Posts Tagged ‘LifestyleOnline’

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Handshake concept between a businessman and a person from laptop's screen.

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

My Right and Left Brain

Monday, March 18th, 2013

 

Listen and Learn

 

There are times we can be overly swamped by a fixed mind-set and it takes either an accident, or a chance meeting to look ‘outside the box’ to shed some new light.

On January 24th, I broke my scaphoid bone in my right hand, after a nasty fall down concrete steps. I am right handed and have since learn’t that personal injury lawyers frequently represent these injuries. Since this accident my resolve, in terms of tasks and writing articles and pretty much doing anything, is being sorely tested.  Thinking with either the left or right  side of my brain, working on the simplest of tasks,  has now become a major project. Reading up on the treatment and healing process and the ways in which our right and left brain work, I came across:

 

Scans reveal intricate brain wiring

 

Full Monty

“BBC’s science correspondent Pallab Ghosh gets a look at how his brain is wired when he talked to Professor Van Wedeen. Scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital are pushing brain imaging to its limit using a purpose built scanner. It is one of the most powerful scanners in the world.

Arcs of understanding

The result was a 3D computer image that revealed the important pathways of my brain in vivid colour.

The scanner’s magnets need 22MW of electricity – enough to power a nuclear submarine”.

You can only begin to imagine the exercises I have next in store?

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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.

 


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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

 

Are you making a dent in the way people act and think?

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Mark Schaefer wrote ‘as a rule of thumb that only about two percent of your blog readers leave comments’. That’s a generalization I have found that holds up across many types of blogs. Readers may be too busy, too shy, or just not interested enough to comment. So you need a LOT of readers before you start getting comments.

So how do you know if your blogs are making an impact?

Be the Spark!

With the recent trend of resurrecting old blogs, I felt the need to talk to people about the true impact of my blogs. Make an effort and get to know them better. I’ve started to call up my readers and favourite authors. After one invite, Lisa Bakker called me this morning. Hearing the response of readers gives you energy. Confirming comments when genuine, have a re-energizing impact.

Two thing, inside and outside resources. Outside resources for me have been weekly mastermind Skype’s with Marja Botha van Doorn . I have now linked her with Lisa and myself. Engaging with like-minded coaches (thanks Marja and Lisa.) Just knowing that I have people to turn to for intellectual stimulus and support, is invaluable for me, so that I gain a greater resolve. I’m taking risks and implementing things in my future business that are stretching me.

The internal resources are my skills, mind-set, a solid personal foundation. Most entrepreneurs get started with little clarity on their foundation and how important that is to leaping. I remember linking with Suzy Greaves who wrote Making the Big Leap and my son has certainly owned the phrase ‘A single leap of faith’ actively doing parachute jumps (including over Arnhem last year) across Europe. These jumps give a real meaning to that phrase. Having a strong foundation (roots ) to leap from, is crucial to success.

Shifting bad habits is needed to overcome that initial fear. The biggest habit change for me is about valuing (pricing) my service in this recession. Using a check list to measure and balance my income, meditation, physical activity, healthy eating and engaging with other successful business owners. Starting my day with this check list discipline, has been a significant driving force in my personal power, clarity and confidence.

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

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