On a Sunday afternoon I love listening to my dear friend Tina Hyde on The Island Radio . She hosts the Easy Listening Show. Her guest on this show is another good friend of mine – dear Donna Jones MBE – do join with me for some easy listening. Donna talks about how she missed going to listen to the Wight Hot Pipes and ended up bashed and bruise. She has such a wicked sense of humour – so this is well worth a listen. Find out why what she calls her dogs and why they are banished. Hear too what happened to her bacon sandwich. Such fun
Ever since I was 27 ( and quite likely for years before that!) I’ve been minding my own business! (althought my siblings might bed to differ. ) There there have been several businesses over that time. At 27 I opened my own nursery school and became self-employed. Although I have been employed for a few years as a teacher most of that time has been in self-employment. Firstly it was running Park View Nursery school for 21 years and by accident I became a bookseller as well, eventually giving up the teaching in order to sell children’s books full time. That was a job I enjoyed very much but gave it up when the goalposts got moved. Since then I opened up a networking group called Wightbuzz on the Isle of Wight where I live, and also started a business with my son Tristan, a business mentoring group also teaching productivity hacks called Allthingsnetworking.com
Six years ago I became an Independent Phoenix Trader, a network marketing opportunity but kept it on the back burner during that period while I gave much more focus to the other businesses. I feel the time is right to grow this now and when I decided , between Christmas and New Year to take that course of action, my attitude was right and I immediately recruited to new team members. When I was selling children’s books I grew a very large team and I love to work with them and help them achieve the businesses that they want. Now I look forward to helping my Phoenix traders growing their businesses and to find new people who are looking for an opportunity to run a business that fits in with the rest of their life.so while I mind my business but I also help others find the opportunity to mind their own business. There are certain perks along the way for those would like to join the team. One such perk runs out tonight.
I have a golden ticket for anyone who would like to become an independent Phoenix Trader and is willing to sign up before 12 o’clock midnight. There are three entry points with three different packages and three different price points but which ever one The lucky recipient of the golden ticket chooses, their starter pack will be enhanced with extra free product. So are you that person would like this golden ticket. Message me or check out cardsromlyn.co.uk I have been minding my own business for years would you like to start minding yours?
I run several businesses. My main two are 1) Wightbuzz – a network group I set up to connect businesses on the Isle of Wight in 2010 when I failed to find a group that fitted my needs and 2) Allthingsnetworking.com which my son and I run from opposite sides of the world – he in Sydney and me in the UK – the Isle of Wight to be precise. However, I have long since been a fan of networking marketing. I have run several networking marketing businesses working with and helping team members to grow their own businesses. For 7 years, I ran a children’s book business and enjoyed considerable success – earning many incentives along the way. 5 foreign holidays in 6 years wasn’t to be sneezed at and I have many fond memories of those days when I was called the book lady!. They were happy days but came to an end when the company moved the goal posts. However, I loved the business model and some years ago, I joined Phoenix Trading as an Independent Phoenix Trader . I love the fact that no-one hassels me to make great sales and meet targets. I love the products, cards, ribbons, wrapping paper,
etc. Gone are the days when I set up big stands at shows or ran book parties (which are still options for anyone wanting to run their business that way) I prefer to run my business with catalogue sales and online sales and the opportunity to help charities with fundraising. (and for more information on this please contact me as I love helping to raise charity funds. )
Oh goodness gracious me it’s July already and I haven’t blogged since January 17. It’s time to put that right and get into a good habit of blogging regularly. I can’t believe that half the year has gone already so now to get into better habits, so let me tell you about recent exciting events. As you might expect I have done much networkingrecently. I went to the County Showground to participate in the “inspiring tomorrow’s workforce event”. Pupils and businesses came together and businesses were able to showcase what is available and answer students questions.
It was a very lively event and I was able to inform students that there was a career in social media which some of them hadn’t realised. With my son, Tristan, I run Allthingsnetworking.com
They were very good presentations on the day and students have gone away with a lot of thought provoking ideas. I also made some excellent connections for the future.
Two days later, I attended two networking meetings. First of all, I went to Cross Print at the invitation of the chamber of commerce and we were shown round the print factory then enjoyed a networking opportunity over tea and cake. I then was lucky enough to get a lift from that networking event to the next networking event. I was extremely grateful for the lift as it had been pouring all day and I had got soaked going for the bus
The second networking event was held at Endeavour which is a B and B in Cowes. There was a very good turnout for this Cowes Business association meeting and excellent networking opportunities as well as a wonderful display of food and drink. Again new connections were made but of course my networking won’t be any good unless I do the follow-up. On Thursday evening I had a Wightbuzz networking meeting of my own at Artyshakes in Shanklin which was very successful and then an early start on Friday morning with another networking event. This time breakfast at The Garlic Farm. The Chamber of Commerce hold a breakfastmeeting on the first Friday of every month and I rarely miss them as they are excellent opportunities for making new connections and starting to build new relationships. Friday was no different. I satnext to a couple of new chamber members who I had met previously and I was delighted to be able to connect one of them with some people he’d hoped to meet and even more delighted with the compliments he paid me for doing so. It has been an awesome week and one which I have been delighted to record on my social media. I strive to keep my social media up-to-date especially as social media is something I teach through Allthingsnetworking.com I have been using Facebook and Twitter for years but now have profiles on Snapchat Pinterest LinkedIn Instagram and Google plus and have upskilled my knowledge on most of these so that I can keep members of allthingsnetworking.com up to date on how to use them I also continue to upskill on a daily basis so that I could help members of both Wightbuzz and allthingsnetworking.com on all things marketing it is now my intention to become a regular blogger and feel very positive about this since I have found a way to speed it up so I hope you will keep watching and reading as I bring you lots more news and information about white bars all things networking.com and my life in general in and out of the digital world so it’s definitely time to get blogging. Where did the time go?
So do you use Periscope? I discovered periscope and live streaming soon after periscope was launced and was introduced by my son, Tristan, who is also my business partner in Allthingsnetworking.com I love the new platform and can see the benefits of using this for business.
In September, Tristan, who lives in Sydney, joined me on an exhibition stand at the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce business expo . Whilst there, he connected again with one of his college tutors (having trained as a chef at the Isle of Wight college years earlier) At the time, he suggested that the College should embrace live streaming.
Today, I had been in Newport for the Bus Users meeting and was just leaving when I got a notification on my phone showing me the College had gone live on periscope . Now being the proud owner of an “all you can eat data” plan – I was able to jump straight on the broadcast . I was delighted to connect with the same tutor who was actually cooking – long story short – there was a college open day and free lunch was being given . Now who says there is no such thing as a free lunch? I saw it as a golden opportunity to go and periscope the event which you can see here below
I was delighted to meet Aaron – the social media manager for the college and had quite a long chat with him and he was delighted when I shared with him that he could save the periscopes via katch.me . I now looking forward to catching all their scopes either live or on replay. If I can embrace periscope at the ripe old age of 65 then I am sure anyone can. I’m now teaching our Allthingsnetworking members as I see it as such an awesome platform that increases engagement and grows an audience very quickly. I’m loving the new platforms and apparently I’m crushing it – so I have been told.
Laughter all the way? Indeed – I was just deciding what to write for todays blog post and thought I might write about the good things from 2015. I was looking back through the periscopes I had done for some ideas and I came across this one! That was it – I had to blog about the Giggly Grannies and in particular the last three Christmases.
it bought tears to my eyes and I hope is gives you a little amusement too.
For those of you who don’t know, Julie and I met at Ryde Methodist church about three and a half years ago and we just clicked from day one. I don’t know what it is but we just giggle a lot when we are together and soon earned the name of The Giggly Grannies There is always laughter when we are together -it just happens and Julie’s motto is leave ‘em laughing
We put our skills together and started fundraising first for the Open Arms project for feeding the hungry and homeless of Ryde and then for other things including Macmillan nurses and local Ryde charities.
Julie likes everything pink as you might pick up from the videos and I like all things purple.
In December 2013 – Julie set her heart on heart shaped crumpets – pardon the pun. Now many of you will think what a simple present for Christmas – easy peasy no problem there then as Asda were promoting them well on TV which is how Julie knew about them.
Ah easy peasy for those of you living on the big north Isle (as we call the mainland) but for those of us living on the Isle of Wight – not so easy as we don’t have an Asda. She tried to get folks to get her some but it was all to no avail. There was little laughter on this occasion. How could I let Christmas pass without my friend enjoying the one thing she had set her heart on? It was 23rd December – I had put a few feelers out but had to be careful as Julie uses facebook but she is not a twitter fan – I got as near as someone going across the pond on Boxing day which seemed to be the best I might manage. I rang my daughter who was coming down to the Island over Christmas and her husband had just left Asda and there was no way he was going back!!!! I left a message on my brother’s phone – he was coming on Christmas eve – but hey ho he only picked the message up once he was on the Island. I left my sister a message as she was coming over from Bournemouth and I knew there was an Asda there. Finally it looked like I was in luck. As she doesn’t have a car but was willing to go on Christmas eve before coming to us – I suggested she call the store – great idea as they didn’t have many but she reserved some. She almost left them behind at her house but phewie she just remembered. I then had to sort of divert Julie to my mum’s house before she went to her sons house for Christmas.
After much cloak and dagger stuff – I managed to get Julie to agree to pop in for mums houses for tea – she then spent at least five minutes telling us how good she had been all year and all she wanted were crumpets but she was sad as it wasn’t go to happen.
I hope I have made you laugh a little or even a lot – Julie is amazing – she lives with an illness that would make most people cry but she loves to make people laugh – Leave them laughing is her motto.
We have even been told off for laughing but hey ho – do you think we are going to stop anytime soon?
As I saw out 2015 with friends and welcomed in 2016, I reflected on what had been quite a difficult year. I left my church, I also left a voluntary group where I helped to feed the hungry and the homeless and I left my Rotary group. These were not things I had intended to do at the beginning of the year but sadly there are those who thought it wise to try and bully me. Having spent 30 years of my life as a teacher during which time I worked very hard to discourage all bullying, there was no way I was going to succumb to adults who should have known better – long story short – I removed myself and took my skills with me. In my church I had been holding 6 posts (not something I wanted but posts were not being filled) including social media manager. One of those organisations had others who managed the social media, but the other two didn’t and as noone came forward – those facebook pages and twitter streams now lie dormant.
These situations occurred during the early part of the year and as they weren’t among my happiest memories, I will not continue further discussion as it will serve no purpose. The only reason I mention them were they happened during 2015. It is so good to see them go – out with the old and in with the new.
On a much happier note, my son Tristan and I have continued to build our business Allthingsnetworking.com For those who don’t know, for 5 years I ran Wightbuzz – a networking and business support group and in 2014 my son. Tristan suggested we put our skills together and create a global network group – Allthingsnetworking.com
As with all businesses it hasn’t been without it’s challenges however, we ran a very successful conference in the UK in September when Tristan flew over to join me.
We had some glowing testimonials and have been asked to run another one. We continued to build the group both on and offline.
I am pleased to say we enter the new year, I am delighted to say we have a string of new clients wanting to join us . I am having great fun learning all the new social media platforms – periscope, blab and now snapchat and my son amuses himself watching me – at the ripe old age of 65, teaching 20 and 30 years olds all the latest platforms. I love teaching others – it is in my blood! I used to teach little people now I am a business mentor and digital strategist teaching the bigger people. I look forward to 2016 with great excitement as my son and I plan for an awesome year helping our clients to grow their businesses. At a time when most people think of retiring – I can’t wait. – I am very much looking forward to out with the old and in with the new . Times they really are achanging – and very much for the better.
5 years ago today I founded Wightbuzz - unable to find the right networking group when I started amy new business as I emerged from a long dark tunnel, I set up my own. Times were hard and life stressful but undaunted I grew my network- 5 years on I have helped well over 200 businesses to make good connections earning the title The Connection Queen along the way. They also called me Mummy Buzz as I nurtured new businesses as I buzzed around .
Members have come and gone as their needs changed. Many have remained.The successes are many -Graham Reading Photography has made many connections but one of the best was for the Mardi Gras. I was to be a VIP guest at the lunch before the Mardi Gras (I’m Chair of the Ryde Business association) and I was in front of my computer during the morning. I spotted a cry for help – The allotted photographer was unable to cover the event and there was an appeal opn social media. I knew Graham was covering the round the Island Yacht race from a boat in the solent but I contacted him to see if he could help. He thought he could but wasn’t sure he would be there right at the start. I put him in contact with the New Carnival Company and they engaged him. Things turned a little hairy as Graham was still in Cowes (having to negotiate very heavy traffic as the MArdi Gras started from the top of Ryde ) All was not lost as I kept him up to date with what was happening and he managed to come round a different way so he didn’t get stuck behind the procession. He managed to catch up with the parade and get pictures of the whole parade .Our service was much appreciated.
Another success story that has appreciated our networking is Neil Southwell of Oasis said “And without you, I wouldn’t be working for Wightlink and Bestival.” What a lovely testimonial that was at our Let’s Leverage conference –
In 2014, my son Tristan (who lives in Australia), suggested we join forces with my networking skills and his social media skills and we have now become a global brand Allthingsnetworking.com – we are able to offer 24/7 support to our members – so today it is time to celebrate and its double celebrations as I have been shortlisted in the Venus awards. – influential woman category. I have just been to face the camera –
making a one minute recording to support my entry (and I thank the 4 people who nominated me) Now it’s on to a public vote in January.
So here is to the next 5 years as we build our brand globally – helping businesses to grow and prosper – leading them through the social media minefield and helping them master all the latest platforms – Currently we are embracing livestreaming such as periscope and blab and now we are working on snapchat.
Masqueryde is a member of the Ryde Business Association and I took a trip round it using the periscope app. It is marvellous to be able to share our Ryde Shops with the world. Sally and Julie have provided costumes for school plays, giggly grannies shows fancy dress parties and for Bestival – the Biggest dressing up party in the world probably.
So check it out at – Masqueryde – a real Alladin’s Cave
Be sure to pay a visit whether you want to buy or hire