Hi! I’m An.
Gamification designer, speaker, author, executive coach and
When the student is ready the teacher will come, is what I have learned to believe over time. Over the years I have looked for education in traditional ways as well as from mentors that have crossed my path and generally inspiratonal people. So my advice is to seek out people you can learn from at every opportunity.
As a business coach my first recommendation would have to be to have a coach, especially those in leadership positions and if you are in the coaching industry I would say it is absolutely essential to practice what you preach. My coach holds me accountable, but if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have reached my current focus and level of inner calm.
Your coach needs to be someone you respect and can let your guard down with and most importantly can trust with your most personal issues, but equally someone that helps you to move forward and unstuck in a safe environment. My coach does all that for me and I assure you he has heard it all: the good, the bad, the ugly and now more and more often the funny stuff too.
I am an avid fan of learning and consistently seeking more information, it’s my nosy nature, so on average I read about 5 books a month on various topics from business to wealth and mind management, as well as some for pure entertainment. If you are just as nosy I have added my reading list on a separate page and keep it up-to-date. I attend seminars on a regular basis for networking purposes and business expansion, although I tend to only sign up for one proramme at a time, so I can ensure maximum implementation. Action and results are my key drivers.
As an alumi of Dublin City University and the Open University Business School, I would highly recommend both universities for their innovation and ability to keep up-to-date with changes in education as well as industry needs.
International experts I recommend:
In my search to learn from the best in my field, here are a few names and their websites, I would be happy to recommend to you, at the same time we ask you to make up your own mind and keep your own values and critical thinking faculties alive regardless, because being true to yourself in your choices is most important.
I will be very open about this, all links are affiliate links where possible, so when you buy on my recommendation I will receive a little bit of commission in return, which is a nice bonus and I recommend you become an affiliate of people you recommend where possible too.
My first mentor is Dr Joanna Martin of Shift Lifestyle Speaker Training, I invested in the platinum mentoring programme and have attended a number (actually probably all) of Jo’s courses and she is just fab!
If you can’t afford her courses for now, her knowledge is also available in book format and below is the link to her book:
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For great no-nonsense business advice on how to build business to the point of selling it and understanding the financials relating to running a business, we recommend Keith Cunningham. His book ‘Keys to the vault’ is a must-read if you are running your own business. www.keystothevault.com
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One of An’s personal favourites is Dave Lakhani, he is an expert on persuasion and once again a straight talker, he advises companies on marketing and turning around their business. He also wrote the foreword to her book “Leading the boss in the mirror”. Again his books are refreshing, direct and contain practical implementable advise as opposed to conceptual theory.www.boldapproach.com.
Dave has written a number of books and here are some I would highly recommend reading:
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One funky female entrepreneur with a fascinating history as a monk, corporate climber and now an advisor to entrepreneurs is Christine Comaford, her blogs always contain some good information and if nothing else will make you think.www.mightyventures.com
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The other book I am reading and following advice from is The Laptop Millionaire by Mark Anastasi. I also had the recent pleasure to meet Mark in person at the Laptop Millionaire summit and can confirm he has a wealth of knowledge and sound advice from experience packed into his book. So highly recommended if you are exploring ways to make money online.
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As promised as I learn more and come across great resources, I am adding to the links I recommend as part of my journey to leverage my knowledge. If you want to fully automate the webinar aspect of your business then absolutely have a look and consider the Webinar Magic training from Steven Essa, it is an easy to use system and contains all the video tutorials you might ever want to learn the how to’s.
Having run a solopreneur business before with the constant wish of having staff and the if only I had a team dreams, left me highly overworked and frustrated by the lack of progress I was making and also by the disproportionate amount of time I was spending on the non-mportant stuff. Daven Michaels and his team at 123employee are taking the headache away and doing the detailed yet essential stuff, which is freeing up my time to develop better programs and content and enjoy my life.
Cork based businesses I recommend:
For your market research, inbound calls and virtual office, we recommend Call Management, who offer a professional and efficient approach. We have our virtual office service hosted with them and have been delighted with their service.
We have worked closely together with
Professional Training for a long period of time and collaborate on a number of larger scale projects. I can highly recommend Professional Training for all your IT and soft skills training and I have always enjoyed working with their highly professional team, so expect high levels of service.
My favourite charity is Friends International, who do fantastic work for children around the world in helping them back into education. It is by far the first long-term sustainable social enterprise model I have come accross.
Equally I have always enjoyed the support and friendship of the Rotary club of Cork and enjoyed serving as a district youth opportunities chair person in district 1160, which allowed me to meet some great young leaders. I am now a member of the Stockholm International Rotary Club, the only English speaking club in Stockholm and one of two in Sweden. I am an honorary member of the Rotary club of Cork for the work I carried out for both the club and district.