As kids, we have the help of coaches in many areas of our life. From teachers at school, to sports coaches and tutors. And of course, parents play a big role too.
But as we get older, and especially if we start our own business, we are under the illusion that we don’t need a coach, we can do it all ourselves.
I am a huge believer in ongoing professional and personal development. I love reading, learning and have always had support networks (mastermind groups, coaches) around me in my professional and personal life to help me grow.
In my business, I have the pleasure to work mostly with small businesses – that’s no wonder as in New Zealand 97% of businesses have fewer than 20 employees. I love working with these business owners as they are all extremely passionate about what they do.
What saddens me a little is that these businesses could be much more successful and have a much better lifestyle if they spent more time working ON their business. As the saying goes: “If you don’t know where you’re going, how are you going to get there?”
The result of the planning survey of 200 businesses I carried out last year had as main reasons stated: no time and no support.
It seems so simple, doesn't it; write down your goals, create an action plan, learn the skills to either carry out the plan yourself or outsource some of it. But it’s a bit like trying to lose weight or achieve in any sport. It’s much easier with a coach!
The most satisfying part of my job is seeing business owners be successful, not just in their work, but also in their work-life balance.
The newly developed Tourism Business Success Programme is designed to help businesses with this.
It's starting next week (in Te Anau, followed by Invercargill, Dunedin, Queenstown and Central Otago and in June in Northland) and I am so excited to work with the businesses that have registered.
There are a few spaces available, so just do it! There is 50% NZTE funding available for qualifying businesses.
Invest in your business and yourself, get the support, learn, be inspired and thrive! Your return on investment will be worth it, that’s my promise!
For more information, go to: https://www.smartraining.co.nz/2018-tourism-business-success-programme.html
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