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Express yourself and feel powerful today!

A new way of looking at frozen smiles, feelings and thoughts. Please read on…

This message was from a lovely connection who asked me to post blogs dealing with tough times. “It’s been a tough year so any blog posts you have to deal with winter and a tough year that would be ideal!”. So while travelling to enjoy a magical weekend in freezing London exploring Borough Market and the impressive Shard Building and Windsor Castle in the crisp sunlight (read more below) this article about expression put me back in touch with my Smile!.

If you see an expressive face as emotive and human then muscle- paralysing Botox might not appeal. As Botox has become such a wide spread practice among so many from all walks of life. Lynnette Yong, a Harley Street doctor, says “since restricting movement in multiple facial sites you simply cause lines to occur elsewhere. Muscles are designed to be flexible”.

Most people want to look good for their age and less tired. Here is a confidence boost without botox.

One writer who tried Botox did’nt like the reduced facial expression and has decided not to use it again. “Expression is such an important part of human interaction – study after scientific study proves it – that I would rather accept my frown lines than have them be a barrier to communication”. Why not enjoy instead a full range of surprises and scepticism that brows can express?.

How do you reduce lines and wrinkles?.

Enjoying great company – I was lucky enough to have this special invite to see some of these spectacular sights in London and Windsor and they really did put a smile on my face. I would highly recommend you take a trip if you haven’t already seen them?.


The Shard London Bridge finally on a full thrust

Free things to do in London via Helen Wallis

Living in London guide

Windsor Great Park

What a contrast and what spectacular sights. Even the “hot ginger and honey” drink prepared in the Borough Market, warmed you up from inside. Smiles all round, as everyone dressed in hats, scarfs and layers to keep out the north wind.

What did you do over the weekend?.

Carolyn Williams, helping you find ways to re-energise you for your business?

@LifestyleOnline

Breathing new life into business. I provide social media campaigns for small business owners & entrepreneurs to help increase their followers, advocates and leads using social media.

Swansea
cardiffboardroom.co.uk

Connecting the dots on social media networks

Penny Power OBE wrote a book called ‘Know me, like me, follow me’

In this book Penny helps you understand how you can build your social media community. Here are a few examples of how that message translates for me on the web.

Connect for energy.
Make new friends preferably happy ones. Research by Harvard University shows that each happy friend you have, increases our chances of being happy by 9%, while each unhappy friend we have, only decreases our odds of being happy by 7%. So statistically we’re better off with a new friend than without one.

Laugh

I laugh a lot with a few chosen witty connections

Help each other.
I created my fan page on FB (and more) with the help of a ‘high’ sharing connections.

Sharing

I love the ‘footprints in the sand’ analogy which suggests when the load gets too ‘heavy’ you share the load. Being present listening to the successes and the ‘tough times’ of a new connection. I share my high’s and lows with special connections and YOU!

Act.

Do you get to know your connections?

Have you tried laughing or crying or dancing with your connections?. Being pro active I do all of these things through my blogs, organising and attending events. I’ve met and joined countless new friends through events. Many of whom are now shining stars throughout the social media networks.

Making time for your social media connections

 

Hug your connections.

There are many different ways you can hug your connections. Retweeting their blogs, commenting, agreeing, and agreeing to disagree on their posts.

Be You.

Listening to Olly Murs being interviewed on Radio One last night, on route back from the M25, I heard the interviewer say the audience immediately connected with Olly on stage. Why? He loves entertaining by being himself and he genuinely loves performing in front of his audience.

Enjoy time together through events, these can be online through skype, webinars or offline by arranging promotional events at your favourite venues,

Spreading real value over the web is an art.

Franklin Levinson facebook page is an example of how he shares his lifetime skill and experiences of building trust with horses.

 

How do you re-energise yourself for business?

Carolyn Williams

@LifestyleOnline

Breathing new life into business. I provide social media campaigns for small business owners & entrepreneurs to help increase their followers, advocates and leads using social media.

Swansea
cardiffboardroom.co.uk

What conversations have helped you in your business?

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The World Café

The origins of The World Café (shaping our futures through conversations that matter) were explained to me by Kevin Watson, @kjcoach, trainer & consultant delivering leadership and team development programmes for the 21st century.

I connected with Kevin on LinkedIn and later invited to meet with him for a one to one conversation at Morgan’s Hotel, in Swansea. During our second meeting, Kevin lent me his edition of The World Café book. The World Café is a flexible, easy-to-use process for fostering collaborative dialogue, sharing mutual knowledge and discovering new opportunities for action.

The book

” Using seven design principles and a simple method, the World Café is a powerful social technology for engaging people in conversations that matter, offering an effective antidote to the fast-paced fragmentation and lack of connection in today’s world.

Based on the understanding that conversation is the core process that drives personal, business, and organizational life, the World Café is more than a method, a process, or technique – it’s a way of thinking and being together sourced in a philosophy of conversational leadership”.

This philosophy again, summed up by ˜John Seeley Brown who said:

“It’s never enough just to tell people about some new insight. Rather, you have to get them to experience it in a way that evokes its power and possibility. Instead of pouring knowledge into people’s heads, you need to help them grind a new set of eyeglasses so they can see the world in a new way.”

Several magical collective wisdom style conversations later, arranged at both Morgans Hotel, Miskin Manor and on Skype, I am able to share great insights from conversations with other strategists, who I believe help people to see the world in a more connected way.

You can follow more of my café style conversations on Breathing for Business scoop.it.

I’d love to hear what conversations have helped you in your business?

 

Meanwhile, I’ll continue to invite people to share their insights and wisdom for a café style conversation.

 

Carolyn Williams

@LifestyleOnline

Breathing new life into business. I provide social media campaigns for small business owners & entrepreneurs to help increase their followers, advocates and leads using social media.

Swansea
cardiffboardroom.co.uk

 

Making time for your network connections

 

Making time to find out more about some of my connections in my social media network, I arranged a meet up with Andrew Field at Miskin Manor, Llantrisant, and Cardiff.

Looking through a lens.

When you give someone respect, you also give them space to express who it is they truly are. Without hearing and understanding someone’s ancestry and business history you can only scratch the surface. To measure the quality of a social media connection, you gain a much better insight by meeting them in person and by taking an interest in their business and interests. Andrew is a keen, avid wildlife photographer.

Here are just two of Andrew’s favourite pictures (taken by Andrew himself)

 

Lion activity captured in Manna Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

 

 

Boardroom insight

I can tell you having met him; he is a man who means exactly what he says and has so much more to offer a person on a social network site, about business. When I joined Ecademy in 2008, Andrew is the first person I had met , who is Mr. Boardroom himself. Having built a few businesses armed with several business strengths, he is a boardroom all rolled into one. Throughout my meetings with local South Wales businessmen and women, I inevitably see the quizzical look on their faces when I talk about the merits of joining a boardroom, and how we met online through ecademy, the social media network, started and owned by Penny and Thomas Power until they sold it.

I was able to sit back and truly engage with someone who was not trying to sell me anything. Don’t be fooled by his superb shots of lions and elephants roaming in the wild, he is so much more. In his profile he concludes by asking the reader: ‘Did that spark an interest? Feel free to connect if it did, no harm can be done, but be aware I would like to make our connection a little more than just your name on a now, rather large list. I am happy to explore opportunities where I can help, where I have the experiences; and to participate where I have an opinion, so please explore my other networks too’.

So I will continue to keep an eye out for him and my love of Lion wildlife photography, on blog sphere, as he suggests.

I would love to hear from you, if you have met a member through any of your favourite social media networks and learnt something so new and valuable because you took the time to find out?

 

Do you re-energise your clients?

 

Carolyn Williams

@LifestyleOnline

Breathing new life into business. I provide social media campaigns for small business owners & entrepreneurs to help increase their followers, advocates and leads using social media.

Swansea
cardiffboardroom.co.uk

‘A girl should be two things: who and what she wants’ Coco Chanel

 

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Have you seen the film Coco Avant Chanel?

‘Coco Avant Chanel born 1883, begins with a young Coco and her sister being unceremoniously dropped off at an orphanage, despite having a living parent. Their father sends the girls there and never returns. The film then cuts to Coco as a young adult (Audrey Tautou), working at a Moulin club as a seamstress and singer with her sister, Adrienne. The two pair up for a nightly duet, always singing the same song about a girl named Coco – hence the nickname’.

I was invited to see this incredible story of a lady who’s perfume and dress sense are among my favourites. No matter which airport you fly into the name of Coco Chanel jumps out from every ‘duty free’ perfume display.

Coco gave us the little black dress, she gave us perfume, and she gave us the simplicity and comfort we craved in women’s clothing. She’s beauty and she’s grace. She’s France’s own Mademoiselle Coco Chanel, the Great Emancipator of women’s bodies, no longer enslaved to corsets.

“It’s the story of how she got there — a young girl of modest means in a man’s world, working her way up in her own right”.

My experience of working largely in a man’s world in South Wales and motivating a workforce, has had it’s own liberating strengths.

I connected with Coco’s determination and focus while admiring her tireless fashion creations, worn by so many beautiful women all over the world.

She was a genius and driven from within.

 

Who inspires you to aspire?

 

 

Carolyn Williams

@LifestyleOnline

Breathing new life into business. I provide social media campaigns for small business owners & entrepreneurs to help increase their followers, advocates and leads using social media.

Swansea
cardiffboardroom.co.uk

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Wales v New Zealand (Sat)

Preview of Saturday’s international between Wales and New Zealand at the Millennium Stadium.

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

This promises to be interesting! ;)

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