Nurturing Your Unique Brand – Wellbeing for the self employed and business owners
Valerie has worked in a number of fields: financial services and project management before starting her career as a self employed. Having made several career changes, Valerie has learnt to raise her own self awareness so as to make each career transition, a journey worth making. She worked for a number of years with business owners to grow and consolidate their businesses. She then joined a Pan African Trust to help beneficiaries carry out the projects that received funding from her employer.
Having to travel and work with people of different cultural and professional backgrounds, Valerie has learnt to look after her own wellbeing. She used her self help Reiki techniques as well as meditated regularly. She started her training as a Law of Attraction Practitioner so that she can use it to achieve her own personal goals. She is used to push the boundaries of her comfort zone and adjust to different cultural norms. She is now a Reiki teacher based on Eastern Principles ( Komyo Reiki Kai)
From Valerie’s personal perspective, wellbeing encompasses many aspects – managing change and befriending your worries, time management and learning new tools such as financial planning are all essential to building your resilience when you are self employed or running a business.
Self employment can be a daunting project. Deciding on how to market your services, what prices would you be charging, how to work out how much you need financially to run your business, how to define your Unique Selling Points (USP) and use it to raise your visibility.
Valerie is now using her work experience to coach and mentor her clients who are looking to start their own business or grow their existing business or run their charities. She provides them support to improve their managerial skills, grow their comfort zone as well as their financial literacy. An understanding of financial planning is important for the personal wellbeing of the business owner or founder as finances is part of the lifeline for your self employment or organisation to be successful.
Valerie is a member of the International Coaching Federation and has a certificate in Professional Coaching. She is also a Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner and has received training in Coaching for Conflict Resolution. Find out more about Valerie and her work
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Welcome to the BCMA Blog. For our first posts I thought I would start to introduce some of the team here at the British Complementary Medicine Association. Today is my turn, I am the BCMA Administrator and have worked for the BCMA for over 10 years, before I was asked to design their ‘new’ website and do some admin duties I had only a very limited view about Complementary Therapies and what CAM was all about.
I had vaguely heard of Homeopathy and Acupuncture but what on earth are Reiki, Reflexology and NLP? I had of course some knowledge of massage but how did you know where to find a massage therapist and not get more than you bargained for (certain impressions gained from the media immediately sprang to mind). So as with all my past jobs I needed to know more if I was going to be a part of this organisation. This started with my self education on complementary therapies. Luckily I am competent with computers, search engines and have pretty good ‘people skills’ so I started research.
It soon became apparent there was a whole world of therapies out there, most of them directed at your body’s own ability to heal itself with gentle help, NONE of them are miracle cures and would never claim to be so. I learned early on that professional therapists with good reputations never claim to be able to do more than help your body use its natural abilities and relax you.
In the last ten years I have been privileged to meet many therapists and sample some of their therapies. I now have first hand experience of many of the therapies within the BCMA including Reiki, Reflexology and Energy Field Therapy and have a much better understanding of CAM, which helps me when I am responding to questions via phone and email from the public and therapists.
The BCMA has just announced the launch of the BCMA Guides, at our first ever Road Show on 18th May 2013, one of which I have helped to compile ‘The BCMA Guide to Finding a Therapist’ one of 4 guides being released as either an online download or in paper format for a very low fee.
‘BCMA Guide to setting up a Therapy Organisation’
‘BCMA Guide to setting up a Therapy School’
‘BCMA Guide to setting up a Therapy Clinic’
More information to follow during the launch.
Which title would you be interested in? Are there any titles you would like to see added?