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I don’t love it because I sell it…I sell it because I love it.

Friday, May 8th, 2015

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My activity on Instagram has increased these past few months and there is one connection in particular who has gained my interest by asking questions. Her sales pitch points out the aesthetic physical benefits plus financial gains to the buyer. Her attractive selling connects with new followers and potential clients on a daily basis.

What you say, write and how your body language reflects those words have a big impact on those you do business with. Steve Martin wrote: The way in which feelings and emotion impact on decision-making and behaviour can be powerful.

Professor Marianne Bertrand of Chicago Business School recently found that simply by printing a picture of a smiling young woman on an envelope containing an offer for a financial product led to 
a significant increase in response.

In Daniel Pink’s recent best seller, To Sell Is Human, he argues that very point -“we are all in sales whether we like it or not”. We are all participating in non-sales selling when we are convincing people to exchange something of value with us even if it is something non-monetary such as their time or attention. If they give us their attention, they will receive valuable information and advice from us.

Many people are or wish to be entrepreneurs, and while they would describe themselves as having the entrepreneurial drive or spirit, they don’t believe that they are very strong salespeople. In reality, we are all in sales. We are all tasked with persuading people to buy into whatever it is we are selling or responsible for, even if it is only an idea”.

What can we do for ourselves to become better salespeople?

Reframe our perspective

We can learn how to listen

We can observe what skills and recommendations a person looks for before consulting someone

Confidence – We can own our insights about our own business

We can ask proactive questions

We can be ready to act on our own personal procrastinations

We can become allies to our minds for breakthrough thinking

Be keen to connect and not exploit when networking. Be keener to build a lasting relationship that helps us all learn that time spent with each other is worth it.

‘I don’t love it because I sell social media benefits…I sell it because I love it’.

Carolyn Williams, helping you capture new followers, advocates and how to generate new leads for your business?

@LifestyleOnline

Breathing new life into business. I generate new leads, followers and advocates for small business owners & entrepreneurs

Swansea
cardiffboardroom.co.uk

Monday, April 27th, 2015

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You never know when the next conversation will be the one that will change your life.

Sometime ago I arranged a chat with a creative connection, after I felt I was being swamped by a certain mind-set.  Since then with a purpose, I look at new ways to be creative about networking and business.

Here are just four tips to help you do it better:

Circulate (Get Out into the real world)

Oprah did it, and you can do it, too. It’s time to leave the comfort of your corner suite, cubicle, garage, coffee shop, or home office, get out into the world, and network.

Oprah was sharing food and conversation in a social setting.  We all do it. Why not do it better?

Step outside from your comfort zone

I started a café style conversation four years ago, and this has led to a series of more conversations that have helped shaped my life and work.

“Using seven design principles and a simple method, the World Café is a powerful social technology for engaging people in conversations that matter, offering an effective antidote to the fast-paced fragmentation and lack of connection in today’s world.

Based on the understanding that conversation is the core process that drives personal, business, and organizational life, the World Café is more than a method, a process, or technique – it’s a way of thinking and being together sourced in a philosophy of conversational leadership”.

Listen

Larry King once said, “I never learned anything while I was talking,” and he was right! It’s better to impress someone by showing interest in them than to talk too much about yourself. This is your opportunity to gather information and find where you can help them or connect on a project yourself. At the end of the day you can empower others just by listening to them—and that can be a gift in itself.

Build Trust

Franklin Levinson, the Horse whisperer from Maui, daily conversations is an example of how he shares his lifetime skill and experiences of building trust with horses.

Several magical conversations later, arranged around Cardiff and Swansea and on Skype, I am able to share great insights from conversations with other strategists, who I believe help people to see the world in a more connected way.

Grow yourself and your business at the same time and just start getting out of the office!

Whether you’re with potential clients, colleagues, or friends, circulate and meet others outside your immediate circles. You never know when the next conversation will be the one that will change your life.

You can follow more of my café style conversations on Breathing for Business scoop.it.

*Introducing social media mentoring in May 2015 (a 4 week package) for your business.

Contact carolyn@lifestyle-online.co.uk

Carolyn Williams, helping you capture new followers, advocates and how to generate new leads for your business?

@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.

Swansea
cardiffboardroom.co.uk

Old ways won’t open new doors

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

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I have not put pen to paper for some weeks. I guess the pull of an early spring/summer has taken me outside into the open office.  I’ve marvelled at the joys, sights, smells and sounds when the sun arrives early in Wales.

I have been reading lots of articles on social media. One author, Delilah Dawson, in particular challenged her readers to Please shut up: why self promotion as an author doesn’t work and  ‘‘to focus on your energy on the one thing that’s in your control: writing the best book you possibly can. Focus on editing each sentence to make it sing’.  I adore singing and have been listening to some incredible songs lately, that of the early morning bird and this Daddy, who is so patient and loving with his daughter singing.  She is a Hoot! ‘to focus on your energy on the one thing that’s in your control: writing the best book you possibly can. Focus on editing each sentence to make it sing’.  I adore singing and have been listening to some incredible songs lately, that of the early morning bird and this Daddy, who is so patient and loving with his daughter singing.  She is a Hoot!

Here she is singing with her adoring dad.

‘Britain’s Got Talent’  judge, Mr Simon Cowell has made his fortunes choosing and promoting talent all over the world.  He summed up his current best contemporary composer, Golden Boy Calum Scott  by saying ‘‘you took us all on an emotional journey. We were all sucked in’.

Are you conscious of these doing words:

Listening

Focusing

Pulling In

Emotional

Journey

Do you resonate with Delilah Dawson, who says ‘I don’t want to be badgered, urged and threatened, cajoled at or whined to?  Or do you want to be drawn in by what you hear and read online?  Do you attract new potential clients with song links, pictures, and roller coaster post links?  Or are you too squeezed to remember who you were following and listening to?

Have you opened any new doors lately?  Well for starters stop doing the same thing that got you here in the first place.  Commit to moving forward. Commit to opening new doors.

 

 

Carolyn Williams, helping you capture new followers, advocates and how to generate new leads for your business?

@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.

Swansea
cardiffboardroom.co.uk

 

How grateful are you?

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

 

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Langland Bay 2015

 

Yes, we know emotion sells. This view has that ‘wow’ factor to win the imagination of those who are lucky enough to capture the moment.

Have you ever asked yourself if you deserve to be happy?.

Dr. Robert Horden, Positive Psychology and Founder of The Happiness Project has written a book called Happiness Now!

Happiness is your true nature, It’s you minus your neurosis.

A standard happiness research model suggests

50% Genes – Personality
40% from choices
10% or less from life circumstances.

He adds “It’s no longer believed that our personality is wholly dictated by genetics. Instead we’ve found that the functioning of our genes changes according to nutrition and attitude, so choices play an even bigger part of our happiness than originally thought. Being grateful for what you have rather than complain about what you don’t. Choosing to believe that happiness is not something that only comes to those who deserve it”.

Social animals

Whether we like it or not we have an influence on the world due to the fact that our inner being radiates peace, energy, joy and gladness, we all possess it.  We need to think of a way that benefits those around us.  We need to do it because human beings are social animals and we all owe something to the world.  We are all connected somehow, so the way we feel influences others right?.

We can choose to select the positive interpretations which boost our well-being. Telling ourselves nice stories, enjoying the moment, as opposed to obsessing about the future.  True happiness comes from when it’s shared, as we see daily here on social media networks. It’s contagious, intoxicating and sparkling like champagne and like champagne it’s not meant to be drunk alone.

Be mindful of what you reach for and remember to celebrate that moment.

 

Carolyn Williams, helping you find ways to re-energise yourself for your business?

@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.

Swansea
cardiffboardroom.co.uk

 

A conversation with Dr Limin Zhu, Clinic of Chinese Medicine, Swansea.

Monday, January 19th, 2015

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Dr Limin Zhu

Clinic of Chinese Medicine, 107 Walter Road, Swansea, SA1 5QQ, Tel: 01792 474488

http://www.clinicofchinesemedicine.com/

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Dr Limin Zhu graduated in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) from the University of Liaoning, China, which took 5 years of study in both Western and Chinese medicine. She was conferred Bachelor of TCM in 1982 and then worked for 9 years as a Senior Physician in Liaoyang Hospital of TCM, China, and also worked for one year in Beijing Hospital of TCM before she came to Swansea in 1991.

She has had busy practices in the Swansea Clinic of Natural Medicine for 7 years and then, in April 2000, set up her own clinic – The Clinic of Chinese Medicine in 107 Walter Road. With over 29 years of experience in treating various conditions she provides a professional, warm and friendly atmosphere for her patients.

Dr Limin Zhu’s father, worked as a Consultant in a hospital in China. Her husband’s research as a civil engineer at Swansea University brought her to Swansea in 1991. They have a son, who having studied medicine at Cambridge University is now a cardiac doctor at Cambridge University Hospital.

Perhaps you’ve been putting up with a health condition for some time, and maybe you have tried medication, or other therapies, doing everything you can think of that will improve your health, and you’re still having a hard time trying to figure out why it isn’t working.

Dr Limin’s chinese medicine success stories are in treating fertility problems in women. She now has a growing Baby Club as testimony to her work in the Swansea Clinic. Her many other success stories are in treating blood pressure, arthritis, migraine and stress relief.

As a long term migraine and temporomandibular disorder sufferer (a problem affecting the chewing muscles and the joints between the jaw and the base of the skull) I highly recommend her migraine and pain relief acupuncture treatment.

As a highly loved and respected Chinese medicine practitioner in the Swansea community, she certainly does provide a professional, warm and friendly atmosphere for all her patients.

http://www.clinicofchinesemedicine.com/

Carolyn Williams, helping you find ways to re-energise yourself for your business?

@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.

Swansea
cardiffboardroom.co.uk

Connecting the dots on social media networks

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

Penny Power OBE wrote a book called ‘Know me, like me, follow me’

In this book Penny helps you understand how you can build your social media community. Here are a few examples of how that message translates for me on the web.

Connect for energy.
Make new friends preferably happy ones. Research by Harvard University shows that each happy friend you have, increases our chances of being happy by 9%, while each unhappy friend we have, only decreases our odds of being happy by 7%. So statistically we’re better off with a new friend than without one.

Laugh

I laugh a lot with a few chosen witty connections

Help each other.
I created my fan page on FB (and more) with the help of a ‘high’ sharing connections.

Sharing

I love the ‘footprints in the sand’ analogy which suggests when the load gets too ‘heavy’ you share the load. Being present listening to the successes and the ‘tough times’ of a new connection. I share my high’s and lows with special connections and YOU!

Act.

Do you get to know your connections?

Have you tried laughing or crying or dancing with your connections?. Being pro active I do all of these things through my blogs, organising and attending events. I’ve met and joined countless new friends through events. Many of whom are now shining stars throughout the social media networks.

Making time for your social media connections

Hug your connections.

There are many different ways you can hug your connections. Retweeting their blogs, commenting, agreeing, and agreeing to disagree on their posts.

Be You.

Listening to Olly Murs being interviewed on Radio One last night, on route back from the M25, I heard the interviewer say the audience immediately connected with Olly on stage. Why? He loves entertaining by being himself and he genuinely loves performing in front of his audience.

Enjoy time together through events, these can be online through skype, webinars or offline by arranging promotional events at your favourite venues,

Spreading real value over the web is an art.

Franklin Levinson facebook page is an example of how he shares his lifetime skill and experiences of building trust with horses.

How do you re-energise yourself for business?

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.

Swansea
cardiffboardroom.co.uk

Winning by Sharing

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

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Steve Hall a social media friend, covered thousands of miles cycling to 92 football Clubs in the UK. Adding to his list, my home Swansea City, Cardiff City and Cowbridge on his Welsh Football Club route, to raise awareness for the 45 million homeless refugees worldwide in 2010. I posted this: Best of Summer 2010 below, about Steve’s remarkable visits to three Welsh Football Clubs:

Psst! Steve has been in Wales! Wales! Wales!!  since last week.

Fantastic Visit to Swansea City.

In this leg of Steve’s story “winning by sharing” he wrote:-

“Huge thanks and congratulations to Carolyn Williams for getting her hat-trick! First Cardiff City, then Cowbridge and finally Swansea City. We were met at the ground by two lovely Swans’ employees and presented a signed shirt pitchside. It was also a great opportunity to explain to both the Swansea City ladies as well as the local newspaper the purpose of the whole journey. Hopefully they realised that the world’s 45 million refugees were worth cycling for. This stark figure certainly keeps me going.

From the Liberty Stadium, it was a dash down to Morgans Hotel where Carolyn had arranged a reception in this prestige venue. It was a delight to talk to the GM, Christine Owen, and I was able to thank her for a raffle prize they had offered. There was a good number of Ecademists, football fans and others present including Carolyn, Simon “Web Wizard” Jones and Carolyn’s daughter Emma. Thanks to all for making this such a memorable day for me and such an important milestone in the journey. 68 clubs now visited and now it’s the long, long trek to Plymouth Argyle, Torquay United and Exeter City. Wales has done The Shirt proud. Thanks, Carolyn and all who have supported you”.

Sam Borrett (a fellow ecademate) said it well ” If you really want something be single pointed and go like an arrow towards the target.” I would add “This is definitely a winning by sharing story.

Throughout Steve’s journey from Cardiff to Cowbridge we have enjoyed some Fab Company. Click here to see photographs courtesy of Mike Briercliffe taken of Steve in Swansea’s Liberty Stadium and the Morgan Hotel.

Yesterday, at 6am, we both attended the Swansea Waterfront BNI Chapter (my previous chapter.) I took Penny Power’s OBE book ‘Know me, like me, follow me’ as part of my me sixty seconds presentation. Following Steve’s journey since last Friday he wrote “I’ll have an early night, look forward to Swansea Waterfront BNI and then I am off, head down, to Plymouth, Exeter and Torquay. What a journey. “There are laws of science there are universal laws.” Yes Steve Hall’s 45 million refugees and climbing journey is testimony to that!

As Steve continues his cycle to South West to join Milton, in Southend, here’s twinkling you on throughout this your final leg of this project. Following Steve’s intention I am reminded of something Nic Oliver once posted – ‘A safe return is the best part of the journey’.

You can read about Steve’s remarkable The Shirt 2010, his story about cycling to 92 Football League Clubs.

In June 2015 Steve will start out to cycle from Kirkenes on the Norwegian/Russian border to visit all the clubs in the top three divisions of Norwegian football.Yes, that’s some 5000 kms and 100 nights. The intention is to get 5000 signatures on one football shirt!

Wishing Steve another massively successful Norwegian/Russian cycle ride in 2015. Please Click here: http://www.theshirt2010.co.uk/ to follow Steve and add your much needed support.

 

How do you re-energise yourself for business?

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.

Swansea
cardiffboardroom.co.uk

Hug it out

Friday, December 12th, 2014

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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.

Swansea
cardiffboardroom.co.uk

It only takes a moment to reach out to someone through social media

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

 

Sharing social media marketing and business coach connection, Fraser Hay, once asked this question:

“What is the sum total value of each of the individual parts?” He concluded his post with: “Regardless of star, status or bloodline, personally I think it’s a T.E.A.M. effort.”

The equally sharing Digital Youth Academy founder, Penny Power OBE gave us her food for thought of the day: “So, think about this today, who’s parachute do you pack and who is packing yours?”

Talking of parachutes, on a purely parental level, I am the proud mum of a handsome paratrooper. I remember him coming home to Swansea when he was in his twenties, with three fellow handsome Paratroopers. They were waiting to complete their jumps, to qualify for their British wings. Listening to how some of them, while training, can and do get dragged by their chutes but even scarier to learn how they jumped for their compulsory night jumps.

That phrase ‘a single leap of faith’ for them, takes on a whole new meaning in the dark, I reckon. Yes, they have to rely on one another for survival, the discipline is immense and their camaraderie second to none.

Which bring me back to my question: How much easier is it then to reach out to someone on social media?.

I look out for weekly updates and here is one I want to share, from the talented Tanya Igic. This was her shout out last week:

‘You have to visit this Christmas exhibition in Craft in the bay, Cardiff’.

Maybe take a closer look at your original network? Who do you keep in contact with either by phone, Skype or indeed via a face to face catch up? It’s also an exercise which highlights those who have never kept in touch, or who have left for other reasons.

Have you taken a closer look at your contact list lately?

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.

Swansea
cardiffboardroom.co.uk

Look Up

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

“Look up to the sky. You’ll never find rainbows If you’re looking down” Charlie Chaplin

Happiness makes you feel good from the inside out.

Happy people have a magical aura that we are instinctively drawn to. True happiness cannot leave you. Children are often happy without a reason.

We can afford to relax and choose happiness now. This encourages the serotonin levels to rise, which promote a state of well-being and sustain our vitality.

Happiness is natural. Happiness is selfless. Imagine that whatever you want is right here. Look up, this is your happiness workout.

Do you re-energise your clients?

Carolyn Williams. Breathing new life into business.  I drive new leads, followers and advocates online for small business owners & entrepreneurs to boost revenue.

@LifestyleOnline

Swansea

Breathing-For-Business
cardiffboardroom.co.uk