Friday 16th November 2018
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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.
Friday, 16th November 2018
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Getting a business up and running can be tough so it’s easy to bootstrap and do as much as possible yourself. And if you are trying to be everything in your business – from accountant to secretary to marketing manager – as well as delivering what it is you are selling, you’ve realised you can’t do it all on your own anymore.
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.
Session 1 – Your True Profit Business Model
Is your business fulfilling you or burning you out?
Discover which areas of your business are out of kilter with you and the way that you work. It’s not always the case of “just work harder” as not all business models and marketing ideas are going to work for you. Once you connect in with who you are, what’s important to you about what you do and the time, energy and resources you have to grow your business, you can discover what enables your flow.
Session 2 – The Four Stage Growth Plan of a True Profit Business
Understand the entrepreneurial journey from Start-Up to CEO and shift from Launch to Leadership.
It’s easy to stay stuck in the trenches; over-use of technology, under-use of time and unawareness of how to work around our energy can exhaust us and distract us from our bigger game. Once you know what to focus on and what pillars need to be in place at each stage of your growth, you will be able to plan, prioritise and grow a business that fuels you and your mission.
Session 3 – Marketing in 2019 and beyond
The problem with marketing today is that there is more competition, more noise and more pressure to present yourself well on social media than ever before. Huge advancements in technology and access to digital marketing tools have meant that the amount of information that is being pushed out there – often by automated systems and funnels – has meant that your marketing content is drowning in a sea of mediocrity.
Popular list building strategies aren’t working as well, with sign-ups to email marketing lists massively down compared to three years ago. And Facebook and LinkedIn’s algorithms mean that your content is simply not seen unless you’re prepared to throw thousands of pounds at advertising it.
If you are to thrive and attract the clients you want next year, it’s time to stop chasing the latest attention-grabbing marketing tactic and stop seeking out ways to win the social media popularity algorithm game. It’s not about how to make more videos, write more blog articles or create more marketing funnels anymore.
During this session, you will discover how you can think bigger and bolder about your message and mission. You are going to look at the mindset shifts needed in order for you to be seen and heard, as well get the framework and 5 step process to choosing your media, communication channel, strategic partners and message that will work best for you, your business and your audience.
It’s time to reclaim what you stand for, who you are and create a marketing strategy that allows you to step up and play your bigger game.
An iconic event venue in Covent Garden
Standing on Great Queen Street, that connects Covent Garden with Holborn in the West End of London, is the Grade II* listed De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms. With a history dating back to 1775, the building has long been an important event venue, offering 37 exceptional spaces for a wide range of conferences, exhibitions, meetings, training and weddings.
Five minutes from Covent Garden and Holborn tube stations and 30 minutes’ walk or short taxi ride from Kings Cross, St Pancras and Euston train stations, the venue is well-connected for all major London transport links. Heathrow Airport is an hour away by rail or road.
61 – 65 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5DA – click to get directions from Google
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 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.
Friday, 16th November 2018
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 themes of True Profit Business are still the focus of the day, we create fresh content in the core training sessions and bring you new ideas on what you can implement.
No two Playing Your Bigger Game events will ever be exactly the same and we’d love to see you back again in the community.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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
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
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
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