Like you, we have quite a few areas of interest, so we post everything under one or more of these main labels: Personal Development, Business Development (startup and marketing), Intelligence (emotional, spiritual, etc.), News, Fun, Newsletter (chat about things we've emailed). Enjoy, and keep in touch!

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Back from my retreat...

Feeling calm and resourceful after taking a few days break for a retreat.

Monday, 24 May 2010

What's working in business development?

This is a tough time for many small businesses. What is working for Finding True North?
  • Doing good work, which is satisfying and builds reputation
  • Taking time to deepen some of the relationships I make in networking, to build referrals
  • Making it easier for clients to benefit from coaching, by brokering government funding
  • Adding new 'routes to market,' including Social Media.
  • Keeping an eye on cash flow, but not to the detriment of relationships with suppliers
  • Using spare time to invest in training
  • Maintaining relationships with existing clients and following up on new contacts
  • Using a coach to help me to step back from the business, provide fresh perspectives, and recognise what is going well.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Swindon Coaching Team at National Trust HQ

I enjoyed our first coaching Swindon Coaching Team event at the National Trust HQ in Swindon, Tuesday lunchtime, and we're pleased with how it went. We liked their spacious, welcoming, and friendly site and we made use of the ground floor café - popular with shoppers and local business people as well as National Trust staff - as our venue.

The aim of the Swindon Coaching Team, of which Finding True North is a founder member, is to give more people in the Swindon area the opportunity to find out what coaching is about and experience its benefits. There was interest in what we were doing amongst visitors and staff, and we were able to have a significant number of helpful conversations, which is a good start.

We have been looking for a venue that is comfortable both for people who travel there to meet us, and those who take an interest because we are there. It looks like this fits the bill, so we look forward to using it again.

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Friday, 14 May 2010

Great event yesterday

The joint event last night in Swindon with BNI and the Swindon Coaching Team went really well. There were about thirty people there (I lost count) who enjoyed Paul Clegg's engaging talk on building businesses using referrals and social networking, speed networking, and conversations with our coaches.

Great! Watch this space for future events.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Recession or depression in Britain?

A few years ago we were told that there would be "no more boom or bust" and that we could look forward to stable economic growth. We have experienced another recession, and official statistics tell us that our economy is pulling out of recession, although many individuals and businesses are not yet experiencing that. Others wonder whether there will be a "double dip" - that is that we shall see a further small decline before solid growth comes. While politicians may claim that there expertise will prevent a double dip, history shows that a double dip is usual.

Good business practice is to invest in the business at the "bottom" of the recession, following any staff redundancies and efficiency improvements. This may include new machinery, however what is most important at this time is investment in staff development and training. Yet it is a guessing game to know when is the best time. Especially when still other writers predict that our current recession is a prelude to a deeper depression.

How has your business responded to the recession so far? Are you able to "step back" to see the wood for the trees? Are you, at least sometimes, finding innovative and creative solutions? Are you confident in the decisions you are making? Are you investing in the support of key staff on whom your profitability depends? I suggest that now is a good time to find out how coaching will help your key staff to contribute even more effectively to your business.

Coaching from Finding True North.

Radio debut

Thanks to those who listened to the business slot on Swindon 105.5 last night. I enjoyed chatting to the presenter about the benefits of coaching, and the work I do in particular, and the hour passed really quickly. It is a strange feeling being in a small room and not knowing how many people "out there" are listening. It makes me admire successful presenters all the more!

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Richard to be guest on Swindon Radio

Richard Hovey has been invited again as a guest on Swindon 105.5 Radio at 6pm on Monday 10th May when he'll be talking about coaching and about the Swindon Coaching Team. You can listen online at http://www.swindon1055.com/

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Another event from the Swindon Coaching Team

The team are getting together on Tuesday 18th May for our next free drop-in event which is being held at the National Trust Cafe and Restaurant next to the McArthur Glen Outlet Village in Swindon (Kemble Drive, SN2 2NA).

This will be a lunchtime event from 12.30 to 2.00 pm so if you work nearby, are out on a shopping spree or would like to add some interest to your lunchtime, then come and take the opportunity to combine coffee or a snack with an informal chat with us. We'll have our team ready to help you explore new ways to effect change and deal with the things in life that aren't working out quite as you would like.

As before, this is an opportunity to meet our coaches, find out what coaching is about, or experience the benefits yourself with a taster session.

See my previous post about the Swindon Coaching Team for more info.