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30 Day Challenge: The Power Coach

On Thursday 16th May 2013, at the Basingstoke Entrepreneurs Roadshow, Agnes Cserhati of AC Power Coaching set a challenge to meet 30 people in 30 days.

You can read about the challenge here.

Tuesday 28th May: Day 10, Meeting 3

Agnes Cserhati, The Power Coach

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Today I met Agnes.

Agnes Cserhati is a business coach, mentor, entrepreneur. You can find her on Twitter, and via AC Power Coaching.


The story of how I met Agnes is a great example of how Social Media has changed our lives.

One Saturday morning a few months ago I was having a lie-in with a big mug of tea, browsing my Twitter Timeline, and I noticed a HashTag #SatChatUK. It seemed to be a group of people, mainly small businesses, chatting about their week. So I joined in and said hello, and one of the people chatting was Agnes.

Agnes mentioned she was setting up an office in Germany, in Bonn. About 5 years earlier, I had spent a lot of time in Bonn, when I worked for T-Mobile, so we had a bit of a chat about Bonn, and started to build a little rapport, as you do, over Twitter.

Over the next few weeks we exchanged a few “Hello”s, and some views on putting the world right, and it came out that Agnes was speaking at an Entrepreneur’s Roadshow in a few weeks in Basingstoke. So I decided to go along.

At the Roadshow I met Agnes IRL…[ In Real Life :o)  ] and during her talk, she gave us all the 30 Day Challenge. I decided to take it on, and as I am currently looking for a business mentor, I asked Agnes if we could meet for a coffee to discuss it. She could be one of my Thirty!

….and here we are. I wouldn’t be here, if it wasn’t for Twitter networking.

So, to business today.

Agnes told me about her businesses, and specifically the services she offers as a business coach. I liked her approach. She suggested we structured the coaching sessions with more time, and more intensity at the beginning, when she is understanding what I want, and I am implementing the first changes, and then gradually reducing the sessions as we monitor what impact the changes have made, and fine tune them.

I explained to her what I was looking for, and the 2 specific issues I am looking for help with. One is a decision relating to Cashflow management, and one a recruiting issue.

I wanted someone who is flexible, someone I could talk to whenever I had an issue I was struggling with.

I also wanted someone who would hold me accountable for actions I promised to take. I often find that I know what I should be doing, but I find reasons for not doing it.

I’ll speak to Agnes again in the coming days, and I hope we can work together.

Lessons Learnt – I knew this anyway, but it is important to spend time with people outside of your usual day to day business community and work colleagues. You get new ideas, new enthusiasm, and people who can point out to you any false assumptions you might be making.


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Bye for Now.

Chris Smith

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30 Day Challenge: The Frustrated Team Member

On Thursday 16th May 2013, at the Basingstoke Entrepreneurs Roadshow, Agnes Cserhati of AC Power Coaching set a challenge to meet 30 people in 30 days.

You can read about the challenge here.

Friday 24th May 2013: Day 6, Meeting 2

The Frustrated Team Member

OK, I know I am behind on my schedule to meet 30 people in 30 days, but don’t give up on me yet!

Gorgeous pastries


Today I met up with Graham. He had suggested a patisserie he knows not far from where he works. Wow. Absolutely gorgeous cakes and bread and pastries. If I worked nearby, I would put on a stone in a month!


I have known Graham for a few years. We met at a Business Networking Meeting when he was a Mortgage Broker, and I was buying properties to Let out.

Graham is very professional, a hard worker, great at what he does.

He joined my Kleeneze team 18 months ago, and I was certain he would build a strong, successful team, to give him the residual income he was looking for. The main issue for him was finding the time, as he also had other commitments with clients as he is an accountant/financial project manager.

When Graham joined Kleeneze, he hit the ground running. He delivered lots of catalogues to the areas where he lived, received loads of orders, and built up a good, loyal, customer base. He qualified for loads of bonuses and Incentives.

But what Graham really wants to do is start recruiting, and building a team, to provide a residual income. The question was, when would he find the time to do it?

A couple of months ago Graham had some delivery problems. Some goods arrived damaged. This happens occasionally. It is frustrating when it happens, but thankfully it is not all that often. However, when it happens to you, it is painful. As Graham is very busy, he became very frustrated and angry at the time it took to get replacement goods back to him, and the time and effort for him to deliver the goods to his customers, while at the same time trying to repair any damaged loyalties.

Graham went quiet – I didn’t hear from him for a while. he stopped putting in orders, and I was certain that the frustration had been so bad, that he had decided to leave the business. I had pretty much resigned myself to losing a great team member.

When this sort of thing happens, It is easy to think…

  • If he wants a chat, he’ll get in touch.
  • If he decides to leave, there is nothing I can do about it.

…..and for a few weeks, that is how I had felt.

But after taking on Agnes’ 30 Day Challenge, my mindset has changed. I am starting to experience the value of face to face meetings. So I rang Graham, and left a voicemail. He emailed me back and we arranged a date/time.

I was steeling myself for a fairly difficult meeting, expecting Graham to tell me all of the reasons why he was leaving.

We sat down, coffee and almond croissants at the ready.

….and Graham was mad. He was very frustrated with the delivery problems. And with other problems I hadn’t realised – meetings that had been arranged at short notice that he was unable to attend.

…but, he did see the bigger picture! Kleeneze is a business of 2 parts. The first is the retail part. Primarily catalogue delivery. That part does give you short term income. There are occasional problems, as with any business. The second part is the team building part – recruiting, sponsoring, coaching, supporting, and celebrating successes with your team members. This is where the big residual incomes come from, and Graham sees that. He knows that is why he is really in Kleeneze.

So despite the short-term frustrations he has faced, we ended with a successful meeting, starting on the longer term plans for growing Graham’s team, and building the part of the business that he really wants to do.

Lessons Learnt? Meeting people face to face allows you to understand what the other person is REALLY thinking! It gets SO MUCH MORE done than texts, emails, and incorrect assumptions!

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Bye for now

Chris Smith


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30 Day Challenge – I ate my Frog!

On Thursday 16th May 2013, at the Basingstoke Entrepreneurs Roadshow, Agnes Cserhati of AC Power Coaching set a challenge to meet 30 people in 30 days.

You can read about the challenge here.


Friday 24th May 2013: Day 6, My Frog:

Eat That Frog

It’s funny how working IN your business gets in the way of working ON your business.

Since Sunday (Day 1, Meeting 1) I have been working like mad IN my business, but making ZERO progress on my 30 Day Challenge. Well not exactly zero. I made a couple of appointments to meet people next week. It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon. (That’s what people say when they get off to a slow start!)

HOWEVER, I just wanted to say another big thankyou to Agnes Csherhati for helping me to eat a frog.

If you have no idea what I am talking about, get a copy of “Eat That Frog!” by Brian Tracy. This is a great book about defeating procrastination, and doing the most important things for your business, even if they are not the most enjoyable things.

My Frog, which I have not been able to eat for about six months now, has been to go to a local Business Networking meeting. I used to go to Networking meetings about 5 years ago, and I know they are a good way to make contacts, meet new people, and do business, but I was nervous of going to talk about my current business, Kleeneze, so I kept finding reasons for not going….

  • I need to deliver some orders on that day.
  • I haven’t prepared what I am going to say.
  • What if I don’t know anyone there?
  • I have a blog post to write.
  • … etc

However, now that I have taken on Agnes’ 30 Day Challenge (and am running behind on my target!), I have a strong reason TO go. Imagine how many new people I could meet if I go to a Business Networking Meeting!

So I did.

This morning I went to the 4Networking meeting in Ferndown. I had a really good time. I met a dozen or so people who were all really friendly and welcoming. What on earth was I worried about?

But isn’t that always the way with frogs?

So I now have a bunch of appointments lined up in the coming week or two.

Here’s some of the people I’ll be meeting…

Bernadette Lloyd - Procubed

Bernadette Lloyd of Procubed Services

Bernadette is the Area Director of this 4N Networking Group, and she is also a property investor. I have invested in property in the past, so Bernadette invited me to the local Property Investors Network meeting. Result!


Neil Jarrett - BHF


Neil Jarrett is the local Fundraising & Volunteer Manager for the British Heart Foundation. My daughter Sophie had open heart surgery earlier this year, so it is a charity close to my heart. I’ll be meeting Neil to see how I can help.


Jo Hansell - Nimbus Solutions


Jo Hansell has a computer training and support called Nimbus Solutions. Jo welcomed me to the meeting, and was really helpful in introducing me to some of the other people at the meeting. I’m meeting Jo just to learn more about her business, and see if I can direct some business her way.


30 Day Challenge? Pah!

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30 Day Challenge – Dave, the tenant

On Thursday 16th May 2013, at the Basingstoke Entrepreneurs Roadshow, Agnes Cserhati of AC Power Coaching set a challenge to meet 30 people in 30 days.

You can read about the challenge here.

Sunday 19th May 2013: Day 1, Meeting 1

I got off to a gentle start today. I met with David. David is a tenant in one of my flats. He is young, ambitious, smart, and he keeps the flat looking immaculate! A perfect tenant.

The purpose of the meeting was 2-fold. Firstly, David wanted to review our tenancy agreement. He would like to commit to staying at the flat for a further 12 months, in exchange for a reduction in the rent. I was happy with that. I always think a good tenant is worth their weight in gold. The previous tenant in this flat was a nightmare, I had to go to court to get them evicted, incurring court fees, and months of lost rent. David is a breath of fresh air.

Secondly, and this was the part relating to the 30 Day Challenge, I asked David to take a look at my Kleeneze Business Opportunity.

I hadn’t expected him to be interested, as he seems very focussed on his career at the moment, but I thought he might know someone who might be interested.

To my surprise he said he would like to look at the info for himself. He was familiar with Network Marketing, as a friend had taken him to a meeting for another opportunity recently. So he said he would certainly take a look at the information. I left a couple of business cards with him to pass on to friends.

Will this lead to a new team member? I don’t know, but you never know. This is a numbers game, and the more people you show the opportunity to, the more people will join.

Lessons Learnt? Don’t prejudge anyone. Speak to everyone about your business. You never know who might be interested.

30 Day Challenge

Meet 30 People in 30 Days

A few days ago I met Agnes Cserhati at the Entrepreneur Roadshow in Basingstoke. (check out #erb2013 in Twitter).

Agnes is a very bubbly, motivated, experienced entrepreneur, and she was giving a talk on her experiences, and giving recommendations for new or budding entrepreneurs.

Agnes at the Entrepreneur Roadshow, #ERB2013

Agnes at the Entrepreneur Roadshow, #ERB2013


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Amongst all of the hints, tips, and advice she gave, Agnes set us a thirty day challenge: Business is all about relationships, and in this world of Social media, [Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn], it is important to actually meet people. her challenge was to meet 30 people in 30 days.

So, going to the pub with a mate doesn’t count, but 30 people who could help you, or you can help, and start work on a relationship.

Now those 30 people may not transform your life or your business, but it will start to develop some great habits that can become a way of life for a successful entrepreneur.

So I decided to take on that challenge, and document how it goes.By doing this, I hope it will commit me to sticking with the challenge when things get tough….

Day 1, Meeting 1 – Dave, the tenant

Day 6 – I ate my Frog

Day 6, Meeting 2 – The Frustrated Team Member

Day 10, Meeting 3 – The Power Coach

Watch this space for the next instalment of my 30 Day Challenge!

I hope you enjoy reading about it

chris smithBye for Now

Chris Smith

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