This article has been inspired by the amazing value that I have come across from different people over the last few days. I have been running my own business for 8 years now and I’m sorry to say that it has only been for the last 6 months that I have spent any money investing in myself or my business, so here are a few things that I think are great value this month.
Be warned though, once you start down this road, it can become very addictive!
Get a mentor
I recently had a meeting with Jonathan Pfahl of the Rockstar Group, one of the few brave men that came along to the Women Unlimited launch. His business supports entrepreneurs through a fantastic mentoring programme has an amazing offer for people that want to grow and develop their business. For £14.95 (!!!) per month you could have a mentor of your choice from one of the 27 business mentors on offer to have a 1 hour telephone call each month and email support. All I can say is wow.
I have also recently come across Alternatives.org.uk who run weekly events for people at St. James Church in central London. Next week Marianne Williamson, who wrote a Course in Miracles and is one of the most often quoted women of our time will be speaking there on Monday October 27th. The cost? £15! Other speakers they have coming up include John DeMartini a philosopher and wealth guru on November 3 and Nancy Kline, with a session on a Time to Think on November 24.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Those of you who joined us at the Realise your potential seminar on September 30th, will have heard Penny Power talk about the revolution in social networking and how we should be using it in our own businesses to develop relationships both on and off-line. For £11.75 you can join ecademy which entitles you to both use the site extensively such as adding events, blogs and connecting with people all over the world, but it also includes free entry to the ecademy networking events held each month. I recently attended one last month which had a great session on the use of body language and vocal projection and how you can use that effectively in your business, and you can’t beat the price!
Read a book
Investing in yourself through reading a book that is going to move your business forward is one of the best things you can do for yourself. I realise that we’re all busy but if you’re serious about growing your business, this is one of the best ways to feed your mind and gain ideas and perspectives on how to grow your business. Some of the fantastic books that I have read over the last few weeks includes: Find Your Lightbulb: How to Make Millions from Apparently Impossible Ideas by Mike Harris, the founder of Egg; Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini an amazing book on social behaviours; and Secrets of Successful Women Entrepreneurs: How Ten Leading Business Women Turned a Good Idea into a Fortune by none other than our own contributor Sue Stockdale, founder of Mission Possible.
Go and visit the Annie Liebowitz exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. This woman has created an enormous name for herself as the photographer to the stars and it is very well deserved. The exhibition showcases over 150 photographs from the celebrated photographer, bringing some of her best known work from the last two decades. The cost to get in and see the exhibition is £9.00 – £11.00