It’s time for a Small Business Update with Nicky Lloyd Greame from the business coaching and mentoring company People and Potential, who we met first in July last year. She’d only been going since the beginning of 2014 and was full of exciting plans for the upcoming year: “I will have two or three books published (I am writing a series of self-help books for single parents – ‘Lessons from a Single Mum’) and I will be hosting regular workshops and events, in addition to growing my one-to-one client base. I also plan on being a guest speaker at key events empowering parents – particularly single parents. My vision includes transforming the negative association people often have of single parents – eradicating stigma and celebrating their successes and achievements.” So let’s see how Nicky’s doing a year (and a bit) on …
Hello again, Nicky! So, are you where you thought you’d be when you looked forward a year ago?
I’m actually in a different place than expected – yet I firmly believe this is exactly where I’m supposed to be. Life has a funny way of steering you in the right direction – often without you even realising it!!
What has changed and what has stayed the same?
My work/life balance is still perfect as I’m still in control, my business is still building and my client base growing at a steady rate. All of this is of course great news and what is even more exciting is what has changed:
The focus of my work has now evolved into an even smaller niche. My training and coaching is now very much focussed on the area of Mental Health. In addition to coaching individuals to help them strengthen their mindset and build their resilience to help reduce and even eliminate symptoms of stress, anxiety and even depression I now go into companies and offer management training. This training is designed to help employers/managers to be more aware of how they can manage members of their teams who are at risk of, or are struggling with mental health issues that affect their performance an attendance at work.
I have also spent much of the past year helping an Autistic teenager who has been struggling with severe mental health problems. This has opened up a number of other opportunities to helping children which is incredibly fulfilling.
Last but by no means least – I am now an award winning NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) trainer (2015 trainer of the year), Master Practitioner and hypnotherapist. My days are never boring 🙂
Any more hints and tips for people?
Spend as much time working on your mental health as you do on your physical health. Practicing positive thinking, mindfulness, meditation etc on a daily basis helps build your resilience to stressful times and prepares you for those difficult days – and the healthier your mental health – the less difficult those difficult days seem to be.
And … where do you see yourself and your business in a(nother) year’s time?
I have just developed a new concept which will launch in the next few months, all about healthy, daily exercises for the mind. I have a series of courses and products around it and I plan on rolling them all out throughout the next 6 months to a year. I now also have a new member of the team who will be helping me deliver all this new training to corporate clients and members of the public alike.
Oh, and watch this space for the new improved website launch.
I’m impressed that Nicky has managed to get her life-work balance sorted out right from the beginning, as I know that’s something that many people struggle with. And I think it’s great that she’s working in the area of mental health, especially within organisations. Looking after your mental health as a freelancer / small business owner is vital, too – I make sure I get plenty of exercise, as that keeps me feeling well and happy, and it’s well worth having a think about that aspect of your business life.
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