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Learning how to free yourself workshop @The Allbright collective

If you’ve been following my escape the 9-5 blogs and articles you’ll know that I’m on a  mission to share my insights and experience with other people seeking to find their happiness and freedom.

I’ve been delivering talks on this and I’m excited that I’ll be speaking at the Allbright (a networking and events collective for women)on Wednesday 18 July on how to free yourself.

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My talk will be based around my new book ‘How To Become A Consultant: A Guide To Free Yourself From the 9-5’ which is a no-nonsense guide that gives practical advice on how to set yourself up as consultant and establish a work routine that fits in with your ideals and lifestyle.

I’m truly passionate about sharing with those who feel trapped in their job, just like I did and sharing ways to help solve this problem. With that said, I have now set up my YouTube channel ‘9 to 5 work rebels’, with the aim of motivating and exploring ways to free yourself from the 9-5 grind and bring balance back into your life.

This event is for members of the Allbright collective only, but if you’re interested in booking me for your event – do get in touch and please do subscribe and like my new channel. 🙂

 

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Big PR ambitions on a small budget? Check this out

As business owners and entrepreneurs, you will be aware that getting your business or product featured in a major newspaper, magazine, publication or website is a great achievement and can boost awareness, credibility and sales.

Having worked in PR for well over a decade I’ve come across many new business owners who are desperately seeking PR help but don’t have the financial means to do so.

This is exactly why I created this course, to help those who are unable to foot the bill of agencies and consultants. This course will kick start your PR activity and give you an understanding of how to use PR to increase your profile.

I’ve teamed up with Udemy and to celebrate I am offering over 70% off the price. The course is priced at £34.99 however if you use this coupon code:MEDIACOVERAGEBIZ2018  you will pay just £9.99. Bargain!

The course will teach you:

How to understand PR and use it to gain press coverage
How to write a PR plan and the importance of creating key messages that align with your business goals
How to write a press release and find your USP
How to approach the media
How to pitch to the media
*Bonus module – how to leverage social media with PR to accelerate business growth.
**Bonus PDF downloadable materials to help you meet your PR objectives:
PDF Template PR Plan
PDF Template Press Release
PDF Template journalist pitch email
PDF media database providers

PDF 8 Steps to approaching the media

PDF Key media holiday dates & hash tags to help your story

 

Here’s the Link: https://www.udemy.com/how-to-get-media-coverage-for-your-business-in-30-days/?couponCode=MEDIACOVERAGEBIZ2018

I’m also offering enhanced package where you get expert review of your DIY PR plan and make recommendations – check out my services page

Enjoy and let me know how you get on!

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10 Ways To Escape The Rat Race

Escaping the rat race is a desire for many, research published last month revealed that more than half of all UK employees are unhappy in the work place. Many can relate to being unhappy in their job, the realities of spending more time at work then we do with our loved ones, and with the UK retirement age set to increase in the coming years, it doesn’t exactly incite excitement in the average person.

So, how happy are those that have escaped the 9-5? A study last month of 5,000 workers concluded that self-employed people are more successful in their careers and felt happier in their job. Statistics show that self-employment is on the rise, if you are thinking about a way to exit the workplace here are 10 routes to explore: Mind matters

Work on your mind-set, if you’re serious about escaping the 9-5 tied to your desk culture, it’s vital to take time to work on your confidence and resilience. Working for yourself is empowering and rewarding but also challenging, you have to keep yourself motivated throughout it all. Positive can-do attitude alongside action is imperative.

You can read the rest of my article here. https://www.femalefirst.co.uk/books/how-to-become-a-consultant-ebony-gayle-1139602.html

 

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Expert advice: Tips on how to be a successful consultant

I recently wrote a feature for New Business magazine – grab a copy and check it out.

Being a consultant offers you the chance to work for yourself while passing on the benefits of your experience to others. Ebony Gayle author of ‘How to Become a Consultant’, offers some tips on how to make a success of it.

 

In life we have good and bad days but no matter what, you must not give up on yourself, keep on moving and pushing forward. ~Ebony Gayle

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Mental wellbeing in PR

Working in PR and communications is stressful, according to the recent CIPR state of the profession report, around one in six PR professionals (16%) report living with a mental health condition – an increase of 10% from the year before. Any percentage increase is a concern, and highlights that more needs to be done in our industry to address this. It’s fine to have policies in place but we need managers to recognise that their staff are their most important assets and happy healthy staff make for a productive work force. KPIs are important but so is mental wellness.

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Like many I have suffered with depression myself, I recall working for a very well-known organisation, responsible for one of the largest and busiest directorate’s, my daughter was in nursery but was due to start primary school so I knew that I would have to look into flexible working to accommodate this.

I was juggling motherhood, the pressures of working in a high-profile press office and some personal family issues in addition to preparing for the transition from nursery to school and waiting for acceptance into both breakfast and afterschool clubs.

This is a piece I wrote for Mental Health Awareness Week, published in CIPR’s Influence Online magazine you can read the rest here

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Colourful radio interview

I was interviewed by award winning business woman, author and radio host, Sonia Poleon, on the show I used to produce. We go into detail on what my new book ‘How to become a consultant’ covers and much more.

 

Listen here: http://www.colourfulradio.com/content/guest/31188

 

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Your CAREER, how to do what you want when you want

Are you looking for a change in your work life? Do you feel like work is depriving you of your happiness? Are you fed up of the 9-5 grind? Do you feel like you are ready to make the next move in your career but not sure what to do? Or maybe you feel like your career is stagnating and you’re at an intersection of indecision.

Working in a 9-5 (usually longer) can start off nicely, but soon morph into a living nightmare. It can be restrictive, time consuming and if you don’t like your job, an extremely unsatisfactory and depressing daily experience. At one point in my career, I felt trapped and depressed, plodding along in my 9-5 job until I decided to step-up and make a change. I wanted to have control over my life and how I spent
my time, so I decided to set up my own consultancy. If you like the sound of being your own boss, deciding when and where you work, you should seriously consider becoming a consultant. It’s a great way to free yourself from the 9-5 drudgery, by using the skills you already have.

Working as a consultant in the field you already specialise in, means, you can choose to work independently or with others. You can remain an independent, or decide to scale up, hire staff and delegate. You can choose to work from anywhere in world. The decision is entirely yours to make and boils down to how much responsibility you want to take on and how it will impact your work-life balance. I know lots of consultants that split their time between living in the UK and abroad
because being a consultant allows them the freedom to do so.

You can read the rest of my article over on Irish Tech News – Link below.

Your Career, How to do what you want and when you want.

 

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8 signs that you need to change careers and kiss your 9-5 goodbye

Remaining in a job you hate is more common than you realise, even if you’re high up the corporate ladder. This is something I identified with, that was, until I left my comfortable management position to become my own boss and freed myself from the 9-5.

Before I took the leap, I had to re-evaluate myself. I wanted to make a career change but to be honest, I was a bit scared to step-up. I soon realised that I was getting in my own way of progression – why? Because of the types of conversation I was having with myself. We can often be dismissive and quick to diminish our own self-worth.

How many times have you talked yourself out of opportunities? How many times have you told yourself you are not good enough or just lacked self-belief to go for what you really want in life? Don’t deprive yourself of your goals and aspirations any longer, it’s ok to be different and do things your way.

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If you are at a careers cross road, no matter where you are in the corporate chain, here are eight signs you need to say goodbye to your 9-5.

1. You’re unhappy on a daily basis – Everyday feels like blue Monday and Friday is the best day of the week because it’s the last. You hate being at your job and you are only there because you have to pay your bills. You live for the weekends and holidays and dread when Monday rolls around.

To read the rest of the key signs I flag in this article I wrote for Real Business click here.

 

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Ready to be your own boss and escape the rat race? Become a consultant

How to become a consultant: – free yourself from the 9-5

Are you looking for a change in your work life and feel like work is depriving you of happiness? Do you feel like you are ready to make the next move in your career but not sure what to do?  If you like the sound of being your own boss, and having more control of your work life balance, you should seriously consider becoming a consultant.

Or maybe you feel like your career is stagnating and you would like to be your own boss and work with a variety of clients, becoming a consultant is a great option.

To find out more, about becoming a consultant, get a copy of my book ‘How to Become a Consultant: A Guide To Free Yourself From The 9-5’.

Available from Amazon and  Barnes & Noble, iBook, Google play and other online outlets now.

If you are looking at other ways to escape the rat race – check out my article in Female First here:

 

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Can you really make money selling on Amazon or is it BS?

If you’re like me, you’ve probably seen more videos than you care to see, talking about selling on Amazon FBA and how much money people are making. I’ve seen tons of videos and youtube ads with people claiming to be making thousands of pounds a week from selling on Amazon. I’m intrigued to find out more, is it the real deal or a bunch of nonsense.  As so many are also selling courses on how to make money on Amazon I wonder whether they’re making more money selling their courses or their goods, is it really a viable online business to start….#9to5workrebels

Are we born to pay bills and die?

How’s your life journey panning out? does it feel like you’re stuck in a cycle of just paying bills?  Sometimes it can feel like life is happening to us, and we are just watching it all take place. But if we don’t take responsibility for our happiness in life, who will?  I believe we can be happy and live on our own terms.

Checkout my latest video on my new YouTube channel appropriately titled ‘9 to 5 work rebels’.  Don’t forget to hit the thumps up, subscribe and share if you dare.

 

DIY PR course feedback…. Is it any good?

I recently created an online DIY PR course, around how you can get media coverage for your business.  It provides a thorough introduction into PR, how to put together a PR plan, how to write a press release and how to find your USPs and much much more.

The reviews so far have been amazing, and business owners from all walks of life are finding it’s a really practical and useful course that gets you thinking on your feet like a PR professional.  I’ve shared my knowledge of PR and the importance of how to create key messages that actually resonate with your intended audience.

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My course features tasks throughout to keep you on your toes and to help you get into the mind of a PR expert and understand what journalists and bloggers are looking for from you.

I’m giving you as entrepreneurs, sole traders and business owners life time access to this fantastic course so that you can learn at your own leisurely pace. On top of that I’ve included a bonus section on using social media to leverage PR and a host of invaluable downloadable PDF’s that do all the ground work for you.

Whether you are a restaurant owner, Store owner, life coach, wellbeing consultant, beauty therapist, accountant, personal trainer and the list goes on. No matter your trade this course provides a comprehensive breakdown that makes it easy for you to understand and apply the teachings to any business!

If you are still pondering on purchasing it – what are you waiting for. Check out some of the reviews:

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“Really enjoyed this course, full of good information and examples. Delivered in a comprehensive, easy to understand way that I can put into action immediately. The ideas and exercises were really helpful” ~ Gill McKay, Director of My Brian international

 

 

It was brilliant! Extremely helpful. ~ Cassandra Campbell – Life coach and owner of S.E.L.F

 

It is a brilliant course on the importance of PR and how to get it right with real life case studies. ~ Imogen Tinkler, Owner of Bangers & Balls restaurant.

 

It has given me a better understanding of how to raise my business profile ~ Jayden Brown, Graphic designer

Having worked in PR for well over a decade I’ve come across many new business owners who are desperately seeking PR help but don’t have the financial means to do so – with this course you can do achieve your PR goals! And if you feel like you need further guidance I offer PR coaching and accountability to make sure you are meeting your goals – check out my services page.

 

The link to my course is in the righthand side menu – enjoy and get that coverage you’ve been seeking!

5 tips for a bad day!

We all have them your day could start on a high, the sun is shining and then suddenly it takes a turn for the worse and goes downhill. Your football team doesn’t make the next stage of the world cup (England team did well – I’m proud). Someone might have an attitude on the bus or train and it ticks you off, the commute may leave you with sour grapes.

You get to work early to find your meeting has been cancelled or there’s been a big error or hold up with a project you’re working on. Any number of things can result in you feeling like you’re heading for a really bad day. Even the most committed optimists have rubbish days. Just this week I had a day that seemed determined to turn to s**t.

In previous roles I’ve been responsible for editing corporate websites and so wasn’t afraid to set up my own site. It was a fairly uncomplicated process, a nod to WordPress for ease of use and helpful tutorials, I followed along and was pretty happy with my work. That was back in 2013 and I’ve updated it loads of times since then.

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Now on Tuesday, I decided to do some impromptu edits as I’d implemented some new client packages aimed at both entrepreneurs / start-ups on DIY PR as well as established businesses needing an independent audit of their strategy. I was eager to update my site and was going to add a store so clients could purchase some of my offers automatically. Sounds simple enough right, just a couple of value added features, er wrong!

I followed the instructions, clicked install and waited for the new plugins to integrate with my current settings. Instead it took over the theme. Initial reaction was ‘hmm maybe I shouldn’t have been so eager as it sent everything into meltdown’.  Second thoughts, ‘OMG what will visitors to my site think, it looked a mess, and it was my own fault’ (roll’s eyes). And next up was ‘WTF’ I then found that due to the change implementation and my site being linked in with my social accounts, it took it upon itself to send out random shop front images that had nothing to do with my business service on my LinkedIn, twitter and Facebook page and added them to my gallery!

I had a range of emotions, but mostly bounced between frustration, optimism and anger. I almost fell down the bad day staircase but caught myself, just in time.  I didn’t panic nor give up at the various hurdles, I pushed on and got some outsourced help (I’m a fan of outsourcing), this time to WordPress techies who are amazing and were able to help me restore the large majority of my site. Phew and yay what a relief.

Truth is things can and will go wrong, but I had to remind myself it wasn’t the end of the world, I still had the rest of the day ahead to change things. What had happened was a pain, frustrating and disappointing but it wasn’t life threating. It could be worse and sometimes we tend to let things build up and get us down that we really shouldn’t take so seriously.

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It’s really about how we handle the crap storm headed our way, we can either get our matrix dodging bullets move on or get a face full. Yes, we can turn our days around with the right attitude and here’s five things you can do to claw your way out of that funk:

  1. Breath, let it go & talk yourself down from the top level of angry bird’s (I did this several times and did a bit of meditation)
  2. Listen to your favourite song (yup my happy playlist was on repeat)
  3. Listen to a motivational speaker (had to put on Uncle Les Brown)
  4. Shut down that voice in your head that wants to turn the day into a moan festival (have several seats thank you – negative Nancy)
  5. Treat yourself to something – a pick me up. (Propercorn sweet & salty was on deck)

It helped me out :). So what do you do to change focus and get your spirits back up? Feel free to leave a comment.

Monday Work blues setting in? find your happy

On Sunday’s do you get that horrible feeling in the pit of your stomach because you know you have to return to work on Monday? Check out my latest video and find out how you can ditch your 9-5 job and find your happiness by using the skills you already have!

 

Online Course: DIY PR get media coverage for your business in 30 days.

Do It Yourself (DIY) public relations: how to secure media coverage for your business in 30 days whilst increasing your credibility and sales.

As a PR professional with well over a decade of experience, I know that getting your business or product featured in a major newspaper, magazine, publication or website is a great achievement and can boost awareness, credibility and sales.

The business growth potential that media coverage can generate is immense, getting mentioned on established media sites and publications allows you to build on the trust of these publications and gives your business or product exposure to the very audience you need, thus increasing your visibility and credibility.

I’ve designed this course so you can follow along at your own pace, sharing insider tactics and tips that we use as PR professionals to secure coverage for our clients. By using the strategies in this course, it won’t be long before you are reading about your business and gaining the coverage you desire for your business.

As an accredited expert in PR with a wealth of experience I’m sharing with you what we do as PR people to help our clients but at a fraction of the cost! So if you’re willing to do the work you will see results and get to reap the benefits.

This course will teach you:

How to understand PR and use it to gain press coverage
How to write a PR plan and the importance of creating key messages that align with your business goals
How to write a press release and find your USP
How to approach the media
How to pitch to the media
*Bonus module – how to leverage social media with PR to accelerate business growth.
**Bonus PDF downloadable materials to help you along your way:
PDF Template PR Plan
PDF Template Press Release
PDF Template journalist pitch email
PDF media database providers

Top four reason to buy this course:
• Save money and take charge of your business reputation
• To build your business and grow its reputation in the media
• To gain new customer/client awareness and sales
• To gain an insightful understanding of PR for your business

This course is worth $150 but I’m offering an introductory discounted price $40 for a limited time.