Posts Tagged ‘Cardiff Boardroom’

Making time for your network connections

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Making time to find out more about some of my connections in my social media network, I arranged a meet up with Andrew Field at Miskin Manor, Llantrisant, and Cardiff.

Looking through a lens.

When you give someone respect, you also give them space to express who it is they truly are. Without hearing and understanding someone’s ancestry and business history you can only scratch the surface. To measure the quality of a social media connection, you gain a much better insight by meeting them in person and by taking an interest in their business and interests. Andrew is a keen, avid wildlife photographer.

Here are just two of Andrew’s favourite pictures (taken by Andrew himself)

Lion activity captured in Manna Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

Boardroom insight

I can tell you having met him; he is a man who means exactly what he says and has so much more to offer a person on a social network site, about business. When I joined Ecademy in 2008, Andrew is the first person I have met , ho is Mr. Boardroom himself. Having built a few businesses armed with several business strengths, he is a boardroom all rolled into one. Throughout my meetings with local South Wales businessmen and women, I inevitably see the quizzical look on their faces when I talk about the merits of joining a boardroom, and how we met online through ecademy, the social media network, started and owned by Penny and Thomas Power until they sold it.

I was able to sit back and truly engage with someone who was not trying to sell me anything. Don’t be fooled by his superb shots of lions and elephants roaming in the wild, he is so much more. In his profile he concludes by asking the reader: ‘Did that spark an interest? Feel free to connect if it did, no harm can be done, but be aware I would like to make our connection a little more than just your name on a now, rather large list. I am happy to explore opportunities where I can help, where I have the experiences; and to participate where I have an opinion, so please explore my other networks too’.

So I will continue to keep an eye out for him and my love of Lion wildlife photography, on blog sphere, as he suggests.

I would love to hear from you, if you have met a member through any of your favourite social media networks and learnt something so new and valuable because you took the time to find out?

Do you re-energise your clients?

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

Smart ways to re-energise

Monday, March 18th, 2013

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Nature’s healing powers

 

If you’re lucky, you do the kind of work that sparks your creativity and makes you want to meet its challenges.

I am an educator first and foremost. My intention is to help you feel more energised for work and personal activities, through self-awareness and self-healing.

Next time you find yourself overwhelmed by work issues, working on your own from home, ask yourself the following question:

How do I get more energy? Then trust your body to give you the answers.

Address an issue that drains you.

Look for help available, if you are in debt.

Ask for support if you want to let go of abusive relationships.

Find new training for that dream job, if you are unhappy in your current one.

Surround yourself with ‘balcony not basement people’. Balcony type people will help you see possibilities in life.

Listen to what your body is telling you.

Learn to nourish yourself by eating super foods. There are lots of recipes in health magazines that will give you ideas.

Change those bad habits of working through lunch and tea breaks.

Ask about your nearest leisure activities:

Take a walk by your favourite sea-front, river or mountain.

If you’re not getting enough sleep, take time to breathe deeply this helps calm the mind and the body.

Help yourself unwind at the end of a hectic day by taking a relaxing bath and listen to soft music.

Keep your lounge space relaxed with some aromatherapy ‘calming’ scented candles.

Mindfully creating better habits by meditating regularly, you too can ‘let go’ of those old habits that no longer work for you..

 

Being self-aware, having good self-esteem and loving yourself is the ‘key’ for better health.

Once you tune into your body’s signals and know what to do, start doing it.

Acting on your body’s healing messages will re-energise you, help  you feel and be your best.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Treadmill Desks

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

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Treadmill Desks   Photo courtesy of Getty Images

How practical and beneficial are they to business?

How many of you ( having filled in the latest insurance policy for an increasing number of gadgets ) are aware of how many hours you slog away at your desk tops, plus latest apps?  How many of you are aware of the repetitive strain, postural hypertension and worse still, a worsening of your cardio health, as you lean over the computer day after day?

Because of my ergonomics awareness, I build in postural awareness questions weekly, during my onsite gym inductions.  Helping employees to check all those vital, large muscle groups responsible for core stability  that help prevent  injuries. Our attention is brought back to these vital sets of exercises when a accident happens to us,

Post injury or ill health, we are forced to look at the benefits of cardiovascular exercising and core stability.

Building in these essential postural stability exercises to a weekly programme help us to prevent injuries and keep our business ticking over nicely.

Luckily we can fit in a ‘missed’ muscle group workout anywhere, anytime.  I’ll cover them in my next article.

 

How do you re-energise yourself for your clients?

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

 

Mean what you say

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

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Exploring this message “A strong personal brand has a reputation of meaning what they say!”, I want to ask you this open question:

Do we get our message right?

When we feel stale and reach a plateau ( a great example of this is, when we are trying to lose weight ) it generally means we have arrived at a natural place in our cycle. I thought I’d explore this phase and list some positive triggers to help you shift up a gear.

Here’s a wonderful quote from personal branding and peak performance mastermind Sunil Bali in his blog called Shift :

‘By changing the pain and pleasure you associate with certain actions, your emotions will automatically drive you to take action, which you can’t achieve by using logic alone.

If you want to get better results, perhaps it’s time to change your cerebral gear?’

His lesson clearly shows that with the right help, you can move things to another level, if you choose to.

Here are a few of my tips to help you move up a gear.

1. Sift through time wasters, energy drainer’s contacts and circles. Make a choice to limit non-supportive interactions that don’t energize you.

2. Integrate activities. Socialise with connections that are like-minded. Find people in your network who share common interests and develop your creative side around people and activities you love.

3. Objectively stand back and check how you can improve your brand message, so that you can move it up a level.

4. Be an active listener, this highly necessary skill affords us a new ‘insight’ that shapes our brand message to reach new customers.

5. Be an active learner: You would think learning takes more time from you, but actually there are so many new tools and new ways of doing things that can free us up.

6. Lighten up! Spend time that for you is productive and fun.

7. Rekindle your creative flare.

8. Perception. Your fresh take on life and work with a different perspective, releases new energy.

Here’s a quote that can be your mantra:

“All difficulties can become opportunities”

Acting on this quote and shift we can then look forward to that next phase.

Are there any changes you can make? Can I help you make them?

My e-mail address is : carolyn@cardiffboardroom.co.uk

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

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

 

 

Mind set possibilities

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Yesterday, I had this enormous urge to support my home town football team Swansea City was playing Chelsea in the semi-final. It was a 19.45pm kick off. Around 3-4pm the impossible happened, it snowed heavily, cutting off minor roads, villages and it brought parts of the M4 to a standstill. The Swansea City head groundsman was interviewed on BBC Wales, saying “there would be no cancellation, the ground had under cover heating”.

So a well thought out ‘under cover heating plan’ brought about a successful match between Swansea City v Chelsea, with Swansea City, a small club, getting through to the final at Wembley. The final to be played on February 24th.

When Swansea City first got into the premiership at Wembley, we saw the following headlines: ‘Would the last person leaving Swansea, please remember to shut the door’ brought a knowing smile to anyone associated with the Swans. The club has an incredible loyal fan base, so much so, all seats in the stadium are taken.

So there I was, wondering how could  I cheer  the #SWANS  from my kitchen, only a few miles away.   I searched the internet and found Radio 5 Live was indeed LIVE from the Liberty Stadium, so I sat, glued to my home seat, listening while John Hartson commentated on the match and I was able to join the snow flaked covered fans, cheering on the home side for a win/win.

I posted this blog ” Nothing Is Impossible“, reading about Swansea City’s smallest player,  Nathan Dyer’s  dream was to play in the final at Wembley.  His dream came true.

Just look at these Swansea City players body language?

Photo courtesy of Getty images.

 

 

 

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

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

 

What conversations have helped you in your business?

Friday, January 11th, 2013

 

 

The World Café

The origins of The World Café (shaping our futures through conversations that matter) were explained to me by Kevin Watson  kjcoach, trainer & consultant delivering leadership and team development programmes for the 21st century.

I connected with Kevin on LinkedIn and later invited to meet with him for a one to one conversation at Morgan’s Hotel, in Swansea. During our second meeting, Kevin lent me his edition of The World Café book. The World Café is a flexible, easy-to-use process for fostering collaborative dialogue, sharing mutual knowledge and discovering new opportunities for action.

The book

” 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”.

This philosophy again, summed up by ˜John Seeley Brown who said:

“It’s never enough just to tell people about some new insight. Rather, you have to get them to experience it in a way that evokes its power and possibility. Instead of pouring knowledge into people’s heads, you need to help them grind a new set of eyeglasses so they can see the world in a new way.”

Several magical collective wisdom style conversations later, arranged at both Morgans Hotel, Miskin Manor 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.

You can follow more of my café style conversations on Breathing for Business scoop.it. I’d love to hear what conversations have helped you in your business?

Meanwhile, I’ll continue to invite people to share their insights and wisdom for a café style conversation.

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

Proving nothing is impossible

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

 

Something John Murray said, all the way in Afghanistan sparked this post……

When I grow up, I want to be … Childhood dream jobs

Train drivers, vets and footballers – our childhood dreams remain the same, so can revisiting them help our careers now? Frances Booth asked a class of children to draw their ideal jobs”.

Memories of that famous child advert that went “When I grow up I WANT TO BE” …a movie star, a world famous singer, song writer, a famous footballer…

Some of us are hooked on singing, dancing or cooking contests on the television. I am glued to Africa and ALL THINGS POSSIBLE.

James Arthur won X-Factor singing Impossible and I helped by consistently voting him in as a WINNER and I am 63. I live and breathe in the Swansea sea air. I watched and welcomed back the Swansea City Football players win their well deserved Swansea City Premier Football League Cup in taking their fight to WEMBLEY.

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Yesterday, I posted SWANS ‘little terrier’ Nathan Dyer’s, announcement (his sheer belief) in dreaming for another Premier Cup at Wembley, proving beyond doubt nothing is impossible.

Since this post our small but determined Swansea City Club, have got through to the final at Wembley. This match will take place on February 24th 2013.

 


Photo Getty Images

So I’ve learnt to become smart and connect with my inner child.

What is your dream?

 

Do you re-energise your clients?

 

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

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

 

First Impressions

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

 

I woke up this morning to a beautiful sky and worked on an exciting new proposal which will centre on ‘First impressions do count’?

Whenever someone meets you for the first time they will form an impression of you. What kind of impression depends a lot on your attitude towards them? Psychologists claim that a person can form an impression of you in as little as nine seconds.

So what can we do to give the right impression – be positive?
To be more positive we need to have a Positive Mental Attitude.

Key or Cue word.

P Positive M Mental A Attitude

Having a positive mental attitude can help us speak with conviction when we are selling our products or services. Our physical preparation for selling is obviously of paramount importance to us. It is easy to see that we need to look after our health to the extent that we feel great. Our appearance and manner influence our client’s reaction to us and that our ability to communicate our message effectively, depends on our body language and speech.

Self-awareness and the customer.

I wanted to ask you …

Who was your first memorable connection who welcomed you when you walked into your first networking group and why?
What was it they said that enticed you to connect?
Was it an invite to network or an offer of help? Or ….was it their looks?

On Monday I posted Café conversations and it attracted the chatty members who love meeting over a cuppa to develop the things that matter to both parties.

One of the things that come to mind when meeting someone face to face is:

First impressions do count…
Meeting up for Café conversations flow when you are happy in yourself, when you value yourself first and others. So when you greet someone for the first time your body language confirms that greeting. If you’re tired, tense or unhappy, the person you converse with will pick up on your feelings. Focusing on what matters tends to spring board the conversation to another level if you’re warm and open. So for me looking after yourself is a starting point, so that you can walk up to someone with confidence and va va voom, leaving a lasting impression.

Good energy stays around a lot longer when you have left the conversation.

 

Carolyn Williams

Breathing new life into business. I provide social media campaigns for small business owners and entrepreneurs  to help raise their profiles online..

Swansea ·Cardiff  cardiffboardroom.co.uk

 

If you’re stuck in a rut and want to change your thinking pattern

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Several months ago I arranged a chat with a creative connection when 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. A café style conversation was one of them, leading to a series of more conversations. This month is already bubbling away.

Thanks to Marcus Cauchi, I was given an introduction plus an insightful call about a networking group in London, called The Liquid List, which led to an invite to give a talk to ex forces and forces. I follow this invite with my most memorable invite to date, the very private and humble man, our Wales rugby head coach Warren Gatland OBE.

 

Head coach of Wales Warren Gatland celebrates after beating Ireland in their Six Nations rugby match at Croke Park in Dublin

So here is my question to you:

How about adding your own tips to change your usual thinking pattern?

As a fitness professional, scientifically we know that walking improves our cardiovascular system, let alone improved levels of oxygen and the good endorphin chemicals that make us want to smile!

 

So I will kick-start the process by listing these helpful tips:

1. Take a walk and look for something interesting
2. Change one or two of your daily ritual habits.
3. Ask the most creative person you know to join you (I did)
4. Wear purple underwear for inspiration. (Okay, I borrowed that one!)
5. Create an idea that will get you really excited.
6. Key is in the human and nature’s environment Lisa
7. How about taking the time to stop? Robert

8. Do something nice for someone which is totally out of your character. Andrew Horder

9. I am a great fan of change/movement/action Robert Zarywacz  Editor of Business in Action
10. Walking is one of the simplest and effective ways of seeing the world (or a particular part of it) and benefiting from it. John Paul
11. A Brisk Walk – & Lots of Water ! always works for me – Hydration is vital for muscle power and brain function. Milton Rodrigues
12. I always put one evening aside just for family. Disney movies are best cos they give me a good laugh. Popcorn, Fire lit and Pjs. Samantha Kelly
13. Start doing some manual operation with your non-dominant hand. Massimo Luciani
14. AND try to find a meeting or event I’ve never been to and meet people I’ve never met, discussing something I never heard of. Susanne
15. Enjoying shuffling our feet through the fallen leaves in Autumn. Phillip Khan-Panni

Hope this gets you thinking differently? Maybe you can add your own?

 

“Surround yourself only with people who are going to take you higher” – Oprah Winfrey

 

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

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

PayPal

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Yesterday, I wrote an editorial for a well known business on my Lifestyle Online website and got paid for it via PayPal. I can hear some of you say “What is so special about that?” I have always been hugely keen not to dilute my well-being brand built over the years. I asked Lyndon for his advice and got some. But it was my perseverance that got this first payment.

I rarely use PayPal and have been focused on looking at acceptable ways of earning money through my blogs. The payment transfer was immediate. This positive experience has meant I am more than happy and eager to repeat the exercise, with suitable generic brand names.

I gave a talk in London with the intention of offering training courses on:

How to handle difficult customers with assertiveness

The internal customer

The external customer

Then I read this:  Why PayPal Is a Wildly Successful ‘Dinosaur’  which dropped into my  mailbox.

Two bullet points in particular resonated:

7. PayPal doesn’t care how you use its service, as long as you use it.
8. The Company has a new, entrepreneurial President
PayPal grabbed David Marcus in a $240 million acquisition of his payments company Zong. He is hell-bent on personally improving customer service and internal development

My question to you is “Do we get in our own way?”  When we write material for our business on our website should we be so closed, that we miss obvious opportunities.

Should we take a leaf out of PayPal’s philosophy and say  “we don’t care how you use our brand as long as you customers use it?”

 

Do you re-energise your clients?

 

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

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