Thank you for your patience while I’m without regular WiFi connection and my blogs aren’t always posted on time.
This week I thought I would share with you a little about a presentation that I gave earlier this week. It was the last session of 2018 for The Business Haven, a networking group based in Portishead, and was followed by a fun Christmas lunch. The lunch included a draw with many wonderful prizes, donated by members of The Business Haven group. I was very fortunate to win a beautiful necklace made by Katie Bird of Birdsmith Jewellery. I couldn’t believe it when I opened the parcel and found that it was a delicate silver horse’s hoofprint! Could it be any more fitting for me?! Everyone around me was also in awe of the synchronicity of this prize coming to me, particularly as mine was the last number to be chosen and so this necklace had been sitting in the stocking waiting for me!
The presentation I gave was 90 minutes of looking at ways that we can Feel our Way from Stress into Flow. It was the first time that I’ve run the session in this way. In the past I’ve given a short 20-minute, interactive session as a Women Mean Biz keynote speaker, and offered a 3 hour workshop from the EQUENERGY healing space. I was interested to see how it would work in this new format. In the end it turned out that they were such an open and engaged group that I really enjoyed it! This is a huge change for me…
About 3 years ago I was working with a business coach who encouraged me to start networking in order to build my business. I’m naturally quite a shy person and the idea of walking into a room full of people that I don’t know or – heaven forbid! – standing up in front of them and telling them about what I do, was enough to make me want to run away and hide. But I strongly believe in all that I offer, and I love supporting people to step into their joy and freedom, so I took the leap and tried out some networking groups. You can read more about this process in my earlier blog post.
Having found the group that worked for me, I was then working with another coach who said that the next step was to offer talks and workshops. Again, this felt very out of my comfort zone, but I went on a fabulous workshop with Helene Jewell of Jewell Facilitation and learnt how to put together a good workshop and to deal with any challenges that might arise. This helped to build my confidence and again, reminding myself how much I love what I do, and that it would just be sharing my passion with others, I started to offer workshops and make contact with groups who might be interested in hearing me speak. At first, I was nervous, but I’ve found that people are usually open, welcoming and interested in the topic. I love when they ask questions and we start a discussion where everyone can share from their experience. It’s very much a 2-way learning! I find it exciting to meet new people in these sessions and to hear a little of their experience and the wisdom that they’ve learnt along the way. The questions, too, always get me thinking and challenge me to be more aware, and clearer on my message. For example, on Wednesday Tamsin, the group leader, asked me a question that reminded me of the importance of remaining curious when faced with challenges, rather than feeling overwhelmed, taking things personally or getting angry.
Running this workshop also makes me think of the role that emotional intelligence plays in our wellbeing. So often we can become detached from our feelings in order to survive in this world, which is sometimes so busy and full of noise that it can leave us feeling overloaded. I believe that often the key to keeping our balance is to be realistic about how much we can do on our own, to not be afraid to seek support, and to be aware of our own needs, doing our best to meet these rather than expecting someone else to do this for us. In some ways I think that while our brains have evolved beyond those of our ancestors, we often haven’t learnt ways of responding from this new place. This can result in dis-ease, as our bodies try to cope with the stress and tension that we hold, unable to indulge in more ‘animal-like’ behaviours, due to etiquette and the rules of polite society, but we’re not yet fluent in alternative ways of releasing the tensions.
Those who have attended these sessions have found them helpful and full of ideas to put into practice in order to support their wellbeing. This is some of the feedback that I’ve received:
If you’d like to know more, you’re interested in booking a place on a workshop, or you’d like me to run one for your group, please get in touch on 07980669303.