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The Chimp Paradox: Do you sabotage yourself?

Do you find that your emotions sometimes rule your life? Do you sometimes not understand yourself and your reactions to situations? Are you perhaps sabotaging your own happiness and success?

Join us for a special Chiltern Business Connections session next week on Tuesday 6th November to hear about The Chimp Paradox. It’s an incredibly powerful mind management model that can help you become a happy, confident, healthier and more successful person.

Mike Duckett, a coaching psychologist working with individuals and businesses on improving performance, will share his take on Prof Steve Peters book, The Chimp Paradox.

The model explains the struggle that takes place within your mind; then shows how to apply this understanding to every area of your life so you can:

– Recognise how your mind is working
– Understand and manage your emotions and thoughts
– Manage yourself and become the person you would like to be

This isn’t all fluffy mind matters, the model is based on scientific facts and principles, which have been simplified into a workable model for easy use. It promises to be a fascinating talk, with props apparently! If you want to buy the book afterwards it is readily available online through Amazon and eBay as well as Waterstones!

Many thanks to Mike for taking time out of his busy schedule to share his knowledge about how our mind works. If you know anyone who would benefit from the help of a coaching psychologist put them in touch with Mike Duckett at Coaching for Success. http://www.coachingforsuccess.co.uk/ for a free introductory session.

Unlocking LinkedIn Business Networking with Angus Grady

What an great networking meeting this morning; yet more evidence that local business networking is alive and thriving in High Wycombe, particularly with groups such as Chiltern Business Connections where business development is an essential part of the group’s membership ethos.

The group had indicated to current Chairs, Jay Blake and Karen Pawlowska of TakeOneTV that they felt they weren’t getting the most out of LinkedIn these days, and that indeed there were a number of new facilities within the platform that they weren’t sure about how to use, or whether they should use them at all.

The questions they asked included:

Should we invest in the paid for service?
How many times should we update our Profile?
What’s the best way of developing a useful connection?

To help answer the above questions and many more, the group invited LinkedIn expert Angus Grady along to share some of his knowledge with members and guests from the Buckinghamshire area. Angus gave some great pointers applicable to everyone, including a key considerations regarding LinkedIn Profiles:

1. Profile is about who you serve not what you have done, think underwear, change often…and always go for first person, it is personal
2. Think Key words – research what people are looking for and see if you have included those key words in your word cloud and content
3. Carry out a Gap Analysis – what colour sweets do you have by region, if you’re looking for blue sweets then why chase after the red sweets?
4. Add media that is current – including audio clips which are now growing in popularity with over 200 million voice clips being swapped via Whats App every day!
5. Amplify your value and stop broadcasting your achievements – the ethos and culture of what you do is a key attractor

Angus also shared with us the value of downloading your connections from LinkedIn via bit.ly/LImydata – something many of us didn’t know we could do and a great way of keeping track of where you are in engagement with contacts.

A lot of this isn’t rocket science. As a business networking group, most CBC members will already appreciate the value of asking open questions, of sharing knowledge and engaging with people face to face – and it was interesting that although the digital world is increasingly important for business growth, Angus also felt that ultimately once we’ve made contact on line we do want to speak too or meet with people to develop a greater understanding of who they are and how they benefit their clients, building trust and empathy – the oxygen of good networking! Face to face communication runs hand in hand with digital communication.

If you’d like to come along to a CBC networking meeting to build relationships with local businesses, develop trust and grow your business with like-minded people, get in touch or sign up via the website as a guest, we’d be delighted to see you. We are particularly keen to meet general solicitors, employment and litigation legal experts, HR consultants and business growth advisers – if that’s you, come and see us!

Local Business Networking Group brings charities together

Keep our kids safe

Ok Our Kids and Wycombe Youth Action combine forces in schools

Don’t ever say the benefits of networking are just about getting referrals on bits of paper, or invoices for money in the bank business! Yes, of course those things are important and a staple part of a good networking group. However, there’s a lot more to it than that, and really good networking groups work to bring people and businesses together in ways that will help them flourish and grow through collaboration and sharing of skills.

This is just what has happened with OK Our Kinds and Wycombe Youth Action who today have spent time together at a local primary school helping the young people to understand how to be safe in today’s world, so that they can enjoy their childhood and build positive memories.

What a great way to end the week, well done to all involved; if you’d like to be a part of a powerfully engaged business networking group in High Wycombe, then get in touch, because it is indeed: Time to make a difference!

Try before you buy! High Wycombe Networking

Networking High Wycombe Guest Day

That’s right… you’re invited!

Tuesday 11 November, 2014 – 7:15am – 9:00am

  • Network with some of the best business owners in South Bucks.
  • Join discussion groups.
  • Introduce your skills and services to other business owners.
  • Experience two top presentations

Six Essential for Better Cashflow: cash is king for the self-employed and SMEs – learn how to make it flow your way!

How to build a Smarter Business: an insight into smart, simple strategies to leverage your business opportunities.

  • Enjoy a full English breakfast – what a way to start your day.

Breakfast networking doesn’t get much better than this – and it’s FREE!

Reservations essential. Book your place using the contact form on the website. Or call Martin on 07785 923525

WIN valuable prizes! Bring some cash and you could be in line for some valuable business prizes in our BIG CHARITY RAFFLE. All proceeds to our chosen charity Wycombe Youth Action.