For me, the best thing I got out of my networking membership was my friendship with Lulu!
I’m often asked how Lulu and I came to set up Your Radiant Business.
The truth is, our love of beauty and how that translates into business branding and identity is what drew us together and it’s basically been the focus of a four-year-long conversation.
We initially set up our blog as a creative outlet for our ideas, and it’s grown into an enjoyable ‘side-business’ for us both.
A natural evolution
Deciding on a name for our original blog ‘Materia Marketer’ and creating a visual identity was so much fun. Rebranding it as ‘Your Radiant Business’ a couple of years later was a natural process as we had clarified our ideas on what the blog was about.
We’re now in the process of ‘refreshing’ our branding for the second time, which is exciting too (watch this space!)
Personal branding is a big concept to get your head around
It’s simple in one way: you just have to be yourself.
But harder in another: how do you translate that into an identifiable image for your practice?
Today, we would like to share how we created our very first brand identity together: Materia Marketer (the original name for Your Radiant Business).
GDPR isn’t really a ‘one-size fits all’. We all collect and handle data in different ways. This means that we need to look at what we ourselves are doing to make sure we’re GDPR compliant within our practice.
There is no shortage of guidance and information, but there is a lot to process and consider.
It’s taken me several dedicated blocks of time to get my head around this myself. I’m also lucky to have some great people in my support team to help me.
Here’s what I’ve learned.
Someone recently asked me,
“How do you manage your time? You seem to find time to get so much done! You work on your business as well as in your business. How do you do it?”
Another friend once commented that I seem to have an extra day in my week. I wish I did! That would be lovely!
It’s true that I’m always trying to get the most out of my time. I’m aware of all the ways I can waste my time, and recently I’ve been making a note of how long things take. That has helped a lot.
But if there was just one thing that made a difference, it’s this …
I am not always able to be as consistent as I would like because I juggle many things. There are some things I am good at, and others I am less good at.
I am learning to let go of the things that others can do better than me, so I can spend more time on the things that only I can do.
Here’s an example:
I like parties.
Even though at some point I know I’ll find myself having to explain what I do.
I’m used to people being curious about me. I don’t think I fit into many boxes. It’s taken me a while to realise that.
I often find myself being introduced to people as a DJ, which puts me on the spot a bit: I have to explain, “No, I don’t do mixing, no, I’m not famous, no, it doesn’t pay my mortgage.”
Then I have to explain what I really spend my time doing in that role…
Do you struggle telling others what you really do? Me too; here’s how I’m tackling it.
If, however, you have lots of people one week and only one or two the next — or you just aren’t very busy at all — then you probably need to focus on what I call ‘growth’ activities.
Growth activities are steps we can take that attract more clients, and today I’m going to look at just one: your website.
When talking about websites with other homeopaths — whether on my 3-part business course or during mentoring sessions — I always start with one question:
How many new clients come through your website each month?
Anyway, every so often when I’m not ‘too’ busy, I offer a free webinar training exclusively to the homeopaths on that list.
Back in July, I offered a webinar on ‘small upgrades that make a big difference’ and had quite a few homeopaths join me.
Following on from that, Cathy Hutton offered to host a Radiant Business School training at her home in Hampshire. We set up a time to chat on the phone about that, and it was during that conversation that she asked me what I do when prospective clients email me with an enquiry.
This is what I said:
I do it at the end of every quarter. It helps me see if I’m moving towards my goals, and figure out what’s working and what’s not working. Then I update my goals for the new quarter.
I find September is a good time for a review; it has a ‘back-to-school’ feel about it.
January is another good time, a new year is time to turn over a new leaf.
Sometime in Spring is a great time for a review. It’s a natural time to harness the new energy that’s around and channel it into new growth.
So the next question is: where do we start?
My annual review system
There is no automatic career structure for a homeopath, like there would be inside of an institution or a corporation. No annual company review. No performance management. No pre-set targets.
Without any structure or accountability it’s easy to let things drift.
Here’s how I learned to approach these self-reviews:
I read it way back in 2014 and it really resonated with me.
As a school teacher I was taught to use different learning strategies in my lessons so that all my students could access the curriculum. I would plan to include visual, verbal and practical ways of learning.
The 5 Love Languages is similar, except that it applies to our personal relationships. I read it initially to get some insight into my relationship with my husband.
Whenever I’m teaching Your Radiant Business seminars, one thing I’m always asked about is what I do about late cancellations. The last time someone asked me, I said I should probably write a blog post about it.
Here it is, and thanks for the inspiration, Rebecca Atkinson!