Posts Tagged ‘Motivational’

Did that spark an interest in business?

Today I met with Andrew Field at Miskin Manor, Llantrisant, Cardiff.

When you click on Andrew’s Sunzu profile you will read:

“Most of you are here to make a business connection, but I am not. I am here for the social interface. Surprised? Do not be, the Ecademy network is actually one of the better social meeting places to which I subscribe on the Web. It is brimming with interesting people and it is much more than just business here!”

Andrew sincerely believes Ecademy, which is a social media network with a new owner, Lyndon Wood, who has renamed it Sunzu, has been one of the better social meeting places that we can subscribe to on the web. He continues to explain his point of view so well. He, like me has reached a level of maturity and experience in life. We naturally discussed the changes that are happening in business life today and within networking websites, like Sunzu.  Having shared blogs with Andrew and contributed to his superbly written stories on Africa, I felt I had his measure, until I met him in person today. Our discussions raised a question for me about this new platform. ‘Will the newer members of Sunzu embrace the ‘older tried and tested’ contributors ?’ I guess time will tell.

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 looking at their photographs. Here are just two of Andrew’s favourite pictures (taken by Andrew himself)

Lion activity captured in Mana 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 this social network site, about business. Since joining Ecademy in 2008, Andrew is the first person I have 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 mention ecademy and again when I talk about the merits of  joining a boardroom. Today, 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 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?


Carolyn Williams
Moving minds and people in business

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.

Capturing Magical Breakthrough Moments On Film.

Pure magical celebrations captured on film.
Last night I watched and listened to this incredible African Childrens Choir, selected to sing for the Queens Jubilee song and concert.
Gary Barlow’s breakthrough moments in searching for the Diamond Jubilee song for the Queen.
Sing – Gary Barlow & The Commonwealth Band featuring Military Wives
(The official song of the Diamond Jubilee. Performed by the Military Wives with Gareth Malone and musicians from across the Commonwealth including the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Band, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Slum Drummers from Kenya’s Kibera slum, African Children’s Choir and many more.)

Gary visited Australia, Kenya, Jamaica and the Solomon Islands to find musicians for the song, collaboration with Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber.
BBC headlines about the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations brought us another Getty image that defies time. Diamond Jubilee: The Queen’s bond with ‘remarkable’ Welsh
On Saturday, having studied several ‘magical moments’ of newly retiring Shane Williams and Martyn Williams, I tweeted “Whoop! Whoop! Hook on the money. It all started with Harry Robinson’s try, Wales 30 Barbarians 21. Congratulations! 100th Cap for Martyn Williams”.
Wales 30 – 21 Barbarians
This incredible tackle captured by Huw Evans Wales talented photographer.
This game gave us an insight into the young talent that travels on the test tour to Australia on Tuesday. What better fitting tribute to the two giant stalwarts, who have given us some of the most incredible magical moments on the field. Wishing you both everything you deserve Shane Williams and Martyn Williams. If the Queen’s long serving Diamond Jubilee celebrations are anything to go by…….there is much work to be done yet!. ;)
Carolyn Williams
Keeping you motivated for business.

Call to Dance




My morning has got off to a great start arranging possible business presentations, buying a book, written by Mike Turner (looking forward to our 1-2-1 on June 20th) before which I shall be edutaining on Andrew Horder’s OSBSD.

Before writing this I was reading ‘Ten Top Tips For Focusing Your Writing Creativity’ by Lisa Cherry and I particularly liked this #tip:

“Allow yourself to be risky with your writing. If you’ve got something to say, say it but say it well. People want to read something challenging, something different and something that speaks to them”.

I did write this piece which I thought was challenging and it seemed to get a favourable response from you.  On it I wrote “It’s keeping up with the changes, facilitating, and participating that helps us to embrace this huge challenge”.

Catching up with my daughter at the end of a long rewarding Tuesday, we met a Manager of one of the largest, busiest and most successful Spanish restaurant’s here in Swansea. He himself is Spanish and from a young age was been brought up to do the Salsa ‘Latino’ style! If you saw his posture and expressions, there is no doubt he is a Salsa champion. If you saw the way he runs the restaurant it is like watching waiters and waitresses on a dance floor, well organised and colourful.

Call to Dance.  Call to Action in Business.

I do sincerely believe it is as a direct result from twenty six years of making little steps with a ‘ step ahead style’  that has earned me respect in the community.  I affectionately call them my ‘flying hours’. It has been a secret ambition of mine to follow in my dad, an ex WW2 RAF pilot footsteps but settled for clocking up stepping, foot-slogging miles motivating others to move, laugh, dance and have fun while ‘looking after themselves’. None of this would have been possible or as fun without an ex Chamber of Commerce President and several Automotive Managers who hired me.

I was reminded of this richness when Massimiliano wrote “Let’s celebrate our differences and become richer human beings!” on my Daring to be different piece. Sharing with you my reply:

“I’d like to start with…. when I first clicked on your replies yesterday, working ‘flat out’ on some real human issues in the workplace. All good stuff but extremely focused and intense in providing creative ways for dealing with pressure. These pressures we all experience when juggling work alongside family issues, ill-health and respite care! Your sentence took on a whole new ‘light’ as these pressures we all face, ‘ from time to time’ are all the more bearable if we have a rich circle of friends and family.  We cannot choose our family but we certainly can build on a ‘rich bank’ of friends. Thank you for contributing your wealth here Massimiliano”.

Motivating so many over the years, I can honestly say that it’s been the dancing over steps, the miles with others. that brings a smile to my face. Can you say your work brings a smile to your face?

This blog is dedicated to my American *BS friend Sadie Murray.

Carolyn Williams

Keeping you motivated for business.

Are you lost in Ecademy?

Participating in  Ecademy’s leadership second meeting, led by Phillip Khan-Panni – Wordsmith was to bring home ( in my view ) that a lot of us are lost in Ecademy.  We could say this is also true of our economy and of our way in British life.

Prior to this meeting I had arranged a 1-2-1 with John Paul, an Architect from London and a power networker. We arranged to meet in the British Museum not far from our meeting place. This invite was as a direct result from a comment John had made on this post.

What followed on from this visit was that John kindly took me to look at some amazing buildings and architecture. Soaking up this vast wealth of architectural history, guided by a London architect was a privilege. Starting with the British Museum, leading to the buildings around Portland Street, All Saints Church, Margaret Street with its stunning stain glass windows and carvings in the company of John Paul.

“The exception is the magnificent west window (right), the glass of which dates from 1877. Designed by Alexander Gibbs, it is based on the Tree of Jesse window in Wells Cathedral, and replaced the initial glass, designed by Alfred Gerente and installed between 1853-58 (and which was generally thought to be a failure).

It was designed in 1850 by William Butterfield, an architect strongly associated with Gothic revival church building and the Oxford Movement. Completed in 1859, the red brick church was built around a small courtyard with an adjoining vicarage and a choir school.

Butterfield’s masterpiece

The interior is noted for its rich decoration and beautiful fittings – a true “hidden gem” in the streets of central London.

Sir John Betjeman, the poet, writer and enthusiastic advocate of heritage and architecture said of All Saints: It was here, in the 1850s, that the revolution in architecture began…It led the way, All Saints Margaret Street, in church building.” All Saints Margaret Street is a Victorian church in Fitzrovia, near Oxford Street, London. It is regarded as one of the foremost examples of High Victorian Gothic achitecture in Britain”.

Having listened to John’s story I decided it would be an idea to meet up with a dear friend of mine, now working as a specialist in Harley Street. Again John led me to the RIBA buildings ‘coffee shop’, so that all three of us could sit and chat. My friend is an IVF specialist. Our conversation centred around what we understand is happening to the traditional family.  Family life is changing for all of us. Ecademy has changed and will change again. It’s keeping up with the changes, facilitating, and participating that helps us to embrace this huge challenge.

Business: We can all help each other grow richer in Ecademy
.  We sure can.

Carolyn Williams

Keeping you motivated for business.

Reinforcing positiveness on Ecademy

Reinforcing positiveness

Deanna Cook sent me a tweet “Smile and, then, Think #Sparkle. #GrandSlam @ecademy” which I read before her comment (“I think collaboration is the key and your quote is lovely. Thank you for sharing your words and your time”) Her comment was written on my earlier blog We can all help each other grow richer in Ecademy and I was bowled over by her repeating the ‘positive loves in my Life’

  • Family
  • Smiles
  • Sparkle
  • Wales
  • Rugby
  • Then she brought an even bigger smile to my face when I read my words ( written in her tweet ) back to me #In Grand Slam Mode.  I loved every moment of good, attractive and skilful rugby played during the #World Cup. So much so, I joined some Welsh rugby groups on LinkedIn only to feel excluded for being social media savvy.

    In contrast,  I recently attended the Welsh Rugby Players Association Awards in Cardiff. The difference in  following the games, sport round ups and scrum five, to meeting a few of the Welsh players in person Sam Warburton for one, was awesome. Sitting not too far away, paving the way for Sam was open side flanker Martyn Williams my other ‘all time’ favourite.

    Martyn Williams MBE

    Martyn was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to rugby.  They are all ambassadors, hugely talented individuals ‘on and off’ the field. I was so emotional and proud to be Welsh and to be among them, reliving some of the world class rugby highlights.

    Linking passion to skill and great behaviour ‘on and off’ the field was where the Welsh squad led in the last World Rugby Cup. Being part of this big rugby family and blessed with great elders and coaches guiding them to the future of #Rugby. Graham Henry, Mike Ruddock, Hansen, Howley, Edwards and Mr. Gatland all are building this amazing squad. To see for yourself is to be moved and privileged.

    Yesterday was one of the hardest coaching days for me in the work place and so reading the positive reinforcements and her comment on ecademy was to remind me of why I do… what I do and have done since I qualified in 1970 wink

    Lawrence Perry’s post What is the value of ecademy? prompted me to follow up on a previous invite to Skype. One Skype later we have brought that connection closer to understanding what is so important to us that adds value.

    Deanna Cook  and Lawrence Perry thank you for adding yet more richness to my day.  Who do you feel has reinforced some positiveness to what can be a gloomy day in this economy?.  We can all help each other grow richer in Ecademy

    Carolyn Williams

    Keeping you motivated for business.

    In Grand Slam Mode

    Yes, I even dream’t about it last night. We have enjoyed some great sporting achievements and I woke up thinking history is about to happen all over again.  So for those of you who enjoy the French v Wales Rugby here for you are some previous Grand Slam highlights.
    C’mon Wales let’s be having You for ‘Merve the Swerve’
    And Yes Mr. Gatland does have a techie sense of humour ‘And Gatland raises laugh from journalists when he jokes that technology might make the decision for them!’.
    You Glow In The Dark turning the Game into Paradise
    Thank You Wales, Mr Gatland and Team Coaches for some awesome moments. May the best team win on the day. What 6 Nations matches stand out in your minds?.
    Keeping you motivated for business.

    Smiley Faces Can Make a Big Difference When Decision Making In Business

    What you say, write and how your body language reflects those words have a big impact on those you do business with. Steve Martin wrote : The way in which feelings and emotion inpact on decision-making and behaviour can be powerful.

    Professor Marianne Bertrand of Chicago Business School recently found that simply by printing a picture of a smiling young woman on an envelope containing an offer for a financial product led to 
a significant increase in response.

    I am naturally drawn to sunnier smiles when networking and equally withdraw from cold stares both in Life and when engaging through social media. Two yeas ago experiencing some really cold wintery weather I wrote Business : Profiles – The Power Of The Smile!. the power of a Smile can lift the Spirit. Equally what you seek, read and reflect have a big impact on those you do business with.

    Constant negative media news and destructive behaviour has a depressive effect on British workers as they head for sunnier climates in search of sun rays!. (Me included) Feeling sunnier can and does attract new relationships and new clients. Your written word and images reflect your intention and spirit. To promote hope among young job seekers I wrote Business : The art of communication skills in business.

    Steve Martin continued to add “Clearly it would be a stretch to suggest that simply decorating your next proposal with smiley faces and positive words will be enough to 
ensure that you emerge with 
a new client or contract. However, other things being equal, paying attention to the environmental cues that can influence others’ feelings and ethically arranging for those that impact positively to be in place, especially at the point when decisions are made, can make for big differences.

    But aside from obvious events such as receiving bad news or falling out with a colleague what other stimuli can influence how we feel and, as a result, behave?”

    When Attracting New Clients ~ how do we engage? A #Sparkle Exercise

  • Engage
  • – Do you call to engage with your potential customers?

  • Smile
  • – Do you Smile while chatting with them?

    Saw another article and felt it appropriate when looking at our negative behaviour. If you run a business and you waste energy squabbling in front of the customer, I for one wouldn’t do business with you. A no win situation.

    Advertisers know that there is much more to the catch phrase “No Likey, No Lighty!” wink

    Off Line Networks ~ Bring Back London Ecademy Events


    At the beginning of this week I wrote about Business : Build On Trust Me, You Chose My Networkand wanted to share with you the journey of trusting both online and offline networking

    Trust yourself posted by ed percival tells you to reflect when you first trusted someone and the first person you learnt to mistrust. Your gut instinct will TELL you everything you need to know about the person you are with.

    I attended a NRG Business networks meeting at The Vale Hotel, Hensol and enjoyed a 1-2-1 withDave Clarke CEO of this Network. The host Huw Lewis, was living a little closer to me in Wales and was amazed I knew so much about Dave.   Thanks to Ecademy and my Network I have got to know Dave through a series of social media networks and tools before meeting him ‘face to face’ for the first time. A family man and an experienced business man with people skills pouring out of his pores.

    How good is that, belonging to a network that encourages both online and offline networking?.
    Bring back London Ecademy Events.

    So who is influencing You?

    The art of communication skills in business

    A previous past member posted this ‘The art of communication, seems to be disappearing fast in terms of how we interact with our young people’ on my Business Job Market! Recruitment and Training Blog.. 

    For me Information is power. The art of communication is the basis of any transaction. Imparting knowledge relies on teachers making it ‘fun to learn’. There is an art to creating a secure environment for young people to develop skills and independence. In building a future passionate ranting in surfacing genuine concerns (as Zara has so courageously posted here) for young people has to be healthy!. Apathy and indifference at home is lethal to any young individual, who desperately seeks guidance.The young need fun loving Mentors to give them a sense of purpose, discipline and above all HOPE. Once upon a time that was all we wanted too …..

    Rant complete! Can you add to this?

    Moons ago I wrote a module to compliment the internal customer and the external customer (written by co trainers ) which won A National Training ‘Customer Care’ Award. For me communication skills comes top of the list .

    Meeting the customer
    Understanding and engaging with the customer
    Providing real solutions.
    Improving communication skills – in both personal and work life
    Increased motivation – Dealing with fears and obstacles
    Increased vitality – optimise performance
    Improved confidence – in both personal and work life
    Improving health for energy to work
    Listening skills/ Interactive skills
    Embracing the changes
    Delivering to the customer

    Anything to add to this list?

    Keeping you motivated for business.