Founding 2SummitUp was a natural step for me to take…
2SummitUp has come from a wish list of all the things that I have received, learned, experienced or wished I had been offered on my journey to success. I have always been a big believer in following your dreams and aspirations but I understand that sometimes the hardest part is daring to make that dream a reality. So when you find you’re ready to take that step, I also know how important it is to have the right people to support you on that exciting journey.
We all have people that inspire us along the way and we try to learn as much as we can from them. In the same way, we may often look at others and think that they have taken an interesting but completely different approach to a situation than we would but either way, we have learnt something!
So, a little bit about me. My working life began in banking and after 14 years, in 1992, I embarked on a career in Direct Selling. I had two small children at the time and a wonderful husband who supported me all the way from my initial £130 investment through to the building of a £4million business. It’s certainly been quite a journey which also included two awards from the Direct Selling Industry.
I now have over 25 years’ experience in a wide range of Direct Sales roles and have gained a reputation as an out-of-the-box thinker who thrives on finding solutions to challenges. It’s been a career full of opportunities and the most amazing rewards for me and my family, but more importantly for me, it’s been about the lessons I have learnt along the way that have given me transferable skills to enable me to coach others on their exciting new journey.
As well as many years of hands-on experience, I am qualified as a Master Coach in Personal Performance Coaching, Executive Leadership Coaching and Accelerated Learning Coaching (completely new to me at the time!). This has taught me how important it is that we don’t overcomplicate learning and allows me to share some of my techniques when I train others.
So coaching, training and mentoring – how do you define the lines? In my personal opinion, and that of others actually, as it is quite often hotly debated, it isn’t always possible. But ultimately it begins by understanding the needs of others, be it individuals or groups. Once I understand the basic needs of others, I am able to provide a bespoke service around them.
My group training/coaching is interactive and a little bit quirky. My main goal is for everyone to enjoy what they’re learning and have fun and when they leave, to feel that they have learnt new skills that will not only enhance their life but also the lives of others. A strong team working in synergy can achieve amazing things – and it can be all nearer than you think!
I am also passionate about working with individuals. Our journey through life can sometimes be a lonely one, full of challenges and questions that we can only discuss within ourselves (and in my case, always made for interesting answers!). I remember a few tough times in my career where some wise and objective advice, or even just an ear to listen, would have been a great help to me. And whilst I’ve had some fantastic people to advise me on my journey, sometimes you simply need someone outside of those who are closest to you who can be completely impartial.
2SummitUp then, why me…?
- I built a £4 million business with a £130 investment in a competitive world
- I have worked at a senior level in an employed capacity and a self-employed capacity enabling me to offer a broader view
- I understand selling – whether that’s an opportunity, product or concept
- I have two DSA awards
- I have a broad skill set which brings great value to my coaching/training
- I have integrity – if I am not right for you, I will tell you in our initial discussion