My Week – with Stacey Pike
working week starts as usual with our Monday morning staff meeting – an opportunity to go through our commitments for the week ahead and have a chat about the week just gone. I have workshops on managing stress and assertive communication to deliver so I prepare the training room and my notes and handouts for the women. We believe it’s important to grow the person as well as the business so we offer a wide range of personal development workshops along with the business training. I always really enjoy these kind of sessions as it’s great to hear the women sharing their experiences and supporting each other. Once the training is finished I have an hour or two to check my emails and answer any phone calls. Tuesday Business Start Up training today, this week we are concentrating on selling skills – or as some of our clients like to call it, ‘the dark arts’. Once I’ve finished with that I’m hitting the town centre to see if any local businesses would like to support our pamper evening for Race for Life by donating a free gift or something for the prize draw. We often get a number of clients that are starting up in the same business sector so we try to put on events that provide them with the opportunity to promote their services and network with other women from the same business sector. We decided to have an evening of Pampering, Wellbeing and Eating Cakes (PWEC) and link it into a charity event so we chose Race for Life. Wednesday It’s going to be a long and busy day today as we have our pamper evening from 5pm-8pm. First of all, it’s more training, this time it’s Introduction to Enterprise, a chance for women to explore the option of self employment. By the end of these sessions they will know if self employment is the right option for them and if they have a viable business idea. Today, we are looking at professionalism, customer care and the business focus. Three pm and we start preparing for the evening ahead. We have 10 clients exhibiting and offering mini treatments, everything from threading and pedicures to Indian head massage and crystal healing. They start arriving to set up at 4pm and I am so proud of how professional it all is. I only usually work with them in the training environment so to see them actually running their businesses is fantastic – so great to see it all brought to life! All of the centre staff and the café staff work really hard and we are run off our feet by the 70+ women who join us. The clients work non stop giving treatments for donations and the whole evening is a great success. We raised over £350 for Race for Life. Thursday Feeling quite tired after the previous evening. I live in Stevenage so have a long commute to and from work. However, I’m passionate about what we do here so I don’t really mind, you soon get used to it. Just an Information Session on the centre today for potential new clients, so not quite so busy. It’s nice to have some time to catch up with emails and assess how the training is going.