Business Women Can joined forces with Jobcare on Wednesday 11th February to run a joint event for a cohort of their Female delegates. The theme for the afternoon was ‘Inspiring Success’ and sub themes included motivation, attitude and aspiration.
The Positive Economist – Practical Steps Forward
Susan Hayes MD of Hayes Culleton, and otherwise known as the Positive Economist, was the key note speaker. She described very eloquently her own career journey and the road blocks she has encountered and detoured. She discussed the need to take charge of your own destiny and said how ‘every journey begins with one small step’. She talked about the power of networking and how it has been so invaluable in her own career to date. In doing so, she provided tips around relevant agencies and stakeholders also who would provide assistance and ideas to the group.
Susan is a real believer is making yourself different from the crowd and each of us needs to know our own USP. In addition she spoke of the importance to reach out to others and consider finding a Mentor to support, guide and drive in the right direction. Susan finished up by encouraging the Group ‘The only way you’ll fail is if you quit – never never never quit’ she concluded.
Susan is a powerful speaker and motivator. She brings spades of passion, colour and energy to her sessions, and further information can be found on her website www.thepositiveeconomist.com
Start your own business wokshop – the good the bad and the ugly!
Next on the agenda was a workshop from Ron Imink co founder of www.smallbusinesscan.com and Paul Neary of Ulster Bank, who addressed the group around the dos and don’ts of starting your own business. Ron didn’t cushion the fact that starting up in business is certainly not an easy road and ‘be prepared for hard work – the average entrepreneur works circa 70 hours per week’. Ron discussed the importance of ideation, technology and commercialisation among other headlines.
Paul addressed the subject of business plans and their purpose when dealing with a Bank. He described how the plan is ‘your opportunity to sell yourself as the individual, knowledge of the sector and competitors and also the uniqueness or your product/service to the market’. In addition he described that the financial part of the plan needs to show realistic financial forecasts.
Getting Interview Ready – the importance of a positive state of mind
The final workshop of the day was delivered by Anna Danicka, the Job Interview Surgeon. Anna delved into the anxieties that are felt by many in the lead up to an interview. She offered suggestions around how to deal with such anxiety and reflected on the things that make individuals feel confident First impressions are really important so how we look and feel stepping into interview mode are critical. There was lots of discussion within the working groups on this topic and shared learnings.