Business name / website address
Honestly Speaking / honestlyspeaking.co.uk

Business’s mission
To help individuals reach their full potential and present themselves with confidence, authenticity and integrity.

Where are you based?
I’m based in York and I’m lucky that I can travel far and wide with my work.

Where are your clients based?
My clients can be anywhere. Most of the time I can travel and we work face to face, if not, we use Skype, Facetime or the phone.

Where are you now in the lifecycle of your business?
I am currently having a growth spurt. I have always worked in the performing arts industry as an actor and coach and I have a strong, loyal and growing client base in that area of expertise. In the last few years, I have been asked to coach professionals in other sectors, specifically in voice, presentation and personal development. I am so excited that this aspect of my career is developing because not only am I sharing my skills and coaching others so that they can succeed, but I am also growing as a coach and expert.

Where would you like to be in 5 years time?
This is a good question for me, I help others target goals and reach them so I should be good at this! In five years time, I plan to become the ultimate secret weapon for celebrities and business men and women. I will be the strength and support that gets people where they want to be faster, smarter and slicker than the competition. As well as this, I plan to have a trained team who can do the same. I want Honestly Speaking to be bigger and better than me and my reputation. And…….there is no doubt in my mind that I will always fit my working life around my children; being the best mother, friend and role model to them is my ultimate goal.

What motivated you to start your business?
I have always been self-employed and prefer to be my own boss because it gives me the freedom to work with all kinds of different people when and how I choose. I know that I can make a positive impact with more people through connecting, networking and expanding my reach through the business and this gives me a massive buzz!

What have been your most difficult challenges so far?
On a bad day….. I would say it is being a single mum with not enough time and limited finance but….on a good day…..if I’m honest, I know those things would never stop me. I am like most people and the greatest challenges I have faced have been overcoming my own fear of failure. Pushing through fears which hold us back is a massive and continuous challenge, but those of us who do, reap the rewards big time!

What have been your biggest wins and most satisfying highs?
As an actor, I have had some great highs and financial wins, but I think my most satisfying high for me comes from when I help a child find confidence to flourish or help someone who is struggling, either at work or in life make a break through to a happier way of life.

How do you let off steam/relax?
I really love to walk my dog, in all weathers. I leave my phone at home, even my watch sometimes and I go out for about an hour and enjoy the elements and nature for a bit. The best time is about 6.15am when most people are still sleeping. You feel like you are stealing a special part of the day. I love to run, but not too far and I do yoga too.

What are the most valuable tools you use to communicate with your clients?
It won’t surprise anyone if I say I think my most valuable communication tools are my eyes, face, body and voice.

What’s your personal motto?
Simplify your life, live the life you have imagined and embrace the abundance life can bring.

Pick one person (male or female) who has inspired you most on your journey?
A very, very dear friend who always sees potential and possibility in everything, even when life feels like it is the worst it can be.

Pick one person who would be your dream business or life mentor?
Probably Julia Cameron, author of The Artists Way. I like to live and work creatively in every sense and a lot of what she teaches suits and stretches my way of thinking and being.

Why is being part of a membership organisation like The Goddess Formula (ie. creating a likeminded business support community) important to you?
I mentioned earlier that fear can hold me back sometimes. There are parts of my business, particularly tech, that I feel rather bad at, and in the past, I have let my fear prevent me from getting business support and advice when I need it most. This has sometimes slowed my progress and may have limited my potential. We can’t be good at everything and we could all do with a helping hand and support where it is needed.  A very successful businessman said to me, ‘If anyone tells you they set their business up all on their own, don’t believe them. No one does it alone. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, when starting out and beyond.’ Once he said that, I began to accept every offer of help and I take every chance to connect with people I want to share my business journey with. The Goddess Formula knows how hard setting up a business is and they are a support network and community of people who have experience of both success and failure. With The Goddess Formula, I am working with generous, knowledgeable experts who want to see me do well. What more do I need to say?

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