. If you would like to add a touch of Sparkle to your day and learn more about her designer pieces, please log onto www.tanyaigic.co.uk

Working together for a better tomorrow. What makes you different?


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Tips on how to spick and sparkle for Monday Mornings

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Updated June 23rd 2014

Like many of you I work many hours in front of a computer. Unlike many of you, I also work as many hours understanding the debilitating effects working on a computer has on our posture.

Last week’s workout at work day feedback was that many men in particular have knee injuries and some were rehabilitating after knee surgery. While others, both men and women, who have administrative roles, suffer from neck, shoulder and arm problems working for hours in front of a computer, sat at a desk.

Here are some more alternative ideas as to how you can break a sweat and not a bone in the Gym.

These dynamic stretches from a colleague therapist, Rebecca Hudson ~ Bodyworks Soft Tissue Therapy, of chest and back will help your posture after hours of sitting at a desk over a computer.

Then there is being in the open office.

Sparkle Think Blue

Langland Bay, Gower

 

There’s no doubt by being relaxed and next to nature ( as often as you can ) helps you grow both online and offline in business.

Taking regular visits to enjoy the abundance of nature, you recharge and revitalize for the weeks ahead.

Tips to help you spick and sparkle throughout your working week.

Check with your general practitioner first, if you have any underlying chronic health problems, before you embark on a fitness regime.

Then go and enjoy the experience:

1. Go swimming three to four times a week, if you can swim that is?

2. If you are unable to swim why not take lessons.

3. If you have a phobia of water why not get professional hypnotherapy help.

4. If you really hate water (some do) try cycling along coastal pathways, away from polluted roads and motorways. Cycling along sea coastal routes can be one of the best exercise taking in fresh air, while wearing good sensible clothing and getting the appropriate safety advice.

5.Try Yoga and Tai Chi as another alternative. It’s excellent for elongating tense muscles and building harmony into your day.

6. There you go ….. you don’t even have to enter a gymnasium, unless you live so far from rivers, cycle tracks or the sea. You can take in the beauty of countrysides with sensible footwear and clothing, drink still water and get good safety advice.

Being more relaxed and posture aware will bring about that smile.

While repeating  Monday’s mantra – Nike’s slogan “Just Do It” you too can be breathing for more business on Monday mornings.

 

Carolyn Williams, helping you to re-energise for your business.

Breathing for business. I mentor business people and help them improve their focus, energy and clarity for new business.

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Official Workout at Work Day Sparkle Tip ~ Play a Sport.

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Shanks for the memories.

I attended Tom Shanklin’s testimonial launch last night at Cardiff City Stadium. His latest knee injury has meant he has accepted that he is now officially retired from the game he loves. In his words “there is more to do in Life than just playing rugby”. His testimonial evening marked the start of his new media career and events being organised throughout the year support Wooden Spoon The children’s charity of rugby

This was my second visit since Steve Hall cycled his way into Cardiff City Football Stadium this time last year, all the way from Hereford FC. Day 93 Cardiff City, Day 94 Cowbridge FC and Day 96 Swansea City.

Both Bjorn and Steve’s cycling efforts in raising awareness of the 45 million refugees can be summed up by this powerful image: Here’s what the Shirt looks like today. Unbelievable. It takes TWO cranes to lift it.

Playing a sport for a town, a city or your country takes on the team building process and spirit we see in business and it’s no surprise that many successful business owners and entrepreneurs are sporting champions or ex military, as I found to my surprise last night. A night to remember listening to the legendary Gareth Edwards talk about the chances Wales have in winning the World Rugby Cup 2011. Q&A presented so professionally by the young Cardiff player, Rhys Williams. The most important component being the passion and skill professionally cascaded down through generations. It was heart warming to see so many mums and dads supporting their sons last night.

It’s very easy to get lost in busy work. You may spend much time in your office, in-box or filing and organizing things. Participating in or coaching a sport has so many ongoing rewards for the future. Working together for a better tomorrow. .

What activity, exercise, or sport helps you become more productive and more relaxed?.

 

 

Carolyn Williams, helping you to re-energise for your business.

Breathing for business. I mentor business people and help them improve their focus, energy and clarity for new business.

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Workout at Work Day Sparkle Tip ~ Taking your power back from others

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011


Va Va VOOM.

Taking your power back from others

One of the most ticked boxes from my Fitness Goal Planner is ‘How can I have more energy?’

Here’s six tips. How about adding some of yours? smile

1Wake up, sleepy head!
Unsurprisingly, lack of sleep is the most common cause of low energy, so try and get between seven and eight hours sleep a night. Dim lights at night. You can help yourself get a good night’s sleep by keeping to a pattern of going to sleep and waking up at the same time, whether you’re tired or not and making sure your bedroom is the right temperature and not too noisy. A good sleep is should be like a good meal, leaving you satisfied and happy with just enough room for a little bit more.

2Dr. Das wrote Thin people don’t skip Breakfast Raise glucose metabolism Energise to exercise!
Breakfast recharges your batteries and kick-starts your body and mind for the day ahead, then people wonder why they feel so sluggish when they miss it. If you don’t feel like eating first thing in the morning, have a glass of energy-boosting fresh fruit juice. Too rushed to eat? Try munching on fruit, oatcakes or cereal bars.For those of you trying to lose weight effectively eat regular meals starting with a ‘Power’ breakfast.

3. Move it!
Put a spring in your step. Just 15 minutes of exercise can make a huge difference to your energy levels. Too busy to exercise? Try walking that extra stop to the bus, taking the stairs instead of the lift or going for a brisk walk during your lunch break.

4Power Breathe
Feel like you are rushing around with no time to breathe? Stop panting and take a deep breath of fresh air. By not taking in enough oxygen, energy levels drop dramatically and this can even cause slight dizziness. Stop what you are doing and take five deep breaths. Breathe in through one nostril to the count of three and then exhale for six. Change nostril and repeat. Do this daily for an energy lift.

Take your power break!

5Dynamic Stretching ~ Stretch while you hydrate – Drink regular glasses of water!
Feeling creaky? Stretching is one of the easiest ways to release tension and boost energy. Stretching for two to three minutes will loosen your muscles, ease joints and allow blood to flow more easily around your body. Whether you’re at your Pc desk, at home or stuck in traffic, stretching as many parts of your body as possible will give you more energy and help relax you at the same time. Never take your neck and back for granted. Sit on a Chi Ball to ease your spine or curl up on the floor ‘like a ball’ holding the inner thighs close to your chests, as you relax the head and neck!

6. Take a walk on the wild side and have some fun!.

Look out for tomorrows Shocking Now! Workout at Work Day Tip! Got any of your own moves to add?

 

 

Carolyn Williams, helping you to re-energise for your business.

Breathing for business. I mentor business people and help them improve their focus, energy and clarity for new business.

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Take a walk on the wild side and nurture your resilience

Monday, September 5th, 2011

It would seem small business owners feel the pressure more than their corporate counterpart as they battle to see the woods from the trees.  Burying heads in the sand or going to the wall or indeed being numbed by anti depressants won’t alter our economic situation. We’ve all done ‘ostrich thinking’  and the inner chatter often throws you over the edge of debt when that “oh blow it” moment pops up.  Sometimes we just need to sit and take the good bits out from the bad bits and be ‘grateful’ .

Our inner chatter sometimes sends us muddled messages which neither supports or nurture us.  It is in the choices we make,  how we can choose to do work we love doing and never see it as work.  Passion for our work helps us to put the ‘gloom and doom’ into perspective.

Being of service by sharing and helping each other in a more open, random and supportive way, as experienced in groups and boardrooms across the country helps us by tapping into our own board of directors. So many individuals give testimony daily over the networks, as to the progress made having acted on feedback ‘freely given’ in boardrooms.

Walking the talk as I did over the weekend, I share my favourite beauty spot for you all to see and feel.  This Gower coastline was featured on the Great British coastline ‘beauty awards’ programme on BBC in 2013.  We can all take a fresh air ‘break’ outdoors.   A mile walk in nature will allow your posture through stretching, resume an improved range of movement.

Please take a moment to study the view and to take in it’s beauty.  It is a well known and researched fact that being in nature helps us to restore our equilibrium.

Cary Cooper, professor of organisational psychology and health at Lancaster University Management School, says more people are taking an interest in nurturing their “resilience”.

 

Well-being – Three Cliff’s Bay, Gower

Three Cliffs landscape

  • What helps you in your work day to limber up after sitting for hours at your desk station and computer?
  • Why not share and add your favourite beauty spot to this thread?.

 

Move It, I like to move it

I like to move it,move it
I like to move it,move it
I like to move it,move it
Ya like to (“move it”)

 

 

Carolyn Williams, helping you to re-energise for your business.

Breathing for business. I mentor business people and help them improve their focus, energy and clarity for new business.

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Shocking Now ~ Workout at Work Day Dynamic Stretching

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

Move It, I like to move it

I like to move it,move it
I like to move it,move it
I like to move it,move it
Ya like to (“move it”)

Yoga, Tai Chi, Gardening, walking your dog…dynamic stretching

Here are some dynamic stretches on youtube clips from a colleague therapist, Rebecca Hudson ~ Bodyworks Soft Tissue Therapy, of chest and back that will help your posture after hours of sitting at a desk over a computer.

Day 1 Shocking Now! ~ Workout at Work Day Sparkle

 

 

 

Carolyn Williams, helping you to re-energise for your business.

Breathing for business. I mentor business people and help them improve their focus, energy and clarity for new business.

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Shocking Now! ~ Workout at Work Day Sparkle

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

Move It, I like to move it

I like to move it,move it
I like to move it,move it
I like to move it,move it
Ya like to (“move it”)

Sept 8th Workout at Work Day sees staff being encouraged to get active during their workday.

  • Moving during work breaks helps your posture and is good for being social offline!

Every day until next Thursday I will feature a Workout Tip at Work Day to celebrate this CPS initiative. .

Q&A
One of the questions often asked by business people, especially busy mums and dads is:

Q ~ “How do I get more energy?”

A ~ Good hydration is one of the biggest contribution to energy

A 2 ~ Good quality sleep and relaxation.

Drinking water at body temperature on waking is a great way to start your day.  We all dehydrate after 6 hours sleep. If you work in air conditioned offices you dehydrate more. Remember to have your bottled water and glass at your work desk and a lovely green plant nearby helps.

What is your question?

Any Company ( big or small ) wanting to know how to implement this CSP WOWD initiative, please contact me: carolyn@lifestyle-online.co.uk

 

 

Carolyn Williams, helping you to re-energise for your business.

Breathing for business. I mentor business people and help them improve their focus, energy and clarity for new business.

http://www.scoop.it/t/breathing-for-business

 

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