Solopreneurs will want to know my story before deciding to connect. So let’s get to know each other!
Here’s My Story
In my twenties, I observed something that impacted the rest of my life. I met a lady in her 60’s whose husband had just passed away. She just didn’t know what to do. She was left with a car she couldn’t drive and total confusion over money; she had never even paid a telephone bill! As a young wife and mother, I vowed this would never, ever happen to me. This decision took me on to university, participation in the feminist movement, into volunteer board contribution, positions of responsibility in the Canadian government, adventure into northern communities, into consulting and solopreneurship.
How I Got Into This Work
After twenty years in career and employment work with the Canadian federal government, it seemed natural to find something constructive to do following early retirement, and Workstyle-Lifestyle Consulting became a reality. My consulting work took me to many communities in northern Canada where I worked with emerging leaders in the new Arctic territory Nunavut. I soon discovered that two or three-day workshops were a great start for participants, but continued support and encouragement were necessary for the application of new skills and approaches, so I began to provide one-on-one telephone support. Later, I learned about an emerging new discipline called Coaching and realized that I had already discovered it. I learned a lot more from Thomas Leonard and Coachville and hired my own coach before I decided to add formal coaching to my repertoire of consulting/training services. Coaching felt just right because of its similarity to career counselling I had practised for years.
What Inspires Me
The most inspiring activity for me is staying current in my field and branching out into new fields of interest. I have been particularly inspired by many books:
- Peter Senge’s Fifth Discipline;
- Michael Gerber’s E-Myth;
- Steven Covey’s Seven Habits, First Things First, and 8th Habit;
- Frederic Hudson’s Life Launch;
- Esther & Jerry Hicks’ The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent and The Astonishing Power of Emotions;
- The works of Ken Wilber – A Brief History of Everything, Integral Life Practice, The Religion of Tomorrow and more;
- Robert Kegan’s Immunity to Change;
- Marcus Sheridan’s They Ask You Answer;
- Ray Edwards’ How To Write Copy That Sells.
Today, I’m excited and inspired by all the online tools that are a boon to the solopreneur – the ever-changing world of Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitch. My biggest inspiration right now is the opportunity to host my weekly Being Your Own CEO Success Circle for solopreneurs via Zoom and YouTubeLive. We’ve enjoyed each other’s company while sharing techniques and information and providing moral support to each (for about seven years now). Participants even end up doing business together!
I have taken some great courses in website development at Wealthy Affiliates and have started creating them for myself and others. These are the most recent: Being Your Own CEO and Victoria Chinatown Care Centre
What do I believe?
- Firmly believe that men and women can benefit from using their right brain (feminine skills) in business;
- And they can be independent and successful in business regardless of their age;
- Contribution to community is what provides meaning in our lives;
- Live Streaming (YouTube & Zoom) will change the way we do business on the net;
- Solopreneurs must engage regularly with each other online so that they can share discoveries and stay on the leading edge.
- Graduate Executive Coaching Program (Royal Roads University)
- Presidents’ Club Sales Program (Sandler Sales Institute)
- Gateway to Developmental Coaching (Interdevelopmental Institute)
- Adult Education Diploma (St. F.X. University)
- Team Development and High-Performance courses (from private consultants)
- Total Quality Transformation training (Lethbridge Community College)
- ICA Technology of Participation training (Institute of Cultural Affairs)
- Numerous Courses: employment, interviewing, testing, career counselling (provided by my employer)
- B.A. Degree (Mount Allison University)
Instructed Gettin Higher Choir members in the use of Zoom so they could participate in the virtual choir experience necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
I volunteered to be the choir Facebook geek for Wavelengths Choir where I posted announcements and formed a Community Waves Group Page. My way of contributing but also to force me to learn more about Facebook.
I got a lot of joy from assisting with the development of an Aboriginal Library at Victoria’s Native Friendship Centre. A very welcoming place!
I was an active leadership member of HOST (Home Office Support Team) and the WBN (Women’s Business Network) over the years. These were business networking organizations that operated in Victoria since 1995 but are no longer functioning – They were great places to meet and connect with other solopreneurs. Local MeetUps seem to be less popular than they once were, unfortunately.
I have been an active participant on a few boards – Moncton School Board, Yellowknife YWCA as President and Victoria’s Bridges For Women as Treasurer.