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Get ready to experience a shift and discover a new way to find your business success

Join our incredible and inspiring community of entrepreneurs, game changers and visionary business leaders who are making the space to create a purposeful, playful and profitable business.

If you’re committed to stepping up, making changes to the way you are currently thinking about your business and need clarity on what the right business model, processes and team to have in place to enable you to step up and play bigger, then book your ticket now.

Next Event: Thursday April 2nd 2020 9.30am to 5pm

Early Bird Tickets available right now from just £125 +VAT

Usual ticket price is £195 +VAT so save £70 on your ticket when you book today.

Your ticket includes morning coffee, a delicious two-course hot and cold lunch and afternoon tea in the glorious surroundings of The Elvetham, a stunning events venue in Hook, Hampshire, with easy access from the M3, M25 and local airports.

The Time Has Come

There’s no doubt the world of business has changed significantly in recent years and that we are moving towards a more entrepreneurial economy; where freedom of choice, flexibility and a desire to make a difference are fueling us to start up and grow our own businesses.

Huge advancements in technology and access to seemingly infinite amounts of how-to information have meant that there are more people starting up their own businesses, agencies, consultancies and clinics than ever before. However, all this readily available information has meant that many are confused by which direction they should take their business and turn to internet marketing, 6-figure formulas and the promise of passive income to build their business.

This hustle-and-grind culture of internet marketing and macho-style business is proving not to work for the majority of people, particularly for those who are not designed to push hard, be stuck in front of screens all day or whose work is centred around intuition and healing.

The time has come for those serious about growing a business that allows their talents, creativity and purpose to shine, to follow a new path … the True Profit path. A path that connects purpose and creativity with profit, shows you how to tune into business from an inside-out approach and gives you the foundations for sustainable growth and scalable opportunities.

Playing Your Bigger Game is a day spent focusing on re-claiming your vision, re-setting your thinking and giving you the processes to create the right business model, marketing systems, and team so you thrive and step into your full potential.

The 3 Common Barriers To Business Growth Today

Barrier #1


Technology is supposed to make our life easier; to enable us to be more efficient and effective. But the truth is that technology has made many of us more inefficient, more stressed and more lonely than ever before.

There is no doubt that access to web tools have opened up huge opportunities for business growth but, at the same time, the world of internet marketing has created infinite decisions for us to make and we are now chasing funnels and formulas that promise to have the answer to all our marketing prayers.

We need to stop being a slave to technology and take back control of what’s important and known to us, so we can follow our own paths.

Barrier #2


The word “Priorities” is our greatest modern day oxymoron. The word priority came into our English language in 1400s. It was singular. It wasn’t until the start of the 20th Century that priority started to be pluralised. Somehow we thought we could bend reality and be able to focus solely on more than one thing at a time, and we now have more than 11 million Google results for “Productivity tips for entrepreneurs” and over 40,000 “productivity books” sold on Amazon.co.uk.

Today, our society has a deep-rooted belief that multitasking is a superpower and that The Busy Badge of Honour is a sign of success. As the pace of our living gets faster and social media feeds us a stylised version of what business success looks like, we seem to be obsessed by how to get more done in less time. And when we’re not sure exactly what needs to be done, rather than look to our vision, business strategy and inner wisdom for answers, we buy into the next “should-be” marketing tactic, funnel or success formula that promises us results but simply distracts us by never-ending to-do lists.

Now is the time to make some serious changes to the beliefs we have about what makes us efficient and effective and prove to ourselves what we are truly capable of achieving in the time that we’ve got when we have a clear direction and focused plan to help us get there.

Barrier #3


Our start-up culture here in the UK and the US celebrates hustle-and-grind and hard work, and yet sells us the passive income dream and laptop freedom lifestyle. This social pressure to achieve, crush goals and build 6 or 7 figure businesses, has resulted in many of us experiencing entrepreneurial burnout.

Fatigue illnesses, stress and hormone imbalances have become serious problems for many business owners, particularly those of us in our 40’s, 50’s and beyond, and it’s caused many of us to pull back and play small to protect ourselves.

When we feel exhausted, we can talk ourselves out plans we feel we don’t have the capacity, confidence or courage to take action on. But this fear of not having enough energy is costing us and the economy dearly.

When we take full responsibility for our health and energy and create the right conditions to fuel our vitality, we can grow profitable, sustainable and potentially scalable businesses and our visions for the future won’t get sidetracked or forgotten. We have to understand and know how to work with, rather than against, our own cycles and flow, and the cycles and flow of our business, the economy and the planet we live on.

What you’ll get from the day

Re-Evaluate And Re-Boot Your Thinking

Feel the shift in your thinking and tune into the different energies that you have at your disposal so that the next stage in your business growth stretches you, but without burning you out.

A Growth Strategy That's Right For You

Discover the right business model to suit you and what you need in order to thrive, and the right marketing systems, business processes and team to put in place to get you there.

Courageous And Connected Community

Come away feeling re-energised and re-inspired to stretch yourself further and create a business that fuels you and the community your business serves.

A more connected path to profit 

During the day, you will not only understand what may be going wrong for you, but you’ll get focused on your bigger game and get the building blocks – the process and people – you need to turn your expertise and talents into a purposeful, playful and profitable business.

Next Event: Thursday April 2nd 2020 9.30am to 5pm

Early Bird Tickets available right now from just £125 +VAT

Usual ticket price is £195 +VAT so save £70 on your ticket when you book today.

Your ticket includes morning coffee, a delicious two-course hot and cold lunch and afternoon tea in the glorious surroundings of The Elvetham, a stunning events venue in Hook, Hampshire, with easy access from the M3, M25 and local airports.

An intimate event to get the right advice needed for your business

Who needs to attend this event

  • You have ideas but you’ve lost direction You’ve created lots of courses and programmes but now feel confused about what it is you offering and how you can make a bigger impact. So you’ve lost your confidence and wonder why you can’t make it happen like everyone else you see on your Facebook newsfeed.
  • You’ve got launch fatigue. You’ve had success but it just doesn’t seem to be enough to leap you forward and the continual pressure of launch after launch has worn you down.
  • You’re about to hit your ceiling Your diary is full, clients love you but you’ve reached your full capacity & you want to know how to shift up a gear to grow and serve more people.
  • You’re ready for the next stage of growth in your business but work-harder advice is not what you need. There are plenty of macho-driven success formulas and marketing funnels that promise results, but you want to know how to grow your business in a way that connects deeply with your creativity and desire to make a difference.

As you’ve decided to step up and grow, you can find yourself bombarded with conflicting advice on how to promote and make yourself visible. And yet trying out new marketing tactics is often what is distracting you from your purpose and achieving your true vision for success. This focus on sales and marketing not only keeps you on a treadmill, it’s exhausting and there is the danger of entrepreneurial burnout.

And this is why you need to attend this event.

One day to give you the opportunity to explore how a change in the way you are thinking, the way you are working and what you are focusing on can give you a business that creates the real difference you want to make.

Event Schedule

Session 1 – Which business model is right for you?

If you are struggling to make your business work, working harder may not be the answer. It may be that you have the wrong business model, marketing systems and processes in place.

Access to technology and digital marketing can give you hugely profitable ways of growing your business, but they also run the danger of over-complicating how you run your business. The good news is that, if you are feeling overwhelmed and knackered, there will be a profitable business model that will suit you and your preferred way of working.

In this first session, you are going to discover 

  • How to access the core energies that work in flow to create your business success; money, creativity and impact
  • 5 Growth Pillars that will give you the solid foundations to build a purposeful, playful and profitable business
  • The 4 decisions to make that will ensure you design the right business model, marketing systems and team that will allow you to thrive and get a simpler, more connected path to your business success

Session 2 – Business rhythms, cycles and flow

Too many of us are using the wrong energies to grow our business. There is a huge problem right now with the over-use of technology, under-use of time and unawareness of how to access answers that we already have from within us. When you are externally seeking and chasing information on the “best” or “quickest” ways to grow, it’s easy to get distracted and end up following guru advice that doesn’t work for you. 

You’ll discover how to

  • Use the Lean Back, Lean In energy shifts in your business to avoid being stuck in the procrastination/perfection trap
  • Find the space needed to think strategically about your business growth and keep you out of the trenches of busy-ness
  • Access the rhythms and cycles that allow you to be productive at the right times, when to push through and when to take a pause

Session 3 – Simple, Powerful Planning

A lack of planning can keep your business in fire-fighting mode and yet there’s every chance you are not hard-wired for such a task in your business. If you’ve never been taught how to plan before, you may not know where to start. Plus, like some of my clients, you may even feel resistant to setting goals and committing yourself to a plan.

Planning doesn’t have to be dull or constrictive. With the right plan in place, it can still allow you to be creative and free to be flexible and stay in touch with your flow, whilst keeping your energy and resources directed at your bigger vision.

You’ll discover how planning can make all the difference to your profitability and business growth, how to create your Big Vision – a really simple exercise to capture what you really want to focus your time and energy on – and then how to turn your Big Vision into an actionable plan.

Session 4 – Your Dream Team

Who do you really need to hire in order to grow your business? And do you have to employ or can you find associates or contractors to do the work that needs doing?

The people you decide to have in your business can make or break your success, so in this last session of the day, you’ll be looking at who makes up a lean, but highly profitable team to enable you to grow.

The Venue

A secluded, inspirational backdrop for our business event

The Elvetham Hotel in Hartley Wintney, home to magnificent 19th-century architecture, is set within 35 acres of beautiful grounds, and surrounded by stunning Hampshire countryside, with the added advantage of being easy to find – easy connections to the M3, M4, London and Reading, and plenty of free parking.

For directions: https://www.elvethamhotel.co.uk/about-us/location/.

By Car: The venue is just 12 minutes drive from Junction 5 of the M3 and is clearly signposted.

By Train: Fleet is the closest train station and is serviced by the direct train service out of London Waterloo.

By Air: The nearest airport is Southampton, 40 minutes taxi away.

Meet Your Host For The Day

Hi, I’m Karen Skidmore. I’m known as The Business Catalyst and I believe every business leader has the potential to create a purposeful, playful and profitable business but they are often stuck in the trenches or burning out from working on the wrong projects.

I’ve been running my own coaching and consulting company since 2004. After an 11-year career with Hays Plc, my children were approaching school age and I realised how much I wanted a more flexible and fulfilling professional career.

Within 6 months of starting up, I had been awarded European Social Funds for my Women’s Enterprise Programme and Simply Marketing Workshops, which was instrumental in helping hundreds of women start up their own businesses across Surrey & Sussex. I 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, I was burnt out from constantly launching new programmes and marketing campaigns. I wanted to play a bigger game but to enable my business to grow and for me to serve more people, it was no longer a case of “work harder”. I had to change the way I and my business worked. And it soon became apparent that my clients wanted this same change.

Today I work as a business growth coach, speaker and author and blend my 25+ years of business experience, humour and inner wisdom to teach True Profit Business, a new way of inspiring and actively supporting my clients to play their bigger games. 


Next Event: Thursday April 2nd 2020 9.30am to 5pm

Early Bird Tickets available right now from just £125 +VAT

Usual ticket price is £195 +VAT so save £70 on your ticket when you book today.

Your ticket includes morning coffee, a delicious two-course hot and cold lunch and afternoon tea in the glorious surroundings of The Elvetham, a stunning events venue in Hook, Hampshire, with easy access from the M3, M25 and local airports.

Feedback from our Playing Your Bigger Game events

“If you want your business to run smoothly and grow with less stress then attend this workshop.” Ruth Sangale

“Karen creates space for you to consider playing your bigger game – not only in terms of what you need to do but also shares greatly, honestly about who she needed to become.  An excellent day in fabulous surroundings.” Sue Revell

“A great gift of objectivity on your business.” Kathryn Meadows

“This day helped me pull together the fuzzy vision & shown me how to integrate planning from big picture to daily task level.” Alison Jones

“I definitely got the boost and refresh that I needed – a huge shot of good, grounded, sensible, fabulous energy. I’ve been to many similar events over the years, sometimes as a participant and sometimes on the organising team, and have sometimes come away with my energy utterly depleted. This event didn’t do that to me; the energy was very different and very ‘right’.” Mary McNeil

“It’s a great event to learn how you can upscale your business.” Mark Terrell

“This event has re-energised me and helped me make connections with people who can help me on the journey.” Lindsey Burrows

“So many insights and takeaways. The one that really springs out was the session about the heartbeat of the business: sales, prospects and leads with campaigns adding/boosting revenue.” Karen Sieben

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 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 the logistics for the day?

Food and Refreshments

Coffee, tea & morning goodies are being served from 9 am, ready for us to get going at 9.30am.

You are being fully catered for as we are giving you morning goodies, lunch and afternoon tea. And yes, they can cater for all dietary requirements. We’ll be asking you to confirm this before you arrive on the day.

Although we plan to finish the day by 5 pm, if you did absolutely have to leave at the afternoon tea break because of a school pick-up, just let us know beforehand and we can arrange for you to do your end-of-day session as homework.

Are you covering the same content as your previous Play Bigger events?

If you’ve come to one of previous Playing Your Bigger Game events, you’d be very welcome to come back for more.

Although the core agenda of the day remains the same, we consistently refine the content and you’ll find that you will hear and see a different level of learning each time you work through the structure of what we teach. No two Playing Your Bigger Game events will ever be exactly the same for you and we’d love to see you back again in the community.

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.we need to fundamentally change the way we all – men and women of all ages – approach business growth to create a purpose-led and sustainable economy.

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.

What Clients Say About Karen

Given me the clarity to do the right stuff to make sales

“Before I was in a state of wishful thinking. Now having a 90 Day Plan and the follow through to help implement it, it’s given me the clarity to do the right stuff to make sales. I found that when you have cash in the bank, it’s easy to get complacent. But, in reality, you have to make sales, which means that I need to have a clear plan for each week on what I and my team can do to develop the business. Momentum has been a catalyst to help me understand where I have been going wrong, and the 90 Planning Process and implementation have given me crystal clear focus on what is the best use of my time.”

Alex Palmer

Corporate Event Manager & Strategist

My work/life balance changed almost immediately. My goal was to work less hours so that I would have time to focus on my well being and just under a year later, I have achieved this.  I now rarely have to travel as I have two associates who were former colleagues during my time working for the NHS and they work closely with me and present on my behalf. This is something I would never have dreamed possible before meeting Karen.  I have now also been able to free up valuable time to work on my online courses and to develop and engage with my client list.

Jen Nash

The Eating Blueprint

Momentum has given me a broader mindset and got under the skin of why I wasn’t doing some of the bigger things I knew I was professionally capable of.

“It’s been fantastic to have a 90 Day Planning Process to work towards which keeps you more on track and makes you do those planning stages. It’s easy, when you work on your own, to roll from one week to the next without actually being disciplined or even looking back at what you have achieved and have done. So having Karen show us how to plan and then support us in the implementation of it has been brilliant. Karen gives a good balance of feeling pushed, of feeling you have a plan but still having that supportive hand on your back.”

Charlotte Cox

Consumer brand marketer, SUN Brand Consultancy

Working with Karen has really made me up my game this year. I have been on a steep learning curve with my business marketing journey and having Karen to help, support, challenge and motivate me has been invaluable in helping me make this year my best year yet. I have finally launched my signature programme “The Wardrobe That Works” (after 2 years in my head!); I have a realistic plan for my business growth as well as the support of a great team of colleagues who will give me honest and constructive feedback.

Gail Morgan

The Image Trainer

Gave me focus on what matters

“As a creative person who is motivated by action rather than committing to a strategic vision, working with Karen and using this planning process of hers was the most productive I’ve been in years. Karen’s planning process helped me focus on what matters right now versus having a massive list of stuff that makes me feel so overwhelmed I get nothing done.”

Helen Evans

Conscious Business Mentor & The UK's No.1 Scientific Hand & Fingerprint Analyst

Working with Karen I was able to grow and expand my business awareness in a small setting with people I have got to know, and whom I trust. I felt we have pushed ourselves more in this environment, but it is also very supportive. It has also enabled me to make some big shifts in my mental attitude about things at work which I was avoiding and finding uncomfortable to deal with, and this shift has and will make a big impact on my business function and profitability.

I love working with Karen as she is tough but with silk gloves, she never makes you feel small but she also knows that you can do more than you are so, it encourages you to raise your game.

Tone Tellesfen Hughes

MD of Luck Yard’s Clinic & Chiropractic Connections

Next Event: Thursday April 2nd 2020 9.30am to 5pm

Early Bird Tickets available right now from just £125 +VAT

Usual ticket price is £195 +VAT so save £70 on your ticket when you book today.

Your ticket includes morning coffee, a delicious two-course hot and cold lunch and afternoon tea in the glorious surroundings of The Elvetham, a stunning events venue in Hook, Hampshire, with easy access from the M3, M25 and local airports.

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