Posts Tagged ‘Social’

Write your own story

Monday, October 13th, 2014

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I was reading ‘Ten Top Tips For Focusing Your Writing Creativity’ by Lisa Cherry, a social media connection and I particularly liked this tip:

‘Allow yourself to be risky with your writing. If you’ve got something to say, say it but say it well. People want to read something challenging, something different and something that speaks to them’.

Over the weekend, while catching up with my e-mails, work and reading a few of my favourite friends posts, I came across this beautiful illustration and quote on facebook:

‘Write your own story’ from Healing Light Online

“You are the designer of your destiny. You are the author. You write the story. The pen is in your hand, and the outcome is whatever you choose”.

This illustration (I am a visual learner) spurred me to read through some of my previous blog stories and I decided to re write one called ‘Serendipity alive and well in London’  This was a story about an offline networking event, I attended in London. I felt  this experience was challenging enough to write about.  The post had a reasonable response from my social media network, so that encouraged me to do some more searching online, using google. I then came across Everyday Learnings  and recognised a few faces and authors, who over the nurturing years have become my friends, through connecting on social media networks.

I agree with the authors mentioned above, I do find the whole process of writing posts and connecting with my network thoroughly rewarding. So here is my question to you readers ‘How many of your friends and social media connections do you know, have written their own story, book or e-books?’


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


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.


Who actively inspires you to comment?

Monday, August 27th, 2012

***moving minds and people in business***

Andrew Field talking about his dipping social media ranking scores caught my attention, so I commented and read through the replies which may reflect the holiday period and lack of stimulating content? I’ve seen the word ‘old’ pop up a few times on the FP and that sends me scurrying off to look for inspiration.

Is it that we ourselves are taking a sabbatical or miss Penny and Thomas or simply don’t like change? Mike Morrison interestingly wrote “Its not going to happen here! – change management psychology”.

So I continue to search for inspiring authors and here is one, who actively engages her readers. The fact that Cornelis has written Marja a testimonial says it all. ***moving minds and people***

Do you enjoy, encourage, fuel an active online conversation?

On cue Fay is the exception, for stopping a conversation with mouth-watering Grand Marnier Soufflé because she can!.




Carolyn Williams

Moving minds, helping you to focus for business


We can all help each other grow richer in Ecademy

Monday, August 27th, 2012

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give”. Winston Churchill

That wonderful quote among so many more by Winston Churchill sets the tone for this blog.

Yesterday I joined Daniel, Phillip, George, Mike, Richard, James and one other young gentleman supporting Daniel’s Leadership Event in London.

I took the decision to do this after re launching a band new corporate gymnasium facility after three years planning (to get others on board) on Tuesday. That re launch was the fourth in twenty two years and I was delighted for the workforce. The current Plant Manager for this automotive plant is young and like Daniel, works all hours. These young entrepreneurs and managers don’t have the luxury of paid support, so rely on the goodwill of other leaders who can help. I suspect this pattern is seen across the economic ‘picture board’ in this country.

After a long train journey from Swansea, putting a spurt on through tube stations and streets to arrive to Smiley faces was a treat! I have to say to you ‘ beautiful Londoners’ you are amazing, guiding millions of visitors, including the odd Taff 😉 through your city, an enormous task.

I learnt much, much more by making this, a four hour trip, to meet Daniel and to hear his passion to make Ecademy succeed was obvious. He’s worth hearing, so please attend ROSEE 3.

Robert Craven

Mike Morrison

Beth Burgess

Julia Mctaid

Ed Percival

Richard Francis

Vickie Wusche

I ditto Richard’s comment by repeating ‘Having fun isn’t always a criminal offence’. A gathering of like-minded people. Where else would you have this opportunity?. I had the giggles on more than one occasion, the last being, when the ‘larger than life’ Mike was being a perfect Gent doing his Sir. Walter Raleigh ‘impression’  by warning me of oncoming puddles before leaving for the tube station.


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.




The caring power of social media

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Military Wives Choir 


Tweeting earlier to @Milwiveschoir I asked them   ‘ Will you all sing ‘Get Well Soon’ for my lovely soldier son, injured after a parachute jump Friday?

Here’s the response tweet in seconds…..
“I can tweet Get Well Soon lol x x I hope he is feeling better soon x x”

I thanked her ☀☺☀ ta 4 tweet ☀☺☀ and suggested they Sing louder as he’s in hospital in France. 😉


This message in from Sadie Murray, sums up the power of prayer across the globe, beautifully.


Dear Carolyn,

I will pray…and I BELIEVE in the power of prayer. Keep us updated on his recovery…and I have good friends all over France one who is a physician (as is her husband) in Paris should you need a “friend’ there. My friends are your friends…



Carolyn Williams ( proud mum of Rhys)


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.



‘It’s Safe don’t worry’. A Shot Of Good Feelings

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

#Trust in the community

While putting out refuse bags last night in the dark. I had dropped my phone and was totally unaware of it at the time. Within an hour someone sent a text saying “It’s SAFE don’t worry!” .How KIND was that. Using an older mobile I exchanged a few texts with the kind keeper. I have now arranged to be reunited with my mobile. Thank YOU Karl.

Have you enjoyed a similar ‘caring in community’ feeling where you live?

Social Networking relevance : A Shot Of Good Feelings

Who Was Your First…Social Media Chit Chat?

Thursday, December 8th, 2011


Today’s blog update:

Louisa Miles runs this MAD company. MAD is a Spatial Design company creating blueprints to Motivate, Inspire and Rejuvenate your Design Spaces & Personal Spaces. 

Louisa is “brilliant, bold and unbreakable”.   Most Skype’s last an hour but two and a half hours slipped by and we could have carried on all day, I reckon. Without a doubt, a super authentic, engaging Lady with a great spirit! 😉 I am looking forward to meeting and working alongside her.

“It is only as we develop others that we permanently succeed.”Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand”..

  • Was it a graphic?

  • Was it an invite to network or an offer of help?
  • Was their quick witted #fun humour (banter)
  • Was it their right or left mind mapping brain?
  • Was it their energy?
  • Was it their brand?
  • Or …….was it their looks?


So here goes, Who have you connected with today? And what was it about this connection that grabbed your attention?


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


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.


Attracting New Clients

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011


I have just posted this message on my status bar giving the opportunity to my connections ( on all my social media platforms to engage – Shock Horror)

The Reason

I want participation. I want to find out more about my contacts. I am genuinely interested.

The Tool ~ The Phone

A fellow social media connection Ty Tyson, rang me ‘out of the blue’ on Monday and for that half hour I really heard Ty’s accent, voice quality and learnt about his hopes for the future and what really matters to him. Go ….on what are you waiting for? Do It!  “Pick up the (Cannon and Ball phrase) pigging phone”

You never know what you might learn. You never know, you might even learn how you can help one another to move forward.  I hope I have, in this instance?.

Now  surprise, surprise I also want to attract new clients. So my here’s my question for you: ‘How do you ‘up your game’ when attracting new clients?’


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


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.


Help Me? What Really MATTERS To You Right Now?

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011


Thomas’s excellent blog about lurking versus active comments statistics provoked a great debate. Then Charlie blogged his Here’s to the lurkers….bless them all!

I particularly enjoyed this line from Charlie:

“Sometimes they just lack confidence and a period of time lurking could be followed by the odd comment, leading to a blog, leading to genuinely top class contributions”.

I would agree that lurking over a blog is great but acting on a thought, opinion or topic for me is DOING something for us all. The lurkers are sharing something valuable. When we do get the opportunity to be seen and then heard we allow ourselves to be validated. The important exchange in this transaction is trust. When you can trust your opinion does really MATTER and is not violated or trashed then we feel worthy.

For years we Fitness Professionals and Business Presenters hand out evaluation forms at the end of every session. Penny does this after her Digital workshops. Yes, I have attended one at Adam Street, contributed and filled one in for her as I value both her and Thomas’s contribution, namely bringing the Digital era into businesses.

My ‘now’ has been hectic for some months both at home and work and so I hope to re ignite energies that excite me and more importantly to have your comments roll in to add colour again. I have always loved adventure.

I joined Black Star to discover where that journey would actually take me, it’s certainly given me the opportunity to meet many of my ecademy connections. I started the Cardiff Boardroom in April.

I love conversations and debate and I make sure I follow up on your all important feedback on topics that MATTER. When you sit back to look at the bigger picture you realise we have been given the opportunity to voice our opinion on this Ecademy platform. It is for us to do something with that social media networth opportunity.

So my sparkle nudge to you all is .What excites you? What really matters to you right Now?
Already in from Geoffrey in reply to my question ~ What subject excites you? …

“Food, Drink, Family, Friends, virtually anything but at the appropriate moment..Christmas sounds exciting..pies..curries..pineapple jam tarts..single malts..good football…it goes on and on and on..why dont you surprise us”.

And another one in from Milton ~ “Cricket. Chelsea – Man City – Balotelli. £££$$$ !” – Milt.


I am really looking forward to your surprise replies.


Carolyn, moving monds, helping you 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?

Do you re-energise your connections?
Carolyn Williams,  Breathing for Business.


Social Smiling Is Contagious

Thursday, May 19th, 2011


Carolyn and Jim Da Man

At home

On my home front, returning from shopping in Swansea one day last week, I greeted a neighbour, someone who has had more than his fair share of ill health and still receiving treatment. A younger man than I, but sadly his ill health has ravished his outward appearance. Now whenever I see him, I do smile.  For me he looks different, he is different and always wears “cut offs” whatever the weather, but he’s my neighbour. Then for the first time ever, he stopped turned around and said ‘You are always smiling, it must be lovely to have a happy disposition?”.  Now I’m like anyone, I have real tough, ‘orrible and worrying days but I naturally love the sunshine and sunny dis positioned ‘others’.

I gravitate to the sun. I naturally look for the light and sunshine in people.

The Workplace

There are at least two employees who GRIN like Cheshire cats and every time I come ‘face to face’ with them, I immediately GRIN back. Now not forgetting I’ve been working in this Industry for over twenty one years and have exchanged the theory that smiling is contagious with these lovely people. Their reply is consistent “I’ve always been this way”.

In Business

With such relentless economic uncertainty, negative thinking is rife. Not forgetting you may come across like the Meerkat “Simples” advert in the business world, if you Smile at people. There have been countless times at networking events when I’ve smiled on meeting a new contact and after some initial chat I get ” What is there to smile about?’.

The Researched

Studies done at Harvard University have found that emotions are not just what comes from within, they can be contagious. Mirror imaging is what we Fitness Professionals learn from taking mass Aerobic sessions or ‘one to one’ training sessions. The research tells us that mirror neurons can mean we mimic facial expressions and movements. Some years ago I gave a Body Language presentation to the ‘then’ Welsh Development Agency at Principality House in Cardiff.  The delegates were asked to pick out traits they saw in themselves and their team workers. Rather than engineer the obvious, I started with a physical Salsa warm up and it worked.  By the end of the work shop day, the delegates had mirrored, mimed, worked out jingles, danced, sang, read poetry and laughed their way through a team building ‘away day’.

The researchers tell us moods spread outwards to our social network. Behavioural changes travel through social networks. Unhealthy thinking can be caught. We are affected by people’s moods around us far more than we think. Next time you’re feeling rubbish take a closer look around your immediate friends, family, social circles and network?

What mood are you in today?


Carolyn Williams, helping you to re-energise for your business.

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

I mentor business people and help them improve their focus, energy and clarity for new business.