October 16, 2019
In episode #31 I shared some of my favourite tools that I use in my business and that episode seemed to strike a chord with a lot of you. I’m guessing that being productive is something that’s as close to your hearts as it is to mine, so today I’m going to be talking all about productivity and time management.
If you’ve been following me for a while you know how I love to be organised so this one is definitely right up my street. I’ve created a freebie for you which is a bumper ebook containing all the tips I go through plus practical exercises to help you put them into action for your business. Stay tuned to the end for the link where you can download your copy.
October 10, 2019
One of my goals for this podcast is to share real-life stories of women who have overcome challenges to live their ideal life or help others to do just that. They may not be film stars or celebrities but they have become the heroine in their own life story, living their dreams and empowering others while staying true to themselves.
My aim with these interviews is to inspire YOU to find your passion, step out into your power set yourself exciting goals and know that you have the strength inside you to overcome your challenges and start living YOUR ideal life.
Today I’m really excited to welcome Sam Willoughby to the show just one day before one of the biggest days in her business calendar! Sam is the Managing Director of the multi-award-winning What's On 4 organisation which includes the hugely popular What’s On 4 kids online directory for children's activity providers across the UK.
When Sam left corporate life because her employer was not interested in offering her flexible working arrangements after she had her daughter, she became passionate about building a business that gave her and her whole team a better balance between work and family life. Millions of parents have used the What’s On 4 websites to help them with family life and over 20,000 have attended their live events too.
Sam was also shocked to find out that most organised children’s activities have no specific regulations and so in 2014, she brought together a Founding Team of children's activities providers and experts to launch the not-for-profit Children's Activities Association to put in place the first independent standards for all children's activities and much more to help parents, schools and nurseries across the UK.
In this frank interview, you’ll hear how Sam took the skills she’d acquired in corporate life and applied them to her new business, how she learned the hard way to create the right working environment for yourself including building in self-care early on, the importance she places on working with clients and colleagues that you really WANT to work with and how a business coach helped her to overcome some of the challenges she’s faced building the What’s On 4 brand.
As always you’ll find all the links for connecting with Sam in the show notes at michellereevescoaching.com/listen
October 2, 2019
Can you run a business with YouTube and a blog?
Today I’m delighted to welcome to The Ideal Life Club podcast a YouTuber who has over half a million subscribers and whose videos regularly get millions of views! Maggy Woodley, more widely known as RedTedArt is also an award-winning blogger and author passionate about inspiring parents to get crafty, try something new and explore art with their kids.
Maggy took the transferable skills from her time as a management consultant and applied them as she grew her business, building on her own passion for crafting with her children. Her 6-figure business now supports her family while still fitting in with her life.
In our interview you’ll hear how Maggy made the decision to shift out of corporate life, the steps she took to make that transition including the small, but realistic goals she set herself, the support community that she relies upon in her personal growth and development, the importance of experimenting in your business and capitalising on your strengths.
Maggy also shares her tips for getting started on YouTube without being overwhelmed, how to write a book when you have NO time, how comparing ourselves with others can be a major barrier in this and other areas of our businesses, the daily practices and habits SHE uses to maintain her energy and her tips for starting or growing a business around your passions.
You'll find the show notes and all the links at michellereevescoaching.com/listen
September 25, 2019
One of the questions I get asked the most is what the tools are that I use in my business and I have to admit I tend to gravitate towards those types of posts and podcast episodes myself too - I’m a productivity nerd for sure - so I thought that in today’s episode I would walk you through the main tools that I use day in day out in my business to improve my productivity, to manage my sales and service processes and help me manage my content, namely this podcast and my social media channels.
But I also know just how easy it is to get all gooey-eyed over NEW tools or apps for your business. I’ve definitely been there, getting all excited about a new tool that I think is going to make ALL the difference to a system or process in my business - hello shiny tool syndrome! So I'm also sharing my 5 tips for managing shiny tool syndrome so it doesn’t distract you from your key priorities, and for evaluating whether a tool is right for you.
You'll find links to all the tools I mention in the shownotes for this episode at michellereevescoaching.com/31
September 18, 2019
When Rebecca Newenham took a career break from her job as a retail buyer she began a journey of discovering what the right business was for her. In our interview, you’ll hear how she didn't want to settle for a career that didn't suit her lifestyle and was passionate about creating something bigger than herself. Rebecca shares how she overcame her fear of scaling and launching her franchise business, how working with a coach has been such a game-changer in her life and work, why she doesn't feel guilty for taking time out of her business for herself and her top tips for both starting your own business and how to start outsourcing to a support team so you can focus on the revenue-generating tasks that will build your business.
As always you’ll find all the links for connecting with Rebecca and the apps we talk about in the shownotes at michellereevescoaching.com/listen
FREE Vision Board Workbook: MichelleReevesCoaching.com/visionboard
September 11, 2019
Are you struggling to get back-to-school ready in your business? I have to confess, I LOVE September - there's a certain excitement I always feel this time of year that makes me want to go out and bulk-buy notebooks and pens and plan ALL the goals. It's like there's an air of expectation, inspiration and optimism around - like the rest of the year is a blank page ready to be written.
But look, if September arriving on your doorstep made you stop and weep because you haven't made as much progress on your goals so far this year as you’d hoped, you're not alone. It can be crazy hard to leave the summer behind and buckle down in your business.
So in today's episode, I'm taking some fun inspiration from that back-to-school feeling and sharing my top six tips for getting back to school in your business. Plus, I'm sharing 6 nasty goal gremlins that can hold you back and how to stop them from axing your ambitions for the rest of the year. There’s also a great freebie for this episode which will save you time AND effort in your social media planning!
Overcome Overwhelm FREE mini-course
EP #12: My simple four-step system for success
FREEBIE: 31 days of social media prompts - grab your copy in The Ideal Life Club Facebook Group
July 25, 2019
Welcome back to The Ideal Life Club Podcast. When Sally Bunkham launched Mum’s Back, a gift hamper company focusing on New Mum’s, she wanted to focus on all the delicious treats that we have to avoid during pregnancy, but more than that, Sally wanted to launch a social enterprise that raised awareness of postnatal depression, something that she herself suffered from.
In our interview you’ll hear how passionate Sally is about breaking down the stigma of mental health issues, how starting Mums Back became a kind of ‘creative cure’ to help her cope with the feeling of losing her identity when she became a Mum and the steps she took to start her business without investing a ton of money upfront. Sally also opens up about the guilt she struggles with, shares how important having a business coach was for her, how she finally started being visible in her business and a particular way of planning her work which keeps her productive with less pressure. Finally as the queen of PR, Sally shares some killer tips for getting your business visible in the media.
As always you’ll find all the links for connecting with Sally in the shownotes at michellereevescoaching.com/listen
The Ideal Life Club Podcast is taking a mini-break for August and will be back in September with more amazing guests and tips for living your ideal life.
July 17, 2019
Hey there and welcome back to The Ideal Life Club Podcast. Have you ever created a vision board? If not, or if you haven't always been satisfied with your results, today's episode is for you. I’ll be sharing why you should have a vision board, what it is (and what it isn't), the steps you must take before you get creative, how you can use vision boards powerfully in different areas of your life to empower and drive your vision, and exactly what tools and materials you need to get started.
Plus there’s a great freebie for this episode that you can download to help you get started creating your OWN vision board TODAY.
Free Vision Board eBook: michellereevescoaching.com/visionboard
Free Overcome Overwhelm online course: michellereevescoaching.com/overwhelm
Join the Ideal Life Club Facebook Group at michellereevescoaching.com/ideallifeclub
July 11, 2019
One of my goals for The Ideal Life Club podcast is to share real-life stories of women who have overcome challenges to live their ideal life or help others to do just that. They live their dreams and empower others while staying true to themselves. And this week's episode is NO exception featuring the amazing @julietmcgrattan.
Following a 16 year career as a GP, Dr Juliet McGrattan took a long hard look at her life. Taking a career break led to a complete life change where she has had to overcome financial challenges, fears about other people’s opinions and guilt about leaving her GP practice. She is now the author of an amazing book which I think is a must-have for any woman’s bookshelf, the global women’s health lead and UK Director of running organisation 261 Fearless and a passionate advocate for improving women’s health through being active.
In our interview, you’ll hear how Juliet discovered the transferable skills she didn’t realise she had when changed careers, how making mistakes and was an important part of learning the NEW skills she needed and some top tips for staying productive without working ALL the hours. Juliet also shares how much exercise we REALLY need to do each week to stay healthy and just how easy that can be to build that into our working day.
Juliet McGrattan: Facebook / Instagram / 261 Fearless / Sorted: The Active Woman's Guide to Health
Michelle's Book: The Happiness Habits Transformation
July 3, 2019
Can you believe it's the middle of the year? With my two little people already on Summer vacation, I've been planning how I'm going to get ALL the things done while still having a ton of fun with the kids. If that resonates with you, you'll love this episode where I'm sharing how I make sure I hit my top goals for the rest of 2019 without sacrificing the summer or my sanity. I walk you step by step how to review where you are right now, where you want to get to and how to get there - grab your journal because this is an actionable episode for sure!
Grab my free Overcome Overwhelm mini-course at michellereevescoaching.com/overwhelm