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Old ways won’t open new doors

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I have not put pen to paper for some weeks. I guess the pull of an early spring/summer has taken me outside into the open office.  I’ve marvelled at the joys, sights, smells and sounds when the sun arrives early in Wales.

I have been reading lots of articles on social media. One author, Delilah Dawson, in particular challenged her readers to Please shut up: why self promotion as an author doesn’t work and ‘to focus on your energy on the one thing that’s in your control: writing the best book you possibly can. Focus on editing each sentence to make it sing’.  I adore singing and have been listening to some incredible songs lately, that of the early morning bird and this Daddy, who is so patient and loving with his daughter singing.  She is a Hoot!

Here she is singing with her adoring dad.

‘Britain’s Got Talent’  judge, Mr Simon Cowell has made his fortunes choosing and promoting talent all over the world.  He summed up his current best contemporary composer, Golden Boy Calum Scott  by saying ‘‘you took us all on an emotional journey. We were all sucked in’.

Are you conscious of these doing words:



Pulling In



Do you resonate with Delilah Dawson, who says ‘I don’t want to be badgered, urged and threatened, cajoled at or whined to?  Or do you want to be drawn in by what you hear and read online?  Do you attract new potential clients with song links, pictures, and roller coaster post links?  Or are you too squeezed to remember who you are following and listening to?

Have you opened any new doors lately?  Well for starters stop doing the same thing that got you here in the first place.  Commit to moving forward. Commit to opening new doors.


Carolyn Williams, helping you capture new followers, advocates and how to generate new leads for your business?


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.


What conversations have helped you in your business?

The World Café

The origins of The World Café (shaping our futures through conversations that matter) were explained to me by Kevin Watson ( a coach, 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 121 conversation at Morgan’s Hotel, in Swansea. During our second meeting, Kevin lent me his edition of The World Café book.

Here’s ‘about’ 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.”

Did that spark an interest in business? was my last blog for ecademy. In it I share some insights from conversations with other strategists, who I believe help people to see the world in a new way.

I have remained a member of ecademy – now Sunzu, because of my love of networking with the wider global business community and my love of blogging. Lyndon Wood became the new owner of Ecademy in the summer. Seeing Lyndon’s name pop up on the various social media networks, I began to sense his excitement about social media conversations that matter. Thrilled that Ecademy had a new owner from Caerphilli in South Wales, I invited to meet with him. Lyndon, kindly presented me with a copy of his book, Diary of a Fortune Hunter. Since that meeting Lyndon has been working quietly on his new social media Sunzu launch. I for one, wish him well.

Sunzu will give the opportunity for hundreds of interesting people to blog, comment, meet and develop new ways of engaging socially, giving referrals and trading. My wish is that we members create opportunities for conversations that matter in business.


“Surround yourself only with people who are going to take you higher” – Oprah Winfrey


Carolyn Williams


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.






Ecademy’s Got Talent


The line-up for Andrew Horder’s OSBSD, looked outstanding.

A rich mix of Girls and Boys. We greeted, hugged, bowed, doing a pre limbering warm up. This greeting style warmed everyone before we all got started. The Boys were in a league of their own, while the Girls were so pretty that John Cassidy just had to unveil his camera, to shoot his lovely Head Shots!

Getting down to business in small intimate Black Star groups. After an incredible afternoon jam packed with giving and receiving, I felt humbled to experience that level of feedback second to none. Giving our heartfelt ‘thanks’ to Andrew before continuing our 1-2-1′s which then quickly emerged into ‘group hugs’ as we arrived at our watering hole. The superb venue, The Waterway arranged by the ‘hostess with the mostest’ Clare Gillbanks, ecademists turned into intimate clusters of non-stop chatting talent

Sipping bubbly later while overlooking the canal with Julia McDaid, socialising post Andrew’s OSBSD, took on a Life of its own. I learnt I could collaborate with one or two members. Having been given specific ‘canal route’ details by the deceivingly quiet Dave Clarke, I slipped away leaving the Party to catch my late train home.

I’m sure there will be lot’s more opportunities, proving that meeting up offline is a gorgeous extension of getting to know one another online. Enjoy starting with a #kiss, meanwhile.

Thank You Andrew for being brave enough to take me on for the edutainment slot.
When out of our ‘comfort zone’, we hugged each other through it. The Amadeus Centre was a great choice Andrew. The relaxed, calm atmosphere added to the day. Thank you Clare for arranging the watering hole, it was super!.

Carolyn Williams

Keeping you motivated for business.