Tuesday 28th May: Day 10, Meeting 3
Agnes Cserhati, The Power Coach
Today I met Agnes.
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.
Bye for Now.
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