My Week – with Stacey Pike

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Mon­day

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.

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