A transformative day with Karen Skidmore

Discover how to have a profitable, purposeful and scalable business … and thrive in the process!

Tuesday 28th June

What time: 9.30am to 4pm
Where: The Elvetham Country House Hotel in Hook, Hampshire

We are finally 'back in the room'.
This is will be first in-person training day since 2020 and we couldn't more excited!

Book your place today for just £145

Ticket includes morning coffee, a delicious two-course hot and cold lunch and afternoon tea in the glorious surroundings of The Elvetham.

It’s time to stop working so hard!

Businesses get stuck at certain monthly revenues.

If you are selling your time or expertise, even in the form of products or programmes, you will eventually hit a plateau. It doesn’t matter how much harder you work, if you aren’t scaling your business model, team or processes needed for your next level growth, you get stuck.

And if you are exhausted from trying to keep up with work, along with the demands of family life, and the work that you are delivering isn’t stretching you or feeling meaningful enough, running your business starts to feel like a grind.

If this wasn’t what you signed up for when you first started up, and you are frustrated that you aren’t the commercial success that you deeply believe you ought to be right now, then it’s time to take a breath and spend a day to work ‘ON’ your business and how you approach your future growth plans.

Stop running your business like a busy freelancer and feel more in control of your business

It’s all very well having a booked diary, but working with too many clients (and often at prices too low) and you run the risk of running out of energy and burning yourself out. Having the right processes will make your business less stressful to run, give you the opportunity to work less hours and do the things that you REALLY want to achieve.

Step into the role of CEO of your business

Our business culture is designed to celebrate drive and getting stuff done. But after the first few years of starting up, this energy doesn’t quite work as well. At some point you have to transition from start-up mentality to being CEO of your business; to spend time working ‘ON’ the business and identify the opportunities that you’re too busy working ‘IN’ the business to see right now.

Design your business to work FOR you

If you have invested in how-to marketing programmes and been trying to follow someone else’s marketing systems or business model, it’s frustrating when you don’t get the results that you expect. The reality is that you may be driving the wrong business, and not have the right systems, processes and team working for you and how you best work.

If you resonate with any of this, we’d love you to join us for a practical, insightful day working on the strategy of your business

Here’s what we are going to dive deep into …

Growth Flows & Business Cycles

When it comes to the entrepreneurship journey, most people think that there are only two phases in business: Launch and Grow.

But a business doesn’t just grow month on month, every year, by selling to more customers. Businesses get stuck at certain sizes and if you are selling your time and expertise, even as products and programmes, you and your team will run out of capacity and energy.

You will hit a plateau in your monthly revenue.

Rather than trying to grow your business by one client or product at a time and making small incremental changes, which most business owners do, the strategy of your business needs to change.

In this first session, you will understand:

  • How your business growth follows a four-stage growth flow, and what your strategy ought to be at each stage to allow you build momentum
  • How to validate a new business idea, and ensure you don’t waste precious money and energy trying to sell something that your clients end up not wanting
  • How to identify the predictable problem of the 3 Big Growth Ceilings in business and avoid getting stuck under each one that inevitability happens at specific income levels

Pricing & Profitability

To make more money, it’s not as simple as doing more marketing and getting new clients (although that is what most business coaches are teaching you right now!).

Nor is it only about putting your prices up and deciding to work with premium clients (although in our experience, most service professional business owners are hugely undercharging right now).

Plus it’s easy to get distracted and follow what your competitors are doing, and end up with an unsustainable offering, such as cheaper digital products or low entry membership products that can exhaust you and your team.

In this second session, we are going to dive into the important topic of money, pricing and, most importantly, your profit potential.

What this second session will give you:

  • How to explore your revenue options within your business and see which business model can be profitable AND sustainable for you and the way you want your business to operate
  • Which pricing strategies work for the type of business you want to run (and which ones won’t!)
  • Why selling to more customers may not be the most profitable path for you right now
  • How to stop guessing what prices to charge and have an easy pricing formula to work from
  • How to set your prices so you can comfortably afford to outsource and hire associates or contractors to expand your business and work with more clients

Purpose & Planning

When you are have a crazy-busy schedule and a booked out diary for the next month, it’s easy to feel you haven’t got time to plan. And if you run your business week to week from to-do-lists, you can find yourself ‘in the trenches’, making tactical decisions, or getting excited and start too many new ideas. Over time this is exhausting, as well as expensive for you, especially if your new business ideas don’t work out.

You are in danger of spending money and time on projects that distract you with busy-ness, rather than acting on a well-thought out strategy.

And for those of you who feel planning is rather dull or constrictive, then this session will show you differently. With the right strategy in place, a plan can still allow you to be creative and free to be flexible and in your flow, whilst keeping your energy and resources directed at your bigger vision.

In this third session, you will:

  • Discover the power of creating a bigger vision for you and your business
  • See how planning can make all the difference to your future business journey
  • Get the steps our Grow Strong™ planning process to help you stay agile and adapt your plan quickly, without you losing pace or direction
  • Find out how to make planning fun (yes, really … planning doesn’t have to constrict you or be boring!)

A day packed with practical advice and growth strategies that will help you be more profitable, work smarter and feel less stressed.

Who is Ignite for?

Our Ignite event attracts professionals, freelancers and small business owners from all walks of life. We have a wonderfully eclectic mix of businesses, including MD’s of training companies and consultancies, marketing consultants, coaches and therapists, and owners of accountancy firms and clinics who attend.

What they all have in common is the desire to run and grow their business with more ease and flow.

They aren’t looking for the latest social media tactics or marketing gimmicks. They are ready to make a deeper impact with their clients, discover how to turn their business into a force for good whilst also increasing their profits, and they want the help and support to be stretched and fulfil their potential.

Each Ignite event provides an intimate workshop space to work directly with Karen Skidmore, as well as share ideas and brainstorm with other delegates during the break out sessions.

You’re ready to scale up …

For those of you who want to scale up, you will discover when the right time is to build and recruit the team you may need to support your growth and during the Spotlight Coaching Session in the afternoon we can dive into what revenue streams to create, as well as what to sell, how to sell it and what business model will work best for you.

 

You want to have a business that’s easier to run …

For those of you prefer to have a smaller, boutique style business, you will discover what boundaries to put in place and how to structure your services to enable you to make more money whilst working less hours.

 

Tuesday 28th June

What time: 9.30am to 4pm
Where: The Elvetham Country House Hotel in Hook, Hampshire

We are finally 'back in the room'.
This is will be first in-person training day since 2020 and we couldn't more excited!

Book your place today for just £145

Ticket includes morning coffee, a delicious two-course hot and cold lunch and afternoon tea in the glorious surroundings of The Elvetham.

Where is this event being hosted?

Elvetham isn’t simply a stunning events venue in Hampshire, Elvetham is actually a region of approximately 8,000 acres in the Hampshire countryside. Situated in the heart of the Hampshire countryside, it’s also incredibly easy to find and get to.

Easy to find and easy to access

Just 10 minutes drive from Junction 5 of the M3.

5 minutes from Fleet train station that is serviced by a fast service out of London Waterloo.

The nearest airport is Southampton, 45 minutes taxi away.

Highly Engaging

Taking the time out to think about the bigger picture of how your business fits into your life is so worthwhile. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and not invest the time to see how you can make a bigger impact in the longer term. And this is exactly what this day does. Karen is a highly engaging presenter and you’ll also meet some great new connections on the day, which is an added bonus!

Vicky Mason

Expand Your Thinking

Definitely attend this event as it will help you look at your business from a different perspective. Even if it seems that you are doing OK in your business, this event will help you take your business to the next level and expand your thinking.

Inge Deksne

Inner Game Wisdom Alongside Practical Techniques

Karen gives tremendous value at her events and has the unusual combination of empowering business owners to address their inner game alongside practical techniques for shaping their business to work for them.

Caroline Walker

Fun & An Opening For Creativity

These are always really great events; very professionally run and Karen’s team are awesome. What I love about the day is that it’s not all head down and work. There is a fun element to the day, too, which opens up your creativity and you come away with a clear plan of action.

Isobel Gatherer

Fresh Ideas & Creative Energy

Despite having been to Karen’s events a few times before and, in theory, knew much of what she teaches already, I still came away with fresh ideas for my business, which I won’t have come up with by sitting in my office by myself. It’s the magic of giving yourself time away from your day-to-day to think and tune in to all the wonderful creative energy that flows from these events.

Mary Waring

This event will transform your thinking and your business!

Kevin Mulryne

Meet Your Hosts For The Day

Karen Skidmore

Leading the day is Karen Skidmore. Business Books Awards finalist 2020, podcaster, and business mentor with 25+ years’ experience, Karen’s operations background and strategic thinking blends beautifully with her deep connection to using intuition and inner wisdom, a rare combination of skills in the world of business.

We know that most business owners are burning out, trying to drive their businesses forward. The problem is because they are time-poor and often misaligned with their current business, they are chasing the wrong goals and using overcomplicated marketing tactics. They may look successful on the outside but inside, they are exhausted and getting to the point that they want to give up.

And Karen knows this from first-hand experience. She has run her own coaching and consulting company since 2004. After an 11-year career with Hays Plc, her children were approaching school age and she realised how much she wanted a more flexible and fulfilling professional career.

Within 6 months of starting up, she was awarded European Social Funds for her Women’s Enterprise Programme and Simply Marketing Workshops, which was instrumental in helping hundreds of women start up their own businesses across Surrey & Sussex. She founded a regional women’s networking group in 2005, created & ran a 100+ membership site for 3 years and launched dozens of online courses and group programmes over the past 13 years.

But in 2012, struggling with adrenal fatigue and hormonal imbalances, Karen was burnt out from constantly launching new programmes and marketing campaigns. She wanted to scale up but to enable her business to grow and for her to serve more people, it was no longer a case of “work harder”. She had to change the way she and her business worked, and this is how she now works, helping small business owners to be profitable, scalable and thrive in the process. 

Melina Abbott

Joining Karen as co-host for the day is Melina Abbott.

Melina joined The True Profit Team in 2019 as the Senior Coach to support the continuing growth of the Momentum community. She is incredible at helping our members get the right mindset for selling, spotting patterns and digging into limiting beliefs. 

What we see is a lot of people we work with are selling what it is they need to get themselves; you are often on the same journey that you want to help transform for your clients. If you haven’t embodied the results and transformation you want to see in your clients, it’s easy to start doubting yourself and trip up when you start the selling process, especially at higher price points that you may have sold at previously.

Melina will be on hand to help spot any of these patterns in the work that we do together during the day.

Alexia Padgham 

Alexia is our Community Manager and runs our events like clockwork.

She has been supporting Karen in her business since 2007 so she knows exactly what our clients and community members need to help them in their business growth journeys.

As well as running our events, she personally welcomes all new members into our Momentum community and ensures you know where to find all the resources available to you. If you need any logistical info for the day, including timings, joining links and follow up resources, Alexia is the go-to person to reach out to.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are your booking terms and conditions?

The full terms and conditions of your booking can be viewed over on this page here: https://karenskidmore.com/event-terms-conditions/

In a nutshell, all tickets are non-refundable two weeks before the event, although if you can’t attend at short notice, you’d be welcome to pass your ticket to a friend or colleague (simply let us know their name before the event so we know to expect them). In an unlikely situation that we have to cancel, full refunds will be issued to everyone.

What are the logistics for the day?

We are running this event via Zoom and have a delegate welcome pack which has all the information you need to participate fully in the day. All you need to join us is internet access and a webcam. 

Is it an only women event?

Not at all. We welcome both men and women, although, as you can gather from our photos, we find that it is predominately women who attend. But don’t get put off by this.

Because a large percentage of business growth seminars focused on topics such as business models and the mechanics of starting up and growing a business are dominated by male coaches and digital internet marketers, there are very few practical business training events delivered for those entrepreneurs who have ambitions to grow, but without the hustle-and-grind push to succeed or the sole focus of digital options.

As we find ourselves in a brand new decade, you and I don’t need business dumbing down or being made pinker or softer, so you won’t find this event ever being positioned as a female only event. What we need is to fundamentally change the way we all – men and women of all ages – approach business growth to create a purpose-led and sustainable economy.

Clarity On What You Need To Work On

It’s a brilliant opportunity to review where you are personally as well as within your business. I have been able to see what I need to work on as well as get the reassurance of where I am on the right track, which will keep me grounded over the coming weeks and months.

Jo Scott

No Worry & Expense Of Any Travel

I loved your new way of live streaming your events. It has meant I could take part without the worry and expense of travelling to the event.  I get put off from attending events because of the logistics around my lifestyle, but this was a great way of doing it. Plus, no travelling for hours to get home afterwards either. Or getting up early to get to the venue on time.

Katrina Collier

Great Insights & A Fresh Perspective

Karen uses her enormous breadth of experience to deliver a high-value day that will give you great insights and a fresh perspective on your business. This day is packed with practical advice and strategies that place you and your wellbeing at the heart of it all, without ignoring the importance of profit and cash flow.

Frances Taylor

Don’t Have To Sacrifice Who I Am

You’ve helped me see how I can play bigger, have a year launch plan and not have to sacrifice who I am.

Tiffany Crosara

Tuesday 28th June

What time: 9.30am to 4pm
Where: The Elvetham Country House Hotel in Hook, Hampshire

We are finally 'back in the room'.
This is will be first in-person training day since 2020 and we couldn't more excited!

Book your place today for just £145

Ticket includes morning coffee, a delicious two-course hot and cold lunch and afternoon tea in the glorious surroundings of The Elvetham.

Need to ask us a question first before booking?

If we didn’t answer all of your questions here on this page, please email Alexia on [email protected] or click the contact us button below.

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