Today I am a guest speaker at Tameside Enterprise Club.
This is a new thing for me, I have spoken to groups before but in an employed capacity. It feels totally different preparing this time, mainly because I am putting myself forward (selling myself) rather than representing a company I work for.
But you know what, I am also really excited. If I can help a person or a company move forward to achieve their desired outcome, it is worth it. The sense of achievement outweighs any nerves I have and I would encourage anyone who is starting up or putting themselves forward to be confident in themselves. If you are not passionate about what you do, then maybe you are not doing what you should be doing. Passion for a business is really important, especially when you are starting up – if you don’t feel passionate, why would anyone else.
A current client comes to mind when I think ‘am I really offering something worth while?’ – which I am sure so many people do! Gail is the proud owner of a Beauty Salon in Chadderton and is concerned that they are only really busy on a Saturday and wanted to get people in during the week. Gail and her staff are really lovely people and when you go into the salon you are greeted with a big smile and such warmth. She asked me if I could help her with her quest for more clients. I had a look around the salon, discussed her end objectives, what she is happy with etc. I then made some suggestions regarding the salon itself (which is freshly painted and looks amazing). From there we are now working on her ’email marketing campaign’ which will generate a target audience to entice into the salon. I gave Gail a list of things to do and she has been working incredibily hard to get everything completed. Here is what she put at the bottom of her last email.
‘Other than all this I just wanted to show I value your input and hope you are pleased with my achievements… I will continue with more and will post asap… come soon xxx I feel I can hand all this over and you can fix it xxx much regards gail xx