Archive for October, 2011

Pull Out The Rope Ty

Monday, October 31st, 2011

A Sister’s Eulogy for Steve Jobs


Steve Jobs 1955 – 2011

So profound and beautifully human

 

“One time when Steve had contracted a tenacious pneumonia his doctor forbid everything — even ice. We were in a standard I.C.U. unit. Steve, who generally disliked cutting in line or dropping his own name, confessed that this once, he’d like to be treated a little specially.

I told him:  Steve, this is special treatment.

He leaned over to me, and said: “I want it to be a little more special.”

Yes, we all want to be made to feel ‘ a little more special’. Thank you for asking after my daughter. And since you asked ( you did’nt ) but I still believe in you ~ Not sure if you like Gavin and Stacey Ty, but Smithy driving his car trying to sing a song from ‘Take That’ has me curled up. Him, his car, his Smithy branding, his singing and his audacity is so infectious.

Stay infectious! Stay Real!.

What humour grabs YOU?   Do you re-energise your connections?

 

Carolyn Williams,  Moving minds, helping you to focus on doing business

 


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I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You!

Sunday, October 30th, 2011


My daughter’s KC Spaniel Louis

I sent this photo last night to Pat Cox in response to my tweet from Julie Mewett. When my son serves his country overseas we send the usual parcels but my daughter sends out extra parcels for the doggies who serve along side their trained soldier handlers. I spotted a tweet that mentioned the wonderful work that these beautiful pups do from Pat Cox and from there on enjoyed an amazing exchange with Julie Mewett who with her family run The Dog Stop Canine Boarding and Transportation in Lewes, Sussex. Julie’s tweet response to this was ” Its so good to find someone else doing the same thing” and then sent me this clip ~ . Dog Deliveries 02.09.10 came and filmed with us

 

 

 

A timely exchange and engagement as we come up to The Poppy Appeal 2011
The Soldiers with Robin Gibb I’ve got to get a message to YOU!

Dedicating this Blog to L/Cpl Liam Tasker and Theo, his beloved Springer Spaniel.

Emma was very tearful when she read about Theo dying, not long after his master had been killed while on patrol in Afghanistan.

L/Cpl Liam Tasker with his beloved Theo his Springer Spaniel. She had been sending out parcels to the canine section at Camp Bastion and followed Theo’s story..

 


We salute your courage

 

Wishing all those serving our Country overseas a safe home coming.   Carolyn x

 

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Hug it out

Monday, October 24th, 2011

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The Rainforest Site 

The clever marketing of Monty and Mabel, the adorable Penguin characters from the John Lewis adverts, has captured the imaginations of the television and online world.

Every day you will read and see pictures that remind you of the huge human benefits a loving hug has on our wellbeing.

Hugging is known to raise our endorphin levels while helping to reduce our cortisol levels.  The online world can be a very lonely and empty place for sole users or indeed a sole trader, sales person and marketeer.

The social media network sites Facebook, Twitter, Friendfeed, Google and more recently LinkedIn, encourage us networkers to build on our circle of friends and community.

In 2008, I joined the social media network called Ecademy owned by Thomas Power and founder Penny Power OBE  and author of the book, ‘Know me, like me, follow me’.

Since then, I have met so many wonderful people, being part of that great membership, both from the UK and across the globe.

A London member called Norman, who I have became particularly fond of because of his humorous blogs, lost his wife to cancer.

He posted these memorable words to his network friends “hug ‘em hard and tell ‘em (again and again) how much you love them”  Deep meaningful words of wisdom during the time of his greatest loss. He said this “If, in my heartbreaking & still extremely raw experience, I can pass anything on, it’s simply to live life to the full, enjoy the good times and to remind everyone to reach out (today, now) to their partners, wives, hubbies, kids & loved ones and hug ‘em hard and tell ‘em (again & again) how much you love them”…

His words struck a chord with me. When both my parents passed away, within two years of each other, despite being surrounded by their friends and family, I still felt like an orphan. Working through my grief, I took on the philosophy that has served me well, to encourage my two adult children, ‘to hug it out and to tell each other, they love each other’.

Thank You Norman for your words of wisdom.

Carolyn Williams

@LifestyleOnline

Breathing new life into business. I provide social media campaigns for small business owners & entrepreneurs to help increase their followers, advocates and leads using social media.

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Louis

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Updated 15-10-2011

Good Night Louis

My daughter has been staying with me while resting from a protruding disc in her low back and is off work and waiting for an MRI. Meanwhile her husband and I take it in turns to run Louis their Cavalier, around the coastline. This photo I took one evening having returned from several hours on the Gower trail. It’s an amazing cure for insomnia. smile

My Friday digital “One True Media” lesson by Sally Asling.

It was this that inspired me to bring the loves in my life together on YouTube. Why not try it out for yourself?. Slap on the Smile by building smile moments that truly make your heart sing?.

It’s quite obvious to me that Sally’s love for her family and animals reaches out to others on social media. Behind the scenes she works tirelessly to make some ‘magic’ happen. What digital tools do you use to reach out on social media?.

 

 

Thank you Sally. Happy Saturday! sunshine smiles.

 

Do you re-energise your connections?

Carolyn Williams,  Moving minds, helping you to focus on doing business

 

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Customer Care Brand

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

 

Updated 11-10-2011
Many moons ago, I was asked by a fellow Chamber Training Associate, to write a Customer Care module on stress management and relaxation implementation. I tutored assertiveness, improved self -esteem and stress management at a local Swansea college at that time.

Handling difficult customers, meant we looked at who was responsible for quality in a customer service position?  There were three sections. Telephone sales and the Internal and External customer.  We implemented all three modules and applied the training programmes to a large, well known company being opened in Swansea.  Our hard work paid off and we won a National Training Award.  Since then I have added Exceptional customer service training to that package.

Disarming irate, disgruntled difficult customers with a smile and a facility to engage, is more effective offline than it is online.

 

Nothing succeeds better than a successful business with exceptional customer care.  Top this with a Smile! the most beautiful business attire and you have a win/win formula. Click on these links and enjoy doing the business with branding images, courtesy of Ces Creatively Minded Loftus.

 

Hello! is it me your looking for?

Oi! What Made You Smile Today?

Can Always Hear a Smile!

The most beautiful business attire, a Smile!

 

 

What does your brand message convey?

Carolyn Williams,  Moving minds, helping you to focus on doing business


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Is anger affecting your health?

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

 

Healthy constructive anger is healthy as opposed to reactive and destructive anger.  The trouble is not everyone understands the difference. It would help us if we understood the affects.

It’s addictive aaaargh! Watching Marco reminds me of all the Do and Dont’s about sitting relaxed and taking time over a delicious meal.

Do you eat when your angry?

Do you sit down to eat a meal?.

Do you spend time in relaxed company?

Do you look at eating as an enjoyable way of exchanging fun and laughter between family and friends?

Celebrations in familes and making new friends, generally involve eating and drinking. So relaxing while enjoying food so beneficial.

Eating when your relaxed and enjoying great company is a healthier option than eating when angry, and alone, yes?

So here are some veggie suggestions for those of us wishing to try alternative ‘veggie buddies’

 

Carrots with coriander,
Tomatoes with basil,
Peas with mint wink
Peppers with thyme,
Aubergine with oregano and ..
Leeks (Welsh ) of course with rosemary or new potatoes,
Cabbage with Dill and
Spinach with nutmeg.

 

Who would be top of your list sharing a gorgeous meal?

 

Do you re-energise your connections?
Carolyn Williams,  Moving minds, helping you to focus on doing business

 


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How To Sparkle ~ Shape Your Life To Stand Out From The Crowd

Monday, October 10th, 2011

 

Listening to some keynote Motivational Speakers over the years, surprisingly most of the upbeat, positive ones can be American.

IDEA – International Development Exercise Association.

Networking the Sport of the 90’s.  smile

I attended my first Global Fitness Idea Convention at Loughborough University and the keynote speaker was Betty Williams. Her style was a cross between Joan Rivers and Ruby Wax. She arrived on stage dressed in a black suit, covered in cut out red roses, dragging behind her a very large suitcase on wheels, her wardrobe.  She introduced her her highly motivational speech by announcing ‘if Elizabeth Taylor travelled carrying as many suitcases, then she too would copy her style’.

Betty Williams was sponsored by Playdoh and throughout her speech she would throw out lumps of playdoh, suggesting to the audience this exercise was to help them shape their lives. I have never forgotten her speech, her style, her playdoh, her message to this day, twenty years or so later.  Since this speech I have presented several motivational seminars to the Chamber Of Commerce and Women In Enterprise groups on the Power Of Play.

 

P ~ Praise
L ~ Laughter
A ~ Attitude
Y ~ YOU!

 

Being smarter it’s up to us as individuals to change for the better.  Shape your life to stand out from the crowd.

Successful brand selling – being willing to stand out from the crowd and carve out a niche for ourselves. Do you remember any Keynote speeches worth repeating?

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Carolyn Williams,  Moving minds, helping you to focus on doing business.

 


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All it takes is One Spark!

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Farokh Engineer

Farokh Engineer

 

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Who would have known that a chance meeting with a sponsor, attending Tom Shanklin’s Testimonial launch, would have taken me (a week later) to La Manga in Spain, to hear a short speech by the former Indian wicket keeper, Farokh Engineer.

“I loved the ball coming at me at me at 100 MPH and leaving the bat at 500 MPH,” he said.

Farokh auction speech was to raise funds for the 7th Twenty20 tournament, at La Manga Club 2011.  In partnership with Cricket España in support of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and sponsored by Ideal Group Ltd.  Farokh, (I must spell his christian name correctly, in case he takes a swing with his bat) hosted the auction and raffle, alongside Sarah Botham. Little did my group realize that a graceful Farokh, donning Hawaiian shorts, while enjoying a dip in the hotel pool earlier, would have captivated an entire full-house at dinner. What a tremendous team player, character and knowledgeable speaker on cricket.

The Event flyer said ” Come and enjoy a weekend of cricket in the autumn sun at  La Manga Club, the 1400-acre sports and leisure resort on
south-east Spain’s ‘warm coast’. Join Sarah Botham, the Spanish Cricket Association and others for this fun and exciting, bedroom apartment day cricket tournament
• Barbecue buffet on Saturday evening • Raffle and auction in support of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research • Prize giving on Sunday.

Now who could resist an invite like that?

The main fund raising event, for the weekend, was the three course buffet dinner and auction.

Commencing 8pm, the dinner was hosted by Simon Weston, OBE who received a standing ovation from a packed house.  You could hear a pin drop as Simon gave his account of warfare, at it’s most hellish and it’s most funniest. Then a question and answer session with Paul Burnham, Founder of the Barmy Army, on seventeen years of following the England Cricket Team, around the world, in a journey that has recently culminated in winning the Ashes down under and becoming the number one test side in the world.  Paul did a tremendous job multitasking for this charity event, while some of us survived the hilarious antics of the Barmy Army.

Motivating Ecademy Cricket Club ~ How can you resist an invitation like this > La Manga Club, in collaboration with the Spanish Cricket Association, can help you organise your own club, corporate or school tournament, training camp or tour. Qualified umpiring services arranged. Excellent match and training facilities. What are you waiting for?

 

♥●•٠★’°ºὄ•❤•.¸✿¸.•❤ LoVE CRICkET. LoVE LIFE. LoVE LA MANGA CLUB. ٠★’°ºὄ•❤•.¸✿¸.•❤

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Technology and Kinesiology Strains ~ Keeping employees fitter and healthier and in work.

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Keeping employees fitter and healthier and in work.

I see a rise in repetitive strain injuries in the work place. During my years of corporate wellbeing coaching in the work place, free exercise and manual work created a stronger skeletal body. Today with more research and diagnostic equipment available, we can detect skeletal weakness quicker. Today we also have a variety of solutions to combat these injuries. Preventative education and self management a key to the problem.

On going problems can arise in the workplace and offices due to the advancement of technology. These injuries are known as RSI – repetitive strain injuries.

Solutions can be several and varied:

  • Regular breaks away from computers and head sets,
  • Making Pc’s and seating positions ergonomically better, to alleviate low back an.d shoulder strains which occur over a long period of time.
  • Adequate natural lighting or lessen too much artificial lighting another.
  • Access to trail tracks outside in the fresh air help to combat stress and strains, brought about by long periods of sitting at the computer or station
  • Natural green plants do help in large, enclosed industrial administrative offices.
  • Adequate water stations

Poor lighting, poor airflow create tiredness and lethargy.  Changes can be implemented according to a business size and budget.  I have worked out a Matrix table offering a variety of solutions for both small, medium and large size companies.

There are several solutions to aid and positively encourage a healthier workforce.

Do you have any new suggestions?

Here are some more guideline tips to help prevent repetitive strain injuries.

 

  • Dynamic Stretching by Body Works soft tissue therapy, is vital to help prevent RSI in the work place and offices. I have covered it in my workout at work day series called Move It!

 

Do you re-energise your connections?
Carolyn Williams,  Moving minds, helping you to focus on doing business 

 


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