Should you sponsor our JANEY LOVES 2019 Platinum Awards?

It’s that time of year again when we are proud to announce the launch of the Janey Loves 2019 Platinum Awards!

We continue even stronger to champion and promote the absolute best in natural, organic and eco products and services.

I want to look at the big holistic picture and so our awards are not just about skincare and beauty but also about eco natural sustainable brands, therapists and coaches, authors and app creators, all who are doing such important work and going all out to inspire us to better health and wellbeing through the products and services they are creating.

2019 Categories will include:

Skincare, Haircare & Beauty, Mother & Baby, Men’s Grooming, Alcohol Free Drinks, Food & Drink, Health & Wellbeing, Practitioners and Therapies, Bloggers and Wellbeing Experts, Home/Garden & Pets, Natural & Eco Stores, Wellbeing Books and Change Makers.

Award winners are selected after ‘real life’ testing by our panel of judges who are key influencers, renowned celebrities and respected experts and this year we are excited to be welcoming once again to our judging panel, radio personality Zoe Ball, TV presenter and ‘voice coach to the stars’ Carrie Grant, actress and nutrition author Glynis Barber, and beloved Organic living guru Jo Wood.

Further judges will be announced soon!

 

 

We’re offering fantastic opportunities for Award Sponsorship

This is a fantastic opportunity to sponsor one of the most established natural health and wellbeing awards in the UK by becoming a Partner.

Janey and her team will work with your brand to identify what key products, service or persons to promote and ensure that you maximise on this unique sponsorship opportunity. Different levels of sponsorship are available which gives great exposure and promotional opportunities across the whole period. The overall reach of the awards is expected at half a million, inclusive of online, broadcast and print.

Sponsorship benefits include:

Radio, press releases, social media, editorial, placement opportunities, blog and vlog spotlighting your brand on imperfectlynatural.com, web banners, VIP guest invitations to our intimate awards event, brand logo placements and it includes your brand entry – up to product entries for up to 3 products….

There is also an opportunity to be a headline sponsor with great promotional exposure – if you would like to partnership with us for 2019 the biggest and best awards ever, please get in touch now to see how we can work together.

For further information on Award Sponsorship please contact: janey@janeyleegrace.com

‘If you own or know any ethical brands suggest they enter @janeyleegrace Platinum Awards. They’ve helped incognito become the #1 #ethicalinsectrepellent because of the huge amount of publicity we’ve received!’

Howard Carter.  Founder of Incognito

 

Top 10 tips for facing presentation fear

A staggering number of people are afraid of speaking in public, in fact its rated higher than a fear of spiders, divorce or even death!  I once worked with a great entrepreneur who was offered an amazing opportunity to appear on Fox news to talk about her brand, she turned it down because of her fear of being in the limelight.  I really believe as the title of my book says You are the Brand, and people do business with those they like know and trust, so speaking and being able to share your authentic message is a great way to connect with them.

Here’s a few tips to help you overcome your fears of speaking in public. 

  1. Firstly accept that you may be nervous and imperfect, and that’s ok, in fact the more ‘human’ you are the better. So what if you drop your papers or spill your water?, it makes you relatable.  Nerves are normal, its ok to have butterflies in your tummy, but preferably butterflies flying in perfect formation!

2 You will be less nervous the more Preparation you’ve done. Prepare your content carefully, don’t cram in too many ideas and share what you know and are enthusiastic about, you won’t feel as nervous if you’re confident that you are delivering an authentic message.   Don’t try and learn the script word for word but DO know the ‘sections’ and asign bullet points to each.

3 Prepare for your performance too, that means saying your words out loud, its muscle memory, practice recording yourself, and watching your body language too.

4 Get your voice ready, do some vocal exercises, some tongue twisters to get your mouth moving and some vocal warm-ups varying the speed and the pitch.

5 Remember the power of the Pause, it’s the punctuation and it can help you out of a tricky moment, if you have lost your thread, just pause, check your notes (don’t have a full script on stage) and carry on, it feels like forever but its probably just seconds.

6 Engage the audience, make eye contact at various points around the room, and believe that these people want to hear your talk and are open to what you have to say. When you first go on stage if there is something bothering you that you feel everyone will be thinking say it first, ie if you have a massive zit on your nose, get that out of the way…come on stage and introduce your zit…if your contact lens are giving you hassle and you need to keep wiping your eyes, flag that up rather than have people wondering if you are upset about something.

7 Before going onstage do some breathing, when we are nervous we breathe in a very shallow way, breathe slowly and deeply.

8 Learn a simple tapping routine EFT (emotional freedom technique) allows you to tap lightly on the side of the wrist, you can say your fears out loud or to yourself but doing a tapping sequence helps to take away the’emotional charge’

9 Stand in the ‘Power Pose’ before you go on stage, just a minute or two in the so called power pose can change your state from one of fear to confidence and strength. Stand with feet apart, chest back head held high and arms by your side, look forwards and up, its impossible to fear sad and scared when you are fully upright, its what psychologists call The Cybernetic loop

10 And the big one….Visualise yourself rocking it!  Athletes often visualise themselves beating their own best time, or winning the race, see yourself coming off the stage and punching the air as you say YES I did it!

Check out the online course The Fearless Speaker, Janey Lee Grace and clinical hynotherapist Georgia Foster

 

Love, kindness and Imperfection

I wrote my first book Imperfectly Natural Woman over 13 years ago now, it was an Amazon number one best seller (after a national radio interview) and whilst being a bit ahead of my time, (I was writing about kale before it had its own publicist!) I think it struck a chord because of my use of my word ‘imperfectly’

You see in our quest for happiness, optimum health, success and abundance all of us at our core know that we are a little bit ‘flawed’ and unlikely to get everything right, especially first time around.   As someone who is a Hay House author and has interviewed many spiritual leaders I am well versed in the ‘I am enough’ thinking and the importance of self love, but I am still acutely aware of my own imperfections and failings and find it hard to reconcile that if I tell myself enough that I am perfect – lo and behold I will be.  More and more people are bringing skeletons out of their closet and admitting to suffering from anxiety and depression.  Its easy to be fooled by social media into thinking that everyone is living the dream with their instagram filtered lifestyle, so when even high flying celebs open up and admit they have down days and black dog moments everyone can finally breathe and admit #metoo.  If you run your own business it can feel especially lonely to be constantly comparing yourself to others in your field, its highly likely your inner critic will be having a field day reminding you of your imperfections and ensuring that you go deep into despair…when you aren’t putting a brave face on it for the camera.

Last year on Steve Wright in the afternoon on BBC Radio 2  we interviewed Zen Buddhist monk Haemin Sunim on his lovely book The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down. Now he is back with a #1 internationally bestselling book of spiritual wisdom about learning to love ourselves, with all our imperfections, its called Love for Imperfect Things; How to accept yourself in a world striving for perfection. 

He said ‘Hearing the words Be good to yourself first, then to others was like being struck by lightning’

Many of us respond to the pressures of life by turning inward and ignoring problems, sometimes resulting in anxiety or depression. Others react by working harder at the office, at school, or at home, hoping that this will make ourselves and the people we love happier. But what if being yourself is enough? Just as we are advised on airplanes to take our own oxygen first before helping others, we must first be at peace with ourselves before we can be at peace with the world around us.

Haemin Sunim turns his trademark wisdom to the art of self-care, arguing that only by accepting yourself–and the flaws that make you who you are–can you have compassionate and fulfilling relationships with your partner, your family, and your friends. With more than thirty-five full-color illustrations, Love for Imperfect Things will appeal to both your eyes and your heart, and help you learn to love yourself, your life, and everyone in it.

Love for imperfect things; How to accept yourself in a world striving for perfection.

When you care for yourself first, the world begins to find you worthy of care.

This feels so relevant right now as I am interviewing quit lit authors and sober heroes for my new podcast Alcohol Free Life, the thread that runs through everything is the need for self love and self care.

Dr David Hamilton was a guest recently and I’ve known him for years as a fellow Hay House author, he is a former scientist and has written ten books now. Why kindness is good for you was a game changer for many people because he proved scientifically that the giver gets incredible benefits for emotional and physical well being even more than the recipient. As an advocate for a kinder world  David reminds us that just by practicing acts of kindness we can increase our happiness, improve our health and forge strong connections with others, s new book The Little Book of Kindness gives us  easy-to-follow tools, strategies and exercises so that we can harness its power to improve all aspects of our lives and the lives of the people around us.  kindness changes the brain, impacts the heart and immune system, is an antidote to depression, improves relationships and even slows the ageing process.

In our interview for the podcast we talk about how we can start to ‘re-wire’ our brain and change our thinking, so important if we are trying to change a habit or free ourselves from addiction.   David explains the difference between self love and self esteem and gives us tips for self-care.  It seems that kindness , self acceptance and gratitude are all interlinked and all of us need to get better at it.

The Little Book of Kindness: Connect with others, be happier, transform your life by David Hamilton

Another forthcoming podcast guest is Shahroo Izadi author of The Kindness Method.  She is a  behavioural Change Specialist and her book focuses on how to break bad habits.  Shahroo is a support group facilitator and therapist at Amy’s Place, a recovery house for women set up by The Amy Winehouse Foundation.  Shahroo studied Psychosocial Sciences and Psychology,and  learned an enormous amount about how drug addiction is assessed and treated in the UK.

She has a revolutionary message: treating yourself kindly is the only way to make changes that last. She is living proof that her method works – after years of yo-yo dieting she shed over 8 stone (and has kept it off ever since). Professional training coupled with personal experience led her to develop The Kindness Method™, where traditional strict regimes are turned upside down to leave you feeling empowered, positive and ready to embrace change.  Whether it’s weight loss, cutting down on drinking, improving relationships or ditching a dull job for one that you love, The Kindness Method will help you change any unwanted habit. Because when you shift your focus to your individual strengths and skills (rather than what you can’t do), you too will find you have the power to change – for good.

The Kindness Method Changing Habits for Good by Shahroo Izadi is out now

I’m also planning to talk with Patrick Regan OBE. He is an author and the Founder of urban youth work charity XLP, an organisation which aims to create positive futures for young people and make a sustainable impact on poverty and educational failure in London.

Patrick founded the Christian charity Kintsugi Hope with his wife after a series of incidents that took him physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually ‘the brink’ —at a time of illness and loss all around us.  He wrote a blog post and found that  lots of other people feel alone in their struggles; so he saw the need  to be vulnerable and open about hard times. Patrick says, This is the way that healing can take place, in safe and supportive spaces. Patrick says.

I came across kintsugi, a Japanese technique for repairing pottery with seams of gold, while I was having major reconstructive surgery on my legs. We’d also had losses and stress in the family, and I was working very hard with XLP, and suddenly there was a perfect storm of things going wrong. But we learned so much, which I don’t think we would have learned otherwise.  Kintsugi repairs brokenness in a way that makes the object more beautiful than it was before.Instead of hiding the scars, it makes a feature of them. It’s a beautiful concept, giving broken people hope for the future’ 

Honesty over silence; Its OK not be OK by Patrick Regan is out now

How wonderful is that!  Brings us right back to accepting ourselves – despite imperfection and looking for the beauty and love – even within broken things

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