Posts Tagged ‘Smiles’

We can all help each other grow richer in Ecademy

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give”. Winston Churchill

That wonderful quote among so many more by Winston Churchill sets the tone for this blog.

Yesterday I joined Daniel, Phillip, George, Mike, Richard, James and one other young gentleman supporting Daniel’s Engaging Ecademy Leadership Event in London.

I took the decision to do this after re launching a band new corporate gymnasium facility after three years planning (to get others on board) on Tuesday. That re launch was the fourth in twenty two years and I was delighted for the workforce. The current Plant Manager for this automotive plant is young and like Daniel, works all hours. These young entrepreneurs and managers don’t have the luxury of paid support, so rely on the goodwill of other leaders who can help. I suspect this pattern is seen across the economic ‘picture board’ in this country.

After a long train journey from Swansea, putting a spurt on through tube stations and streets to arrive to Smiley faces was a treat! I have to say to you ‘ beautiful Londoners’ you are amazing, guiding millions of visitors, including the odd Taff wink through your city, an enormous task.

I learnt much, much more by making this, a four hour trip, to meet Daniel and to hear his passion to make Ecademy succeed was obvious. He’s worth hearing, so please attend ROSEE 3.

One simple task we can all do is click liking ‘a new kid to Ecademy on the block’ blogs. I have started following:

Robert Craven
Mike Morrison
Beth Burgess
Julia Mctaid
Ed Percival
Richard Francis
Vicki (The Property Mermaid) Wusche

Please look at new members and start nurturing their blog attempts. If we all start clicking on two to six more new members blogs, we will help each other grow richer. Daniel is ‘flat out’ so lightening his load would be a plus, even a K+. wink

I ditto Richard’s comment by repeating ‘Having fun isn’t always a criminal offence’. A gathering of like-minded people. Where else would you have this opportunity?.  I had the giggles on more than one occasion, the last being, when the ‘larger than life’ Mike was being a perfect Gent doing his Sir. Walter Raleigh impression by warning me of oncoming puddles before leaving for the tube station!

Which other network would you get such an opportunity to support and watch each other grow richer?


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.

    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

    Breaking through the Daylight #Smiles

    Woop! Woop! More heaven on earth courtesy of Alun Morris Jones and Twitter. I had to share this early Christmas pressie with my follow friends. Like so many other connections here on Ecademy the past few months have been a personal and professional test. Whatever circumstances throw at you I do hope this piece of Magic lifts your Spirit?


    Coldplay’s Paradise says it all for me.
    Previous Business Blog :  I was in heaven yesterday courtesy of Twitter

    hug ‘em hard and tell ‘em …

    In 2008 I joined the social media network called Ecademy owned by Thomas Power and founded by Penny Power author of the book Know me,   like Me, follow me’.  Since then I’ve met so many of it’s members both from the UK and across the globe.

    One London member who I have become particularly fond of because of his humorous blogs has just lost his wife to cancer and I only learnt this news today.  I am writing this blog and dedicating it to Norman and Mimi, his late wife. ….

    “hug ‘em hard and tell ‘em (again and again) how much you love them”  are Norman’s words of wisdom during the time of his greatest loss…

    “If, in my heartbreaking & still extremely raw experience, I can pass anything on, it’s simply to live life to the full, enjoy the good times and to remind everyone to reach out (today, now) to their partners, wives, hubbies, kids & loved ones and hug ‘em hard and tell ‘em (again & again) how much you love them”…

    Some of you have noticed I have not been quite so active on Ecademy these past few weeks.
    I’ve been concentrating on looking after my poorly daughter, who had become ill while on holiday with her husband in June. My experience to date is that sensitive people hide their intolerances and suffering well. For over six years she has managed to balance a full time job along with running a home and studying part time for her Degree. During this time both her husband and I took it in turns to help out with running here and there with her other love, Louis.

    This morning I read with sadness Norman’s reply on Dean’s blog but it was his last paragraph that struck a chord with me. When both my parents passed away within two years of each other, I felt an orphan. I have little contact with my brother and less with my sister. I took on the philosophy that has served me well, I would encourage my two to always hug and tell each other they loved one another. While I have been giving lot’s of love and care to my daughter my son has been keeping her topped up with texts and tough love. ( He would he is a soldier). I do believe there is a fine balance between both and it’s not many that get it right. What helps you when your in emotional, mental and physical pain?

    I’ve been contemplating, meditating and linking quietly online with great practitioners like Tom and Dr. Das while encouraging my daughter to continue seeking holistic treatment offline. I do believe she is turning the corner after much rest, good fuel, hugs and telling her how much we love her. smile

    Norman, I missed your jokes of late. Laughter for me is therapy. Everyone has their own way of dealing with pain and suffering. I’ve been following The Rugby World Cup with Masssimo. Wales I’m proud to say never gave up!. I will be in touch soon. Meanwhile Dr. Das What’s the one thing you know for sure about joy? says it all for me and more.

    Flowers for every day while recovering,  love from me in Wales!

    Thank You Norman.

    Carolyn x