Spotlight Interview: Patrick Holford

 

In my UK Health Radio ‘Spotlight Show’ I interview some of the world’s most inspiring self-development coaches, gurus and personalities about their health and wellbeing services, products and knowledge.

In this interview I speak with Patrick Holford about the role of prevention in Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

Patrick is a pioneer in new approaches to health and nutrition. He is a leading spokesman on nutrition in the media, specialising in the field of mental health and is the author of 36 books, translated into over 30 languages and selling millions of copies worldwide, including The Optimum Nutrition Bible, The Low GL-Diet Bible, Optimum Nutrition for the Mind and The 10 Secrets of 100% Healthy People, 10 Secrets of Healthy Ageing and Good Medicine.

Listen to my interview with Patrick HERE>>>

 

What Are the Barriers to Confidence?

If you have heard me speak recently or attended a workshop you will know I am passionate about encouraging people to nail exactly how they will get their message across, whether this is your business brand, your personal brand or something that you are really passionate about, it must feel authentic.

So what is it that holds us back from standing in the spotlight? From promoting yourself or getting the job of your dreams? I know many experts, small business owners and entrepreneurs (even very successful ones) who have turned down the opportunity to speak, be interviewed or pitch their brand to an influential team.  Usually it’s lack of confidence, the nagging voice in your head that says ‘people won’t want to listen to me, I don’t know how I will cope if someone heckles, I may stumble over my words or drop my notes’.

The chances are that at some point when you were a child your confidence took a knock, perhaps you had to stand up and speak in class and someone laughed or you tried to tell a joke and no-one laughed. Most of us are aware of feelings of being judged, concerned about what people will think of us, this is all back to the power of the subconscious mind – most of us are not very kind to ourselves, and if we were to speak to a 5-year-old child the way we talk to ourselves we would be had up for abuse!

For many people when they’re asked to speak or to be interviewed, the line of talk will go something along the lines of…

 

’I couldn’t do that, I’m a terrible public speaker, I wouldn’t look good, everyone would judge my awful clothes and I’m several pounds overweight, I’d never be able to remember anything without reading from a full script and my voice would probably sound really weak and not confident, I can’t be interviewed because I just wouldn’t get the answers out that I really want to, I’d get all confused and then everyone listening would think I’m stupid’ and so it goes on…

 

We’ve all been there! The inner critic from our subconscious mind. But once you’ve acknowledged that you DO have an important message to share, a desire to promote what you do and who you are to a wider audience FOR THE GREATER GOOD OF US ALL then it’s time to find a way to conquer the fears and the inner talk.

If you can drill down to your USP, identify your own unique qualities then you can start talking to your sub conscious mind and to others about your passion, about how you do feel confident to stand on stage or be interviewed about your subject because it’s such a thrill for you to talk about something you love.  In fact, it’s your DUTY to get it out there.

When your nerves come into play the trick is to talk to yourself a different way. Ask yourself whether the fear is really an old fear, linked to a childhood memory, or is it that you fear the particular group of people you are going to be speaking to? Whatever it is, challenge yourself, and come up with a new dialogue instead of letting your subconscious destroy your confidence.

When you feel really solid on your subject matter then it becomes unshakable, so it really won’t matter if an audience didn’t particularly like you or the interviewer seems to ask purposely awkward questions. You will feel that confidence in yourself and know that your message is important, and if the audience seem uninterested – well that’s about them, not you.

I remember I was once booked to speak at a conference for the Rotary club, when I arrived I realised I was sandwiched between several other celebrities and after dinner speakers and suddenly I realised that they had probably booked me because they knew I was a co-presenter on Steve Wright in the afternoon on Radio 2 and they knew I interviewed lots of big stars and celebs. I started to panic, I was there to talk about holistic living and offer tips and ideas from my first book Imperfectly Natural Woman and so hadn’t prepared anything else, my sub conscious mind said that I’d be mocked, ‘there’s no way they’re going to want to hear about eco laundry products and organic skincare’, the speaker before me was award winning actress Dame Anna Neagle!

I told myself they would feel I was totally incongruent and out of touch with them, the audience was mostly middle aged gentlemen and their wives. Suddenly I stopped my subconscious chatter in its tracks and said to myself (or possibly out loud) ‘I’m passionate about my message, I know I will deliver an informative and entertaining talk and if it’s not what they were expecting – well hey – surprise!’  I practised a few techniques and visualised myself as a success.

Well guess what, I went out, hit them with half an hour of tips and ideas for everything from avoiding artificial sweeteners to the importance of ditching the chemicals, using bi-carbonate of soda and white vinegar for cleaning, and how you can make a great facial scrub with oatmeal, though I say so myself I rocked it!  Embarrassingly, the next speaker had to be delayed because there was such a massive queue to buy my book, I sold all the 300 books I’d taken along with me, and could probably have sold more! 

If I had let my nervous subconscious chatter destroy my confidence I dread to think what would have happened. I did however quickly ‘re-assess’ my talk. I delivered the same talk but with a nod towards the audience, this is sometimes called doing a quick audience analysis, in this case all I did was ‘up’ my ‘entertainment’ value, threw in a gag or two about working with celebrities and left out the section on the importance of breastfeeding! Effective speakers and communicators do ‘read’ their audience and match their behaviour, as you walk into the room you can decide whether to warm them up a bit and connect with them, telling a bit of an impromptu story as you set up your laptop or whatever, or are they shuffling in their seats wanting to really get on with it.

But back on the confidence and the destructive inner talk that can so easily affect us. Really look at what your fears are…perhaps you’re saying to yourself … ‘I’ll stumble on some of my phrases…or I’ll be clumsy and drop my glass of water…whatever’.  But from the audience’s perspective they won’t notice the stumbling, they will only connect with the passion that you have for your subject, how real you are, …whether you seem likable, and like someone they could get to know and trust – and so what if you spill the water, you’re human.

The Power of Your Tribe

It was inspiring hearing Lynne McTaggart speak at the recent Hay House conference, Lynne is an author, a journalist, scientist, and editor of the long running publication ‘What doctors don’t tell you’ which is a magazine that reports on non-drug alternatives and takes a critical yet fully researched look at conventional medicine – specifically treatments or medication that may not be proven to be safe or effective.

Lynne Mctaggart

The magazine has attracted the attention of sceptics who are funded by Big Pharma, and after a big campaign The Times newspaper ran an article declaring that ‘What doctors don’t tell you’ was giving false information which could be fatal!    

There was a call for the magazine to be taken off the shelves and Tesco bowed to pressure, at no point were the editors contacted or given a right to reply, and so Lynne – instead of resorting to legal recourse, took the fight right back to them via the same channels.

She harnessed the power of social networking and her own mailing list and used ‘people power’.

Tesco bowed again and put the magazine back on the shelves. A current furore with WH Smith is ongoing and readers of the magazine or anyone who values free speech are being encouraged to write and encourage them to restock it. It’s surely time for us to take more personal responsibility for our own health and wellbeing and this magazine is an important information portal.

What’s so inspirational about this rather unsettling story is that when Lynne harnessed her networks and wrote many messages to the Trolls and to The Times asking why in the name of good journalism they didn’t ask for her comments, they duly ran another piece using an image of the mag cover, and her sales promptly doubled!

They do say that every cloud has a silver lining and Lynne encourages us all to be ‘people influencers’ to join forces with other likeminded people and spread positive messages, it’s easy to feel that sense of ‘it’s only little me’ – I can’t do anything that will make a difference’ but the power of ‘we’ can be very strong indeed.

Together we can be the change we want to see in the world.

 

The Bond

I highly recommend Lynne’s book ‘The Bond’ where she looks at the power of communities – find your tribe and get your positive messages out there.

If you’ve attended one of my workshops, or invested in an online course or coaching programme with me you are absolutely part of my ‘tribe’.

Make sure you join our exclusive Facebook group here where we truly have a powerful community, joint ventures, PR opportunities and support. I’d love to see you there.

Creating Your Dream

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”

Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Have you got clarity on your goals? 

Have you got a big dream?

It’s amazing how many people don’t achieve what they say they want to achieve simply because they haven’t really set their intentions.

It’s good to start by having a dream for your work and for your business. It may seem like a time wasting exercise, ‘don’t daydream’ most of us were told at school and yet being able to dream something brings it closer to our reality.

Einstein was a dreamer, he probably would have been labelled as a child with learning difficulties if he had lived in our time, as he didn’t learn to read and write till quite late, but he daydreamed, and his greatest breakthrough was the theory of relativity – it came to him when he was daydreaming about what it would be like to ride a beam of light to the end of the universe.

Dreaming is a right brain function and you shouldn’t waste the possibility of harnessing your imagination and visualisation on your sleeping hours, absolutely take some time out to dream, get yourself into a relaxed state perhaps by taking some deep breaths, it might help to imagine a white light flowing through your body enabling you to feel completely relaxed.

“I dream my painting and then paint my dream”

Vincent van Gogh

From that state you can take your mind on a journey and ask yourself what is it that you really want?

Don’t be too woolly about it though, if a genie or fairy godmother was able to deliver your dream exactly as you had asked for it, make sure there’s no room for error!  Don’t make your one big goal – a space to work in….you may be given the edge of someone’s garage workbench, don’t say ‘I want to earn more money’…you may find your pay increases by just a few pounds…be specific, and if it’s a dream for your work or your business then make sure its detailed and will bring you the work life balance you really want.

Don’t forget to commit it to paper too, mind maps, affirmations and vision boards are all brilliant to remind us where we are headed.

At a Hay House conference recently one of the speakers gave the analogy of getting into a car and just setting off to go somewhere new, with no particular destination in mind, the truth is if you don’t put the postcode into the Sat Nav or open the map, who knows where you will end up! 

Get dreaming!

Six Classic Interview Questions You Must Ask Yourself About Your Brand

I remember back 25 (ahem) years ago when I was training to be radio broadcaster, we were taught to always speak to ONE person…never say ‘all you out there!’ and when interviewing guests, we were taught the classic standard interview questions that all interviews are based on.  They are of course the 5 ‘W’s …and a H…

Who?

Why?

What?

Where?

When?

…and How?

Of course having worked in radio and TV as an interviewer for over 20 years and having interviewed thousands of people, I can honestly say that those words never come to mind and even if an interview was conducted using them as a framework, they wouldn’t be in that order. However, when teaching a ‘How to Market Yourself’ workshop recently I shared these words with the delegates to help them ensure that they are prepared to be a great interviewee.

There’s no doubt you need absolute clarity on:

Who you are (you are the brand!)

Why you do what you do – what’s the emotion behind your work?

What exactly do you do, what are your key messages?

Where is it happening? – geographical info if it’s an event, or online etc.

When? – if it’s a launch or date related event.

How do you work – how do you deliver your product / service?

So I’d urge you if you haven’t already, to do a practice run for if you’re asked those questions, prepare your answers and practice answering those questions (say it out loud, it’s muscle memory!) a few different ways so that you always sound spontaneous and not scripted.

Ask Yourself …

But here’s another use for these words, as I coached a client privately I realised that she was finding this preparation for being a great interviewee step tricky,  not because she hadn’t quite honed her key messages or got her tongue around how best to describe her ‘USP’, that’s quite normal, but it was because her business had grown organically, she had almost fallen into it by accident because she had a real passion for helping other people and so retrained as a coach but hadn’t ever done the business plan or mapped out the strategy.

It’s true for so many ‘heart centred’ businesses, we just find ourselves with our own business often by accident, clients get recommended and suddenly we’re off!  Sometimes it’s a while before we can take stock and recognise that we may have created something that wasn’t exactly what we wanted.

So I’d urge you in addition to having your answers ready for the media, to take a long hard look at those questions in relation to how you feel about your work and the way your business works.

Ask yourself

Who:

Who am I?  This can be a big one, in the case of my client she wasn’t altogether happy being visible as ‘the brand’, she was hoping to hide. Really be honest about whether you’re prepared to gain confidence and to put your head above the parapet and be seen. You can also ask the questions ‘Who are my ideal clients and what is it that I can assist them with? and ‘Who do my products or services best serve?’

Why:

Why do you do this work?  This is sometimes referred to as the ‘Why that makes you cry’, if you do have a heart centered business really be honest with yourself about this one, it’s unlikely you are doing it purely for money, but make sure that you aren’t blocking yourself from being financially abundant (often the case!)

What:

What exactly is your USP? What is your business in a sentence and what’s your point of difference?

Where:

Where do you usually work, and where are your clients or customers? This should be an easy one!  Though if it’s currently one to one with clients, it might get you thinking how you could leverage your time and reach more people globally by offering Skype sessions, writing a book or creating an online programme.

In the words of the great Mark Zuckerberg – he apparently asked this before implementing any business idea – ‘Does this make us grow?’

When:

When is it happening?  This question could help give you clarity on what you hope to achieve and by when, if you’re planning to write a book, even if its self-published – set yourself a deadline, it ensures you get cracking!  If you’re launching a new product or programme prepare your marketing schedule ahead of the launch date.

How:

How does it all work together? Ask yourself how you will do it all? How do you access the help you need? Ask yourself ‘Is there something I still need to learn? Do I need more training, a partner or a joint venture?

Be willing to recognise you may need support, hey even Batman needed Robin! (not a spoiler for the new movie!)

What’s The Story – Morning Glory!

What’s the very first thing you think when you wake up…or at least when you are fully conscious? Is it…oh s**t I’ve got to do xxxxx or Oh NOOOooo its going to be a rubbish day!…

It will come as no surprise to tell you that how you start your day will definitely impact the outcome.  If you have your own business, it’s likely that you are so entangled with the minutia it’s almost impossible not to wake up wondering if you sent off all the invoices or triggered the right social media campaigns. All of this can lead to burnout – I speak from experience!

Take a leaf from the Masters, instead of allowing the negatives to pile in as you wake, make the conscious decision to start with the mindset that it’s going to be a great day, start with gratitude for what you already have and how blessed you are and you will sow the seeds to attract more abundance and blessings into your life. 

An easy way to start is just to think of three things you are grateful for, that gives you the energy and enthusiasm for the day ahead (even if things are not all rosy at the moment).

On waking….

I’m grateful for…

And…

And…

That’s it!!

woman opening curtains in the morning

So after you have ‘given thanks’ how should you use those first few minutes as you lie in bed? One great suggestion is to mentally rehearse how the day will be, visualise what you will do in what order, and exactly how it will look and feel, if you know you have a difficult meeting, see yourself feeling confident and happy as you come out of it, if you’re in the process of trying to lose weight or eat more healthily ‘see’ your radiant colourful avocado salad that you will eat at lunchtime…you get the picture.

This visualisation of the day ahead can be far more powerful than a simple to-do list, there has been some debate recently about writing lists, it’s been suggested that they are a waste of time and only 40 per cent of what we put on our list is ever completed. When the writer of the article Kevin Kruse suggested that successful people such as Richard Branson wouldn’t waste time writing to-do lists, Branson hit back with an excellent blog post saying…

’I can assure him that I do indeed write to-do lists and prioritise items. I live my life by writing lists – there is one next to me right now. Without to-do lists, I would use my time far less effectively, and have a lot less fun. People wonder how I fit in kitesurfing and tennis every day alongside business meetings – the answer is good planning and to-do lists’

You can’t argue with someone as successful as Richard Branson, I don’t intend to ditch my to-do lists completely but I have recognised the power of that mental rehearsal at the beginning of the day, after all, writing out the route of a marathon or even writing…’run for two hours’…isn’t going to help you reach your goal, you need to actually do the run, in the same way writing out the notes for a piano piece won’t turn you into a virtuoso player, you need to actually play!

Interestingly though it’s well documented that both athletes and musicians who visualise their performance in detail achieve a better outcome when they execute it. The message is clear, it is important to write down what needs to be done, preferably with a priority order, (your to-do list) and it’s really important to actually commit to DOING IT, rather than just writing it down, but by far the most productive exercise is to ‘see it’ first – so that you have already ‘lived’ through it…mental rehearsal is everything.

So wake up tomorrow – say to yourself – Morning gorgeous…and go from there…

What’s Does Your Online Personal Brand Say About You?

Over the years working with clients I’ve come to know that the key to achieving success in whatever field you’re in is about having the confidence and skills to differentiate yourself from the crowd and ‘put yourself out there’. That’s why I’m so thrilled to be running my one-day intensive workshop called ‘How to Market Yourself Personally and Professionally’.

Part of the ‘putting yourself out there’ is using social media and I know that some people love it and can use it with ease 24hrs a day, others are terrified of just where to start and what sharing is too much or how personal you have to get the create the right image and ‘brand’. That’s why I’ve chosen as my special guest for my workshop, Social Media Guru Katie Brockhurst and I’ve asked Katie to give an insight on why she can teach you about working Social Media successfully, the importance of authenticity and how to create and schedule your content for Social Media:

Social Media Success

Social media is my souls calling… My dharma. I wrote a geeky and prophetic article in 1996, created a social media platform much like Facebook at University in 7BF (7 years before Facebook), won the first ever Gold “Internet Programme Award” at the Sony Radio Academy Awards in 2007 and have worked almost exclusively in Social Media for nearly 10 years under the guise of my business and alter ego Kdot.

Online is not an easy space to navigate, it can be like getting lost in a country where you don’t speak the language or being stood in a corridor with a hundred doors to choose from. There is this virtual landscape existing alongside us. With smart devices in hand, we spend our lives straddling online and offline, blending the two. There has been such a deep digital integration into our lives, which has happened gradually over the past 30 or so years.

We are all on some level living digital lives, using it to run businesses, communicate and connect, in a multitude of different ways. We connect with the many as well as the few – and everything in between! 

Email. Whatsapp, Webinars, FaceTime, Skype, G+hangouts, Facebook, YouTube, Periscope, Blab, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumblr…

There are so many… I could go on and on and on…

These channels are connection points, tools, platforms, spaces for us to gather together across time and space in order to share, collaborate, teach, sell or whatever you want to use it for. We should stop thinking of it as something that is separate that we have to “DO” and welcome it – and honour the integration by finding a way that works for us to “BE” online – that is right for us and our businesses.  For each and every one of us it will be different based as it is based on a multitude of things – so we should stop the comparison and focus on the right strategy for us.

 Now is the time for Authenticity…

“Anything inauthentic can no longer survive” Rebecca Campbell

Your audience can feel you and your content / conversations / broadcasts / comments / posts on an energetic level through social media. Think about the posts and emails that you see every day – how do they make you feel?  Can you sense the energy from the post and the person?

It is beaming out of the screen at you – this is why people don’t engage with sales posts and emails in the same way on social media anymore, because they are generally too generic, formulaic – so they don’t resonate with people – and we switch off quickly due to so many things vying for our attention.

Quality not quantity.

I recently wrote a post about this and the responses on social media to it were very interesting even though I was a bit nervous about posting it.

http://www.katiebrockhurst.com/blog/why-i-dont-agree-with-brendon-burchard-and-bschool-2016

If you can get into a good space to create authentic content that shares your message, gifts and expertise on social media, doing it from a place of love and service then you won’t need to try hard or have to create manipulative sales posts – because your authenticity will do the selling for you.

If you are good at what you do people will want to work with you online and offline!

I have a formula I go to when I start working with any clients… which is… LOVE, SERVICE, JOY and EASE.

And in order to make things easy, I use a simple weekly content planner to map out: https://socialmediaangel.leadpages.co/sma-weekly-planner-download/ to create and schedule content for social media.

You can download an example with an explanation of how to best use it, alongside an empty one you can fill in yourself. I use this with all my clients and they love its simplicity. I hope you do too!

Katie Brockhurst

 

 

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I want to invite you to create success for your life, career or business and learn the secrets for getting SEEN HEARD and SOLD, Join me and my special guest Social Media Guru Katie Brockhurst on this one-day inspirational intensive workshop – Janey Lee Grace

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Even Julian Fellowes Was Surprised by His Own Success…

It was brilliant to meet the esteemed Julian Fellowes –  actor,  producer and of course screenwriter and executive producer of Downton Abbey – he was interviewed on Steve Wright in the afternoon on BBC Radio 2 and he told us he got into scriptwriting by accident when his production company couldnt afford to pay a scriptwriter,  its transpired he was rather good at it!  When asked if he was surprised at the massive success of Downton (its been translated into 22 different languages for the global market) he said …’Well all success is bewildering….I mean moi? Really?

Isn’t it interesting that so many of us find it hard to really celebrate our achievements, in fact we wonder if we will be ‘found out’ and it may all come crashing down.   Even Julian says that when the incredible level of success dawned on him his first thought was… ‘surely they’ll realise I’m not that great’…while his second thought (fortunately) was..’.what took me so long!’ 

Claim your YOUnique brilliance and sing your own praises!

If you recognise that you have a tendency to let the inner talk take over and tell you you really aren’t ‘all that’ –  check out my blog all about how we block ourselves from success:

Read ‘Tap Into Abundance & Success’ here>>

 

Jack of All Trades or Renaissance Woman? (Or Man)

I remember many years ago doing my English Literature and Art A levels, feeling utterly absorbed in the Renaissance period, it was first time I came across the expression ‘Renaissance woman’ with the connotations it has today.

I was exhibiting my art in a local library, performing in a professional dance company and singing with my band, I was also running the Christian Union, volunteering for a local charity and playing the lead in the sixth from college musical.  My English teacher looked up from the Shakespeare text, (Hamlet) peered over the rim of her specs and said…’Janey is – I think a modern day renaissance woman’.

I didn’t take it as a compliment, I think she was probably trying to tell me I was spreading myself too thinly, and might have been better to concentrate on one thing and one thing only.  My art teacher was also unimpressed by my flightiness, I had a natural talent and he was keen for me to apply for Oxford to do a foundation art degree but of course that would have meant focusing on one thing – I chose to go and do my degree in Performance Arts and I must say I never regretted it but even then I couldn’t settle to one discipline, and after two terms of majoring in dance I switched to music.

The truth is I am and have always been a ‘Jack of all trades’…you know the end of the sentence…’and master of none’. It took me years before I was finally able to eschew that statement and reframe it to say; I am multi-faceted, and I’m definitely passionate about more than one thing – and that’s OK.

The dictionary says…

The definition of a Renaissance man or woman is a person who is well educated and sophisticated and who has talent and knowledge in many different fields of study. An example of a Renaissance man was Leonardo da Vinci.

Being unsure about the ‘sophistication’ how about the definition in Urban Dictionary …

Someone who is active in many fields.

Normal Girl 1#: Dayum, that girl is such a renaissance woman  Normal Girl 2#: Yeah, she’s in like the band, environmental club, politics club, history club, debating team, athletics team, school pride team, choir, European art appreciation society….  Normal Girl 1#: Wish I was renaissance:

The truth is I could never have just stuck to one subject, the whole concept of sticking to one thing feels exhausting for me, and it’s so interesting that clients who are often drawn to me have the same zest for life and so much going on they need clarity on the ‘one thing’ they are going to do. Because we are all told it must be ‘one thing’ – ‘What will you do when you leave school?’ we’re asked. ‘Have a completely varied portfolio of careers from the arts to medicine,’ probably wouldn’t cut it as an answer and yet that’s more realistic today than the concept of a job for life.

When I work with people I usually get them to get in touch with what’s unique about them, their skills and talents, their values, hopes and dreams. After the initial list of ‘professional’ qualities that they usually give me…I’m a good team leader, good at helping others, I ask them to dig a little deeper and look to the real authentic person. You’ll be amazed how many people can’t think of a single thing about themselves that might be unique, special, worthy of making a song and dance about, and yet when we dig a little deeper we find that they have run marathons, crocheted 100 blankets for a charitable cause, been a champion bodybuilder (the tiniest woman you can imagine!) won awards… the list goes on.

The truth is we all have masses of interests, gifts, talents, values and its critical not to suppress parts of our core selves just because we think it doesn’t fit with our brand, or because we think that without a niche – without doing only the one thing – we can’t succeed.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am not advocating that you open up your business selling both high end expensive jewellery and plastic bracelets along with some battered baked bean cans, you will have no clarity on your ideal client or USP and will most likely attract no-one, but what I am saying is that once you have really nailed what’s unique about you, got clarity on your purpose, you may well have more than one dream, more than one goal. It’s likely that if you like me are indeed a ‘Renaissance woman’ (or man) you love to be eclectic, you love variety, and change.

You may not be earning a living from every one of your many interests but hopefully some or much of what you love will be incorporated in your life, so that you are really living your purpose, doing the work you are born to do, perhaps with multiple different income streams.

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Many years on, I have been a successful singer, TV and radio presenter (still am) number one best-selling author and brand ambassador and speaker on holistic health and wellbeing.

When I was offered the opportunity to help someone by offering them some media training and confidence coaching it seemed like an obvious thing to do, and I found I loved it, but could I incorporate that into my work on holistic health and wellbeing? Well on paper probably not, but I have, alongside promoting and being a champion for all things natural and organic, run media skills workshops and teach people how to recognise that they are the brand, and their own best PR. It ‘shouldn’t work to combine both businesses, but it does because I am the brand and at the centre of it all and it’s my authenticity that holds it together – I hope.

Steve Jobs said. ‘You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.’

Trust in what you love, find that thing (or several things) that make your heart sing.

It may be that you aren’t clear on your purpose yet, I love the line in the Baz Luhrmann song; ‘Everybody’s Free (to wear sunscreen)’; where he says…

‘Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives…Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t’

Having said that…don’t trust what he says about sunscreen…we need the vitamin D! It’s perfectly ok to dabble, to have several areas of work, multiple streams of income. It’s likely there will some thread that creatively holds them together but it’s not essential. The one big challenge for us ‘renaissance’ types is keeping focused, I’ve been known to be two thirds of a way through a great project only to up sticks and start another, these are the times we need lots of grounding in our lives.

Balance becomes important, some form of exercise, meditation or relaxation to keep on track before you literally become engulfed in your own cacophony of brilliance (and if you are anything like me…a tendency towards chaos!).  So acknowledge the ‘jack of all trades’ in you and embrace all your interests, gifts and talents, decide upon some kind of grounding that works for you and make sure you get it. I now schedule in a few hours to walk by the sea once a month at least – it recharges my batteries so that I am raring to go….on whatever project is top of the list….for now!

I want to invite you to create success for your life, career or business and learn the secrets for getting SEEN HEARD and SOLD, Join me and my special guest Social Media Guru Katie Brockhurst on this one day inspirational intensive workshop – Janey Lee Grace

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What’s Your Purpose?

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

Maya Angelou

 

I’m so thrilled to be running my one day intensive workshop called ‘How to Market Yourself Personally and Professionally’.

Over the years I’ve worked with a number of Natural Health Businesses, Coaches, Experts, Authors, Practitioners and Entrepreneurs and I’ve come to know that the key to achieving success in whatever field you’re in is about having the confidence and skills to differentiate yourself from the crowd and ‘put yourself out there’.

I meet so many talented people with amazing ideas and dreams but often a great idea or intention in itself is not enough and if we don’t have the tools to know exactly where to focus then the high visibility we desire or the challenge we dream of achieving alludes us.

A powerful idea can kick around for years whether it’s in a business or in your head, not because it doesn’t have strong merit but because responsibility hasn’t been taken for converting it from words into action. Passion itself cannot get results but when combined with intention and the right action then you can really fly!

In my workshop I focus on the following, which I believe are keys for success both personally and professionally:
• Recognise that YOU are your own brand
• Find your USP and own your YOU-nique Brilliance
• Gain clarity on your key messages
• Identify your ideal clients
• Know how to create a media pack
• Make a winning initial impression
• Learn what journalists want and what they don’t want
• Learn how to be a great interviewee
• Know the secrets of effective social networking
• Get the lowdown on creating compelling content for your brand
• Determine how best to promote yourself – Advertising versus PR
• Build your mailing list and community
• Become the GO TO Expert!

 

I’m passionate about helping people find their ‘thing’. Whatever your ‘thing’ is, your business or career choice, or your life dream, it’s all about YOU, and by realising and telling your story and being clear on your YOU-nique brilliance you can then see how you can get in touch with all the ‘best bits of you’ which helps you to know how to connect with people in the best way. You can then reach people effectively and inspire them and be inspired!

 

Personal Branding

Many of my keys to success work both personally and professionally because mastering the concept of personal branding and marketing is a powerful way of achieving self-actualization. By knowing your value you can set the best goals that allow you to do what brings you the most passion in life and work and achieve a higher sense of accomplishment.

Whether you have a business right now or are thinking of becoming self-employed, or maybe you are happy in your career but have a personal goal or challenge that you want to reach and are looking to make these big changes in your life, my process offers clarity to understand your skills, competencies, strengths, limitations, interests, and aspirations which empowers you to know what you have to offer, what you want and how to ask for it.

 

We were all born carrying a promise — a promise to make the world better — and there’s a yearning to make good on that promise that none of us can suppress forever.

Marianne Williamson

 

I want to invite you to create success for your life, career or business and learn the secrets for getting SEEN HEARD and SOLD, Join me and my special guest Social Media Guru Katie Brockhurst on this one day inspirational intensive workshop – Janey Lee Grace

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Book now to reserve your place! (please note that there are limited places available).

Early Bird price (before Feb 29th) £147 (save £100)

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