A new direction

The coronavirus has made many of us rethink our businesses. Most of my work, whether consultancy or training, is done face to face. Not possible for some time and as I live in Cardiff we only had the five mile rule lifted yesterday. Sooooo, I made the decision to offer online training and this is the result:-

anewcolour.co.uk/onlinetraining/

CPD accredited, concise and thorough. I say concise because so much online training includes a lot of waffle. No waffle here (who’s got the time or inclination?}

I’ve been very active on LinkedIn to promote the courses and in the process came across some interesting stuff. Let me introduce to you Sarah Townsend the author of Survival Skills for Freelancers, available from Amazon  https://amzn.to/2Y1z1cw 

Sales in the time of Coronavirus

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Shamelessly borrowing a well known title!

It’s been a very challenging few weeks for most of us.    If you are still at work you are either working in a completely new way, or as in the case of our fantastic NHS workers, busier than you have ever been.

Many, like me, have seen most of their work vanish completely, and it’s tempting just to tune out and garden, watch tv and spend too much time online.

I’m being asked about sales at this time; it’s important to remember that it will end and if you want to hit the ground running it’s more vital than ever to have a good pipeline.

Keep in touch with your clients even though they may not have any work for you.   Cultivate and grow your contact list in LinkedIn.  Join in on as much online networking as you are able.

I’ve been struck by the amazing good humour and jokes that are flying around.  This is likely to last for a while so let’s keep smiling.

Anyone that wants any help feel free to contact me deborah@anewcolour.co.uk

Leap year

Why does February have an extra day in leap year?    The last thing we want is more February surely?

I am planning to do something special with the extra day, though not yet decided what it will be.    Start to write that book?    Take a day trip to somewhere I’ve never been?    Organise an event?    Whole month to decide……………..decision

Playing to your strengths

Do you remember getting your school report?    Silly question, of course you do.  You knew the lessons you were good at and they were usually the ones you enjoyed.

Most of us got “could do better”, “needs to work harder” or the dreaded “lacks application” for the lessons that didn’t interest us at all and would never fully hold our attention.

I agree that we all need a good foundation in our native language and arithmetic, but I was never going to be great at physics and chemistry no matter how much effort I put in.

Play to your strengths I say, because if you are good at something it’s not a huge step to become brilliant.

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The biggest step

The hardest part in business is taking the plunge from being a ‘one-man band’ to becoming a business that employs others to do the things that you used to do.

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It’s essential if you want to grow your business.   Instead of selling your own time you are selling the time of your team, overseeing operations and developing your customer base.

It’s the biggest step and takes courage.

To put my coaching hat on, I often speak to clients who are concerned that a team would perform to their own high standards and are anxious about relinquishing control.

It depends on what you want – a lifestyle business or something that makes serious money.  It’s your choice.  I can help you make the decision but I can’t do it for you.

 

The biggest step

The hardest part in business is taking the plunge from being a ‘one-man band’ to becoming a business that employs others to do the things that you used to do.

bridging the gap2

It’s essential if you want to grow your business.   Instead of selling your own time you are selling the time of your team, overseeing operations and developing your customer base.

It’s the biggest step and takes courage.

To put my coaching hat on, I often speak to clients who are concerned that a team would perform to their own high standards and are anxious about relinquishing control.

It depends on what you want – a lifestyle business or something that makes serious money.  It’s your choice.  I can help you make the decision but I can’t do it for you.

 

Scratch

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I was in the car yesterday listening to ‘Pause for thought’ on Radio 2.   The presenter was talking about scratch art, which is something most of us did in primary school and, in my case, have completely forgotten about.

The technique is simple; you cover a sheet of paper with brightly coloured crayons, then go over the top of this with a layer of thick black crayon.   You then scratch out your picture from the black, revealing the colour below.

What a brilliant metaphor for life.    Whenever everything seems black, if we scratch around we can find colour below.   Nuff said!

Find me on http://www.anewcolour.co.uk

 

Bridging the gap

I had a conversation yesterday about the gap between what you want to do and what you are doing.

We discussed the ‘gap’ and how to bridge it.  Or better still, remove it completely.  It was useful to do a drawing, including a bridge and thinking about what that bridge would be.

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The conclusion we came to was that you need to be brave, get over yourself and just do it.

 

The financial value of soft skills

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I read an article this week about how employers subconsciously value soft skills during the interview process.   With two equally qualified and experienced candidates they will almost always pick the one with charm and confidence; the ability to ‘fit in’.     With that in mind, the so called soft skills have a clear monetary value and should perhaps be classed as hard (cash) skills.

The concept applies to existing employees and those of us who work for ourselves.  Without the confidence and social ability to get along with others, life is harder.

Shameless plug now for my upcoming course:- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/true-connections-tickets-54563189970     This is an open course available to anyone.  Feel free to get in touch for a course tailored to your team that can be run in-house.

Deborah@anewcolour.co.uk