The Fire Wheel of Confidence

The Fire Wheel of Confidence

It was with a spring in my step that I went along to the Carmarthenshire WiRE monthly meeting on Monday 18th April at Ore Knot in Bridge Street, Carmarthen. The venue (a first for WiRE) had been tastefully and beautifully decorated in popping citrus shades.

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Sarah MacDonald introduced the speaker, Belinda Ray, who encouraged us to gather around in a semi-circle. Firstly Belinda drew our attention to her colourful clothes, including bright socks, and she emphasised the importance of wearing something that was comfortable. Belinda showed us how our confidence can go up and down and how we can be wobbling on the inside, but displaying buoyancy on the outside. This was something that we could all relate to. She then enthused about her very creative “Fire Wheel of Confidence.”  She showed us how each flame represented something special to empower and enrich us.

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You will see in the picture that there were many flames but I will focus upon the following – authenticity, relationships and passion. It is so important to be authentic and honest, firstly to ourselves and to how we promote our business and by so doing, this fans a flame of reliability. Relationships – now this is a flame that we need to control as it could burn itself out. However, we need to nurture and create lasting friendships. As for that passion flame, we all need this for our business and keeping this well lit will ensure that we make great strides towards our goals; that confidence will fire within our souls!

Belinda demonstrated how to generate confidence which we can do in a number of ways. One example was “the power pose” (imagine it) and listening to “pump up music” which one or two of us did admit to doing. We do, however, all have our own ways. I was remembering a programme I had listened to on Radio 4 when a lady who had been a nurse during the Second World War explained that the nurses would apply bright red lipstick just as all the war casualties were coming in from the trenches. The sheer act of applying the lipstick invigorated their “get to it” mood.

We were then shown a cushion in a Mandala design with shades of blues and greens and were encouraged to throw it at each other, along with a positive statement like “I am strong!” Much laughter ensued as it was thrown with such passion and the statement that ignited us. This emphasised that having a good laugh can unlock that energy. The cushion tossing proved to be a lively exercise which helped with the cohesion of the group.

Belinda spread onto the floor inspiring and relevant quotations and she urged us to pick one that resonated with us and read it out powerfully. The one I read out was “When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.” (Joe Namath). Actually, reading out such a statement empowered us there and then. Here is one that I have since thought of “What does not destroy me, makes me strong.” (Friedrich Neitzche).

If anyone had commenced the evening feeling despondent, I am sure that by the end they would have been bouncing with those vibrant flames of confidence!

Angie Davies 

#CarmsMeansBiz – So-Occasion (a finalist with joy!)

Finalist artwork 300 dpi jpeg (1)Imagine my joy and surprise when I discovered recently that I had been nominated as a finalist in the #CarmsMeansBiz awards and that I was invited to attend a gitzy event at the Corran Resort and Spa in Laugharne on Friday 18 March. I was thrilled to have been nominated and I look forward to the event with glee!

No matter what the outcome on the night, I am pleased to be able to display on my website the information – see here http://carmarthenshiremeansbusiness.wales/  There is also an event on the 21 April at Delme Thomas Building at Parc Y Scarlets in Llanelli, where you can showcase your business and your skills and perhaps add to your customer base. In any event, it is all great experience. Why not take up the opportunity and reserve your stand to be part of an innovative and inspirational event?

I am sure to be at the event on the 21 April and I look forward to meeting you there. Remember if you need assistance in encouraging those visitors over the threshold of your business stand, then So-Occasion can certainly help.

 

Why #So?

Many people have asked me why I named my business So-Occasion? When digging deep into my mind as to what I could call my new venture – this was a few years ago – I needed to have something that conveyed what it was that my business entailed. I liked the word occasion as this celebrates different ideas and thoughts, and my business was all about – giving a good service, being the best I could be, and incorporating excellent customer service. An occasion is an opportunity or a reason to do something. If I could do something outstanding and bespoke for the client I would be working for, then this would certainly be an occasion. Also, as I would be working towards an event or promotion of that event, then this word occasion really suited. So now I had the word occasion – I just needed something to back it up. Give it more oomph! Thinking about this probably took me another evening of deep thought, and so the word so came into my head as it seemed to convey that extra energy that I needed! The word so expresses intensification of the word that follows – it sorts of emphasises.

#So, that is the meaning behind my business name So-Occasion and you either love it or hate it. Thankfully, I love it especially as I travel on in my business venture. I have, as well, adopted the hashtag for #So, too! I also like that my business name gets people talking and wondering and that can only be a good thing.

As this post goes to press, I have just found out that So-Occasion has been nominated one of the finalists in the first Carmarthenshire Means Business Awards which will be announced later this month. Here is a link to the Facebook page. Carmarthenshire Means Business / Sir Gâr yn Meddwl Busnes

#Loveyourbusiness

IMG_5756With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, why not take the time to think about how much you love your business? Are you a business in the UK? If so, read on. Every business owner should have a passion for their business to give it the best possible chance of survival.

February is a good time to think about how attractive your customer service is and how you relate to prospective buyers. Your customers are at the heart of your product and So-Occasion believes that their needs are important. By being happy and wearing a smile on your face, customers will love your enthusiasm.  It is important to be open with your advice and get your customers on your side. Because you care, they will too.

Be prepared to give your business some loving attention. Think about the notices that you are displaying. Check regularly for out of date posters and renew them regularly. Nothing puts off a prospective buyer more than scruffy signs or expired posters. Do the same with your website. Keep pages fresh and fun!

If you are in a front facing position, always attend to a customer immediately with a friendly welcome and that all-important smile. As a business, it is vitally important to welcome your customers with a vibrant greeting. So exude that confidence and be really happy that they want to do business with your company.

Your telephone manner and tone is extremely important. Smile whilst answering the telephone as this is easily picked up by the caller and is reassuring. If your business relies on an answering service, make sure that it is answered efficiently and with up to date information.

So, have you forgotten something? Try to go the extra mile to ensure that your visitor receives the best possible customer service. This Valentine’s Day, think about your business, nurture it and give it room to blossom. Even if you are a small business, make sure that you have the biggest heart.

 

Still #sparkling and headed towards the end of #January

I am sure that, like me, you are working through your goals and aspirations for #January. Try sorting your work into approximately 6 main business chunks – Essential, Important, Not so important, Something you can delegate (may not be easy if you are a sole trader), Not really necessary (perhaps you can ditch this) and the final one – interesting. This could be something you may want to do when time allows.

One sign of a well planned business is well planned business activity. So, you are working through your list. Take those tiny steps daily to the main goal – but only you will know what that goal is. Remember Rome, or any other city for that matter, was not built in a day.

Try to stick to your #sparkly list and keep referring to it. You may wish to get your hands on one of these – see photo – and dip into either daily or weekly. Each little snippet gives you encouragement and something to IMG_5755aim for, whether it is for that day or for that week!

Email me if you would like a little box of encouraging phrases.

What a “#sparkly new time” – January

I have been looking at ideas to spark motivation in myself, and in my business. Here are some bullet points to get you started if you would wish to do so. I hope that this inspires you to get motivated.IMG_5731

  • Main aim for the month
  • Greatest challenge
  • What is my specific “dream” for the month?
  • What steps will I take to get to my main aim?
  • Which businesses will I network with?
  • What is my inspirational quote for the month?
  • Looking back – best moment of the month
  • Steps to avoid next month

Welcome to the So-Occasion Web site

So-Occasion is a first class promotions company with experience in promoting businesses. They have that unique quality in that they work solely ‘one to one’ with no distractions. This actually means that whilst working for your company, So-Occasion are thinking about your business only and leaving thoughts of other businesses ‘at the door.’

Promotions with #zing, words with #panache / Hyrwyddo â #steil, geiriau â #swyn