Archive for the ‘Social’ Category

Sharing Christmas Greetings through social media

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Photo courtesy of a lovely connection Wendy Mason 


This beautiful picture is being shared through social media. A gift from a connection on Twitter, Facebook, Google, Friendfeed and Linkedin can help add Sparkle to your Christmas.


Smile think Sparkle.   Carolyn


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Carolyn Williams


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.



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

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


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


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.



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.


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


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?


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

All it takes is One Spark!

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Farokh Engineer

Farokh Engineer


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

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

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…
Less Attractive?
Less Impressive?
Do you believe that making sure you have good posture could make you look and feel…
More energetic?
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?

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Carolyn Williams,  Breathing for Business.


A simple Hello! would do thank you very much

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

“Oh, bother ~ The word is issue not atishoo! silly ole bear”

I travelled to East Sussex on Thursday to spend some quality time with my son, his fiancée, her two children, a boy and girl and an eight month Bichon Frise called Paxton. They know our favourite family children’s story is ‘Winnie the Pooh’ and so a trip to Acre Wood was planned for Friday.

We set off, my son in charge of the map and refreshments carried in his desert rucksack, sporting airborne wing badges, a far cry for current warfare. And here we were following Pooh’s trail heading out to Acre Wood on a glorious English summers day.

The thing you find most restful and entertaining is the bridge over the river bank.  Throwing Poohsticks over one side to see them emerge the other side of the bridge. If you wait long enough you find that all the adventurers end up either in the river or nudging someone in. Yes, it was Paxton who enjoyed his first taste of sloshing about in the famous Winnie the Pooh river in Acre Wood.

After a good two hours we all made our way back to Pooh’s Corner shop to polish off a round of cream teas Here are some wonderful moments in the story.

Reflecting back to this blog Saturdays Tigger’s Business at Ecademy. In three years I have met some wonderful ecademy members, the most recent is Ian Moncrieff Macmillan Ian is a joy, a wonderful connection. So don’t delay, get out there to meet a member of your ecademy family.




WooHoo! I’m off to enjoy some honey on toast with a cuppa, English Breakfast of course.

Which new networking member have you met recently?




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



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Forever in blue jeans! Chitchat

Monday, July 25th, 2011


Photo courtesy of Flickr

Do you fit into your business and personal life like a glove or is it a tight squeeze and a strain?  Summer holidays are starting and many people are packing their favourite leisure wear into suitcases.

Do you put your favourite blue jeans and t-shirt in with your swimwear?

Can you get into them this summer?

Do you live forever in blue jeans?

Our love-hate affair with skinny jeans.

‘Forever in blue jeans’ was a blog I wrote a few ago, to tantalise my followers into responding. I rather enjoyed writing this story embracing Neil Diamond’s famous song  ‘Forever In Blue Jeans‘  to add colour and intrigue.

I am sure there are those of you, who like me, are natural rebels, whose desire for adventure both propel and pull you to try on the latest coloured jeans.  I read Selfridges were offering a scanning service for anyone wanting to know what shape and style of jeans would suit their frame.

This story was about our on going relationship with our jeans, blue denim and now coloured jeans being our reliable and constant companions. The ladies can wear them with loafers, strappy summer heels, even ankle boots. We depend on our jeans. We come to love them almost like pets and way beyond any other item of clothing. We use jeans to manage our weight, as jeans will always tell you better than your spouse or your best mate.  And a third of us try to lose weight to fit into smaller ones.

I am back in straight-legged, every-day, loveable blue jeans forever.

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



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