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You can spot me in the Red Dress too funny

I was truly humbled last night at the Eastern Region Ernst Young Entrepreneur of the Year celebration event to be honored with winning the ‘Industry’ Category. This means that I on behalf of RedBalloon go on to represent that category in the National Awards in November 2011.
Peter Berner was the MC last night and as I took to the stage he quizzed me on the why and how of being who I am. I have clearly said that it is great to be a role model for others – particularly women who want to be great parents and also having a fulfilling career (or even run their own business).
Peter asked me who had been my role models and mentors. The reality is that I gather information everywhere… and you never know where you are going to find the gold. I commented that the other nominees at the event had given me gold in their presentations.
I have and continue to mentor all sorts of people in all sorts of capacities. But I must admit that I am in a bit of a state of overwhelm… I have lost count of the number of requests I have in my inbox for mentoring. So I need to work out a way that I can be more effective and supportive whilst still getting on and doing the work that I need to do.
So a message to potential mentorees:

  • Firstly I do write this blog to contribute to others and share what I have learned and there are now close to 600 different posts on all sorts of things
  • I did write a book about the early growth phase of RedBalloon – that you can have an electronic copy of simply by subscribing to this blog.
  • Thirdly what is your purpose? Are you clear about what it is that you want from a mentor? What is ONE question that you would like to ask? Where are you stopped? (I struggle with long emails – short and to the point make it much easier for me)

I think that it is the role of a mentor to ask a lot of questions…
I will send this blog post to each of the people in my in tray. Then after you have used the resources that I have already created… if you still have one key question? Send it to me via this blog with your mobile number and I will give you a buzz to discuss that question.
I really think that mentoring is not necessarily a long term relationship – more you need the right people, asking the right questions, at the right time.

Grow & Scale Your Business by Naomi Simson

Tell Naomi a little bit about your business by completing the questions below. (It will take less than 60 seconds)

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Go beyond just saying "Poor Cashflow" or "Unreliable Team". 

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