At the end of each year I look back through my diary and tally up what I’ve achieved, it’s a great exercise to help me understand what I have spent my time doing, an opportunity to give my self a pat on the pack and decide what I need to stop doing in the coming year.
This year, I delivered 210 hours of Coaching. Face to face clients typically have 6 sessions with me whereas telephone or skype clients usually have 10 sessions. I chose to have fewer clients this year and be more selective. My ideal client is a woman who wants to take her career or business forward, usually 30 years plus, who is at a point where she is willing to do some work to overcome her fears and own her place in the world. Coaching isn’t cheap, but it delivers outcomes. My clients this year have surpassed themselves, through promotions, writing books and creating sustainable business, to making sure their voices are heard on topics that matter most to them. To each and every one of you, I am very proud to have walked alongside you on your journey.I can’t believe that I have delivered 75 webinars this year, some of which are for corporate clients, and others that I have hosted myself. People are more and more comfortable with webinars now; they’re a great way to get some bite size learning during your lunch break. I enjoy webinars best when the audience is active, when they ask questions, provide insights and really want to make the most of the experience. Webinars can be delivered on almost any topic, from goal setting; self love, coaching skills to assertive communication and much more.
I’ve really enjoyed being interviewed on Sky News and LBC radio this year, Nick Ferrari always challenges me and the topics that I have discussed on Sky News have been important: gender balance, careers, diversity and the world of work more broadly. Things I really care about.
Giving back is close to my heart and it’s with pleasure this year that I have run 2 teen conferences to celebrate international women’s day in March and international men’s day in November. Over 300 students and their teachers attended, one boy wrote up his experience. In addition I am delighted to become an Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Westminster where I completed my Business Degree. And I continue to support the Guild of Entrepreneurs; of which I am a member, with their outreach programme.
My online coaching programme the Happenista Project continues to grow from strength to strength now with 280 people enrolled, an active secret Facebook group of supportive women, making things happen their way.
The demand for talks and workshops has risen this year, highlights have been travelling to Barcelona to deliver a talk on Diversity at the Global CEO Summit, speaking on a panel on Diversity at the Sage Summit and speaking at WOW London and Chester. I continue to enjoy working with corporates like MasterCard, Prudential and Cerner delivering programmes and workshops on topics such as Networking, Mentoring and Imposter Syndrome. This is my fifth year facilitating the final day of the ground-breaking Aurora programme and I continue to advocate with women in Higher Education. I am also called on to provide talks on my experience in business, my lessons learned and tips, 3 highlights include my Making Your Cash Flow event, my FSB Women interview. I successfully launched my Happenista retreat this year and ran 2 of these transformational experiences, due to high demand and positive feedback I am delighted to say more are scheduled for 2018. Lastly I received 2 awards this year, the We Are the City Rising Star Entrepreneur Award, sponsored by the Sunday Times and Lift Effects Inspirational Woman award, both were humbly and gratefully received.
If you were part of my year, I really want to thank you. If not, I hope that there will be an opportunity to work together in the future.
Watch this space for my plans for next year.