3 Podcasts, 2 Sausages and 1 Seminar, it’s going to be a busy Wednesday!

Article by Gary Jones 26.09.16

I love events and I cannot wait for Wednesday as I’ll be speaking and exhibiting at the Stratford Business Show. 


What will you find on my stand?  
On my stand you will find three bowls to put your business card in where you can get some great pieces of information to help you and your business.  

Bowl 1 More information about our networking events and a FREE networking PDF full of networking tips and advice.  

Bowl 2 FREE PDF all about how you can get involved with networking hours and get the most out of them.  

Bowl 3 Learn more about Grow Leamington and how you can get involved with it. I’ll send you a FREE article to get you to started and to see if you would like to get involved. 


Plan for Wednesday!! 

With so much going on, I wanted to you to know what will be happening on the day as I will be releasing new content all day!

So here it is and how you can get involved-

8:00- 9:00am- Pre Business Show Breakfast 

You can join us for a sausage or bacon sandwich for the pre show networking event. You can still get tickets by clicking here. 

9:00- 10:00am- On my Stand and Podcast 1 is released. 

Come and see me at my stand and have a chance to get on my radio show. The question of the day is ” If you were to give you one business tip to anyone, what would it be?”

Also I’ll be releasing the first of three podcasts at 9.00am. The first one will be with the lovely Marie Haycocks

10:00-10:30am- Seminar Time

I’ll be talking about the 5 lessons I have learnt through networking. I’ll be giving you tips about how to improve your networking, business that you can take away straight from the talk. 

This is a FREE talk and you can get tickets using the link by clicking here! 

10:30- 11:00am- On my Stand

I’ll be there answering any questions about the presentation and meeting with really cool people. I’ll be doing more interviews during this period too. 

11:00am- 12:30pm- Waking the Dog!

Family always comes first and I am dog walking duties today so I’ll be away from the stand at this point. Come and visit and put your business card in one of the three bowls to get some cool FREE information! 

12:30- 3:00pm- On my Stand and Podcast 2 is released.  

I’ll be back interviewing more cool people, giving out networking and social media tips and giving away a free bottle of fizz!

Also I’ll be releasing the 2nd podcast of the day. This one will feature the local legend Ernie Boxall at 12:30pm. 

3:00- 4:00pm- Packing up but it’s not over just yet…. 

Even though the show is finished, we haven’t over at Leamington Hour. I will be releasing the 3rd Podcast of the Day with the lovely Ian Burnett at 3:00pm. 

4:00- 5:00pm- Leamington Hour on Twitter!

Join us online for a busy hour on networking on twitter using #leamingtonhour. Simply put thhis hashtag in your tweets and talk, engage and follow conversations and connect with people online. 

5:00- 6:00pm- Leamington Hour Radio Show

You can listen to the latest Leamington Hour Radio Show on Radio Warwickshire. We have two brilliant interviews from The Best of Solihull and Zoe Bennett. We also have music from Man Made Moon and information about a cool event coming up in October. 

This show will also be available to download as a podcast straight afterwards. 


What’s going to happen after the event?

I’ll be emailing out all the interviews to you so you can use them on websites etc. They will go onto my radio show next week. The show is aired on Radio Warwickshire on Monday between 6:30-7:30pm and Wednesday between 5:00-6:00pm. This will then be available to download after the show at 6:00pm. 

Also, I will be connecting with everyone on LinkedIn and I hope to keep in touch with everyone I meet at the show. 

It’s going to be a busy day but I hope I see you there!! 

EMPLOYEE ENGAGMENT – WHY BOTHER?

Article by Jackie Richards 19.09.16

You’re a busy small business owner, running around trying to be everything to everyone to ensure your business thrives, but what about the staff you’ve left floundering back at the office? Do you think they will be motivated if they never get to see their boss, for help, reassurance and most importantly, a bit of praise now and then for all of the hours they’re putting in for you?!

 I have worked in all sectors during my 20+ years in HR and have seen many disengaged employees for usually similar reasons, the main ones being as follows:-

  • They have been in the same job doing the same thing for many years and lack motivation;
  • They are in the wrong role but too afraid to admit this and look elsewhere.
  • They have poor managers who do not care about what they are doing, so do not make the work interesting, or show an interest in their employees;
  • In some workplaces, people are being bullied by insecure managers but they don’t have the courage to speak up about it;
  • Lack of communication within organisations – the people at the top don’t communicate what they are doing and where the company is heading, so the staff don’t feel involved in the bigger picture.

And all of these factors result in reduced productivity and hence revenue – I’ve seen a lot of companies who are ‘surviving’ but could do so much better if they focused on the most important asset they have – their people. 
Some of the above might not apply to you, but I’m sure you can relate to one or two there? And putting it right does not have to cost the Earth. Here are some suggestions on how to motivate your people, so that they look forward to coming into work and want to do their very best for you and your company:-


1. Communication – In any business it’s important to ensure two way communication. Employees need to feel that their voice and concerns are heard and if needed, action is taken. You should tell them your plans for the business and listen to their opinions, as the more involved they feel, the more committed they will be to the company.

If possible, have monthly team meetings to give your employees updates on the company’s progress and ask for ideas for new products or services, or improvements that can be made to existing ones – this will encourage innovation and creativity within your team. You should view your team as a family working together to achieve a common goal and let them know that too.
 
2. Trust your staff – give them some autonomy and/or responsibility for their work. If they are doing a good job, this will be an inexpensive reward – recognition for their efforts and some people are motivated by status. Find out what motivates each employee, as it will be different in each case and then work with that to get the best out of them.

 
3. Training and support – don’t assume that once you’ve recruited someone they will ‘hit the ground running’ – find out exactly what they are capable and then fill in the gaps with some training and support. This doesn’t have to be by you, it could be by one of your employees with as much or more experience than you in the area required and support them by asking them how they are getting on and if they need any further help.

 
4. Recognition – give praise where praise is due and if it’s something exceptional, thank them publicly for their efforts and give them a small reward – it does not have to be anything excessive, but a token of your appreciation will go a long way! We are all human and need praise from time to time, so encourage a culture of employees congratulating co-workers for their achievements, so working relationships remain healthy.

George Dickson at Office Vibe has recently posted The 12 Things You Need For Successful Employee Recognition which provides even more tips on doing this for free, the link is below:-

https://www.officevibe.com/blog/12-things-successful-employee-recognition

 
5. Offer incentives to high performers – they don’t have to be expensive rewards, just a bottle of wine for your top performer of the month or a gift voucher, anything to show appreciation will incentivize them to keep performing at that level, or indeed higher, to beat the competition.

 
6. Constructive feedback – if someone has done something wrong, take them into a private office and discuss it with them. Try to start the meeting with a positive – “You’ve been producing some good work recently, but …..” Don’t chastise them, ask them why they did made the error and what they think they can do to put it right. Work together to find a solution and they will feel more motivated to ensure they don’t make that mistake again.

 
7. Employee wellbeing – in a start-up everyone has to ‘muck in’ and do what’s required to win business, but at what cost? Is an employee really going to be productive and sound motivated on the phone to your potential customers when they are exhausted and feeling unappreciated? Make sure you ask employees regularly how they are feeling to ascertain whether the long hours are affecting them, make sure they have breaks and take time off wherever possible in your quieter periods. As in my October blog: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/workplace-stress-things-ever-going-get-any-better-richards-mcipd?trk=mp-author-card workplace stress can lead to a number of ongoing mental health problems which will result in reduced productivity and absenteeism costs in the long run if you do not nip it in the bud!

8. Employee benefits – if as an employer you can’t afford to pay high salaries or reward high performers by increasing their salary, there are some very inexpensive benefits schemes out there now for small businesses. Paybooster UK offer flexible health and wellbeing packages to employers costing as little as £52 per year per employee. For more information visit http://www.PayBosterUK.org

 
9. Have fun! – we are in work a long part of our day, so the workplace should not be all doom and gloom – introduce humour at times (appropriately, of course!) to liven things up, encourage brief chats about home to help staff relax and get to know each other better, or go out and buy staff cakes or icecream on a hot summer’s day – all these little things make a difference to making people happy and happy = productive.
 

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog

 

Jackie Richards MCIPD

Owner/HR Consultant

JR-HR Solutions

T: 07807 166456

E: jackie@jr-hrsolutions.com

W: http://www.jr-hrsolutions.com
 

Thanks to Author and Thought Leader Vlatka Hlupic for the inspiration to write this blog

Thanks to DesignTec for the image

 

 

Your Audio Business Card 

Article by Ernie Boxall 02.09.16


Click here to watch part 7
Click here to watch part 8

Each week Ernie will be bringing you a separate video that will help you deliver your Audio Business Card. 

Ernie Boxall wasn’t born to be a speaker, though he loved his parents deeply they didn’t exactly instill self confidence in him. But, he quickly realized that we all have a story.

In our daily lives and in our working lives that story shapes us, whether we keep it inside or tell the world. What holds people back in life and in business is the inability to tell the story with interest, with energy and with impact!

Our story will be about the life we have lived and the work we are doing, a story of love, tragedy or a 60 Second Presentation to business colleagues. For sixty years he has been a passionate communicator, whether it was as a player, coach, instructor or performer, he has found the voice to match the position. Working together Ernie’s clients can find their voice and make sure they communicate their story effectively.

Ernie now delivers keynote speeches and has been a guest on national and international podcasts with Gary Foster, Doug Foresta, Michael Egon, Kevin Appleby, Mark Sephton, and Radio Warwickshire’s own Leanne.

Ernie is adding a new road to entrepreneurial success now by speaking and mentoring speakers to complete the circle of physical and verbal communication. And for the moment can be contacted still at

http://www.balancehealth-fitness.co.uk or Email ernie_boxall@yahoo.co.uk

 Hope you enjoy!!

Your Audio Business Card

Article by Ernie Boxall 26.08.16


Over the last 6 weeks, I have been bringing you mini clips to show you how to create your Audio Business Card. 

This is the final part and you can find all the links to the previous parts. 

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

Part 9

I am passionate about helping people tell their story and that is why I have created The Inspired Speaking Academy. 

If you want to find out more then please let me know. 

Ernie Boxall

Your Audio Business Card 

Article by Ernie Boxall 19.08.16

Click here to watch part 5
Click here to watch part 6

Each week Ernie will be bringing you a separate video that will help you deliver your Audio Business Card. 

Ernie Boxall wasn’t born to be a speaker, though he loved his parents deeply they didn’t exactly instill self confidence in him. But, he quickly realized that we all have a story.

In our daily lives and in our working lives that story shapes us, whether we keep it inside or tell the world. What holds people back in life and in business is the inability to tell the story with interest, with energy and with impact!

Our story will be about the life we have lived and the work we are doing, a story of love, tragedy or a 60 Second Presentation to business colleagues. For sixty years he has been a passionate communicator, whether it was as a player, coach, instructor or performer, he has found the voice to match the position. Working together Ernie’s clients can find their voice and make sure they communicate their story effectively.

Ernie now delivers keynote speeches and has been a guest on national and international podcasts with Gary Foster, Doug Foresta, Michael Egon, Kevin Appleby, Mark Sephton, and Radio Warwickshire’s own Leanne.

Ernie is adding a new road to entrepreneurial success now by speaking and mentoring speakers to complete the circle of physical and verbal communication. And for the moment can be contacted still at

http://www.balancehealth-fitness.co.uk or Email ernie_boxall@yahoo.co.uk

 Hope you enjoy!!

What does your LinkedIn headshot say about you?

Article by Sandra Garlick 15.08.16


LinkedIn is a powerful and successful tool for networking.

I have gained new clients, made new contacts and used the platform as an introduction for face to face meetings. Of course there are many other things that make LinkedIn the success it is today.

One thing that many people who have LinkedIn profiles fail to get just right is their head shot or profile picture. I am not saying that mine is perfect, but it has several key components that I look for when I connect with someone:

1. A smile…Straight away the picture gives the impression of someone friendly and approachable.

2. Eye Contact…By looking straight into the camera there is immediate and engaging eye contact. I am always wary of people who appear to be looking into the distance on their profile shots.

3. Head and Shoulders…You can clearly see your features. It also makes it easier to recognise someone you may have met or may wish to meet in the future.

4. Professional…Beach shots and those holding an alcoholic beverage in non-work mode demonstrate a lack of professionalism. LinkedIn is a professionals’ platform

5. A Photo…There are still a large number of profiles on LinkedIn which have no professional photo or indeed any photo at all. This demonstrates laziness. If, for security reasons, you are unable to post a picture of yourself online then a logo is the very minimum.  

It is so easy to get a professional head shot today, and at minimal cost. Even a profile picture taken with a smartphone is better than no photo at all.

I no longer connect with anyone who doesn’t have a head shot. If I know them personally, I send a gentle reminder that they may wish to include one.

Sandra Garlick is a Business Growth Consultant, Mentor, Public Speaker and Trainer

Follow Sandra on Twitter @SandraGarlick

http://www.sandragarlick.com

Daniel Browne’s Top Five Tips to Burn Away Anxiety

Article by Daniel Browne 08.08.16

As a hypnotherapist, one of my specialisms is in the area of anxiety. After experiencing crippling anxiety in the past, it’s now a mission of mine to help others to burn away their anxieties for good. With that in mind, here are my top five tips to help you burn away your anxiety.

1. Meditate rather than medicate. In my view, GPs hand out pills like they’re sweets and don’t do enough to help people overcome anxiety. Medication only masks anxiety; it doesn’t cure it. However, meditation is a great alternative that can genuinely help you to feel good on the inside. So give yourself the gift of ten minutes alone each morning and evening so you can sit down, close your eyes, breathe, allow yourself to relax, and feel the positive energy within you.

2. Tell yourself that feelings are not facts. This can be a hard one as negative beliefs are part of anxiety, but it’s important to challenge those beliefs. You may feel low self-worth or shame because of your anxiety, but it doesn’t mean you actually are any of those things that you think you are. So, my task for you is to look in the mirror each morning and say one nice thing to yourself out loud. Give yourself a compliment and tell yourself what you actually are. Negative thoughts always come before negative feelings, so start the day with a positive thought about yourself and let that shape how you feel for the rest of the day.

3. Attend a social event, even if you don’t want to. Are you going to let your anxiety win or are you going to tell it to do one? Being an introvert is ok, but it’s good to connect with other people socially. Your anxiety may be socially related, which could make this tip difficult for you, but you may find that you enjoy yourself once you’re out. If you have a friend who knows about your anxiety, tell them to force you to go out. It’s for your long term benefit.

4. Accept your anxiety. In order to overcome your anxiety, you need to accept it. This doesn’t mean that you give into it and fall deeper into the cloud of anxiety; it’s more about understanding the anxiety that is a part of your life and then working on a strategy to reduce or overcome it.

5. Know when to get help. If anxiety is having a detrimental impact on your life, it’s important to know when to ask for help. This could be speaking to a friend or family member, or it could be going to see a therapist. Either way, know that you are not alone and that there are people who can help you.

Daniel Browne is a hypnotherapist with practices in Warwick and Evesham. Discover more at http://www.daniel-browne.co.uk.